Evan Pflugradt

News Intern

Evan is a graduate student at Wichita State, pursuing his master’s in journalism after graduating from the Elliott School with a bachelor’s degree in 2017. He has enjoyed exploring Wichita since he moved to the city from Olathe, Kansas, in 2015.

He previously worked for The Sunflower, Wichita State’s student newspaper, in multiple capacities, including serving as the publication’s editor-in-chief, where his coverage ranged from campus news, sports, and opinion.

In his role interning at KMUW, Evan hopes to explore local news coverage in business and education. Evan has a passion for in-depth reporting, and aspires to have a career in reporting after he finishes school.

When he’s not at work, Evan enjoys following his favorite sports teams: the Green Bay Packers, the Kansas City Royals, and Wichita State Shocker basketball.

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Sedgwick County employees could receive a 2.5 percent raise under the proposed budget released Wednesday by County Manager Mike Scholes.

In addition to the raise, the county also would have a 1.5 percent pool to offer bonuses to exemplary employees. According to county officials, 50 percent of the nearly $440 million budget is allocated to personnel costs.

The budget also includes funding for additional public safety jobs, including six positions with 911 dispatch services.


Build-A-Bear Workshop’s “Pay Your Age” promotion proved too popular.

The chain known for its custom-built teddy bears couldn’t handle the crowds Thursday – including in Wichita – and had to turn shoppers away. It wrote in a Facebook post it closed lines at its stores in Canada and the U.S. due to overwhelming crowds and safety concerns.

Mall officials at Towne East Square in Wichita confirmed mall security had closed the lines early Thursday afternoon, citing an estimated six-hour wait time for customers.

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Kansas residents have until Tuesday to register to vote in the upcoming primary election.

The primary election is Aug. 7. Only voters registered with a party can vote in the primary election.

Kansas voters cannot change their party affiliation until Sept. 1, said Tabitha Lehman, Sedgwick County’s election commissioner. Voters who are unaffiliated may select a party when they go to vote in the primary.

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With tools in hand, Karissa Truex — alongside 20 volunteers — raised the walls on what will soon be her new three-bedroom home.

In roughly 10 weeks, Truex will sign a mortgage and officially become a homeowner. Her home is the latest construction project by Wichita Habitat for Humanity as part of its "Rock the Block" initiative.

“I feel like I’m building a foundation for my kids’ future because they’re going to have a safe place to be, a comfortable place [to live],” she said. “We’re going to make it full of love and laughter.”

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Federal prosecutors have revived an effort to target violent crime in Kansas, this time with a focus on Wichita and Garden City, U.S. Attorney for Kansas Stephen McAllister announced Thursday.

The Project Safe Neighborhoods initiative prioritizes federal prosecutions of repeat violent offenders and convicted criminals who carry firearms.

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The Wichita Coalition for Child Abuse Prevention has launched a campaign designed to prevent newborn abandonment.

Under Kansas law, instead of abandoning an unwanted baby, a parent can leave an uninjured child with someone on duty at an officially designated Safe Haven location without fear of prosecution.

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The Wichita Fire Department says it will hire off-duty police officers and firefighters to enforce city fireworks safety for the Fourth of July holiday.

Fire Chief Tammy Snow said Thursday they expect to have 22 unmarked patrol cars throughout the city.

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Project Wichita is asking Wichitans what initiatives they’d like to see the city focus on through a set of new surveys.

The second part of the listening phase is designed to dive deeper into community-related topics that were assessed from the first batch of results.

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The 13th annual Symphony in the Flint Hills event will take place Saturday in Butler County.

The one-day event is organized to educate people about the importance of appreciating and protecting the tallgrass prairie landscape. About 7,000 guests attend each year to enjoy barbecue, art and educational sessions throughout the afternoon before the concert. The Kansas City Symphony performs at sunset.

This year’s event will be held at Rosalia Ranch, about 15 miles east of El Dorado. It also was the site of the 2014 symphony.