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Stephen Koranda Wednesday, July 6th

Governor Sam Brownback touted job growth in Kansas as he looked back on his first six months in office. At a news conference today (WED), Brownback said more than 3000 new jobs have been created this year. He also pointed to his administration's efforts to streamline and reduce state government. Brownback says the state is headed in the right direction.Kansas Democratic Party Chair Joan Wagnon criticized Brownback's assessment and called it "misleading." She says the large economic projects announced in recent months were initiated under the previous governor.

Stephen Koranda Tuesday, July 5th

The Senate Agriculture Committee will hold a hearing in Kansas next month to take testimony on the 2012 farm bill. The 2008 farm bill will soon expire, and lawmakers are working on its replacement. As KPR's Stephen Koranda tells us, the hearing is aimed at getting input from farming organizations and local farmers.

Bryan Thompson Tuesday, July 5th

The ongoing legal battle over the proposed expansion of a coal-fired power plant in Southwest Kansas has taken an unusual turn. Kansas Public Radio's Bryan Thompson has more.

Stephen Koranda Tuesday, July 5th

The Senate Agriculture Committee will hold a hearing in Kansas next month to take testimony on the 2012 farm bill. Kansas Senator Pat Roberts is the ranking Republican on the committee. He says they're looking for input on what should be included in the legislation.The farm bill traditionally includes funding for nutrition programs and subsidies for farmers and crop insurance. The total cost for the 2008 farm bill was around 300 billion dollars. The hearing will be held August 25th in Wichita.

KPR Web Operations Tuesday, July 5th

The Wichita National Weather Service office is getting a new tool for looking deep inside severe storms. A new technology called Dual Polarization Radar uses both a horizontal and a vertical signal to give forecasters more information about what's happening in any given storm. Dick Elder is the meteorologist-in-charge at the Wichita office. He says the new radar will make prediction and forecasting easier, and safer:The new, advanced radar system is expected to be up and running by Monday the 18th. It will be the first in the central United States, and only the third in the nation; upgrades...

KPR Web Operations Tuesday, July 5th

The National Weather Service radar in Wichita is about to go even more high-tech. Wichita will be just the third place in the nation to receive something called Dual Polarization Radar. Dick Elder is the meteorologist-in-charge at the Wichita office. He says this radar enhancement will improve certain aspects of weather forecasting and monitoring:The new radar will be operational by Monday the 18th. In the meantime, the Wichita office will use radar feeds from Topeka; Dodge City; Springfield, Missouri and Enid, Oklahoma.

KPR Web Operations Tuesday, July 5th

The National Weather Service office in Wichita is getting a new, state-of-the-art radar upgrade. It will be just the third site in the nation to receive the so-called "dual-polarization" technology. Dick Elder, the meteorologist-in-charge at the Wichita office, says this kind of radar provides an additional tool for looking inside storms:The Wichita office's current radar is scheduled to be shut down today (WED) to begin the installation of the new technology. Elder says the upgraded radar is expected to be up and running by Monday the 18th.

KPR Web Operations Tuesday, July 5th

Oil production in Kansas rose 2% in 2010 from the year before. Lynn Watney with KU's Kansas Geological Survey says the trend has been up for more than a decade. The trend is heading in the opposite direction for natural gas production in Kansas. It was down 8 % in 2010 from 2009, mostly because new exploration has declined as gas prices slipped begining in mid 2008.

Bryan Thompson Sunday, July 3rd

A study published in a journal of the American Psychiatric Association says a training program for families of people with serious mental illness is effective in helping them learn to cope. More from Kansas Public Radio’s Bryan Thompson.

Stephen Koranda Sunday, July 3rd

Laws to restrict abortion in Kansas have been a high-profile issue this year. But Kansas isn’t the only state where there are efforts to tighten abortion regulations. NARAL (ney-rawl) is an abortion rights group that lobbies nationwide. Spokesperson Ted Miller says there’s been an uptick in state legislatures this year to restrict abortion.In Kansas, the Legislature has passed bills to restrict abortion in recent years, but they were vetoed by previous governors. Republican Governor Sam Brownback has signed the abortion bills sent to him by the Legislature since he took office in January.

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