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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Wichita’s indoor football team will play in the Champions Indoor Football league championship game on Monday.

The Wichita Force will go up against the Amarillo Venom at Intrust Bank Arena. It’s the first time for both teams in the Champions Indoor Football final.

Head coach Paco Martinez says the Force’s strong record earned the team the home-field advantage. He says he expects a big turnout at the game.

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A new Wichita arts center funded largely by donations from the Koch Foundations now has a name.

More than 400 people were at Wednesday's groundbreaking ceremony for Mark Arts at the Mary R Koch Arts Center. The 40,000-square-foot building at 13th and Rock Road will be the new home of the Wichita Center for the Arts.

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An agreement between the city and county over ambulance services will hold for another year, but there may still be efforts to renegotiate it. 

Wichita City Council members couldn’t get the votes at their meeting Tuesday to formally notify Sedgwick County that it would be ending a 13-year-old agreement over local ambulance services.  

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Eric Sexton, vice president for student affairs at Wichita State University, is stepping down.

Sexton announced his resignation Tuesday, a little more than a year after taking over the position. It will go into effect mid-July.

“It is time for me to change the trajectory of my professional life,” Sexton said in his resignation letter. “I want to sincerely thank the countless students, faculty, staff and alumni who have helped me. I will always be a Shocker.”

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Wichita’s Salvation Army is opening its doors for people to get out of the heat.

Three Salvation Army locations across the city will serve as cooling stations in the afternoon for people without homes or without access to air conditioning. Janet Pack, director of development for the Salvation Army in Wichita, says snacks and ice water will be available, and visitors can request a box fan.

Monday is World Refugee Day, and a local celebration will honor refugees and people that work with them.

According to the local chapter of the International Rescue Committee, Wichita is home to more than 800 refugees from at least 12 countries. The group will mark the day with a photography exhibit which shows some of the people in the community who work to make refugees feel welcome here.

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"He was just always an optimist. And I think that rubbed off on me. I don't know, he was always just a really imaginative, optimistic father. He always taught me to pursue my dreams, and not to give up on my dreams, and that I could do anything."

The Wichita Public Library Foundation announced a major gift toward its new Advanced Learning Library.

Cox Business has donated $500,000 toward the new facility being built at 2nd and McLean. A cash gift of $250,000 will go toward the library’s Digital Pavilion, and the company will give another $250,000 in high-speed internet services. Foundation chairman Don Barry said during the mayor's briefing Thursday that the Advanced Learning Library capital campaign is now almost 80 percent complete.​

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This summer’s employment outlook is down from last year, but many local businesses are still looking to hire new staff.

A new survey from the employment company Manpower shows that 20 percent of Wichita employers are looking to boost their staff in the coming months. That’s down slightly from last quarter, when 22 percent of employers said they planned on new hires.

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Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback is already looking ahead to next year’s legislative session, just days before lawmakers are set to meet for a special session.

The governor told Topeka radio station WIBW this week that he wants to put an end to what he says is a decades-long battle over school funding.

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