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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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Sedgwick County commissioners signed off on two grants on Wednesday for programs at the County Health Department and the Regional Forensic Science Center.

The commissioners voted 5-0 to accept a $1.9 million grant from the Kansas Department of Health and Environment.

Health Department Director Adrienne Byrne told commissioners the grant is a longstanding funding source for various health department programs.

"Without this funding, many of our programs would be drastically reduced or services not be able to be provided," Byrne said.

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Sedgwick County will no longer publish its legal notices in the Wichita Eagle. Commissioners voted Wednesday in favor of a cheaper vendor.

The county will begin publishing its legal notices—such as delinquent taxes and notices of lawsuits—in the Derby Weekly Informer.

Commissioners said the change will save taxpayers money: The Wichita Eagle, the county’s current vendor, would have cost an estimated $133,000 a year. The Informer would cost and estimated $56,000.

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A new citizens advisory board is being established in Sedgwick County’s 3rd District.

Commissioner David Dennis represents District 3, which comprises the western half of the county. It includes large parts of west Wichita as well as Goddard, Cheney, Colwich, Mount Hope and Garden Plain.

Commissioners voted unanimously Wednesday to support Dennis’ proposal for the citizens advisory board. He said he’s creating the board to fulfill a campaign promise to get more public input on county matters.

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The Sedgwick County commissioners reversed course on whether the county health department should provide travel immunizations.

At their meeting on Wednesday, commissioners voted 3-2 to reinstate the program.

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The Sedgwick County Sheriff’s Office on Wednesday asked commissioners for input on how to respond to a recent executive order on immigration. The county stands to lose millions in federal funding if it doesn’t comply with the controversial order.

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The Sedgwick County Commission approved funding and renewed its partnership with the Project Access health care program Wednesday.

Project Access coordinates medical care and the supplies needed to treat people who are low-income or don’t have insurance. Doctors donate their time to treat eligible patients, hospitals donate the use of their facility, and thousands of dollars worth of medical equipment and prescription medicines are donated as needed during treatment.

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Sedgwick County commissioners elected their 2017 leaders at a meeting Wednesday morning.

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Sedgwick County will be holding a reception for outgoing Commissioner Karl Peterjohn Wednesday morning.

He’s one of two commissioners who lost re-elections in 2016.

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The Sedgwick County Election Office is moving up the timeline for implementing new voting machines due to the possibility of a special election in 2017.

The new voting machines are due to arrive in January, and will undergo testing and preparation right away.

County Election Commissioner Tabitha Lehman told Sedgwick County Commissioners earlier this month that the machines should be ready if a countywide special election is called for the 4th Congressional District. Congressman Mike Pompeo was nominated to lead the CIA and faces a confirmation hearing in the U.S. Senate.

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