Deb Gruver, The Wichita Eagle

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The Wichita Eagle

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Past articles by Deb:

Sedgwick County Commission approves purchase of former IRS building downtown

Sedgwick County commissioners voted 3-2 to buy the former IRS building in downtown Wichita for $5 million. The total cost to renovate the building, including the purchase, is estimated to be almost $13.9 million to be funded with a general obligation bo... → Read More

Nonprofits tour Sedgwick County’s boys ranch for possible uses

The Judge Riddel Boys Ranch was a place where young men turned around their lives, and that’s what drew Union Rescue Mission officials to take a tour of the property near Lake Afton on Tuesday. → Read More

County firefighters ask commissioners to fill open positions for safety

The proposed Sedgwick County Fire District 1 budget for next year is $17,627,925. That includes keeping six firefighter positions open to save about $420,000. → Read More

In Need of Care: Child neglect easy to miss, affects development, safety

Child neglect happens every day in the Wichita area. Medical and physical neglect of children made up about 18 percent of all child-in-need-of-care reports to the Kansas Department for Children and Families in state fiscal year 2014, which ended June 30. → Read More

In Need of Care: Trial for parents accused of beating adopted daughter continued to October

A judge granted a 60-day continuance Friday for parents accused of beating their adopted daughter, keeping her in a windowless room in the basement and chaining her at times to a bed. → Read More

Sedgwick County manager proposes 1.4 percent increase in 2015 budget

Sedgwick County Manager William Buchanan presented his recommended $421,355,378 budget for next year to commissioners Wednesday, a 1.4 percent increase from this year. → Read More

State health department traces 4 measles cases to Wichita restaurant

Four measles cases in Sedgwick County have been traced to Sal’s Japanese Steakhouse in Wichita, the Kansas Department of Health and Environment confirmed Saturday. → Read More

Wichita, Sedgwick County officials tour former Cessna buildings as possible training site

Leaders from Wichita and Sedgwick County on the search for a new law enforcement training center for police officers and sheriff’s deputies toured an empty building Monday along 21st Street that was once used for a welfare-to-work program touted ... → Read More

In Need of Care: Reports of girl’s abuse deemed ‘unsubstantiated’ by DCF

When someone reported that the adoptive mother of a 14-year-old Sedgwick County girl had hit her with a bat, the Kansas Department for Children and Families found there was not “clear and convincing” evidence that abuse had occurred. → Read More

FEC dismisses Operation Rescue’s complaint against Trust Women’s PAC

The Federal Election Commission has dismissed Operation Rescue’s complaint against the political action committee of the Trust Women Foundation, the group that re-opened the former clinic of slain Wichita doctor George Tiller. → Read More

County Commission candidates back reopening Judge Riddel Boys Ranch

Sedgwick County plans to close the Judge Riddel Boys Ranch next month, but candidates for the County Commission say they would consider reopening it if they are elected. → Read More

In Need of Care: The girl in the basement

As reports of child abuse and neglect rise locally, the stakes are huge – for the children and for the community. The Eagle takes readers inside two cases to examine how the system works and to show the extent of the problem. → Read More

Abortion-rights groups remember George Tiller on fifth anniversary of his death -

The political climate for abortion providers and their patients has deteriorated since the murder of Wichita physician George Tiller five years ago Saturday, abortion groups say. → Read More

Harley owner finds lasting way to honor fallen military

Dave Schoonover’s 2012 Harley-Davidson Ultra Classic is a rolling tribute to Kansas military killed since Operation Desert Storm. → Read More

Sedgwick County manager doesn't recommend move to Finney State Office Building

The Finney State Office Building does not suit the needs of Sedgwick County, which had been considering moving some of its offices there, County Manager William Buchanan told commissioners Tuesday. → Read More

Sedgwick County to make more on inmate collect calls

Collect calls from inmates at the Sedgwick County Jail will cost their families and friends less beginning this week. At the same time, the county will make a higher commission. → Read More

Sedgwick County Zoo introduces newly born and hatched animals

Spring definitely has made its appearance at the Sedgwick County Zoo. → Read More

Don’t feed the wildlife, Sedgwick County Park asks public

Attention squirrels, ducks and geese of Sedgwick County Park: The smorgasbord is closing. → Read More

Wichita schoolchildren answer burning musical question: ‘What Does a Shocker say?’

Take one viral song, a bunch of fifth graders and Shocker spirit, mix and repeat. → Read More

Sedgwick County approves $300,000 settlement in jail lawsuit

Sedgwick County commissioners signed off Tuesday to settle a federal lawsuit filed on behalf of a mentally ill inmate, agreeing to pay out $300,000. → Read More