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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Gov. Sam Brownback’s administration has made $63 million in adjustments to the Kansas budget. The changes will boost the state savings account to help avoid a deficit next year. As KPR’s Stephen Koranda reports, the largest change is in SCHIP, the State Children’s Health Insurance Program.

The federal government is increasing its funding for the low-cost health insurance program, so Kansas is using that money to offset $17 million in state funding. Brownback’s budget director, Shawn Sullivan, says moves like this save money without cutting services.

“We really tried to take the line here of trying to minimize, as much as possible, the impact this would have on Kansans,” Sullivan says.

Sullivan says if they weren’t offsetting state dollars with the federal money, they could have instead expanded services under the program. Democratic state Sen. Anthony Hensley says that would have been a better use of the federal funding.

“What the governor’s proposed here is to balance the state budget on the backs of children and families that don’t have health insurance,” Hensley says.

Hensley believes these moves won’t fix the state’s budget issues.

Original story aired July 30, 2015, during All Things Considered:

Governor Brownback’s budget director, Shawn Sullivan, explained state budget changes in a news conference at the Kansas Statehouse this afternoon. The cuts will total $62.6 million.

Stephen Koranda

Republican legislators blocked a state audit of Kansas' foster care system even though several acknowledged that they have ongoing concerns about how well it protects abused and neglected children.

GOP members of the committee that oversees the work of state auditors were skeptical that the review would provide useful information.

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USD 259 Wichita Public Schools began preliminary talks Monday night about the budget for the upcoming school year.

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Fran Jabara, a well known businessman and leader in the world of entrepreneurship, passed away Saturday. Jabara was a former WSU Professor and founded the university's Center for Entrepreneurship.

Stephen Koranda file photo

In a news conference Friday, Gov. Sam Brownback said he wants to “start getting out the facts" regarding Kansas teachers' salaries and the number of teachers leaving the state. But according to school officials, the numbers he presented don't quite add up.

Curtis Mitchell, the Wichita-area man convicted in the murder of local chef and KMUW food commentator Tanya Tandoc, was sentenced today to a hard 50, a conviction which mandates life in prison without possibility of parole for 50 years.

Abigail Wilson

The Kansas Health Foundation has awarded two Wichita State University groups a grant of $250,000. The funds are part of a program that aims to help Kansas residents develop plans to improve their communities. 

The grant will be used by the Shocker Neighborhood Coalition to improve safety and quality of life in neighborhoods surrounding Wichita State. The Fairmount neighborhood, an area south of campus with historical significance to the university, is first on the list.

Marcin Wichary, flickr Creative Commons

The U.S. Geological Survey has recorded seven earthquakes that were spread across Kansas this month.

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According to a report issued Wednesday by a group of retired military leaders, the nation’s obesity epidemic is causing significant recruiting problems for the Department of Defense. One in three young Americans is too overweight to enlist.

Wichita Police Department

Wichita Police learned today that two more ATM skimmers were found at local banks. That brings the total number of skimmers discovered in the past week up to six.

On Tuesday, Fidelity Bank confirmed that skimmers were used on ATMs at their NewMarket Square location and at Bradley Fair. Fidelity reports the devices were installed early on July 4 and removed later that day.

On Monday, police reported that the devices had also been used at three Intrust Bank locations. Police say those skimmers were also planted on July 4, but were removed before they could be recovered.

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