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Meter problem may affect water bills

Wichita water customers may receive a higher bill due to added days in the billing cycle because faulty equipment is putting meter readers behind schedule, city officials said Monday.

Malfunctioning equipment, which includes hand-held meter-reading devices and a data-collection vehicles, are causing delays, the city said.

The utilities department has obtained back-up equipment until existing equipment is repaired, said Chris Carrier, interim director of Water Utilities. Staff from the Public Works' maintenance division is helping with meter readings, he said.

Bills will be prorated so that a customer is not penalized for a longer billing period. Customers with additional service days in the current billing cycle will likely see fewer days of service in their subsequent bill.

Reading and billing, which have been behind since at least June, are expected back on schedule by mid-August.

_ Ron Sylvester

Two teens arrested after shotgun is fired

Three teens escaped injury when a shotgun blast was fired in their direction at about midnight on Sunday, police said.

The incident occurred in the 1800 block of South Seneca. The three teenagers — one 18, the other two 17 — said two other teens they knew pulled up in a white Chevy S-10. One of the teens in the pickup then fired a shotgun toward them before they left.

No injuries or damage was reported. Police located the two suspects, ages 16 and 17, and one of them had a shotgun with him. They were booked into the juvenile detention facility.

—Stan Finger

Potwin to kick off motorcycle run Sunday

The city of Potwin is organizing a monthly motorcycle run that will kick off Sunday.

The run will be the second Sunday of the month, and rallies also are planned for September and October.

Scheduled from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., the rally will include a morning church service at 9:45 a.m. at Potwin's Community House. Potwin is about 12 miles northwest of El Dorado.

The Cassoday City Council, meanwhile, will meet Monday to talk more about the future of the Cassoday Bike Run.

Some residents of the Flint Hills town recently signed a petition calling for the end of the rally, which has attracted up to 7,000 bikers the first Sunday of the month.

—Deb Gruver

Washburn University housing full for fall

TOPEKA — Washburn University says its on-campus housing is full for the upcoming fall semester.

The university has notified students that those who haven't secured a housing spot will have to be on a waiting list.

Mindy Rendon, Washburn's director of residential living, says the university's housing options have been full since July 15. She says it's possible some rooms will open up, so students on the waiting list should continue to check their status.

Washburn University president Jerry Farley says he expects enrollment to be higher this year than in the past few years. He's predicting the school could have between 6,900 and 7,000 students in the fall.

—Associated Press

Volunteers sought for Thanksgiving dinners

The Mid America Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society is looking for groups or individuals interested in providing Thanksgiving meals for the chapter's second annual Traveling Turkeys: Giving Thanks for Giving Care program.

It provides a Thanksgiving meal Nov. 23 to the family of someone with multiple sclerosis. People can contribute financially or by volunteering time and a vehicle for delivery. A $50 donation will provide one meal for four to be delivered to a family.

For more informationabout donating or receiving a Thanksgiving meal, contact Robine Lunkwitz at 316-264-7043 or Robine.Lunkwitz@nmss.org.

—Karen Shideler

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