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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The City of Wichita is taking public comments about its proposed use of federal funds from the Department of Housing and Urban Development.

The city receives Community Development Block Grant, HOME Investment Partnerships and Emergency Solutions Grant funds. The city's 2017-2018 action plan, which begins July 1, allocates an estimated $4.3 million for programs benefiting low- and moderate-income residents in Wichita. Those programs include affordable housing, domestic violence shelters, homeless prevention and homeless assistance.

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The organization that administers the local Meals on Wheels program says its funding source isn’t among the cuts considered in the Trump administration’s recently released budget. But Senior Services of Wichita might still feel the effects of millions of dollars of cuts to federal programs.

Trump is considering cutting the $3 billion Community Development Block Grant Program, which helps fund Meals on Wheels programs across the country.

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The president of the Wichita Park Board has launched an exploratory campaign for a seat on City Council. Cindy Claycomb made the announcement Thursday to a group of supports gathered at a venue in Old Town.

Claycomb, assistant to the president for Strategic Planning at Wichita State University, emphasized her public service with the City of Wichita in her campaign announcement. She says she’s considering running for the District 6 seat currently held by Vice Mayor Janet Miller, who is in her final term on the council.

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A Wichita Police officer who was injured last month when he was struck by a vehicle was transferred to a rehab facility on Monday.

Officer Brian Arterburn, a 25-year veteran of the Wichita Police Department, will continue his recovery at Craig Hospital, a rehabilitation center in Englewood, Colorado that specializes in traumatic brain injuries. He flew out of Wichita Monday morning.

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Candidates for the Kansas 4th Congressional District race met with constituents Saturday during the first public event of the campaign.

Republican candidate Ron Estes was not there, but Libertarian Chris Rockhold, a flight simulation instructor, and Democrat James Thompson, a civil rights attorney, agreed on a number of issues, such as immigration reform and veterans issues.

But the two candidates diverged on the issue of school choice, something the new U.S. education secretary Betsy DeVos has championed.

Rockhold said he’s in favor of a market solution.

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Crime Stoppers of Wichita/Sedgwick County is transitioning to a new software system for community members to submit anonymous crime tips.

The P-3 Intel software allows people to send in tips by phone, web, and through a mobile app called P-3 Tips. Images, videos and documents can also be submitted.

An ID and password will be given to tipsters to log in to the website to submit follow-up information and speak to law enforcement while still remaining anonymous.

Candidates for the 4th Congressional District will participate in a Q&A event Saturday hosted by Sunflower Community Action.

The organization says all three candidates have been invited; so far Democratic candidate, James Thompson and Libertarian Chris Rockhold have confirmed. Republican Ron Estes has not. The event starts at 11:30 at Sunflower Community Action, 1751 N. Ash.

Next Thursday, March 16, the League of Women Voters Wichita Metro Chapter and Women for Kansas are partnering to host a forum at Friends University with candidates and a panel.

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A new report says Kansas is one of five states that were more than 20 percent wind-powered in 2016.

The American Wind Energy Association, which advocates for the wind energy industry, says close to 30 percent of Kansas’ electricity was powered by wind energy last year, ranking it second in the country. According to the data from the federal Energy Information Administration, that’s up from 24 percent the year before.

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Dozens of demonstrators gathered in Wichita’s Old Town Square Wednesday to mark International Women’s Day. KMUW’s Nadya Faulx was there and has more on the demonstration.

The celebration drew about 50 people—mostly women, and most of them wearing red to honor the corresponding “Day Without Women” movement. Organizers and speakers emphasized women’s achievements and contributions to society, and called for gender equality.

Jennifer Ladd, from Sylvia, Kansas, says women need to be recognized for their work.

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The City of Wichita is considering establishing a Tax Increment Financing, or TIF, district to support development along the west bank of the Arkansas River.

The TIF district would help fund improvements to the 95-acre area that includes Lawrence-Dumont Stadium, the Delano Catalyst Site and the future Advanced Learning Library.

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