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Stephen Koranda Monday, April 25th

Republican Congresswoman Lynn Jenkins is supporting her party's budget plan that passed earlier this month in the U-S House. Proponents believe that plan would help control the federal deficit. It has drawn criticism for proposals to cut spending and revamp social programs including Medicare. But Jenkins believes those criticisms are overblown. While meeting with some of her 2nd District constituents in Topeka today (MON), Jenkins said any Medicare changes would not affect Americans age 55 or older.Jenkins’s appearance in Topeka today (MON) was the first of four scheduled during her current...

Stephen Koranda Friday, April 22nd

Kansas lawmakers will meet today (MON) to work on legislation aimed at fixing a deficit in the Kansas Public Employees Retirement System, or KPERS. The system is projected to face an 8 billion dollar deficit over the coming decades. That means in the future, there won’t be enough money to pay promised retirement benefits. As KPR’s Stephen Koranda reports, lawmakers are considering different ways of fixing the problem.

Stephen Koranda Friday, April 22nd

Lawmakers are finalizing a state spending plan, and state university officials hope balancing the budget won’t require them to make more cuts. A report released by the Board of Regents last month says Kansas higher education has a big economic impact in the state. University of Kansas Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little realizes times are tough, but believes higher ed funding is worth it.The report claims every state tax dollar spent returns around twelve dollars into the economy. That economic impact includes salaries and tax collections generated by universities. Legislators are trying to...

KPR Web Operations Friday, April 22nd

After two days of competition that included downtown Lawrence venues, the 84th running of the Kansas Relays will continue for the remaining two days in the area of Memorial Stadium at KU. Kansas Public Radio's Greg Echlin has more on the most prestigious track and field event in the state of Kansas.

Stephen Koranda Thursday, April 21st

A bill in the Kansas Legislature would mean a bigger engineering school at the Univeristy of Kansas. The legislation is aimed at increasing the number of engineers graduating from Kansas universities by 60 percent. The bill would provide 4 million dollars to state universities for the first year, and 7 million dollars per year after that. The schools would have to raise matching funds to get the money. KPR’s Stephen Koranda has more on the legislation.

KPR Web Operations Thursday, April 21st

The recent cool weather makes it feel more like October than April. And yet, spring has sprung. And here in Kansas, springtime means rain and thunderstorms. Like so many others living in the Midwest, Commentator Cheryl Unruh has seen the good, the bad and the ugly that April can bring. Commentator Cheryl Unruh is a columnist for the Emporia Gazette, a frequent contributor to KPR, and author of the book "Flyover People." Learn more by logging on to her website: flyoverpeople-dot-net. That's Flyover People DOT net.

Stephen Koranda Thursday, April 21st

A bill in the Kansas Legislature would mean a bigger engineering school at the University of Kansas. The legislation is aimed at increasing the number of engineers graduating from Kansas universities by 60 percent. But KU Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little says they don’t have room for any more students, so the funding would be used to expand the engineering program.The bill would provide 4 million dollars the first year to Kansas universities, and 7 million dollars per year after that. The schools would have to raise matching dollars to get the state funding. The bill has passed the Senate...

KPR Web Operations Thursday, April 21st

A double fatal crash on K-10 last weekend was the last straw for Eudora Mayor Scott Hopson. He has now written Governor Sam Brownback, demanding that the state install wire cable median barriers along what Hopson calls a dangerous four-lane highway from Lawrence to Interstate 435 in Kansas City. That stretch of road has seen an increased number of so-called "crossover crashes" in recent years. The Lawrence Journal-World reports that state transportation officials evaluated K-10 three years ago, and determined the highway did not qualify for cable median barriers, based on the number of...

KPR Web Operations Thursday, April 21st

Baseball is often called "the American game," serving as a kind of mirror that reflects changes in the American cultural landscape. But these days, it seems that teams are more focused on marketing, social media and earnings than runs, hits and errors. The big business of baseball means that the boys of summer are now taking a back seat to the men in suits. Professor and documentarian Rob Ruck has written a book called "Raceball," and he talked with KPR's Laura Lorson about how the all-American game has turned into an ongoing experiment in globalization and race relations. KPR's Laura Lorson...

KPR Web Operations Thursday, April 21st

The Kansas Department of Agriculture is warning Kansas restaurant owners to be aware of a new type of scam phone call. Ag Department spokesperson Chelsea Good says the scam begins when a someone calls a restaurant, claiming to be a restaurant inspector. Good says that no matter what, personal information should never be given out over the phone. The Ag Department says that if a restaurant owner receives a call like this, it should be reported to local law enforcement.

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