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Music Theatre Wichita will wrap up its summer season with Disney’s "Newsies," which began Aug. 11.

The professional theatre company is one of the first regional theatres in the nation to create its own brand-new version of the mega-hit show, which ran on Broadway from 2012 to 2014.

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The public has two chances this week to weigh in on plans for the redesign of Naftzger Park in downtown Wichita.

The City of Wichita is hosting two public input sessions where residents can discuss plans for the nearly 50-year old park, located at Douglas and St. Francis.

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A new company is coming to Wichita and is expected to bring hundreds of new jobs to downtown.

Virginia-based Faneuil provides business outsourcing services, such as customer care and tech assistance. It employs about 5,000 people at 20 locations nationwide.

Wichita Mayor Jeff Longwell announced Thursday that the firm's new location will be in Union Station downtown.

“We think that’s a great opportunity to see an additional 400 employees in the heart of our city," he said.

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The City of Wichita is holding a special meeting Thursday night for the public to learn more about the proposed 2018-19 budget.

The nearly $600 million budget includes funding for the first phase of a recent staffing plan for the Wichita Police Department. It also funds five full-time and six part-time positions at the Advanced Learning Library opening next year, and supports a four-year sustainability plan for the city's transit system.

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Hundreds of volunteers are needed in Wichita next month to help distribute free backpacks and shoes to children heading to school this fall.

Organizers are looking for 1200 volunteers to help with the "Day of Hope” event at McAdams Park and Bethel Life Center.

The City of Wichita, churches, health organizations and the humanitarian relief organization Convoy of Hope are part of the collaborative effort.

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The City of Wichita is moving forward with a nearly $30 million project to renovate Lawrence Dumont Stadium and make improvements to the area around it.

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Wichita Transit is trying out a new program it says will help people in food deserts get to grocery stores.

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Tuesday is the deadline to register to vote in next month’s primary election.

Only residents in Wichita District 1, Park City Ward 3 or Haysville Ward 4 really need to worry about the deadline —those are the only races that will be on the primary ballot on Aug. 1.

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The City of Wichita could consider a tax increase to fund new positions in the Wichita Police Department.

A staffing study out earlier this year recommended a total of 73 new positions for the police force, including patrol officers and support staff.

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City and county buildings will be closed Tuesday for the Fourth of July holiday.

Wichita’s City Hall, neighborhood resource centers and all public library locations will be closed. Botanica, Old Cowtown Museum, the Mid-America All Indian Center and the Wichita Art Museum also will be closed.

Park and Recreation Centers will be closed for Independence Day, but O.J. Watson Park will be open, and city pools will be open from 1 to 5 p.m.

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