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KPR Web Operations Monday, October 10th, 2011

While Kansas may still have a high unemployment rate, there is some positive news about the state’s economy. Tax revenues are growing at a rate faster than state officials had expected. That’s what Legislative Research Director Alan Conroy told a group of lawmakers today (MON). The state is three months into a new fiscal year, and Conroy says the state general fund is 50 million dollars ahead of expectations.Most of the growth has been in income and sales tax collections. That means Kansans are earning more and spending more than expected.

KPR Web Operations Monday, October 10th, 2011

Jimmy Johnson won yesterday's (SUN) 400-mile race at Kansas Speedway. He's shooting for his sixth straight NASCAR championship. Though Johnson was satisfied with his victory, Kansas Public Radio's Greg Echlin reports that Johnson is also up front about one of NASCAR's main purposes.

KPR Web Operations Friday, October 7th, 2011

UFOs above the sky in Kansas City? Maybe. Several dozen eyewitnesses claim to have seen unidentified flying objects earlier this week in Kansas City, Lee's Summit and Raytown, Missouri. Margie Kay is a Missouri-based spokeswoman for an organization called MUFON (moo-FON) -- the Mutual UFO Network. Kay says a team of UFO investigators has converged on Kansas City to speak with the eyewitnesses.Kay says some -- but not all -- of the UFO sightings may have a more Earthly explanation. She says in one case, eyewitnesses may have observed military planes or other aircraft. Some planes were...

KPR Web Operations Friday, October 7th, 2011

Danica Patrick may be best known for her accomplishments in Indy Car racing. But tomorrow (SAT), she'll be driving a stock car at Kansas Speedway as part of NASCAR's Nationwide series. She says her two-year transition to stock car racing is almost complete.Patrick will compete for the last time in an Indy car race next weekend in Las Vegas.

KPR Web Operations Friday, October 7th, 2011

A reorganization of the state’s social services agency is likely to be a part of a soon-to-be-announced plan to reduce the cost of Medicaid. We have this report this morning from Jim McLean of the KHI News Service.

KPR Web Operations Friday, October 7th, 2011

The Big 12 Conference has talked expansion. Now the conference is walking the walk with an invitation to Texas Christian University in Fort Worth. Kansas Public Radio's Greg Echlin has the story.

KPR Web Operations Wednesday, October 5th, 2011

A constitutional debate is being staged this (THUR) evening at the Dole Institute of Politics in Lawrence. Noted attorneys and health care law experts Gregory Katsas (KAT-suss) and Catherine Stetson will face off on a provision of the Federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act requiring the purchase of health insurance coverage. Some legal scholars say that requirement is unprecedented, and exceeds the powers of the U-S Congress. Others say the requirement falls within Congress's power to regulate matters affecting interstate commerce. Dole Institute associate director Barbara...

KPR Web Operations Wednesday, October 5th, 2011

Constitution Day is an annual event that commemorates the signing of the U-S Constitution on September 17th. Events focusing on the Constitution are held in the weeks surrounding this day in schools and communities nationwide. The Dole Institute of Politics will hold its Constitution Day program this (THUR) evening, as noted attorneys Gregory Katsas (KAT-suss) and Catherine Stetson debate the constitutionality of the new Federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Barbara Ballard is the Dole Institute's Associate Director. She says the debate will not address the philosophical pros...

KPR Web Operations Wednesday, October 5th, 2011

The Dole Institute of Politics is hosting a constitutional law debate this (THUR) evening. Attorneys Gregory Katsas (KAT-suss) and Catherine Stetson will debate whether certain provisions of the Federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act are constitutionally permissible. Dole Institute Associate Director Barbara Ballard says it's a particularly timely topic.Ballard adds that the program is not designed to debate the merits of the health care law, but to discuss whether the U-S Constitution allows enforcement of the law's requirements. Students and community members are welcome to...

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