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Stephen Koranda Wednesday, September 28th, 2011

If the dead could talk...they might ask "Can you hear me now?" in Junction City. A plan to place a Verizon cell phone tower in a city cemetery is being debated by the Junction City Commission. Commissioner Scott Johnson told WIBW that some of his family is buried at the Highland Cemetery, and they wouldn't mind the tower being there:But the Junction City mayor says there are other, less controversial sites where Verizon could put the 150-foot-tall tower. He's asking his colleagues to consider alternative placement options when the final vote comes up next week.

Stephen Koranda Wednesday, September 28th, 2011

Topeka City Council members are considering the repeal of a law that would force the Shawnee County District Attorney to prosecute misdemeanor domestic battery cases. D-A Chad Taylor said he could no longer prosecute such cases because of budget cuts. The cases are now being referred to municipal court. During a work session earlier this week, Interim Topeka City Manager Dan Stanley proposed a short-term solution to the problem that would split the costs of prosecution between the city, the county and the D-A's office at least through the end of the year.Topeka Mayor Bill Bunten was not...

Stephen Koranda Wednesday, September 28th, 2011

The Federal Emergency Management Agency has extended the deadline for filing an insurance claim related to this year’s Missouri River flooding. People affected by the floods will now have until at least October 29th to file a claim with the federal flood insurance program. The deadline originally was tomorrow (THUR). Amanda Bicknell, with FEMA, says even though there’s an extension, property owners shouldn’t waste time.Members of the flood program have to file a claim within 150 days after their property was damaged. The program will pay up to 350 thousand dollars for a damaged home and one...

Stephen Koranda Tuesday, September 27th, 2011

The University of Kansas Medical Center has officially unveiled a new business incubator. The facility is on the school's Kansas City campus. It’s aimed at helping grow companies and commercialize KU research. KPR’s Stephen Koranda has more.

Stephen Koranda Tuesday, September 27th, 2011

At a ribbon cutting ceremony today (TUE), the University of Kansas Medical Center officially unveiled a new business incubator. The goal is to help create new companies and grow existing businesses by partnering with researchers at KU. The facility offers lab space and business training. KU Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little says the facility will help companies create jobs.So far, three businesses have moved in. This is the third business incubator opened by KU. The other two are located on the KU campus in Lawrence.

KPR Web Operations Tuesday, September 27th, 2011

With nearly 360,000 Kansans lacking health insurance and more living in poverty, the need for safety-net clinics is on the rise. Jim McLean of the KHI News Service has more on how the clinics are responding to that need.

Stephen Koranda Monday, September 26th, 2011

Hundreds of people gathered in Topeka for a hearing on the Keystone XL oil pipeline. The U-S State Department took public comments on the pipeline, which would carry oil from Canada to Texas. As KPR’s Stephen Koranda tells us, the hearing brought out supporters and opponents of the project.

Stephen Koranda Monday, September 26th, 2011

Don Beggs says he is ready to resign as president of Wichita State University, and will do so once the Kansas Board of Regents has named a successor. The new president is expected to be in place by the summer of 2012. Beggs says his departure has nothing to do with dissatisfaction about the job:Wichita State is also searching for a new provost. The university will suspend its search for that position until the new president is in place.

Stephen Koranda Monday, September 26th, 2011

Don Beggs says he is ready to resign as president of Wichita State University, once the Kansas Board of Regents names a successor to be in place by the summer of next year. The 70-year-old Beggs has been president of WSU since 1999, and is only the 12th person to hold the job in school history. Beggs said he's been happy at Wichita State, but it's time for him to leave.Wichita State will be suspending its search for a provost until the new president is in place. Keith Pickus is currently serving as interim provost.

KPR Web Operations Monday, September 26th, 2011

Hundreds of people gathered in Topeka today (MON) for a hearing on a proposed oil pipeline expansion project. The U-S State Department took public comments on the Keystone XL pipeline, which would expand the TransCanada Corporation's capacity for carrying oil from Canada to Texas. Union member Carl Baysinger, from Columbia, Missouri, came to show his support for the project.Opponents of the project say it could damage the agriculture industry in Kansas if the pipe leaks or breaks and pollutes groundwater.

Stephen Koranda Monday, September 26th, 2011

Hundreds of people gathered in Topeka today (MON) for a hearing on the proposed expansion of an oil pipeline that travels through Kansas. The U-S State Department took public comments on the Keystone XL pipeline, which will carry oil from Canada to Texas. Union member Carl Baysinger, from Columbia, Missouri, came to show his support for the project.Opponents of the project say it could damage the agriculture industry in Kansas if the pipe leaks or breaks and pollutes groundwater.

Bryan Thompson Monday, September 26th, 2011

A Seattle law firm has filed the first of what will likely be several lawsuits over a deadly listeriosis outbreak linked to cantaloupe from a farm in Colorado. As Kansas Public Radio’s Bryan Thompson explains, none of the lawsuits involve Kansas so far, but at least 2 Kansans have died as a result of the outbreak…

KPR Web Operations Monday, September 26th, 2011

A tradition that dates back to 1927 brought thousands of people to the small, south-central Kansas town of Medicine Lodge this weekend. The attraction? A three-day pageant that celebrates the history of the American West. Kansas Public Radio’s Bryan Thompson has this report…

KPR Web Operations Monday, September 26th, 2011

It's official. Texas A&M will leave the Big 12 Conference and join the Southeastern Conference. That makes three schools...Nebraska and Colorado last year...that have either left or declared their intention to exit the Big 12. Kansas Public Radio's Greg Echlin has more.

Stephen Koranda Sunday, September 25th, 2011

Kansans will have a chance today (MON) to voice their opinions of a proposed oil pipeline that would pass through the state. As KPR’s Stephen Koranda tells us, there’s a public hearing scheduled in Topeka on the Keystone Pipeline, which would stretch from Canada to Texas.

Stephen Koranda Friday, September 23rd, 2011

Advocates for children and the elderly gathered in Topeka today (FRI) calling on lawmakers to preserve social services in the face of budget deficits. Jesyca (“Jessica”) Rodenberg is with the Kansas Association of Community Action Programs. She says cutting programs, like those providing health care for low-income Kansans, can actually increase medical costs for everyone. Rodenberg says recently released census data shows an additional 20,000 Kansans fell below the poverty line last year. Thirteen percent of Kansans currently live below the federal poverty line.

Stephen Koranda Friday, September 23rd, 2011

Governor Sam Brownback endorsed Republican presidential candidate Rick Perry yesterday (THUR). That move came as little surprise. The two have been close friends for more than 20 years and Brownback says that Perry has good ideas for the nation's economic growth. As for Brownback's prospects as a part of a potential Perry Administration?But Brownback's comments might seem eerily familiar to those who remember some made by a former occupant of Cedar Crest...who said she wouldn't be going to Washington, either.Then-governor Kathleen Sebelius said that in November 2008. She's now the U-S...

Bryan Thompson Friday, September 23rd, 2011

A study of 101 of the nation’s top academic medical centers lists the University of Kansas Hospital as number two in the country in patient safety and quality of care. K-U Hospital president and CEO Bob Page says the rankings by the University Healthsytem Consortium are based on six measures established by the Institute of Medicine. Page says the importance of the ranking is that it indicates that patient care at the K-U Hospital rivals that provided anywhere in the country. The K-U Hospital ranked number two once before, in 2009, and has been in the top five in three of the last five years...

Stephen Koranda Thursday, September 22nd, 2011

Governor Sam Brownback is throwing his weight behind Texas Governor Rick Perry in the race for the Republican presidential nomination. Brownback officially endorsed Perry and was a guest of Perry’s at last (THUR) night’s presidential debate in Florida. KPR’s Stephen Koranda has more on Brownback’s decision.

KPR Web Operations Thursday, September 22nd, 2011

As the world population grows and vital natural resources decline, maintaining a productive, reliable food system presents a serious challenge. It's a challenge that many believe can only be met through intensive research. But as KPR's Eric Durban found out, in the U-S, the outlook for government funding of that research is hazy at best.KPR's Eric Durban is part of an agriculture reporting consortium called Harvest Public Media. Learn more about this project by logging on to: HarvestPublicMedia.org

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