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As the debate continues at the Kansas Statehouse over guns on campus, universities around Kansas are preparing for the law to go into effect on July 1.

Wichita State University held a forum Thursday, the first in a series that will outline the school's new weapons policy. Basically, anyone over the age of 21 who can legally have a gun in Kansas can bring their concealed weapon on campus.

Read the campus weapons policy here.

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Updated Wednesday at 4:00 p.m.

Gov. Sam Brownback signed a bill into law officially tying together Wichita State University and Wichita Area Technical College (WATC).

A signing ceremony was held Wednesday at the Experiential Engineering Building on the WSU campus.

WATC will remain a separate legal entity and will be called the WSU Campus of Applied Sciences and Technology.

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Today, a special election will take place to decide who will replace Mike Pompeo in Kansas’ 4th District seat in the U.S. House of Representatives.

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Wichita State has accepted an invitation to join the American Athletic Conference.

Conference spokesman Bill Potter says the presidents of the conference's 12 member schools voted unanimously Friday to admit the school in all sports but football and the school accepted the invitation.

The school, which is currently a member of the Missouri Valley Conference, does not have a football program but it is a powerhouse in men's basketball.

It will officially join the league on July 1.

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A celebration of life event will be held Saturday to honor Shocker football legend Linwood Sexton, who died last week at the age of 90.

In this StoryCorps segment, recorded in Wichita in 2010, Sexton’s son, former Wichita State University athletic director Eric Sexton, asks his dad about his experiences, on and off the field. 

The celebration of life event will be held on April 8 Wichita State University’s Koch Arena. Doors open at 10 a.m.

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Wichita State University Shocker football legend Linwood Sexton died Wednesday at the age of 90.

Sexton, who graduated from the University of Wichita in 1948, was a charter inductee into the Shocker Sports Hall of Fame and was a Kansas Sports Hall of Fame honoree.  

In an interview with KMUW a few years ago, he remembered early life in his football career as the only black player on the team.

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The student government association at WSU passed a vote of "no confidence" as part of a resolution concerning Wichita State University President John Bardo this week.

In the resolution, which passed by an overwhelming majority, the student government association said President Bardo and his administration "have failed to adhere to shared governance of the institution with appropriate student representation."

The vote of no confidence also extends to WSU's Provost and Senior Vice President Tony Vizzini.

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Wichita State University is in talks with the YMCA to build a new fitness facility on the school's Innovation Campus.

Wichita State students would automatically be Y members under the new plan and have access to other Y's in Sedgwick, Butler and Harvey counties.

Teri Hall, WSU vice president for student affairs, says the new facility would offer upper-end workout classes for students, a drop-in day care center, and wellness services.

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One of the original Freedom Riders who was attacked in the 1961 bus bombing will speak in Wichita Tuesday as part of Wichita State University's Black History Month Celebration at Southeast High School.


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The Art That Touches Your Heart Foundation and Wichita State University's Office of Diversity and Inclusion will host a black art show on campus Friday night and Saturday. Among the artists participating is former WSU basketball star Mohamed Sharif-- then known as Kelly Pete. KMUW's Carla Eckels spoke to Sharif about his art collection and his fond memories of his Shocker basketball days in the '60s.

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