Nadya Faulx

Digital News Editor / Reporter

Nadya joined KMUW in May 2015 after a year at a newspaper in western North Dakota, where she did not pick up an accent.

Before entering the wild world of journalism, she studied international relations, worked at a dog daycare and taught English at a school in the Republic of Georgia (not all at the same time). KMUW marks her triumphant return to public media; she previously interned with the diversity department at the NPR mothership in Washington, D.C.

She enjoys traveling, reading, making jewelry that could easily be mistaken for the work of a 4-year-old, and hanging out with her cat, Dragon.

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Two leading progressives will be in Wichita next week to campaign for 4th Congressional District candidate James Thompson.

Vermont senator and former Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders and New York congressional candidate Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez will hold a “Unite for America” rally in support of Thompson’s second bid for the 4th District seat.

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The Aug. 7 primary is just weeks away, and in the race for the 4th Congressional District, Republican candidate Ron Estes is stepping out more in his campaign against the incumbent of the same name.

Since filing to run a day before the June 1 deadline, Ron M. Estes has led a fairly quiet campaign — no TV ads, no billboards, and little contact with the media.

“We pretty much have a grassroots campaign," Estes said during a recent interview. "We’ll see how far it gets us.”

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Both of Kansas’ U.S. senators have released statements of support for President Donald Trump’s nominee for the U.S. Supreme Court.

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Under former President George W. Bush, the highest ceiling on the number of refugees admitted into the U.S. was 80,000. Under Barack Obama, it was 110,000. President Donald Trump set this year's cap at 45,000.

“And based on the numbers so far, we're looking at less than half that many that we were told would be allowed into the country," says Harold Schlechtweg, the advocacy coordinator with the International Rescue Committee in Kansas.

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The Wichita Park Board voted 4-3 Friday night in favor of plan to close the L.W. Clapp Golf Course in southeast Wichita.

City staff had recommended the closure as a way to help fill a roughly $600,000 hole in the golf fund’s operating budget next year. A report shows Clapp is the lowest-performing course in the city’s golf system.

Many residents spoke out against the closure during a three-hour meeting Friday. The meeting had to be moved to a larger room to accomodate all those who attended.

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Wichita firefighters and law enforcement officers stuck to their promise of stepping up enforcement of fireworks violations this year.

Officials have written 133 citations this fireworks season, compared to nine in 2016 and none last year. Violators were fined $250, down from the previous $2500 penalty.

Wichita’s former Metro-Boulevard Alternative High School is re-opening Friday as an art gallery and studio space.

The new Studio School has 16 art studios, a meeting space, an art gallery and a commercial kitchen.

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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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The number of refugees being allowed to settle in the U.S. is at its lowest point in years.

Since October of last year, Kansas has resettled about 230 refugees, most of them from Burma, Democratic Republic of Congo, and Eritrea.

That’s on track to be roughly half the number settled in the state the previous fiscal year. In 2017, the Trump administration significantly lowered the cap for refugee admissions, even as the number of refugees globally has grown to more than 20 million.

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The Sedgwick County Commission voted Wednesday to once again restrict the use of electronic cigarettes in county buildings.

Commissioners voted 3-2 to reverse an earlier policy that allowed county employees to vape at work. Now, e-cigarettes will be treated the same as regular cigarettes: No smoking indoors, or within 25 feet of a building entrance.

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