Wichita State University

Kansas Seeing More Startups, But Little Job Growth

Apr 28, 2016

Wichita State University held an entrepreneurship conference on Thursday at the Hyatt Regency downtown. The event featured several speakers who outlined the data behind startup businesses both large and small.

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The City of Wichita waives millions of dollars in tax revenue each year in the name of economic development. It’s called tax abatement, and it allows private companies to forgo certain tax burdens for a set amount of years. The plan is to help businesses expand, improve and hire more staff. Tax abatements are a common practice in cities across the country. KMUW’s Sean Sandefur explores how these incentives work, and whether they’re effective.

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The state of Kansas reduced its revenue projections for this fiscal year and the next by $228.6 million, further increasing the state's budget deficit. As a result, Gov. Sam Brownback proposed three plans for erasing the shortfall, one of which affects K-12 education.

The plan would cut spending to public schools, universities and most state agencies by nearly $140 million. Cuts ranging from 3 percent to 5 percent would reduce funding for school districts across the state by more than $57 million.

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The Wichita Sports Hall of Fame announced its 2016 class of inductees this week. Wichita State basketball players Fred VanVleet and Ron Baker are both included on the list.

The Wichita Sports Hall of Fame recognizes athletes, coaches, and media professionals who have brought honor to the City of Wichita. This year’s class of inductees honors eight people in addition to Baker and VanVleet, who both graduate this year.

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Wichita State University recently finalized a contract to bring license plate scanners onto campus. The technology will be used to monitor parking and will replace the traditional hangtags that are displayed inside of cars. KMUW’s Sean Sandefur takes a look at the technology and its impact.

Former Employee Sues WSU Over Title IX Violations

Mar 3, 2016
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A former Wichita State University employee is suing the university and its president, John Bardo, for alleged violations of Title IX, a federal law that deals with discrimination on the basis of sex.

A lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in Kansas City states that Wade Robinson, who held several executive positions at Wichita State starting in 2009, was threatened and eventually fired for looking into claims of sexual assault tied to university athletic programs.

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.

WSU To Build Outdoor Space For Food Trucks

Feb 24, 2016
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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.