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Wichita residents react to Ferguson decision

About 50 members of Wichita’s African-American community – ministers, elected officials and activists – gathered at a Wichita church Tuesday to respond to the latest developments in Ferguson, Mo., where protests grew violent after a grand jury decided not to indict Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown.

Politics & Government

Brownback: ‘We’re looking at everything’ to plug Kansas budget hole

Gov. Sam Brownback offered his first public comment on the state’s budget hole Monday. The governor promised to examine all solutions and said he was not aware before the election that the state would hit a shortfall. Democratic leaders voiced skepticism that Brownback was unaware of that.

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Offering food – and hope – during the holidays

Wichita police officers and members of Union Rescue Mission’s New Beginnings program loaded up holiday food boxes for families in need. More than 100 families around Wichita received food for Thanksgiving on Monday. The families were nominated by officers who came into contact with them over the course of the past year.

State

Kansas prisons face staffing shortages; pay cited

State correctional officers are being put at risk because of critical staffing shortages in state prisons, the interim director of the Kansas Association of State Employees told a legislative committee. Rebecca Proctor told about instances of inmates attacking guards at the Hutchinson and Lansing prisons.

Wichita State Shockers

No. 11 Wichita State routs Newman (VIDEO)

The Wichita State Shockers cruise past NCAA Division II opponent Newman Jets to improve to 3-0. Almost all the Shockers (3-0) looked good on Sunday as they won their 34th straight regular-season game and 27th straight non-conference home game. The Jets, playing a game that counted as an exhibition for them, never threatened either streak.

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