Contractors: Price paid for 271 Building reasonable; renovations needed

Three local contractors and the leader of the Wichita Area Builders Association say the $5 million the county paid for the former Internal Revenue Service building was reasonable, according to the director of the Metropolitan Area Building and Construction Department – one of the agencies slated to move into the location.


Annual count finds 11 percent fewer homeless Wichitans

According to the count, an estimated 561 people in Wichita were “literally” homeless – meaning the person lacks a fixed, regular and adequate nighttime residence. That number includes people in emergency shelters and transitional housing, according to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. In 2014, 631 people were counted as homeless in Wichita.


County shouldn’t shred agreements

If the new Sedgwick County Commission majority votes to shred multiyear funding agreements with the Sedgwick County Zoo, Exploration Place and the Greater Wichita Economic Development Coalition, the damage will extend to the community’s ability to trust the county and its word.

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Jason Vargas shines as Royals beat Indians 5-3 to begin three-game series

Jason Vargas was making his fifth start of the season and lugged a 5.95 ERA into Tuesday night’s game against the Cleveland Indians. With the Royals’ 5-3 win, he improved to 3-1 with the previous two victories fashioned by generous run support. On Tuesday night, Vargas helped himself. After a first-inning home run to Michael Brantley, he retired the next eight batters and 11 of the next 12.


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