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This is a typical Kansas school bus; this one carried the Valley Center volleyball team to the state tournament in Topeka in 2014.  It's simply used here for illustrative purposes, to represent education. (Photo by J. Schafer)
Friday, January 30th

Many Kansas educators are upset about the governor's plan to repeal the school funding formula and reduce education spending.  Guest commentator Aaron Estabrook, who sits on the Manhattan-Ogden School Board, is one of them.

An artist's rendition of the dark, mysterious and icy orb known as Pluto. This summer, NASA's New Horizons spacecraft should give us a more definitive picture of the so-called "dwarf planet," discovered by Kansan Clyde Tombaugh.
Cheryl Unruh Wednesday, January 28th

This summer, NASA's New Horizons spacecraft will fly by Pluto, the mysterious planet first identified in 1930 by Clyde Tombaugh, of Burdett, Kansas.  Commentator Cheryl Unruh tells us about the man and his amazing discovery.  

Here's an image of a fake diploma, created by J. Schafer, for illustrative purposes only.
John Richard Schrock Monday, January 12th

Commentator John Richard Schrock says teachers are under pressure to pass students along to graduation, even those who haven't earned the right to the high school diploma or the college degree.  

Gas prices have fallen below $2 a gallon in many places, including Lawrence, Kan. (Photo by J. Schafer, taken 12/31/14)
Rex Buchanan Friday, January 2nd

While motorists enjoy lower gas prices, we're reminded that cheap fuel comes at a high price to some.

What research reveals about spanking kids (don't do it!).
Vickie Price Wednesday, December 17th

We've all heard the phrase: "Spare the rod and spoil the child."  If you take that to mean it's okay to spank or hit your child, think again.  Child experts have been saying for years that spanking kids is not only wrong, it's counter-productive.  Guest Commentator Vicki Price tells us why. 

An image of George Bailey (played by Jimmy Stewart) and family in Frank Capra's holiday classic, "It's a Wonderful Life."
Rex Buchanan Tuesday, December 16th

The holiday movie classic "It's a Wonderful Life" actually makes Commentator Rex Buchanan think about a favorite scientific book by Stephen Jay Gould, which has a similar title and theme.  

Tumbleweeds, piling up on the prairie.  This cemetery fence in Ford County has captured several of the rolling weeds. (Photo by Cheryl Unruh)
Cheryl Unruh Friday, December 5th

It's tumbleweed season and these hazards of the highway are piling up across the prairies of western Kansas.

Typical screwworm fly, a parasite all but eradicated from the U.S. and Mexico, thanks to a couple of smart scientists. (Photo by USDA)
John Richard Schrock Monday, December 1st

Screwworm flies used to be a deadly plague on cattle and other livestock in the United States and Mexico until a couple American scientists came up with a brilliant strategy to fight the parasitic insect.  As Commentator John Richard Schrock explains, it was science to the rescue once again.

Roger Martin Tuesday, November 25th

Have you ever heard about a violent species of beings called "jellyheads?" You will, if you read a new work of "transgressive fiction," written by Lawrence author David Ohle (OH-lee). Commentator Roger Martin read Ohle's latest novel and recommends it... to readers who enjoy a taste for the strange and unusual.

Kansas Statehouse (Photo by J. Schafer)
Tom Averill Thursday, November 20th

<span "="" src="/images/NEWS/reusable%20images/Kansas_State_Capitol_2.jpg" alt="Kansas State Capitol 2" style="margin-top: 5px; margin-right: 15px; margin-bottom: 15px; ;" height="275" width="520"> In January, Kansas lawmakers will return to Topeka for the start of a new legislative session. Their first order of business will be fixing a huge hole in the state budget. Of course, lawmakers will take up other issues as well -- and one of them could affect the way Kansas Supreme Court Justices are selected. Commentator William Jennings Bryan Oleander expects a renewed effort to change the...

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