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A first responder team that handles mental health crisis calls in Sedgwick County is expected to be back on duty this month.

The Integrated Care Team, known as ICT-1, disbanded when a trial period for the program ended in October.

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A special first responder team is no longer available in Sedgwick County to handle 911 calls that involve a mental health crisis.

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With days to go before Election Day, early voter turnout numbers in Wichita are already up over the last mayoral election amid a highly contested race.

Sedgwick County Election Commissioner Tabitha Lehman says last week’s early voting at the county election office in downtown Wichita surpassed the total number of early votes cast in the 2015 city election.

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Sedgwick County hired a new president and CEO for Exploration Place Wednesday.

Adam Smith starts his job at the nonprofit Wichita science center Nov. 11.

Smith has worked in the museum field for more than 20 years and most recently served as executive director for Comic-Con Museum in San Diego.

Deputy County Manager Tim Kaufman says Smith’s museum leadership experience put him at the top of more than 70 applicants.

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The Sedgwick County Election Office is recruiting workers for the November election.

Workers are paid for mandatory training, and for working at Early Voting Centers and on Election Day.

Cross-trained clerks, runners and provisional ballot judges are paid $7.50 an hour. Supervising judges are paid $10 an hour; supervising judges and runners are also paid mileage.

Melissa Schnieders is the deputy election commissioner for Sedgwick County. She said between 600 and 700 workers help with mayoral and school district elections.

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There won’t be a revote on allowing slot machines at Wichita Greyhound Park in Sedgwick County anytime soon.

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Large-scale commercial wind farms won’t be built in Sedgwick County.

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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.

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