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Stephen Koranda Monday, January 10th, 2011

Governor Sam Brownback was sworn in to office today (MON), during a ceremony at the Statehouse. Brownback is taking the job during a time when the state faces a budget shortfall of more than 500 million dollars and a high unemployment rate. In his speech, Brownback highlighted the difficulties ahead, but sent a message of hope.Brownback will lay out his legislative agenda Wednesday, during the State of the State Address. You'll be able to hear that address live, Wednesday night at 6:30, here on Kansas Public Radio.

Stephen Koranda Monday, January 10th, 2011

Governor Sam Brownback took office today (MON). Brownback was sworn in during a ceremony at the Statehouse. He takes over the job of governor at a challenging time. The state’s unemployment rate hovers at more than 6 percent, and Kansas faces a budget shortfall of more than 500 million dollars. In his inauguration speech, Brownback highlighted the difficult times ahead, but sent a message of optimism.That’s Governor Sam Brownback, speaking today (MON) at the inauguration ceremony in Topeka. Brownback will lay out his legislative priorities Wednesday, during the State of the State Address....

KPR Web Operations Monday, January 10th, 2011

Officials at the Kansas Department of Transportation say the storm today is getting trucks out to deal with snow on the roads.Kim Qualls of KDOT says plows have been out all night, but highways are still hazardous and drivers should be careful.KDOT officials say no highways have closed in Kansas. But they say that could change when winds pick up and start blowing newly fallen snow across the state’s roadways.

KPR Web Operations Monday, January 10th, 2011

The Chiefs crumbled after the first quarter yesterday (SUN) and their season came to a close with a playoff loss to the Baltimore Ravens. After a 7-3 lead, the Chiefs gave up 27 unanswered points in their 30-7 loss. Kansas Public Radio's Greg Echlin has more.

Kaye McIntyre Sunday, January 9th, 2011

As the 112th Congress convened this week in Washington D.C., the political landscape is much different than that of the 111th Congress. This week on KPR Presents, we'll hear highlights from the recent Dole Institute of Politics symposium on the 2010 election, the new Congress, and the challenges both parties face in the year ahead. This Dole Institute panel features distinguished journalists and political strategists from both sides of the aisle, including CNN Political Director Sam Feist, White House correspondent Anne Kornblut of the Washington Post, and Major Garrett of the National...

KPR Web Operations Friday, January 7th, 2011

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KPR Web Operations Friday, January 7th, 2011

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, 2011

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, 2011

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, 2011

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.

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