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Stephen Koranda Monday, January 10th

Governor Sam Brownback was sworn in to office today (MON), during a ceremony at the Statehouse. Brownback is taking the job during a time when the state faces a budget shortfall of more than 500 million dollars and a high unemployment rate. In his speech, Brownback highlighted the difficulties ahead, but sent a message of hope.Brownback will lay out his legislative agenda Wednesday, during the State of the State Address. You'll be able to hear that address live, Wednesday night at 6:30, here on Kansas Public Radio.

Stephen Koranda Monday, January 10th

Governor Sam Brownback took office today (MON). Brownback was sworn in during a ceremony at the Statehouse. He takes over the job of governor at a challenging time. The state’s unemployment rate hovers at more than 6 percent, and Kansas faces a budget shortfall of more than 500 million dollars. In his inauguration speech, Brownback highlighted the difficult times ahead, but sent a message of optimism.That’s Governor Sam Brownback, speaking today (MON) at the inauguration ceremony in Topeka. Brownback will lay out his legislative priorities Wednesday, during the State of the State Address....

KPR Web Operations Monday, January 10th

Officials at the Kansas Department of Transportation say the storm today is getting trucks out to deal with snow on the roads.Kim Qualls of KDOT says plows have been out all night, but highways are still hazardous and drivers should be careful.KDOT officials say no highways have closed in Kansas. But they say that could change when winds pick up and start blowing newly fallen snow across the state’s roadways.

KPR Web Operations Monday, January 10th

The Chiefs crumbled after the first quarter yesterday (SUN) and their season came to a close with a playoff loss to the Baltimore Ravens. After a 7-3 lead, the Chiefs gave up 27 unanswered points in their 30-7 loss. Kansas Public Radio's Greg Echlin has more.

KPR Web Operations Friday, January 7th

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KPR Web Operations Friday, January 7th

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment and the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks are issuing revised fish consumption advisories for 2011, which identify types for fish that should be eaten in limited quantities or avoided altogether because of contamination. Kristi Pankratz is a spokesperson for KDHE. Information about the revised advisories, including fish that should be avoided based on where they are caught, can be found at kdheks.gov.

KPR Web Operations Friday, January 7th

If you eat fish that's been caught in some parts of Kansas, you should probably check the new Fish Consumption Advisories issued by the state. Kristi Pankratz is with the Kansas Department of Health and Environment. The advisories are based on mercury and other chemical levels in all forms of aquatic life. The advisories can be found on KDHE's web site, kdheks.gov.

KPR Web Operations Friday, January 7th

When a bridge is replaced, the old structure is usually torn down and sent to the scrap heap. But the Kansas Department of Transportation is hoping that the Amelia Earhart Memorial Bridge in Atchison will not meet that fate. KDOT's Kim Qualls says proposals are now being sought from those who might want to relocate the historic structure.The process is certain to be an expensive one, so 200-thousand dollars in federal highway money is available to help with relocation expenses. Complete information is available at the KDOT website, www-dot-k-s-d-o-t-dot-org. Interested parties can also...

KPR Web Operations Friday, January 7th

A new bridge over the Missouri River at Atchison is under construction and will replace the Amelia Earhart Memorial Bridge. But not only will the Memorial Bridge not be demolished, it is eligible for inclusion in the National Register of Historic Places. A new home for the bridge is now being sought. Kim Qualls is with the Kansas Department of Transportation.For groups or other entities that might be interested, detailed information is available on the KDOT website, www-dot-k-s-d-o-t-dot-org. Sealed proposals for relocating the bridge will be accepted until 5 pm on Friday, April 1st.

Bryan Thompson Thursday, January 6th

President Obama signed a much-anticipated food safety bill into law this week. Kansas Public Radio’s Bryan Thompson spoke with a K-State food safety expert, who says it doesn’t address the root of the problem.

KPR Web Operations Thursday, January 6th

The first significant snowfall of the season is expected across northeast Kansas as early as Saturday night or Sunday. Kyle Poage (rhymes with rogue) is with the National Weather Service in Topeka. Along with the snow, Poage says much cooler temperatures are also expected, with highs only in the teens early next week.

KPR Web Operations Wednesday, January 5th

Governor-elect Sam Brownback is marking the occasion of his inauguration by shining a spotlight on volunteering. Brownback and Lieutenant Governor Jeff Colyer are taking part in three events around the state to encourage Kansans to get involved with their communities. Spokesperson Sherriene Jones-Sontag says that participating in public service has been important to the entire Brownback family:Brownback participated in a blood drive in western Kansas yesterday (WED) at the Hays Red Cross office. Events today (THUR) and tomorrow (FRI) in Pittsburg and Wichita will focus on helping the less...

Bryan Thompson Wednesday, January 5th

Governor-elect Sam Brownback says redesigning the state’s massive Medicaid program will be one of his administration’s priorities. We get more from Jim McLean of the KHI News Service.

Bryan Thompson Tuesday, January 4th

Coping with cancer can be frightening, confusing, and even downright bewildering. The American Cancer Society and Lawrence Memorial Hospital are teaming up again this year to help answer some of the questions patients and caregivers often have. More from Kansas Public Radio’s Bryan Thompson. Tag: You can register for the classes by calling LMH Connect Care at 785-749-5800, or online at LMH.org.

Stephen Koranda Tuesday, January 4th

Lawmakers return to the Statehouse next week, facing a big budget shortfall. Education is the single biggest item in the budget. Some legislators have been looking at the reserves Kansas school districts keep in the bank as a way to help reduce state education costs. KPR’s Stephen Koranda has more

Stephen Koranda Tuesday, January 4th

About half of the state's scheduled aid payments to public schools have been delayed because of concerns about a short-term cash crunch. Deputy State Budget Director Elaine Frisbie said today (TUE) that 98 million dollars in payments - which would normally have reached Kansas school districts yesterday (MON) - won't get to them until the end of this week. Blake west is president of the Kansas branch of the National Education Association. He says school districts often rely on reserves to pay bills when state payments are delayed, but those reserves are dwindling.It's the first time since...

Stephen Koranda Monday, January 3rd

Governor-elect Sam Brownback is laying out some of his priorities for health and human services in his new administration. Brownback talked about the goals yesterday (MON) at a Statehouse news conference. KPR’s Stephen Koranda has more.

Stephen Koranda Monday, January 3rd

Governor-elect Sam Brownback today (MON) named his choices to head two health and human services agencies. Rob Siedlecki (side-LECK-ee) will head the Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services. Siedlecki currently works in the Florida Department of Health. There, he has worked with efforts that partner government with faith-based organizations.Brownback named Dr. Robert Moser (mo-SURE) to head the Kansas Department of Health and Environment. Moser currently works at the University of Kansas School of Medicine’s Wichita branch. Before that, he worked with Greeley County Health Services...

Stephen Koranda Monday, January 3rd

Governor-elect Sam Brownback today (MON) named his choices to head two health and human services agencies. Dr. Robert Moser (mo-SURE) will head the Kansas Department of Health and Environment. Moser currently works at the University of Kansas School of Medicine’s Wichita branch. Before that he worked with Greeley County Health Services. Moser says one of his priorities will be focusing on preventative medicine.Brownback named Rob Siedlecki (side-LECK-ee) to head the Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services. Siedlecki currently works in the Florida Department of Health. Both...

KPR Web Operations Monday, January 3rd

Political analysts and others who keep an eye on state policy are pondering what Governor-elect Sam Brownback's legislative priorities will be for his first year in office. Washburn University political science professor Bob Beatty (BAY-tee) says the state's overall economy and shoring up the dwindling population in western Kansas are sure to make it onto the agenda...but beyond that, it's not clear how much Brownback will be addressing social issues.Beatty says it will also be interesting to watch the new governor's decisions on issues such as attempts to repeal the statewide smoking ban.

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