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KPR Web Operations Wednesday, June 1st, 2011

See a movie for free on the Statehouse lawn in Topeka tomorrow (THUR) night. The Topeka and Shawnee County Public library is part of a group showing films for the next 6 weeks with no admission charge. Lisa Coble-Krings says the movies are way for the library to reach out to the community. The first movie, "The Great Outdoors," stars John Candy and Kansas native Annette Bening (BENN-ing). The last movie in the series will be the Wizard of Oz, which will be shown on July 7th. The film organizers ask that you bring a blanket to sit on the lawn. No lawn chairs are allowed on the grass,...

KPR Web Operations Tuesday, May 31st, 2011

Emergency loans are being made available to farmers whose crops were affected by drought, wind and fires earlier this year. Lee Hartford of the Kansas Farm Service Agency says these emergency loans are designed to assist farmers who are being faced with crop failures.Farmers may qualify if they have crop losses to report in the counties that were recently declared natural disaster areas by the U-S Department of Agriculture. Low-interest emergency loans of up to 500 thousand dollars are available. The deadline for filing is January 10th of next year.

KPR Web Operations Monday, May 30th, 2011

In golf, Tom Watson captured the Senior P-G-A Championship yesterday (SUN) after winning a one-hole against David Eger (Eager). Afterward, Watson told The Golf Channel that winning never gets old.Watson at the age of 61 became the oldest to win a major since the Senior Tour was started in 1980.

KPR Web Operations Sunday, May 29th, 2011

A freshman from Wichita pulled an upset over the weekend at the NCAA Division Two track and field championships. By winning the 110-meter hurdles title, Andrew Etheridge also helped Emporia State to its best finish ever as a Division Two school in the NCAA. As Kansas Public Radio's Greg Echlin reports, Etheridge barely qualifed for the event's final.

KPR Web Operations Friday, May 27th, 2011

An old steam-powered train engine will be rolling through Kansas this weekend. Union Pacific's legendary engine number 844 will pull in to Marysville, Kansas tomorrow (SAT) night. U-P spokesman Mark Davis says the old locomotive typically travels a few hundred miles a day, and makes frequent stops. The locomotive, from the 1940s, will pass through Topeka on Sunday, on its way to Little Rock, Arkansas. The train will also stop at Union Station in downtown Kansas City on Monday.

KPR Web Operations Thursday, May 26th, 2011

Kansas needs more engineers and a new law is designed to make that happen. Governor Sam Brownback has signed a measure that will allocate $10.5 million a year to engineering programs at the University of Kansas, Kansas State and Wichita State. Steve Morris, a Hugoton Republican, is president of the Kansas Senate.Republican Senator Carolyn McGinn, of Sedgwick, says this legislation will help address that shortage.Lawmakers hope the new legislation will increase the number of engineering graduates by 60 percent.

KPR Web Operations Thursday, May 26th, 2011

The Ogallala -- or High Plains -- Aquifer is one of the largest aquifers in the world, supplying about 30 percent of all the ground water drawn in the United States. It supports an istimate 12.7 million acres of irrigated land in eight states, including Kansas. But some parts of the aquifer are running out of water. Harvest Public Media's Eric Durban brings us this audio postcard from a drilling site in southwest Kansas where researchers are seeking a better understanding of how the aquifer works.For more information on the High Plains Aquifer -- and for more agricultural news -- log on to...

KPR Web Operations Thursday, May 26th, 2011

The state's annual "Click-It or Ticket" campaign is underway. Police officers across the state are once again ramping-up enforcement of the Kansas seat belt law. Highway Patrol Lieutenant Robert Baker says buckling-up is important -- even for short trips.Nearly 150 law enforcement agencies across the state are taking part in the effort to crack-down on motorists who aren't wearing seat belts. The campaign runs through the 5th of June.

KPR Web Operations Wednesday, May 25th, 2011

Stefan Petrovic (steh-FAHN PET-roh-vitch), a seventh-grader from South Junior High in Lawrence, won third place honors in the National Geographic Bee in Washington, D-C today (WED). The national competition features students competing in a variety of tests on geographic knowledge. Stefan says he enjoys the study of geography, and thinks it will help him as he pursues some big dreams:Stefan credits his parents for his success in the competition, along with two of his teachers - Mary Van Dyke of Broken Arrow Elementary and David Olson of South Junior High.

KPR Web Operations Wednesday, May 25th, 2011

A Kansas student has placed third in the National Geographic Bee finals in Washington, D-C. Stefan Petrovic (steh-FAHN PET-roh-vitch) is a seventh-grader from South Junior High in Lawrence. He says getting ready for the competition, which tests world geographic knowledge, was a long process that required several different techniques:Stefan's third-place prizes include a $10,000 college scholarship and $500 in cash. He hasn't decided what to do with the money yet, but he said that he's very interested in planning a trip to central Asia.


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