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The company that owns Via Christi Health, which provides health care services in Wichita and central Kansas, says that they’re working to fix issues raised in a federal audit earlier this month.

Residents in the Wichita Public School District can vote next month for any candidate running for school board, no matter which board district they live in – which is causing confusion for many area voters.

See a map of BOE districts here.

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This is the first year that Kansas is holding local elections in the fall. The Secretary of State's office is viewing the general election in November as an important test of the new system.

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Sedgwick County commissioners approved a $940,000 federal grant application on Wednesday morning for a housing program that helps homeless people.

The Shelter Plus Care Housing Program provides participants with housing while they work on skills to increase their income and self-sufficiency.

Comcare Executive Director Marilyn Cook says participants can stay in this housing for as long as they need.

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The number of suicide deaths in Sedgwick County spiked last year, especially among young adults.

There were 91 suicide deaths in 2016, up from 68 the year before, according to the latest report from the Sedgwick County Suicide Prevention Coalition. That’s a rate of 17.9 deaths per 100 thousand residents.

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The Sedgwick County Commission is seeking state approval to do voting machine audits regularly. The commission is working to get legislation passed in 2018 that will allow audits of election results.

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A tornado tore through midtown Tulsa, Oklahoma, on Sunday. Emergency officials did not immediately sound sirens. The incident raised the question: What procedures are being used here in Sedgwick County when a storm is approaching?

The Tulsa tornado had moved on by the time the National Weather Service issued a warning. As a result, emergency management officials reportedly did not sound the sirens.

Cody Charvat, training and exercise manager with Sedgwick County Emergency Management, says that the county has two criteria for deciding to sound the sirens.

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The Sedgwick County Department of Health is offering vaccinations for kids heading back to school in the fall.

Students can get state-required immunizations at the health department’s Main Clinic. Insurance, plus Medicaid and Medicare, are accepted, and vaccinations are available on a sliding fee scale for kids without coverage.

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Early voting began last week at the Sedgwick County election office for the Aug. 1 primary election. Satellite polling places across Sedgwick County will also open later this week.

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Advance ballots for the Aug. 1 primary election for city council races around Sedgwick County started going out last week. There will be some changes to how voters will receive and return their ballots.

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