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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A former mayor of Topeka is joining Carl Brewer's campaign for the Democratic nomination for Kansas governor.

Joan Wagnon joins Carl Brewer's campaign and will provide management oversight and anchor the campaign in northeast Kansas.

Wagnon served in the Kansas House of Representatives, was secretary of revenue and ran for governor herself in 1994.

Carl Brewer, a Democratic Party member, served two terms as mayor of Wichita and, if elected, would be the first African-American governor of Kansas.

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The WWII B-29 airplane "Doc," which has been restored by volunteers, will be shown off at airshows beginning next month.

The B-29 Boeing Superfortress will begin its tour at Wichita's Yingling Aviation on April 22 with an open house for Doc.

The warbird will then continue its spring/summer tour with shows at the Barksdale Air Force Base in Louisiana and at the Whiteman Air Force Base in Missouri. Doc will also make an appearance at the EAA Air Venture show in Oshkosh Wisconsin. More dates and places are in the works.

Sedgwick County Sheriff's Office

A man who has been charged with plotting to bomb a Garden City apartment complex which houses a significant Somali population wants to get rid of his attorneys.

Patrick Stein asked the court to let his attorneys withdraw from his case saying that they have been providing "ineffective assistance of counsel." The attorneys for Stein are court appointed, but he says he wants to hire his own.

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The Kansas Supreme Court heard oral arguments Thursday in an appeal to remove a temporary injunction regarding a ban on a second-trimester abortion procedure.

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Many of the wildfires in Kansas are now under control--but not out--and as officials monitor hot spots in Clark, Comanche, Ellis and Rooks counties. Now, as KMUW's Aileen LeBlanc reports, recovery help is on the way.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment is urging all Kansas to be aware and careful as there is a spreading number of cases of mumps in the state.

There have been 56 reported cases of mumps in Kansas spread over 12 counties, though none yet in Sedgwick.

Cases of mumps declined after the measles, mumps and rubella combined vaccine was in widespread use by the early '70s. The MMR vaccine is administered at about a year, and then a booster is given at age 4 or 5.

Sedgwick County Sheriff's Office

A lawyer for a Kansas man accused of plotting to attack Somali refugees says his client believed then President Barack Obama would declare martial law and not recognize the validity of the election if Donald Trump won forcing militias to step in.

The defense claim of a "self-defensive posture" surfaced during a detention hearing Friday for Patrick Stein, whom prosecutors say was the leader of militia group called "The Crusaders."

U.S. District Judge Eric Melgren did not immediately rule.

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The Kansas Department of Health and Environment has issued safety tips and a smoke modeling tool for this seasons controlled burns in the Flint Hills.

Controlled or prescribed burns in the Flint Hills are used every year to clear out invasive species, cut down the probabilities of wildfires and encourage the Tallgrass prairie to thrive.

Over 2.3 million acres are burned in Kansas and Oklahoma yearly.

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Kansas' attorney general says the U.S. Department of justice has identified Kansas as a state of origination for victims of human trafficking. Derek Schmidt is continuing his fight to address the issue with more proposed legislation.

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Kansas’ two Republican senators said Monday they support increased vetting of those entering the country, but want Congress involved in developing permanent policy changes.

Sen. Jerry Moran and Sen. Pat Roberts issued statements in response to President Donald Trump’s executive order on immigration.

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