Audrey Korte

News Intern

Audrey is a News Lab Intern at KMUW and an adult learner at Wichita State University. She plans to graduate with a bachelor’s in Communication in May.

Audrey also works as a reporter for The Sunflower. She previously interned at KWCH Channel 12 News.

Audrey comes to KMUW after spending 13 years battling the effects of chronic Lyme disease. She’s excited to be on her feet now and finally finishing her degree.

A native Kansan, Audrey grew up mostly in New England. She moved to Wichita from Newport, Rhode Island, two years ago and immediately enrolled at WSU to finish her degree.

She previously studied at The University of Kansas and Columbia University.

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The Kansas Board of Regents on Thursday announced a search committee for the next president of Wichita State University.

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The Wichita City Council turned down a proposal Tuesday to build an 80-foot wireless communications tower at the intersection of 18th and Woodland in North Riverside.

The large metal pole would have had a 5-foot lightning rod on top making it even taller. The pole was intended to provide more data to cellular customers in the area.

There was strong neighborhood opposition to the tower.

Former council member Greg Ferris proposed the cell tower. In May 2018, he tried unsuccessfully to get approval to build one in the Riverside area, at 13th and Bitting.

Courtesy of Boost Hoop

A group of Wichita State University students has invented a way for young basketball players to improve their shooting.

The Boost Hoop is a funnel that attaches to the top of a basketball hoop. It requires players to put more arc on their shots while also improving accuracy and confidence.

The hoop was designed by the Boosted Ideas Lab and recently won the Shocker New Venture Competition. The four students on the winning team are Logan Cassity, Andrew Haden, Isaac Wilson and Jason DeGarmo.

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Several buildings in Old Town were evacuated Friday morning after work crews severed a two-inch gas pipeline.

Officials said a call came in around 9 a.m. reporting a possible gas leak.

“Responding (fire) crews encountered a work crew that was doing some work at the intersection of Second and Mead and during that work a gas line had been ruptured,” said Wichita Fire Marshall Stuart Bevis.

Bevis said the work stopped immediately and buildings in a two-block radius were evacuated.

The area smelled strongly of gas despite steady winds.

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A coalition of community organizations will create a master plan for development along the Arkansas River in coming months.

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Wichita City Council member Brandon Johnson wants Evergy to replace new metal electric poles in some neighborhoods with wooden ones.

Johnson represents District 1, where many of the transmission poles that top 100 feet were recently installed.

“To see 2.8 miles of neighborhood having these industrial poles … is just unheard of,” Johnson said.

Evergy is the electric company that now oversees the transmission poles. It was formed from a merger of Westar Energy of Topeka and Great Plains Energy of Kansas.

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Jan Luth, president of Exploration Place, will retire from the Wichita science museum in October.

Luth has worked 35 years in the museum and science center industry. She joined Exploration Place in 2010.

She said she’s proud of the work being done at Exploration Place. The staff is connecting with a national audience.

“The staff is serving on committees now, presenting papers at national conferences, writing articles for journals and none of those things were happening nine years ago,” she said. “I’m profoundly thrilled that that is now happening.”

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The Starlite Drive-In Theatre will celebrate its grand opening Friday night.

The ceremonies will include a ribbon-cutting with new owner Blake Smith, Mayor Jeff Longwell and City Council member James Clendenin. It will also recognize donors who helped save the theater.

The event is a victory for the Wichita drive-in, which was closed and then put up for auction last fall.

In response, Wichitans began fundraising to save the theater from being demolished. City officials organized a search for a buyer.

Two Wichita State University student organizations will host the Dream Run on Saturday – a two-mile run that organizers hope will generate scholarship money for undocumented students.

The event is co-hosted by the Student Organization of Social Work and the Rho Beta Chapter of Sigma Lambda Beta International Fraternity Incorporated.

The goal is to double the money in a scholarship fund for Dreamers provided by Sigma Lambda Beta and the Student Government Association.

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The Maize school district plans to add new learning space to address its rapidly growing student population.

Officials report that schools are at least 89 percent full districtwide.

“Just the overall growth is pushing capacity at our elementary schools right now,” said Chad Higgins, superintendent of Maize schools. “We think they’re at about 91 percent capacity.”

Despite recent expansion projects at the middle and high schools, Maize could begin constructing two new buildings this fall. But first, its needs to finance them.

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