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The first phase of an interactive sculpture art park is about to get started in west Wichita. The park will be located in a 20-acre meadow inside Sedgwick County Park near the 13th Street entrance.

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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 City of Wichita and Sedgwick County are in the process of consolidating their housing authority programs to help provide more efficient service.

Under the new agreement, Wichita will take over Sedgwick County’s Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program, which helps income-eligible renters find housing on the private market.

Currently, the Wichita Housing Authority administers 2700 vouchers within city limits. Sedgwick County’s housing authority—which also covers Butler and Harvey counties--administers about 340 vouchers.

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Sedgwick County commissioners approved additional funding for a program that provides in-home services for older people who have limited physical abilities.

The Senior Care Act program will add two full-time positions in 2018. The program serves people 60 years old and older in Sedgwick, Butler and Harvey counties.

The program provides in-home help with personal care, meals, appointments, and light housework.

Annette Graham with the Sedgwick County Division on Aging says 170 seniors are receiving services, and another 200 are on a waiting list.

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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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Workers are nearing completion on two major projects at Intrust Bank Arena, with less than a year to go before the NCAA tournament comes to Wichita.

A.J. Boleksi, general manager of Intrust Bank Arena, presented a quarterly report to the Sedgwick County commission at its meeting Wednesday. He says renovations to the arena’s north entrance should be complete by mid-November. The renovation will include a new canopy, a new outdoor plaza and a larger entry lobby.

A project to install free wi-fi at the arena began this week. Boleski says that should launch in October.

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Sedgwick County commissioners voted Wednesday to tear down the Judge Riddel Boys Ranch west of Wichita, ending years of discussions about how to save the piece of Kansas history.

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The Sedgwick County Commission had decided to tear down a longtime ranch for troubled boys.

The commission voted Wednesday to approve contracts to remove asbestos and then demolish the Judge Riddel Boys Ranch near Goddard. The property will be returned to park land for Lake Afton Park.

The decision comes after years of debate on the fate of the ranch, which opened in the 1960s. It was owned by the state but operated by Sedgwick County. The center closed in 2014 after the state refused to increase payments to help the county fund operations.

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A task force that works to prevent crimes against children is seeing an increase in the number of sex trafficking cases in Kansas at this halfway point of 2017 compared to last year.

The Kansas Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force investigates all exploitation, missing, human trafficking as well as physical and sexual abuse cases involving child victims.

Richard Powell of the Sedgwick County Sheriff’s office says so far this year, they’ve identified 43 victims and 29 suspects in domestic minor sex trafficking.

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An agency that helps older adults navigate life transitions is adjusting to meet current and future needs in the community.

The Central Plains Area Agency on Aging serves people aged 60 years and older in Sedgwick, Butler and Harvey counties.

The agency says it’s noticing a change when it comes to nutrition programs offered in the tri-county area.

Agency executive director Annette Graham says more seniors are using a home-delivery meal program instead of going to community sites where meals are offered.

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