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 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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A substantial number of cities and counties across the United States practice trap, neuter, return, or TNR, as a method of animal control for feral cats. Estimates put the number of free-roaming cats in Wichita around 100,000. And while the city ordinances don’t exactly support TNR, a local group hopes that will soon change.

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The Kansas legislature passed bills at the end of the session that will raise the states sales tax and change the laws on carrying a concealed weapon. The new laws go into effect tomorrow, along with nearly 80 other laws that begin July 1.

The statewide sales tax will increase from 6.15 percent to 6.5 percent.

Taxes on cigarettes will also go up 50 cents a pack to $1.29.

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The Supreme Court ruled today that same-sex couples can marry in all 50 states and their unions must be recognized. The decision was 5-4.

Gay and lesbian couples already could marry in 36 states, including Kansas, and the District of Columbia. The court's ruling means the remaining 14 states, in the South and Midwest, will have to stop enforcing their bans on same-sex marriage.

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Kansas weather conditions have been ideal this year for the development of wheat disease, including one that hasn’t been detected in Kansas since the 1930s.

Agricultural officials are contacting Kansas farmers with fields infected with flag smut disease and asking them to delay harvest and clean their equipment in an effort to contain its spread.

Beth Gaines with the Kansas Department of Agriculture says the disease has been detected at low infestation levels in 39 fields in central and western Kansas.

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The White House says a U.S. House budget bill would hurt Kansas, but the state's Congressional members say the president's proposals are worse.

The statement from President Obama's administration details the effects federal spending legislation in the House could have on Kansas programs, parks and agencies.

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As concerns about diminishing honeybee populations continue to grow, North America’s 4,000 other species of native bees are also declining. In response, “bee hotels” are springing up all over North America and Europe, including one installed last month north of Lawrence. 

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Update:

The Kansas Board of Regents is limiting increases in tuition and fees at state universities this fall to 3.6 percent after strictly interpreting a cap imposed by the Legislature.

The board's unanimous decision today came a day after it told universities to revise their proposals on tuition and fees.

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Wichita Transit’s Free Fares Week launches next week, running Monday through Saturday. KMUW’s Abigail Wilson has more…

Free Fares Week is designed to give new transit riders the opportunity to experience the public transit system for rides to work, school, errands and recreation.

Wichita Transit provided 58,415 rides during Free Fares Week in 2014. It's estimated that nearly 304,000 private vehicle miles were avoided and more than 400 pounds of ozone forming emissions were kept out of the air.

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The parents of two young boys living in Newton, Kansas, have had to watch both of their children, who were previously healthy, battle a disorder commonly referred to by the acronym PANDAS. But the diagnosis is not without controversy. KMUW’s Abigail Wilson has more.

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Wesley Medical Center kicked off construction of its $28 million children’s hospital in Wichita today. KMUW's Abigail Wilson has more.

The addition will be completed in the fall of 2016. Renderings of the facility include brightly colored lobbies, a play area and a new facade on the hospital's Hillside Street exterior. The current Pediatric Intensive Care Unit will also be completely renovated.

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