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KPR Web Operations Friday, March 16th

Report: Afghan Shooting Suspect to Be Held at Fort Leavenworth WASHINGTON (AP) — A senior defense official says the U.S. soldier accused in the killings of 16 Afghan civilians is expected to be flown to the U.S. military prison at Fort Leavenworth as early as today (FRI). The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because of security surrounding the move, says the shift does not necessarily mean a decision was imminent on announcement of formal criminal charges against the suspect. The suspect, whose name has not been made public, was moved from Afghanistan to Kuwait...

KPR Web Operations Friday, March 16th

In back-to-back NCAA tournaments, the men's team from Virginia Commonwealth has broken the heart of a team from Kansas. The 12th-seeded Virginia Commonwealth Rams defeated the 5th-seeded Wichita State Shockers, 62-59, last (THUR) night. As University of Kansas fans remember, VCU upset the Jayhawks last year to reach the Final Four. KU gets a fresh start at 9 o'clock tonight (FRI) against the University of Detroit. But as KPR's Greg Echlin reports, the Jayhawks aren't happy with the late start. The Kansas State Wildcats have advanced to  the next round of the NCAA Tournament. After beating...

KPR Web Operations Thursday, March 15th

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Ready for some football?  What if going to a semi-pro game would help families recovering from the Harveyville tornado?  The Topeka Thunder will play the West Central Warriors of Belton, Missouri this Sunday afternoon in a benefit for Harveyville. The northeastern Kansas town sustained extensive damage and one death when it was hit February 28th by an EF-2 tornado.  The Thunder and the Warriors play in the Central Plains Football League. The semi-pro association has more than a dozen eight-man teams throughout Kansas and Missouri that play a high-scoring, arena-style of...

KPR Web Operations Thursday, March 15th

Mesocyclone tornado (Photo Courtesy of NOAA) TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The Kansas Department of Health and Environment is holding a Twitter chat on severe weather preparedness. The agency plans the live chat at 3 p.m. today (THUR) to answer questions about severe weather and how to prepare for storms. It also plans to talk about what to do if severe weather strikes. KDHE Secretary Robert Moser says the agency wants to make sure Kansans are well-informed, and the Twitter chat is just one of the mediums available. Kansans can ask questions by logging onto www.twitter.com and following @KDHE and...

KPR Web Operations Thursday, March 15th

  ===========================KS House Tax Cut Plan Cheaper than Initially Estimated TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) _ New estimates show that a sweeping tax-cut bill approved by the Kansas House would have a smaller impact on state revenues than earlier projected. Documents prepared by legislative analysts and obtained Thursday by The Associated Press put the cost of cutting income and sales taxes at nearly $334 million in the first year. Projected over five years, the cost grows to nearly $2.2 billion. The figure...

KPR Web Operations Wednesday, March 14th

Bison herd on the Maxwell Game Preserve in McPherson County.  (Photo from www.TravelKS.com)GARDEN CITY, Kan. (AP) — The ongoing drought prompted the state to temporarily move a bison herd from the Sandsage Bison and Wildlife Area near Garden City.  The 40 bison were moved to the Maxwell Wildlife Refuge in McPherson County.  The Garden City Telegram reports 10 bison were left at the Sandsage area. They'll be fed hay until enough forage grows for them to graze.  Tom Norman, area manager for the state wildlife department, says the drought has reduced forage in the Sandsage area. He says normal...

KPR Web Operations Wednesday, March 14th

University of Kansas Hospital, KCK WESTWOOD, Kan. (AP) — Patient growth is prompting the University of Kansas Hospital to expand more quickly than planned.  In July 2010, the hospital's board approved a plan to open a 32-bed patient unit and build two new floors for future expansion at its Center for Advanced Heart Care in Kansas City, Kansas.  The new plan calls for adding 84 beds to the hospital on all three new floors. The hospital's authority board was told yesterday (TUE) that the entire space will be filled in by this summer.  Hospital officials say when the $56.7 million project is...

KPR Web Operations Wednesday, March 14th

  Tax Cut Bill Passes House, Despite Critics' Misgivings TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) _ The Kansas House has approved a sweeping package of tax cuts, sending it to the Senate despite misgivings that it costs too much and favors the wealthy over poor residents. Supporters say the plan approved Wednesday is a step toward tax relief and job creation. Critics say some provisions favor the wealthy and businesses. Others say Kansas can't afford the plan, estimated to cost between $375 million to $425 million. It's the...

KPR Web Operations Tuesday, March 13th

On the women's side of the NCAA basketball tournament, Kansas and Kansas State were among the field of 64 announced last (MON) night. Both were selected as at-large teams. The Jayhawks' chances of making the tournament were in doubt after losing their leading scorer for the rest of the season. Senior Carolyn Davis injured her knee last month in KU's game at K-State. As KPR's Greg Echlin reports, the KU women struggled down the stretch without her. Eleventh-seeded KU will take on sixth-seeded Nebraska Sunday night at 6:30 in Little Rock, Arkansas. Eighth-seeded K-State meets 9th-seeded...

KPR Web Operations Tuesday, March 13th

The Kansas House will debate a tax-reduction bill today (TUE) that Governor Sam Brownback and Republicans say will stimulate the Kansas economy. But as Jim McLean of the KHI News Service reports, opposition is mounting to a part of the bill that would scale back a tax credit that helps low-income Kansans make ends meet.     

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