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KPR Web Operations Monday, May 23rd

Power is slowly returning to the storm-damaged town of Reading (RED-ing). Utility crews said they hoped to have electricity restored to 30-percent of the town by last (MON) night. But water and sewer service remain unavailable. In the wake of deadly and damaging tornadoes over the weekend, state officials are calling for more storm preparedness. KPR's J. Schafer has more.

KPR Web Operations Monday, May 23rd

Power is slowly returning to the storm-damaged town of Reading (RED-ing), Kansas. Utility crews hope to have electricity restored to 30-percent of the town by the end of today (MON). But water and sewer service remain unavailable -- and no timetable has been established for restoring those services. In the wake of deadly and damaging tornadoes over the weekend, Governor Sam Brownback is calling for more storm preparedness.The governor made the comments today (MON) after touring the town of Reading, where nearly every structure suffered some kind of damage. Brownback says storm season is...

KPR Web Operations Monday, May 23rd

Kansas Senator Jerry Moran was one of the first officials to tour the tornado-damaged town of Reading early this (MON) morning. The Lyon County community, located about 20 miles northeast of Emporia, was hit by an E-F-3 tornado Saturday night.One resident -- 53-year-old Don Chesmore -- was killed in the storm. A Kansas City TV station is sponsoring a telethon tonight (MON) to help raise money for the tornado victims in Reading and in Joplin, Missouri. NBC Action News will raise money from 5 to 7 o'clock. (To donate, call: 816-932-HELP.)

KPR Web Operations Monday, May 23rd

A 32-car train derailment in Allen County has sparked a large grass fire near the town of Moran (muh-RAN), Kansas. Union Pacific Railroad spokesman Mark Davis says three train cars filled with ethylene, a flammable liquid, caught fire when the train slid-off the tracks. The fire is being fed by plastic pellets, which were carried in other train cars.Davis says the derailment happened just after 4 o'clock this (MON) morning, about five miles south of Moran. Authorities have closed a 23-mile stretch of U-S Highway 59 from Moran -- south to the intersection of Kansas Highway 39, east of...

KPR Web Operations Monday, May 23rd

Officials toured tornado-ravaged Reading (RED-ing) this (MON) morning. Kansas Senator Jerry Moran said the level of destruction left behind by Saturday's storm is profound.A 53-year-old resident, Don Chesmore, died from injuries he suffered when his mobile home flipped-over. Reading's water tower was also damaged, so at the moment... city water is unavailable. The Kansas Department of Transportation says Kansas Highway 170 through Reading has been shut down until further notice. The governor, lieutenant governor and several cabinet members also toured Reading earlier today (MON).

KPR Web Operations Monday, May 23rd

More than 40 staff and faculty members from the University of Kansas will board busses today (MON) for the start of the Wheat State Whirlwind Tour. The annual excrursion will make stops in nearly 30 communities across the state. Ku spokesman Mike Krings says it's an opportunity to show off Kansas to KU employees.The Wheat State Tour, now in is 13th year, was started by former KU Chancellor Bob Hemmenway. Participants will travel more than 14-hundred miles before returning to Lawrence.

KPR Web Operations Thursday, May 19th

Five Kansas foundations have established a fund that will help local groups compete for federal health reform grants. The $450,000 fund will enable non-profits, healthcare providers and even local governments to apply for the federal money. The foundations have appointed Sheldon Weisgrau (WICE-grau) to administer the fund. He says awards of up to $30,000 will be available to Kansas groups seeking a share of the billions of dollars in federal grants available through the Affordable Care Act. Among other things, federal grants are available to improve public health and prevention services...

KPR Web Operations Thursday, May 19th

Five Kansas foundations are forming a $450,000 fund to help non-profit service organizations, health care providers – even cities, school districts and state agencies do the preliminary work necessary to compete for millions of dollars in federal health reform grants. And as Jim McLean of the KHI News Service reports, the person who has been hired to administer the fund will also work to ensure that consumers are represented in discussions about how the reform law is implemented in Kansas.

KPR Web Operations Wednesday, May 18th

Perhaps no single person helped civilize the Wild West more than Fred Harvey. An Englishman who immigrated to America in the 1850s, Harvey started a revolutionary business: he fed train passengers along the nation's largest railroad line -- the Atchison, Topeka and the Santa Fe. Working from his home base in Leavenworth, Harvey brought culture, fine food and great service to the frontier. Author Stephen Fried (Freed) has written a book called: "Appetite for America: Fred Harvey and the Business of Civilizing the West - One Meal at a Time." KPR's J. Schafer spoke to Fried (Freed) about Harvey...

KPR Web Operations Tuesday, May 17th

It wasn't everything he'd hoped for, but the head of the state’s Court system says he's grateful the legislature provided enough money to keep the courts open. It looked for a time like courts might have to close periodically to help make ends meet. In the meantime, lawmakers did strip away approximately 3 million dollars the courts wanted...including 2 million dollars earmarked for the electronic or “e-filing” system. Lawton Nuss says he's already got staff working to keep that program going...Nuss says the court has been operating with more than 80 unfilled positions for more than a year...


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