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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The Wichita-Sedgwick County Historical Museum is celebrating two special birthdays on Saturday, July 23. The City of Wichita turned 146 years old on Thursday, and the city’s original City Hall, which is now home to the museum, is 126 years old.

To celebrate both events, the Wichita-Sedgwick County Historical Museum is hosting a birthday party from 1 to 4 p.m. The museum is located at 204 South Main Street in Wichita.

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Wichita Police Chief Gordon Ramsay has been invited to the White House to participate in an event focused on community policing.

Officials with the City of Wichita say the invitation comes on the heels of discussions between area law enforcement and local activists who support the Black Lives Matter movement. Ramsay helped to organize the First Steps Cookout last weekend in an effort to unite the two groups in the wake of violence in Dallas and Baton Rouge.

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With the beginning of the school year a little more than a month away, Wichita’s public school district has an unusually high number of teacher vacancies.

Elementary schools in the district have the most openings at 13, followed by high schools and middle schools with 10 each. Special education programs in the district are short by 34 teachers.

Shannon Krysl, chief human resources officer with USD 259, says the number of unfilled positions is down significantly since June, when there were nearly 70 vacancies in elementary schools alone.

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Wichita’s Kansas African American Museum has received a grant to establish a trail linking ten sites that have important roles in African American history in the state.

The Kansas African-American History Trail will include the town of Nicodemus, the Brown v. Board of Education National Historic Site in Topeka, the Langston Hughes Center in Lawrence, and the Negro League Baseball Museum. The funds, totaling nearly $135,000, were awarded by the Institute of Museum and Libraries Services in Washington, D.C.

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A insufficient allocation of money for the Kansas Creative Arts Industries Commission (KCAIC), a state organization that distributes grant money for community arts, has made Kansas ineligible for close to $800,000 in funds from federal and regional organizations that support the arts.

Courtesy: U.S. Geological Survey

According to a new study by the U.S. Geological Survey, the quality of Wichita’s water supply has not substantially changed as a result of activities to recharge the Equus Beds aquifer, one of the primary water sources for Wichita.

Courtesy Operation Save America's Facebook

Events surrounding the Summer of Justice start tomorrow in Wichita, marking the 25th anniversary of the Summer of Mercy, when mass demonstrations led to nearly 2,700 arrests outside of local clinics that provide abortion services.

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According to a task force with the Kansas Association of School Boards (KASB), the number of potential teachers in the state has decreased significantly over the past few years.

In a report presented to the State Board of Education, members of the task force said that the number of teaching degrees completed in the state has dropped 16 percent since 2014. Additionally, the number of students declaring an education major dropped by 31 percent for both private and public colleges.

A support center for people impacted by the tornadoes that hit the town of Eureka and the surrounding area last week closed today.

With the closure of the Multi-Agency Resource Center (MARC), residents impacted by the tornado will work with representatives from the Red Cross at the Eureka Public Library. An information table and resource guide listing additional resources available from community partners will also be available at the library.

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Starting Monday, parents can go online to enroll their children in Wichita Public Schools using a computer, smartphone or tablet.

Returning students in USD 259 can be enrolled using an active account with the district’s web portal, ParentVUE. Enrollment forms, class schedules, information on district policies, and waivers are also available online. Parents can also pay for school meals and take care of enrollment fees through the web portal.

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