Abigail Wilson

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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, Kansas, with degrees in journalism and Spanish, Abigail worked as the news editor of the Dodge City Daily Globe in Dodge City, Kansas, 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 recently graduated with a Master of Arts in communication from 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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The two finalists in the running for the next Chief of the Wichita Police Department answered questions at a public forum on Monday night.

   

The candidates were questioned about goals for the next five years, effective community policing, and transparency. A big subject for the evening, though, was change.

City Manager Bob Layton acted as moderator for the forum.

One question for Joel Fitzgerald, the current police chief in Allentown, Pennsylvania, was how as an outsider, he could know what the citizens of Wichita want or need.

A Wichita man who plotted a suicide bomb attack at Dwight D. Eisenhower Airport, formally known as Wichita Mid-Continent Airport, has been sentenced to 20 years in federal prison. KMUW’s Abigail Wilson reports the had planned to cause what he described as “maximum carnage..."

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The City of Wichita is asking residents to provide further input on the hiring of the next Wichita Police Department Chief.

Questions for the two finalists in the search for the next chief of police can be submitted through the city’s website. The public will also have a chance to ask the candidates questions tonight at the Wichita Police Chief candidates’ forum at Century II’s Convention Hall.

Joint Task Force Guantanamo, flickr Creative Commons

Gov. Sam Brownback has formally denounced the idea of moving detainees from Guantanamo Bay to Kansas.

Brownback signed a letter, along with South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley, announcing that the governors “will take any action within our power to make sure no Guantanamo Bay detainees are transferred to Kansas or South Carolina.”

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The three finalists in the search for the next Wichita police chief were announced Thursday morning.

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Wichita State University's Student Government Association is planning to honor a fellow student who was killed in a terrorist attack in Saudi Arabia earlier this year.

N A I T, flickr Creative Commons

Staffing shortages at the Hutchinson Correctional Facility have resulted in the end of a partnership allowing inmates to train service dogs.

The correctional facility has worked with Canine Assistance Rehabilitation Education and Services, or CARES, since 2009. Since then, 125 inmates have been involved in the basic training of 245 service dogs.

The prison had one full-time officer overseeing the program, but because of an on-going hiring shortage that officer is now in a security job.

Cary and Kacey Jordan, flickr Creative Commons

Wichita was recently ranked in the top 20 for American cities with the highest number of births.

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Ten years ago this month, Hurricane Katrina decimated New Orleans and upended the lives of people who called the city home.

Mike and Katie West lived in the Lower Ninth Ward, and in the time since the hurricane, they have relocated to Lawrence, Kansas.

Tex Texin, flickr Creative Commons

Leaders from around the city spoke out Tuesday afternoon about three shootings that left four people dead in the past few days.

All of the shootings took place in northeast Wichita between Saturday morning and late Monday, including a Wichita State student killed in the parking lot of a dorm on the WSU campus. Three people were killed in two separate shootings Monday afternoon.

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