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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-...

KPR Web Operations Wednesday, September 21st, 2011

Continued turmoil in the Big 12 Conference. A statement from the Pac 12 has now left the future home of Texas and Oklahoma athletics in doubt. KPR's Greg Echlin has more.

KPR Web Operations Tuesday, September 20th, 2011

Young, educated people are the driving force behind the "Arab Spring" that is rocking the Middle East this year. Foreign policy expert and journalist Robin Wright says that's good news for the future of the Mideast: Robin Wright is the author of "Rock the Casbah: Rage and Rebellion Across the Islamic World." She will speak at 7:00 tonight (WED) at Washburn University's Memorial Union as part of Constitution Day. Her talk is open to the public, and is co-sponsored by the Topeka-Shawnee County Public Library.

KPR Web Operations Tuesday, September 20th, 2011

A state senator says planned cuts in Medicaid could trigger marches on the Kansas Statehouse. Senator Roger Reitz (RIGHTZ) voiced the concern yesterday (MON) during a legislative briefing on a Medicaid reform plan being developed by Governor Sam Brownback’s administration.

KPR Web Operations Monday, September 19th, 2011

State officials are making changes in which poor Kansans are eligible for income, childcare and food assistance. As Jim McLean of the KHI News Service reports, some are concerned the changes are coming at a bad time for many Kansas families.

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