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Wichita has been selected to participate in a nationwide program focused on advancing racial equality.

The National League of Cities chose just 15 cities for the program, part of its Race, Equity and Leadership initiative.

Along with Wichita, the inaugural group includes cities such as Gary, Indiana; Boston; and Philadelphia. Over the next 18 months, city leaders will work together to find ways to strengthen equity and ease racial tensions in their communities.

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A furniture store, not a grocery store, will soon occupy the former Walmart Neighborhood Market in northeast Wichita.

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The president of the Wichita Park Board has launched an exploratory campaign for a seat on City Council. Cindy Claycomb made the announcement Thursday to a group of supports gathered at a venue in Old Town.

Claycomb, assistant to the president for Strategic Planning at Wichita State University, emphasized her public service with the City of Wichita in her campaign announcement. She says she’s considering running for the District 6 seat currently held by Vice Mayor Janet Miller, who is in her final term on the council.

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The Wichita City Council elected a new vice-mayor during a special meeting Monday.

Janet Miller won in a unanimous vote. She represents District 6, which covers north-central Wichita and includes Old Town.

Miller was the only council member to express interest in the position.

"I would be very interested and pleased, it would be my privilege to serve as your vice mayor for this next year," she told the council before the vote.

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The Wichita Police Department has partnered with a social media company to help better communicate with the residents they serve.

The smartphone application Nextdoor is meant to strengthen the relationship between police officers and the neighborhoods they interact with. The app breaks down Wichita into its various neighborhoods to create a private, social network where people can report crime, post information about a lost pet, or even find a babysitter.

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Community members gathered Tuesday night to discuss a neighborhood rebuilding initiative in Wichita.

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Wichita city officials and District 1 residents used Saturday’s district gathering to get input about the neighborhood near 13th and Oliver. Within a week a Walmart grocery store and a QuikTrip gas and convenience store were closed, leaving few options for nearby residents.

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The QuikTrip store at 13th and Oliver in northeast Wichita is expected to close for good Thursday night. It follows the Walmart Neighborhood Market that closed nearby last week. One city official is assessing the area and seeking input on what's next for the property.

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Wichita City Council member Lavonta Williams has been named to the National League of Cities 2016 Board of Directors. The league seeks to help municipal leaders build better communities. 

Williams was appointed to the Board of Directors last week. She was also appointed to the REAL Council, which looks at “Race, Equity, and Leadership."

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City officials took part in a ribbon cutting event on Friday to celebrate improvements along 13th Street in northeast Wichita.

    

With scissors in hand, Wichita Mayor Carl Brewer and other leaders cut the red ribbon in front of the widened street near 13th and Roosevelt. The project includes arterial street improvements on 13th Street between Hydraulic and Oliver. The work was done in District 1, represented by Councilwoman Lavonta Williams.

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