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Bryan Thompson Tuesday, May 24th

The group planning the new state website where more than 500,000 Kansans are eventually expected to purchase their health insurance is starting to make decisions about how the site will function. We get more from Jim McLean of the KHI News Service.

Bryan Thompson Monday, May 23rd

A new report from the Pew Center on the States says Kansas is not making any progress in addressing the dental needs of children. As Kansas Public Radio’s Bryan Thompson reports, Kansas met only four of the eight benchmarks in the “Making Coverage Matter” report card again this year.

KPR Web Operations Monday, May 23rd

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KPR Web Operations Monday, May 23rd

Power is slowly returning to the storm-damaged town of Reading (RED-ing). Utility crews said they hoped to have electricity restored to 30-percent of the town by last (MON) night. But water and sewer service remain unavailable. In the wake of deadly and damaging tornadoes over the weekend, state officials are calling for more storm preparedness. KPR's J. Schafer has more.

KPR Web Operations Monday, May 23rd

Power is slowly returning to the storm-damaged town of Reading (RED-ing), Kansas. Utility crews hope to have electricity restored to 30-percent of the town by the end of today (MON). But water and sewer service remain unavailable -- and no timetable has been established for restoring those services. In the wake of deadly and damaging tornadoes over the weekend, Governor Sam Brownback is calling for more storm preparedness.The governor made the comments today (MON) after touring the town of Reading, where nearly every structure suffered some kind of damage. Brownback says storm season is...

KPR Web Operations Monday, May 23rd

Kansas Senator Jerry Moran was one of the first officials to tour the tornado-damaged town of Reading early this (MON) morning. The Lyon County community, located about 20 miles northeast of Emporia, was hit by an E-F-3 tornado Saturday night.One resident -- 53-year-old Don Chesmore -- was killed in the storm. A Kansas City TV station is sponsoring a telethon tonight (MON) to help raise money for the tornado victims in Reading and in Joplin, Missouri. NBC Action News will raise money from 5 to 7 o'clock. (To donate, call: 816-932-HELP.)

KPR Web Operations Monday, May 23rd

A 32-car train derailment in Allen County has sparked a large grass fire near the town of Moran (muh-RAN), Kansas. Union Pacific Railroad spokesman Mark Davis says three train cars filled with ethylene, a flammable liquid, caught fire when the train slid-off the tracks. The fire is being fed by plastic pellets, which were carried in other train cars.Davis says the derailment happened just after 4 o'clock this (MON) morning, about five miles south of Moran. Authorities have closed a 23-mile stretch of U-S Highway 59 from Moran -- south to the intersection of Kansas Highway 39, east of...

KPR Web Operations Monday, May 23rd

Officials toured tornado-ravaged Reading (RED-ing) this (MON) morning. Kansas Senator Jerry Moran said the level of destruction left behind by Saturday's storm is profound.A 53-year-old resident, Don Chesmore, died from injuries he suffered when his mobile home flipped-over. Reading's water tower was also damaged, so at the moment... city water is unavailable. The Kansas Department of Transportation says Kansas Highway 170 through Reading has been shut down until further notice. The governor, lieutenant governor and several cabinet members also toured Reading earlier today (MON).

KPR Web Operations Monday, May 23rd

More than 40 staff and faculty members from the University of Kansas will board busses today (MON) for the start of the Wheat State Whirlwind Tour. The annual excrursion will make stops in nearly 30 communities across the state. Ku spokesman Mike Krings says it's an opportunity to show off Kansas to KU employees.The Wheat State Tour, now in is 13th year, was started by former KU Chancellor Bob Hemmenway. Participants will travel more than 14-hundred miles before returning to Lawrence.

Stephen Koranda Sunday, May 22nd

Residents in eastern Kansas are clearing debris today (MON) after a series of storms brought tornadoes and damaging winds Saturday night. One tornado heavily damaged much of the small town of Reading (RED-ing), about 50 miles south of Topeka. KPR’s Stephen Koranda has more on the twister, which left one man dead and many of the town's 250 residents homeless.Kansas Governor Sam Brownback and Lt. Governor Jeff Colyer (CALL-yur), will tour Reading (RED-ing) later this (MON) morning and meet with local leaders and residents. Representatives from the Kansas Congressional Delegation -- as well as...

Stephen Koranda Sunday, May 22nd

A series of storms left one Kansas man dead and heavily damaged a small town Saturday night. A tornado battered the town of Reading (“RED-ing”) in eastern Kansas. Stephen Koranda has more on the twister, which has left many of Reading’s 250 residents without homes.

Stephen Koranda Friday, May 20th

Some Kansas rivers and streams are swelling above their banks today (FRI). Storms with heavy rain have swept across the state over the past few days, which is causing flooding in places including Concordia and Ottawa. National Weather Service meteorologist on duty Brian Barjenbruch says conditions may get worse before they get better.The National Weather Service warns that those who live near a river or stream should be prepared for the possibility of flooding in the coming weeks.

Stephen Koranda Friday, May 20th

The Kansas Association of School Boards, or KASB, is sending out a warning about what state education funding cuts could mean. Lawmakers passed a budget that cuts 230 dollars per student in state support. KPR’s Stephen Koranda has more.

Stephen Koranda Thursday, May 19th

University officials have laid out their proposals for tuition increases at Kansas colleges. Yesterday (THUR), the Board of Regents heard the proposals. KPR’s Stephen Koranda has more on what could be in store for university students.

Stephen Koranda Thursday, May 19th

University officials today (THUR) made the case for increasing tuition costs at Kansas schools. The Kansas Board of Regents heard the proposals as part of their monthly meeting. The increase at the University of Kansas would be 5.5 percent for undergraduate students. KU Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little says the school has seen significant state funding cuts in recent years, but they aren’t trying to replace that on the backs of students. Gray-Little says they are looking for ways to increase efficiency to help absorb the funding cuts. The proposed increases for resident undergraduate...

KPR Web Operations Thursday, May 19th

Five Kansas foundations have established a fund that will help local groups compete for federal health reform grants. The $450,000 fund will enable non-profits, healthcare providers and even local governments to apply for the federal money. The foundations have appointed Sheldon Weisgrau (WICE-grau) to administer the fund. He says awards of up to $30,000 will be available to Kansas groups seeking a share of the billions of dollars in federal grants available through the Affordable Care Act. Among other things, federal grants are available to improve public health and prevention services...

KPR Web Operations Thursday, May 19th

Five Kansas foundations are forming a $450,000 fund to help non-profit service organizations, health care providers – even cities, school districts and state agencies do the preliminary work necessary to compete for millions of dollars in federal health reform grants. And as Jim McLean of the KHI News Service reports, the person who has been hired to administer the fund will also work to ensure that consumers are represented in discussions about how the reform law is implemented in Kansas.

Bryan Thompson Thursday, May 19th

Governor Sam Brownback has signed a law aimed at controlling the proliferation of so-called “designer drugs”. As Kansas Public Radio’s Bryan Thompson explains, the new law takes aim at broad classes of chemicals, rather than individual compounds.

KPR Web Operations Wednesday, May 18th

Perhaps no single person helped civilize the Wild West more than Fred Harvey. An Englishman who immigrated to America in the 1850s, Harvey started a revolutionary business: he fed train passengers along the nation's largest railroad line -- the Atchison, Topeka and the Santa Fe. Working from his home base in Leavenworth, Harvey brought culture, fine food and great service to the frontier. Author Stephen Fried (Freed) has written a book called: "Appetite for America: Fred Harvey and the Business of Civilizing the West - One Meal at a Time." KPR's J. Schafer spoke to Fried (Freed) about Harvey...

Stephen Koranda Wednesday, May 18th

Kansas is poised to become the first state in the nation to eliminate all state funding for arts programs. In the face of a half-billion dollar budget deficit, Governor Sam Brownback has been trying to eliminate the Kansas Arts Commission. He says the decision will save money and shrink the role of state government. Supporters of the Arts Commission argue that the agency provides jobs and arts opportunities in rural areas. As KPR’s Stephen Koranda reports, supporters are continuing their efforts to keep the Arts Commission alive.

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