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KPR Web Operations Thursday, September 8th

Nonprofit organizations must do more than good works. They must transform themselves and help rebuild the American economy. That was the message delivered by nonprofit pioneer Robert Egger in Topeka yesterday (WEDS) at a meeting sponsored by the Sunflower Foundation. We get more from Jim McLean of the KHI News Service.

Bryan Thompson Thursday, September 8th

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment took comments from the public yesterday (WED) on the new regulations it has drafted for clinics performing abortions in Kansas. There are two sides to the issue, and as Kansas Public Radio’s Bryan Thompson reports, they’re miles apart.

KPR Web Operations Tuesday, September 6th

The city of Topeka is now applying a device known as a boot to vehicles owned by habitual parking violators. That's being defined as anyone with three or more outstanding parking tickets for a months...or even years. Mike McGee is the general service director for the city. He says the number of habitual violators has dropped dramatically since the city started discussions of using boots to enforce its parking policies:The locking devices immobilize the vehicle until payment is made. To get the boot removed, violators must pay the total fine plus a $35 processing fee. They'll have only 48...

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KPR Web Operations Monday, September 5th

Chances are, you didn't see many small Kansas towns up-close-and-personal during your Labor Day weekend travels. Tom Palace is with the Petroleum Marketers and Convenience Store Association. He says that highway upgrades and changes in the way people travel are contributing to the decline of rural America. Palace says the number of small town mom-and-pop gas stations are rapidly dwindling because of an economic double-whammy: higher gas prices mean people aren't traveling as much, and more of the people who ARE traveling aren't getting off the highway to detour through small towns.

KPR Web Operations Monday, September 5th

Should Kansans be considering the addition of earthquake insurance to their homeowners insurance policies? The Kansas Insurance Department says that recent earthquakes in Colorado, Oklahoma and on the East Coast have made more Kansans aware of the possible need for adding the insurance to their homeowners coverage. Bob Tomlinson is the Kansas assistant Insurance Commissioner.The Kansas Geological Survey says Kansas sits on the Nemaha (NEE-muh-hah) Ridge, a buried granite mountain range that extends from Omaha to Oklahoma City. Kansas is also positioned along the Humboldt Fault Zone on the...

KPR Web Operations Monday, September 5th

The countdown is on to the kickoff of this year's Kansas State Fair. Fair manager Denny Stoecklein (STECK-line) says the last few years' attendance figures have proven the event's popularity.The Kansas State Fair is set for September 9th through the 18th in Hutchinson.

KPR Web Operations Monday, September 5th

Triple-A says that the average Labor Day weekend vacation is estimated to cost over $700 this year. High gas prices can contribute to an expensive weekend, but Triple-A spokesman Jim Hanni (HANEY) says there is an easy way to find the cheapest gas.Triple-A's fuel price finder tracks gasoline costs throughout Kansas, but also nationwide. For more information, visit triple-a-dot-com.

KPR Web Operations Monday, September 5th

Labor Day weekend is always a popular time for taking a road trip...but high gas prices can make even a short vacation pricey. In this economy, when every bit of savings helps, Triple-A spokesman Jim Hanni (HANEY) says his organization has been monitoring prices all around the state of Kansas to help travelers get the most bang for their buck. anni (HANEY) says that Triple-A is predicting more than 27 million Americans will be driving to their destinations over this 3-day weekend.

KPR Web Operations Monday, September 5th

An estimated 27 million Americans hit the road this Labor Day weekend, and most are probably interested in getting every last mile out of each tank of gas. Triple-A spokesman Jim Hanni (HANEY) says there are some very simple ways to improve gas mileage. Triple-A estimates that travelers will spend an average of $702 on their Labor Day holidays...which is just one more reason to cut fuel costs wherever it's possible.


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