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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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COURTESY: U.S. DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

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.

LaRissa Lawrie / KMUW

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.”

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Wichita State University is partnering with Kansas State University to start a satellite nursing program at K-State.

The partnership addresses the rising need for registered nurses in Kansas.

Wichita Public Library

The kickoff for Big Read: Wichita, the community-wide reading event, is scheduled for Sept. 28 at the Advanced Learning Library.

The opening event, which runs from 2 to 4 p.m., will include a nature photography exhibit by Roy Wenzl; a mime performance by Wichita State University’s Alithea Mime Troupe; chamber music, and a readers' theater presentation.

The book chosen for this year's Big Read is "Lab Girl," a memoir by Hope Jahren. 

The United States Navy is coming to Wichita for Navy Week.

Navy Week started in 2005 after officials learned that many Americans didn’t know much about the service. Navy Week allows communities to learn about the Navy, its role and its people. The week-long event works to engage cities that do not have frequent contact with the Navy.

A crew representing the USS Wichita will participate in events throughout the week of Sept. 9-15. The USS Wichita, commissioned in 2018, reflects the history of Wichita's Keeper of the Plains with its motto, “Keeper of the Seas.”