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The City of Wichita rejected a contract with a local union that represents theatrical workers at Century II Performing Arts and Convention Center.

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Wichita City Council members gave first approval to an ordinance lowering the maximum penalty for marijuana possession. The change would bring the city into compliance with a 2016 state law.

Under the amended ordinance, the penalty for first-time marijuana possession is lowered from a Class A to a Class B misdemeanor. A conviction could carry a fine of $1,000 and six months in jail, down from $2500 and a year in jail. A lab fee could also be assessed.

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Hopefuls who want to run for a seat on the Wichita City Council or Wichita School Board have until noon Thursday to file. A few of this fall’s races are already shaping up.

Three seats are up for election on the city council: In District 1, activist Brandon Johnson, businessman Mike Kinard, transit board member Janet Wilson and Pachyderm Club President John Stevens have filed so far. Councilwoman Lavonta Williams' final term ends this year.

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Wichita city pools will open for the season on Monday—with one controversial exception.

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Wichita City Councilman James Clendenin has announced his re-election bid for the 3rd District seat.

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Wichita City Council members heard the results of a new police department staffing report Tuesday.

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The City of Wichita is exploring the possibility of creating a public-private partnership to pay for the next phase of its Century II Performing Arts and Convention Center.

At 48 years old, the downtown circular building with the light blue roof is showing its age, and the convention business has changed. Also, the city-owned public library next door will be vacant in a few years.

City Manager Robert Layton said Tuesday that the city is considering a number of options for remodeling Century II or building new facilities based on results from a 2014 market study.

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It may be the end of Lawrence-Dumont ballpark, and it may be the beginning of a shiny new sports facility in Wichita.

Lawrence-Dumont Stadium opened in 1934 and was named after Charles Lawrence, a former Wichita mayor, and Hap Dumont, the man who brought the National Baseball Congress to Wichita.

The ballpark has its roots on Ackerman Island, which allowed the venue to escape the Sunday "blue laws" about prohibited activities, such as baseball.

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On Thursday, Cindy Claycomb announced her candidacy for Wichita City Council District 6. The area covers north central Wichita and Old Town.

After a five-week exploratory campaign, Claycomb says she’s ready to serve and move Wichita forward in a fiscally responsible manner.

Claycomb is President of the Wichita Board of Park Commissioners and is on the City Council's District 6 Advisory Board. She is also an assistant to WSU President John Bardo.

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Stormwater service charges are going up for Wichita residents.

City Council members voted unanimously Tuesday to increase the drainage fee rate for all Wichita customers, with residents bearing more of the cost increase.

Right now, all customers are charged $2 per month, with commercial property owners paying an additional fee based on their amount impervious surface -- property where water can't soak into the ground. The new system will charge a base rate of $1.50 per month, and begin charging residents based on actual square footage of impervious surface.

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