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An agreement between the city and county over ambulance services will hold for another year, but there may still be efforts to renegotiate it. 

Wichita City Council members couldn’t get the votes at their meeting Tuesday to formally notify Sedgwick County that it would be ending a 13-year-old agreement over local ambulance services.  

The Wichita Public Library Foundation announced a major gift toward its new Advanced Learning Library.

Cox Business has donated $500,000 toward the new facility being built at 2nd and McLean. A cash gift of $250,000 will go toward the library’s Digital Pavilion, and the company will give another $250,000 in high-speed internet services. Foundation chairman Don Barry said during the mayor's briefing Thursday that the Advanced Learning Library capital campaign is now almost 80 percent complete.​

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Wichita has been selected as one of 12 new cities to participate in a national initiative to enhance the distribution and use of data.

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The City of Wichita is ending its annual water conservation rebate program after a year of providing energy-efficient appliances to customers.

In the program's fourth year, more than 800 of Wichita’s water customers received about $100,000 in rebates for purchasing energy-efficient washing machines, dishwashers, toilets, rain barrels and irrigation systems. Penny Feist with Wichita Public Works and Utilities says new appliances have a big impact on water conservation.

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Last month, strong storms dropped more than 7 inches of rain over the Wichita area, and officials with Riverfest have been worried about the condition of the Arkansas River ahead of the event’s opening on Friday.

Strong currents have been recorded on the Arkansas River for weeks, which would have made the water too dangerous for popular festival attractions like pontoon boat rides, jet ski races and paddle boats. But persistent storms appear to have have slowed down just in time for the festival’s 45th year.

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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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