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Stephen Koranda Tuesday, June 14th

A list ranking the nation's best hospitals for patient care includes six Kansas facilities. KPR's Stephen Koranda has more on what puts these hospitals near the top of the list.

Stephen Koranda Tuesday, June 14th

A list ranking the nation's best hospitals for patient care includes six Kansas facilities. HealthGrades is a company that rates hospitals. The group ranked facilities based on Medicare patient surveys. Kristin Reed is with HealthGrades. She says the nearly 350 hospitals that came out in the top 10 percent excel in specific areas.Kansas hospitals in the top 10 percent of the rankings include the University of Kansas Hospital, Lawrence Memorial Hospital and St. Luke's in Overland Park.

Stephen Koranda Sunday, June 12th

A transformation is underway at the state’s social welfare agency. Secretary Rob Siedlecki (Side-Lekee) says the goal is to make the Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services more efficient and effective by among other things utilizing more faith-based service providers. We get more from Jim McLean of the KHI News Service.

Stephen Koranda Friday, June 10th

Emergency officials are helping prepare areas along the Missouri river for increased risks of flooding this week. Ten Kansas National Guard troops headed to Doniphan County in northeast Kansas last week to help patrol levees. But as KPR’s Stephen Koranda tells us, those levees could be topped by rising waters later this week.

Stephen Koranda Friday, June 10th

Kansas National Guard troops are on the ground in Doniphan County as the Missouri River continues to rise. Sharon Watson is a spokesperson for the Adjutant General’s Department. She says the 10 troops are watching levees in the area, to make sure they stand up to the rising waters.Troops will also be preparing the area for possible flooding next week. The Army Corps of Engineers is releasing water from reservoirs upstream, which will likely cause the Missouri River to top levees near the small town of Elwood.

Stephen Koranda Thursday, June 9th

A federal agency says the Kansas Republican Party violated campaign finance laws in 2007 and 2008. The Federal Election Commission, or FEC ("eff ee see"), audited the Republican Party's records. The FEC released the final version of the audit this week. KPR's Stephen Koranda has more on the findings.

Stephen Koranda Thursday, June 9th

The U-S Attorney for Kansas says this week's drug arrests in Topeka will have a lasting effect on the state's meth trade. On Tuesday, law enforcement served dozens of federal arrest warrants. The charges include distributing -and conspiring to distribute- methamphetamine. U-S Attorney Barry Grissom says the raids will have a major impact on the distribution of meth in Kansas, because of who was targeted.Sixty people were indicted on felony meth charges and more than 40 of those are now in custody.

Stephen Koranda Wednesday, June 8th

The Kansas board of Regents has laid out their goals in the search for a new Emporia State University president. A committee is starting the process of replacing Michael Lane, who will be stepping down at the end of this month. KPR’s Stephen Koranda has more.

Stephen Koranda Wednesday, June 8th

The Kansas Board of Regents has set the goals for a committee searching for a new Emporia State University president. The goals include keeping the interview process confidential and seeking a diverse pool of candidates. Andy Tompkins is the president of the Board of Regents. He’ll serve on the search committee, which will interview candidates and recommend up to 5 finalists to the Regents. Tompkins says they’ll want someone who can help the university raise funding, but they’ll be looking for a lot more than just that.Tompkins says they’d like to have a new Emporia State president in place...

Stephen Koranda Tuesday, June 7th

There’s a major leadership shakeup happening at the Kansas Arts Commission. The group has a new chair, and the group’s board will be undergoing significant changes this month. Some members of the Arts Commission and Governor Sam Brownback have been at odds over the governor’s push to end state funding for the arts. KPR’s Stephen Koranda has more.

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