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KPR Web Operations Monday, February 27th

Two days after clinching at least a share of the Big 12 regular season championship...the eighth straight for the Kansas Jayhawks...they're back in action tonight (MON) at Oklahoma State. But after Saturday's epic battle against the Missouri Tigers, the prevailing question is "What's next?" Kansas Public Radio's Greg Echlin has the story.      

KPR Web Operations Sunday, February 26th

AP headlines, Cosby, Frito-Lay, layoffs, murder

KPR Web Operations Saturday, February 25th

Rumsfeld, Truman, Brownback, Santorum, National Guard, rivalry

KPR Web Operations Friday, February 24th

Brownback speaking to reporters at the Statehouse. (Photo by Stephen Koranda)Governor Sam Brownback says he has no interest in maintaining the rivalry between the University of Kansas and the University of Missouri after the Tigers leave the Big 12. Brownback says Missouri is to blame for the series ending after more than 100 years. He says Missouri's talk of leaving the Big 12 nearly tore the conference apart.   Brownback made his comments today (FRI), on the eve of the last scheduled men's basketball game between the Jayhawks and Tigers.  

KPR Web Operations Friday, February 24th

The United Nations and NATO need to be updated for the 21st Century.  That's according to former U.S. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, who spoke earlier today (FRI) at Fort Leavenworth. Rumsfeld is currently on tour, promoting his new memoir, "Known and Unknown."  He also spoke ay (FRI) at the Truman Presidential Library and Museum in Independence, Missouri.  

KPR Web Operations Friday, February 24th

A former vice president at Heritage Bank in Topeka has pleaded guilty to a federal charge of bank fraud.  Federal prosecutors say 40-year-old Jennifer Hughes-Boyles, of Topeka, pleaded guilty to one count of bank fraud.  In her plea, she agreed to the forfeiture of more than $596,000.  Hughes-Boyles admitted that the crime took place in 2011, while she was a vice president of Heritage Bank.  Her duties included residential and commercial lending, consumer lending and foreclosed properties transactions. Bank officials began investigating when they noticed that from March to May of 2011,...

KPR Web Operations Friday, February 24th

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The United States Postal Service plans to consolidate seven mail processing centers in Kansas to reduce costs.  The Postal Service said in a news release that the processing center in Topeka will be consolidated with one in Kansas City, Missouri. Centers in Hays, Salina, Dodge City and Hutchinson will be consolidated with the processing and distribution center in Wichita.  Officials say work at the Liberal processing center will be moved to Amarillo, Texas and the Colby processing center operations will move to North Platte, Nebraska.  No specific dates have been set for...

KPR Web Operations Friday, February 24th

Jason Day, the so-called Fake Beard Bandit. (Photo Courtesy of 5newsonline.com) FORT SMITH, Ark. (AP) — An Oklahoma man nicknamed the "Fake Beard Bandit" has pleaded guilty to eight bank robberies in Kansas, Arkansas, Missouri and Oklahoma.  Jason Andrew Day entered his plea yesterday (THUR) in federal court in Fort Smith, Arkansas. Day was arrested on August 26th, three days after a Liberty Bank in Fort Smith was robbed.  Court records show that Day is accused of taking more than $70,000 from banks in Shawnee and Olathe, Kansas -- as well as banks in Fort Smith, Arkansas; Oklahoma City and...

KPR Web Operations Friday, February 24th

  KS Senate Rejects Health "Freedom" Proposal TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The Kansas Senate has narrowly rejected a proposed amendment to the state constitution aimed at challenging a key federal mandate on health care.  Yesterday's (THUR) vote on the so-called health care "freedom" amendment was 26-14 in favor, but backers needed a two-thirds majority, or 27 of 40 votes.  The Senate's decision came after members revised the measure so that a statewide vote on the proposition would have occurred only if the U.S. Supreme Court strikes down the federal health care overhaul of 2010. ...

KPR Web Operations Friday, February 24th

   The Lawrence Police Department has released more information about a ticket-fixing scheme involving at least two officers. The allegations concern the possibility that officers "fixed" traffic citations in exchange for tickets to University of Kansas sporting events.   In a statement issued today (FRI), Police Chief Tarik Khatib said:   "The investigation thus far has found that one commissioned employee had a friendship relationship with a former employee of the KU Athletic Department. This relationship existed for some time and dates back to the late 1990s or early 2000s. As part of...

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