Sedgwick County

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Sedgwick County Commissioners have called for a state of emergency after a flash flood caused severe damage in the town of Mulvane last week.

The declaration makes Mulvane eligible for state and federal disaster assistance funding. This is the first time since the Oaklawn Tornado in 2012 that the county has had to declare a state of local disaster emergency.

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Sedgwick County is planning to expand the Regional Forensic Science Center in order to meet the increasing demand for DNA analysis in criminal cases.

The $4 million project will begin in 2018, and it will be the second expansion in the center’s 21-year history. KMUW’s Deborah Shaar had an opportunity to see how crime science happens.

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A group of health leaders from Tulsa will be in Wichita on Monday to learn about Sedgwick County’s health system. The visit is part of the Public Health Sister City program.

Wichita health leaders and elected officials visited Tulsa back in May, and now it’s Tulsa’s turn to learn about the state of health in Wichita.

Sedgwick County Commission Chairman Jim Howell says there are a lot of similarities between the two health departments, but funding levels are different. He says the Tulsa Health Department spends about twice as much on its services as Sedgwick County.

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Sedgwick County’s community mental health center Comcare will be getting support for its operations through a partnership with a new nonprofit.

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The Sedgwick County Commissioners have approved the county’s 2017 operating budget. The commissioners restored a county health department position that was cut last year.

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The public is being invited to give input on the Arkansas River Crossing-95th Street South (ARC95) Study.

Meetings will be held to discuss the needs and feasibility of improving the 95th Street corridor in southern Sedgwick County. The study area includes 95th Street South between Greenwich Road and Meridian Avenue, with an initial focus on the section between Woodlawn Boulevard and Broadway Avenue.

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Canvassing results were finalized Tuesday at the Sedgwick County Election Office in downtown Wichita. Voter turnout for the Aug. 2 primary election was 17 percent.

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Unofficial results show recent voter turnout in Sedgwick County was slightly below predictions.

There are around 281,000 registered voters in the county. More than 47,000 ballots were cast for Tuesday’s primary elections, including early voting, advanced voting by mail and ballots cast at the polls. That puts voter turnout at about 17 percent. Election Commissioner Tabitha Lehman said earlier this week she expected about 20 percent of voters to participate in the primary.

Around 1300 provisional ballots still need to be counted by the county canvassing board.

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Sixty-three polling sites were open in Sedgwick County for Tuesday’s Primary Election, and unofficial results have been posted. Provisional ballots are now being researched, and the Board of Canvassers will certify those results next week.

The Board of Canvassers is made up of Sedgwick County commissioners, who will decide which votes will count. The county attorney attends and the election commissioner presents the ballots. Chief Deputy Election Commissioner for Sedgwick County Sandra Gritz says the provisional ballots, sealed in envelopes, are grouped by provisional reason.

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A Sedgwick County Sheriff’s Deputy is being investigated for alleged excessive use of force during an incident Monday morning.

According to Sedgwick County Sheriff Jeff Easter, an officer with nearly 20 years of experience is on administrative leave after being accused of excessive use of force at the Sumner County Jail while preparing an inmate for a trip to Sedgwick County.

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