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KPR Web Operations Friday, May 13th

University of Kansas officials have announced a major gift to the School of Engineering. That's Stuart Bell, Dean of the KU School of Engineering, speaking at a news conference earlier today (FRI). The $32 million comes from the estate of Charles E. and Mary Jane Spahr (Spar). The couple had already donated $13 million to KU during their lifetime. Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little said the gift will help meet a growing demand. News of the donation comes a day after two bills concerning engineering passed the state legislature. One bill earmarks $10.5 million a year from lottery and casino...

KPR Web Operations Friday, May 13th

A ticket scandal that tarnished the image of the University of Kansas has finally come to an end. The case concluded inside a federal courtroom this week when the last of seven defendants was sentenced. As Kansas Public Radio's Greg Echlin reports, some new faces in that department are now trying to mend fences and move forward.

KPR Web Operations Thursday, May 12th

Ben Kirtland, a former athletics department official at the University of Kansas, has been sentenced to nearly five years in prison for his role in the KU ticket scandal. Kirtland received his sentence this (THUR) morning inside a federal courtroom in Wichita. U-S prosecuting attorney Barry Grissom says Kirtland’s sentence closes the book on this case.Kirtland is the last of seven defendants to be sentenced in the conspiracy to steal and sell KU sports tickets. He was also ordered to pay more than a million dollars in restitution.

KPR Web Operations Thursday, May 12th

The Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist who helped break the Watergate story is coming to the University of Kansas this weekend. Washington Post columnist Bob Woodward will speak Sunday afternoon at the Dole Institute of Politics. Institute Director Bill Lacy says Woodward will talk about his career as an investigative journalist and about his series of political books. Woodward will deliver the Dole Lecture at 2:30 Sunday afternoon. The talk is free and open to the public -- but seating is limited. Doors at the Institute open at 1:45.

KPR Web Operations Thursday, May 12th

Bob Woodward, the investigative journalist who helped break the Watergate story, will give this year's Dole Lecture at the University of Kansas. Bill Lacy, the Director of the Dole Institute of Politics, says Woodward will deliver his remarks Sunday afternoon.Woodward, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist for the Washington Post, will speak at 2:30 Sunday afternoon. The event is free to the public, but seating is limited. Doors will open at 1:45.

KPR Web Operations Thursday, May 12th

Another chapter in the University of Kansas ticket scandal will come to a close today (THUR). Ben Kirtland, the former Associate Athletics Director at KU, will learn his sentence at ten o'clock this (THUR) morning. Kansas Public Radio's Greg Echlin has more.

KPR Web Operations Wednesday, May 11th

For the first time in its 26 year history, Farm Aid will bring its annual benefit concert to Kansas. Farm Aid 2011 will be held Saturday, August 13 at the newly opened Livestrong Sporting Park in Kansas City, Kansas. Governor Sam Brownback says that like Farm Aid, Kansas is moving towards preserving the legacy of agriculture in the state.Willlie Nelson, Neil Young, John Mellencamp, Dave Matthews and others will team up for the one day event. Tickets go on sale Friday, May 20.

KPR Web Operations Tuesday, May 10th

A whirlwind schedule for Victor Ortiz (Or-teez) continued yesterday (THUR) in the state capitol. Born in Liberal and raised in Garden City, Ortiz won boxing's welterweight world championship last month. As Kansas Public Radio's Greg Echlin reports, his latest honor was a proclamation signed by Kansas Governor Sam Brownback.

KPR Web Operations Tuesday, May 10th

With airfare and gas prices on the rise, budgeting for a vacation has become increasingly difficult. In response, some Americans are turning to the railroad for a cheaper way to travel. With Amtrak celebrating its 40th anniversary this month, KPR news intern Justine Greve (Greave) takes a look at train travel and its future in Kansas. KPR news intern Justine Greve (Greave) is a Topeka native... and a graduate student in American Studies at the University of Kansas.

KPR Web Operations Tuesday, May 10th

He was born in Liberal, grew up in Garden City and now... he’s the welterweight boxing champion of the world. At the state capitol, today (TUE) was proclaimed "Victor Ortiz Day" in honor of Ortiz who won his championship bout last month. Ortiz took a moment to praise his mentor, Ignascio (ig-NOZZ-ee-oh) Avila (AH-vee-luh)...known to Ortiz as "Bucky"...for steering him down the right path during a troubled childhood.Ortiz was abandoned by his family at an early age and lived in foster care before he turned pro as a boxer at the age of 17. Kansas Governor Sam Brownback saluted Ortiz for "...

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