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Wichita short billions in funding to maintain public assets, panel finds

Wichitans have put off maintaining streets, water and sewer systems and public facilities and will need to pay billions over the next two decades, according to a preliminary report offered Tuesday.

City Council discusses sales tax referendum at strategic planning session

City Council members moved closer to a sales tax referendum Tuesday as they sorted through community and council priorities for Wichita’s future during a strategic planning session at the Hyatt Regency Wichita.

Wichita leaders to weigh development: city core vs. suburbs

Should Wichita shift its development focus to the core of the city? Or should the city continue providing roads and utilities to the suburbs?

Wichitans’ top priorities for tax dollars: stable water source, more jobs

Wichitans want a stable long-term water source and jobs, based on feedback in a series of 102 community meetings held by City Hall last fall and early this year.

Boat, travel show features an old water-skiing friend

The 60th annual Kansas Sports, Boat and Travel Show will feature a lot of its traditional wares – like campers, RVs and boats of all sizes – along with educational outdoors seminars and booths from outfitters and outdoors equipment manufacturers.

Wichita considers treating sewer water for use as drinking water in future

Turning sewer water into drinking water may be the future of Wichita’s water supply, city officials said this week.

Most Sedgwick County properties’ appraised value won’t change, official says

A majority of houses and commercial properties will see no change in appraised value this year, Sedgwick County’s appraiser told county commissioners on Wednesday.

Wichita sweeping streets to recover sand for use in future storms

The city wants its sand back.

City: More equipment, crews needed to avoid repeat of Feb. 4 storm response

City Council members, fed up with social media-fueled anger about snow removal efforts last week, posed a couple of questions Tuesday in response to complaints.

Parents recall Steckline homicide victim; police say business targeted

Tuesday was a day of grief at the Flores family home in Derby. But Jose Flores’ face lit up as he talked about a favorite memory of his son, Daniel.

Humor helps Joe Pajor, city’s face for public works, juggle emergencies

If something is going wrong with city streets, sanitation and water pipes and a bunch of other things, Joe Pajor has to explain why.

Marjorie Brooks, first director of River Festival, dies at age 93

Her friends say Marjorie “Pat” Brooks had a gift for seeing how Wichita could be.

Police release images in south Wichita Subway robbery

Hoping someone recognizes him, Wichita police have released security camera photos of the man who they say robbed a Subway restaurant last week.

New Old Town Association president wants district to be ‘safe and exciting’

Jason Van Sickle has big hopes for Old Town.

City Council starts talking about future of roads, highways

Wichita City Council members got their first look Tuesday at one of the biggest unfunded mandates looming before them: the long-term future of transportation.

Wichita Mayor Carl Brewer to discuss state of the city on busy night

Carl Brewer admits the state of the city probably won’t be the biggest thing on Wichitans’ minds Tuesday night.

Wichita school board to discuss bond projects at Robinson, Caldwell

The Wichita school board will take another look Monday at remaining bond projects and could vote on whether or how to move forward with projects at several schools.

Report: Refinancings have helped reduce city of Wichita’s debt

The city of Wichita has reduced its debt by roughly 16 percent since 2010.

Prosecutor makes opening statement in 2013 double-murder trial

Wichita police recorded two homicides in the first week of 2013. A jury was told Wednesday that evidence from both cases would be presented to them this week in a Sedgwick County courtroom.

5 decades after King’s ‘Dream’ speech, battle for equality continues

Bernadette Gray-Little, the top boss at the University of Kansas, grew up in a family with many children but little means.

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