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Smoking Ordinances
5:41 pm
Wed June 5, 2013

Garden City Hotels Seek Smoking Ban Change

Some hotel operators in Garden City say they're losing business because of the local ban on smoking in most public places.

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Business
8:46 am
Tue June 4, 2013

Via Christi Cuts 28 From Staff In Pittsburg

Via Christi Health Systems says it is laying off 28 employees in Pittsburg as part of a statewide effort to cut costs.

The heath system in Pittsburg includes the hospital, physician offices and care facilities.

Via Christi spokesperson Michael Hayslip says the layoffs will help meet a goal of reducing expenses in Pittsburg by $3.5 million. He says cost reductions in contractual services helped prevent even more layoffs. And 25 open positions will not be filled.

Business
6:31 am
Tue June 4, 2013

Salina Liquor Stores Will Soon Sell On Sundays

City commissioners in Salina have voted to allow sales of packaged liquor on Sundays and three designated holidays.

Monday's unanimous vote clears the way for the new ordinance to take effect in 61 days, unless a petition is filed to block it.

The petition would have to be signed by 25 percent of the registered voters who participated in the most recent city election.

Salina businesses will be able to sell packaged retail liquor between noon and 8 p.m. on Sundays and on Memorial Day, the Fourth of July and Labor Day.

Business
2:48 pm
Tue May 21, 2013

Via Christi To Cut More Than 350 Jobs

Via Christi says months of lowered hospital and physician visits put the company $18 million dollars behind budget for fiscal year 2013.

They'll eliminate between 350 and 400 jobs, about 4 percent of the company's Kansas workforce, by the end of June. About 80 of those will be taken care of by not filling current vacancies, but 80 percent of total job cuts will be designated for Wichita.

In addition, about 35 senior leaders in the company will take a 4 percent salary deduction.

Staff members who lose their jobs will receive severance and other support.

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Tourism
7:57 am
Fri May 17, 2013

The Job: Get People To Visit Wichita

Susie Santos, president and CEO of Go Wichita Convention & Tourism Bureau.
Credit Carla Eckels / KMUW

Wichita’s convention business drives about $45 million a year to the city’s economy. It’s a competitive business, marketing the city and promoting tourism.

Go Wichita Convention and Visitors Bureau got a new leader late last year, Susie Santo, who is excited about promoting Wichita to the rest of the country.

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Business
6:38 am
Fri May 17, 2013

900 New Jobs Could Be Coming To Wichita

A company that operates hotels and resorts around the world says it plans to hire about 180 people later this year for a new customer call center in Wichita.

Officials of the Kansas Department of Commerce and Starwood Hotels announced plans for the center Thursday.

Business
10:16 am
Thu May 16, 2013

Fashion, Not Food, In This New Mobile Business

The Ginger Lily Boutique opens its truck doors for the first time this Saturday in Wichita.
Credit Courtesy / Ginger Lily Boutique

Another truck-based business is hitting the Wichita streets this weekend, except this time it isn't serving sandwiches or pizza. Instead, it's for "traveling fashion."

The mobile clothing store, called Ginger Lily Boutique, will set up for the first time Saturday at UMB Bank, 444 N. Rock Rd, from 12:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Owner Holly Daley said she has spent months getting the box truck ready for business. In it's previously life, it carried Lance crackers.

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Business
7:31 am
Tue April 30, 2013

Copper Theft Up; Westar Says Customers Will Pay for Replacements

Credit Westar Energy's Facebook page

Westar Energy officials who are dealing with $200,000 in damage at a substation over the weekend say thieves also hit two other substations.

The utility discovered damage Monday at substations near Valley Center and in Wichita.  Westar Manager Doug VenJohn says thieves have hit 31 substations just in April. There were only 15 similar thefts in all of 2012.

Westar crews were at six different substations Monday to make repairs related to copper thefts. The company will replace the stolen copper with materials that have no scrap value.

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Tourism
7:25 am
Tue April 30, 2013

Tourism Is Big Business In Kansas, $8 Billion In 2011

Credit jimmywayne / flickr Creative Commons

State officials say travel and tourism in Kansas generated almost $8 billion in 2011. Becky Blake, the state director of tourism, says 32 million people visited Kansas in 2011 -- and each visitor spent about $236.

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News
2:49 pm
Wed April 24, 2013

Lawrence Closed-Caption Service Identified Zooey Deschanel As Boston Bombing Suspect

Credit Associated Press

A TV captioning service has apologized for misidentifying "New Girl" star Zooey Deschanel as one of the Boston Marathon bombing suspects on a Texas news broadcast.

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