Sedgwick County

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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.

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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