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In Case You Missed It, July 2015

Depiction of the scene, witnessed by George Armstrong Custer, following the "Kidder Massacre" in Sherman County, Kansas, in the summer of 1867. (Image credit: Harper's Weekly)


Remembering the "Kidder Massacre" in Northwest Kansas
Nearly 150 years ago, an army search party came across a grisly scene on the High Plains of northwest Kansas. Strewn across the land, near the banks of Beaver Creek in Sherman County, lay the mutilated remains of 12 men. Each body was pierced by 20 to 50 arrows, at least one was partially burned. All the men were scalped. Commentator Rex Buchanan recently visited the area near Goodland where the battle took place. 
Amber Waves of Change
Amber Waves of Change: Hard Times on the High Plains looks at Kansas and the Southern High Plains as they face the challenges of water, energy, diversity and depopulation. Amber Waves of Change was written and researched by David Guth of the William Allen White School of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Kansas.
Kansas Notable Books
Part One.
Part Two.
The State Library is about to name its 2015 Kansas Notable Books, the best new books by Kansans or about Kansas. Before they do, KPR Presents host Kaye McIntyre takes a look back at last year's winners.


What Will the Next President Face on Day 1?
NPR looks at four seemingly intractable problems that await the 45th president on Day 1, and the policy options that might be available to him or her. The issues we're focusing on are: stagnant wages, cybersecurity, violent extremism and federal debt.
In Search of the Red Cross' $500 Million in Haiti Relief
When a devastating earthquake leveled Haiti in 2010, millions of people donated to the American Red Cross. The charity raised almost half a billion dollars. It was one of its most successful fundraising efforts ever. The American Red Cross vowed to help Haitians rebuild, but after five years the Red Cross' legacy in Haiti is not new roads, or schools, or hundreds of new homes. It's difficult to know where all the money went.
Vaccine Court Aims to Protect Patients and Vaccines
The court administers a no-fault compensation program that serves as an alternative to the traditional U.S. tort system. The program was established in 1986, after a series of high-profile lawsuits against drug companies.

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