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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.

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The Sedgwick County Commissioners formally approved plans for a new law enforcement training center to be shared with the City of Wichita.

The unanimous vote today meets a deadline in the bid process and clears the way for the project to move forward. The city and county want to build a $9.5 million state-of-the-art training facility on Wichita State University’s Innovation Campus.

The Kansas Board of Regents and other state entities would have to approve any facility built on the WSU campus.

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Members of the Wichita City Council and Sedgwick County Commission met Tuesday morning to discuss the location of a new, shared law enforcement training center. The current facility is housed in a former elementary school, and city officials say the space is too small and outdated.

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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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Republican Kansas Sen. Michael O’Donnell is running for a seat on the Sedgwick County commission instead of seeking re-election in the state Legislature.

O’Donnell announced Tuesday that he will seek the county's District 2 seat, which is currently held by Democrat Tim Norton. Norton says he intends to file for re-election.

O’Donnell has served in the Kansas Senate since 2013. Before that, he was on the Wichita City Council.

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Sedgwick County is beginning the process for establishing next year’s budget.

As KMUW’s Deborah Shaar reports, the first step is hearing from the people who carry out the county’s functions.

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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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A public hearing is set for next week on the issue of a new contract for Sedgwick County firefighters.

Negotiations between the county and the bargaining unit for Fire District 1 have been at an impasse for six months.

During the last year, the two sides have had face-to-face meetings, used mediation, and brought in a fact finder to try to come to terms on a new contract for firefighters and lieutenants in Fire District 1.

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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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