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KPR Web Operations Tuesday, November 15th, 2011

Governor Sam Brownback kicked off a series of meetings across the state on childhood poverty yesterday (MON) promising to take a bipartisan approach. But as Jim McLean of the KHI News Service reports, that pledge is already being called into question.

KPR Web Operations Monday, November 14th, 2011

It's said that "home is where the heart is." But at Arrowhead Stadium...the home of the Kansas City Chiefs in Kansas City... hasn't been too hospitable lately. That’s except for a heartfelt welcome in the first quarter of the Chiefs' game against Denver. Kansas Public Radio's Greg Echlin has the story.

KPR Web Operations Tuesday, November 8th, 2011

You've likely been hearing about it for weeks, but the first nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System will be finally be held later today (WED). As KPR's J. Schafer reports, "this is only a test"... but it's also a good time to make sure you're prepared, in the event of an actual emergency. (Again, today's / WED nationwide EAS test is set for 1 o'clock Central Time.)

KPR Web Operations Tuesday, November 8th, 2011

A group seeking domestic partner rights is asking the Topeka city council to create a registry that would allow unmarried couples to legally acknowledge their relationships. Such a registry would also make it easier for unmarried partners to get health care and other benefits. The Topeka chapter of the Kansas Equality Coalition wants the council to establish the registry by the end of the year. Coalition member Thomas Witt makes the case. Topeka Councilman Andrew Gray says he'll bring the ordinance before the council next week. He says a registry is a way to show that Topeka is a...

KPR Web Operations Monday, November 7th, 2011

State officials are launching an adoption marketing campaign. One of the goals is to find adoptive homes for more than 400 hard-to-place children now in state care. Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services Secretary Rob Siedlecki (SIDE-LECK-EE) says finding families to adopt these children can be challenging because they are often older. Many also suffer from emotional problems or have disabilities.At a news conference yesterday (MON), Siedlecki said the agency is re-purposing a $300,000 federal grant to pay for the marketing campaign. He said people who adopt children through the...

KPR Web Operations Monday, November 7th, 2011

More than 20,000 soccer fans at Livestrong Sporting Park in Kansas City, Kansas were left disappointed yesterday (SUN). Sporting Kansas City lost, 2-0, to Houston in the Eastern Conference championship...just one game away from reaching the Major League Soccer championship match. Sporting Kansas City coach Peter Vermes (ver-MEESE) had hoped his team could capitalize on its home field advantage. It was Sporting Kansas City's first loss at Livestrong Sporting Park since August 27th. It was only their third loss at home since the stadium opened in June.

KPR Web Operations Monday, November 7th, 2011

It became official yesterday (SUN). This season marks the last in which the University of Missouri will compete in athletics as a member of the Big 12 Conference. Next year, MU will join the Southeastern Conference. Kansas Public Radio's Greg Echlin has more.

KPR Web Operations Friday, November 4th, 2011

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KPR Web Operations Thursday, November 3rd, 2011

The Kansas Board of Regents has announced the creation of a statewide task force on oral health. It’s charged with making recommendations for getting more dentists to set up practices throughout Kansas. Task force member Kevin Robertson says one thing the committee is likely to do is establish a way to educate dentists in Kansas. There’s no way to do that now.Many Kansas dentists get their training at the University of Missouri, Kansas City or U-M-K-C. The 10-member task force is expected to release its findings sometime next year.

KPR Web Operations Thursday, November 3rd, 2011

Books, books, and more books. N-P-R commentator Nancy Pearl shared her love of reading last night (WED) at the Lawrence Public Library, where she said her local library in Detroit offered her a refuge from her childhood and shaped her career path:Nancy Pearl is the author of several books, including "Book Lust," and "More Book Lust." She will speak at 7:00 tonight (THURS) at the Topeka Shawnee County Public Library. That event is free and open to the public.

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