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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The Wichita Public Library Foundation announced a major gift toward its new Advanced Learning Library.

Cox Business has donated $500,000 toward the new facility being built at 2nd and McLean. A cash gift of $250,000 will go toward the library’s Digital Pavilion, and the company will give another $250,000 in high-speed internet services. Foundation chairman Don Barry said during the mayor's briefing Thursday that the Advanced Learning Library capital campaign is now almost 80 percent complete.​

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This summer’s employment outlook is down from last year, but many local businesses are still looking to hire new staff.

A new survey from the employment company Manpower shows that 20 percent of Wichita employers are looking to boost their staff in the coming months. That’s down slightly from last quarter, when 22 percent of employers said they planned on new hires.

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Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback is already looking ahead to next year’s legislative session, just days before lawmakers are set to meet for a special session.

The governor told Topeka radio station WIBW this week that he wants to put an end to what he says is a decades-long battle over school funding.

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Kansas will join legal action against a federal directive that public schools allow transgender students to use the bathroom that matches their gender identity.

Attorney General Derek Schmidt announced Wednesday that Kansas is challenging what he calls the Obama administration’s “unlawful efforts to unilaterally rewrite Title IX,” the 1972 federal law that bans discrimination in public schools on the basis of sex.

Wichita Park and Recreation Department

Wichita’s park system is set to grow in the coming years.

The last time the city approved a Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces plan was in 2008. But a lot has changed since then—namely, the economy.

At a City Council workshop this week, the parks department outlined a new plan to reinvest in its current parks and expand into sites in east and west Wichita.

Kansas Department of Transportation

Interstate 35 could soon be a haven for butterflies and other pollinators under a new effort to improve the corridor.

The Kansas Department of Transportation and five other state transportation departments, as well as the Federal Highway Administration, signed an agreement this week to enhance the so-called “Monarch Highway.”

Kansas Department of Labor

The latest jobs report for Kansas is a mixed bag.

Kansas’ unemployment rate fell slightly for the second month in a row, but the state Department of Labor says job growth has stalled.

According to a report released Friday, the unemployment rate for April was 3.8 percent, down from March's rate of 3.9 percent. It’s also down from April of last year, which was 4.2 percent.

Locally, Sedgwick County’s unemployment rate dropped sharply, from 4.6 in March to 3.9 in April.

EngageICT: Environment

May 19, 2016

EngageICT: Environment

April 12, 2016 at Loft 150

 

Our April Democracy On Tap panel, held at Loft 150 above River City Brewing Company in Old Town, focused on environmental issues—which, for Wichita and Kansas, meant recycling, trash, renewable energy, water and the future of food.

EngageICT: Economy

May 19, 2016

EngageICT: Economy

March 8, 2016 at Abode Venue

 

Our third Engage ICT: Democracy On Tap panel, held at Abode Venue, delved into a complicated topic that’s sure to shape Kansas’ elections this year: the economy.

EngageICT: Education

May 19, 2016

EngageICT: Education

February 9, 2016 at The Monarch

 

KMUW’s second Engage ICT: Democracy On Tap event brought together a panel of experts on education in Kansas and at the federal level.

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