Nadya Faulx

Digital News Editor / Reporter

Nadya joined KMUW in May 2015 after a year at a newspaper in western North Dakota, where she did not pick up an accent.

Before entering the wild world of journalism, she studied international relations, worked at a dog daycare and taught English at a school in the Republic of Georgia (not all at the same time). KMUW marks her triumphant return to public media; she previously interned with the diversity department at the NPR mothership in Washington, D.C.

She enjoys traveling, reading, making jewelry that could easily be mistaken for the work of a 4-year-old, and hanging out with her cat, Dragon.

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Counties across the 4th Congressional District in Kansas today are certifying votes cast in last week’s special election.

Unofficial election results show Democratic candidate James Thompson and Libertarian Chris Rockhold lost to Republican Ron Estes' 53 percent of the vote in the race for the 4th District seat.

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As the debate continues at the Kansas Statehouse over guns on campus, universities around Kansas are preparing for the law to go into effect on July 1.

Wichita State University held a forum Thursday, the first in a series that will outline the school's new weapons policy. Basically, anyone over the age of 21 who can legally have a gun in Kansas can bring their concealed weapon on campus.

Read the campus weapons policy here.

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Following his close win in Kansas’ 4th Congressional District, Ron Estes on Wednesday named two members of his leadership team.

Former finance director Josh Bell will serve as chief of staff and former Estes deputy campaign manager Debbie Luper will be district director. The district has a local office in Wichita.

Estes said after his win Tuesday that his staff will be a mix of new hires and some former Mike Pompeo employees.

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The Wichita Public Schools board is considering making more changes to the district’s calendar.

Last year, the board lengthened the school day by 30 minutes and shortened the school year by 15 days as a way to cut millions of dollars from its budget.

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Conservative Texas Sen. Ted Cruz made a stop in Wichita to campaign for Republican Ron Estes in Kansas' special congressional election.

Around 200 people gathered at Yingling Aviation for a rally before Tuesday's election. Estes is running against Democrat James Thompson and Libertarian Chris Rockhold for the 4th District House seat vacated by Mike Pompeo, who resigned to head the CIA.

Cruz joined Estes for a press conference before the rally, where he urged Republicans to vote for the state treasurer in what has become a competitive race.

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There’s a lot of development going on west of the Arkansas River.

There’s the Advanced Learning Library taking shape at the corner of 2nd and McLean. South of that, a multi-million dollar mixed-use building is planned at the Delano Catalyst Site, and across the street sits the wood framing of the future River Vista development.

There’s millions of dollars of development going in here -- and the city wants to capitalize on it.

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The City of Wichita’s water rebate program, now in its 5th year, begins on Monday.

The city is offering residents across Wichita cash rebates if they purchase devices—such as dishwashers and toilets—that conserve water. A low-flow toilet, for example, can earn a household up to $100 from the city. Other eligible items include rain barrels, irrigation controllers and clothes washers.

Don Henry, assistant director of public works and utilities, said Thursday that the rebate program helps the city conserve water in case of a drought down the road.

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Sedgwick County is in the bottom half of a new county health ranking from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute.

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The state of Kansas has withdrawn a suit against the federal government over changes to Title IX that extended protections to cover gender identity. President Donald Trump recently revoked the Obama-era guidance sent out last year.

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