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.

She graduated from Benedictine College in Atchison, Kan., with degrees in journalism and Spanish in 2012. Immediately following, Abigail worked as the news editor of the Dodge City Daily Globe in Dodge City, Kan., where her primary focus was covering crime news. She recently graduated with a Master of Arts in communication from Wichita State University.

Her work has been featured on NPR’s "Only A Game” and “Weekend Edition Sunday.” She has recorded and produced stories for Harvest Public Media and various public radio stations across the state of Kansas. In 2015, she wrote and produced the radio documentary “The Pieces that Remain: Remembering the Wichita State University Plane Crash.” The Kansas Association of Broadcasters awarded Abigail second place in the spot news and news feature categories in 2015 for two pieces — “Taps: The Hardest 24 Notes” and “Reaching Out: The Ongoing Relationship Between the WPD and the Homeless."

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Spirit Aerosystems

Tomorrow morning, Spirit Aerosystems will ask the Wichita City Council to approve up to $280 million in industrial revenue bonds.

If approved, the bonds will be used to fund ongoing modernization and expansion of the Spirit AeroSystems facility in Wichita over the next five years. The company is also seeking a 10-year tax abatement on any improvements it makes to existing buildings or new buildings.

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The Kansas Department for Children and Families announced a new effort to increase child support collections for Kansas families. The agency’s Child Support Services division has started sending text messages to remind non-custodial parents of their obligation.

The text messages are an attempt to encourage people to pay their child support. Texts will be sent out when the parent is 45 days late with a payment.

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Law enforcement officers at locations across the state will be collecting unused leftover medications on Saturday.

KMUW’s Abigail Wilson reports the collection events are part of a nationwide effort to safely dispose of leftover medications in order to prevent accidental or intentional misuse.

Since the Kansas Medication Disposal Program began in 2010, more than 38 tons of unwanted medications have been collected and destroyed.

According to the Kansas Attorney Generals office, medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to misuse and abuse.

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The Midwest Regional Public Finance Conference was held in Wichita today. Experts on the role of the government in the economy discussed the latest research, regulations and trends.

Kelly Edmiston, a senior economist at the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City, says the economy in the Kansas region is growing more slowly than the rest of U.S. He says the setbacks are the result of a decline in the energy and agricultural sectors.

Wichita Public Schools

The Board of Education for Wichita Public Schools decided last night that the district will stop discussions about going to a four-day school week next school year.

In light of budget shortfalls and looming cuts to public education from the state, Wichita Public Schools needs to decrease expenditures. Going to a four-day school week would save anywhere from $5 to 6 million, but board members said there are too many complications that could come as a result of the change.

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A large, emotionally charged crowd gathered at the Board of Education meeting Monday night. Some were carrying signs protesting cuts to public education.

As has been the case in previous meetings, community members voiced concerns about budget-balancing measures being considered by Wichita Public Schools. Efforts to stabilize the budget include reducing the number of custodial staff, librarians and school nurses.

Wichita Public Schools

Wichita Public Schools is considering ending this school year early. KMUW’s Abigail Wilson reports that members of the Board of Education will discuss the potential change at a regular meeting Monday night.

USD 259 is considering ending the school year for students on Friday, May 20, instead of the currently scheduled Tuesday, May 24. That would save the district approximately $400,000. The savings would then be applied to the nearly $23 million that needs to be cut from the districts budget to balance costs and expenditures for next year.

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The state of Kansas reduced its revenue projections for this fiscal year and the next by $228.6 million, further increasing the state's budget deficit. As a result, Gov. Sam Brownback proposed three plans for erasing the shortfall, one of which affects K-12 education.

The plan would cut spending to public schools, universities and most state agencies by nearly $140 million. Cuts ranging from 3 percent to 5 percent would reduce funding for school districts across the state by more than $57 million.

City of Wichita

Legislation that would ensure a safe drinking water supply in south-central Kansas passed the U.S. Senate today.

The legislation extends the authorization of federal funding for the Equus Beds Aquifer Recharge and Recovery Project by 10 years. The aquifer is the primary fresh water source for south-central Kansas and lies under parts of Sedgwick, Harvey, Reno and McPherson Counties.

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Wright Career College closed its campuses in three states today, including one in Wichita and another in Overland Park.

The Overland Park-based nonprofit filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy. The college reportedly sent an email to students Thursday night about the closure, telling them Wright Career College is no longer able to continue operations, and that other schools will accept credits accumulated.

In recent weeks it had stopped accepting new students. The school largely trains students for jobs as medical assistants, accountants and other business occupations.

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