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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.

Bryan Thompson Thursday, June 9th

Kansas Governor Sam Brownback convened a group of business, academic, and government leaders in Manhattan today(THUR) to discuss ways to capitalize on the animal health infrastructure in Kansas and Missouri. Kansas Public Radio’s Bryan Thompson reports.

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.

KPR Web Operations Thursday, June 9th

Atchison County emergency officials are busy preparing for increased flooding of the Missouri River. The Army Corps of Engineers has stepped up the release of water from upstream dams and is gearing up to do that again sometime next week. County Emergency Preparedness head Lori Chew says Atchison's levees are in good shape, and when flows increase, the elevation of the county shoud keep flooding to a minimum. Heavy rains and melting snow have pushed more water into the Gavins Point Dam in South Dakota than it can safely hold back, so the Army Corps of Engineers is releasing an...

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...

KPR Web Operations Wednesday, June 8th

Final touch-ups are underway at Livestrong Sporting Park in Kansas City, Kansas. As Kansas Public Radio's Greg Echlin reports, Sporting Kansas City's ownership now has a set of keys to the nearly-completed stadium.

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.

Stephen Koranda Tuesday, June 7th

The Kansas Arts Commission has a new chair, and the group’s board will be undergoing major changes this month. Governor Sam Brownback has vetoed state funding for the arts. He set up a non-profit foundation to raise money for the arts from private donors. Last week, Brownback chose to replace the chair of the Arts Commission, who had been critical of the new funding plan. Later this month, Brownback will also replace commissioners who have either resigned or whose terms are expiring. Outgoing commission chair Henry Schwaller says that by the end of June, the governor's selections will make...

KPR Web Operations Tuesday, June 7th

A special event will be taking place this weekend at the fairgrounds building in Alma. Ron Wilson is one of the organizers of the first-ever Kansas Cowboy Poetry contest...and he's an aspiring poet himself:That's just one part of Wilson's poem "What's in a Name." You can hear the rest this weekend at the poetry competition, which gets underway at 10 o'clock Saturday morning. There's no admission charge and no tickets are required. For more information, or to sign up to compete in the contest, visit cowboypoetrycontest.com.

KPR Web Operations Tuesday, June 7th

There was a day when Albert Pujols (POO-Holss) attended high school and community college in the Kansas City area. Then he became a baseball superstar in the big leagues--for the St. Louis Cardinals. As Kansas Public Radio's Greg Echlin explains, the Kansas City Royals don't want to see another potential superstar get away in last (MON) night's Major League Draft.

Stephen Koranda Monday, June 6th

As the summer heats up, so too will the debate in Washington over raising the debt ceiling. That’s the legal limit the federal government can borrow. Second District Congresswoman Lynn Jenkins voted against raising the limit last week. KPR’s Stephen Koranda has more on what will need to happen for Jenkins to support a debt increase.

Stephen Koranda Monday, June 6th

Beloit Police Chief Ryan Stocker died at his home on Saturday at the age of 35. Beloit City Administrator Glenn Rodden addressed the news of Stocker's death, calling it "absolutely shocking."Stocker, a former deputy with the Washington County Sheriff's Department, had been the Beloit Chief of Police since August of 2009. Funeral services will be held tomorrow (WED) at the First United Methodist Church in Beloit.

Stephen Koranda Monday, June 6th

A rash of Kansas attorneys have found themselves on the wrong side of the law in the past few weeks. Ron Keefover is with the Office of Judicial Administration and says those who practice law are required to abide by the law.Last week, a Baldwin City lawyer had his license suspended for failure to pay child support, while a Topeka attorney was sentenced for involuntary manslaughter in the death of a man he struck while driving under the influence of alcohol and drugs. Last month, an Overland Park attorney was sentenced to at least ten years in prison for attempting to entice a minor into...

KPR Web Operations Monday, June 6th

The marquis event at Kansas Speedway over the weekend was yesterday's (SUN) 400-mile Sprint Cup race. But one could easily argue that the weekend's highlight was Clint Bowyer's (Boyer's) victory in Saturday's trucks race. As Kansas Public Radio's Greg Echlin reports, the Emporia native had wished for a NASCAR victory close to home for a long time.

Stephen Koranda Friday, June 3rd

Kansas lawmakers are kicking off one of the most controversial issues the Legislature takes on – redistricting. They’ll redraw the election districts for Congress and state offices. As KPR’s Stephen Koranda reports, how the lines are drawn for the state's 4 Congressional districts will likely be the top the issue of contention.

Stephen Koranda Friday, June 3rd

Supporters of a soldier accused of leaking classified federal documents will be rallying in Leavenworth tomorrow (SAT). Bradley Manning is being held at Fort Leavenworth. He's accused of providing hundreds of thousands of documents to the group Wikileaks. They include diplomatic cables and video of an airstrike in Iraq that killed two journalists. Jeff Paterson is with the Bradley Manning Support Network. He says Manning should be protected as a whistleblower, and likens him to Daniel Ellsberg, who released classified documents on the Vietnam War.Paterson hopes the rally will urge officials...

Bryan Thompson Friday, June 3rd

Federal marshals, acting on behalf of the Food and Drug Administration, have seized elderberry juice products from a Kansas winery. As Kansas Public Radio’s Bryan Thompson explains, the company is accused of making unproven medicinal claims for the products.

Stephen Koranda Friday, June 3rd

Supporters of a soldier accused of leaking classified federal documents plan to rally tomorrow (SAT) in Leavenworth. Bradley Manning is being held at Fort Leavenworth. He's accused of giving documents to the group Wikileaks. They include diplomatic cables and videos of an airstrike in Iraq that killed two journalists. Jeff Paterson is with the Bradley Manning Support Network. He says Manning should be protected as a whistleblower.Paterson hopes the rally will urge officials to drop all charges against Manning. The military transferred Manning to the prison at Fort Leavenworth earlier this...

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