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KU Engineering Students Win Award for "Batwing;" Design May Be Global Game-Changer

Six aerospace engineering students at the University of Kansas have taken first place at an international design competition in Hong Kong with their electric aircraft called the "Batwing."  This is a model of the Batwing from a 3-D printer. (Photo by Joanna Fewins)

Six aerospace engineering students at the University of Kansas have designed a new form of electrical aircraft.  The so-called Batwing runs on batteries, travels up to 120 mph and may just help save planet Earth!  The design earned first place at an international design competition in Hong Kong.

Larry Saves the Prairie; Children’s Book Author Interview

A Kansas prairie dog looks upon the children's book, "Larry Saves the Prairie." (Flickr Photo by Randy Watson)

Ever since the pioneers first arrived in western Kansas, settlers have been trying to kill off the prairie dog. The animals were seen as a nuisance and carrier of disease. A few people saw things differently. Larry Haverfield was one of them. A new children's book tells the story of this western Kansas rancher.

Kansas Catholic Charities Ready for Refugees, If Called Upon

Children stand outside tents during a sandstorm in a refugee camp in Lebanon.  (AP Photo by Bilal Hussein, from

If and when the United States starts accepting Syrian refugees into the country, one agency will almost certainly be involved: Catholic Charities. It's one of the oldest and largest agencies contracted by the U.S. State Department to help resettle those seeking refuge in America. Hear from Ken Williams, one of the leaders of this Christian organization.


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