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Suzette is a student at Wichita State University studying communication with an emphasis in journalism.

This past summer, she worked as the News Intern for KWCH Channel 12 and grew in her passion for journalism and reporting accurate news. She is excited to be part of the team at KMUW and to enhance her journalism and communication skills.

Suzette is from Goddard and is number five of 11 children. Some of her hobbies include singing, playing the piano and spending time with family.

She graduated from Bishop Carroll in 2018 and her anticipated graduation from Wichita State is May 2020.

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A project in the works for more than 20 years was completed last week when Holy Savior Catholic Church held a dedication and blessing for its new church.

The new church and school, Holy Savior Catholic Academy, were part of a $9.1 million campaign. The new campus is at 3000 E. 13th St. North, just west of Hillside. 

“The dedication of our people, parishioners of Holy Savior, has made all of this possible,” said Father James Billinger, pastor of Holy Savior.

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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.

Table of Hope Metropolitan Community Church is hosting an open house on Sunday to showcase renovations at the church.

Jackie Carter is the church's senior pastor. She said many people have stopped coming to services, or the  food pantries, because they are not able to climb the church’s stairs.

Two major donors and the public contributed to the improvements. An elevator was added to all three levels and restrooms were upgraded to meet federal disability guidelines.

Wichita’s annual Veterans Day Parade is scheduled for Saturday.

The parade is designed to honor those who have served and those currently serving in the military.

The parade starts at 11 a.m. at Central and Main in downtown Wichita. It will head south on Main and end at the WaterWalk Commons.

Herb Duncan is a Vietnam War veteran and one of the parade organizers. He says people should come to the event to show their patriotism and honor America's veterans.

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Members of law enforcement will ride on school buses beginning Monday to cite motorists who fail to stop when buses are loading and unloading children.

The Sedgwick County Sheriff’s Office is partnering with the Wichita, Maize and Haysville Police Departments on a project to crack down on violations around school buses. The enforcement is part of  this week's National School Bus Safety week.

Participating school districts included Derby, Haysville, Maize and Wichita.


Agriculture businesses in Sedgwick County contributed around $1.85 billion to the economy in 2017.

According to the state’s latest agricultural census from 2017, the most recent data available, there were 1,360 farms in Sedgwick County.

Farm-related and agricultural jobs employed 6,720 people in the county.

The 2017 census shows commodity sales, which includes crops and livestock, were about $118.9 million for Sedgwick County. Statewide, commodity sales were about $18.8 billion.

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The deadline to register to vote for the November election is Tuesday.

Carole Neal is the Voter Service chair with the League of Women Voters of Kansas, a nonprofit that encourages people to participate in government. She says people seem more aware of this election, which is reflected in more people registering to vote.

Neal said people realize their voice needs to be heard.

“We’ve really tried to educate ... them how one vote can make a difference, especially in a local election,” she said.

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The Sedgwick County Election Office is recruiting workers for the November election.

Workers are paid for mandatory training, and for working at Early Voting Centers and on Election Day.

Cross-trained clerks, runners and provisional ballot judges are paid $7.50 an hour. Supervising judges are paid $10 an hour; supervising judges and runners are also paid mileage.

Melissa Schnieders is the deputy election commissioner for Sedgwick County. She said between 600 and 700 workers help with mayoral and school district elections.

Exploration Place

Here's your chance to immerse yourself in extreme, real-world weather conditions.

Fly through a hurricane, swirl along a tornado’s path, map lightning strikes or stand in the middle of a raging winter storm.

Wild Weather, a national traveling exhibit, arrives at Exploration Place on Saturday. Throughout the exhibit, participants can learn about different types of weather conditions. They also can go behind the scenes with meteorologists and learn about the science of severe weather.

Wichita Parks and Recreation

Open Streets ICT is returning for a third year on Sunday.

Saharah Small is with Visual Fusion, which provides marketing for Open Streets. She says the event brings residents of all ages together for fun and community-building.

Small says people go to “iconic areas in Wichita to really see how everyone talks to each other, how different people communicate with each other [and] how different cultures might even come together.”