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KPR Web Operations Friday, January 7th

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment and the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks are issuing revised fish consumption advisories for 2011, which identify types for fish that should be eaten in limited quantities or avoided altogether because of contamination. Kristi Pankratz is a spokesperson for KDHE. Information about the revised advisories, including fish that should be avoided based on where they are caught, can be found at kdheks.gov.

KPR Web Operations Friday, January 7th

If you eat fish that's been caught in some parts of Kansas, you should probably check the new Fish Consumption Advisories issued by the state. Kristi Pankratz is with the Kansas Department of Health and Environment. The advisories are based on mercury and other chemical levels in all forms of aquatic life. The advisories can be found on KDHE's web site, kdheks.gov.

KPR Web Operations Friday, January 7th

When a bridge is replaced, the old structure is usually torn down and sent to the scrap heap. But the Kansas Department of Transportation is hoping that the Amelia Earhart Memorial Bridge in Atchison will not meet that fate. KDOT's Kim Qualls says proposals are now being sought from those who might want to relocate the historic structure.The process is certain to be an expensive one, so 200-thousand dollars in federal highway money is available to help with relocation expenses. Complete information is available at the KDOT website, www-dot-k-s-d-o-t-dot-org. Interested parties can also...

KPR Web Operations Friday, January 7th

A new bridge over the Missouri River at Atchison is under construction and will replace the Amelia Earhart Memorial Bridge. But not only will the Memorial Bridge not be demolished, it is eligible for inclusion in the National Register of Historic Places. A new home for the bridge is now being sought. Kim Qualls is with the Kansas Department of Transportation.For groups or other entities that might be interested, detailed information is available on the KDOT website, www-dot-k-s-d-o-t-dot-org. Sealed proposals for relocating the bridge will be accepted until 5 pm on Friday, April 1st.

Bryan Thompson Thursday, January 6th

President Obama signed a much-anticipated food safety bill into law this week. Kansas Public Radio’s Bryan Thompson spoke with a K-State food safety expert, who says it doesn’t address the root of the problem.

KPR Web Operations Thursday, January 6th

The first significant snowfall of the season is expected across northeast Kansas as early as Saturday night or Sunday. Kyle Poage (rhymes with rogue) is with the National Weather Service in Topeka. Along with the snow, Poage says much cooler temperatures are also expected, with highs only in the teens early next week.

KPR Web Operations Thursday, January 6th

The 2011 session of the Kansas Legislature will begin next week with state government facing a $550 million budget deficit. Since education funding makes up more than half the state budget, there will invariably be calls for further cutbacks at public schools. Guest commentator Blake West hopes that before any more cuts are made, lawmakers will pause to consider the connection between the quality of the state's educational system... and the condition of the state's economy. Guest Commentator Blake West is the President of the KNEA -- the Kansas chapter of the National Education Association,...

KPR Web Operations Wednesday, January 5th

Governor-elect Sam Brownback is marking the occasion of his inauguration by shining a spotlight on volunteering. Brownback and Lieutenant Governor Jeff Colyer are taking part in three events around the state to encourage Kansans to get involved with their communities. Spokesperson Sherriene Jones-Sontag says that participating in public service has been important to the entire Brownback family:Brownback participated in a blood drive in western Kansas yesterday (WED) at the Hays Red Cross office. Events today (THUR) and tomorrow (FRI) in Pittsburg and Wichita will focus on helping the less...

Bryan Thompson Wednesday, January 5th

Governor-elect Sam Brownback says redesigning the state’s massive Medicaid program will be one of his administration’s priorities. We get more from Jim McLean of the KHI News Service.

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