Abigail Wilson

Reporter

Abigail Wilson joined the KMUW team in April 2014. Born and raised in a small Colorado mountain town, she is still getting used to being a flatlander.

After graduating from Benedictine College in Atchison, Kan. with degrees in journalism and Spanish, Abigail worked as the news editor of the Dodge City Daily Globe in Dodge City, Kan. where her primary focus was covering crime news. After she decided to literally “get the hell out of Dodge,” Abigail worked as a professional photographer and freelance journalist. She is currently pursuing her Master of Arts in communication at Wichita State University.

Abigail enjoys photography and gardening as well as hanging out with her two roommates of the feline persuasion.

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Community
5:00 am
Thu April 16, 2015

The Wichita Fresh Air Baby Camp

The Fresh Air Baby Camp was built in 1920. Here, it is shown in its current condition.
Credit Abigail Wilson

Updated on 04/16/15:

The building has a new roof, and the triple sash windows have been primed, prepped and painted. A new sewer line was put in place at the beginning of April.

Next steps for the restoration of the baby camp include getting water and electricity as well as finishing the triple sash windows that at one time pulled in much-needed fresh air.

The Friends of the Historic Fresh Air Baby Camp estimate that the restoration will be completed in the fall. The building is located in a city park, so it will be open for public use.

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Sports
3:05 pm
Mon April 13, 2015

Baker, VanVleet To Stay In Wichita For Senior Year

Credit Sean Sandefur

All-American guard Ron Baker announced on Monday that he will return for his senior season at Wichita State.

The 6-foot-4 guard out of Scott City spent the days following the Shockers’ Sweet 16 loss evaluating his professional basketball opportunities.

According to a release from the university, Baker says he sees potential for the Shockers next season because of both the players that are returning and new talent who will be added to the roster.

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Education
3:09 pm
Wed April 8, 2015

Predicted Severe Weather Causes Evening Cancelations

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Wichita Public Schools has canceled all after school activities due to severe weather predicted for today. KMUW’s Abigail Wilson has more...

The district announced that all after-school and evening activities, including athletic practices and competitions, fine arts rehearsals, student clubs and other such activities will be canceled today due to storms that are predicted to hit Wichita this afternoon.

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Weather
3:53 pm
Mon April 6, 2015

Storm Causes An Estimated $300K In Damage

Credit Hugo Phan

City of Wichita crews are continuing to make progress in cleaning up damage from that was caused by a storm on Friday, April 3.

To date, crews have cleared 35 tree limbs blocking streets, repaired or replaced 65 traffic signs, and corrected signal issues at 35 intersections. KMUW’s Abigail Wilson has more…

Last week’s storm resulted in an estimated $250-300,000 in damages to facilities operated by the city.

City of Wichita Strategic Communications Director Ken Evans says the previously stated number is just a starting point.

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Weather
4:54 pm
Fri April 3, 2015

Storm Damages Wichita Buildings And Landmarks, Leaves Many Without Power

Hugo Phan

Winds reached nearly 90 mph overnight and early Friday morning damaging trees and buildings. KMUW’s Abigail Wilson reports that many  homes and businesses are still without power in Sedgwick County.

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Food
3:37 pm
Mon March 23, 2015

Kansas Wheat Commission Sets Aside $200K For Gluten-Free Wheat Research

Credit Brian McGuirk, flickr Creative Commons

    

Kansas farmers are funding research to learn how to grow gluten-free wheat. KMUW’s Abigail Wilson has more…

The Kansas Wheat Commission is putting $200,000 towards two years of research to understand all the parts of wheat DNA that cause problems for people with gluten sensitivities. Researchers are focusing on various proteins in wheat that may be tolerable for a wider population.

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Environment
4:24 pm
Thu March 19, 2015

Kansas House Panel Approves Process For Emissions Plan

Credit Ian Britton, flickr Creative Commons

A Kansas House panel approved a process for establishing a greenhouse gas reduction plan on Thursday. KMUW's Abigail Wilson has more...

A Kansas House panel has approved a process for establishing a greenhouse gas reduction plan.

The House Energy and Environment Committee approved the measure Thursday.

The Environmental Protection Agency has directed all states to develop stricter emissions standards by June 2016. States without a suitable plan will have federal regulations imposed upon them.

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Community
1:42 pm
Wed March 18, 2015

Reaching Out: The Ongoing Relationship Between WPD And The Homeless

Tex and Officer Nate Schwiethale have a friendly relationship. Schwiethale visits him regularly.
Credit Abigail Wilson

Nearly 600 chronically homeless people live in Wichita, but a pilot program within the city's police department is working to reduce that number. KMUW’s Abigail Wilson has more...

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Community
5:00 am
Wed March 18, 2015

Determining The Extent Of The Homeless Population In Wichita

Credit Abigail Wilson

The United Way of the Plains holds an annual event called the Point In Time Homeless Count every January. It’s an effort to make sure local homeless agencies have a good feel for the extent of the homeless population in Wichita. Pat Hanrahan is the President of United Way.

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Community
5:00 am
Wed March 11, 2015

Helping The Elderly Avoid Scams

A stack of falsified certificates appearing to be from the United Nations, also altered ATM cards, and Western Union receipts.
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The financial exploitation of the elderly is considered to be the most prevalent form of elder abuse. And, with evolving technology and a population which is aging, the number of victims is growing, even in the Wichita area. KMUW’s Abigail Wilson has more…

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