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As infections of yellow fever spread in places like Brazil and Angola, the Sedgwick County Health Department has a limited number of the vaccines for travelers who may be exposed to virus.

The health department says it receives a monthly allocation of yellow fever vaccines, which at this time are only for people who will be traveling to countries where the immunization is required--not just recommended.

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Sedgwick County is moving forward with the remaining renovation work on its Ronald Reagan Building in downtown Wichita.

County commissioners voted unanimously on Wednesday to approve a $1.3 million contract with Key Construction.

Work on the fourth through sixth floors of the building at 271 W. 3rd St. will begin in June and take about five months.

Sedgwick County spokeswoman Kate Flavin says when four county departments move in, the building will be fully occupied.

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The third and final round of public meetings for the 95th Street corridor project in southern Sedgwick County will take place in the next few days.

One meeting will be held on Thursday in Derby, while another one will happen on Tuesday in Haysville.

The county launched a long-range transportation study on improvements to 95th Street South that could possibly include adding a bridge over the Arkansas River.

Commissioner Jim Howell says the road improvements could support future growth needs.

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The Sedgwick County Board of Commissioners voted Wednesday in favor of establishing a Tax Increment Finance, or TIF, district in the neighborhood surrounding Wichita's Lawrence Dumont Stadium.

After a lengthy discussion, commissioners voted 4-1 to give their support to the City of Wichita’s West Bank Redevelopment District. The TIF district is expected to generate about $20 million in additional property taxes to fund improvements to public spaces in the area, as well as the renovation of the city’s baseball stadium.

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Programs that help adults who commit felony crimes get their lives back on track will continue in Sedgwick County. County commissioners on Wednesday approved a $4 million grant application to the Kansas Department of Corrections for the Community Corrections programs.

The Community Corrections programs are state-mandated and mostly state funded.

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The U.S. Postal Service has launched a new service to help people keep track of incoming mail before it’s delivered to the mailbox.

That way, they’ll know if any mail is missing.

The program is called Informed Delivery, and if you sign up, the post office will send you an email each morning with detailed images of your incoming mail.

The black and white images show the exterior of your actual letter-sized mail pieces, including the sender’s address. Images of catalogues or magazines may be added in the future.

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A special election is underway in Sedgwick County to determine who will fill the seat in Kansas' 4th Congressional District. The seat has been vacant since Mike Pompeo was appointed CIA director in January.

 

At the close of early voting Monday, 23,000 people in Sedgwick County had cast a ballot.

“It has been a steady turnout," says Lauren Bianco with the Sedgwick County Elections office. "Not overwhelming, but a steady turnout at the polling locations.”

The contest is between Democrat James Thompson, Libertarian Chris Rockhold and Republican Ron Estes.

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Early voting is underway in Sedgwick County for Kansas’ 4th Congressional District special election, and with it comes the introduction of new voting machines.

This story originally aired on March 28, 2017

Sedgwick County Election Commissioner Tabitha Lehman says citizens will still have an option to vote either by paper ballot or electronically.

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Advanced voting continues in Sedgwick County, with early voting centers opening this week. Voters will determine which candidate will fill the seat in Kansas’ 4th Congressional District race.

Sedgwick County Election Commissioner Tabitha Lehman says early voting centers will be open on Thursday, Friday and Saturday before next week’s special election.

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Sedgwick County is providing a hassle-free way to dispose of hazardous materials.

The county's hazardous waste program is hosting a remote collection site at the Valley Center City Hall parking lot this weekend. County residents may bring and dispose of items that are not safe to put in the trash or pour down the drain such as paint, aerosols, batteries, used motor oil, lawn and garden chemicals, and fluorescent lightbulbs.

There will be no charge for the recycling or disposal.

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