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Home prices in Wichita should increase nearly 5 percent next year, according to a new forecast released today by the  WSU Center for Real Estate.

Home sales should grow as well. More than 10,000 homes are expected to be sold in the city in 2019, an increase of 1.4 percent.

Stan Longhofer, director of the center at Wichita State University, said the report is not all positive. The forecast projected another down year for new home construction.

Wichita will bid farewell to Lawrence-Dumont Stadium with one final baseball game on Saturday.

The last game in the 84-year-old stadium will feature former area baseball players, along with local celebrities and athletes. It will be followed by a screening of “The Sandlot,” food trucks and music. The night will wrap up with a fireworks show.

Park and Recreation Director Troy Houtman said he didn’t want to just “walk away” from the historic stadium.

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For refugees arriving in the U.S., getting a job is one of the most important – and pressing – steps toward self-sufficiency, and toward building a life in their new home.

A new partnership between St. Francis Migration Ministries and WSU Tech is helping refugees in the area start new careers.

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Fresh off a victory that cemented his latest, controversial pick on the nation’s high court, President Donald Trump came to Kansas on Saturday night hoping to transfer his popularity in the state to two fellow Republicans.

Trump arrived just hours after Brett Kavanaugh was sworn in as a justice on the U.S. Supreme Court — the most contentious appointment to the court in generations. Trump was in regular rally form, playing to an adoring crowd of some 10,000 thrilled supporters at the Topeka Expocentre.

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Plans for Bike Share ICT to more than double in size should be complete in the coming weeks.

Two dozen bike stations and 100 new bikes will debut this fall at locations around the city, including Wichita State University, the Sedgwick County Zoo and the Great Plains Nature Center, the city announced.

The bike share program is a collaboration between the city and numerous community partners. To use a bike, riders download the Bike Share ICT app and choose their rental plan. Each bike has a unique number that when entered opens the bike’s lockbox.

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The Senate is taking a procedural vote on whether or not to move Judge Brett Kavanaugh's Supreme Court nomination forward. Watch the proceedings on the Senate floor live here starting at 8:30 a.m. or listen to NPR's coverage and analysis at 89.1 FM.

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Transportation planners are getting an update on the trends of bicycle and pedestrian activity in the region.

The Wichita Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (WAMPO) enlists dozens of volunteers each September to count people riding bikes, walking, running or even skateboarding.

This year’s count, which took place on Sept. 20 and 22, shows a 16 percent increase in activity levels. Overall, the number of people biking and walking is up about 22 percent since 2012, when the annual count began.

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Poor Until Payday is the brand new recording from Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band. The trio, which consists of the Reverend J. Peyton on guitar and lead vocals, his wife, Breezy, on the washboard, and drummer Max Senteney, has earned acclaim for its roots-oriented style, which married tradition with innovation.

The album spotlights the trio's ferocity and the Reverend's desire to write an album to lift the spirits. Reverend Peyton's Big Damn performs at Knuckleheads in Kansas City on Friday evening and at Blues, Brews & BBQ in Newton on Saturday.

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New research out of Stanford University shows that limiting wastewater injection is helping to prevent man-made earthquakes in Kansas and Oklahoma.

The researchers have created a new physics-based model that can better predict where man-made earthquakes will occur by looking at increases in pressure. The model shows that the number of earthquakes is driven by how much wastewater is being injected into the ground.

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The Sedgwick County Zoo could in 25 years be unrecognizable from the zoo visitors know today.

A new master plan unveiled Wednesday lays out a vision for the zoo's future, including expanded exhibits, a concert venue, an aquarium and an African savanna-themed hotel and resort.

The plan aims to take the zoo, now nearing its 50th birthday, to "the next level."

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