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KPR Web Operations Sunday, October 30th, 2011

It's Halloween... the annual high-water mark for spooky stories and terrifying tales. But have you ever wondered why so many scary stories -- from classic literature to horror to science fiction to music -- have so many elements in common? University of Kansas professor John Tibbetts has given a lot of thought to that question. He's now compiled a series of interviews and conversations with authors, artists and filmmakers who have used what scholars often call "the Gothic impulse," which employes a specific set of components to generate a creepy atmosphere. KPR's Laura Lorson spoke with...

KPR Web Operations Friday, October 28th, 2011

Walk into any store in October, and it's obvious: Americans love Halloween. Beyond costumes and candy, people want to experience the paranormal. And increasingly, the tourism industry is catering to that. KPR news intern Justine Greve (Greeve) looks at some Kansas towns and businesses that have discovered something special: digging up ghosts can be profitable. KPR News intern Justine Greve (Greeve) is a graduate of Baker University. She's now a graduate student in American Studies at the University of Kansas.

KPR Web Operations Wednesday, October 26th, 2011

Someone pulled a switcheroo in the football trophy case at Kansas State University. In place of the Governor's Cup, which was awarded last weekend after the win over the Kansas Jayhawks, there's a different trophy... one from eight years ago. KPR's Greg Echlin explains.

KPR Web Operations Monday, October 24th, 2011

NASCAR Sprint Cup driver Clint Bowyer of Emporia won his fifth career race on the circuit yesterday (SUN). But Bowyer's victory at Talledega (Tal-uh-DAY-guh)...his second straight in the fall race at the Alabama almost like a consolation prize. Kansas Public Radio's Greg Echlin explains.

KPR Web Operations Friday, October 21st, 2011

About 40 protesters are still camped-out at a city park in Lawrence. The so-called "Occupy Lawrence" protesters have been rallying at South Park since last Saturday. KPR News Intern Luke Brummer has more. (The .wav file version below is for the Kansas Information Network.)

KPR Web Operations Thursday, October 20th, 2011

Second district Congresswoman Lynn Jenkins says she sees a few places where she could work with President Obama. The Topeka Republican says she does not support the jobs bill the President promoted on his recent bus trip. But Jenkins says Mr. Obama has signaled he's open to compromise on other issues. Representative Jenkins serves on the House Ways and Means Committee, which is a big player in developing the nation's tax laws. She is serving her second term in Congress.

KPR Web Operations Thursday, October 20th, 2011

The future of the University of Missouri in the Big 12 may be decided in the next 24 hours. An executive session of MU's Board of Curators is scheduled for this (THUR) afternoon (3:45pm) and another meeting is scheduled for tomorrow (FRI). Earlier today (THUR), during the Big 12's basketball media day, University of Kansas coach Bill Self said MU should remain in the Big 12 to keep traditional rivalries intact.MU officials previously announced they would explore their options outside the Big 12 Conference.

KPR Web Operations Wednesday, October 19th, 2011

The town of Chapman is searching for a new high school team mascot. The Chapman Fighting Irish received notice from the University of Notre Dame that it would not be allowed to use the school's famous "fighting leprechaun" logo that has served as the Chapman mascot. Lacee Sell, the district superintendent, says the community will have the last word on what the replacement mascot should be. Sell says the high school teams will still be allowed to refer to themselves as the "Fighting Irish"...but won't be allowed to sell any merchandise featuring that name.

KPR Web Operations Sunday, October 16th, 2011

Sporting Kansas City played their last home match of the regular season on Saturday night in Major League Soccer. As Kansas Public Radio's Greg Echlin reports, Sporting KC guaranteed more to come after Saturday's result.

KPR Web Operations Friday, October 14th, 2011

The city of Wichita is evaluating industrial revenue bonds and tax exemptions for the Coleman Company. Coleman has announced a plan to move key executives to Denver and intends to build a leadership center there. Mayor Carl Brewer says he just officially learned of that move. Company officials say they’re moving a few departments to Colorado to better compete with other outdoor companies based in Denver. Coleman Company president and CEO, Robert Marcovitch, says more than 800 employees will remain in Wichita, where the company was founded in 1901.


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