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President Biden visits the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Md., to talk about measures the White House will take to fight COVID-19 this winter. His visit comes as the new omicron variant of the virus has sparked concern worldwide.

In-person visitation at the Lansing Correctional Facility is suspended indefinitely as the Kansas Department of Corrections staffing crisis continues. (Photo: Julie Denesha / Kansas News Service)

The Kansas Department of Corrections has been losing staff throughout 2021. Now, it doesn't have enough people to have in-person visitation at one of its prisons. Visits were also shutdown earlier in the pandemic.

These area headlines are curated by KPR news staffers, including J. Schafer, Laura Lorson, Kaye McIntyre and Tom Parkinson. Our headlines are generally posted by 10 am weekdays. This news summary is made possible by KPR listener-members. Become one today!

On this edition of Conversations, Duff McDonald talks with host Dan Skinner about “tickled: A Commonsense Guide to the Present Moment.” McDonald is the author of the New York Times bestseller “The Firm: The Story of McKinsey and Its Secret Influence on American Business.” His other books include “Last Man Standing,” and “The Golden Passport.”

Sascha Groschang's and Laurel Morgan's Kansas City duo, The Wires, has a new CD and music book out! Check out WINTER with THE WIRES for some excellent arrangements of carols for violin and cello, plus a few originals.

Welcome to the first day of December 2021!  These area headlines are curated by KPR news staffers, including J. Schafer, Laura Lorson, Kaye McIntyre and Tom Parkinson. Our headlines are generally posted by 10 am weekdays. This news summary is made possible by KPR listener-members. Become one today!

Former Kansas Health Secretary Lee Norman briefing reporters early in the COVID-19 pandemic as Governor Laura Kelly looks on.  (Photo by Jim McLean)

Former Kansas Health Secretary Lee Norman says politics hindered the state's response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

On this edition of Conversations, Lisa Unger talks with host Dan Skinner about her latest novel, "Last Girl Ghosted." Lisa Unger is a New York Times and internationally bestselling author of Suspense Novels.

These area headlines are curated by KPR news staffers, including J. Schafer, Laura Lorson, Kaye McIntyre and Tom Parkinson. Our headlines are generally posted by 10 am weekdays. This news summary is made possible by KPR listener-members. Become one today!

Evergy's Lawrence Energy Center, a coal-fired power plant. (Photo by Brian Grimmett, KMUW)

A growing relationship between the utility company Evergy and activist investment firm Elliott Management is raising red flags with state and federal regulators.

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