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KPR Web Operations Wednesday, February 16th, 2011

Kansas has been awarded a $31 million grant to develop the information systems it will need to operate a health insurance purchasing exchange. Establishment of the exchange is a requirement for compliance with the federal health reform law. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius made the announcement today (WED). Linda Sheppard of the Kansas Insurance Department says the state got the so-called “early innovator” grant because of work already being done to modernize the Medicaid eligibility system. That system will be adapted to also operate the Web-based purchasing exchange....

KPR Web Operations Tuesday, February 15th, 2011

Kansas State didn't allow the Kansas Jayhawks to enjoy their new number-1 ranking very long. The Wildcats upset KU, 84-68, the same day the Jayhawks were voted number-1 in the A-P weekly college basketball poll. Kansas Public Radio's Greg Echlin has the story.

KPR Web Operations Monday, February 14th, 2011

President Obama has included 150-million dollars in his budget for the next fiscal year to proceed with construction of the nation’s premier bio-defense lab. As Kansas Public Radio’s Bryan Thompson reports, the question is whether Congress will follow through on that commitment.

KPR Web Operations Friday, February 11th, 2011

A music video produced by students at Lawrence High School is getting some national attention. The Kansas-themed video caught the attention of a producer at MSNBC, who then wrote an online article about it for the Rachel Maddow Show. As KPR's J. Schafer reports, the music video puts a new twist on an old tune familiar to many Kansans. Again, if you'd like to check out the "Sunflower" video created by Lawrence High School students, just log on to: www.Room125productions.org.

KPR Web Operations Thursday, February 10th, 2011

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KPR Web Operations Wednesday, February 9th, 2011

36—That’s how many women died from 2007 through 2009 in sexual assault and domestic violence cases in Kansas. Kansas Public Radio’s Bryan Thompson has more on a new report titled “Beyond Statistics”.

KPR Web Operations Wednesday, February 9th, 2011

A poll released today (WED) shows that 77 percent of Kansas voters are in favor of the state’s new smoke-free law. The law, which took effect in July, prohibits smoking in most public places. In addition to finding broad support for the law, pollster Glen Bolger says that 59 percent of voters responded that they would be less likely to support a candidate who wants to repeal it.The poll was paid for by several organizations that lobbied for the law and are now gearing up to fight an expected effort to repeal it. They hired Bolger – who does polling for several Republican members of Congress...

KPR Web Operations Monday, February 7th, 2011

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KPR Web Operations Friday, February 4th, 2011

In the University of Kansas ticket scandal, the only case left undecided in court is that of Ben Kirtland. He worked in the KU athletics department in fundraising. A change-of-plea hearing for Kirtland is now scheduled. Kansas Public Radio's Greg Echlin has the story.

KPR Web Operations Thursday, February 3rd, 2011

While a number of area schools remain closed today (THUR), it's back to business for state government in Topeka. KPR's J. Schafer reports.

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