Jessica Watson, KSN News Wichita

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KSN News Wichita

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Past articles by Jessica:

Kansas agriculture leaders push for a better visa process

KANSAS (KSNW) – On Thursday some leaders in the Kansas Agriculture industry are asking for legislatures to pass a bill for a larger workforce. Nick Krehbiel, the Chief Operating Officer of the Kanza Cooperative Association said there is just a limited pool of potential employees in some of these rural areas. He also said a […] → Read More

Remembering the Enigma nightclub shooting 1 year later

WICHITA, Kan (KSNW) – One year ago, shots rang out outside an Old Town nightclub, killing one and leaving half a dozen others hurt. In the days after many called on police and club owners to increase security. Staff at a nightclub in the area shared they have added metal detectors and safety is a […] → Read More

How are pumpkins holding up during Wichita’s extreme drought?

SEDGWICK COUNTY, Kan (KSNW) – It’s almost pumpkin season, but carving out a perfect crop has been difficult for local gourd growers. Both owners of two pumpkin patches said the reason they have pumpkins this year is luck and water. Planning ahead to have pumpkins ready to sell. “We have a knobby pumpkin there,” said […] → Read More

Are trees in Wichita changing colors too soon?

WICHITA, Kan (KSNW) – Colorful foliage and falling leaves are usually associated with the months of October and November, but many in the Wichita area are noticing some trees are already showing that fall season look. The design manager for the Hillside Nursery said all these pretty fall colors that are beginning to pop up […] → Read More

Eisenhower Airport holds job fair to get aviation jobs filled

WICHITA, Ka.n (KSNW) — It’s not just restaurants and schools feeling the staffing pinch. Wichita’s largest industry is struggling to fill the void. Aviation companies, from plane builders to the airport, are still seeking employees following the pandemic. Since the pandemic, staffing in some sectors of the aviation industry has yet to return to what […] → Read More

Trash piling up at vacant lot causing concern

WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) — Trash piling up near a south Wichita dollar store are causing problems for those in the area. For Randy Nunley, who lives in the area, it has gotten so bad he is asking the City to get involved. He says he has recently had to put out a fire behind his […] → Read More

How could Biden’s federal student loan forgiveness plan impact the Kansas economy?

WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – How will President Joe Biden’s plan to forgive some student loans impact your wallet? Could it lead to increased inflation? Two local economists breakdown their thoughts. Jeremy Hill, the Director of the Center of Economic Development and Business Research at Wichita State University, said that right now, the average Kansan pays […] → Read More

Lawsuit filed against Secretary of State over primary election results

SEDGWICK COUNTY, Kan. (KSNW) – Election results challenged. A lawsuit against the Kansas Secretary of State claims there was fraud during our primary election. The seven-page lawsuit has many claims that the results of the primary election are not accurate. The man who filed this lawsuit is the same man who paid for the “Value […] → Read More

USD 259 board members to vote on a potential ballot question

WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – Switching up who you vote for. Wichita School Board Members are discussing a potential change to how members are elected. If approved in Monday’s board meeting, the change would appear on the November General Election ballot. More than 13 people are signed up to talk about this possible election change. The […] → Read More

Sedgwick County Fire District 1 transferring money for pay step plan

SEDGWICK COUNTY, Kan. (KSNW) – On Wednesday, Aug. 17, Sedgwick County firefighters received what some are saying is a long overdue pay increase from county commissioners. Commissioners approved a r… → Read More

Recount underway for the “Value Them Both” constitutional amendment

KANSAS (KSNW) – The race to recount. Nine counties in Kansas are now hand counting each vote in the primary’s “Value Them Both” amendment question. This comes less than 24 hours after supporters raised more than $100,000 to make it happen. According to the Kansas Secretary of State’s Office, two forms of payment for $119,664 […] → Read More

Districts searching for new buses for the school year

KANSAS (KSNW) – As school districts prepare for the first day of school, several said that supply chain challenges are hitting hard, especially when it comes to buses. The Communications Coordinator of Liberal Public Schools said they are now constantly searching for new transportation. “We’re not worried about the wraps or anything. We need something […] → Read More

Grant helping Salina revitalize river, bridges, and trail

SALINA, Kan. (KSNW) — On Thursday, Aug. 11, the Biden Administration announced nearly $47 million in funding for two transportation projects. One of the projects is in Salina. The project will revitalize the Smoky Hill River and trails and has been in the works for decades. The $22 million grant from the Raise Program will […] → Read More

Towanda Fire Rescue is running out of space and looking to upgrade

TOWANDA, Kan. (KSNW) – Tight quarters. A Kansas fire chief said his department needs more space. Right now, there is not enough room for the fleet. He said it could impact how fast crews respond to an emergency. The inside of the Towanda Fire Station is currently like a game of Tetris, with several vehicles […] → Read More

Kansas school districts get creative to address bus driver shortage

KANSAS (KSNW) – The school year is just days away. Some area school districts do not have enough bus drivers. That’s why one local superintendent is trading out his office chair for the driver’s seat. From pay increases to better routes, many school districts are working hard to attract drivers. The superintendent of the Clearwater […] → Read More

Special audit called for close Republican Kansas State Treasurer race

MCPHERSON, Kan. (KSNW) – The votes are in, but some are being counted again because the race for republican state treasurer is too close to call. The difference, as of 5 p.m. on Friday, is less than 400 votes. All counties across Kansas are now hand-counting some of those votes because of a new law […] → Read More

Sedgwick County Firefighters Union pushes for higher pay for staff

SEDGWICK COUNTY, Kan. (KSNW) — Cause for alarm. The Sedgwick County Firefighters Union said if the staff shortage gets worse, they might have to shut down a station. The union president wants staff to get a bump in pay to address the issue. In 2016 previous Sedgwick County Commissioners voted to take away bargaining power […] → Read More

Final push to get people to vote election day

WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – You have seen the signs scattered all over. Vote yes and vote no. Kansans are the first to weigh in on abortion rights following the reversal of Roe V. Wade just five weeks ago. The very divisive issue is the driving force behind a higher than normal voter turnout for a […] → Read More

The Kansas College of Osteopathic Medicine is now open

WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) — Ready for the first day of class. The Kansas College of Osteopathic Medicine is now open and ready to teach the next generation of Kansas doctors. The program focuses on using simulations to make future doctors as prepared as possible by providing the students with a hands-on experience. Interim Dean David […] → Read More

Reno County law enforcement take realistic active shooter training

Warning: The video above shows an active shooter simulation which may be concerning to some viewers HUTCHINSON, Kan. (KSNW) – Hoping for the best but preparing for the worst. With the new school year just weeks away, law enforcement officers and other agencies in Reno County teamed up for a four-day active shooter training at […] → Read More