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KPR Web Operations Monday, March 19th, 2012

  Update: Lawyer Claims Afghanistan Massacre Suspect's Memory Not Precise FORT LEAVENWORTH, Kan. (AP) — The lawyer for the Army staff sergeant accused of slaughtering 16 Afghan civilians said the solider has a sketchy memory of the night of the massacre. Lawyer John Henry Browne said 38-year-old Robert Bales remembers some details from before and after the killings, but very little during the time the military believes he went on a rampage through two Afghan villages. Browne spoke with The Associated Press from Fort Leavenworth, where Bales is being held. ...

KPR Web Operations Monday, March 19th, 2012

It was shaping up to be another second-game nightmare for the Kansas Jayhawks in the NCAA men's basketball tournament.  But KU slipped past Purdue last (SUN) night, 63-60 to make it into the Sweet 16.  KPR's Greg Echlin has more.       Meanwhile, in women's action, the 11th-seeded Jayhawks pulled-off a 57-49 upset Sunday against former Big 12 opponent Nebraska, the Number 6 seed in the Des Moines Regional.  At 20 and 12, the KU women are back in the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2000.  The Jayhawks will play Number 3 seed Delaware in the second round at 8:30pm tomorrow (TUE...

KPR Web Operations Sunday, March 18th, 2012

  Boeing, Machinists Union Discuss Plant Closure WICHITA, Kan. (AP) -- The Machinists union has begun talks with Boeing about what will happen to Wichita's hourly workers as the company closes the facility. The Wichita Eagle reports that the discussions include issues such as dates of closure, relocation packages, medical coverage and pension. Union officials say their goal is to have represented employees placed in jobs at one of Boeing's sites if they are willing to relocate. The union represents about 325 of Boeing Wichita's 2,100 employees. The Wichita plant is set to...

KPR Web Operations Saturday, March 17th, 2012

  Kansas House Gives Budget First-Round ApprovalTOPEKA, Kan. (AP) -- Kansas House members have given first-round approval to a proposed $14.1 billion state budget. The House's voice vote Friday came after members boosted spending on mental health services and to help public schools cover unanticipated costs.The chambers action sets up a final vote Monday, which will determine whether the spending plan passes and goes to the Kansas Senate. The measure would cut overall spending by about $600 million, or 4 percent, during the fiscal year beginning in July. It sticks close to...

KPR Web Operations Friday, March 16th, 2012

UPDATE: Afghan Shooting Suspect Headed to Fort Leavenworth CAIRO (AP) — Kuwait says the American soldier suspected in a killing spree in Afghanistan has left the country after a stopover.  A senior U.S. defense official says the soldier is expected to be taken to the U.S. military prison at Fort Leavenworth as early as today (FRI).  The Kuwaiti military said in a statement that the U.S. military "has flown out the soldier, who was in Kuwait in transit and left the country this (FRI) afternoon." The statement was carried on the Kuwaiti state news agency...

KPR Web Operations Friday, March 16th, 2012

Report: Afghan Shooting Suspect to Be Held at Fort Leavenworth WASHINGTON (AP) — A senior defense official says the U.S. soldier accused in the killings of 16 Afghan civilians is expected to be flown to the U.S. military prison at Fort Leavenworth as early as today (FRI). The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because of security surrounding the move, says the shift does not necessarily mean a decision was imminent on announcement of formal criminal charges against the suspect. The suspect, whose name has not been made public, was moved from Afghanistan to Kuwait...

KPR Web Operations Friday, March 16th, 2012

In back-to-back NCAA tournaments, the men's team from Virginia Commonwealth has broken the heart of a team from Kansas. The 12th-seeded Virginia Commonwealth Rams defeated the 5th-seeded Wichita State Shockers, 62-59, last (THUR) night. As University of Kansas fans remember, VCU upset the Jayhawks last year to reach the Final Four. KU gets a fresh start at 9 o'clock tonight (FRI) against the University of Detroit. But as KPR's Greg Echlin reports, the Jayhawks aren't happy with the late start. The Kansas State Wildcats have advanced to  the next round of the NCAA Tournament. After beating...

KPR Web Operations Thursday, March 15th, 2012

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Ready for some football?  What if going to a semi-pro game would help families recovering from the Harveyville tornado?  The Topeka Thunder will play the West Central Warriors of Belton, Missouri this Sunday afternoon in a benefit for Harveyville. The northeastern Kansas town sustained extensive damage and one death when it was hit February 28th by an EF-2 tornado.  The Thunder and the Warriors play in the Central Plains Football League. The semi-pro association has more than a dozen eight-...

KPR Web Operations Thursday, March 15th, 2012

Mesocyclone tornado (Photo Courtesy of NOAA) TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The Kansas Department of Health and Environment is holding a Twitter chat on severe weather preparedness. The agency plans the live chat at 3 p.m. today (THUR) to answer questions about severe weather and how to prepare for storms. It also plans to talk about what to do if severe weather strikes. KDHE Secretary Robert Moser says the agency wants to make sure Kansans are well-informed, and the Twitter chat is just one of the mediums available. Kansans can ask questions by logging onto...

KPR Web Operations Thursday, March 15th, 2012

  ===========================KS House Tax Cut Plan Cheaper than Initially Estimated TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) _ New estimates show that a sweeping tax-cut bill approved by the Kansas House would have a smaller impact on state revenues than earlier projected. Documents prepared by legislative analysts and obtained Thursday by The Associated Press put the cost of cutting income and sales taxes at nearly $334 million in the first year. Projected over five years, the cost grows to nearly $2.2 billion. The figure...

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