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KPR Web Operations Thursday, June 9th, 2011

Atchison County emergency officials are busy preparing for increased flooding of the Missouri River. The Army Corps of Engineers has stepped up the release of water from upstream dams and is gearing up to do that again sometime next week. County Emergency Preparedness head Lori Chew says Atchison's levees are in good shape, and when flows increase, the elevation of the county shoud keep flooding to a minimum. Heavy rains and melting snow have pushed more water into the Gavins Point Dam in South Dakota than it can safely hold back, so the Army Corps of Engineers is releasing an...

KPR Web Operations Wednesday, June 8th, 2011

Final touch-ups are underway at Livestrong Sporting Park in Kansas City, Kansas. As Kansas Public Radio's Greg Echlin reports, Sporting Kansas City's ownership now has a set of keys to the nearly-completed stadium.

KPR Web Operations Tuesday, June 7th, 2011

A special event will be taking place this weekend at the fairgrounds building in Alma. Ron Wilson is one of the organizers of the first-ever Kansas Cowboy Poetry contest...and he's an aspiring poet himself:That's just one part of Wilson's poem "What's in a Name." You can hear the rest this weekend at the poetry competition, which gets underway at 10 o'clock Saturday morning. There's no admission charge and no tickets are required. For more information, or to sign up to compete in the contest, visit cowboypoetrycontest.com.

KPR Web Operations Tuesday, June 7th, 2011

There was a day when Albert Pujols (POO-Holss) attended high school and community college in the Kansas City area. Then he became a baseball superstar in the big leagues--for the St. Louis Cardinals. As Kansas Public Radio's Greg Echlin explains, the Kansas City Royals don't want to see another potential superstar get away in last (MON) night's Major League Draft.

KPR Web Operations Monday, June 6th, 2011

The marquis event at Kansas Speedway over the weekend was yesterday's (SUN) 400-mile Sprint Cup race. But one could easily argue that the weekend's highlight was Clint Bowyer's (Boyer's) victory in Saturday's trucks race. As Kansas Public Radio's Greg Echlin reports, the Emporia native had wished for a NASCAR victory close to home for a long time.

KPR Web Operations Friday, June 3rd, 2011

The city of Lawrence has closed two parks and part of another as the Kansas River overflows its banks. Burcham and Riverfront Parks have been put off limits, along with the city's boat ramps and a portion of Constant Park. City spokeswoman Megan Gilliland says the parks' green spaces can absorb a lot of water, so flooding of homes or neighborhoods isn't an immediate concern. Elsewhere in the region, flash flooding caused the evacuation yesterday (THUR) of some 200 people in the city of Manhattan. The Missouri River is also at or above flood stage in Atchison, Doniphan and Leavenworth...

KPR Web Operations Friday, June 3rd, 2011

Kansas State's baseball team plays tonight (FRI) in the NCAA baseball tournament for a school record third straight year. As Kansas Public Radio's Greg Echlin reports, the Wildcats' play down the stretch was the key leading up to the NCAA tournament.

KPR Web Operations Thursday, June 2nd, 2011

Heavy rain last (WED) night and early this (THUR) morning caused flash flooding in Manhattan and parts of Riley and Pottawatomie counties. Pat Collins, with Riley County's emergency management team, says rising water along the Kansas River forced authorities to move about 80 people out of a low-lying apartment building.Officials are also keeping close watch on Rock Creek in Ogden near the Fort Riley Army base. The stream has spilled over its banks, inundating homes and roadways. Flooding is expected to last for several hours before waters subside.

KPR Web Operations Thursday, June 2nd, 2011

Flooding isn't the only problem facing Kansas today (THUR). Sharon Watson, with the state division of emergency management, says residents of Lincoln County are dealing with the after effects of a severe storm.So far, no serious injuries have been reported as a result of the tornadoes in Lincoln County or from the flooding in eastern Kansas.

KPR Web Operations Wednesday, June 1st, 2011

See a movie for free on the Statehouse lawn in Topeka tomorrow (THUR) night. The Topeka and Shawnee County Public library is part of a group showing films for the next 6 weeks with no admission charge. Lisa Coble-Krings says the movies are way for the library to reach out to the community. The first movie, "The Great Outdoors," stars John Candy and Kansas native Annette Bening (BENN-ing). The last movie in the series will be the Wizard of Oz, which will be shown on July 7th. The film organizers ask that you bring a blanket to sit on the lawn. No lawn chairs are allowed on the grass,...

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