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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Online enrollment for Wichita Public schools opened Wednesday.

The first day of school is still more than a month away, but parents of returning students in the Wichita school district can get their kids ready for the new school year now.

Parents can use the ParentVUE online portal to complete enrollment forms and waivers, see class schedules and pay for school meals before school starts on Aug. 23. Online enrollment is also available in Spanish.

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The City of Wichita could consider a tax increase to fund new positions in the Wichita Police Department.

A staffing study out earlier this year recommended a total of 73 new positions for the police force, including patrol officers and support staff.

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Starting Saturday, the fine for not wearing a seat belt in Kansas will triple.

Kansas’ current seat belt fine -- $10 -- is one of the lowest in the country. State legislators passed a law this session raising the fine to $30.

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The Wichita Police Department is reaching out to parents and guardians whose kids are involved in gangs.

Letters went out earlier this week alerting parents that their children are on the city’s list of documented gang members.

Lt. Jeff Gilmore, with the WPD’s gang unit, said they sent a total of 74 letters.

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Wichita City Council members and Sedgwick County Commissioners voted Wednesday to give themselves more time to work on an agreement over ambulance services.

The often-tense joint meeting was held just days before a July 1 deadline to withdraw from an agreement under which Sedgwick County provides ambulance service to Wichita. The current arrangement runs through the end of 2017, but the city has the option of either pulling out from the agreement, or allowing it to stand for another year.

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Wichita City Council members got a look Tuesday at a very preliminary version of the 2018-19 budget.

City Manager Robert Layton said there are some balancing issues in the new budget that will be hard to address.

“This is one of the most difficult budgets that we’ve had in the 8 years I’ve been here," he said. "And that's pretty hard to say since we went through some pretty tough years during the recession."

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Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt on Monday expressed support for the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling upholding most of President Donald Trump’s travel ban.

Schmidt released a statement calling the Supreme Court’s 9-0 ruling “encouraging.”

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As temperatures rise this summer, the Wichita Fire Department is warning people not to leave kids or pets in hot cars.

Even on mild days, the temperature inside of a car can climb to dangerous levels.

Wichita Fire Chief Ron Blackwell says every year, his team has to respond to reports of kids or pets being left in cars—sometimes it’s by accident, sometimes a parent just isn’t aware of the danger.

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Republican U.S. Senator Jerry Moran visited Wichita Friday to bring attention to what he calls a “damaging” proposal to privatize air traffic control operations.

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A new study from Americans for the Arts shows Wichita arts organizations generate millions of dollars for the city’s economy.

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