Tom Shine

Director of News and Public Affairs

Tom is the Director of News and Public Affairs. He joins KMUW after spending 37 years with The Wichita Eagle in a variety of reporting and editing roles.

 

Tom grew up in suburban Detroit and graduated from the University of Michigan. He came to Wichita in 1980 to work for the morning Eagle and afternoon Beacon. The Beacon, through no fault of his own, folded a month after he got here.

 

In his role at KMUW, Tom hopes to help his staff provide in-depth, quality news coverage. He also wants to assist in promoting insightful discussion and a better understanding of the key issues facing Wichita and Kansas.

 

Tom and his wife, Sharon, have three children and live in west Wichita. When not at work, Tom enjoys reading non-fiction, attending local sporting events and rooting passionately – sometimes too passionately – for the Michigan football team.

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Spirit AeroSystems announced Tuesday it would build a new research and development complex at its manufacturing site in Prestwick, Scotland.

The new center will be 70,000 square feet, nearly 10 times larger than the current facility. It will focus on several areas, including composite materials and virtual/augmented reality.

"The next generation of aircraft doesn't exist yet, and that's what we're concentrating on,” Spirit President and CEO Tom Gentile said in a statement. “Our engineers are inventing the future of flight."

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Business leaders in Wichita’s aviation industry, along with state and city economic development officials, will be in England this week for the Farborough International Airshow.

The airshow, which begins today and runs through Friday, is considered the world’s largest. More than 75 of the world’s top 100 aerospace companies will attend the show, which is held every two years.

In 2016, more than $124 billion in airplane orders and commitments were announced at Farnborough.

U.S. Air Force

The KC-46A Pegasus tanker has passed a final test needed to ensure its delivery to McConnell Air Force base this fall.

Air Force officials said Friday that the tanker completed the final flight tests earlier this month at Boeing Field in Seattle. That clears the way for the first Boeing-built tanker to be delivered in October to McConnell.

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State officials said there were at least 133 injuries in Kansas caused by fireworks during the Independence Day holiday week.

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment said the injuries varied in severity. They were reported by more than 80 percent of the state’s hospital emergency departments from July 1-7.

Thirty-eight injuries were reported in Sedgwick County, more than double any other county.

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An off-duty Wichita police officer killed an intruder who had entered his home and threatened him with a gun, Chief Gordon Ramsay said Tuesday.

The officer also was shot, but has since been released from the hospital, Ramsay said. He identified the man killed as 24-year-old Christian Webb. Officials did not identify the officer.

Catholic Diocese of Wichita

The recent summit between President Donald Trump and North Korea’s Kim Jung Un included an agreement to return the remains of American soldiers still missing from the Korean War.

That has caught the interest of the Catholic Diocese of Wichita because one of the missing is Chaplain Emil Kapaun.

Kapaun was awarded the Medal of Honor in 2013 for his bravery in Korea and could become a saint of the Catholic Church. He died in a North Korean prisoner of war camp in 1951.

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The Wichita Community Foundation has created a $1 million fund to help the city deal with workforce issues.

The Talent Ecosystem Fund is meant to attack challenges identified by the Focus Forward project, according to a news release. Among those challenges is attracting a talented workforce to Wichita.

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The American Civil Liberties Union and its Kansas affiliate have filed suit against the Montgomery County Attorney, alleging he failed to follow state law in the use of diversion programs.

The suit was filed Friday with the Kansas Supreme Court, according to a news release from the ACLU. It requests that Montgomery County Attorney Larry Markle be required to create written diversion policies and guidelines; provide written notice of diversion programs to defendants charged in Montgomery County, and hold diversion conferences for defendants offered diversion.

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Wichita police say that Emily Glass, questioned in the disappearance and death of 5-year-old Lucas Hernandez, was found dead early Friday morning.

Big Read Wichita

“Station Eleven,” a post-apocalyptic science fiction novel by Emily St. John Mandel, is the Big Read Wichita book for 2018.

Mayor Jeff Longwell, one of the co-chairs for the event, made the announcement Thursday. Big Read Wichita, which returns for an 11th year, runs from Oct. 1 to Nov. 15. It will include several events, including a kickoff party this fall and a visit from Mandel.

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