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The Kansas Board of Regents will vote Thursday on how much to hike tuition at state universities next year.

The six regent schools’ requests range between 2.5 and 3 percent, less than recent years. Wichita State University is requesting a 2.5 percent increase.

University of Kansas Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little said during discussions Wednesday that the 2.5 percent increase her campus is asking for is barely above inflation.

“There was definitely a focus on making the tuition increase a modest one," she said.

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A new exhibit opens at The Kansas African American Museum on Friday called "The Fire Next Time: The Legacy of the Kerner Report."

The Kerner Commission Report was released in 1968 after racial violence and rioting in urban areas across the country.

President Lyndon Johnson impaneled a special commission, named after Illinois Gov. Otto Kerner, to see why these riots were happening and how to prevent them from happening again.

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Sedgwick County District Attorney Marc Bennett has determined there isn’t sufficient evidence to file criminal charges in an incident that happened on Wichita State University’s campus earlier this month.

University police responded to an altercation following the Student Government Association’s dinner on May 4. Outgoing SGA president Joseph Shepard says he was confronted by the parents of the incoming president after he gave his final speech. Shepard told the police that a racial slur had been used during the incident.

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Wichita State University has begun its own inquiry into an incident last week that took place after the Student Government Association banquet.

President John Bardo has appointed three university leaders -- Marche Fleming-Randle, assistant for diversity; Judy Espinoza, director of human resources; and, Jane Link, director of equal opportunity -- to the committee. They will look into allegations of racially discriminatory behavior.

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Wichita State University is in the process of changing its student fee structure to be more equitable.

Student fees pay for athletics and student services, and are currently calculated per credit hour. WSU wants to begin a flat-fee system where students pay fees based on the number of credit hours they take.

There would be three levels of student fees; all students in each level would pay the same amount.

WSU says the change will only impact student fees. Course fees, certain program fees and infrastructure fees will remain a per credit hour fee.

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Wichita State University police were called to campus Thursday night about an incident that took place after the Student Government Association annual banquet. The former president made a final speech as the new president and her family listened in the audience.

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The University of Kansas, Kansas State and Wichita State all want to prevent fans from carrying concealed weapons into major sporting events.

The three schools asked a Kansas Board of Regents committee Wednesday for permission to use metal detectors and armed security to screen fans. The committee agreed.

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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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