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 current film Take Us Home – about the 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 B each 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.” And 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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The City of Wichita begins it 2016 water rebate program on Monday. Water customers may receive some cash back for purchases that are easy on the water supply.

High-efficiency washing machines, dishwashers and toilets that use less water will qualify for the rebate and can earn their owner a $100 bonus from the city. In addition to those items, prospective recipients can report smart controllers for irrigation and sensors that detect rain and turn off automatic irrigation for the same amount.

Those who have bought a rain barrel can also apply for a rebate up to $75.

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An attempt to ban a certain 2nd-trimester abortion procedure has been stopped by a Kansas Appeals Court.

The ruling came on the anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court Decision of Roe V. Wade, allowing abortion in the country.

The ban, which is referred to as the dismemberment ban, was introduced into the legislature and passed last year.

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Emergency responders say a small plane carrying two people onboard had a "hard touchdown" at Wichita's Jabara Airport, but no one was seriously hurt.

Wichita Fire Department's battalion chief, Stuart Bevis, said the plane came down at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday on the north end of the airport runway. He says one person was treated for minor injuries at the scene, but refused transport to the hospital.

He says the main issue emergency responders have been dealing with now is fuel leaking from one of the wing tanks.

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A Kansas judge has ruled that Secretary of State Kris Kobach has no legal right to bar people who register to vote using a federal form from voting in local and state elections.

Shawnee County District Judge Franklin Theis ruled Friday in favor of two Kansas voters who challenged how Kobach is enforcing a state proof-of-citizenship requirement for registering to vote.

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New regulations are going into effect in Oklahoma as the result of recent earthquakes. It is believed that most of the shaking felt in Kansas has originated in Oklahoma due to injection wells.

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The Sedgwick County Commission has selected a new chairman, even as a movement to recall the previous chairman continues to move ahead.

Commissioner Jim Howell was named chairman in a 4-1 vote.

Richard Ranzau completed his year as chairman with a wrap-up of his accomplishments. They include a new tag office, space for the Metropolitan Area Building and Construction Department, as well as the Metropolitan Area Planning Department, and maintaining the mill levy rate.

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Gov. Sam Brownback is requesting federal help for areas of Kansas hurt by recent flooding.

The Department of Energy Management issued a release about the governor's request last week. The disaster declaration request was sent to the Small Business Administration as a result of flooding that occurred in Cherokee County, Kan., late last month.

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A woman who sent a threatening letter to a Wichita doctor will be going to court in May.

A federal judge has set a May trial date for an abortion opponent accused of sending a letter to a Wichita doctor saying someone might place an explosive under her car.

An order filed Wednesday scheduled a three-day trial for anti-abortion activist Angel Dillard beginning May 3 In federal court in Wichita.

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The Kansas Legislature is getting ready to go back to work next week and the agenda is packed.

At issue is school funding and the how the Kansas Supreme Court will respond to a lawsuit brought by four school districts. The court will decide whether the state is spending enough per pupil. Also the block grant funding of the schools is set to expire in 2017, and other methods of distributing state aid to schools will certainly come up.

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Westar Energy has signed up for added wind energy in south central Kansas.

A Kansas electric utility has announced a new wind power contract in south-central Kansas. The Topeka Capital-Journal reports that Westar Energy said Thursday in a release the company has a deal with an affiliate of NextEra Energy Resources to buy 200 megawatts of wind energy west of Wichita.

The deal is for power produced by the Kingman Wind Energy Center in Kingman County, a wind farm that's expected to be in service in early 2017.

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