City of Wichita

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In an effort to make up for millions of dollars in revenue lost because of the COVID-19 pandemic, Wichita's proposed 2021 budget includes cuts in several departments — while other departments are getting a boost.

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Kansas reported another big increase in confirmed coronavirus cases Friday, capping its worst two-week spike since the pandemic began and coming as a statewide mask mandate from the governor took effect.

The state Department of Health and Environment reported that Kansas has had 15,919 confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus, up 929, or 6.2% since only Wednesday. Kansas also has reported 277 COVID-19-related deaths, up five in two days.

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Wichita will be the site of a new Amazon distribution warehouse.

The Range | June 26, 2020

Jun 26, 2020
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Stressing over your budget? The City of Wichita feels your pain.

On this week's episode, we take a deeper dive into the city's multimillion-dollar budget hole as the COVID-19 pandemic will likely impact revenue for years to come.

Plus, a longtime Wichita civil rights advocate reflects on the current push for change.

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In 2016, a monument honoring both Union and Confederate Civil War veterans was erected in Wichita's Veterans Memorial Park.

The Reconciliation Memorial replaced a Confederate flag that was taken down the year before following a deadly shooting at an African Methodist Episcopal church in South Carolina.

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Wichita started off 2020 "in good financial condition," says City Manager Robert Layton. 

"Then, COVID-19 hit."

The city was in the early stages of preparing the 2021 budget when the coronavirus pandemic began, Layton says, forcing the entire country — its businesses, its schools and its economy — to essentially shut down.

"The city situation is probably similar to what our citizens are going through, what our business owners are going through," Layton says.

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Carl Brewer, the first African-American to be elected mayor of Wichita, has died.

A statement from his family said he passed away Friday morning. He was 63.

Wichita’s Homeless Providers Navigate Group Living In Age Of Social Distancing

Jun 9, 2020
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Without their own living space in which to practice social distancing, many Wichitans who are homeless have continued to rely on communal living shelters during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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City and religious leaders are calling for demonstrations to "get back on track" after protests turned destructive for the second night in a row.

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WICHITA, Kansas — For the last two months, employees at Walnut Valley Packing in El Dorado have been working extra hours, even Saturdays, to cut, grind and package meat so it can keep up with a sudden spike in demand.