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Democrats in the Kansas Legislature have introduced a bill that would allow colleges and universities to continue banning concealed guns on campus. State law allows concealed firearms in most public buildings that don't have adequate security measures in place.

Universities have been exempt from that law but the exemption expires next year. This new proposal would give universities a permanent exemption. Democratic Senator Tom Holland says the state shouldn’t be dictating these policies.

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Wichita State University has announced the recipients of its Harry Gore Memorial Scholarships, which are awarded to high school seniors in Kansas. The scholarships are worth $15,000 a year for four years.

Two students were chosen for the award after demonstrating strong leadership qualities and a solid academic record.

Sandra Carlo of Maize High School was one of the students chosen for this year’s award.

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According to a recent report from GradNation, the number of U.S. high school students graduating on time hit a record high with a rate of 82.3 percent for the Class of 2014.

Despite school funding problems, Kansas had a graduation rate of about 86 percent for 2014, based on recent data from the National Center for Education Statistics and the U.S. Department of Education. That makes it one of 29 states that exceeded or equaled the national average.

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Wichita Public Schools could face up to $27 million in cost increases for the 2017 fiscal year. The district’s top financial official discussed the number on Tuesday to provide a first look at the challenges ahead with no increase in state funding in the foreseeable future.

USD 259’s budget is essentially the same as it was last year, but with high amounts of projected cost increases, the district’s CFO Jim Freeman says adjustments will have to be made.

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Wichita State University is looking to add a multi-level parking garage to its main campus as it anticipates a growing student population.

Wichita State is seeking approval from the Kansas Board of Regents to build a $7.2 million parking garage.

"Planning for the garage reflects the university's confidence in increasing enrollment and our response to complaints that there is inadequate parking near the central part of campus," WSU President John Bardo said in a news release.

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Kansas’ largest personal computer manufacturer has pledged a gift valued at $2.5 million to provide computers, monitors and five years of desktop support for the engineering department at Wichita State University.

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A Kansas legislative committee has delayed work on a report that recommends ways to overhaul public schools. The committee is supposed to review K-12 education and make recommendations the Legislature can use when writing a new school funding formula.

Republican state Rep. Ron Ryckman moved to delay work on the final report. He says that will give legislative staffers a chance to review the document and identify where individual suggestions are coming from.

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The University of Kansas will host three meetings next month with candidates to lead the department that investigates allegations of sexual assault and discrimination.

The three candidates, who have not yet been named, will make public appearances on the KU campus and speak about their experience.

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The Office of Multicultural Affairs at the University of Kansas has named a permanent director after student protests last month.

Precious Porras has been interim director of the Office of Multicultural Affairs since May and will become its new director on Jan. 4. She joined the office in 2005 and was named its program coordinator of diversity education the next year.

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Officials with the Kansas Association of School Boards hope Kansas lawmakers will be able to avoid K-12 education funding cuts in the next legislative session.

Kansas tossed out the old school funding formula and replaced it with a temporary block grant system. Some funding increases were built into the block grants for next year. Mark Tallman, with the Kansas Association of School Boards, has some concerns that lowered state revenues will make it tough to fund the block grants.

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