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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More than 25,000 voters in 60 Sedgwick County voting precincts will be affected by several changes to polling places.

Announcements were sent out today informing people that their polling place has moved since the last election. Officials say to watch for an envelope marked “Official Election Material.”

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Wichita State has released the results of an extensive study over bringing back the school's football program.

The 69-page report from the consulting firm College Sports Solutions says that if WSU wants to bring back its football program, it will need a lot of money.

The study, commissioned in February, shows renovations to Cessna Stadium could cost between $21 and 28 million. A new practice facility would be more than $20 million.

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The leader of a local organization that provides abortion services is encouraged by a U.S. Supreme Court decision to strike down some abortion restrictions in Texas.

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Wichita’s indoor football team will play in the Champions Indoor Football league championship game on Monday.

The Wichita Force will go up against the Amarillo Venom at Intrust Bank Arena. It’s the first time for both teams in the Champions Indoor Football final.

Head coach Paco Martinez says the Force’s strong record earned the team the home-field advantage. He says he expects a big turnout at the game.

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A new Wichita arts center funded largely by donations from the Koch Foundations now has a name.

More than 400 people were at Wednesday's groundbreaking ceremony for Mark Arts at the Mary R Koch Arts Center. The 40,000-square-foot building at 13th and Rock Road will be the new home of the Wichita Center for the Arts.

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An agreement between the city and county over ambulance services will hold for another year, but there may still be efforts to renegotiate it. 

Wichita City Council members couldn’t get the votes at their meeting Tuesday to formally notify Sedgwick County that it would be ending a 13-year-old agreement over local ambulance services.  

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Eric Sexton, vice president for student affairs at Wichita State University, is stepping down.

Sexton announced his resignation Tuesday, a little more than a year after taking over the position. It will go into effect mid-July.

“It is time for me to change the trajectory of my professional life,” Sexton said in his resignation letter. “I want to sincerely thank the countless students, faculty, staff and alumni who have helped me. I will always be a Shocker.”

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Wichita’s Salvation Army is opening its doors for people to get out of the heat.

Three Salvation Army locations across the city will serve as cooling stations in the afternoon for people without homes or without access to air conditioning. Janet Pack, director of development for the Salvation Army in Wichita, says snacks and ice water will be available, and visitors can request a box fan.

Monday is World Refugee Day, and a local celebration will honor refugees and people that work with them.

According to the local chapter of the International Rescue Committee, Wichita is home to more than 800 refugees from at least 12 countries. The group will mark the day with a photography exhibit which shows some of the people in the community who work to make refugees feel welcome here.

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"He was just always an optimist. And I think that rubbed off on me. I don't know, he was always just a really imaginative, optimistic father. He always taught me to pursue my dreams, and not to give up on my dreams, and that I could do anything."

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