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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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.

EngageICT: Health Care

May 19, 2016

 

EngageICT: Health Care

January 12, 2016 at Reverie Coffee Roasters

 

Engage ICT, KMUW’s civic initiative, kicked off its Democracy on Tap series with a panel on health care.

Hugo Phan / KMUW/File photo

Universities in Kansas have until October 1 to draft concealed weapons plans to comply with a new Kansas Board of Regents policy passed this year.

Concealed weapons will be allowed on university campuses beginning July 1, 2017. Schools can bar the weapons in certain buildings under the rule, but only if they add security measures, such as electronic wands or metal detectors.

Jimmy Wayne, flickr Creative Commons

Wichita State University is planning on a 3 percent budget cut for fiscal year 2017. The move is in response to the state budget passed Monday that includes $17 million in cuts to higher education.

WSU President John BARdo said in a message sent Thursday that the cuts should be considered permanent, saying "it’s unlikely state funding will be restored to universities in the next budget cycle."

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Acting U.S. attorney Thomas Beall led a panel of religious and community leaders this week to discuss recent hate crimes in Wichita and how to speak up against discrimination. KMUW’s Nadya Faulx reports the event was just the first in a planned series on building a better community.

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