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A new study shows Kansas' high sales taxes on groceries have people crossing state lines to shop, particularly residents living in border counties.

The trend hurts low-income families, rural grocery stores and local governments.

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Wichita State University is reporting an increase in the number of invention disclosures coming from its campus following a new marketing campaign.

WSU Ventures began as a way to encourage WSU faculty, staff and students to commercialize their ideas. It focuses on technology transfer, expanding industry partnerships, and commercializing WSU innovations.

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A Wichita State University student who died after trying to stop a suicide bomber in Saudi Arabia will receive an honorary degree.

Wichita State officials announced Thursday that 22-year-old Abduljaleel Alarbash also will have a room in Jabara Hall on the college campus named for him.

Alarbash, an electrical engineering student, was killed in May when he tried to stop the suicide bomber from entering a mosque in his native Saudi Arabia.

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Wichita State University will award an honorary doctorate to Wichita physician Dr. Donna Sweet during the university's fall commencement ceremony on Sunday, Dec. 13. This marks the first time since 1988 that an honorary degree has been given at WSU.

WSU President John Bardo selected Dr. Sweet to receive the award in recognition of her 35 years of service to patients with HIV/AIDS. In a release from the University, Bardo said that Sweet has changed the world with her scholarship and her heart. Sweet says she was flattered and honored by his statement.

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Spirit AeroSystems announced its plans to provide more than $570,000 of scholarship support to selected students at Wichita State University, the University of Kansas, and Kansas State University.

In all, Spirit is funding 18 scholarships across three universities. There are 12 scholarships available at Wichita State University and three each at KU and K-State. In addition, one scholarship will be earmarked for a student coming out of the Upward Bound Math Science program at Wichita State University.

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Wichita State University President John Bardo hosted a forum on diversity Thursday afternoon. In a campus-wide letter Bardo said the forum was “a chance to come together as a community in light of recent events at the University of Missouri” and controversy over the removal of pews in WSU’s Interfaith Chapel.

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Wichita State University is launching a new tuition discount for residents in the Tulsa and Oklahoma City areas. As KMUW’s Deborah Shaar reports, it’s the latest effort to increase enrollment.

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Next year, the Public History Program at Wichita State University will officially become the Local and Community History Program.

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UPDATE: WSU officials confirm that the Sedgwick County Coroner preliminary results find that the death  was a suicide.

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Officials say a female student was found dead in her room on the Wichita State University campus.

According to university spokesman Joe Kleinsasser, the student was found Monday evening and no foul play is suspected. The student's identity has not been released pending notification of her family.

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An annual ceremony of remembrance was held at Wichita State University this morning in honor of the 31 WSU football players, administrators and supporters who died in a plane crash in 1970 in the Rocky Mountains.

More than 100 people paid their respects at the ceremony held at the permanent memorial on the university’s campus. Many in attendance wore gold and black, Wichita State University’s colors.

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