Mya Acosta

News Intern

Mya Acosta is a sophomore at Wichita State University pursuing a degree in Communications with an emphasis in Electronic Media.

Last year, while attending Bethany College, Mya interned with the Lindsborg Ad Hoc Round Table, writing newsletters about events in Lindsborg. Through that experience, she was immersed in a passion for storytelling which she hopes to expand on even more through the KMUW News Lab internship.

Ways to Connect

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Agencies across Kansas are warning drivers to take additional caution as deer mating season begins, bringing higher levels of deer activity.

Sedgwick County had the highest reported cases of vehicle-deer collisions in the state last year with 418 cases. Butler County followed with 384 collisions.

Shawn Steward from the AAA of Kansas says the average cost per claim from car damage due to animal collisions is nearly $4,300.

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Wichita Public Schools Superintendent Alicia Thompson is hosting community feedback sessions to hear opinions on the effectiveness of the district’s recently implemented strategic plan.

A panel including Thompson and board of education members will be present at the meetings. Participants are encouraged to share their experiences and opinions regarding the plan so far.

Abigail Wilson

The annual ceremony held in remembrance of those who died in the Wichita State University plane crash will be Wednesday.

On Oct. 2, 1970, the WSU football team — along with administrators and Shocker supporters — was traveling to Logan, Utah, for a game. The plane was overloaded and was unable to pull out of a box canyon and crashed in the Rocky Mountains, about 40 miles west of Denver.

Reginald Robinson
Kansas Health Foundation

Reginald Robinson is the new president and CEO of the Kansas Health Foundation.

The Health Foundation, based in Wichita, is a philanthropic organization geared toward helping Kansans live healthier lives.

Robinson is currently the vice chancellor for Public Affairs at the University of Kansas. He has an extensive background, including former president and CEO of the Kansas Board of Regents. Robinson also has served in several senior positions within the U.S. Department of Justice.

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Operation Immunization, a partnership between the University of Kansas School of Pharmacy-Wichita and the United Way of the Plains, will provide free flu vaccinations next month.

The vaccinations will be provided on a first-come, first-serve basis while supplies last. To be eligible, children must be at least 6 years old and accompanied by a parent or guardian.

The 10th annual event hopes to aid people who are unemployed, uninsured or unable to afford vaccines as flu season approaches.

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The second round of community engagement events for the Riverfront Legacy Master Plan process is next week.

The Urban Explorations events on Sept. 24-25 provide a chance for Wichitans to take part in a walking tour along the riverfront and learn about some of the proposed plans and ideas the design committee is discussing. A question-and-comment session will follow each tour.

Susie Santo is president of Visit Wichita and a member of the planning committee. She says community interaction and feedback is essential to help the plan move in the direction that Wichita wants. 

The City of Derby is hosting Vision Derby 2040 Design Studios this week to gather community input to help create a plan for future growth opportunities.

Derby’s comprehensive development plan was last updated in 2006. The Vision Derby 2040 plan hopes to provide a fresh approach to city advancement by accounting for a changing demographic and evolving community needs.