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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President Donald Trump will campaign in Kansas next month.

The Kansas Republican Party said in a news release Thursday that Trump will hold a rally on Oct. 6 in Topeka for Republican gubernatorial candidate Kris Kobach and for Steve Watkins, the GOP candidate in the 2nd Congressional District.

The event will begin at 6:30 p.m. at the Topeka Expocentre. Doors to the event will open at 3:30 p.m.

U.S. Army Reserve

More than 100 Army Reserve soldiers, including some from Wichita, are in France this week to commemorate the closing days of World War I.

The war ended on Nov. 11, 1918. France and its allies are remembering the 100-year anniversary of the armistice with a series of events.

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Last year’s Open Streets ICT event was the busiest day in Bike Share ICT’s short history.

And the bike sharing service is preparing for more of the same this year.

Sedgwick County Sheriff's Office

Updated on Monday, Sept. 17, at 1:40 p.m:

A Sedgwick County Sheriff’s deputy was killed Sunday afternoon while trying to subdue a suspect, the Sheriff’s Office said.

Sheriff Jeff Easter said Deputy Robert Kunze III, a deputy since 2006, was killed after responding to a suspicious character call. The suspect, who has been identified as Robert Greeson, also was killed, Easter said.

City of Wichita

Top-level minor league baseball likely will return to Wichita in 2020.

Mayor Jeff Longwell said Thursday that the New Orleans Baby Cakes of the Pacific Coast League have filed an application to relocate to Wichita. The application must be approved by Minor League Baseball and the Pacific Coast League. It also must be reviewed by Major League Baseball.

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Wichita State University and McConnell Air Force Base announced a partnership Thursday that will allow military personnel to work toward a bachelor’s degree while on base.

The program began Monday with the start of the fall semester. Military personnel can work toward any of seven degrees, including in business, engineering technology/cybersecurity, psychology and sociology.

Military members and veterans are underrepresented on college campuses, and the partnership is an attempt to address the issue.

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For the second time, the Kansas Supreme Court is asking Sedgwick County District Court officials to determine whether a Wichita man convicted of murder 25 years ago has the right to appeal.

Shelbert Smith was arrested after a pizza delivery man was robbed and murdered in May 1993. Smith pleaded no contest to first-degree murder, aggravated kidnapping, aggravated robbery and possession of a firearm by a minor, according to court records.

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The Kansas Supreme Court vacated the sentence of a Wichita man who ran over a woman in a Dillons parking lot in 2015 and ordered that he be resentenced in Sedgwick County District Court.

The ruling Friday involves the sentence given to Christopher J. Schrader in January 2016. Schrader pleaded no contest to involuntary manslaughter while driving under the influence and conspiracy to distribute a controlled substance. He was sentenced to 69 months in prison.

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A former Wichita police officer pleaded guilty Wednesday for not reporting information about illegal poker games, according to a news release from the U.S. Attorney’s office.

The release said Bruce Mackey of Goddard pleaded guilty to one count of misprision — or concealment — of a felony. Mackey, 46, admitted that while he was a police officer, he knew and did not report individuals who were conducting a gambling business, the release said.

Sentencing is set for Oct. 26. He faces a penalty of up to three years in federal prison and a fine up to $250,000.

Revenue and earnings were up in the second quarter for Spirit AeroSystems, according to an earnings report released Wednesday.

Revenue was $1.8 billion, up slightly from the same quarter in 2017. The increase was primarily due to more deliveries in the Boeing 737 program.

Operating income was $218 million. Spirit’s backlog at the end of the second quarter was approximately $47 billion, which includes work on all commercial platforms for Boeing and Airbus.

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