Sedgwick County

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A group of Wichita-area health leaders and elected officials toured the Tulsa Health Department last weekend. As KMUW's Deborah Shaar reports, it was the first step in a new Public Health Sister City Program.

Eleven public safety departments in south-central Kansas are hiring, and they’re hoping to fill open positions through a job fair on Wednesday.

The Wichita Workforce Center is hosting the first joint job fair for public safety careers. 

There’s a need for more police officers, firefighters and first responders throughout the region. Wichita Police Deputy Chief Troy Livingston says the department also needs to fill positions beyond law enforcement.

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Sedgwick County and City of Wichita officials are scheduled to meet Tuesday to discuss plans for a joint law enforcement training center.

County commissioners voted 3-2 on Wednesday to pursue a meeting with the city to go over four proposals and the evaluation process.

The county’s Bid Board is recommending that the training facility be built on Wichita State University’s Innovation Campus. The estimated cost would be $9.5 million dollars.

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Sedgwick County Commissioners are putting off a decision on a new law enforcement training center for at least another week.

The commissioners want to hold a special meeting with the City of Wichita to go over the broader issue of public safety partnerships before they decide on a proposal for a new law enforcement training center.

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Sedgwick County and the City of Wichita are facing a May 18 deadline for finalizing an agreement for a new law enforcement training center.

The county commissioners are set to take up the issue at their Wednesday meeting.

The county’s bid board is recommending the commissioners accept a proposal to build a new law enforcement training center on Wichita State University’s Innovation Campus. The facility would replace the current center, a former elementary school on West 37th Street North that’s more than 30 years old and wasn’t meeting training needs.

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Sedgwick County Commissioner Karl Peterjohn is up for re-election this year, and he could have a potential challenger in Goddard Mayor Marcey Gregory.

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Efforts to bring slot machines to a racetrack facility in Sedgwick County face a new roadblock.

Kansas’ attorney general issued a legal opinion on gaming Friday that says adding gaming machines would violate both a contract and state law.

The attorney general issued a 23-page response to State Rep. Mark Kahrs.

Kahrs is questioning the legality of pending legislation in the Kansas House (HB 2537) that would expand gambling in the state, among other things.

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Updated Tuesday, April 19: Commissioners approved the consent agenda item allowing vaping in county buildings in a 3-2 vote Monday night during their meeting in Derby. 

Original story:

The Sedgwick County Commission will consider a change to the policy procedures manual regarding county buildings and county personnel within them. One of the changes will allow vaping.

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The Sedgwick County Commissioners will be taking their regular meeting on the road next week.

Holding meetings in their districts is part of a broader plan they have for engaging the community.

THE HEALTH INEQUALITY PROJECT

A new study confirms that when it comes to life expectancy, income matters: The richest American men live 15 years longer than the poorest men, and the richest American women live 10 years longer than the poorest women. But the study also contains some surprises.

The report in the Journal of the American Medical Association found the poor in some geographical areas live nearly as long as their wealthier neighbors while the longevity gap is widening in other geographical areas.

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