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Stephen Koranda Thursday, April 14th

In two weeks, lawmakers will be considering a state budget that cuts education and other state spending in an effort to eliminate a budget deficit. The proposals would cut around 230 dollars per student in state funding for education. Lawmakers have also been considering tax cuts as a way to bolster the state's economy. Joan Wagnon is the Chair of the Kansas Democratic Party. She hopes lawmakers won't focus on tax cuts. Wagnon believes that would hurt state revenues as the economy rebounds, meaning fewer dollars the state can put back into schools.One tax proposal would lower the income and...

Stephen Koranda Thursday, April 14th

Governor Sam Brownback appearing on Kansas Public Radio's 2011 Campaign for Excellence.

KPR Web Operations Thursday, April 14th

The new TV deal between the Big 12 Conference and Fox Sports has entered the billion-dollar arena. Starting with the football season in 2012, a 13-year contract will kick in between the Big 12 and the Fox Sports Media Group. Its total worth is reportedly more than 1-point-1 billion dollars. Kansas Public Radio's Greg Echlin has more.

Bryan Thompson Wednesday, April 13th

It’s prime season for range-burning in the Flint Hills. As Kansas Public Radio’s Bryan Thompson reports, smoke from those fires has caused some air quality problems in parts of Kansas.

KPR Web Operations Wednesday, April 13th

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Stephen Koranda Wednesday, April 13th

Controversy is continuing over the Kansas Bioscience Authority. The organization uses tax dollars to provide grants aimed at growing the bioscience industry in Kansas, but some lawmakers have raised concerns over the agency’s spending. KPR’s Stephen Koranda has more.

Stephen Koranda Wednesday, April 13th

A bill signed into law by Governor Sam Brownback will bar abortions after 21 weeks of development, but that could change. The legislation bans abortions after that time, saying that is when a fetus can feel pain. Brownback says in the future, the 21-week limit could be lowered by lawmakers.The abortion ban does contain an exception for the health of the mother. Opponents of the fetal pain law have said there is not any scientific consensus on whether a fetus can feel pain at 22 weeks of development. The new law will take effect July 1st.

Stephen Koranda Tuesday, April 12th

Governor Sam Brownback has signed into law a bill requiring both parents to consent to an abortion for a girl under 18. The bill would only require one parent in some cases, such as divorced parents. Current law only requires that parents be notified. Last week Brownback signed legislation barring abortions after 21 weeks of development, stating that is when a fetus can feel pain. That bill does contain an exception for cases where the mother’s health is in danger. Brownback has called on lawmakers to send him legislation creating what he calls a culture of life. Opponents of the bills...

Stephen Koranda Tuesday, April 12th

Governor Sam Brownback today (TUE) signed a bill requiring both parents to consent to an abortion for a girl under 18. The bill would only require one parent in some cases, such as divorced parents. Current law only requires that parents be notified. Last week Brownback signed into law legislation barring abortions at 22 weeks of development, stating that is when a fetus can feel pain. That bill does contain an exception for cases where the mother’s health is in danger. At the start of the legislative session, Brownback called on lawmakers to send him bills creating what he calls a culture...

KPR Web Operations Tuesday, April 12th

Thomas Blubaugh (BLUE-baw) worked as a consultant to the University of Kansas ticket office for almost three years. His wife, Charlette (char-LET), was an associate athletics director in charge of the KU ticket office. Together, they participated in a ticket scam that was a federal violation. As Kansas Public Radio's Greg Echlin reports, Thomas Blubaugh, 47, is the latest to be sentenced.

Stephen Koranda Monday, April 11th

A report that tracks national retail and services sales shows that Americans are starting to drive less. Jim Hanni (HAY-nee) is with Triple A Kansas:According to the report, which monitors spending at 140,000 service stations, gas sales have fallen for five weeks in a row. Another national survey also shows that about 70 percent of the nation's major gas station chains are reporting declining gas sales in conjunction with rising gas prices. Hanni (HAY-nee) says that the Kansas average for a gallon of regular unleaded gasoline is $3.66. Most analysts are predicting a four-dollar-a-gallon...

Stephen Koranda Monday, April 11th

Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach will be speaking at KU tonight (TUE) about policies aimed at fighting illegal immigration. The Republican has made immigration and voter fraud his core issues. KPR’s Stephen Koranda has more.

Bryan Thompson Thursday, April 7th

Kansas Congressman Kevin Yoder says Democrats shouldn’t dismiss a new Republican budget plan that among other things calls for overhauling the Medicare program. The first-term Republican from the Kansas City area says major changes are necessary to reduce federal spending and maintain the health care program for seniors. We get more from Jim McLean of the KHI News Service.

KPR Web Operations Wednesday, April 6th

As the federal government moves closer to a shutdown, 1st District Kansas Congressman Tim Huelskamp is talking about what a continued budget stalemate could mean. During the 1996 federal government shutdown, national parks closed, thousands of federal employees were sent home, and services such as the processing of passport applications were halted. But many things DID continue running, and would do so again this time around:Huelskamp says his staff in Washington and in Kansas would continue to work if a shutdown occurred, although they initially would not receive pay. Unless President Obama...

KPR Web Operations Wednesday, April 6th

An academic workshop featuring more than two dozen leading Civil War scholars is taking place today (THUR) and tomorrow (FRI) at the Hall Center for the Humanities at the University of Kansas. The meeting will focus on the western frontier and the contentious "Border Wars" between Kansas and Missouri. KU history professor Jonathan Earle says their impact can still be felt in the region today.The conference will also examine how social and political ideological differences in the Civil War era still have repercussions for politics in modern times. The Hall Center workshop is part of a...

KPR Web Operations Wednesday, April 6th

Thirteen of the nation's leading scholars on the Kansas and Missouri "Border Wars" in the late 19th century will be meeting today (THUR) and tomorrow (FRI) at the Hall Center for the Humanities at the University of Kansas. KU history professor Jonathan Earle is one of the conference organizers. He says that analyzing what happened in the Bleeding Kansas era is now challenging traditional ways of thinking about the U-S Civil War.The conference brings together scholars who have rarely interacted outside the pages of scholarly journals. The papers being discussed at the conference will be part...

KPR Web Operations Wednesday, April 6th

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KPR Web Operations Wednesday, April 6th

Feral – or wild -- hogs are quite a problem for agriculture producers. If left unchecked, these prolific breeders can run rampant in most any habitat and cause lots of damage. Kansas has tackled the problem with a trapping program and the outlawing of sport hunting of the hogs. But the state’s nationally recognized approach is threatened by budget cuts. Harvest Public Media’s Eric Durban takes a closer look at how Kansas keeps control of one of the smartest animals around. You'll find more stories about Midwest agriculture online at HarvestPublicMedia.org. That's Harvest Public Media DOT...

KPR Web Operations Tuesday, April 5th

Nine high school students from suburban Kansas City are in Washington today (WED) to perform a play for the Secretary of Education—and possibly the Vice President. Kansas Public Radio’s Bryan Thompson says it’s part of a national summit on gender-based violence.

KPR Web Operations Tuesday, April 5th

For Transportation officials, this is Work Safety Zone awareness week. Kim Stich of the Kansas Department of Transportation reminds motorists to drive carefully in construction zones. Stich says last year 7 motorists were killed in work zone accidents across the state.

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