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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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Wichita State University police are investigating reports of racist chalk drawings found on campus Monday morning.

Students and employees found sidewalk chalk drawings in front of several buildings. Some of the vandalism included hate speech regarding race and gender identity, according to a news release from the university. The drawings have since been removed.

In a statement, WSU President John Bardo condemned the chalkings.

“We deplore all forms of hate speech, including these acts of vandalism,” he said.

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The Workforce Alliance of South Central Kansas is launching a new job-training program that’s designed to get more people into the advanced manufacturing industry.

The Workforce Alliance is coordinating a tuition-free training program that’s expected to start next spring. The U.S. Department of Labor awarded a $6 million grant for the project.

Students at Wichita State University, Hutchinson Community College and Wichita Area Technical College will be able to get paid on-the-job training at area manufacturers in addition to their classroom education.

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A representative from the Kansas Sierra Club says he's hoping climate change will be a bigger priority in the upcoming legislative session. 

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The fourth Regional Mayors Summit will be held in Derby on Wednesday. As KMUW’s Carla Eckels reports, mayors from a 10-county region are expected to share ideas about how to stimulate the economy in south-central Kansas.

Mayors from Wichita, Derby, Mount Hope and Goddard are coordinating the summit, which is expected to attract close to 30 mayors from across south-central Kansas.

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Wichita State University is offering financial aid for some new freshmen from Sedgwick County.

The newly established Sedgwick County Access Grant will be available for the 2017-18 academic year. High school seniors with permanent residence in the county can apply for the need-based grant.

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Officials from Wichita State University held a town hall meeting Friday on the school's budget. KMUW's Abigail Beckman reports the discussion was held as a way to "prepare for all possible outcomes given the state budget environment."

No budgeting decisions were made or announced at the meeting.

Instead, Wichita State President Dr. John Bardo said his goal was to to gather ideas from faculty and staff about where savings can be found. Bardo said the university has floated the idea of 6 percent across-the-board cut.

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The Kansas Board of Regents has approved Wichita State University’s proposal to offer in-state tuition to students from the Kansas City, Missouri, metro area.

The university already offers in-state benefits to students from certain areas in Oklahoma and Texas as a way to boost overall enrollment and develop economic relationships in those areas.

At the board's meeting Wednesday, WSU President John Bardo said the tuition break has helped boost the number of students coming from those states.

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Wichita State University has submitted a draft proposal of its new weapons policy to a state board for review and approval.

The policies and procedures spell out what to expect when a new state law allowing concealed carry of handguns on Wichita State’s campus takes effect next July.

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City officials on Monday celebrated the completion of a renovation project at Fairmount Park near the Wichita State University campus.

The park has a brand-new basketball court and the first futsal court in Wichita. Futsal is a game similar to soccer but with a smaller ball and a smaller outdoor playing surface.

Half of a tennis court at Fairmount Park was renovated and converted for the game. Wichita Mayor Jeff Longwell says the court, which cost about $281,000, will help attract college students to the park.

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