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KPR Web Operations Wednesday, October 5th

The Dole Institute of Politics is hosting a constitutional law debate this (THUR) evening. Attorneys Gregory Katsas (KAT-suss) and Catherine Stetson will debate whether certain provisions of the Federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act are constitutionally permissible. Dole Institute Associate Director Barbara Ballard says it's a particularly timely topic.Ballard adds that the program is not designed to debate the merits of the health care law, but to discuss whether the U-S Constitution allows enforcement of the law's requirements. Students and community members are welcome to...

KPR Web Operations Wednesday, October 5th

State emergency management officials are urging Kansans to prepare for an invasion of zombies. October is Zombie Preparedness Month - it's part of a disaster readiness campaign. Devan Tucking is with the Kansas Division of Emergency Management. She hopes the zombie angle will help people prepare for other disasters.Officials hope the zombie theme will help urge people to prepare an emergency kit and an emergency plan. Several events are planned in Topeka this month to to raise awareness of the campaign.

KPR Web Operations Wednesday, October 5th

State emergency management officials are urging Kansans to prepare for an invasion of zombies. It's part of a disaster readiness campaign. October is Zombie Preparedness Month. It's a tongue-in-cheek campaign to get people nationwide to prepare for any type of disaster - by preparing for a zombie attack. Devan Tucking is with the Kansas Division of Emergency Management. She says the zombie aspect is an eye-catcher, because preparing for that will prepare people for tornadoes, floods and terrorist attacks. Several events are planned in Topeka this month to to raise awareness of the campaign.

KPR Web Operations Wednesday, October 5th

Kansas City Kansas Mayor Joe Reardon says a plan to improve Wyandotte County's low health ranking will be announced before the end of the year. Reardon talked about the initiative in a speech Tuesday to members of the National Academy for State Health Policy, who are holding their annual meeting in Kansas City. We get more from Jim McLean of the KHI News Service.

KPR Web Operations Wednesday, October 5th

There are still cracks in the foundation of the Big 12 Conference. The University of Missouri is the latest to publicly announce its intentions to further examine whether or not to leave the Big 12. Kansas Public Radio's Greg Echlin has more.

KPR Web Operations Tuesday, October 4th

A Lenexa boxer can take a big step forward with a victory today (TUE) to compete in next year's Olympics. Twenty-two year old Lenroy "Cam" Thompson is at the world boxing championships held in Azerbaijan. A finish in the top six will assure him of making it to the Olympics. Kansas Public Radio's Greg Echlin has more.

Stephen Koranda Monday, October 3rd

Seven Kansas community and technical colleges are coming together to share some programs. Washburn University president Jerry Farley says a $19.6 million federal grant will soon allow students to stay at their local colleges while enrolling in programs only taught in other parts of the state.The Washburn Institute of Technology led the effort to secure the federal grant along with the Cloud County, Dodge City, Garden City and Highland Community Colleges, along with the Flint Hills and Salina Area Technical Schools.

Stephen Koranda Monday, October 3rd

A clinic in Dodge City wants to join a Planned Parenthood lawsuit challenging the way Kansas allocates federal family planning funds. The money helps subsidize services such as birth control and pap smears to low-income Kansans. State law now mandates that funds first be distributed to health departments and hospitals. Doug Bonney is a lead lawyer with the American Civil Liberties Union and represents the Dodge City family planning clinic. He says it has long depended on federal funds to serve hundreds of low-income resident in that region of the state, and that the clinic cannot continue...

Stephen Koranda Monday, October 3rd

The Kansas Department of Transportation will be testing the capacity of its popular online 511 service today (TUE). Computer software will attempt to overwhelm the online roadmap with log-in requests, so that KDOT can see if it needs to make any upgrades to its server capacity. Barb Blue, a KDOT spokeswoman, says that during the test, the maps at the 511 Traveler Information Map won't bear much of a resemblance to how the roads really look today (TUE):The test will begin at 9 o'clock this (TUE) morning and will last through 4 pm. The 511 Traveler Information telephone line will list...

Stephen Koranda Monday, October 3rd

The Kansas Department of Transportation will be testing the capacity of its popular online 511 service today (TUE). Computer software will attempt to overwhelm the online roadmap with log-in requests, so that KDOT can see if it needs to make any upgrades to its server capacity. Barb Blue, a KDOT spokeswoman, says that during the test, the 511 telephone service will still be operational. While the test is going on, people logging in to the 511 Traveler Information map online will see snow and blizzard conditions listed. The test will last through 4 o'clock this (TUE) afternoon.

Stephen Koranda Monday, October 3rd

While today's (TUE) weather is forecast to be warm and sunny, the Kansas Department of Transportation's online Traveler Information map may indicate something very different. KDOT plans to test the 511 map's online capacity this (TUE) morning beginning at 9 o'clock. Barb Blue is with KDOT, and says it's all part of keeping Kansas drivers safe during bad weather conditions. While the test is going on, people logging in to the 511 map online will see snow and blizzard conditions listed. The test will last through 4 o'clock this (TUE) afternoon. At the same time, you'll still be able to use...

Stephen Koranda Monday, October 3rd

Former Kansas Senator Bob Dole says he’d like the see more bipartisanship in Congress. Dole says the first step would be more civility in the Washington.The long-time Senate Republican leader says he believes lawmakers need to come together to solve some of the problems facing the nation.Dole made his comments at a stop in Topeka. He was back in his home state for a ceremony at the Statehouse.

KPR Web Operations Monday, October 3rd

The Kansas City Chiefs rallied in the second half yesterday (SUN) afternoon to secure their first victory of the year. At Arrowhead Stadium, the Chiefs defeated the Vikings, 22-17. As Kansas Public Radio's Greg Echlin reports, the Chiefs through the first three weeks of the N-F-L season hardly resembled the 2010 team that won the A-F-C West and advanced to the playoffs.

KPR Web Operations Saturday, October 1st

State officials from across the country will gather in Kansas City this week to talk about progress they’re making in implementing the federal health reform law. As Jim McLean of the KHI News Service reports, implementation has been complicated in Kansas and other states where opposition to the law remains high.

Stephen Koranda Friday, September 30th

Former Kansas Senator Bob Dole has received the first spot on a new Walk of Honor at the Kansas Statehouse. The markers commemorate notable Kansans. Senator Dole called it one of the greatest honors of his career.Officials praised the Russell native as someone who worked well with members of both parties during his 35 years in Washington. Dole’s plaque in the Walk of Honor will be followed by up to three more each year. A committee will choose the Kansans to commemorate.

Stephen Koranda Friday, September 30th

Former Kansas Senator Bob Dole was honored today (FRI) with a plaque on the Statehouse grounds in Topeka. The plaque is the first in a series called the Kansas Walk of Honor. The markers celebrate the achievements of notable Kansans. Dole and his wife, former Senator Elizabeth Dole, attended the ceremony. Elected officials from around the state gathered to thank Dole for his public service, including Governor Sam Brownback. Speakers at today’s (FRI) ceremony noted Senator Dole’s work as a long-time lawmaker and his advocacy on behalf of Americans in the armed services. Dole himself served...

KPR Web Operations Friday, September 30th

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment will never rival music icon Lady Gaga for Twitter followers. Nevertheless, as Jim McLean of the KHI News Service reports, the state agency is using the social media tool to help combat the flu.

KPR Web Operations Friday, September 30th

One day after the conclusion of the Kansas City Royals baseball season, manager Ned Yost announced changes on his coaching staff. Next year, the Royals will have a new pitching coach and a new bench coach. Kansas Public Radio's Greg Echlin has a rundown on the changes.The Royals finished with a 71-91 record this season, the 26th straight season they've missed the playoffs.

Stephen Koranda Thursday, September 29th

A law that took effect in July gives school districts the option to spend some reserve funds to help make up for a reduction in state aid. A report released this week by the Kansas Policy Institute says school districts have millions of dollars in reserve funds that could be spent in the classroom. As KPR’s Stephen Koranda tells us, the funds are for things like special education and bilingual education.

KPR Web Operations Thursday, September 29th

Bubba Starling has found out first-hand about the pros and cons of being in the media spotlight. Earlier this year, the 19-year old signed a contract for millions as a first-round draft choice for the Kansas City Royals. But last weekend in Arizona, Starling was issued a citation for underage drinking. Royals General Manager Dayton Moore says Starling has learned his lesson.Starling is in Arizona participating in the Royals Instructional League.

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