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The U.S. Small Business Administration is offering disaster loans to several Kansas counties affected by severe storms and flooding earlier this month.

The low-interest federal loans will be available in Sedgwick, Butler, Cowley, Harper, Kingman, and Sumner counties. The SBA declared a disaster in those areas after heavy rains caused flooding in cities throughout southern Kansas.

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Three of the four candidates running for the Sedgwick County Commission participated in a forum on community issues Saturday.

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An early voting flyer will be mailed Monday to all active registered voters in Sedgwick County who are not already on the list to receive an advance ballot.

Voters will receive information about the option to vote early before the general election on Nov. 8. Sedgwick County Chief Deputy Election Commissioner Sandy Gritz says in order to receive an advance-by-mail ballot, voters need to fill out and return the pre-filled application and provide:

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The Sedgwick County Commission renewed a $940,000 federal grant on Wednesday morning for a housing program that helps homeless people.

The Shelter Plus Care housing program targets three specific homeless populations: those with mental illness, those who have substance abuse issues and those with HIV/AIDS.

Tim Kaufman with the Department of Public Services says the program provides housing vouchers with a care component.

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Sedgwick County’s community mental health program Comcare is working to bring services for substance abuse patients into its Community Crisis Center in downtown Wichita.

Renovations to the 24-hour Community Crisis Center on North Main are expected to be complete next week. Then, the Substance Abuse Center of Kansas will move its detox and sobering unit into the building.

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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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