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Sedgwick County and the City of Wichita are facing a May 18 deadline for finalizing an agreement for a new law enforcement training center.

The county commissioners are set to take up the issue at their Wednesday meeting.

The county’s bid board is recommending the commissioners accept a proposal to build a new law enforcement training center on Wichita State University’s Innovation Campus. The facility would replace the current center, a former elementary school on West 37th Street North that’s more than 30 years old and wasn’t meeting training needs.

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Wichita State University is planning on a 3 percent budget cut for fiscal year 2017. The move is in response to the state budget passed Monday that includes $17 million in cuts to higher education.

WSU President John BARdo said in a message sent Thursday that the cuts should be considered permanent, saying "it’s unlikely state funding will be restored to universities in the next budget cycle."

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.

Governor Eyes Cuts To Education, KPERS To Fill Budget Gap

Apr 21, 2016
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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.

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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.