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KPR Web Operations Thursday, September 22nd

The Kansas Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services says an Amnesty Day in the Kansas City area last month was a success. Kansas Public Radio’s Bryan Thompson says it was a chance for delinquent parents to make a new start.

KPR Web Operations Wednesday, September 21st

For years, education researchers have been warning that schools are facing a shortage of science and math teachers. Increasingly, college students trained in STEM disciplines...that is, science, technology, engineering and math...choose not to become teachers. What's more, the few teachers who are carrying the STEM education teaching load are edging closer to retirement. The University of Kansas Center for Science Education conducted a study showing that the situation is reaching a dramatic and disturbing tipping point. KPR's Laura Lorson talked with CSE director Steven Case and study co-...

KPR Web Operations Wednesday, September 21st

Continued turmoil in the Big 12 Conference. A statement from the Pac 12 has now left the future home of Texas and Oklahoma athletics in doubt. KPR's Greg Echlin has more.

KPR Web Operations Tuesday, September 20th

Young, educated people are the driving force behind the "Arab Spring" that is rocking the Middle East this year. Foreign policy expert and journalist Robin Wright says that's good news for the future of the Mideast: Robin Wright is the author of "Rock the Casbah: Rage and Rebellion Across the Islamic World." She will speak at 7:00 tonight (WED) at Washburn University's Memorial Union as part of Constitution Day. Her talk is open to the public, and is co-sponsored by the Topeka-Shawnee County Public Library.

KPR Web Operations Tuesday, September 20th

A state senator says planned cuts in Medicaid could trigger marches on the Kansas Statehouse. Senator Roger Reitz (RIGHTZ) voiced the concern yesterday (MON) during a legislative briefing on a Medicaid reform plan being developed by Governor Sam Brownback’s administration.

KPR Web Operations Monday, September 19th

State officials are making changes in which poor Kansans are eligible for income, childcare and food assistance. As Jim McLean of the KHI News Service reports, some are concerned the changes are coming at a bad time for many Kansas families.

KPR Web Operations Monday, September 19th

True to his Kansas roots, Victor Ortiz had a Jayhawk and the KU colors clearly visible on his boxing trunks over the weekend. A pay-per-view audience saw them in a world title match between Ortiz...a Garden City native...and Floyd Mayweather Junior. But the night ended for Ortiz with a black eye...and a bruised ego. Kansas Public Radio's Greg Echlin has the story.

KPR Web Operations Friday, September 16th

Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt is investigating the organization that processes payments to the state’s network of mental health centers. As Jim McLean of the KHI News Service reports, Schmidt is looking into allegations that about $1 million in Medicaid funding was embezzled from the nonprofit organization.

KPR Web Operations Wednesday, September 14th

Until this week, a company that was recently awarded a multi-million dollar contract to rebuild the Kansas Medicaid system was also the target of a federal lawsuit. That lawsuit charged the company with defrauding the federal government. More on the story from Jim McLean of the KHI News Service.

KPR Web Operations Wednesday, September 14th

Gym class has been on the minds of Kansas state Board of Education members. The board heard a presentation earlier this week on how Kansas currently measures up in physical education. Healthy Kansas Schools director Mark Thompson says elementary schools are required to offer phys ed...but the requirement itself doesn't have well-defined boundaries: That, coupled with a lack of rules regarding mandatory school recess time, provoked board member Sue Storm's reaction:Thompson says the state is working to implement First Lady Michelle Obama's anti-obesity initiative in schools. Currently, Kansas...

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