Bret Buganski, KSN News Wichita

Bret Buganski

KSN News Wichita

Wichita, KS, United States

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Past articles by Bret:

Shoppers feel relieved after governor signs grocery tax bill

Some people KSN News spoke with feel lawmakers could’ve done a better job of trying to help families in the shorter term. → Read More

Concerns expressed for firefighters in Sedgwick County budget hearing

WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) — Employee retention and competitive wages were some of the common themes at Monday’s Sedgwick County budget hearings. Commissioners will determine next year’s budg… → Read More

Legalized sports gambling one step away from Governor Kelly’s desk

TOPEKA, Kan. (KSNW) — The Kansas House passed Senate Bill 84, also known as the sports wagering bill in a 73-49 vote. This legislation would not only legalize professional and collegiate sports gambling, but the money generated from sports wagering would also go into a fund to try and attract a professional sports team to […] → Read More

Kansas exports $5B in agriculture products, most in 10 years

TOPEKA, Kan. (KSNW) — Governor Laura Kelly announced Kansas exported $5.35 billion worth of agricultural goods. The state reported this is the first time Kansas agriculture exports “exceeded $5.0 billion in at least a decade.” The numbers also showed that agriculture exports rose by more than 32% from 2020 to 2021, but some farmers and […] → Read More

Renewed push for new regional state mental health facility in Wichita

WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) — A Sedgwick County Community Taskforce investigating a teenager’s in-custody death is pushing for big changes when it comes to responding to mental health calls. During the meetings, some members discussed the need for Wichita to have a state-operated, regional mental health facility. Cedric Lofton‘s case was just one more reason they […] → Read More

Independent, Christian school opening in August

WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) — There’s a new independent school opening in Wichita. Some call it an alternative to public and private education. The founder of “Freedom Preparatory” told KSN that they’ve already enrolled about 60 students for the next school year, and they anticipate having between 100 and 150 students for the inaugural school year. […] → Read More

Wichita City Council approves new development near Riverfront Stadium

WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) — The Wichita City Council approved a new plan to build a new hotel, two new office spaces, and a public parking garage on the southeast side of Riverfront Stadium. This is a $14.6 million investment into the city, where the developers would pay for the costs upfront and then be reimbursed […] → Read More

Bringing professional sports to Kansas

WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – Many Kansans are trying to draw professional sports to the state, including those in the state capitol. Just a few weeks ago, lawmakers were debating on the sports gambling bill. It’s possible that the bill includes financial incentives for major professional sports to build a new stadium or arena in Kansas. […] → Read More

Millions in ARPA funds awarded to 14 organizations

WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – Jump-starting the economy and training new workers. These are two goals Wichita hopes to accomplish thanks to funding from the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA). Quite a few organizations wanted this money. The City of Wichita got 81 applications, but only considered 29 of them. On Tuesday, the council approved 14 […] → Read More

Sedgwick County Task Force calling for changes to WPD, JIAC policies

WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) — The Sedgwick County Community Task Force to Review Youth Corrections Systems Standards is calling for several changes to the Wichita Police Department (WPD) and the Juvenile Intake and Assessment Center (JIAC). “There are gaps and inconsistencies that are happening. Right-hand doesn’t know what the left hand is doing, and at the […] → Read More

Controversy and confusion over Wind Surge new 8% sales “fee”

WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) — There’s controversy and confusion over a new sales “fee” for the Wichita Wind Surge. It comes as a surprise to many across the city, and some are questioning whether or not this new fee is legal and asking if this is a tax disguised as a fee. The City of Wichita […] → Read More

New questions about Cedric Lofton’s death

WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) — There are more questions from Sedgwick County’s Task Force to Review Youth Corrections System after testimony from a Juvenile Intake and Assessment Center (JIAC) manager. On March 7, 2022, Jodi Tronsgard testified that officers from the Wichita Police Department (WPD) changed some of the answers on Cedric Lofton’s JIAC intake form […] → Read More

Wichita Citizen’s Review Board: Did FOP improperly influence WPD discipline outcomes?

WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) — Questionable conduct and potential improper influence. They are the findings from the Wichita Citizen’s Review Board (CRB) regarding the investigation alleging some police officers took part in a text messaging group that sent racist, homophobic, sexually explicit and inappropriate text messages. The CRB not only wants the Wichita Police Department (WPD) […] → Read More

Wichita City Council making changes to Citizen’s Review Board

WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – The mayor and city council voted 7-0 on changing the composition and procedures of the Citizen’s Review Board. The city formed the board to review the Wichita Police Department’s (WPD) racial and other biased-based policies, and advise on policy development and city practices. Members also review discipline findings from the Professional […] → Read More

Kansas Gov. Kelly gets grocer support to eliminate food sales tax

Kansas Gov. Kelly is building support for her effort to eliminate the sales tax on food by meeting with grocery executives in Johnson County. → Read More

Controversial election bills moving forward in Kansas Legislature

TOPEKA, Kan. (KSNW) — There’s a controversy brewing over some Kansas election bills. While some argue the bills are designed to keep the state’s elections safe, secure and free, others would argue the bills are disguised as voter suppression. Kansas Secretary of State Scott Schwab told KSN the bills are not perfect. In fact, Schwab […] → Read More

UPDATE: City of Wichita crews find three leaks at water treatment plant

WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) — Public works crews from the city found leaks at the water treatment plant. It’s now time to fix the problem. On Monday, KSN received an update from public works director Alan King, who told us crews found not two leaks as the city initially reported, but a third leak was found […] → Read More

City of Wichita: The water is safe, treatment hasn’t been affected

WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) — The City of Wichita informed citizens on Thursday that two leaks were found at the city’s water treatment plant. Crews are now working around the clock to fix the problem. However, public works said nobody in the city needs to change any of their water consumption and that the water is […] → Read More

Investigation into alleged inappropriate, sexually explicit, racist texts with WPD officers

WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) — There is currently an investigation regarding the conduct of some Wichita Police Department (WPD) officers. This comes after Wichita Mayor Brandon Whipple and WPD Interim Police Chief Lem Moore confirmed with KSN that some of them participated in inappropriate and racist text messages. “Disappointing, to say the least, but definitely appalled […] → Read More

Sedgwick County 911: 168 calls in less than 10 minutes on the day of the Towne East Mall shooting

WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) — Hundreds of 911 calls in less than 10 minutes. It’s what KSN found out as we’re following up on Friday’s deadly shooting at the Towne East Square Mall that left 14-year-old Trenjvious Hutton dead. Some feel the 911 call center may have been overwhelmed. Sedgwick County told KSN it received 23 […] → Read More