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KPR Web Operations Thursday, September 29th, 2011

Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt has joined officials from other states in urging the U.S. Supreme Court to expedite a decision on the constitutionality of the federal health reform law. We get more from Jim McLean of the KHI News Service.

KPR Web Operations Thursday, September 29th, 2011

NASCAR's 2012 Sprint Cup schedule has been released. And for the second straight year, there will be two Sprint Cup races at Kansas Speedway. But, as KPR's Greg Echlin reports, their dates on the calendar will be different.

KPR Web Operations Tuesday, September 27th, 2011

With nearly 360,000 Kansans lacking health insurance and more living in poverty, the need for safety-net clinics is on the rise. Jim McLean of the KHI News Service has more on how the clinics are responding to that need.

KPR Web Operations Monday, September 26th, 2011

Hundreds of people gathered in Topeka today (MON) for a hearing on a proposed oil pipeline expansion project. The U-S State Department took public comments on the Keystone XL pipeline, which would expand the TransCanada Corporation's capacity for carrying oil from Canada to Texas. Union member Carl Baysinger, from Columbia, Missouri, came to show his support for the project.Opponents of the project say it could damage the agriculture industry in Kansas if the pipe leaks or breaks and pollutes groundwater.

KPR Web Operations Monday, September 26th, 2011

A tradition that dates back to 1927 brought thousands of people to the small, south-central Kansas town of Medicine Lodge this weekend. The attraction? A three-day pageant that celebrates the history of the American West. Kansas Public Radio’s Bryan Thompson has this report…

KPR Web Operations Monday, September 26th, 2011

It's official. Texas A&M will leave the Big 12 Conference and join the Southeastern Conference. That makes three schools...Nebraska and Colorado last year...that have either left or declared their intention to exit the Big 12. Kansas Public Radio's Greg Echlin has more.

KPR Web Operations Thursday, September 22nd, 2011

As the world population grows and vital natural resources decline, maintaining a productive, reliable food system presents a serious challenge. It's a challenge that many believe can only be met through intensive research. But as KPR's Eric Durban found out, in the U-S, the outlook for government funding of that research is hazy at best.KPR's Eric Durban is part of an agriculture reporting consortium called Harvest Public Media. Learn more about this project by logging on to: HarvestPublicMedia.org

KPR Web Operations Thursday, September 22nd, 2011

The Big 12 Conference is still alive and kicking. But its commissioner, Dan Beebe, appears to be on his way out. The Kansas City Star has reported today (THUR) that Beebe is laying the ground work for his departure. And with the apparent shakeup at the top, Kansas Public Radio's Greg Echlin reports the Kansas Board of Regents is looking for some stability.

KPR Web Operations Thursday, September 22nd, 2011

The Kansas Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services says an Amnesty Day in the Kansas City area last month was a success. Kansas Public Radio’s Bryan Thompson says it was a chance for delinquent parents to make a new start.

KPR Web Operations Wednesday, September 21st, 2011

For years, education researchers have been warning that schools are facing a shortage of science and math teachers. Increasingly, college students trained in STEM disciplines...that is, science, technology, engineering and math...choose not to become teachers. What's more, the few teachers who are carrying the STEM education teaching load are edging closer to retirement. The University of Kansas Center for Science Education conducted a study showing that the situation is reaching a dramatic and disturbing tipping point. KPR's Laura Lorson talked with CSE director Steven Case and study co-...

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