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.

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Operation Holiday, Wichita’s largest holiday assistance program, says it’s running far behind on collecting donations.

Officials with HumanKind Ministries, formerly InterFaith Ministries, say they are well short of their desired donations goal with distribution days about a week away.

HumanKind Ministries serves between 14,000 and 16,000 people each year through its programs.

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Two naturalization ceremonies held today at Century II welcomed and recognized 175 new U.S. citizens who will be living in Kansas.

The new citizens came to the United States from more than 30 different countries.

Courtesy: Sternberg Museum of Natural History

Parts of a prehistoric shark skeleton, the only specimen of its kind found in North America, will soon be on display at Fort Hays State University.

File photo / KMUW

Sedgwick County District Attorney Marc Bennett ruled Friday that a deputy involved in a fatal shooting earlier this year acted in self-defense.

Bennett says according to Kansas law, people who act in self-defense are immune from prosecution.

According to a report from Bennett’s office:

The shooting occurred Jan. 28 at a storage unit near Hydraulic and I-235.

David Bosiljevac had an active criminal case in Sedgwick County. He missed a court date for a probation violation and an arrest warrant was issued for him.

The Wichita Police Department is hosting a city-wide event on Saturday to hear feedback about law enforcement from community members.

The “What’s Going On and What More Can We Do” event invites people to discuss trends, topics and concerns in the criminal justice system with city, county and state law enforcement officials.

Police Chief Gordon Ramsay says the goal of the event is for his department and other agencies to gather insights from the community to help improve law enforcement effectiveness.

A Delta Airlines Boeing 777
Delta Airlines

Officials at Eisenhower National Airport are urging people to prepare for an increased volume of passengers when traveling during the holiday season.

Jay Brainard, Transportation Security Administration security director for Kansas, says the Wichita airport will see a spike in the number of travelers they screen. He says the week before Thanksgiving is even busier for traveling than the week before Christmas.

"Here at Wichita, on average we screen about 2,600 people a day," Brainard says. "During the busy holiday time, that number is going to exceed 3,300."

Carla Eckels / KMUW

Founders’ Grove, a new shared office space, opened Wednesday.

Create Campaign is the nonprofit organization that will maintain the office spaces. It says its mission is to serve as a hub for African-American and Latino entrepreneurship growth and business development.

The organization began in 2015 as a partnership with the Entrepreneurship Task Force and has grown into a standalone organization that operates in Wichita and Kansas City.

Mya Acosta / KMUW

HumanKind Ministries has completed renovations on its homeless shelter, increasing the capacity for homeless individuals.

HumanKind, formerly InterFaith Ministries, hosted an open house Monday to showcase the remodel.

The renovations include new flooring and ceilings. The entire shelter in downtown Wichita also was repainted and deep cleaned.

The remodeling also created more space for clients, allowing the shelter to sleep up to 60 people.

Courtesy Connie Storrie

Connie Storrie says she will retire this month from the Kansas Wildlife Exhibit in Central Riverside Park after 36 years of service.

Storrie said she happened upon the job in 1983. Since then, she has helped transform the small, rundown zoo.

Storrie says she and her small crew constructed most of the new exhibit themselves, including all of the stonework designed to create comfortable homes for the animals.

Today’s updated exhibit is home to a badger, bobcat, turkey vulture, and an array of native Kansas animals. 

Law enforcement agencies will collect unused prescription medications as part of a Drug Take-Back Day program on Saturday.

Vaping devices and vape cartridges are also being accepted.

The nationwide program, coordinated by the federal Drug Enforcement Administration, has collected unused and unwanted medications since 2010. In Kansas alone, more than 88 tons of prescription drugs have been collected through the Take-Back Days program, according to a news release.