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WICHITA, Kan. (AP) - Wichita State's new center for student-athletes is one step closer to reality. The school held a groundbreaking ceremony Tuesday for its $13.8 million Student-Athlete Success Center close to where it will be constructed near Koch Arena. The Wichita Eagle reports the 36,000-square-foot, two-level center will include a 2,500-square-foot study hall, tutoring rooms and a large computer center. The new center is expected to be completed by July 2020.

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - Topeka police say the death of a man whose body was found inside a home is being investigated as a homicide. The victim, 36-year-old John Waller, of Topeka, was found dead Monday at a central Topeka house. Police Lt. Andrew Beightel said in a news release that evidence at the scene and information from the coroner's office prompted the decision to investigate the death as a homicide.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - A 34-year-old black man whose family was homeless at times during his childhood in Kansas City, Missouri, will become the city's 55th mayor. Unofficial results showed that Kansas City voters on Tuesday chose Quinton Lucas over fellow City Council member Jolie Justus in a mayoral runoff. He will assume office in August, replacing Sly James, another black mayor who served two four-year terms.

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - Kansas' tax collections have beaten expectations nearly every month for two years and the state expects to end June with close to $1 billion in cash reserves. Yet budget problems that followed a former Republican governor's notorious tax cutting experiment aren't necessarily in the past. Projections from the Legislature's staff predict spending will outpace tax collections for the next few years, making budget shortfalls inevitable unless lawmakers tighten spending or raise taxes.

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