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County to give KPTS $33,000

To help viewers across Sedgwick County have access to KPTS, the area’s PBS station, commissioners today gave the station $33,000 to expand its coverage.

The $33,000 represents 10 percent of the cost of the project.

Board chairman Kelly Parks said residents in his district in the northern part of the county without cable have complained about not being able to get KPTS since the digital conversion.

The $33,000 will come from the commission’s contingency fund.

Board member Tim Norton said he supported the measure but expressed concern — again — that Parks brought up the issue in an off-agenda item. Consideration to give the station money was not on the board’s agenda today.