Nomin Ujiyediin, KMUW

Nomin Ujiyediin


Lawrence, KS, United States

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Past articles by Nomin:

Bob Dole is dead. He overcame war wounds, nearly became president, worked for disability rights

The lifelong Republican represented Kansas on a national stage and staunchly supported his party's candidates, including President Donald Trump. → Read More

Kansas Foster Care Providers Say They’ve Gotten Better, But Critics Say They Need To Do Better

The long-troubled foster care system in Kansas got hit with yet another complication over the last year. Pandemic complications came on top of ongoing → Read More

Kansas Lawmakers Weigh Whether To Ease Penalties For Minor Drug Crimes

Two bills pending in the Kansas Legislature would slim down penalties for minor drug crimes. Supporters of the lighter sentences contend the changes would → Read More

The Emotional Strain Of The Pandemic Is Taking Its Toll On Kansas Health Care Workers

OLATHE, Kan. (KNS) — Sometimes, Becky Angell doesn’t even realize she’s started crying. She’s been a nurse for seven years, and worked in an intensive care unit in Olathe for the past two. She loves her job and is used to seeing people die. But the past months of caring for one desperately ill COVID-19 […] → Read More

Michael O’Donnell: The latest from Kansas Governmental Ethics Commission hearing

TOPEKA, Kan. (KSNW) – The Kansas Governmental Ethics Commission’s hearing on Michael O’Donnell took place in Topeka Wednesday afternoon. He was charged with nine counts, from 2015 to 2016. O’Donnell admitted to all the violations. O’Donnell will have to pay a $25,000 fine, of which half will be waived if the other half is paid […] → Read More

Kansas Prisons Have Some Of The Highest COVID-19 Infection Rates In The Country

Leoti Masterson hasn’t seen her son, Jeff, since March. She used to visit him at the Winfield Correctional Facility once a week to play cards, reminisce → Read More

Report: In Kansas, Kids Who Face Criminal Charges Aren't Getting The Defense They Need

Most of Wichita attorney Trent Wetta’s clients fall between the ages of 14 and 17, but they can be as young as 10. They typically face misdemeanor charges, → Read More

Black Babies In Kansas Are Twice As Likely As White Kids To Die Before Their First Birthday

Black and Native American babies in Kansas die at almost twice the rate as white infants in their first year of life. Out of every 1,000 live births, 11.8 → Read More

Coronavirus Cost Kansas Newspapers Advertisers, But It Gave Them More Subscribers

With the coronavirus pandemic came a flood of stories for the Manhattan Mercury. The daily newspaper serving a town of nearly 55,000 in a community built → Read More

Leavenworth Leads Federal Prisons In COVID-19 Cases, And Inmates' Families Are Worried

LAWRENCE, Kansas — For months, the U.S. Penitentiary at Leavenworth avoided the worst of the coronavirus pandemic. But that’s changed. Leavenworth has the → Read More

Kansas Foster Families Are Still Adjusting To The Pandemic’s Technological Demands

LAWRENCE, Kan. (Kansas News Service) — When school buildings across Kansas shut down in March, parents and students had to adjust to shorter class times, Zoom sessions and take-home packets. Meanwhile, families in the foster care system faced extra challenges: keeping up with training sessions, therapy appointments and social worker visits. School is already hard enough for […] → Read More

Kansas Foster Families Are Still Adjusting To The Pandemic’s Technological Demands

LAWRENCE, Kansas — When school buildings across Kansas shut down in March, parents and students had to adjust to shorter class times, Zoom sessions and → Read More

Kansas Prisons Prepare For Possible Second Coronavirus Outbreak Behind Bars

LAWRENCE, Kansas — As an inmate at the Wichita Work Release Facility with only a few months left on his sentence, Timothy Lesher enjoyed freedoms that many → Read More

In Kansas, An Underfunded Mental Health System Relies On Police For Help

LAWRENCE, Kansas — Activists and citizens from Dodge City to the Kansas City suburbs are reconsidering the involvement of police in their communities — → Read More

Family Says Lansing Correctional Facility Worker Died This Week From COVID-19

LAWRENCE, Kansas — A Kansas man who worked at a correctional facility where there are hundreds of COVID-19 cases died Monday from the virus. Three → Read More

The Rest Of The School Year In Kansas Will Be Short Days With Limited Screen Time

LAWRENCE, Kansas — With public and private school buildings closed until August, education officials want students to limit their screen time and spend → Read More

Kansas Prisons And Jails Cut Visits And Ramp Up Cleaning To Ward Off Coronavirus

LAWRENCE, Kansas — Kansas’ prisons and many of its county jails have suspended in-person visits indefinitely to keep down the risk of coronavirus spreading → Read More

Health Care A Deciding Factor In Gov. Kelly's Kansas Supreme Court Pick

Gov. Laura Kelly appointed lawyer Keynen “KJ” Wall to the Kansas Supreme Court on Wednesday. Wall will fill the seat of former Justice Lawton Nuss, who → Read More

Number Of Incarcerated Women In Kansas Climbs, Putting Stress On Lone Prison

TOPEKA, Kansas — From 2000 to 2019, the women’s prison population in Kansas rose by 60%. Over the same time period, the men’s population rose by only 14%. → Read More

How Medicaid Expansion Would Shift The Cost Of Health Care In Kansas Prisons and Jails

TOPEKA, Kansas — The new Medicaid expansion bill, the product of a compromise between Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly and some Republican leaders, would change → Read More