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KPR Web Operations Tuesday, July 5th, 2011

The Wichita National Weather Service office is getting a new tool for looking deep inside severe storms. A new technology called Dual Polarization Radar uses both a horizontal and a vertical signal to give forecasters more information about what's happening in any given storm. Dick Elder is the meteorologist-in-charge at the Wichita office. He says the new radar will make prediction and forecasting easier, and safer:The new, advanced radar system is expected to be up and running by Monday the 18th. It will be the first in the central United States, and only the third in the nation; upgrades...

KPR Web Operations Tuesday, July 5th, 2011

The National Weather Service radar in Wichita is about to go even more high-tech. Wichita will be just the third place in the nation to receive something called Dual Polarization Radar. Dick Elder is the meteorologist-in-charge at the Wichita office. He says this radar enhancement will improve certain aspects of weather forecasting and monitoring:The new radar will be operational by Monday the 18th. In the meantime, the Wichita office will use radar feeds from Topeka; Dodge City; Springfield, Missouri and Enid, Oklahoma.

KPR Web Operations Tuesday, July 5th, 2011

The National Weather Service office in Wichita is getting a new, state-of-the-art radar upgrade. It will be just the third site in the nation to receive the so-called "dual-polarization" technology. Dick Elder, the meteorologist-in-charge at the Wichita office, says this kind of radar provides an additional tool for looking inside storms:The Wichita office's current radar is scheduled to be shut down today (WED) to begin the installation of the new technology. Elder says the upgraded radar is expected to be up and running by Monday the 18th.

KPR Web Operations Tuesday, July 5th, 2011

Oil production in Kansas rose 2% in 2010 from the year before. Lynn Watney with KU's Kansas Geological Survey says the trend has been up for more than a decade. The trend is heading in the opposite direction for natural gas production in Kansas. It was down 8 % in 2010 from 2009, mostly because new exploration has declined as gas prices slipped begining in mid 2008.

KPR Web Operations Monday, June 27th, 2011

Low-income Kansans who received federal assistance with their heating bills last winter will be getting help with their cooling bills this summer. More from Kansas Public Radio’s Bryan Thompson.

KPR Web Operations Monday, June 27th, 2011

Six Southwestern Kansas Counties including Finney and Stanton have banned the discharge of fireworks this year. The drought gripping the region has dried out wheat and other vegetation that can easily be ignited. Ulysses town adminstrator Daron Hall says recent experience convinced officials to ban any substance that can be burned. A grass fire that burned in Stanton County incinerated 60 square miles in March. Despite the fireworks ban in 6 counties, a few others including Greeley and Scott Counties are going ahead with July 4th fireworks displays.

KPR Web Operations Friday, June 24th, 2011

The University of Kansas had three of its players from last season's basketball team taken in the NBA Draft last (THUR) night. Kansas Public Radio's Greg Echlin has the story.

KPR Web Operations Thursday, June 23rd, 2011

The head of the state Democratic Party wants Kansans to scrutinize Governor Sam Brownback’s plan for transforming Medicaid. Joan Wagnon says Brownback voted several times as a U-S Senator to cut Medicaid funding. And she’s concerned that his administration’s efforts to cut at least $200 million from the Kansas program will force the reduction or elimination of critical services.Wagnon, a former legislator and cabinet secretary, attended a public forum yesterday (WED) on the Medicaid transformation initiative. The meeting was led by several members of Brownback’s cabinet who say that cutting...

KPR Web Operations Wednesday, June 22nd, 2011

Despite lingering opposition to federal health reform, Kansas Insurance Commissioner Sandy Praeger says the state should continue to implement the law. Praeger is using a $31 million federal grant to design a new online exchange that at least 240,000 Kansans are expected to use to purchase health insurance starting in 2014. Consumers will also use the Web-based system – which Praeger says will function much like an online travel site – to determine whether they’re eligible for government subsidies. Conservative Republicans have warned that legislation needed to create the exchange will...

KPR Web Operations Wednesday, June 22nd, 2011

The Lawrence Humane Society is playing host to a large number of animals...especially cats and kittens. Kayse (KAY-see) Aschenbrenner (ASH-en-brenn-ur) is with Lawrence Humane, and says the group hopes a special promotion will help convince more people to adopt a pet: The no-adoption-fee promotion will run until the shelter's cat population has stabilized. More information is available online at


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