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Stephen Koranda Monday, August 29th, 2011

Law enforcement from around the Midwest are meeting today to talk about ways to protect children. The conference starting today (TUE) in Wichita will focus on ways to better investigate and prosecuting crimes against children. It will bring together law enforcement and prosecutors from six neighboring states. As KPR’s Stephen Koranda reports, some types of child crime are increasing.

Stephen Koranda Monday, August 29th, 2011

A Wichita grocery store owner has admitted his role in a scheme to defraud the federal food stamp program. Ahmed Ajami Al-Maleki, the owner of the Kansas Food Market, pleaded guilty today (MON) to conspiracy and fraud. The U-S Attorney’s office says Al-Maleki paid people in cash for half the value of their food stamps, then kept the difference for himself. Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services Secretary Robert Siedlecki (SIDE-leck-ee) hopes this case will deter people from defrauding the agencyA staff member at SRS noticed a suspicious number of food stamp transactions at the...

Stephen Koranda Monday, August 29th, 2011

The president of the Kansas City Federal Reserve Bank says Kansas should focus on investing in education and lowering tax rates to improve the state’s economic growth. Tom Hoenig (HAW-nig) told a group gathered in Topeka today (MON) that investing in education pays dividends by making states more competitive.Governor Sam Brownback invited Hoenig to speak to a group of business and government leaders. Brownback says he hopes Kansas universities will increase their focus on academic programs that can help grow the state's economy.

KPR Web Operations Monday, August 29th, 2011

The penalty for the Bethany College men's golf team was reduced over the weekend. Except for pants at their ankles and golf equipment shielding their private parts, the team posed naked for a picture that ended up on Facebook. Kansas Public Radio's Greg Echlin has more on the story.

Stephen Koranda Sunday, August 28th, 2011

Lawmakers this week will start evaluating a list of budget cuts to be made by the Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services, or SRS. Late last week, SRS provided legislators with a list of all the cuts the agency is making to meet funding reductions. As KPR’s Stephen Koranda reports, some legislators aren’t happy with SRS’s budget-cutting measures.

Stephen Koranda Friday, August 26th, 2011

Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt says that his office has shut down a fraudulent operation based in Paola. The organization is alleged to have promised consumers who bought a handbook that they were "guaranteed" to receive grants from the federal government. A-G spokesman Jeff Wagaman says the operation tried to siphon hundreds of dollars from consumers across the country for grant research, writing and coaching services. Wagaman said the company also failed to substantiate its claims of a 70-percent-or-higher success rate in securing grants. Wagaman says consumers who were bilked by...

Stephen Koranda Friday, August 26th, 2011

The Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services today (FRI) provided lawmakers with a list of budget cuts the agency will make. This week a legislative committee requested the information. Some lawmakers have criticized how SRS is handling a $43 million reduction in state and federal funding. To save money, SRS has proposed closing 10 local offices, reducing salary costs and delaying computer purchases. SRS Secretary Robert Siedlecki (SIDE-leck-ee) says he’s satisfied with how the agency is handling the cuts.The list also includes $8 million dollars in Medicaid savings. The agency is...

KPR Web Operations Thursday, August 25th, 2011

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Stephen Koranda Thursday, August 25th, 2011

Earlier this month, the National Endowment for the Arts, or N-E-A, said Kansas would not be eligible for federal matching funds. This week, another group made a similar announcement. As KPR’s Stephen Koranda tells us, the two groups say the cause for the change was Governor Sam Brownback vetoing funding for the Kansas Arts Commission earlier this year.

KPR Web Operations Thursday, August 25th, 2011

Students at the University of Kansas can take a course on the study of extra-terrestrial life, taught by a former NASA astronaut. Professor Steve Hawley, who's been to space on five different shuttle missions, says part of the course work includes a discussion on UFOs. KU is one of only three institutions in the country where students can earn a minor degree in astrobiology.

KPR Web Operations Thursday, August 25th, 2011

Is there life beyond planet Earth? That's a big question... and one that students at the University of Kansas are trying to answer. KU offers a class about extra-terrestrial life. It's taught by former NASA astronaut Steve Hawley, a KU professor of astronomy and astrophysics. KPR's J. Schafer recently spoke with Hawley about the course... and about KU's new emphasis on astrobiology. That's former NASA astronaut Steve Hawley, a professor of astronomy and astrophysics at the University of Kansas. He was speaking to KPR's J. Schafer about a course in the study of extra-terrestrial life. Only...

KPR Web Operations Thursday, August 25th, 2011

Is there life beyond planet Earth? That's a big question... and one that students at the University of Kansas are trying to answer. KU offers a course on the study of extra-terrestrial life and now, students can get a minor degree in astrobiology. That's former NASA astronaut Steve Hawley, who helps teach the course. He says UFOs are discussed in class but are not the main topic. Instead, students will spend time studying the possibility of NON-intelligent life on other planets.

KPR Web Operations Thursday, August 25th, 2011

The general manager of the Kansas State Fair feels secure about the safety measures in place for the annual event in Hutchinson. Denny Stoecklein (STECK-line) says the fair's response to any emergency will involve a coordinated effort from public safety officials. Stoecklein (STECK-line) says fair officials and law enforcement authorities will spend some extra time reviewing safety measures in the next week, in light of recent concerns about safety at large public events. Officials at the Indiana State Fair recently came under criticism after a stage collapse killed seven people earlier this...

Stephen Koranda Thursday, August 25th, 2011

Kansas State Fair officials will meet this week with law enforcement and emergency management officials. Fair manager Denny Stoecklein (STECK-line) says the group will spend a little extra time talking about weather safety in light of a stage collapse at the Indiana State Fair earlier this month. On August 13th, seven people were killed when severe winds destroyed a stage at the Indiana State Fair. Stoecklein says fair organizers currently have no concerns about the condition of the Hutchinson stage. The 99th annual Kansas State Fair runs September 9th through the 18th.

Stephen Koranda Thursday, August 25th, 2011

The chair of the Kansas Democratic Party is urging the state's congressional delegation to extend a payroll tax cut. Last year, the amount that workers pay into Social Security was cut from six-point-two to four-point-two percent of their wages. Democratic Party Chair Joan Wagnon says allowing the tax cut to expire would amount to a one-billion dollar tax increase on Kansas workers. Some opponents of extending the tax reduction say it will make Social Security’s long-term funding problems worse.

Bryan Thompson Thursday, August 25th, 2011

Governor Sam Brownback’s recent rejection of a $31 million dollar federal grant won’t stop planning for how to implement one of the health reform law’s major provisions. As Jim McLean of the KHI News Service reports, that decision was made late yesterday (WED) by the group planning Kansas’s health insurance purchasing exchange.

Stephen Koranda Wednesday, August 24th, 2011

It's been more than six months since Congress convened in Washington with many new members. Controversy over the budget and raising the debt ceiling have caused a divide among lawmakers and brought the nation to the brink of default. One of the new members of Congress to take office at this critical time is Republican Kevin Yoder, who represents the 3rd District. KPR's Stephen Koranda caught up with Yoder after an appearance in Overland Park. Yoder says it's been a frustrating term for him so far.That's 3rd District Congressman Kevin Yoder speaking to KPR's Stephen Koranda. Congress is...

Stephen Koranda Wednesday, August 24th, 2011

Kansas Congressman Kevin Yoder says he supports spending caps and a balanced budget amendment as Congress works to tackle the national budget deficit. The 3rd District Republican voted against the bill to raise the nation's debt ceiling. He says the legislation promised to cut the nation's debt, but doesn't do enough to meet that pledge.Tune in later this hour when we'll have a legislative update from Congressman Yoder.

KPR Web Operations Wednesday, August 24th, 2011

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Stephen Koranda Wednesday, August 24th, 2011

Governor Sam Brownback is pushing partnerships between private business and the state's universities as a way to grow the economy. At an economic summit today (WED), Brownback used an example from Kansas State University. K-State has formed a partnership where the university will perform veterinary diagnostic tests for a private company. Brownback has said he wants colleges and universities in Kansas to focus on ways their programs can grow jobs and the state's economy.

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