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Wichita State University has changed its policy on beer sales to align with other universities in the American Athletic Conference.

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Crews moved the original Pizza Hut building Monday morning from the southern end of Wichita State University to its new home on Innovation Campus.

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The original building where two Wichita brothers launched Pizza Hut is moving to a new location on the Wichita State University campus.

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The W. Frank Barton School of Business at Wichita State University announced Tuesday a newly formed Institute for the Study of Economic Growth. The school received a $3.6 million gift of support from the Charles Koch Foundation.

Barton School Dean Anand Desai says students will be the greatest beneficiaries of this grant. He says the institute will help attract and retain outstanding faculty and increase the value of business and economics education at Wichita State.

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Wichita State University and Wichita Area Technical College on Thursday celebrated their new shared space in Old Town.

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A 2015 survey found that 1 in 3 Wichita State University students has admitted to skipping a meal because they couldn’t afford to buy food. Now, the school is expanding its free food pantry in order to serve more students.

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Wichita State University plans to close the Fairmount Towers residence hall in mid-August.

Fairmount Towers, located on the northwest corner of 21st and Hillside, has been open to students for 53 years. Operation inefficiencies, its location off the main campus and limited student demand all contributed to the recommendations to close the dormitory.

WSU spokesman Lou Heldman says the university will move about 300 students into The Flats at WSU, the school's new apartment complex.

Local groups are hosting a series of events throughout the week in celebration of Juneteenth.

Juneteenth marks the end of slavery in the U.S.: On June 19th, 1865, the Union Army proclaimed the slaves of Texas free, more than two years after the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation.

Today, groups including the Wichita branch of the NAACP, Wichita State University and Sunflower Community Action are partnering to host several events commemorating Juneteenth. This year’s theme is “unity.”

Events will include:

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The cost of higher education in Kansas continued to swell last week, carrying on a long-running trend in which universities rely increasingly on tuition and fees to operate.

This fall, a full-time semester at the University of Kansas will cost nearly $2,000 more than a decade earlier. The increase at Kansas State University has been similar.

Also over the last decade, the state’s spending per student at Kansas Board of Regents universities has slid.

Tuition at Kansas’ six state universities will go up this fall.

The Board of Regents agreed to hikes ranging from 2.5 to 2.9 percent.

Kansas State sought 3 percent, but lowered its request when it became clear the Regents were critical of the idea.

Regent and former state lawmaker Bill Feuerborn had hoped to keep tuition flatter.

“My concern is, like I stated, we’re going to price some families out of sending their sons and daughters to college," he said.

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