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KPR Web Operations Tuesday, April 3rd

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Republican Governor Sam Brownback has replaced former Democratic Governor John Carlin as a member of an agency set up to nurture bioscience companies.  Brownback announced the appointment Monday of Manhattan resident Lee Borck to the Kansas Bioscience Authority. He'll replace Carlin, whose term expired in mid-March.  Borck is chairman of the Beef Marketing Group Cooperative and Innovative Livestock Services, a farming and cattle-feeding company. Both have offices in Great Bend. His appointment must be confirmed by the state Senate.  Brownback and some fellow conservative...

KPR Web Operations Tuesday, April 3rd

It was a deficit too big to overcome.  Kentucky built an 18-point lead in the first half and held on for a 67-to-59 win over the Kansas Jayhawks last (MON) night in the NCAA title game.  KU cut the deficit to five points in the second half but time ran out and the Wildcats claimed the victory.  KPR's Greg Echlin has more from New Orleans. There will be a "welcome home" gathering tonight (TUE) at Allen Field House.  Doors will open at 6:30 and the Jayhawk basketball team is expected to arrive around 7:15. -------------------------------- NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Kansas couldn't come all the way...

KPR Web Operations Tuesday, April 3rd

  NEW ORLEANS (AP and KPR) — Doron Lamb scored 22 points, and Kentucky won its eighth national championship, holding off Kansas for a 67-to-59 victory Monday night.  The Wildcats (38-2) led by as many as 18 points in the first half and were still up 15 with 5:13 to play. But Kansas (32-7), a team which rallied from several big deficits this season, was able to cut the deficit to five in the final moments.  It was 62-to-57 with 1:37 to play.  Kentucky closed the game by making five of seven free throws over the final 1:11.  Kentucky's Anthony Davis, only the second freshmen to be selected...

KPR Web Operations Monday, April 2nd

The Kansas basketball team playing tonight (MON) for the national championship can be defined by its "never-give-up" attitude. The Jayhawks, who are 32-and-6 this season, are considered the underdogs against a Kentucky team that has only lost two games all year. KPR's Greg Echlin has more on how KU found itself playing for its first national title since 2008. Tonight's (MON) game begins at 8:23 on CBS. The game will also be televised for Jayhawk fans at Allen Fieldhouse, where doors open at 7 p.m.  

KPR Web Operations Monday, April 2nd

(image credit: Kansas Highway Patrol) Five people were killed and 13 others were injured in a one-vehicle accident in Osage County over the weekend.  The Kansas Highway Patrol says the accident happened around 9:00am Sunday, southwest of Williamsburg, on I-35 northbound around milepost 167. The cause of the crash is still under investigation. The victims were all members of a Minnesota family of motocross sports enthusiasts, traveling in a vehicle that consisted of a Freightliner box truck set up with living quarters, towing a trailer. The vehicle left the roadway, struck the metal guardrail...

KPR Web Operations Monday, April 2nd

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas Lottery officials say the holder of the state's winning Mega Millions ticket has not come forward to claim a share of the $656 million jackpot.  Lottery spokeswoman Cara Sloan-Ramos said today (MON) that no one has contacted the lottery about the prize from Friday's drawing. The winning ticket was purchased in northeast Kansas, though lottery officials don't plan to identify the store until the winner comes forward.  Winning tickets also were sold in Illinois and Maryland, making the Kansas ticket worth about $218 million.  Kansas law gives a prize winner a year...

KPR Web Operations Monday, April 2nd

Tonight’s (MON) college basketball game between the University of Kansas and the Unversity of Kentucky will be a milestone.  Both schools have a rich history -- full of legendary players and coaches.  And, each school has a tradition of winning.  In fact, as a school, Kentucky has won more games than any other team in college basketball.  KU has the second most all-time wins.  And yet... never before have these two powerhouse programs played each other in the Final Four.  That will change tonight (MON).  As KPR’s Greg Echlin reports, there are a few history lessons in this game of basketball...

KPR Web Operations Monday, April 2nd

KU Head Coach Bill Self, the 2012 Naismith Coach of the Year While preparing his team for the national championship game tonight (MON) against Kentucky, University of Kansas men's basketball coach Bill Self claimed one of coaching's top honors. More from Kansas Public Radio's Greg Echlin. Tonight's (MON) title game will tip off at 8:23 on CBS. It will also be shown at Allen Fieldhouse.  

KPR Web Operations Sunday, April 1st

KU Comes from Behind to Beat Ohio State 64-to-62. NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Tyshawn Taylor made two big free throws and Thomas Robinson finished with 19 points and eight rebounds Saturday night to rally the Jayhawks past Ohio State 64-62 in the Final Four.  Kansas rallied from 13 points down to complete another comeback in a game the Jayhawks led for a grand total of 3:48 — two of those minutes coming when the score was 2-0.  Elijah Johnson made a lay-up with 1:12 left to put the Jayhawks up 62-to-59 — their biggest lead of the game.  KU (32-6) plays Kentucky in...

KPR Web Operations Sunday, April 1st

View of downtown Lawrence from the rooftop of Tellers Restaurant Saturday night, after KU beat Ohio State. (Photo by J. Schafer) Thousands of Kansas Jayhawk fans poured into the streets of downtown Lawrence Saturday night, after KU came from behind to beat Ohio State and advance to Monday night's national title game against Kentucky.  The Jayhawks have teetered on the edge all season and did it again in the NCAA Final Four. They led against Ohio State for less than four minutes, but were on top when time ran out for a 64-to-62 win and a berth in the finals. Kentucky was outrebounded but...

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