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Stephen Koranda Tuesday, July 19th, 2011

Two Kansas lawmakers have introduced a bill to change the way the Army Corps of Engineers manages the Missouri River. Senator Pat Roberts and Congresswoman Lynn Jenkins introduced the legislation. It would require the Army Corps to take more data into account when deciding how much water needs to be released from upstream reservoirs. Roberts says he hopes the change could help reduce future flooding.Large releases from upstream reservoirs resulted in some of this year's flooding. Elected officials from seven states have come together and formed a task force to look at how the Missouri River...

Stephen Koranda Tuesday, July 19th, 2011

Two Kansas lawmakers have introduced a bill to change the way the Army Corps of Engineers manages the Missouri River. Senator Pat Roberts and Congresswoman Lynn Jenkins introduced the legislation. Roberts says it would require the Army Corps to take more data into account when deciding how much water needs to be released from upstream reservoirs.Large releases from upstream reservoirs resulted in some of this year's flooding. Elected officials from seven states have come together and formed a task force to look at how the Missouri River is managed. They believe the management plan is...

Bryan Thompson Monday, July 18th, 2011

Lakes in seven counties scattered all across Kansas are currently experiencing harmful blue-green algae blooms. Kansas Public Radio’s Bryan Thompson explains why you need to be concerned.

Stephen Koranda Monday, July 18th, 2011

There's been a lot of talk about providing more local food, creating sustainable local food systems and "knowing your farmer." But for many people, consuming local food is simply not a priority. For others, it's simply not an option. In the fifth and final part of our Harvest Public Media series on local food, Jessica Nadziunas (nah-JOON-us)reports on the cultural divide that could be the key to the success of community-driven local food movements.You can learn more about this story -- and find more agricultural news online -- at HarvestPublicMedia.org. This special website features news,...

Stephen Koranda Monday, July 18th, 2011

Would you pay more for locally-produced food? Would you expect to pay less? In this fourth installment of our five-part series on local food, Harvest Public Media's Clay Masters reports the answer is often embedded in the geography of a given place.You can learn more about this story -- and find more agricultural news online -- at HarvestPublicMedia.org. This special website features news, video, podcasts and blogs about agriculture in the Midwest. That web address, once again, is Harvest Public Media.org.

Stephen Koranda Monday, July 18th, 2011

"Eating local" takes on a whole different meaning in the vast open spaces of rural Kansas. Today, in part three of our series on local food, Harvest Public Media's Eric Durban reports that supporting local food production in the land of commodities requires an unusual amount of commitment...but the need for local food is decidedly there.You can learn more about this story -- and find more agricultural news online -- at HarvestPublicMedia.org. This special website features news, video, podcasts and blogs about agriculture in the Midwest. That web address, once again, is Harvest Public Media....

Stephen Koranda Monday, July 18th, 2011

As local food systems evolve to incorporate locally-grown items, social service agencies are uncovering some surprising community benefits in the trend, particularly in some urban centers. In parts of St. Louis, for example, small-scale food production and distribution are helping build unique connections for veterans, recovering drug addicts and others in need. In part two of our week-long series on local food, Harvest Public Media's Tim Lloyd has this story of a little farm that's become fertile ground for people, plants, and human potential.You can learn more about this story -- and find...

Stephen Koranda Monday, July 18th, 2011

The national food system is increasingly globalized. Food that reaches the local grocery may have come from thousands of miles away. At the same time, the number of farmers' markets in the U-S is skyrocketing. People are embracing the idea of eating locally-produced food for all sorts of reasons...from increased freshness, to the ability to meet and interact with one's neighbors at a local produce market, to supporting the local economy. What's more, food that doesn't travel as far is often viewed as more environmentally-friendly. But as Harvest Public Media's Kathleen Masterson reports,...

Stephen Koranda Monday, July 18th, 2011

The Kansas Court of Appeals is taking another working road-trip. Ron Keefover is with the Office of Judicial Administration. He says the court will hear cases in Emporia today (TUE) and tomorrow (WED).The Appeals Court will hear a variety of civil cases, along with five criminal cases at the Lyon County Courthouse in Emporia.

Stephen Koranda Monday, July 18th, 2011

A committee organized by Governor Sam Brownback will be working over the coming months to secure funding for a federal lab in Manhattan. But that could be a challenge with all the talk of cutting the federal budget in Washington. Kansas Senator Pat Roberts will head the committee. The National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility, or NBAF, will study animal and plant diseases that could threaten the nation’s food supply. Roberts is confident they’ll be able to get funding for the 650 million dollar project, despite calls for cutting the budget.Roberts says the current facility is an aging lab on...

KPR Web Operations Sunday, July 17th, 2011

Kansas is one of 27 states where homebuyers at risk of foreclosure can get federal funding to get back on their feet. But as Kansas Public Radio’s Bryan Thompson reports, you’ll have to act quickly.

Stephen Koranda Friday, July 15th, 2011

Kansas SRS Secretary Rob Siedlecki (SIDE-leck-ee) says his agency has no intention of abandoning plans to close the Lawrence SRS office. More from Kansas Public Radio’s Bryan Thompson.

Stephen Koranda Friday, July 15th, 2011

Attorney General Derek Schmidt is defending the decision to hire private attorneys to represent the state in a lawsuit filed by Planned Parenthood. KPR's Stephen Koranda has more

Stephen Koranda Friday, July 15th, 2011

Governor Sam Brownback has created a committee which will work to secure funding to build a federal lab in Manhattan. The National Bio and Agro-Defense facility, or NBAF, will study animal and plant diseases that could endanger the nation's food supply. Governor Brownback says keeping the 650 million dollar project on schedule will be a tough sell, with all the talk of budget cutting in Washington.Kansas Senator Pat Roberts will head the committee made up of state and local officials. Congress has already appropriated 40 million dollars for the project. Major construction of the lab is...

Bryan Thompson Thursday, July 14th, 2011

The heat wave shows no sign of letting up anytime soon. As Kansas Public Radio’s Bryan Thompson reports, that means people need to take precautions.

Stephen Koranda Thursday, July 14th, 2011

A study looking for ways to improve the court system in Kansas is halfway finished. The commission carrying out the study held hearings across the state to gather suggestions from the public. More than 600 people attended the meetings. Chief Justice of the Kansas Supreme Court Lawton Nuss says he’s very pleased with the progress so far.The commission is looking for ways to make the courts more efficient. One suggestion includes using electronic court filing, to allow more court documents to be handled online. But Nuss says the court currently has little funding to implement a new system. The...

Stephen Koranda Thursday, July 14th, 2011

Since 1912, the Chamney (CHAMM-nee) Dairy Farm has been a Lawrence landmark. In the 1970s, the University of Kansas bought the property...and now, it's getting a decidedly modern makeover by a group of KU architecture students. KPR intern Becky Sullivan reports that the revamped site, which will be the home of the KU Center for Design Research, could be a harbinger of what's to come in developing "green" technologies for buildings on the KU campus.An open house will take place tomorrow (SAT) morning at the Center for Design Research, when the facility will officially "power up" with a public...

Stephen Koranda Wednesday, July 13th, 2011

Members of the Kansas Board of Education have voted to cut their travel expense budget by 10 percent. The current budget is around 80 thousand dollars, split between the 10 board members. Board member Janet Waugh, of Kansas City, says the board needs to look at cutting costs during a tough budget time.Walt Chappell ("chapel"), a board member from Wichita, says they should look for cuts in other areas. He says traveling to meet with constituents is an important service.The board as a whole left more than 10 percent of the travel budget unspent last year, but three board members overspent...

Stephen Koranda Wednesday, July 13th, 2011

A U-S Senate committee is scheduled to vote today (THUR) on the nomination of former Kansas Attorney General Steve Six to a federal judgeship. As KPR’s Stephen Koranda tells us, Six has recently attracted some high-profile backers.

Stephen Koranda Wednesday, July 13th, 2011

Each year, the University of Kansas awards the Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award to a distinguished science fiction writer through its Center for the Study of Science Fiction. Now, the estate of Theodore Sturgeon has donated an important archive to the Center. Beth Whitaker of the KU Libraries says that the long-standing relationship between Sturgeon and the University was a major factor in the donation.Theodore Sturgeon is widely regarded as an key figure in the so-called "Golden Age" of science fiction writing. He is credited as an influence on writers ranging from Kurt Vonnegut to...

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