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.

After graduating from Benedictine College in Atchison, Kan. with degrees in journalism and Spanish, Abigail worked as the news editor of the Dodge City Daily Globe in Dodge City, Kan. 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 is currently pursuing her Master of Arts in communication at 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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Food
3:37 pm
Mon March 23, 2015

Kansas Wheat Commission Sets Aside $200K For Gluten-Free Wheat Research

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Kansas farmers are funding research to learn how to grow gluten-free wheat. KMUW’s Abigail Wilson has more…

The Kansas Wheat Commission is putting $200,000 towards two years of research to understand all the parts of wheat DNA that cause problems for people with gluten sensitivities. Researchers are focusing on various proteins in wheat that may be tolerable for a wider population.

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Community
1:42 pm
Wed March 18, 2015

Reaching Out: The Ongoing Relationship Between WPD And The Homeless

Tex and Officer Nate Schwiethale have a friendly relationship. Schwiethale visits him regularly.
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Nearly 600 chronically homeless people live in Wichita, but a pilot program within the city's police department is working to reduce that number. KMUW’s Abigail Wilson has more...

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Community
5:00 am
Wed March 18, 2015

Determining The Extent Of The Homeless Population In Wichita

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The United Way of the Plains holds an annual event called the Point In Time Homeless Count every January. It’s an effort to make sure local homeless agencies have a good feel for the extent of the homeless population in Wichita. Pat Hanrahan is the President of United Way.

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Community
5:00 am
Wed March 11, 2015

Helping The Elderly Avoid Scams

A stack of falsified certificates appearing to be from the United Nations, also altered ATM cards, and Western Union receipts.
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The financial exploitation of the elderly is considered to be the most prevalent form of elder abuse. And, with evolving technology and a population which is aging, the number of victims is growing, even in the Wichita area. KMUW’s Abigail Wilson has more…

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Government
4:04 pm
Mon March 9, 2015

KS Attorney General Derek Schmidt Issues Opinion On Wichita Marijuana Initiative

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Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt issued an opinion challenging the validity of Wichita's proposed marijuana initiative. KMUW’s Abigail Wilson has more…

The 13-page document from Schmidt says the proposed ordinance, which would lower penalties for adults in possession of less than an ounce of marijuana, conflicts with state statutes. If a public vote to adopt the change were to take place on Election Day, Schmidt wrote that it would “have no legal force or effect.”

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Health
4:00 pm
Thu March 5, 2015

'Give Kids A Smile' To Be Held Saturday

The Wichita Sedgwick County Oral Health Coalition is hosting “Give Kids A Smile Day” this Saturday. KMUW’s Abigail Wilson reports that the event gives free dental care to 350,000 children nationwide who don’t have insurance…

This year’s "Give Kids A Smile Day" has been expanded to include children living in Butler, Harvey, Reno, Sedgwick, Sumner, and Harper Counties. Judy Johnston, who helps coordinate the event, says it's open to children ages 2 to 12, but reservations are necessary.

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Business
5:01 pm
Mon March 2, 2015

Rubbermaid To Expand Winfield Plant

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Newell Rubbermaid is planning a $27 million expansion of the company's plant in Winfield. In an announcement on Monday, officials explained the expansion will add 320 jobs at the plant. KMUW's Abigail Wilson reports...

Newell Rubbermaid is the largest employer in Winfield and currently manufactures outdoor storage and outdoor living products as well as coolers and ice chests at the facility.

Officials say the expansion will increase manufacturing space.

A 500,000-square foot distribution center will also be built adjacently to the existing facilities.

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Community
5:00 pm
Mon March 2, 2015

City Crews Complete Water Main Line Repair

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The City of Wichita has reported that a leak at the city’s water treatment plant has been repaired. The leak was first discovered on January 21, and a bypass pipe was installed on January 30. KMUW’s Sean Sandefur has more…

The source of the leak was a 66-inch pipe that takes in raw water from the Cheney Reservoir and the Equus water beds.

City officials say it was important to get it repaired before spring, when water is in higher demand.

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Crime and Courts
4:00 pm
Wed February 25, 2015

Wichita Police: Despite Homicide Rate, Crime Is Down

Interim Police Chief Nelson Mosley
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During a daily media briefing, The Wichita Police Department discussed 2014 from the perspective of law enforcement. KMUW’s Abigail Wilson reports that the city's overall crime rate is down, but certain crimes, like homicide, are on the rise.

Interim Police Chief Nelson Mosley said that according to statistics, Part 1 crimes have decreased 2.64 percent in the past year. Crimes within that designation include homicide, rape, robbery, aggravated assault, burglary, larceny and auto theft.

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Community
5:00 am
Wed February 25, 2015

Community Discusses The Pros And Cons Of Marijuana Decriminalization In Forum

Esau Freeman uses oregano in a demonstration for lowered marijuana penalties.
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A forum was held at the Central Library to discuss the pros ands cons of decriminalizing marijuana in Wichita. KMUW’s Abigail Wilson reports…

Sedgwick County Sheriff Jeff Easter spoke at the forum and identified marijuana as a gateway drug with long-term effects on the brain, but said he agreed with the lesser penalties suggested in the initiative.

“I personally think that the idea is sound when it comes to fines and people going to jail for it for first-time offenses,” Easter said. “My only issue is, 'Is this the first step to legalization of marijuana?'”

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