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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.

KPR Web Operations Monday, June 27th, 2011

Low-income Kansans who received federal assistance with their heating bills last winter will be getting help with their cooling bills this summer. More from Kansas Public Radio’s Bryan Thompson.

KPR Web Operations Monday, June 27th, 2011

Six Southwestern Kansas Counties including Finney and Stanton have banned the discharge of fireworks this year. The drought gripping the region has dried out wheat and other vegetation that can easily be ignited. Ulysses town adminstrator Daron Hall says recent experience convinced officials to ban any substance that can be burned. A grass fire that burned in Stanton County incinerated 60 square miles in March. Despite the fireworks ban in 6 counties, a few others including Greeley and Scott Counties are going ahead with July 4th fireworks displays.

KPR Web Operations Friday, June 24th, 2011

The University of Kansas had three of its players from last season's basketball team taken in the NBA Draft last (THUR) night. Kansas Public Radio's Greg Echlin has the story.

KPR Web Operations Thursday, June 23rd, 2011

The head of the state Democratic Party wants Kansans to scrutinize Governor Sam Brownback’s plan for transforming Medicaid. Joan Wagnon says Brownback voted several times as a U-S Senator to cut Medicaid funding. And she’s concerned that his administration’s efforts to cut at least $200 million from the Kansas program will force the reduction or elimination of critical services.Wagnon, a former legislator and cabinet secretary, attended a public forum yesterday (WED) on the Medicaid transformation initiative. The meeting was led by several members of Brownback’s cabinet who say that cutting...

KPR Web Operations Wednesday, June 22nd, 2011

Despite lingering opposition to federal health reform, Kansas Insurance Commissioner Sandy Praeger says the state should continue to implement the law. Praeger is using a $31 million federal grant to design a new online exchange that at least 240,000 Kansans are expected to use to purchase health insurance starting in 2014. Consumers will also use the Web-based system – which Praeger says will function much like an online travel site – to determine whether they’re eligible for government subsidies. Conservative Republicans have warned that legislation needed to create the exchange will...

KPR Web Operations Wednesday, June 22nd, 2011

The Lawrence Humane Society is playing host to a large number of animals...especially cats and kittens. Kayse (KAY-see) Aschenbrenner (ASH-en-brenn-ur) is with Lawrence Humane, and says the group hopes a special promotion will help convince more people to adopt a pet: The no-adoption-fee promotion will run until the shelter's cat population has stabilized. More information is available online at lawrencehumane.org.

KPR Web Operations Wednesday, June 22nd, 2011

The Lawrence Humane Society finds itself with a surplus of cats. That's why the group is waiving cat and kitten adoption fees in an effort to find homes for more of these animals. Kayse (KAY-see) Aschenbrenner (ASH-en-brenn-ur) with Lawrence Humane says that the group almost always houses more animals as the weather grows warmer.There will still be a charge for spaying or neutering of adopted animals. The no-adoption-fee promotion will run until the shelter's cat population has stabilized. More information is available online at lawrencehumane.org.

KPR Web Operations Wednesday, June 22nd, 2011

The Lawrence Humane Society is currently waiving adoption fees for cats and kittens as the shelter's population of these animals has surged. Kayse (KAY-see) Aschenbrenner (ASH-en-brenn-ur) with Lawrence Humane says that summer traditionally heralds a significant uptick in the number of animals that the shelter takes in. There will still be a charge for spaying or neutering. The no-adoption-fee promotion will run until the shelter's cat population has stabilized. More information is available online at lawrencehumane.org.

KPR Web Operations Wednesday, June 22nd, 2011

A Texas man who ran an illegal deer hunting camp in southern Kansas has been sentened to 41 months in prison. His brother is set for sentencing on Friday. Jim Doblin of the Kansas Information Network has more. That's Jim Doblin reporting.

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