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KPR Web Operations Tuesday, August 16th, 2011

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KPR Web Operations Tuesday, August 16th, 2011

The fourth and final public meeting on Governor Sam Brownback’s Medicaid reform initiative is scheduled for tomorrow (WED) in Overland Park. State Health Secretary Robert Moser says the goal is to slow the rate of growth in the health care program for low-income and disabled Kansans. He says they're hoping to reduce Medicaid’s costs by about $200 million over two years, getting about half that in the first year.Moser says improving the care provided to more than 300,000 Kansans on Medicaid is just as important as cutting costs. Critics say such deep cuts are more likely to reduce services....

Stephen Koranda Tuesday, August 16th, 2011

The University of Kansas is entering the second phase of a cost-cutting study, which is looking for ways to improve efficiency without sacrificing quality. The study is designed to streamline areas like information technology, human resources and maintenance. KU Provost Jeff Vitter says staff cuts are an option, but they’re looking for alternativesA consulting firm hired by KU has targeted more than 10 areas where the school can save money. The firm will also suggest ways to increase enrollment.

KPR Web Operations Tuesday, August 16th, 2011

Police across Kansas are beefing up traffic patrols in anticipation of the coming Labor Day holiday. Three people die on Kansas roads every day in connection with drunk driving. A statewide effort is already underway to crack-down on DUI offenders. Johnson County Sheriff's Deputy Tom Erickson says DUI checkpoints will begin this week.Johnson County also promises increased enforcement of the state's seatbelt law. Authorities urge drivers to stay sober and patient as they drive around the state in these remaining weeks of summer... and all year long.

KPR Web Operations Tuesday, August 16th, 2011

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Bryan Thompson Tuesday, August 16th, 2011

Kansas Republicans are taking a stand against the federal health reform law. As Jim McLean of the KHI News Service Reports, party leaders have passed a resolution calling on all GOP office holders to reject any federal money offered to help implement the law.

KPR Web Operations Tuesday, August 16th, 2011

It went down to the wire, but the Kansas City Royals got their man. Nineteen-year old Bubba Starling...a graduate last spring from Gardner-Edgerton High School...turned down a chance to play quarterback for the Huskers of Nebraska. Instead, he accepted the bonus offer to sign with the Royals. Kansas Public Radio's Greg Echlin has the story.

Stephen Koranda Tuesday, August 16th, 2011

Federal budget negotiations could affect the state’s ability to respond to tornadoes and other disasters. Congress has formed a so-called “super committee” to look for ways to reduce the federal deficit by more than one-trillion dollars. But if they fail to reach an agreement, there will be billions of dollars in federal cuts. As KPR’s Stephen Koranda reports, those cuts would impact Kansas.

Stephen Koranda Monday, August 15th, 2011

Federal budget negotiations could affect the state’s ability to respond to tornadoes and other disasters. Congress has formed a committee to look for ways to reduce the deficit by more than one-trillion dollars. If the committee fails to reach an agreement, there will be billions of dollars in automatic cuts to defense and homeland security. Kansas Senator Jay Emler, a Lindsborg Republican, also works in the Adjutant General’s Department. He says homeland security cuts would likely mean millions of dollars less in federal funding for Kansas. Emler says the reductions would probably include...

KPR Web Operations Monday, August 15th, 2011

A highly-regarded anti-dropout program in a Kansas school district may be about to end. Earlier this year, the U-S Army announced "Project Pass," a leadership program using military-style techniques being piloted at six middle and high schools across the country. Garden City was selected as one site for the experimental project. However, Kansas State Board of Education chair Dale Dennis says that government lawyers are now crying foul.Dennis says Garden City officials have high praise for the project, and are seeking ways to continue the program even if funding is withdrawn.

KPR Web Operations Monday, August 15th, 2011

August is National Immunization Month, and while kids are getting immunizations before the start of school, the Kansas Department of Health and Environment says it's a good idea for adults to be sure their immunizations are up to date, as well. KDHE spokesperson Mike Parsons says one immunization required for middle school students is also a good idea for adults who are due for tetanus shot boosters.That's a Tdap (TEE-DAP) shot, spelled with a "T." Parsons says it's also not too early for people to get flu shots, because they won't wear off before the flu season is over. Parsons recomments...

KPR Web Operations Sunday, August 14th, 2011

Will Texas A&M remain in the Big 12 Conference? Or will the Aggies bolt for the Southeastern Conference? Those questions were addressed over the weekend by both conferences. Kansas Public Radio's Greg Echlin has the latest.

KPR Web Operations Friday, August 12th, 2011

The city of Lawrence is about to deploy the first hybrid diesel-electric technology buses in the state. The city has purchased three, 40-foot-long buses, and is looking forward to saving money on fuel and maintenance once they’re running. Transportation Director Bob Nugent says riders may not realize they’re in a hybrid vehicle, because of how the buses sound.The hybrid buses are not going into service right away. Drivers are training on them now, and the official rollout for riders is scheduled for August 22nd.

Bryan Thompson Friday, August 12th, 2011

A five-million dollar donation from Don and Adele (uh – DELL) Hall, of Mission Hills, has brought the University of Kansas Cancer Center near its fundraising goal of 61-million dollars. As Kansas Public Radio’s Bryan Thompson reports, it’s part of an effort to win National Cancer Institute designation.

Bryan Thompson Friday, August 12th, 2011

Kansas could end up on the receiving end of a federal lawsuit if it doesn’t start doing a better job of providing services to developmentally and physically disabled people in their homes and communities. That warning was delivered yesterday (THUR) by Barry Grissom, the U-S Attorney for Kansas, at the annual meeting of the state Disability Caucus in Topeka. Jim McLean of the KHI News Service reports.

KPR Web Operations Thursday, August 11th, 2011

Coming off a 10-and-6 season and a playoff appearance, the Kansas City Chiefs are under greater national scrutiny this season. It begins with a national telecast tonight (FRI) in the Chiefs' first exhibition game. Kickoff is at 7 o'clock. Kansas Public Radio's Greg Echlin has more.

KPR Web Operations Thursday, August 11th, 2011

Kansas high school students will NOT have a new financial literacy graduation requirement next year. This week, the State Board of Education rejected an effort to mandate financial literacy courses. However, it's likely the issue will come up again in 2012, when the board carries out an overall review of mandatory courses. Board member Kathy Martin says the requirement is certainly worth consideration: Martin's board colleague Walt Chappell has been pushing to create a personal finance requirement, saying that it is needed to ensure students are able to make wise decisions with their money...

KPR Web Operations Thursday, August 11th, 2011

A push for mandatory financial literacy courses has fallen flat at the Kansas Board of Education. Board member Walt Chappell had hoped to make personal finance classes a requirement for graduation...but his colleagues say that now is not the time.The Board will be reviewing graduation requirements next year, and some board members say additional mandated courses shouldn't be considered until then.

KPR Web Operations Thursday, August 11th, 2011

The state of Kansas - and half the other states in the country - are failing when it comes to cancer prevention and treatment efforts. That's the finding in a survey carried out by the American Cancer Society. Christopher Masoner is the state public affairs director for the society. He says one of the state's most glaring deficiencies is the Kansas tobacco tax, which he says is too low.While Masoner praises the Kansas Legislature for passing the ban on smoking in most public places, he is scolding the state for its inadequate screening for breast and cervical cancer among low-income women....

KPR Web Operations Thursday, August 11th, 2011

The American Cancer Society is giving the state of Kansas a D for its efforts to prevent and treat cancer. Christopher Masoner, the public affairs director for the Kansas branch of the Society, says the only good thing lawmakers have done is passage of the statewide smoking ban in 2010. He says there are several areas where Kansas has come up short. Masoner says that tobacco taxes in Kansas are the 16th-lowest in the nation. The Annual Cancer Compliance Report is available online at www.acscan.org.

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