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KPR Web Operations Monday, February 21st

William S Burroughs, former Lawrence resident and one of the iconic authors of the so-called "Beat Generation," is the subject of a new documentary that will air tonight (TUE) on the PBS series "Independent Lens." Yony Leyser (YO-nee LYE-zur) is the filmmaker. He says Burroughs's work is still compelling and countercultural, even decades after it was originally written. "William S Burroughs: A Man Within" features interviews with musicians Patti Smith and Iggy Pop, filmmakers Gus Van Sant and John Waters, and many of Burroughs's friends and acquaintances from Lawrence. It will be shown...

KPR Web Operations Monday, February 21st

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KPR Web Operations Friday, February 18th

Will members of the U-S Congress be able to resolve their budget differences in time to prevent a shutdown of the government by the March 4 deadline? Opinions vary, but Kansas Senator Pat Roberts doesn't think a shutdown will happen. There's been talk of a continuing resolution to fund the government at current levels, if the House and Senate cannot come to an agreement on funding for the rest of the year. But tough talk is coming from both sides of the aisle. House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio said last week that he would not consider a short-term continuing resolution if the two bodies can...

KPR Web Operations Friday, February 18th

Just Food -- the local food bank in Lawrence -- is running out of money. As the largest emergency food provider in Douglas County, the agency helped serve 2000 people last month. But now, Just Food is strapped for cash and is facing closure if it can't raise $100,000 in the next 60 days. Carolyn Ward is raising money for the food pantry. She says Just Food can do a lot with just a little. If you'd like to help the food pantry, donations can be made online at www.JustFoodFund.org.

KPR Web Operations Thursday, February 17th

The Supreme Court Nominating Commission, which interviews prospective nominees for vacancies on the state Court of Appeals and the Kansas Supreme Court, began its interviews of candidates yesterday (THUR) for a vacancy on the Appeals Court. The interviews will continue today (FRI). Judicial Administration Spokesperson Ron Keefover says that for the first time in Kansas history, the interviews are open to the public. The Nominating Commission will select three candidates from the nineteen-candidate pool, and forward those selections to Governor Sam Brownback, who will make the final choice....

KPR Web Operations Wednesday, February 16th

Kansas Senator Pat Roberts says he wants to put some "teeth" into an executive order issued by President Barack Obama. The order directed federal agencies to review regulations, to be sure that they aren't harming the U-S economy. On Tuesday, Roberts introduced a bill that he says will codify the president's executive order of January 18th, when the president said that some regulations are necessary to protect the public from threats...and to protect businesses from abuse.Roberts says he is concerned about what appear to be loopholes in the executive order's language. These exempt certain...

KPR Web Operations Wednesday, February 16th

Kansas has been awarded a $31 million grant to develop the information systems it will need to operate a health insurance purchasing exchange. Establishment of the exchange is a requirement for compliance with the federal health reform law. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius made the announcement today (WED). Linda Sheppard of the Kansas Insurance Department says the state got the so-called “early innovator” grant because of work already being done to modernize the Medicaid eligibility system. That system will be adapted to also operate the Web-based purchasing exchange....

KPR Web Operations Tuesday, February 15th

Kansas State didn't allow the Kansas Jayhawks to enjoy their new number-1 ranking very long. The Wildcats upset KU, 84-68, the same day the Jayhawks were voted number-1 in the A-P weekly college basketball poll. Kansas Public Radio's Greg Echlin has the story.

KPR Web Operations Monday, February 14th

President Obama has included 150-million dollars in his budget for the next fiscal year to proceed with construction of the nation’s premier bio-defense lab. As Kansas Public Radio’s Bryan Thompson reports, the question is whether Congress will follow through on that commitment.

KPR Web Operations Friday, February 11th

A music video produced by students at Lawrence High School is getting some national attention. The Kansas-themed video caught the attention of a producer at MSNBC, who then wrote an online article about it for the Rachel Maddow Show. As KPR's J. Schafer reports, the music video puts a new twist on an old tune familiar to many Kansans. Again, if you'd like to check out the "Sunflower" video created by Lawrence High School students, just log on to: www.Room125productions.org.

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