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KPR Web Operations Wednesday, June 22nd

Plannned Parenthood officials in Kansas say the state is moving quickly to impose new regulations on abortion clinics. Kansas Information Network's Roger Heaton has more. That's Roger Heaton reporting.

Bryan Thompson Wednesday, June 22nd

The first of three public forums on how to rein in Medicaid costs is scheduled for this (WED) afternoon in Topeka. As Jim McLean of the KHI News Service reports, state officials are seeking to make big changes in the health insurance program for low-income and disabled Kansans.

Bryan Thompson Wednesday, June 22nd

The family of a 1940 K-U pharmacy grad who went on to head one of the nation’s top pharmaceutical firms has given 1.2-million dollars to the K-U Endowment for the School of Pharmacy. As Kansas Public Radio’s Bryan Thompson explains, the money will help meet a critical need, especially in rural Kansas.

Stephen Koranda Tuesday, June 21st

Have you ever wanted to experience what it's like to roam the real, authentic prairie? This weekend, the Grassland Heritage Foundation is holding a prairie walk at Snyder Prairie, north of Topeka. It's part of the foundation's Prairie Appreciation Day, which features family-friendly activities to help people learn more about the signature Kansas landscape. Kim Bellemere (BELL-uh-meer) is the foundation's education coordinator. She says there's a lot more to a prairie than just miles and miles of grass -- and much of it remains a mystery.Prairie Appreciation Day is Saturday. Events are free...

Stephen Koranda Tuesday, June 21st

This Saturday, the Grassland Heritage Foundation is offering a unique opportunity to take a close-up look at native and restored prairie. The group will hold its 3rd annual Prairie Appreciation Day at Snyder Prairie, south of Mayetta. Events include a prairie walk and hands-on prairie restoration activities. Angie Babbit is the foundation's president. She says that prairie is a remarkably complex ecosystem, and it's a great mechanism for storing up excess carbon that might otherwise end up in the atmosphere:Prairie Appreciation Day events are free and open to the public, but an RVSP is...

Stephen Koranda Tuesday, June 21st

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has reduced its oversight of the Wolf Creek nuclear plant in eastern Kansas. The NRC had been keeping closer tabs on the facility due to problems at the plant in 2010. KPR's Stephen Koranda has more.

KPR Web Operations Tuesday, June 21st

It's Lightning Safety Awareness Week. National Weather Service meteorologists are trying to impress upon the public the dangers lightning can pose, and are hoping that people will remember the message "When Thunder Roars, Go Indoors."Matt Anderson is a meteorologist with the Weather Service in Topeka. He says the safest bet is to head for shelter immediately whenever thunder can be heard. 55 people in the United States died last year from lightning strikes.

KPR Web Operations Tuesday, June 21st

More than 18 million dollars is expected to be poured into the Manhattan-area economy by the Country Stampede concert event this year. Karen Hibbard is director of the Convention and Visitors Bureau in Manhattan: Hibbard says that after adding in the cost of lodging or staying at Tuttle Creek State Park, the overall impact on the Manhattan economy has been more than 229 million dollars since the inaugural Stampede in 1996. This year's Country Stampede begins tomorrow (THUR) and runs through Sunday, featuring concerts by Brad Paisley and Lady Antebellum.

KPR Web Operations Tuesday, June 21st

Kansas City, Kansas's top official went to Washington to plead for the EPA to keep its office in Kansas City. Bob Fidler of the Kansas Information Network has more. That's Bob Fidler reporting.

KPR Web Operations Tuesday, June 21st

The federal Environmental Protection Agency, or EPA is moving it's office from Kansas City, Kansas to Lenexa. The EPA had been in Kansas City for more than 25 years. Kansas City officials are pulling out all the stops to get federal officials to change their plans. KIN's Jim Doblin has more.

Bryan Thompson Tuesday, June 21st

An investigation by the Kansas City Star calls into question whether the Kansas Department of Health and Environment acted impartially in issuing a permit for expansion of a coal-fired power plant in southwest Kansas. More from Kansas Public Radio’s Bryan Thompson.

KPR Web Operations Monday, June 20th

A Facebook page has been founded to gather tips on what happened to a body found in a car submerged in Lake Shawnee east of Topeka. It's already turning up some interesting information about several unsolved missing persons cases. The page is titled "Who Killed Me in Topeka, KS." and was created by Kansas City activist Alonzo Washington. He may be best-known for his efforts to identify a child found Kansas City, Missouri, known for years only as "Precious Doe." The coroner's office has released little new information about the body recovered from Lake Shawnee on June 11th. There is still no...

Stephen Koranda Friday, June 17th

Global warming? More like global weirding. Here in the Midwest, historic floods and drought conditions are happening at the same time...setting this up to be a rough year for farmers. If that doesn't grab your attention, consider this: if you pay federal taxes, then you subsidize the crop insurance industry. As Harvest Public Media's Tim Lloyd reports, all this crazy weather could make that an expensive proposition. You can learn more about this story -- and find more agricultural news online -- at This special website features news, video, podcasts and blogs about...

Stephen Koranda Thursday, June 16th

Former Kansas Attorney General Steve Six will have to continue waiting to find out if his bid for a federal judgeship will advance. A U-S Senate committee was set to vote this week on Six’s nomination. But as KPR’s Stephen Koranda tells us, senators delayed the vote.

KPR Web Operations Thursday, June 16th

Kansas City lost its biggest booster on the city's sports scene with the passing of Kevin Gray, the president of the sports commission. Gray lost his battle against cancer yesterday (WED) at the age of 51. As Kansas Public Radio's Greg Echlin reports, Gray was a steadying force when major sports issues popped up.

Stephen Koranda Wednesday, June 15th

Kansans along the Missouri river are readying as the risk of flooding continues to increase. Evacuating can be especially difficult for residents with disabilities or specials medical needs. KPR”S Stephen Koranda has more on how to be ready.

KPR Web Operations Wednesday, June 15th

Wildfires in New Mexico are still disrupting Amtrak service on the Southwest Chief train route. Mark Magliari (magg-lee-AIR-ee) is a spokesman for Amtrak, and says that while the method of transportation along the line has been temporarily altered, no stops in Kansas have been entirely abandoned:Despite the wildfires in New Mexico, Magliari (magg-lee-AIR-ee) says the daily Southwest Chief service that runs between Chicago and Los Angeles is expected to continue operation through Kansas because of the alternative transportation methods. The Southwest Chief train makes Kansas stops in Lawrence...

KPR Web Operations Wednesday, June 15th

Wildfires in New Mexico continue to disrupt Amtrak service in western Kansas. Mark Magliari (magg-lee-AIR-ee) is a spokesman for the company:All stops in Kansas, though, are being covered with the use of alternative transportation being arranged by Amtrak. The company has chartered motor coaches to cover the distance between Newton and Lajunta (la-HOON-tah), Colorado.

KPR Web Operations Wednesday, June 15th

Authorities say cultivated marijuana recovered in a drug bust in Osage County is worth up to $1 million. Sheriff Laurie Dunn says it was a big haul: The sheriff says a football-sized marijuana field, discovered Tuesday morning near Carbondale, yielded 5 thousand plants. Three men are under arrest in connection with the case.

KPR Web Operations Wednesday, June 15th

The Topeka City Council has approved an ordinance that will allow a boot restraint device to be placed on a vehicle's wheels if parking and traffic officers find the owner has failed to pay three or more city parking tickets. City council member Sylvia Ortiz was not a fan of the measure, saying it potentially puts officers and other personnel in harm's way.But seven other councilmembers did not agree, and the boot ordinance was approved. The effort is similar to those in other cash-strapped...and parking-strapped...cities around the country. A report indicated that 400 people in Topeka had...


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