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KPR Web Operations Sunday, October 16th, 2011

Sporting Kansas City played their last home match of the regular season on Saturday night in Major League Soccer. As Kansas Public Radio's Greg Echlin reports, Sporting KC guaranteed more to come after Saturday's result.

Stephen Koranda Sunday, October 16th, 2011

There will soon be two separate groups looking at ways to make the Kansas tax system more business friendly. But the two organizations are different, because one of them is doing business behind closed doors. Governor Sam Brownback put together a group headed by Secretary of Revenue Nick Jordan. A couple of the group’s members have been named, but a spokesperson for Jordan said the department wouldn’t comment on who is on the committee or who has been consulted. Senate President Steve Morris, a Hugoton Republican, has announced he’ll also create a committee to study tax proposals, and he...

Stephen Koranda Friday, October 14th, 2011

Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach’s office will soon take public comments on new voter ID regulations. A law taking effect in January will require voters to show a photo ID at the polls. Kobach says his office has been drafting the regulations that accompany the ID requirement, and the public will have a chance to weigh in.The regulations will clarify what poll workers should do when faced with certain situations, such as a voter forgetting to bring ID. Critics of the law are concerned it could keep some legal voters away from the polls. Kobach, a Republican, has said the measure is...

KPR Web Operations Friday, October 14th, 2011

The city of Wichita is evaluating industrial revenue bonds and tax exemptions for the Coleman Company. Coleman has announced a plan to move key executives to Denver and intends to build a leadership center there. Mayor Carl Brewer says he just officially learned of that move. Company officials say they’re moving a few departments to Colorado to better compete with other outdoor companies based in Denver. Coleman Company president and CEO, Robert Marcovitch, says more than 800 employees will remain in Wichita, where the company was founded in 1901.

KPR Web Operations Friday, October 14th, 2011

In the Big 12 basketball coaches poll, the University of Kansas has been selected as the co-favorite to win the conference. The other co-favorite is Texas A&M. Kansas State, meanwhile, was picked to finish sixth in the conference. Kansas Public Radio's Greg Echlin has more.

Bryan Thompson Friday, October 14th, 2011

A program that offers federal money to help healthcare professionals pay for their education—if they’ll practice in underserved areas—has reached a new milestone. As Kansas Public Radio’s Bryan Thompson reports, the National Health Service Corps has nearly tripled in size over the past two-and-a-half years.

Bryan Thompson Thursday, October 13th, 2011

Most beds at the state mental hospital in the Kansas City region will soon be out of service. Rainbow Mental Health, in Kansas City, Kansas, was recently cited for safety violations. Kansas SRS Secretary, Rob Siedlecki,(SIDE-leck-ee) stresses the closure of beds at Rainbow will be temporary. Siedlecki says that includes installing a new sprinkler system and building smoke-barrier walls. Within the next couple weeks, patients at Rainbow will move to the state’s mental hospital in Osawatomie. The renovations will cost about half a million dollars, and take about half a year to complete. But...

KPR Web Operations Thursday, October 13th, 2011

Jayhawk fans are encouraged to bring non-perishable food items with them to tonight's (FRI) "Late Night in the Phog" basketball practice at KU. The food items will be donated to "Just Food," a local pantry serving Douglas County residents. Angela Lumpkin is a volunteer for Just Food. She says the food drive at Allen Field House has generated lots of donations in the past. Right now, the food pantry is in particular need of jelly, hamburger helper, and toilet paper... but officials at Just Food say all donations are welcome.

Stephen Koranda Wednesday, October 12th, 2011

All domestic battery cases in Topeka will once again be prosecuted. Shawnee County District Attorney Chad Taylor announced he’ll resume taking the cases, but he’ll have fewer staff and resources to handle them. The resolution is a relief to advocates for the victims of domestic violence. Kari (“carrie”) Ann Rinker is with the Kansas branch of the National Organization for Women.But Rinker is disappointed the debate dragged on so long. The month-long stalemate between the city and county caused more than 20 people arrested for misdemeanor domestic abuse to be released without charges. The...

KPR Web Operations Wednesday, October 12th, 2011

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Stephen Koranda Wednesday, October 12th, 2011

Shawnee County District Attorney Chad Taylor says he will once again prosecute domestic battery cases from Topeka. Taylor’s office and the Topeka City Council had been in a standoff over who should prosecute the crimes. KPR’s Stephen Koranda has more.

Bryan Thompson Wednesday, October 12th, 2011

Fort Hays State University wants to start training mid-level dental providers. As Kansas Public Radio’s Bryan Thompson reports, they’re waiting for state lawmakers to authorize this new type of dental professional.

Stephen Koranda Tuesday, October 11th, 2011

The Topeka City Council has repealed a city ordinance outlawing domestic battery. It’s the latest in an ongoing dispute between the city and county over who should prosecute the crimes. Council members who voted to repeal the ordinance say it puts the city in a better position to negotiate with the district attorney. Topeka Mayor Bill Bunten.Because of budget cuts, Shawnee County District Attorney Chad Taylor has stopped prosecuting any misdemeanor crimes committed in the city limits, including domestic battery. The city says they also don’t have the money to handle the cases. Opponents told...

Stephen Koranda Tuesday, October 11th, 2011

Misdemeanor domestic violence cases in Topeka are going unprosecuted, because of a budget dispute. Both the city and county say they don’t have the money to handle the cases. As Kansas Public Radio’s Stephen Koranda reports, there have been at least 18 domestic battery arrests where the alleged abuser has been released without charges.

Bryan Thompson Tuesday, October 11th, 2011

A coalition of health care advocates is urging Kansas lawmakers to restore dental coverage for adults in the Medicaid program. As Jim McLean of the KHI News Service reports, budget cuts forced the state to suspend that coverage last year.

Stephen Koranda Monday, October 10th, 2011

With a high unemployment rate, the Kansas economy still looks weak to many observers. But there is one area of positive growth. The state’s tax revenues are growing faster than expected. As KPR’s Stephen Koranda tells us, lawmakers were briefed on the situation at a Statehouse committee meeting.

KPR Web Operations Monday, October 10th, 2011

While Kansas may still have a high unemployment rate, there is some positive news about the state’s economy. Tax revenues are growing at a rate faster than state officials had expected. That’s what Legislative Research Director Alan Conroy told a group of lawmakers today (MON). The state is three months into a new fiscal year, and Conroy says the state general fund is 50 million dollars ahead of expectations.Most of the growth has been in income and sales tax collections. That means Kansans are earning more and spending more than expected.

KPR Web Operations Monday, October 10th, 2011

Jimmy Johnson won yesterday's (SUN) 400-mile race at Kansas Speedway. He's shooting for his sixth straight NASCAR championship. Though Johnson was satisfied with his victory, Kansas Public Radio's Greg Echlin reports that Johnson is also up front about one of NASCAR's main purposes.

KPR Web Operations Friday, October 7th, 2011

UFOs above the sky in Kansas City? Maybe. Several dozen eyewitnesses claim to have seen unidentified flying objects earlier this week in Kansas City, Lee's Summit and Raytown, Missouri. Margie Kay is a Missouri-based spokeswoman for an organization called MUFON (moo-FON) -- the Mutual UFO Network. Kay says a team of UFO investigators has converged on Kansas City to speak with the eyewitnesses.Kay says some -- but not all -- of the UFO sightings may have a more Earthly explanation. She says in one case, eyewitnesses may have observed military planes or other aircraft. Some planes were...

KPR Web Operations Friday, October 7th, 2011

Danica Patrick may be best known for her accomplishments in Indy Car racing. But tomorrow (SAT), she'll be driving a stock car at Kansas Speedway as part of NASCAR's Nationwide series. She says her two-year transition to stock car racing is almost complete.Patrick will compete for the last time in an Indy car race next weekend in Las Vegas.


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