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For about 10 years Laura Krier has lived in Concordia, Kansas, a small town that she’s seen get only smaller.

Without some kind of economic development, she fears things it will only get worse.

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The Kansas Legislature approved a bill this week that gives Sedgwick County the flexibility to consolidate local government in the future.

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Last November, nearly two dozen mail-in ballots cast by disabled voters got tossed away in Sedgwick County.

Some state officials say local election authorities misread a technicality in state law, and the votes could have been counted.

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Former Rep. Steve Brunk announced Wednesday he's running for an open seat on the Sedgwick County Commission.

Dave Unruh has held the District 1 seat for the last 16 years, and said Wednesday that he wouldn't seek re-election.

Brunk served in the Kansas Legislature as a Republican from 2003 to 2016. He is also a former executive director for the Family Policy Alliance, a conservative advocacy group.

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Sedgwick County Sheriff Jeff Easter is asking state lawmakers to consider adding regional mental health facilities to improve access to treatment and speed up the evaluation process.

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According to a press release from Sedgwick County, the victims of the grain facility accident has been identified as Joshua Rasbold, 28, and Marcus Tice, 32.

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Sedgwick County officials say two people died yesterday after being trapped in a grain elevator in south Wichita.

The county announced the bodies were recovered at about 5 p.m. Tuesday at the grain bin at Gavilon Grain.

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Sedgwick County commissioners will ask state lawmakers to review election laws on mail-in ballots during the next session.

The request is one of the key initiatives on the county’s 2018 legislative platform.

During the election canvass last month, Sedgwick County commissioners had to disqualify 23 mail-in ballots because voters didn’t sign the envelopes.

The voters were disabled, and needed help completing the ballot. State law requires both an assistant and the voter to sign affidavits for the ballot to be valid.

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Rather than putting your Christmas tree on the curb, Sedgwick County is asking people to drop their tree off at one of 22 recycling locations. Trees brought to the recycling locations will be turned into mulch, which will be available for anyone to pick up and use.

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Free flu shots are now available for uninsured Sedgwick County residents older than 19, according to a news release from the county.

The vaccine is available while supplies last at the county’s Division of Health main clinic at 2716 W. Central in Wichita. The clinic is open Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Thursday from noon to 6:30 p.m.

Flu vaccinations are recommended for anyone six months or older. There is no live virus in flu shots, and the vaccine cannot cause the flu.

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The Greater Wichita Partnership announced Thursday that Sedgwick County will not be offering any incentives to help lure a Tyson chicken processing plant.

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