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As part of a four-year, $9 million System of Care federal grant, Wichita State's Center for Behavioral Health Initiatives (CBHI) at WSU's Community Engagement Institute is working to help children with serious emotional disturbances. The CBHI will also be contracting with the Kansas Department for Aging and Disabilities Services.

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Employment in Kansas is expected to grow about 1 percent in the coming year, according to a new forecast out of Wichita State University.

WSU’s Center for Economic Development and Business Research says total nonfarm employment is expected to increase by almost 14,000 jobs. Most of the jobs will be in the service industry and the trade, transportation and utilities sector.

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Kansas universities are reviewing their earthquake insurance policies after an increasing number of tremors have been felt in the state.

  

The Kansas Board of Regents university system already has $1 billion in property insurance. The coverage includes $100 million in earthquake protection.

The Regents Council of Presidents discussed the possibility of adding more earthquake coverage at their December meeting. University Chief Financial Officers are still considering the issue.

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On Wednesday, the Kansas Board of Regents read a first draft of proposed legislation that would allow for the merger of Wichita State University and Wichita Area Technical College.

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The Kansas Board of Regents on Wednesday approved policies for how the state's six public universities will implement a state law allowing people to carry concealed guns into campus buildings starting July 1.

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The Kansas Policy Institute, a free-market think tank based in Wichita, says it is planning to launch its own online news service.

The service will be called The Sentinel. Kansas Policy Institute President Dave Trabert announced the plan in a video on the organization's website.

“Are you tired of not getting honest information from government? Have you had it with media bias?" he says. "Well, if so, then I have some good news for you.”

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A new survey of Wichita State University students and faculty finds that most respondents feel well connected to the school and satisfied with the atmosphere on campus overall.

The school sent out the online survey in October. More than 1500 students and approximately 700 faculty and staff members responded.

The survey asked questions related to diversity at WSU, safety issues and how accessible the school is for people with disabilities. More than 80 percent of students surveyed say they’re at least somewhat satisfied with their experience at WSU.

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A new software system being developed uses a person’s expressive writing to help identify early signs of mental illness.

A user responds to a prompt and enters their creative writing into the online program. The writing is analyzed over a range of topics such as relationships, anger and addiction to find out if there are any themes or underlying emotional or mental concerns.

Wichita State University graduate student Johnna Crawford created the system.

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Wichita State University says offensive chalk drawings found on campus earlier this week were actually the work of a student completing an art project.

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Two Wichita State University alumni will receive awards this Sunday. Operatic mezzo-soprano and actress Karla Burns will receive an honorary doctorate, and opera star Samuel Ramey will receive the president’s award at WSU's fall commencement.

Karla Burns' numerous accomplishments range from her work on Broadway to winning an Olivier Award – the British equivalent of Broadway's Tony Award. Burns was inducted into Wichita State's Fine Arts Hall of Fame earlier this year.

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