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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Documents provided to Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt have revealed very little about the Obama administration's plans to close the Guantanamo Bay detention facility.

Schmidt said in a release that the documents that he had requested by way of the Freedom of Information Act were entirely redacted. All 345 pages were empty, with the exception of the words "Plan for closing the Guantanamo Bay Detention facility" and the word "confidential."

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The Sedgwick County Health Department will be offering free conventional HIV testing for World AIDS Day.

The screenings will take place on Wednesday, Nov. 30, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Thursday, Dec. 1, from 1 to 5 p.m.

World AIDS day is an opportunity to unite in fighting HIV, to support those who are living with HIV, and to memorialize those who have died from HIV/AIDS.

The testings will take place at the Sedgwick County Health Department office located at 2716 W. Central. Participants can walk in or call 316-660-7300 to set up an appointment.

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Despite some recent good news about childhood obesity in Kansas, the state still has problems with obesity overall.

Two- to four-year-olds who are enrolled in the Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program are eating healthier and losing some fat, according to a study by Trust for America’s Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

Those toddlers showed a decrease in obesity from 13.7 percent in 2010 to 12.8 percent in 2014. That places Kansas at 40th, with the most obese children in the state of Virginia, which has an obesity rate of 20 percent.

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Unused gift cards from RadioShack can still be redeemed, but the deadline is close.

When RadioShack went into bankruptcy last year, attorneys general, including from RadioShack's home state of Texas, worked on the terms of a U.S. Bankruptcy Court order to allow the refunds.

If you purchased a gift card at RadioShack, or on its website, you have until the Dec. 2 deadline to ask for a full refund.

The Kansas AG office offers help at InYourCornerKansas.org.

The man convicted of murdering abortion provider Dr. George Tiller in 2009 will serve a 25-year-to-life sentence for the crime.

Roeder, 58, had been sentenced to a “Hard 50” in 2010.

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled in 2013 that an enhanced sentence needed to be presented and ruled on by a jury. Roeder appealed and, on Wednesday, was given the lighter sentence.

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Kansas has been given a grade of "B" for legislative laws regarding the sex trafficking of minors. The grade has risen over the past several years.

In 2011, Kansas had a score of "F" from Shared Hope, an international victim advocacy group. The group monitors all 50 states on laws that help to prevent child sex trafficking and punish offenders.

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A class action lawsuit has been filed in Pawnee County, Oklahoma, against oil and gas production companies whose operations have caused a rash of severe earthquakes.

The petition claims that the actions of Eagle Road Oil, Cummings Oil Company and John Doe's 1-25 have, by "disposing fracking wastewater deep into the earth," introduced contaminants into the natural environment that have caused an adverse change to it in the form of unnatural seismic activity.

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Westar Energy will be constructing a "community solar installation" in Reno County. The company says it's an opportunity for customers to participate in clean energy without rooftop construction.

Westar says that any customer can sign up for "shares" of the solar power installation through their current account.

Residential customers can sign up for 1 to 4 shares with a 5- to 20-year commitment. A 1 kW share will mean about 150-kilowatt hours, or about one-quarter of an average customer's use per month.

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A judge has granted a permanent injunction in the ever-changing voter registration system in Kansas, but who must prove U.S. citizenship to vote, and who does not, are still questions floating in the air.

A temporary injunction has now become final. It's the much-litigated issue about registering to vote at DMVs with the federal form or at local elections offices.

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Wichita's transit system is offering free rides to voters on Election Day. People who have voted just need to wear an "I voted" sticker, which can be picked up at polling places.

The free bus rides from the city are designed to encourage people to vote. The regular routes will operate from 5:30 a.m. till 7:45 p.m. on Nov. 8. Call (316) 265-7221 or visit wichitatransit.org for bus route and schedule information.

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