The Wichita Buzz: Vol. 1 Iss. 5 – Casinos, Smoking and Scholarships


Happy Friday! It’s March 3, and we’re here with our new recap of what’s taken place in Wichita over the past week.

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More Sedgwick County Casinos on the Way?
There are not three bids to bring another casino to Sedgwick County. There’s Boyd Gaming, who handles the Kansas Star Casino. Then earlier this week, Phil Ruffin and Flint Hills Entertainment, LLC submitted their applications. Technically, Taco Bell is in competition because it’s always a gamble with your digestive system anytime you eat their bean and cheese burritos. (More)

The Smoke Show
State lawmakers are moving ahead with legislation to raise the minimum age to purchase tobacco products to 21 years old. (More)

Save Century II
A new river development proposal was announced earlier this week that would keep Century II and the old library. The cost? Roughly $400 million. (More)


Hard Work Pays Off
Seven high school students from Kansas and Oklahoma were awarded $30,000 to $45,000 each in scholarship money to attend Wichita State University. Kudos to their hard work. All I got was a case of Milwaukee’s Best when I entered WSU. (More)


Stay off Northbound I-135 This Saturday
The Kansas Department of Transportation is closing the northbound lanes of Interstate-135 at the North Junction construction site from 7 a.m. until 6 p.m. on March 4. All northbound drivers on I-135 will have to detour onto eastbound Kansas Highway 254. (More)

Baby, You’re A Firework
Previously, the city of Wichita banned the use of fireworks that shot higher than 6 ft. A proposed change from an advisory committee that could go into effect this year would allow aerial fireworks in the city. (More)

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> Naftzger Park is set to get some added beautifcation.

> Former deputy police chiefs along with one current deputy chief have filed suit against the city.

Meals on Wheels need volunteers or else their services are in trouble.  

Wichita hasr ranked fairly high on a list of best places to work remotely according to one study. 

KSN Storm Track 3’s forecast was certified by WeatheRate as the most accurate in Wichita TV and the surrounding area.  

A big time $1 million grant is available for Wichita’s 21st Street Corridor Project.

Have you heard there’s a new calendar in Wichita displaying all the live music available in town? Check it out below!

Wichita Live Music Calendar

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