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KPR Web Operations Tuesday, March 6th

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A new report says Kansas' winter wheat crop continues to look better than last year's because of the mild winter temperatures. But in their report yesterday, state agriculture officials say the crop needs rain during the first weeks of emerging from dormancy.  Some wheat has begun joining in south-central and southeast Kansas.  Crop conditions declined slightly in the past week throughout the state. The latest ratings are 12 percent poor to very poor, 38 percent fair, 43 percent good 7 percent excellent.  At this time a year ago, the Kansas wheat crop was faring so...

KPR Web Operations Tuesday, March 6th

  =============================================== Kansas House Member Faces Complaint over Tax Debate TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A Democrat in the Kansas House faces an investigation into whether he intentionally misled colleagues during a debate last month on property tax legislation. Twenty-six House Republicans filed a complaint Tuesday with the chamber's chief clerk against Representative Jim Ward, of Wichita. House rules require that a committee be appointed to investigate, but Ward says there was no wrongdoing. The...

KPR Web Operations Tuesday, March 6th

  Aerial view of Wolf Creek Nuclear Generating Station (photo courtesy of Westar Energy)Inspectors from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission will conduct a public meeting this (TUE) evening near the Wolf Creek nuclear power plant.  As Kansas Public Radio’s Bryan Thompson explains, the meeting is being held to discuss the ongoing outage at the plant north of Burlington.    

KPR Web Operations Tuesday, March 6th

Harveyville still needs volunteers for assistance with cleanup, but officials are asking those who want to help to get in touch with them first, before coming to the Wabaunsee County town. Kansas Highway Patrol trooper Mark Engholm is the public information officer for the recovery effort:      KDOT says that the accelerated demolition and cleanup efforts have allowed Kansas Highway 195 through Harveyville to be reopened two days ahead of schedule. A memorial service for the man killed in the tornado, Richard Slade, is set for tomorrow (WED) at Mission Valley High School in Eskridge....

KPR Web Operations Monday, March 5th

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — Lawrence officials are planning to review city policies after a scandal in which at least one police officer fixed speeding tickets in exchange for University of Kansas men's basketball tickets.  Police Chief Tarik Khatib says it's harder to fix tickets since his department started using electronic ticketing in 2006.  One police officer who was suspended resigned last month after the ticket-fixing issue was made public. City officials say the university official gave basketball tickets to the officer, who either dismissed or asked other officers to dismiss six tickets...

KPR Web Operations Monday, March 5th

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — The 140-year-old cabin where the words to what became the Kansas state song were written has received a grant to help restoration efforts, but more money is needed.  Brewster Higley wrote the words to "Home on the Range" in a cabin along Beaver Creek in Smith County in north-central Kansas. It is badly in need of repairs.  The Kansas State Historical Society recently announced a $24,600 grant to help with the restoration. But supporters say it will take an additional $50,000 to fix the cabin.  Two Kansas senators have sponsored a resolution that recognizes the...

KPR Web Operations Monday, March 5th

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas Governor Sam Brownback and first lady Mary Brownback have announced the date for the annual children's Easter egg hunt at Cedar Crest, their official residence.  The event will take place at 11am on April 7, the Saturday before Easter. It's open to children ages 1 through 9, and a local radio station plans to broadcast live from the hunt and give away a bicycle.  Sponsors include the National Guard, the Kansas Capitol Police, Russell Stover Candies and Security Benefit Group, which has its headquarters about three-quarters of a mile to the west.  Shuttles from...

KPR Web Operations Monday, March 5th

  ================================= Kansas Secretary of State Draws Criticism for Forming PAC TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach has formed his own political action committee. Kobach faced bipartisan criticism Monday from legislators who said it's inappropriate for the state's chief elections official to possibly get involved in partisan election campaigns through a PAC. The Republican secretary of state did not immediately return messages seeking comment. Records...

KPR Web Operations Sunday, March 4th

  HARVEYVILLE, Kan. (AP) -- Harveyville officials called a town hall meeting this weekend to discuss recovery efforts after an EF-2 tornado damaged much of the community Tuesday night. The meeting was held 6 p.m. Saturday at the Harveyville Fire Station. Mayor Dustin Kuntz says it was an open forum for local residents to discuss the tornado and the transfer of duties from the Northeast Kansas Incident Management Team to local officials. The National Weather Service says the tornado had winds of up to 130 miles per hour and destroyed nearly half of the eastern Kansas town of about 250...

KPR Web Operations Sunday, March 4th

  HARVEYVILLE, Kan. (AP) -- Volunteers have been swarming the small town of Harveyville since an EF2 tornado struck the northeastern Kansas town Tuesday night. Now, officials in the Wabaunsee County town are asking general volunteers to take the weekend off and give residents a couple of days to rest and evaluate their needs. The United Way issued an advisory Friday afternoon on the town's behalf saying volunteers for general cleanup work won't be needed or accepted Saturday or Sunday. Meanwhile, officials say the best way to help Harveyville and other communities in the 19 counties hit by...

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