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KPR Web Operations Tuesday, April 5th

Nine high school students from suburban Kansas City are in Washington today (WED) to perform a play for the Secretary of Education—and possibly the Vice President. Kansas Public Radio’s Bryan Thompson says it’s part of a national summit on gender-based violence.

KPR Web Operations Tuesday, April 5th

For Transportation officials, this is Work Safety Zone awareness week. Kim Stich of the Kansas Department of Transportation reminds motorists to drive carefully in construction zones. Stich says last year 7 motorists were killed in work zone accidents across the state.

KPR Web Operations Tuesday, April 5th

Transportation officials are asking Kansans to wear something orange tomorrow (WED)(April the 6th) to help commemorate “national work zone awareness week”. K-DOT’s Kim Stitch says its part of a campaign to get motorists to slow down and be more aware in construction zones. Some tips for driving in work zones include staying alert, following traffic control and expecting delays.

Bryan Thompson Monday, April 4th

If a safety defect is identified for your car, you’d receive a recall notice. But what if the defect is in a medical device implanted in your body, like a pacemaker? As Kansas Public Radio’s Bryan Thompson explains, there’s a new way to register and track medical devices.

Kaye McIntyre Sunday, April 3rd

Kansas Public Radio celebrates National Poetry Month with an hour of verse. We'll hear the words of classical and contemporary poets brought to life by the state finalists of the 2011 Poetry Out Loud recitation competition, held recently in Topeka. We'll also hear original poems written by some of the winners of the Kansas Authors Club competition.

Stephen Koranda Friday, April 1st

Lawmakers have wrapped up the main legislative session, but there are still some of the most important issues to finalize. Legislators will return to Topeka later this month to pass a final version of the budget. But as KPR’s Stephen Koranda reports, they first have to craft the final budget plan.

Stephen Koranda Friday, April 1st

State tax collections came in below estimates in March, and that could hurt efforts to balance the state budget. The Department of Revenue says tax collections were 19 million dollars below estimates. The House and Senate have crafted budget plans aimed at leaving the state with a surplus at the end of next fiscal year, but tax collection shortfalls could erase that projected ending balance. Senate President Steve Morris, a Hugoton Republican, says lawmakers do still have the option of altering the budget plans.Morris says it wasn’t all bad news. March 2011 tax collections were up by $18...

KPR Web Operations Friday, April 1st

Wichita State has won its first National Invitation Tournament. The Shockers defeated Alabama, 66-57, in New York's Madison Square Garden. Kansas Public Radio's Greg Echlin has the story.

Stephen Koranda Friday, April 1st

The Kansas House members have approved their version of the budget for the fiscal year that starts July 1st. It took lawmakers 14 hours to wrap up debate on the budget, which spends around 6 billion dollars in state revenue. As KPR’s Stephen Koranda reports, some House members had their minds set on cutting spending.

Stephen Koranda Friday, April 1st

The Kansas House has approved its version of the budget for 2012. After a marathon session yesterday (THUR), the House voted 69-52 to approve the package, which includes about 6 billion dollars in state spending. The proposal would leave the state with around 80 million dollars at the end of the fiscal year. House Speaker Mike O’Neal, a Hutchinson Republican, was happy with the outcome.Paul Davis of Lawrence is the top Democrat in the House. He wasn’t satisfied with millions of dollars in cuts to social services and school funding.Complicating matters is yesterday's (THUR) revenue report for...

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