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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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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.

Santo grew up in Salina, is a graduate of the University of Kansas and spent the last two decades in Los Angeles. She says she moved back to Wichita in August of 2012 for a couple of reasons.

900 New Jobs Could Be Coming To Wichita

May 17, 2013

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.

Fashion, Not Food, In This New Mobile Business

May 16, 2013
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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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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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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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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The Nomar International Marketplace opened for business in North Wichita in 2011 as part of the 21st street revitalization project. Vendors offer authentic Mexican, Puerto Rican and other food plus shopping in an open-air market.

Carlos Contreras grew up in North Wichita and has worked on the project for the past seven years. He was initially a Nomar board member and is now employed as the manager.

“It’s predominantly Hispanic and Asian,” says Contreras of the neighborhood. “We try to capitalize on that, we try to show people the rich culture we have in the area.”

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Results of the 23rd annual national Airline Quality Rating were announced Monday at 8:30am (CT) at the National Press Club in Washington D. C.

The Airline Quality Rating system rates the performance of 14 different commercial airlines that carry the majority of all passengers in the United States.

Dean Headley, Wichita State University Professor and co-author of the study says nine of the 14 airlines rated improved their on time arrival performance.

Wichita's Union Station Sold To Developer

Feb 4, 2013
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A Wichita development company has bought Union Station.

Occidental Management plans to restore the 99-year-old former train depot as a place for people to meet, eat, shop and work.

The company closed the deal Friday with Cox Communications. The building had been on the market since 2008.

Occidental chief Gary Oborny says his company wants to retain the marble interior and many of its classic features while also putting in space for office tenants, shops and at least two restaurants.

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