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.

Center for Combating Human Trafficking

Two local events are scheduled in January to mark National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month.

The Wichita Women in Health Professions will host a panel discussion by representatives of local agencies working to prevent trafficking. The event is scheduled for Jan. 23 at the University of Kansas School of Medicine-Wichita. It will begin at 5:30 p.m.

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Kansas has more people working than ever before, the Kansas Department of Labor said Friday.

There are more than 1.4 million people employed in Kansas, according to data from November. The state has gained nearly 3,000 jobs in the last 12 months, mostly from construction, and professional and business services.

The unemployment rate for Kansas was 3.5 percent in November. That is down slightly from October and down from 4.3 percent in November 2016.

The unemployment rate for the Wichita area and Sedgwick County was 3.7 percent.

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The population of Kansas grew slightly in the last year, according to new data from the U.S. Census Bureau.

The state’s population increased to 2,913,123, thanks to an additional 5,392 residents. That equals a 0.4 percent jump between July 1, 2016, and July 1, 2017.

Kansas remained the 35th-largest state in the country.

The Census Bureau said eight states lost population during that time period. Illinois lost the most residents, 33,703, while Wyoming had the largest percentage decline at 1 percent.

Idaho had the fastest rate of growth at 2.2 percent.

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The Sedgwick County Commission voted Wednesday to contribute $200,000 to Doc’s Friends, which is working to build a home for the historic B-29 bomber.

The commission voted 4-1 to assist the ongoing project to build Doc a permanent hangar at Eisenhower National Airport. The $6.5 million project, which broke ground last fall, also will include an education center.

“Doc is a national treasure,” said commissioner David Dennis, an Air Force veteran. “Doc is really a critical part of our nation’s history.”

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The Wichita City Council will vote Tuesday on a multimillion dollar plan to develop the 600 block of East Douglas, near Naftzger Park.

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Free flu shots are now available for uninsured Sedgwick County residents older than 19, according to a news release from the county.

The vaccine is available while supplies last at the county’s Division of Health main clinic at 2716 W. Central in Wichita. The clinic is open Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Thursday from noon to 6:30 p.m.

Flu vaccinations are recommended for anyone six months or older. There is no live virus in flu shots, and the vaccine cannot cause the flu.

Riley County Police Department

Authorities in Manhattan and Lawrence investigating a possible serial rapist have re-released a composite sketch of a man they want to talk with in connection with the case.

Last July, the Riley County Police Department and Lawrence Police Department announced they were working to solve multiple rapes in Manhattan and Lawrence that began in 2000 and appear to be connected. They released a composite sketch of a man who was seen near the first rape, in Manhattan in 2000, but it did not generate any new leads.

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A bill sponsored by Sen. Jerry Moran of Kansas that would reduce wasteful government technology spending and increase cybersecurity was signed into law Tuesday.

The bill, the Modernizing Government Technology Act, is part of the National Defense Authorization Act. The bipartisan legislation was signed by President Trump.

The law will encourage federal agencies to cut wasteful IT spending and modernize government technology and security.

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Wichita State University will hold its fall commencement on Sunday at Koch Arena, the university said in a news release. The ceremony is scheduled to begin at 2:30 p.m.

Lee Pelton, a 1973 WSU graduate, will receive an honorary doctorate during Sunday’s commencement. Pelton is president of Emerson College in Boston.

He was nominated for the honor by WSU President John Bardo.

Sunday’s ceremony will be available via webcast. Go to wichita.edu for more details.

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Operation Holiday is still seeking food donations as it prepares for its distribution event next week.

According to a news release Friday, Operation Holiday said about 13,000 people have signed up for help. That means it needs a minimum of 100,000 food items. Right now, the group said, it has left than half of that.

Operation Holiday said it has a particular need for canned soup, proteins and peanut butter. The organization said it also needs blankets and coats, which are distributed with the food.

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