Wichita State University

On Tuesday, Gov. Sam Brownback ordered state budget reductions in response to lower-than-expected tax collections. That included a 3 percent, or about $17 million, cut to higher education in Kansas that will take place over the next four months.

Stephen Koranda

Tax collections in Kansas were more than $50 million short of estimates last month. That puts the state back into a budget deficit. As KPR’s Stephen Koranda reports, the numbers prompted the governor to announce a cut to university budgets.

Kansas came up short on individual income, corporate income and sales tax collections.

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Last week, a group of students at Wichita State University hosted an interactive meal called a hunger banquet. The goal of the event was to participate in a lesson about global income disparity and unfair food distribution. KMUW’s Abigail Wilson attended the banquet and has this report.

Hugo Phan

Wichita State University students can look forward to having food trucks on campus. The university has announced they’re building an outdoor space dedicated to mobile restaurants.

The “Food Truck Plaza” should be completed by June, and will be located on the new Innovation Campus, a massive addition to the university that’s being built on the former Braeburn Golf Course.

The space will include four vendor stalls and a dining area with lighting and tables. A total of 12 food trucks are already signed up to participate.

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African-American professional artists from across the country will take part in a rare visit to Kansas. Their appearance and exhibit are scheduled for Friday at Wichita State University as part of Black History Month programming.

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Wichita State University received an initial approval to build its first parking garage on the main campus.

The Kansas Board of Regents approved the proposal at its meeting on Wednesday.

WSU wants to build a multi-level parking garage south of the Rhatigan Student Center that could hold up to 400 or more vehicles. It is part of its plan to increase enrollment at the university and to encourage a more live-on campus.

Faculty, staff, students and visitors have complained that there is a lack of adequate parking near the central part of campus.

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A weekly meeting about startups and entrepreneurs had its first event in Old Town this morning.

Dozens of people packed into Wichita State University’s new Old Town location for an initiative called 1 Million Cups, a program started in Kansas City that has spread to 77 cities across the U.S.

The idea behind 1 Million Cups is providing “a supportive, neutral space welcoming entrepreneurs to be open and honest about their businesses and the challenges they face.”

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It’s that time of year when many high school seniors are filling out their college applications. And while choosing a perfect school and trying to get in can be hard enough, navigating the world of student loans can also cause major stress. KMUW’s Sean Sandefur reports on how families can best prepare for the cost of college.

Jordan Kirtley

A study released last month by Wichita State University found that Kansas'  sales tax pushes shoppers across state and county lines in order to save money on food. Kansas is one of only 14 states that includes groceries in the state sales tax.

Center for Economic Development and Business Research

A university study projects the number of Kansans older than 65 will double in the next 50 years and outnumber children for the first time in state history.

The forecast released Wednesday by Wichita State University's Center for Economic Development and Business Research also projects a 21.8 percent increase between 2014 and 2064 as the Kansas population reaches more than 3.5 million people. That is slower than the growth rate for the nation.

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