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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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A former Wichita fire station is set to become the city’s newest co-working business center.

Wichita City Council approved the sale of the former firehouse at Topeka and Lewis streets at a meeting Tuesday.

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The city of Wichita is aiming for a March 2020 completion date on its new multi-use baseball stadium in Delano.

City Council members Tuesday morning approved a memorandum of understanding with its new Triple-A team, the New Orleans Baby Cakes, an affiliate of the Miami Marlins.

The city will build a $75 million stadium to replace historic Lawrence-Dumont Stadium and will spend another $6 million on riverfront renovations, including a new pedestrian bridge over the Arkansas River.

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Top-level minor league baseball likely will return to Wichita in 2020.

Mayor Jeff Longwell said Thursday that the New Orleans Baby Cakes of the Pacific Coast League have filed an application to relocate to Wichita. The application must be approved by Minor League Baseball and the Pacific Coast League. It also must be reviewed by Major League Baseball.

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The City of Wichita and Wichita State University’s Diversity and Community Engagement office will host the Taking Action on Violence community meeting Thursday.

The event will allow the community to discuss concerns and solutions related to violent crime, says City Council member Brandon Johnson. Wichita has had 37 homicides so far this year.

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The Wichita Golf Advisory Committee will hold a special meeting Tuesday to discuss an offer to buy the city's MacDonald Golf Course.

The city says it received an unsolicited letter of interest from developer Johnny Stevens to buy the golf course at 13th and Roosevelt. Stevens is behind the Waterfront development in east Wichita.

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Residents on Tuesday urged City Council members to protect Wichita’s “quality of life” in next year’s budget.

Council members listened to more than an hour of public comments over the proposed 2019 budget — most of it centered on making sure the city’s cultural programming is funded in the future.

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Over the next two weeks, 30 teams from across the country will play 57 games as part of the National Baseball Congress World Series now underway at Lawrence-Dumont Stadium.

But this year's tournament could be the last one played at the historic site.

The World Series has been played at Lawrence-Dumont Stadium every summer since it was founded by Hap Dumont in 1935.

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“There’s not many organizations that say they have played at the same location for 84 years," says tournament director Kevin Jenks.

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More electric buses may be on the way to Wichita.

The City Council voted Tuesday to move forward on a federal grant application for the purchase of six electric buses.

If approved, the nearly $6 million grant could mean electric buses on the street as early as 2019. Electric buses are quieter, better for the environment and more fuel efficient than diesel buses.

The city has applied for two other grants and has received $4 million, according to Mike Tann, Wichita’s transit director.

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City officials have delayed a meeting to discuss closing the L.W. Clapp golf course in southeast Wichita.

The proposal is part of an effort to fill a hole in the city’s golf enterprise fund, which is projected to carry a deficit of nearly $600,000 next year.

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