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KPR Web Operations Monday, July 11th, 2011

Despite the current tough employment market, the health care industry is continuing to generate jobs. Linda Nickisch is with the U-S Bureau of Labor Statistics office in Kansas City. She says that unlike in many industries, jobs in the medical field continue to increase.Available jobs also increased in the hospitality industry. Overall, unemployment rose nationally last month, from 9.1 percent to 9.2 percent.

KPR Web Operations Monday, July 11th, 2011

The planned closure of nine Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services offices across the state will make it harder to serve mentally ill and disabled Kansans, says former agency head Janet Schalansky (Sha-LANN-ski). Schalansky was secretary of SRS under governors Bill Graves and Kathleen Sebelius. Rob Siedlecki, Republican Governor Sam Brownback's pick to head the agency, says the planned office closures are necessary to comply with budget cuts ordered by the Legislature. Democratic legislators concerned about the impact of the cuts on vulnerable Kansans are hosting a public meeting...

KPR Web Operations Sunday, July 10th, 2011

Major League Baseball's All-Star break is here. Representing the Kansas City Royals at the All-Star game in Phoenix is Aaron Crow, a graduate of Washburn Rural High School in Topeka. As Kansas Public Radio's Greg Echlin reports, it's rare that a Kansas high school alum becomes an All-Star.

KPR Web Operations Friday, July 8th, 2011

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KPR Web Operations Thursday, July 7th, 2011

According to Forbes magazine, the city of Manhattan is at the top of the list for "best small places for business and careers" in the nation. And the area is no stranger to such rankings. In 2009, the Associated Press ranked Riley County -- where Manhattan is the county seat -- as the "least economically stressed" county in the country. So what makes Manhattan's economy so seemingly bullet-proof? John Pagen, with the local Chamber of Commerce, thinks he knows part of the answer. NBAF is the National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility, which is scheduled to begin construction in Manhattan early...

KPR Web Operations Thursday, July 7th, 2011

TransCanada's Keystone Pipeline began transporting oil from Alberta, Canada to Cushing, Oklahoma earlier this year. The pipeline makes it's way through six counties in Kansas, and local officials have been eagerly anticipating a combined 40 million dollars a year in tax revenue. But as KPR's David Darman reports, those Kansas counties have not yet seen a nickel in taxes, and aren't likely to see any money for some time.

KPR Web Operations Tuesday, July 5th, 2011

The Wichita National Weather Service office is getting a new tool for looking deep inside severe storms. A new technology called Dual Polarization Radar uses both a horizontal and a vertical signal to give forecasters more information about what's happening in any given storm. Dick Elder is the meteorologist-in-charge at the Wichita office. He says the new radar will make prediction and forecasting easier, and safer:The new, advanced radar system is expected to be up and running by Monday the 18th. It will be the first in the central United States, and only the third in the nation; upgrades...

KPR Web Operations Tuesday, July 5th, 2011

The National Weather Service radar in Wichita is about to go even more high-tech. Wichita will be just the third place in the nation to receive something called Dual Polarization Radar. Dick Elder is the meteorologist-in-charge at the Wichita office. He says this radar enhancement will improve certain aspects of weather forecasting and monitoring:The new radar will be operational by Monday the 18th. In the meantime, the Wichita office will use radar feeds from Topeka; Dodge City; Springfield, Missouri and Enid, Oklahoma.

KPR Web Operations Tuesday, July 5th, 2011

The National Weather Service office in Wichita is getting a new, state-of-the-art radar upgrade. It will be just the third site in the nation to receive the so-called "dual-polarization" technology. Dick Elder, the meteorologist-in-charge at the Wichita office, says this kind of radar provides an additional tool for looking inside storms:The Wichita office's current radar is scheduled to be shut down today (WED) to begin the installation of the new technology. Elder says the upgraded radar is expected to be up and running by Monday the 18th.

KPR Web Operations Tuesday, July 5th, 2011

Oil production in Kansas rose 2% in 2010 from the year before. Lynn Watney with KU's Kansas Geological Survey says the trend has been up for more than a decade. The trend is heading in the opposite direction for natural gas production in Kansas. It was down 8 % in 2010 from 2009, mostly because new exploration has declined as gas prices slipped begining in mid 2008.

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