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KPR Web Operations Monday, October 31st

It's still not too late to grab a one-in-150-thousand shot at becoming a millionaire. Cara Sloan is a spokesperson for the Kansas Lottery. As of yesterday (MON) morning, just over 63-thousand chances remained. This is the 3rd year for the Kansas Lottery Holiday Millionaire Raffle drawing. Sloan says in addition to the grand prize and runner-up prizes that will be announced on New Year's Day, there's still one week of "earlybird" prize drawings left. The lottery will pull two numbers, and each will win its holder ten thousand dollars. The final earlybird drawing will take place this Sunday.

KPR Web Operations Monday, October 31st

Searchers have recovered the bodies of three more people killed in Saturday's grain elevator blast in Atchison. Six people died in the explosion at the Bartlett Grain Company. Two others were hurt. Atchison City Manager Trey Cocking spoke earlier today (MON) at a news conference outside the damaged facility. One of the dead recovered today (MON) has been identified as 21-year-old Curtis Field. The other two were grain inspectors, including 34-year-old Travis Keil (KYLE) of Topeka. While no one has yet publicly speculated on a cause for the explosion, it's generally acknowledged that work at...

KPR Web Operations Sunday, October 30th

It's Halloween... the annual high-water mark for spooky stories and terrifying tales. But have you ever wondered why so many scary stories -- from classic literature to horror to science fiction to music -- have so many elements in common? University of Kansas professor John Tibbetts has given a lot of thought to that question. He's now compiled a series of interviews and conversations with authors, artists and filmmakers who have used what scholars often call "the Gothic impulse," which employes a specific set of components to generate a creepy atmosphere. KPR's Laura Lorson spoke with...

KPR Web Operations Friday, October 28th

Walk into any store in October, and it's obvious: Americans love Halloween. Beyond costumes and candy, people want to experience the paranormal. And increasingly, the tourism industry is catering to that. KPR news intern Justine Greve (Greeve) looks at some Kansas towns and businesses that have discovered something special: digging up ghosts can be profitable. KPR News intern Justine Greve (Greeve) is a graduate of Baker University. She's now a graduate student in American Studies at the University of Kansas.

KPR Web Operations Wednesday, October 26th

Someone pulled a switcheroo in the football trophy case at Kansas State University. In place of the Governor's Cup, which was awarded last weekend after the win over the Kansas Jayhawks, there's a different trophy... one from eight years ago. KPR's Greg Echlin explains.

KPR Web Operations Monday, October 24th

NASCAR Sprint Cup driver Clint Bowyer of Emporia won his fifth career race on the circuit yesterday (SUN). But Bowyer's victory at Talledega (Tal-uh-DAY-guh)...his second straight in the fall race at the Alabama track...is almost like a consolation prize. Kansas Public Radio's Greg Echlin explains.

KPR Web Operations Friday, October 21st

About 40 protesters are still camped-out at a city park in Lawrence. The so-called "Occupy Lawrence" protesters have been rallying at South Park since last Saturday. KPR News Intern Luke Brummer has more. (The .wav file version below is for the Kansas Information Network.)

KPR Web Operations Thursday, October 20th

Second district Congresswoman Lynn Jenkins says she sees a few places where she could work with President Obama. The Topeka Republican says she does not support the jobs bill the President promoted on his recent bus trip. But Jenkins says Mr. Obama has signaled he's open to compromise on other issues. Representative Jenkins serves on the House Ways and Means Committee, which is a big player in developing the nation's tax laws. She is serving her second term in Congress.

KPR Web Operations Thursday, October 20th

The future of the University of Missouri in the Big 12 may be decided in the next 24 hours. An executive session of MU's Board of Curators is scheduled for this (THUR) afternoon (3:45pm) and another meeting is scheduled for tomorrow (FRI). Earlier today (THUR), during the Big 12's basketball media day, University of Kansas coach Bill Self said MU should remain in the Big 12 to keep traditional rivalries intact.MU officials previously announced they would explore their options outside the Big 12 Conference.

KPR Web Operations Wednesday, October 19th

The town of Chapman is searching for a new high school team mascot. The Chapman Fighting Irish received notice from the University of Notre Dame that it would not be allowed to use the school's famous "fighting leprechaun" logo that has served as the Chapman mascot. Lacee Sell, the district superintendent, says the community will have the last word on what the replacement mascot should be. Sell says the high school teams will still be allowed to refer to themselves as the "Fighting Irish"...but won't be allowed to sell any merchandise featuring that name.

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