David Garcia

News Intern

David is a student at Wichita State University studying Communication with an emphasis in Integrated Marketing Communication.

He has worked at WSU’s Office of Diversity and Inclusion as the marketing intern since September 2019, creating marketing materials and assisting in social media management. Upon graduation, David hopes to work in communications for nonprofit organizations.

David is a longtime listener to KMUW, thanks to his father constantly tuning in on the radio, and he is ecstatic to work as a News Intern. He hopes to develop new skills professionally and personally during his time with KMUW.

When he’s not working or studying, David likes listening to music and playing video games.

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Democrat Stephanie Byers became the first transgender member of the Kansas Legislature Tuesday night.

She’ll represent parts of south Wichita after defeating Republican challenger Cyndi Howerton in the race for Kansas House District 86. Byers received 54% of the vote in her first run for public office.

Byers is a retired band, orchestra and jazz teacher at Wichita North High School. She taught there for nearly 30 years.

She spoke about her transition and how she explained that to her students in an interview with KMUW in May 2019.

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Another member of the Estes family will represent Kansans as Susan Estes won her race for a seat in the Kansas House.

Estes, a former teacher, is married to U.S. Congressmen Ron Estes, who also won his race Tuesday night.

Susan Estes defeated Democratic challenger Matt Fox, a middle school teacher and wrestling coach in Douglass, with 56% of the vote.

The seat is part of the 125-member Kansas House of Representatives. District 87 represents portions of east Wichita.

The Goddard Police Department is partnering with local churches to host town halls in an effort to increase community engagement.

The partnerships come from the department’s participation in the Faith & Blue Weekend. It’s a national initiative aiming to strengthen community bonds by connecting local law enforcement agencies with faith-based groups in the communities they serve.

In Goddard, the police department is partnering with Pathway Church and Church of the Holy Spirit for hybrid town halls Sunday and Monday.

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The Tolling of the Boats ceremony remembering lost submarines and sailors from World War II takes place in Wichita on Sunday.

The ceremony honors more than 50 submarines and 3,000 sailors who went missing during the war. The ceremony includes naming each boat lost, how many men were lost and tolling a bell for each boat.

A carnation will be dropped into the Arkansas River after the details about each missing submarine is read.

The Dorado Base of the Submarine Veterans has recently added a special tribute to Kansas sailors lost.

The Wichita Symphony Orchestra will host performances in city parks this fall, beginning Saturday.

Smaller ensembles comprised of Wichita Symphony musicians will perform on Saturday and Oct. 3 for its Playing Across the Parks series. It’s a partnership with the Wichita Park and Recreation department.

There will be six free performances each day at parks across the city.

People attending must follow COVID-19 guidelines, including wearing masks and observing 6-feet of social distancing.

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Ten nonprofits will each receive a $10,000 grant from the Evergy Community Response Fund.

The grant will go toward closing gaps in services created by COVID-19 and promoting solutions to racial injustice.

The fund was created to award nonprofits serving zip codes 67208, 67214 and 67219, which cover parts of north and northeast Wichita. The Evergy Community Advisory Board, consisting of people from the area, looked over applications and awarded the grants.

The nonprofits receiving $10,000 each are:

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The Sedgwick County Zoo will begin a phased reopening this month that it says complies with state and local guidelines.

The zoo, like many attractions, closed in March because of the pandemic. It is one of the state’s largest tourist attractions.

Phase one begins May 18 with a soft opening for members only. The zoo said in a news release the soft open will give its staff an opportunity to respond to any issues that may arise with new procedures before opening to the public.

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Wichita Public Schools' Kids Eat Free program is now providing free breakfasts along with lunches to feed children while schools remain closed.

The program began last week and continues for the rest of the academic year. Children 18 years and younger can pick up meals to-go at 18 sites around Wichita.

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Wichita State University is extending spring break due to concerns over the coronavirus.

Students at WSU were scheduled to start spring break March 23. The university announced Thursday that all in-person academic instruction will be canceled next week, beginning Monday.

All activities related to in-person classes — such as assignments, presentations and lab work — will be suspended for the week.

Hybrid classes — which meet in-person and online — will shift to online only classes. Fully online classes, however, will continue next week.

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Textron Aviation announced a new apprenticeship program Tuesday.

WSU Tech, Textron and the International Association of Machinist and Aerospace workers partnered for the training program.