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Bryan Thompson Wednesday, October 26th

One of the largest, nonprofit child welfare agencies in Kansas is ending its residential psychiatric services in Newton. As Kansas Public Radio’s Bryan Thompson explains, it’s because of dwindling referrals to the program. Optional tag: Bryan will have more later this morning on the bigger picture around these closings.

KPR Web Operations Wednesday, October 26th

Someone pulled a switcheroo in the football trophy case at Kansas State University. In place of the Governor's Cup, which was awarded last weekend after the win over the Kansas Jayhawks, there's a different trophy... one from eight years ago. KPR's Greg Echlin explains.

Stephen Koranda Tuesday, October 25th

Kansas Secretary of Transportation Deb Miller will step down to take a job in the private sector. She'll take a position with Cambridge Systematics, a Massachusetts company that provides transportation consulting. KPR's Stephen Koranda has more on her decision to leave the Kansas Department of Transportation.

Stephen Koranda Tuesday, October 25th

Kansas Secretary of Transportation Deb Miller says she'll step down to take a job in the private sector. Miller is the first woman to lead the Kansas Department of Transportation and was the only Cabinet holdover after Governor Brownback, a Republican, took office in January. Miller has been transportation secretary since 2003 and served under three governors. She says she's taking a job with a transportation planning and policy company.Miller says she stayed on as transportation secretary in the Brownback administration to help kick off the 10-year transportation plan passed by the...

Stephen Koranda Tuesday, October 25th

Interstate 70 through downtown Topeka remains shut down because of a fatal crash that caused a hazardous spill. A truck driver is dead after his tanker overturned and spilled roofing tar shortly before 5am. KDOT's Kim Qualls says the truck also took out the support for an overhead sign, which fell and blocked some lanes. She says replacing the sign could take some time.Transportation officials are diverting traffic, but they recommend motorists try to avoid the area. Interstate 70 near Manhattan was also closed overnight because of an attempted suicide. A man stopped on the interstate and...

Bryan Thompson Tuesday, October 25th

Kansas Insurance Commissioner Sandy Praeger warned lawmakers yesterday (MON) about the risk of not complying with a key feature of the federal health reform law. But as Jim McLean of the KHI News Service reports, it’s a risk they appear willing to take.

Stephen Koranda Monday, October 24th

News that American troops will leave Iraq by the end of the year is welcomed by members of the Kansas National Guard who just returned from the region. Members of the 778th Transportation Company headquartered in Kansas City were welcomed home at a ceremony in Salina, including Specialist Kendrick Hill.The company logged 86 million miles hauling heavy equipment from Iraq to Kuwait, where the equipment will be housed.

KPR Web Operations Monday, October 24th

NASCAR Sprint Cup driver Clint Bowyer of Emporia won his fifth career race on the circuit yesterday (SUN). But Bowyer's victory at Talledega (Tal-uh-DAY-guh)...his second straight in the fall race at the Alabama track...is almost like a consolation prize. Kansas Public Radio's Greg Echlin explains.

Stephen Koranda Sunday, October 23rd

Governer Sam Brownback says a recent trade mission to Russia and Kazakhstan opened the doors for more Kansas agriculture sales. The governor and Secretary of Agriculture Dale Rodman toured the eastern European countries to help market Kansas products. Brownback says the nations want to build their cattle herds and that will include buying live cattle from Kansas and other states.Brownback says the countries could also be a market for animal health products from Kansas. There's a follow up trip to the region planned for next spring.

Kaye McIntyre Sunday, October 23rd

Kansas Public Radio celebrates this year's sesquicentennial with a look at Kansas history, A to Z. Based on the children's book S is for Sunflower, this week's KPR Presents celebrates 150 years of Kansas culture, with a little help from 26 Sunflower elementary school students and a panel of Kansas historians.

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