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Sedgwick County’s computer purchase may have violated open-meetings law

In a rush to buy computers for the Sheriff’s Department before they went off the market, steps taken by the Sedgwick County commissioners raise questions of whether they violated the state’s open meeting law.

Sedgwick County recognizes departing fire chief

Sedgwick County Fire District 1 Chief Gary Curmode is departing after more than 19 years with the county to become head of a fire department in Colorado.

Wichita council unanimously opposes changes to elections

The Wichita City Council took a stand Tuesday against the Kansas Legislature’s attempt this session to move local elections to the fall.

Wichita City Council approves hotel tax to fund tourism promotion

Guests at Wichita’s largest hotels will pay 2.75 percent more so the city can tell its story.

Wichita City Council expected to OK tourism fee

A tourism business improvement district that is expected to generate $2.5 million to $3 million annually to market Wichita events is set for a City Council vote on Tuesday.

Jim Skelton won’t run again for Sedgwick County Commission

Sedgwick County Commissioner Jim Skelton said Friday that he will not seek re-election and is planning to get married and change careers.

Sedgwick County approves $300,000 settlement in jail beating lawsuit

Sedgwick County will pay $300,000 to settle a federal lawsuit filed on behalf of a mentally ill inmate whose beating by a sheriff’s deputy shed light on problems in the jail.

Wichita to be restored to new airport name

The case of the missing “Wichita” has been solved.

Council members will try to take part in hotel-tax hearing from D.C.

On Tuesday, the public will get its chance to weigh in on a tax hike on hotel bills in front of as many as four empty Wichita City Council seats.

Wichita council changes bidding rules for public-private partnerships

City Council members gave unanimous approval Tuesday to a change in the city’s bidding regulations for public-private partnerships.

Wichita council weighing change to no-bid policy for public-private projects

Are public-private construction projects enhanced when the city and private developers share an architect and builder?

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?

Aquifer project’s role uncertain in Wichita’s long-term water plans

Wichita’s $240 million aquifer storage and recovery program – promoted to taxpayers in the early 1990s as a way to supply the city with water for 50 years – could soon be relegated to serving as a bit player in the city’s long-term water future.

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.

Council to consider agreement with center to manage China aviation program

An economic development partnership that put Wichita at the forefront of the Chinese aviation push heads the agenda of Tuesday’s City Council meeting.

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