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Wichita City Council members have approved the purchase of $7 million worth of equipment for the fire department.

Fire Chief Ron Blackwell says the funds will go partly toward replacing a command truck that was purchased in 1993.

“The current unit lacks the technology that is available to us today that can be really beneficial in a number of emergency situations, including hazardous materials, rescue, high-rise building fires and other special needs," he told the City Council at its meeting Tuesday.

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If you’re planning on having a garage sale, expect to pay a little more: The cost of a city sales license is going up for the first time since 1985.

The $1 increase—up from $1.50—will be used to cover administrative costs. In the past, residents could only pick up a license at City Hall or the Wichita Eagle. The City of Wichita now allows garage sales to be licensed online.

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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.


The City of Wichita is considering two "offers to purchase" the Hyatt Regency Hotel downtown. The hotel has been owned by the city for about 15 years.

The city put out a request for proposals in April seeking qualified offers to purchase the Hyatt Regency Hotel and Convention Center, which is along the Arkasas River on Waterman Street.


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.  

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A group of Wichita-area health leaders and elected officials toured the Tulsa Health Department last weekend. As KMUW's Deborah Shaar reports, it was the first step in a new Public Health Sister City Program.

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Members of the Wichita City Council and Sedgwick County Commission met Tuesday morning to discuss the location of a new, shared law enforcement training center. The current facility is housed in a former elementary school, and city officials say the space is too small and outdated.

Spirit Aerosystems

Updated Tuesday, May 3: Wichita City Council members unanimously approved $280 million in industrial revenue bonds for Spirit AeroSystems. The company says it will fund expansion and modernization projects.

Original story:

Tomorrow morning, Spirit AeroSystems will ask the Wichita City Council to approve up to $280 million in industrial revenue bonds.

City Puts Hyatt Regency Hotel Up For Sale

Apr 19, 2016

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.