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Deborah Shaar

Wichita Eisenhower National Airport is reporting that 2015 was its third busiest year on record.

A brand new terminal, which opened last June, helped to bring in 37,679 additional passengers in 2015, an increase of 2.5 percent from the previous year.

Airport officials said the total number of passengers who either flew in or out of Eisenhower National Airport was 1,571,348.

“We are very pleased that passengers have responded to the conveniences and amenities of our new terminal and our air service,” Valerie Wise, Air Service Manager, said in a statement.

Walmart Closings In Wichita Add To Local Food Deserts

Jan 15, 2016
Nadya Faulx / KMUW

Walmart has announced they’re closing three Neighborhood Market grocery stores in Wichita. Come February, the Central and West, Harry and Web, and 13th and Oliver locations will all be shuttered.

Wynn Ponder

Fifty-seven years ago, two Wichita brothers launched the very first Pizza Hut.

The business has grown into the world's largest pizza chain, with nearly 15,000 stores worldwide making about $13 billion in annual sales.

KMUW's Carla Eckels recently spoke with Pizza Hut co-founder Dan Carney about his early life in the pizza business. This piece is part of KMUW's ongoing series, "Wichita Entrepreneurs." More on Carney and Pizza Hut can be found here.

Abengoa Bioenergy

A Sedgwick County ethanol plant has closed, leaving dozens of employees out of work.

Abengoa Bioenergy closed its plant in Colwich after the company filed for bankruptcy protection about two weeks ago.

About 20 to 30 people worked at the plant.

Colwich Mayor Terry Spexarth says losing the plant will have an impact on the city’s finances.

Robert Couse-Baker, flickr Creative Commons

Canada and Mexico are threatening to impose tariffs on more than one billion dollars worth of U.S. goods. As Harvest Public Media’s Jeremy Bernfeld reports, it’s in retaliation for labels on meat at the grocery store.

Your beef, pork and chicken has a little label on it that says where the animal it came from was born, raised and slaughtered. And Canada and Mexico blame that little label for a drop in demand for their products.

According to a survey taken by Wichita's RSA Marketing, Koch Industries is the most recognizable brand from Kansas.

More than 1,000 Kansans were asked to name the Kansas-based brand they think is the most famous. Koch Industries took the top spot, followed by Pizza Hut, KU, Garmin and Coleman. Aircraft companies Boeing and Cessna also were in the top 10.

Gage Skidmore, flickr Creative Commons

Former Mexican President Vicente Fox spent time in the Wichita area this week to promote trade between Kansas and Mexico.

He visited companies and met with business and government leaders about trade opportunities.


The MSNBC talk show Morning Joe was broadcast live from Wichita State University on Tuesday. It featured an interview with Charles and David Koch of Koch Industries in Wichita.

Bruno Sanchez-Andrade Nuño, flickr Creative Commons

Leaders from Wichita State and the city's private sector attended the Investing in Manufacturing Communities Partnership (IMCP) Summit in Washington DC last week. The summit is geared toward best practices in manufacturing. Last year's summit helped generate a $7 million grant recently awarded to WSU.

WSU Venture's Debra Franklin says the group met with federal experts to learn more about new manufacturing processes to become more globally competitive.

Thousands of businesses in Kansas will pay much less for workers’ compensation coverage next year.