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Can’t pay your utility bill? There is help for keeping the heat on this winter

With Kansas home heating gas prices soaring, it may be harder than ever for some families to keep up with their utility bills. The Kansas Corporation Commission (KCC), which regulates utility companies, has a “cold weather rule” that protects people from having their heat shut off. The cold weather rule is in effect between Nov. 1 and March 31 when temperatures fall below 35 degrees – but it doesn’t apply to everyone. Whether you are protected depends on who your utility company is.
SEDGWICK COUNTY, KS

KanCare 101: How to apply for Medicaid benefits in Kansas

In any given month, about 450,000 Kansans rely on Medicaid to pay for health care. The program is paid for by the federal government with states providing a match and administering the program. As with any assistance program, it can be difficult to determine if you qualify. Who qualifies depends on many factors, only one of which is income.
KANSAS STATE

Historic change comes to Wichita school board representation, and more may be coming still

Wichitans living within the borders of the Wichita Public Schools district known as USD 259 on Tuesday voted 2-1 in favor of a historic change to school board elections. The Wichita school board has six district representatives and one at-large member. Currently, residents of each district vote on their district representative in the primary but all voters citywide vote on that representative in the general election. On Tuesday, Wichita voters favored changing this, so in next year’s school board elections, only district residents will vote on district representatives. An at-large member would still be elected by voters across the city.
WICHITA, KS

Early voting prompts long lines in Wichita. What will Election Day look like?

Heading to the polls? Be sure to use the bathroom first, come dressed for the weather and make any other preparations needed for a long wait in line for voting in Wichita. Polls are open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. Busiest times are before 8 a.m., at noon and after 5 p.m. Anyone in line by 7 p.m. will be permitted to vote, no matter how long the line. Unsure of your Election Day neighborhood polling place? You can look it up on Kansas Voter View, a website operated by the Kansas secretary of state’s office. Entering your info here will also allow you to preview your individual ballot.
WICHITA, KS

Who’s behind the big-money push to retake Sedgwick County District 4?

Sedgwick County commissioners in three districts face challengers for reelection on Nov. 8, but one race is drawing the most attention from donors and the biggest expenditures by a candidate: District 4, where Ryan Baty is trying to recapture for Republicans the seat held by incumbent Democrat Lacey Cruse. District 4 includes central Wichita, extends north to include Park City and Valley Center and extends west to take in Maize.
SEDGWICK COUNTY, KS

Half a million Kansans need to review Medicare coverage before Dec. 7

540,000 Kansas residents receive health coverage through Medicare, government-funded health insurance available to nearly all citizens once they reach the age of 65. A multitude of choices are available, and all come with some kind of cost. Seniors may change plans during Medicare open enrollment, which is going on now through Dec. 7. Which plan you choose affects how much you pay each month in premiums, how much you pay in deductibles and copays, how much flexibility you have in choosing doctors and whether extras like prescription drugs, hearing aids and dental care are covered.
KANSAS STATE

Sedgwick County commissioners in District 5 represent Derby and Mulvane. Where do the current candidates stand on key issues?

Five commissioners serve on the Sedgwick County Commission, each elected to four-year terms. As a county commissioner, they oversee county finances, including the levying of taxes and the annual budget, issuances of bonds and awarding of contracts. They also oversee zoning, maintenance of county roads and bridges, the county jail and district court and act as the local board of health.
SEDGWICK COUNTY, KS

Sedgwick County commissioner District 4 candidates give stances on fentanyl, mental health and marijuana

Five commissioners serve on the Sedgwick County Commission, each elected to four-year terms. A county commissioner oversees county finances, including the levying of taxes and the annual budget, issuances of bonds and awarding of contracts. They also oversee zoning, maintenance of county roads and bridges, the county jail and district court and act as the local board of health.
SEDGWICK COUNTY, KS

Marijuana, mental health and diversity: Where do Sedgwick County commissioner District 1 candidates stand?

Five county commissioners serve on the Sedgwick County Commission, each elected to four-year terms. Commissioners oversee county finances, including the levying of taxes and the annual budget, issuances of bonds and awarding of contracts. They also oversee zoning, maintenance of county roads and bridges, the county jail and district court and act as the local board of health.
SEDGWICK COUNTY, KS

Who are the Kansas judges on the November ballot?

Elections for high-profile judicial positions like state Supreme Court justices get a lot of attention, and for good reason. The court issues consequential decisions on fundamental questions of democracy, like redistricting and abortion rights, so there’s a lot at stake. But nearly everyone who interacts with the courts only...
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Kansas general election 2022: A guide for Wichitans

Election Day is Nov. 8. The Wichita Beacon will get answers to your questions. Visit the Kansas Voter Help Desk. The Wichita Beacon has your Kansas General Election Toolkit ready for Nov. 8. Here’s everything you need to know in one place about how to vote, who is running and how to make sense of justice retention questions, constitutional amendments and the school board ballot initiative.
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