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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Wichita Mayor Jeff Longwell said today that the city sustained $100,000 in damages from recent earthquakes.

Longwell said at his weekly address that all of the damage could be traced to a pair of earthquakes that hit Wichita on Jan. 6. It includes foundation and drywall damage to two police substations as well as the Mid-America All-Indian Center. Other repairs will need to be made to concrete and masonry at Alford Library and to bricks at the Park Villa building.

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A study released last month by Wichita State University found that Kansas’s sales tax pushes shoppers across state and county lines in order to save money on food. Kansas is one of only 14 states that includes groceries in the state sales tax.

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According to a recent report from GradNation, the number of U.S. high school students graduating on time hit a record high with a rate of 82.3 percent for the Class of 2014.

Despite school funding problems, Kansas had a graduation rate of about 86 percent for 2014, based on recent data from the National Center for Education Statistics and the U.S. Department of Education. That makes it one of 29 states that exceeded or equaled the national average.

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Wichita Public Schools could face up to $27 million in cost increases for the 2017 fiscal year. The district’s top financial official discussed the number on Tuesday to provide a first look at the challenges ahead with no increase in state funding in the foreseeable future.

USD 259’s budget is essentially the same as it was last year, but with high amounts of projected cost increases, the district’s CFO Jim Freeman says adjustments will have to be made.

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The number of U.S. children victimized by abuse and neglect increased by nearly 3 percent in the latest annual reporting period, according to data from the Department of Health and Human Services.

It's estimated that more than 700,000 children were victimized in 2014. That's an increase of nearly 20,000 children. Factors contributing to the increased maltreatment include substance abuse, mental health issues and domestic violence.

The report estimated that there were more than 1500 fatalities attributable to child abuse and neglect, also an increase from 2013.

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The Kansas Supreme Court has struck down a Wichita ordinance allowing lessened penalties for marijuana possession.

The ballot initiative, which was approved in April 2015 by 54 percent of voters, was ruled “null and void” because the court said it was not filed correctly with the Wichita city clerk.

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The Oklahoma Corporation Commission says it's reached an agreement with Sandridge Energy over its disposal wells in hopes of reducing earthquakes, many of which have been felt here in Wichita.

The plan was announced Wednesday and calls for Sandridge to reduce the volume of wastewater injected into certain areas by more than 190,000 barrels a day.

“That is quite a significant cutback. It represents about 40 percent of their total volume for that area,” says the Oklahoma Corporation Commission's spokesman Matt Skinner.

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The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled in favor of reinstating the death penalty for the Carr Brothers and another death row inmate named Sidney Gleason, who was convicted in a separate case.

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Kansas’ largest personal computer manufacturer has pledged a gift valued at $2.5 million to provide computers, monitors and five years of desktop support for the engineering department at Wichita State University.

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After at least a dozen earthquakes hit an area of northern Oklahoma in less than a week, the state commissions that regulate Oklahoma’s oil and natural gas industry asked some injection well operators to reduce wastewater disposal volumes.

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