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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.

Wichita Receives High Marks In Livability Rating

Dec 10, 2015
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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.

O.J. Watson Park Set For Upgrades

Sep 15, 2015
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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.

City Council Hammers Out Future Budget Priorities

Jun 23, 2015
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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.

City Officials: Transit Service Could Decline In 2016

Jun 17, 2015
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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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The Wichita City Council voted down a proposal on Tuesday to change its funding agreement with the Greater Wichita Economic Development Coalition. The vote was in response to actions by the Sedgwick County Commission.

Last week, county commissioners discussed a plan to change their funding agreement with the GWEDC, the Sedgwick County Zoo and Exploration Place. The organizations are currently funded in five-year blocks, but some commissioners favor year-to-year agreements to protect against future budget shortfalls. 

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