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Stephen Koranda Wednesday, August 17th

Tailgaters beware: Riley County police now have a new way of telling just how closely one vehicle is following another. They'll begin to use it to write tickets next month. Riley County Police Captain Tim Hegerty says the department has purchased something called a "TruCam." And while the $5,300 device looks like a regular radar gun, it can actually measure distances in both feet and seconds.Hegerty says the TruCam will be used all over the city and county, but there will be a concentrated effort to check on drivers along K-18 between Manhattan and Ogden, where commuter traffic is often...

Stephen Koranda Wednesday, August 17th

Economic development officials in Topeka say the city’s high schools will be the first in the nation to certify students in operating and servicing robots. Japanese company Yaskawa (yahs-COW-uh) will supply the robots needed for the training, which starts this school year. Doug Schenher (SHEN-er), with Yaskawa, says the company wants to increase the number of people prepared for a career in robotics.The students will be able to earn certifications on the types of robots found in factories and medical facilities. They’ll be able to continue training in a program at Washburn University.

KPR Web Operations Wednesday, August 17th

Street performers will out in force this weekend in Downtown Lawrence. They'll be there for the 4th Annual rendition of the Lawrence Busker Festival, scheduled to run from Friday through Sunday. Festival producer Richard Renner spoke with KPR's David Darman and says there will be all kinds of performers playing on three different stages. That's Richard Renner, organizer of this weekend's Busker Festival in Lawrence. He was speaking with KPR's David Darman. A Special fundraising preview of the Lawrence Busker festival is taking place tomorrow (THUR) night in East Lawrence. It's a show to...

Stephen Koranda Tuesday, August 16th

The National Endowment for the Arts, or N-E-A, says the Kansas Arts Commission is not eligible to receive federal matching funds. That comes after Governor Sam Brownback vetoed the agency’s budget earlier this year. As KPR’s Stephen Koranda tells us, the governor wants private donations to fund the arts in Kasnas.

Stephen Koranda Tuesday, August 16th

A lawsuit challenging the federal health care legislation could now be headed to the U-S Supreme Court. Kansas is one of more than 20 states taking part in that case. Attorney General Derek Schmidt says the suit will almost certainly go to the Supreme Court, but he's not sure when.Last week, an appeals court ruled against the law’s requirement that all Americans have health insurance. The federal government can now take the case before a panel of appellate court judges or appeal directly to the Supreme Court.

KPR Web Operations Tuesday, August 16th

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KPR Web Operations Tuesday, August 16th

The fourth and final public meeting on Governor Sam Brownback’s Medicaid reform initiative is scheduled for tomorrow (WED) in Overland Park. State Health Secretary Robert Moser says the goal is to slow the rate of growth in the health care program for low-income and disabled Kansans. He says they're hoping to reduce Medicaid’s costs by about $200 million over two years, getting about half that in the first year.Moser says improving the care provided to more than 300,000 Kansans on Medicaid is just as important as cutting costs. Critics say such deep cuts are more likely to reduce services....

Stephen Koranda Tuesday, August 16th

The University of Kansas is entering the second phase of a cost-cutting study, which is looking for ways to improve efficiency without sacrificing quality. The study is designed to streamline areas like information technology, human resources and maintenance. KU Provost Jeff Vitter says staff cuts are an option, but they’re looking for alternativesA consulting firm hired by KU has targeted more than 10 areas where the school can save money. The firm will also suggest ways to increase enrollment.

KPR Web Operations Tuesday, August 16th

Police across Kansas are beefing up traffic patrols in anticipation of the coming Labor Day holiday. Three people die on Kansas roads every day in connection with drunk driving. A statewide effort is already underway to crack-down on DUI offenders. Johnson County Sheriff's Deputy Tom Erickson says DUI checkpoints will begin this week.Johnson County also promises increased enforcement of the state's seatbelt law. Authorities urge drivers to stay sober and patient as they drive around the state in these remaining weeks of summer... and all year long.

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Bryan Thompson Tuesday, August 16th

Kansas Republicans are taking a stand against the federal health reform law. As Jim McLean of the KHI News Service Reports, party leaders have passed a resolution calling on all GOP office holders to reject any federal money offered to help implement the law.

KPR Web Operations Tuesday, August 16th

It went down to the wire, but the Kansas City Royals got their man. Nineteen-year old Bubba Starling...a graduate last spring from Gardner-Edgerton High School...turned down a chance to play quarterback for the Huskers of Nebraska. Instead, he accepted the bonus offer to sign with the Royals. Kansas Public Radio's Greg Echlin has the story.

Stephen Koranda Tuesday, August 16th

Federal budget negotiations could affect the state’s ability to respond to tornadoes and other disasters. Congress has formed a so-called “super committee” to look for ways to reduce the federal deficit by more than one-trillion dollars. But if they fail to reach an agreement, there will be billions of dollars in federal cuts. As KPR’s Stephen Koranda reports, those cuts would impact Kansas.

Stephen Koranda Monday, August 15th

Federal budget negotiations could affect the state’s ability to respond to tornadoes and other disasters. Congress has formed a committee to look for ways to reduce the deficit by more than one-trillion dollars. If the committee fails to reach an agreement, there will be billions of dollars in automatic cuts to defense and homeland security. Kansas Senator Jay Emler, a Lindsborg Republican, also works in the Adjutant General’s Department. He says homeland security cuts would likely mean millions of dollars less in federal funding for Kansas. Emler says the reductions would probably include...

KPR Web Operations Monday, August 15th

A highly-regarded anti-dropout program in a Kansas school district may be about to end. Earlier this year, the U-S Army announced "Project Pass," a leadership program using military-style techniques being piloted at six middle and high schools across the country. Garden City was selected as one site for the experimental project. However, Kansas State Board of Education chair Dale Dennis says that government lawyers are now crying foul.Dennis says Garden City officials have high praise for the project, and are seeking ways to continue the program even if funding is withdrawn.

KPR Web Operations Monday, August 15th

August is National Immunization Month, and while kids are getting immunizations before the start of school, the Kansas Department of Health and Environment says it's a good idea for adults to be sure their immunizations are up to date, as well. KDHE spokesperson Mike Parsons says one immunization required for middle school students is also a good idea for adults who are due for tetanus shot boosters.That's a Tdap (TEE-DAP) shot, spelled with a "T." Parsons says it's also not too early for people to get flu shots, because they won't wear off before the flu season is over. Parsons recomments...

KPR Web Operations Sunday, August 14th

Will Texas A&M remain in the Big 12 Conference? Or will the Aggies bolt for the Southeastern Conference? Those questions were addressed over the weekend by both conferences. Kansas Public Radio's Greg Echlin has the latest.

KPR Web Operations Friday, August 12th

The city of Lawrence is about to deploy the first hybrid diesel-electric technology buses in the state. The city has purchased three, 40-foot-long buses, and is looking forward to saving money on fuel and maintenance once they’re running. Transportation Director Bob Nugent says riders may not realize they’re in a hybrid vehicle, because of how the buses sound.The hybrid buses are not going into service right away. Drivers are training on them now, and the official rollout for riders is scheduled for August 22nd.

Bryan Thompson Friday, August 12th

A five-million dollar donation from Don and Adele (uh – DELL) Hall, of Mission Hills, has brought the University of Kansas Cancer Center near its fundraising goal of 61-million dollars. As Kansas Public Radio’s Bryan Thompson reports, it’s part of an effort to win National Cancer Institute designation.

Bryan Thompson Friday, August 12th

Kansas could end up on the receiving end of a federal lawsuit if it doesn’t start doing a better job of providing services to developmentally and physically disabled people in their homes and communities. That warning was delivered yesterday (THUR) by Barry Grissom, the U-S Attorney for Kansas, at the annual meeting of the state Disability Caucus in Topeka. Jim McLean of the KHI News Service reports.

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