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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.

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.

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

Bryan Thompson Thursday, September 22nd, 2011

State health officials say five samples of bacteria have now been linked to a multi-state outbreak of listeriosis (lih-steer-ee-OH-sis), triggered by infected cantaloupe from Colorado. As KPR's Bryan Thompson reports, the outbreak has caused at least eight deaths, and sickened 55 people in 14 other states.

Stephen Koranda Thursday, September 22nd, 2011

State officials have signed a deal to sell a half-billion dollars worth of Kansas wheat to Taiwan. Representatives from Kansas and Taiwan signed the two-year deal today (THUR) during a ceremony at the Statehouse. Kansas Wheat Commissioner Jay Armstrong had a simple message for the Taiwanese delegation.Armstrong says Kansas and Taiwan have been signing wheat trade deals for more than 30 years. This sale will amount to more than 60 million bushels.

Stephen Koranda Thursday, September 22nd, 2011

Authors, readers and everyone who loves Kansas will find something to celebrate at a new event being championed by the state's First Lady. The Kansas Book Festival takes place tomorrow (SAT) at the Kansas Museum of History in Topeka. Mary Brownback says she got some inspiration for the event from reading another First Lady's book:The festival features panel discussions with Kansas authors, storytime presentations for children, and more. A complete schedule of events and participants is available online at kansasbookfestival.com.

Stephen Koranda Thursday, September 22nd, 2011

The Kansas Book Festival takes place tomorrow (SAT) at the Kansas Museum of History in Topeka. Mary Brownback, the First Lady of Kansas, has been closely involved in planning the event. She says her intention was to create an enduring way to showcase new Kansas authors:The festival features presentations by authors including Clare Vanderpool, whose book about a 12-year-old Kansas girl won the prestigious Newbery Medal. The program also features book discussions, storytelling, songs, and presentation of the Kansas Notable Book Awards. A complete schedule of events is available online at...

Stephen Koranda Thursday, September 22nd, 2011

The Kansas Book Festival gets underway tomorrow (SAT) at the Kansas Museum of History in Topeka. Mary Brownback, the First Lady of Kansas, will open the festivities at 8:45 am. She says the event is designed for an entire day of family-friendly events, all in one place:The programs will feature storytelling, songs and presentations by Kansas authors. The keynote address will be delivered by David Eisenhower, who has written a book about his grandfather, President Dwight Eisenhower. A program schedule is available online at kansasbookfestival.com.

Stephen Koranda Thursday, September 22nd, 2011

Governor Sam Brownback is endorsing Texas Governor Rick Perry in the race for the Republican presidential nomination. Brownback announced his decision today (THUR), saying Perry has the right message.Brownback will be Governor Perry’s guest at tonight’s (THUR) Republican debate in Florida.

KPR Web Operations Thursday, September 22nd, 2011

The Big 12 Conference is still alive and kicking. But its commissioner, Dan Beebe, appears to be on his way out. The Kansas City Star has reported today (THUR) that Beebe is laying the ground work for his departure. And with the apparent shakeup at the top, Kansas Public Radio's Greg Echlin reports the Kansas Board of Regents is looking for some stability.

KPR Web Operations Thursday, September 22nd, 2011

The Kansas Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services says an Amnesty Day in the Kansas City area last month was a success. Kansas Public Radio’s Bryan Thompson says it was a chance for delinquent parents to make a new start.

Stephen Koranda Wednesday, September 21st, 2011

There’s an international controversy centered around Kansas City, Missouri and the king of Bahrain – a small country in the Middle East. The king claims Kansas City officials gave him an award 40 years ago. As KPR’s Stephen Koranda tells us, a human rights group says the city should take the award back.

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