Sedgwick County

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It took election workers about an hour Friday to count the 122 ballots that trickled in on and after Tuesday’s election.

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Sedgwick County has set up an email account to accept community input on a potential Tyson Foods project in the area.

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Fifteen more early voting sites open today around Sedgwick County before next week’s local general election.

Registered voters can cast their advance ballots at any of the sites, or at the Sedgwick County Election Office in downtown Wichita.

See a map of voting sites here.

Tyson Foods

A Wichita economic development organization is working on the next steps to land a new Tyson Foods poultry complex in Sedgwick County.

The Greater Wichita Partnership is completing studies on the labor market, the agricultural grower network and environmental requirements.

Jaimie Garnett, executive vice president of strategic communications at Greater Wichita Partnership, says this is part of the initial planning phase.

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The company that owns Via Christi Health, which provides health care services in Wichita and central Kansas, says that they’re working to fix issues raised in a federal audit earlier this month.

Residents in the Wichita Public School District can vote next month for any candidate running for school board, no matter which board district they live in – which is causing confusion for many area voters.

See a map of BOE districts here.

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This is the first year that Kansas is holding local elections in the fall. The Secretary of State's office is viewing the general election in November as an important test of the new system.

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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 number of suicide deaths in Sedgwick County spiked last year, especially among young adults.

There were 91 suicide deaths in 2016, up from 68 the year before, according to the latest report from the Sedgwick County Suicide Prevention Coalition. That’s a rate of 17.9 deaths per 100 thousand residents.

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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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