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The City of Wichita is looking to sell the Hyatt Regency Hotel, which sits at the banks of the Arkansas River downtown.

The city acquired the hotel for more than $18 million in 2001, when the original developers were looking to sell the property. The city was concerned that the flagship “Hyatt” name would be rebranded under a less-notable company.

City officials say they are now ready to see what the hotel can fetch on the open market.

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Wichita City Council members are considering an ordinance that looks to end human trafficking and sex crimes within local massage parlors.

The Wichita Police Department reports that there have been more than 30 massage businesses investigated in the last two years, which have produced 33 arrests for human trafficking and other sex crimes.

Kansas is one of only five states where a license isn’t required to operate a massage business. Captain Kevin Mears of the Wichita Police Department says this lack of regulation is enticing to human traffickers.

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A state-of-the-art new central library is coming to downtown Wichita.

City Council gave final approval Tuesday for the $37 million dollar project to be built near the corner of 2nd Street and McLean.

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The City of Wichita has been recognized for being one of the most livable cities in the country.

A nationwide organization called STAR, which stands for Sustainability Tools for Assessing and Rating Communities has given Wichita three out of five stars for excelling in various fields.

STAR assesses cities in seven areas: infrastructure and housing; climate and energy; economy and jobs; education, arts and community; equity and empowerment; health and safety; and natural resources.

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The Wichita City Council passed a motion today that will use nearly $1.5 million in taxes raised by tourism to improve cultural and tourism buildings. The council passed the motion unanimously.

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Wichita City Council member Lavonta Williams has been named to the National League of Cities 2016 Board of Directors. The league seeks to help municipal leaders build better communities. 

Williams was appointed to the Board of Directors last week. She was also appointed to the REAL Council, which looks at “Race, Equity, and Leadership."

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Updated Tuesday, 12:39 p.m.: The Wichita City Council voted unanimously to approve a 16-month contract with consulting firm CH2M Hill to analyze the city's water and sewer systems.

The Wichita City Council is expected to vote Tuesday on a proposal that involves a utility partnership with a private company to evaluate the city’s water system. A group called the Wichita Water Coalition is concerned that there has not been enough public involvement.

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The City of Wichita has approved more than $300,000 to update a popular attraction at O.J. Watson Park in south Wichita.

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Wichita City Council members are looking to nail down some of the city's future budget priorities. It's all part of the new Comprehensive Investments Plan.

John Schlegel is director of planning for the Wichita-Sedgwick County Planning department. He recently provided an update to Mayor Jeff Longwell and to city council members.

“You’re put in a very difficult position of having to meet all of these demands from your constituents, without the resources that you would need to meet them,” Schlegel said.

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City officials say Wichita's bus system will see a decline in service next year without added revenue. KMUW’s Sean Sandefur has more.

The future of Wichita’s operating budget was presented to city council members on Tuesday morning.

Mark Manning, budget officer with the city’s finance department, says future budgets look to be balanced, but that future revenue growth won’t be enough to fill a reduction in transit funding.

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