Aileen LeBlanc

News Director

Aileen LeBlanc is a journalist, producer and director whose work in television, film and public radio has earned more than 60 regional and national awards.

She is producer/director of the documentaries Dayton Codebreakers (nominated for 3 regional Emmys) and Who’s Minding the Planet? (nominated for a Regional Emmy). Her latest film, Take Us Home, about Ethiopian Jews, is now in the festival circuit and has won the World Cinema Documentary Film Editing Award from the Amsterdam Film Festival and Award of Merit from the Lucerne International Film Festival. The film has screened at the Pan African Film Festival and the Studio City Festival in LA and the Sheba Festival in New York. Other official selections include Denver, Philadelphia, Louisville, Palm Beach and Detroit.

LeBlanc’s work on other films includes the Oscar-nominated documentary “The Last Truck” and the Emmy-winning “Lion in the House.”

LeBlanc’s career in journalism includes two news director positions at WYSO and WHQR. Her national work has been featured on NPR, Voice of America, BBC, Monitor Radio, Pacifica and the CBC.

She was honored by the Dayton League of Women Voters with a “Making Democracy Work Award.” She was given the first place prize in documentary from Public Radio News Directors Inc. for a piece on loving and caring for a partner with Alzheimer's.

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It's been many years since Dennis Rader terrorized Wichita. Using the signature BTK--for bind, torture, kill--he murdered 10 people, often fading away between killings. A new book delves into Rader's motivations through phone calls and letters with the author.

KMUW's Aileen LeBlanc talked with author Katherine Ramsland on a computer phone call. Ramsland has written many books on serial killers and is director of the Master of Arts in Criminal Justice program at DeSales University in Pennsylvania.

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The City of Wichita is offering free paint to homeowners inside city limits who meet certain income guidelines.

The income limits are as follows:

  • Just over $36,550 for a single-person household;
  • $41,750 for a two-person household;
  • $46,950 for a three-person household.
  • $52,150 for a four-person household.

According to a release from the city, qualified homeowners are eligible for up to $250 in paint. Paint/labor grants for up to $5,000, including paint, will also be offered to income-eligible senior citizens, age 62 and above.

stateofobesity.org

The state of obesity is looking worse in Kansas.  Recent data shows Kansas as the 7th most obese state in the country.

Abigail Wilson

The staff at Tanganyika Wildlife Park has been asking the community to comment on a petition for a proposed rule change to the Animal Welfare Act. KMUW’s Aileen LeBlanc has more on the USDA's proposed changes for the handling of some animals in captivity.

Tanganyika Wildlife Park prides itself on allowing visitors to interact with animals in ways that they can’t at most zoos. That's also how the privately owned zoo brings in a lot of its revenue: by charging extra to get close to their hippos, rhinos and ring-tailed lemurs.

AP

Invasive zebra mussels have been found in another Kansas body of water. Cedar Bluff Reservoir is the western-most reservoir in Kansas confirmed to have the mussels.

From the AP:

The Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism (KDWPT) has confirmed the presence of invasive zebra mussels in Cedar Bluff Reservoir in Trego County. The lake is owned and operated by the federal Bureau of Reclamation (BOR).

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Kansas has lost the highest number of construction jobs in the nation over the past 12 months, according to an analysis of United States Department of Labor data.

The report issued by the Associated General Contractors of America shows that Kansas construction jobs dropped 7.3 percent, 4400 jobs, in the last 12 months. In the last month alone the report shows Kansas lost 500 jobs.

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Thirteen states including Kansas are asking a federal appeals court to review the Environmental Protection Agency's recent regulations on the oil and gas industry.

The EPA made a final ruling on emission standards affecting new, reconstructed and modified oil and gas operations. Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt has asked for judicial review of one of the three new rules, specifically the rule that relates to regulating emissions of methane, a greenhouse gas.

City of Wichita

The Wichita City Council voted unanimously today to approve next year’s budget. The budget totals about $581 million.

According to City Manager Robert Layton, the largest source of income for Wichita is property taxes, which account for about one-third of the city’s revenue. The biggest expenses for the city are the Police and Fire Departments, which amount to more than half of the city’s general fund expenditures.

Carla Eckels / KMUW

Twenty-five years ago, thousands of people came to the Summer of Mercy abortion protests in Wichita. This week, Operation Save America is back in the city to demonstrate, pray, and to stop abortions.

National WIC Association

The Sedgwick County Commission brought a controversial resolution back for a vote on Wednesday.

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