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A group of community and health leaders held a press conference Wednesday in Wichita to push for lawmakers to expand Kansas’ Medicaid system.

Many of the organizations participating in the meeting, which was hosted by Via Christi Health and held at the Wichita Metro Chamber of Commerce in downtown Wichita, have already come out in support of expanding KanCare, the state’s privatized Medicaid system. Now, they say they need Kansas lawmakers to put the issue on the agenda for the 2017 legislative session.

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The Wichita Police Department has received a federal grant from the Department of Justice to hire more community policing officers.

The community policing Grant worth $875,000 will go toward hiring six new WPD officers and one supervisor.

Chief Gordon Ramsay says the officers will focus on problem locations along the Broadway corridor, particularly around motels and commercial areas there.


The Wichita Police Department is investigating a series of threats made against area schools on social media. Officials say the threats were made by "creepy clowns" and are similar to incidents happening nationwide. Wichita Police said that one juvenile had been arrested as of Monday morning.

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The Wichita Police Department will set up a DUI checkpoint tonight.

WPD Sgt. Nikki Woodrow says police will run the check lane at an undisclosed location from 11 p.m. until 3 a.m.

“Officers will come and contact the drivers, probably check the driver’s license and make sure they’re not impaired, and then they can continue on their way, so it’s a very very short, momentary stop,” she said at a briefing this week.

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Wichita Police Chief Gordon Ramsay has been in the limelight a lot during his eight months on the job. Ramsay is committed to being a visible, responsive and involved leader addressing concerns and challenges head-on. KMUW’s Abigail Beckman spoke with Ramsay and has this sound portrait in which the chief shares his candid thoughts on the direction he’s leading the department as well as the issues facing policing today.

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The Wichita Police Department gave an update Thursday on its efforts to implement the recommendations laid out in an extensive assessment released last year. A major focus for the department has been improving the relationship with the community.

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More than 50,000 Kansans suffer from Alzheimer’s disease. Wandering, walking away from home, with no apparent direction or destination, can be a significant safety issue. Six out of 10 people with Alzheimer’s are known to wander. Last month, a man who lives in Wichita was found nearly 20 miles away in Rose Hill.

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Law enforcement agencies across Kansas are stepping up their patrols to target impaired drivers.

The crackdown is part of a nationwide campaign that runs through Labor Day called “You drink. You drive. You lose.”

Wichita Police and Sedgwick County Sheriff’s deputies will be out in full force to identify and stop drivers who are under the influence of alcohol.

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The Wichita Animal Control Advisory Board is considering new policies--and asking the city for more support--after more than 100 people came out to a meeting Wednesday in order to voice concerns about the Wichita Animal Shelter.

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Following backlash from local animal rescue groups, the Wichita Police Department has revoked part of a new policy and will continue to allow visitors to take photographs of animals in the city’s shelter.

On Friday, it was announced that the animals could no longer be photographed, recorded on video or given treats.