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KPR Web Operations Sunday, May 29th

A freshman from Wichita pulled an upset over the weekend at the NCAA Division Two track and field championships. By winning the 110-meter hurdles title, Andrew Etheridge also helped Emporia State to its best finish ever as a Division Two school in the NCAA. As Kansas Public Radio's Greg Echlin reports, Etheridge barely qualifed for the event's final.

KPR Web Operations Friday, May 27th

An old steam-powered train engine will be rolling through Kansas this weekend. Union Pacific's legendary engine number 844 will pull in to Marysville, Kansas tomorrow (SAT) night. U-P spokesman Mark Davis says the old locomotive typically travels a few hundred miles a day, and makes frequent stops. The locomotive, from the 1940s, will pass through Topeka on Sunday, on its way to Little Rock, Arkansas. The train will also stop at Union Station in downtown Kansas City on Monday.

KPR Web Operations Thursday, May 26th

Kansas needs more engineers and a new law is designed to make that happen. Governor Sam Brownback has signed a measure that will allocate $10.5 million a year to engineering programs at the University of Kansas, Kansas State and Wichita State. Steve Morris, a Hugoton Republican, is president of the Kansas Senate.Republican Senator Carolyn McGinn, of Sedgwick, says this legislation will help address that shortage.Lawmakers hope the new legislation will increase the number of engineering graduates by 60 percent.

KPR Web Operations Thursday, May 26th

The Ogallala -- or High Plains -- Aquifer is one of the largest aquifers in the world, supplying about 30 percent of all the ground water drawn in the United States. It supports an istimate 12.7 million acres of irrigated land in eight states, including Kansas. But some parts of the aquifer are running out of water. Harvest Public Media's Eric Durban brings us this audio postcard from a drilling site in southwest Kansas where researchers are seeking a better understanding of how the aquifer works.For more information on the High Plains Aquifer -- and for more agricultural news -- log on to...

KPR Web Operations Thursday, May 26th

The state's annual "Click-It or Ticket" campaign is underway. Police officers across the state are once again ramping-up enforcement of the Kansas seat belt law. Highway Patrol Lieutenant Robert Baker says buckling-up is important -- even for short trips.Nearly 150 law enforcement agencies across the state are taking part in the effort to crack-down on motorists who aren't wearing seat belts. The campaign runs through the 5th of June.

KPR Web Operations Wednesday, May 25th

Stefan Petrovic (steh-FAHN PET-roh-vitch), a seventh-grader from South Junior High in Lawrence, won third place honors in the National Geographic Bee in Washington, D-C today (WED). The national competition features students competing in a variety of tests on geographic knowledge. Stefan says he enjoys the study of geography, and thinks it will help him as he pursues some big dreams:Stefan credits his parents for his success in the competition, along with two of his teachers - Mary Van Dyke of Broken Arrow Elementary and David Olson of South Junior High.

KPR Web Operations Wednesday, May 25th

A Kansas student has placed third in the National Geographic Bee finals in Washington, D-C. Stefan Petrovic (steh-FAHN PET-roh-vitch) is a seventh-grader from South Junior High in Lawrence. He says getting ready for the competition, which tests world geographic knowledge, was a long process that required several different techniques:Stefan's third-place prizes include a $10,000 college scholarship and $500 in cash. He hasn't decided what to do with the money yet, but he said that he's very interested in planning a trip to central Asia.

KPR Web Operations Wednesday, May 25th

Stefan Petrovic (steh-FAHN PET-roh-vitch), a seventh-grader from South Junior High in Lawrence, has taken third place in the National Geographic Bee in Washington, D-C. The national competition pits school-age kids against each other in a variety of tests on their knowledge of geography.Stefan competed in the national finals of the bee yesterday (WED). His prizes include a $10,000 college scholarship and $500 in cash.

KPR Web Operations Wednesday, May 25th

Paul Splittorff, the all-time leader in victories for the Kansas City Royals, died this (WED) morning because of complications from melanoma. He was 64. Splittorff, a left-handed pitcher, compiled 166 victories in his career. But, as Kansas Public Radio's Greg Echlin reports, he was also a visible figure in broadcasting.

KPR Web Operations Wednesday, May 25th

Deadly storms rolled across the Midwest yesterday (TUE) -- claiming two lives in central Kansas. KPR's J. Schafer has more.

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