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KPR Web Operations Friday, January 7th, 2011

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment and the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks are issuing revised fish consumption advisories for 2011, which identify types for fish that should be eaten in limited quantities or avoided altogether because of contamination. Kristi Pankratz is a spokesperson for KDHE. Information about the revised advisories, including fish that should be avoided based on where they are caught, can be found at kdheks.gov.

KPR Web Operations Friday, January 7th, 2011

If you eat fish that's been caught in some parts of Kansas, you should probably check the new Fish Consumption Advisories issued by the state. Kristi Pankratz is with the Kansas Department of Health and Environment. The advisories are based on mercury and other chemical levels in all forms of aquatic life. The advisories can be found on KDHE's web site, kdheks.gov.

KPR Web Operations Friday, January 7th, 2011

When a bridge is replaced, the old structure is usually torn down and sent to the scrap heap. But the Kansas Department of Transportation is hoping that the Amelia Earhart Memorial Bridge in Atchison will not meet that fate. KDOT's Kim Qualls says proposals are now being sought from those who might want to relocate the historic structure.The process is certain to be an expensive one, so 200-thousand dollars in federal highway money is available to help with relocation expenses. Complete information is available at the KDOT website, www-dot-k-s-d-o-t-dot-org. Interested parties can also...

KPR Web Operations Friday, January 7th, 2011

A new bridge over the Missouri River at Atchison is under construction and will replace the Amelia Earhart Memorial Bridge. But not only will the Memorial Bridge not be demolished, it is eligible for inclusion in the National Register of Historic Places. A new home for the bridge is now being sought. Kim Qualls is with the Kansas Department of Transportation.For groups or other entities that might be interested, detailed information is available on the KDOT website, www-dot-k-s-d-o-t-dot-org. Sealed proposals for relocating the bridge will be accepted until 5 pm on Friday, April 1st.

KPR Web Operations Thursday, January 6th, 2011

The first significant snowfall of the season is expected across northeast Kansas as early as Saturday night or Sunday. Kyle Poage (rhymes with rogue) is with the National Weather Service in Topeka. Along with the snow, Poage says much cooler temperatures are also expected, with highs only in the teens early next week.

KPR Web Operations Wednesday, January 5th, 2011

Governor-elect Sam Brownback is marking the occasion of his inauguration by shining a spotlight on volunteering. Brownback and Lieutenant Governor Jeff Colyer are taking part in three events around the state to encourage Kansans to get involved with their communities. Spokesperson Sherriene Jones-Sontag says that participating in public service has been important to the entire Brownback family:Brownback participated in a blood drive in western Kansas yesterday (WED) at the Hays Red Cross office. Events today (THUR) and tomorrow (FRI) in Pittsburg and Wichita will focus on helping the less...

KPR Web Operations Monday, January 3rd, 2011

Political analysts and others who keep an eye on state policy are pondering what Governor-elect Sam Brownback's legislative priorities will be for his first year in office. Washburn University political science professor Bob Beatty (BAY-tee) says the state's overall economy and shoring up the dwindling population in western Kansas are sure to make it onto the agenda...but beyond that, it's not clear how much Brownback will be addressing social issues.Beatty says it will also be interesting to watch the new governor's decisions on issues such as attempts to repeal the statewide smoking ban.

KPR Web Operations Monday, January 3rd, 2011

The state of Kansas will have a new governor and a new legislature, but an old issue...gambling...will be coming back up for debate. Democratic Representative Bob Grant of Cherokee is pitching a bill which he hopes will help re-open the state's shuttered horse and dog tracks. Those facilities are allowed to have slot machines under current law, but Grant and the track owners say the state's tax rates are too high.The bill faces an uphill battle in the Legislature. A similar measure was considered last year, but it did not move forward.

KPR Web Operations Monday, January 3rd, 2011

Casino gambling is back on the agenda for Kansas legislators in the new year. The continued troubles in attracting a casino to southeast Kansas has Democratic Representative Bob Grant of Cherokee backing a bill to lower the buy-in requirements.The expanded gaming bill that passed a few years ago called for four state-owned casinos. While projects are advancing elsewhere in Kansas, the southeast zone has only attracted one bidder in three years...and that bidder backed out the same day it was awarded a contract.

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