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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Low-income seniors in Butler, Sedgwick and Harvey Counties could be eligible to receive food assistance at farmers markets throughout the state.

The Kansas Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program provides seniors who meet certain age and income requirements with a total of $30 in checks to spend at local farmers markets. Participants can use the money to buy fresh fruits and vegetables, herbs and honey produced in Kansas.

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Wichita city pools will open for the season on Monday—with one controversial exception.

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The Metropolitan Area Planning Department is hosting a meeting for residents of Delano to discuss the future of the historic neighborhood.

The city adopted the long-range Delano Neighborhood Revitalization Plan back in 2001. It was driven largely by the Delano Business, Clergy and Neighborhood Associations. The groups wanted to address aging infrastructure, the loss of businesses and declining home ownership in the area.

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Sedgwick County District Attorney Marc Bennett has determined there isn’t sufficient evidence to file criminal charges in an incident that happened on Wichita State University’s campus earlier this month.

University police responded to an altercation following the Student Government Association’s dinner on May 4. Outgoing SGA president Joseph Shepard says he was confronted by the parents of the incoming president after he gave his final speech. Shepard told the police that a racial slur had been used during the incident.

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Wichita Mayor Jeff Longwell and other city leaders are in Mexico this week to explore trade opportunities.

The mayor, along with City Councilman Jeff Blubaugh, Assistant City Manager Scot Rigby and a delegation of businesses from Mexico, are in the state of Queretaro until Thursday.

The purpose of the visit is to strengthen economic ties and find new trade opportunities between Wichita and Mexico.

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As infections of yellow fever spread in places like Brazil and Angola, the Sedgwick County Health Department has a limited number of the vaccines for travelers who may be exposed to virus.

The health department says it receives a monthly allocation of yellow fever vaccines, which at this time are only for people who will be traveling to countries where the immunization is required--not just recommended.

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The Wichita Public School District is serving free summer meals for students beginning Monday through the start of school in August. But, the district is still preparing for a possible statewide shutdown in July that could impact the program.

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Wichita movie theater magnate Bill Warren has sold Warren Theatres.

The Tennessee-based Regal Entertainment Group announced on Friday it has purchased seven Warren Theatres in Kansas and Oklahoma.

Warren Theatres operates five locations in Wichita, including the Palace Theatre and the Movie Machine in Towne West Mall.

President Bill Warren says he considered other sale offers before deciding on the Regal proposal.

Regal owns more than 500 theatres in 43 states.

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Severe storms are likely to hit Wichita on Thursday afternoon and evening.

The National Weather Service in Wichita forecasts severe golf ball- to baseball-sized hail, damaging winds up to 75 mph and flood-producing heavy rain.

Meteorologist Chris Jakub says there is a chance for a few tornadoes with the storms as well, but don't underestimate the hail that's expected.

“You never want to underplay the hail. I mean when you get hail as big as baseballs, that is extremely damaging and the winds as well can cause a lot of damage," Jakub says.

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A recent poll of voters in Kansas shows wide support for repealing Gov. Sam Brownback’s 2012 tax plan.

The nonpartisan Kansas Center for Economic Growth found that roughly 67 percent of the voters surveyed disapprove of Brownback’s tax cut package -- which cut income taxes and removed taxes on many businesses. Approximately 7 in 10 voters who responded said the tax plan has hurt the state’s economy and the middle class.

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