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Nikki Giovanni photo by Will Henderson
Kaye McIntyre Sunday, June 4th

June 4, 2017: meet the new Kansas Poet Laureate, Kevin Rabas.  He visits with KPR's Kaye McIntyre about jazz poetry, his stint as a journalist, and his plans for his time as the Poet Laureate. We'll also hear poet Nikki Giovanni, who talks about outer space, celebrities, and game shows in her recent talk at the University of Kansas.

Photo by Stephen Koranda
Associated Press Saturday, June 3rd

Kansas lawmakers' approval of a measure meant to keep concealed guns out of hospitals shows how much the Republican-controlled Legislature shifted to the left in last year's elections.  State lawmakers this past week bucked the National Rifle Associated by rewriting a 2013 concealed-carry law.

Associated Press Saturday, June 3rd

Here's a summary of the day's news headlines from the Associated Press, compiled by KPR staff.

Theft of agricultural trade secrets is a growing problem, according to the FBI. (Photo from the University of Michigan School of Environment and Sustainability / Flickr)
Harvest Public Media Friday, June 2nd

Advanced seeds, cutting edge machinery…agriculture today is a high-tech business. But putting billions into researching new products can also bring out the thieves.  In this report from Harvest Public Media, Bryan Thompson explores the growing threat of agricultural espionage, right here, in the Midwest. 

A tax conference committee of House and Senate lawmakers meeting last month. (Photo by Stephen Koranda)
Stephen Koranda Friday, June 2nd

Legislators are planning to work through the weekend.

Here's what we know so far.
Associated Press Friday, June 2nd

The Kansas Legislature has sent a bill to the governor that would keep firearms out of hospitals, but it's still unclear whether Governor Sam Brownback will veto the measure or sign it into law.  Elsewhere, the state collected about $2 million less in revenue than it expected in the month of May.

Kansas News Service Thursday, June 1st

A former official with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services says the American Health Care Act would increase costs for everyone, not just people with pre-existing conditions. 

The Kansas Senate Chamber. (Photo by Stephen Koranda)
Stephen Koranda Thursday, June 1st

Health care facilities currently have the option to bar guns, but that will end soon.

A stone marker signifies the spot where the Chisholm Trail and the Santa Fe Trail intersected in central Kansas. (Photo by Rex Buchanan)
Rex Buchanan Thursday, June 1st

In the mid to late 1800s, Kansas was the very epicenter of the Wild West. This year marks the 150th anniversary of one of its most iconic images: the Chisholm Trail. Commentator Rex Buchanan visits the spot where the Chisholm crosses paths with another famous trail, deep in the heart of Kansas.

Here's what's happening in our area, according to staff and AP wire reports.
Associated Press Thursday, June 1st

Kansas lawmakers are running out of time and money to take care of state business.  Thursday marks the 104th day of the session, which was scheduled to last 100 days.


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