Sedgwick County Commission

National WIC Association

Sedgwick County Commissioners have approved $1.9 million in grants for the Women, Infants and Children program (WIC). The funding is provided by the federal government and is administered through the Kansas Department of Health and Environment.

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Sedgwick County Commissioners are set to vote Wednesday on a grant worth more than $2 million for the Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program.

Abigail Wilson file photo

The debate over the size and role of government isn’t just polarizing national politics. It's also causing divisions in Kansas at the state and local levels. Heartland Health Monitor’s Jim McLean has the story about how public health programs here in the state's largest county have been thrust into the center of that debate.

The Sedgwick County Commission voted unanimously today to appoint Brig. Gen. Michael Scholes, Sr. as the next county manager.

Scholes will replace Bill Buchanan who retired in June after more than 20 years on the job. The job is the highest non-elected position in county government, which includes 2,663 active full and part time employees.

According to a release from the county, Scholes served as chief of staff for the Kosovo Forces of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization in Kosovo from 2014-2015. Commissioner Richard Ranzau said Scholes is currently living in Virginia.

Sean Sandefur

The Sedgwick County Commission passed a budget Wednesday after weeks of public feedback--most of which was negative.

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There are rumblings pushing toward the idea of consolidating Sedgwick County and City of Wichita governments. Some people are unhappy with a divided Sedgwick County Commission on some budgetary matters for the coming fiscal year. Also, there is concern about how well the city-county partnership is working in funding some entities.

Sean Sandefur

The Sedgwick County Commission votes tomorrow on the 2016 proposed budget. KMUW's Aileen LeBlanc talked to some experts about the numbers.

Deborah Shaar

Two Sedgwick County commissioners have come up with a plan that could restore most funding cuts that are proposed in the county’s 2016 recommended budget.

A new report released by the Kansas Health Institute estimates that proposed health cuts in the Sedgwick County budget could contribute to 65 preventable deaths each year.

The study claims that over time, the proposed $910,374 in health and human services cuts could lead to two additional diabetes deaths, five additional infant deaths, 17 additional cancer deaths and 41 additional heart disease deaths in Sedgwick County each year.

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Sedgwick County will begin a new, revamped juvenile justice program in October. County leaders say the reforms will be in line with the national reform agenda and system changes being implemented at the state level.