Monday morning brought news of $388,000 in cuts to the Sedgwick County Zoo , $75,000 to Exploration Place and nearly a million dollars to county health programs . County Commissioner Dave Unruh doesn't support the new budget, saying reductions to the Sedgwick County Health Department will hurt those in need.
But on Saturday, nine people who took part as youths in the Dockum Drugs sit-in received the city of Wichita's highest honor - and an apology. On the sit-in's 50th anniversary, Mayor Carl Brewer and City Council members Lavonta Williams and Sharon Fearey presented the sit-in participants keys to the city.
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Mayor Jeff Longwell says the city is considering the sale of the downtown Hyatt Regency Wichita - which it bought in 2001 - and the money could go toward fixing neighborhood streets. It's a market-driven decision, Longwell said, citing the recent sale of The Courtyard by Marriott Wichita at Old Town and the possible sale of the DoubleTree by Eisenhower National Airport.
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At the center of the conflict is a bill sponsored by Rep. Mike Pompeo, R-Kan., that would block state and local laws from requiring food labels to disclose genetically engineered ingredients. So far, three states -- Vermont, Connecticut and Maine -- have passed mandatory labeling laws for genetically modified food.
In a Congress that launches many bills just for show, Rep. Mike Pompeo, R-Wichita, is actually trying to make law. He and co-sponsor Rep. G.K. Butterfield, D-N.C., get credit for pushing past some fierce lobbying to usher their Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act to House passage last week on a bipartisan 275-150 vote.
Rep. Mike Pompeo, R-Wichita, and Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., were named " distinguished pols of the week " for uncovering two side agreements on the Iran nuclear deal, one of which concerned the International Atomic Energy Agency's access to Iran's military sites. Jennifer Rubin, who writes a conservative blog for the Washington Post, praised the lawmakers for "bringing these issues to light, forcing the administration to be more forthcoming and the public and Congress how grossly insufficient is the verification system in the deal."
The $412.3 million recommended budget , about 3 percent smaller than last year's, is the first considered by the new commission majority, composed of Chairman Richard Ranzau and commissioners Karl Peterjohn and Jim Howell. Commissioners Tim Norton and Dave Unruh, in the commission's minority, are critical of the shift to paying for roads with cash instead of borrowing money.
Sedgwick County Commissioner Jim Howell doesn't think the county should foot any of the cost of Project Access, a physician-led program that provides medical care to low-income residents. After all, Wichita residents, and not other county residents, are the primary beneficiaries of the program, he noted.
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