Sedgwick County

Sedgwick County

Sedgwick County commissioners approved the $457 million 2020 budget at their weekly meeting Wednesday.

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Sedgwick County commissioners voted Wednesday to bring an end to a potential ethics investigation into the previous board of commissioners.

Former Commissioner Richard Ranzau prompted the investigation in October when he accused some of his colleagues of misconduct and unethical behavior.

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The Wichita Police Department is emphasizing gun safety education to reduce the rising number of gun thefts happening throughout the community.

The Regional Forensic Science Center is getting new equipment to help identify opioid drugs that are circulating in south-central Kansas.

Sedgwick County commissioners voted Wednesday to accept a $155,017 federal grant to pay for the machine. The Wichita-based crime lab will use the new device to streamline testing processes and reduce analysis time.

Tim Rohrig, director of the Regional Forensic Science Center, says the equipment will target the opioid abuse problem.

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Kansas lawmakers restored mental health funding for Sedgwick County’s Community Crisis Center and two other mental health centers Wednesday.

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Kansas voters might have more flexibility when it comes to where they cast ballots in future elections.

The Kansas Legislature approved an update to a state election law that gives counties the option to adopt open polling. The bill is now awaiting the governor’s signature.

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A corrections worker in Sedgwick County has a streak he hopes will last a little bit longer.

Rodney Pelly has maintained a perfect work attendance record for 28 years. He’s the only current Sedgwick County employee to reach this milestone.

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A new report on the overall health of Kansas ranks Sedgwick County in the bottom fourth of the state.

The 2019 County Health Rankings Report helps counties understand how healthy their residents are and how long they will live by examining health data.

The report ranked 102 of the 105 counties in Kansas from healthiest to unhealthiest based on two broad categories: health factors and health outcomes.

For the 2019 Health Factors category, Sedgwick County ranked 87 of 102 for the second year in a row. In 2017, it ranked 79.

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A possible internal investigation into Sedgwick County commissioners is still on hold.

The next steps could be decided soon now that the federal trial of Commissioner Michael O’Donnell is over. A jury acquitted O’Donnell Monday of nearly all charges related to his state and county campaigns.

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Veterans who struggle with substance abuse disorders will have a new treatment option in south-central Kansas.

The Robert J. Dole VA Medical Center is building a residential rehabilitation facility on its Wichita campus.

When it opens next year, veterans will no longer have to drive to Topeka, Leavenworth or Kansas City for inpatient VA care.

Dr. John Chelf, associate chief of staff for behavioral health, says the unlocked facility fills the gap between outpatient counseling and locked inpatient treatment.

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