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The Sedgwick County Commissioners formally approved plans for a new law enforcement training center to be shared with the City of Wichita.

The unanimous vote today meets a deadline in the bid process and clears the way for the project to move forward. The city and county want to build a $9.5 million state-of-the-art training facility on Wichita State University’s Innovation Campus.

The Kansas Board of Regents and other state entities would have to approve any facility built on the WSU campus.

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Sedgwick County and City of Wichita officials are scheduled to meet Tuesday to discuss plans for a joint law enforcement training center.

County commissioners voted 3-2 on Wednesday to pursue a meeting with the city to go over four proposals and the evaluation process.

The county’s Bid Board is recommending that the training facility be built on Wichita State University’s Innovation Campus. The estimated cost would be $9.5 million dollars.

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Sedgwick County Commissioners are putting off a decision on a new law enforcement training center for at least another week.

The commissioners want to hold a special meeting with the City of Wichita to go over the broader issue of public safety partnerships before they decide on a proposal for a new law enforcement training center.

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The City of Wichita waives millions of dollars in tax revenue each year in the name of economic development. It’s called tax abatement, and it allows private companies to forgo certain tax burdens for a set amount of years. The plan is to help businesses expand, improve and hire more staff. Tax abatements are a common practice in cities across the country. KMUW’s Sean Sandefur explores how these incentives work, and whether they’re effective.

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City officials, along with Parks and Recreation, are seeking public feedback regarding the Aquatics Master Plan.

The plan, announced last month, calls for the replacement of four of the city’s 10 swimming pools--McAdams, Orchard, Boston and Linwood--with water playgrounds. 

In addition, Edgemoor Swimming Pool will be renovated and will open again 2020. The remaining five pools will be updated over the next seven years. The Parks and Recreation Department plans to spend $18 million on the changes.

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Wichita Mayor Jeff Longwell gave his first State of the City address Thursday.

Unlike past addresses, this one was released in the form of an 11-minute video shot at various locations around Wichita, including Wichita State University’s under-construction Innovation Campus and downtown’s Pop-Up Park.

In the video, Longwell touts what he considers the city’s successes in 2015 and outlines goals for the coming year. Highlights from last year include:

-The opening of the new terminal and parking garage at the Dwight D. Eisenhower National Airport;

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Before you head out tomorrow to try to see the new Gordon Parks exhibit at the Wichita Art Museum, remember: Many city and county facilities will be closed Monday in observance of President’s Day.

The following City of Wichita facilities and operations will be closed Monday:

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The City of Wichita begins it 2016 water rebate program on Monday. Water customers may receive some cash back for purchases that are easy on the water supply.

High-efficiency washing machines, dishwashers and toilets that use less water will qualify for the rebate and can earn their owner a $100 bonus from the city. In addition to those items, prospective recipients can report smart controllers for irrigation and sensors that detect rain and turn off automatic irrigation for the same amount.

Those who have bought a rain barrel can also apply for a rebate up to $75.

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Wichita’s new police chief Gordon Ramsay started this week, and he says he initially plans on spending much of his time listening to the community.

Ramsay says some of his top priorities as chief of the Wichita Police Department will be recruiting new officers, developing relationships in the community and gathering analytics to map out areas of concern.

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The city of Wichita approved a Capital Improvement Program Tuesday afternoon that accounts for $1.9 billion in potential spending.

The Capital Improvement Program is meant to prioritize city projects for the next decade. While the funding isn’t guaranteed, it’s used as a wish list of sorts for improving Wichita. It includes millions of dollars for parks, water and sewer improvements, bike paths and public safety. But the plan’s main focus is improving streets and highways.

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