Sean Sandefur

Reporter

A graduate of Webster University in St. Louis, Mo., Sean joined KMUW in January of 2014.

He often covers the intersection of government and citizenry. His story about chemical contamination in a west Wichita neighborhood won a national Society of Professional Journalists award for investigative journalism. His coverage of Wichita's "No Ferguson Here" movement won a regional Edward R. Murrow Award for hard news.

Sean also has experience in television, completing an internship at KTTC-TV in Rochester, Minn., where he covered massive flood damage as a multimedia journalist.

Outside of work, Sean has an addiction to baseball and has a cat named after his literary hero, Huckleberry Finn.

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Election officials in Kansas are starting the process of registering thousands of suspended voters after a federal court ruled the state is violating the National Voter Registration Act. Approximately 18,000 people have been unable to vote in local or national elections because they failed to provide proof of citizenship while registering at a DMV.

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Via Christi Health in Wichita will be sending out notices over the next two weeks informing staff about the elimination of 70 non-patient care positions. That’s in addition to another 80 positions that have been vacant over the last three months that will not be filled. However, as KMUW’s Sean Sandefur reports, the company will be adding bedside nurses to their patient care unit.

According to a release from Todd Conklin, interim CEO for Via Christi Health, the company is looking to hire roughly 80 people for bedside care positions, such as nurses and therapists.

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After celebrating its 100th anniversary two years ago by sitting vacant and in rough shape, Wichita’s historic Union Station, as well as the the train depot and two story building sitting next to it, have been brought back to life.

There are now several tenants, from restaurants to insurance offices. 

Chad Stafford, president of Occidental Management, the company developing the property, says the first phase concentrated on the two-story Grand and Patrick Building along Douglas, the adjacent brick train depot, and the exterior courtyard.

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The City of Wichita is ending its annual water conservation rebate program after a year of providing energy-efficient appliances to customers.

In the program's fourth year, more than 800 of Wichita’s water customers received about $100,000 in rebates for purchasing energy-efficient washing machines, dishwashers, toilets, rain barrels and irrigation systems. Penny Feist with Wichita Public Works and Utilities says new appliances have a big impact on water conservation.

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A U.S. appeals court has ruled that thousands of suspended voters in Kansas who used motor vehicles offices to register to vote must be allowed to cast a ballot in federal elections.

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Wichita Habitat for Humanity is celebrating its 30th anniversary by building a home at Riverfest.

A combination of 300 volunteers and skilled workers built the 3-bedroom home in just eight days. The house is currently sitting on stilts just south of the Hyatt Regency Hotel and will be moved in the coming weeks to the Delano neighborhood. It is the 208th home to be built by the Wichita chapter of Habitat for Humanity.

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The City of Wichita is holding a social media town hall to discuss the upcoming budget process.

The event is an opportunity for residents to voice their concerns about municipal spending, and where Wichita should focus its dollars going forward. City leaders will begin piecing together next year’s budget over the next two months.

This is the fifth year for social media town halls, and Wichita Mayor Jeff Longwell says they continue to be important surveys.

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Wichita State University is asking its faculty and staff for ways to save money and increase outside funding for their departments. The school has experienced funding cuts from the state.

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The City of Wichita is trying to decide what to do with two publicly-owned pieces of land in Delano.

The two parcels, called Catalyst A and B, are well positioned. To the north, the City of Wichita is building its brand new Advanced Learning Library. To the east, construction is ongoing for the River Vista development, a 204-unit apartment complex on the banks of Arkansas River.

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A temporary TSA Pre-Check enrollment site will be available next week at Wichita Dwight D. Eisenhower National Airport.

To be approved for TSA Pre-Check, a traveler must apply and be deemed low-risk. It’s typically awarded to U.S. citizens, nationals and lawful permanent residents who haven’t committed a violent crime or an act of espionage or terrorism.

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