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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Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt has asked the state Supreme Court to reconsider its opinions in a group of DUI cases in light of a recent U.S. Supreme Court decision.

Wichita Public Schools

Updated: Kansas schools will be able to keep their doors open and the threat of a potential statewide shutdown is over. The Kansas Supreme Court has ruled that a bill passed by lawmakers last Friday and signed by Governor Sam Brownback on Monday, fixes inequities in school funding between rich and poor districts.

Now, the court will move on to the larger question of whether the Legislature is providing adequate funding to schools, which officials say could involve hundreds of millions of dollars. A date for those arguments has not been set.

Courtesy of Tallgrass Film Association

The Tallgrass Film Association has created five movie-lending libraries inspired by the Little Free Library project. The mini movie libraries, which will hit the streets of Wichita in July, were decorated by youths who participate in the Kansas Big Brothers Big Sisters Positive Pathways Program at Harvester Arts.

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A Wichita-based company has donated thousands of dollars to a local program that provides meals to children in need of healthy food at the end of summer.

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A Wichita health center that provides medical services in a predominantly underserved part of the city has been awarded funds to complete a $10.7 million expansion and renovation of its existing facility.

HealthCore Clinic was founded with a goal to eliminate disparities in health care. With funds from the Primary Care Development Corporation and Capital One Bank, officials estimate the clinic will be able to accommodate more than 30,000 additional patient visits over the next 7 years, effectively tripling the health center’s capacity.

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Wichita has been selected as one of 12 new cities to participate in a national initiative to enhance the distribution and use of data.

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A local program that provides free healthy meals for children at risk of hunger during the summer is asking for urgent help from the community.

The Filling the Gap Lunches for Kids program serves more than 800 children at more than a dozen sites in the Wichita area each day. But because Wichita’s public schools are starting later this year, the program will be providing meals to students for a week longer than expected.

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The Sedgwick County Regional Forensic Science Center has released the autopsy results for the man who shot and killed three people and injured 14 others at Excel Industries in Hesston in February.

Toxicology results included in the report show that Cedric Ford had both methamphetamine and alcohol is his system when he died.

Dr. Timothy Rorhig, director of the Sedgwick County Regional Forensic Science Center, performed the toxicology test on Ford’s body. Rorhig, says the amount of meth in Ford’s system was extremely high.

Kansas Department of Health and Environment

State health officials have released warnings about two lakes in south central Kansas because of high levels of toxic blue-green algae. Blooms have been found in Cheney Lake and in Marion Reservoir.

According to the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, both lakes are still open, but contact with the water is strongly discouraged for people, pets and livestock. Ashton Rucker with the KDHE says blue-green algae can take on a variety of different appearances.

Courtesy: Kansas Department of Transportation

The Kansas Byways Program has grown with the addition of the newly- designated Land and Sky Scenic Byway in northwest Kansas.

The 88-mile route begins in Wallace County in Sharon Springs, runs north through Goodland, and ends at the Kansas/Nebraska border.

Sue Stringer, the Kansas byways manager, says the location of the Land and Sky Scenic Byway will help capture travelers as they enter Kansas from the North and the West to boost tourism in the area.

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