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The Kansas Humane Society has broken its record for the number of animals adopted in a single year.

With kittens and puppies in hand, employees of the Kansas Humane Society in Wichita were proud to announce at a press conference at City Hall that their organization had a record year in terms of how many pets they rescued and placed in homes.

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The Wichita City Council voted unanimously today to approve next year’s budget. The budget totals about $581 million.

According to City Manager Robert Layton, the largest source of income for Wichita is property taxes, which account for about one-third of the city’s revenue. The biggest expenses for the city are the Police and Fire Departments, which amount to more than half of the city’s general fund expenditures.

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Neighborhoods across Wichita will take part in events Tuesday as part of a national community safety initiative.

Neighborhood Night Out is a chance for Wichitans to get to know their neighbors as a way to promote community safety and combat crime. The initiative, formerly known in Wichita as National Night Out and Celebrate Safe Communities, takes place all across the country.

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The Wichita City Council is expected to vote on the 2017 city budget on Tuesday.

The proposed budget totals about $581 million, $60 million more than the revised 2016 budget. The tax levy for city residents will remain the same.

The budget includes include $4.3 million for the cultural arts plan and an increase in funding for downtown development.

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The Wichita Police Department has partnered with a social media company to help better communicate with the residents they serve.

The smartphone application Nextdoor is meant to strengthen the relationship between police officers and the neighborhoods they interact with. The app breaks down Wichita into its various neighborhoods to create a private, social network where people can report crime, post information about a lost pet, or even find a babysitter.

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The City of Wichita is asking the public for input on the proposed 2017 budget.

City Council members unveiled the $580 million budget this week. It’s a nearly $60 million increase from the revised 2016 budget.

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Wichita City Council members have approved the sale of Hyatt Regency Hotel in downtown Wichita for $20 million.

Phil Ruffin, a Las Vegas casino and hotel owner, came in with the highest bid and is expected to finalize the purchase over the next two months. The city only received one other bid, one for $10.4 million from Riverfront Partners.

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Wichita’s mayor and police chief are offering sympathy and support to the Dallas law enforcement community following last night’s deadly police ambush at a peaceful rally over recent police-involved shootings of two African-American men.

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Updated July 5: Sedgwick County Emergency Communications reported receiving the following number of calls over the July 4th weekend:

Nuisance complaints to the non-emergency line:

  • 6:30 p.m., July 3, to 3 a.m., July 4 – 252 calls, compared to 145 in 2015
  • 6:30 p.m., July 4, to 3 a.m., July 5 – 378 calls, compared to 398 in 2015

911 calls:

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The City of Wichita's recently released 2015 financial report indicates slightly higher debt levels, but a strong reserve balance.

The report is required by the State of Kansas. City finances are also audited by an outside accounting firm.

According to the annual report, the city’s reserve balance is 11.4 percent, which exceeds the minimum reserve level of 10 percent. Wichita has also maintained a stable mill levy.

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