Michael Perreault

News Lab Intern

Michael Perreault is KMUW's News Lab intern for Spring 2021. He is a senior at Wichita State University majoring in Communication Journalism with a minor in Sports Management and Criminal Justice. He graduates in May.

Michael originally wanted to be a sports broadcaster for television when he arrived at WSU, but has taken an interest in writing and editing for all sorts of mediums. He's excited to see what he's able to do as the News Lab intern.

Michael is from Connecticut and grew up a big sports fan. His parents both loved to bowl, and gifted him his first bowling ball at the age of 3. He's been bowling ever since and it was a major reason why he decided to attend WSU.

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The city of Wichita plans to reopen most of its pools and splash pads on Memorial Day Weekend.

Both were shut down last year due to the pandemic.

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Haven’t filed your taxes yet? Don’t panic: The IRS extended the filing deadline to May 17.

It marks the second straight year that the deadline has been postponed. Last year, it was pushed back to July 15 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This year’s filing service started later than usual.

If you need help filing, there are a couple of free options.

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Gov. Laura Kelly signed a bill this week requiring utilities to take certain steps before the construction of electrical transmission lines in urban areas.

The legislation, which is specific to Wichita, followed outcry from residents here after Evergy installed large transmission poles in several neighborhoods in 2018.

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Kansans can now file for a protection order online instead of going to a courthouse.

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Wichita Festivals announced Friday the return of Riverfest, but the event will look different than in years past.

Instead of the traditional nine-day event in June, Riverfest will be presented over two separate, extended weekends.

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The Wichita Wind Surge baseball team will play its first game in Riverfront Stadium on May 11.

The team will open the 2021 season on the road May 4 in Springfield, Missouri, before returning to Wichita.

Jared Forma, senior vice president and general manager of the Wind Surge, said he is thrilled to play baseball after last season was canceled by the pandemic.

“This is a tremendous day,” Forma said. “We are beyond excited.

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Homeless shelters and city officials are working to make sure Wichita's homeless population stays safe during this ongoing cold snap.

Temperatures and wind chills are expected to remain brutally cold through the middle of next week. There also is a chance for between five and 10 inches of snow over the weekend.

A winter storm watch will be in affect late Saturday night through Monday afternoon. Road conditions are expected to be slick in parts of the state.