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Stephen Koranda Friday, September 30th, 2011

Former Kansas Senator Bob Dole has received the first spot on a new Walk of Honor at the Kansas Statehouse. The markers commemorate notable Kansans. Senator Dole called it one of the greatest honors of his career.Officials praised the Russell native as someone who worked well with members of both parties during his 35 years in Washington. Dole’s plaque in the Walk of Honor will be followed by up to three more each year. A committee will choose the Kansans to commemorate.

Stephen Koranda Friday, September 30th, 2011

Former Kansas Senator Bob Dole was honored today (FRI) with a plaque on the Statehouse grounds in Topeka. The plaque is the first in a series called the Kansas Walk of Honor. The markers celebrate the achievements of notable Kansans. Dole and his wife, former Senator Elizabeth Dole, attended the ceremony. Elected officials from around the state gathered to thank Dole for his public service, including Governor Sam Brownback. Speakers at today’s (FRI) ceremony noted Senator Dole’s work as a long-time lawmaker and his advocacy on behalf of Americans in the armed services. Dole himself served...

KPR Web Operations Friday, September 30th, 2011

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment will never rival music icon Lady Gaga for Twitter followers. Nevertheless, as Jim McLean of the KHI News Service reports, the state agency is using the social media tool to help combat the flu.

KPR Web Operations Friday, September 30th, 2011

One day after the conclusion of the Kansas City Royals baseball season, manager Ned Yost announced changes on his coaching staff. Next year, the Royals will have a new pitching coach and a new bench coach. Kansas Public Radio's Greg Echlin has a rundown on the changes.The Royals finished with a 71-91 record this season, the 26th straight season they've missed the playoffs.

Stephen Koranda Thursday, September 29th, 2011

A law that took effect in July gives school districts the option to spend some reserve funds to help make up for a reduction in state aid. A report released this week by the Kansas Policy Institute says school districts have millions of dollars in reserve funds that could be spent in the classroom. As KPR’s Stephen Koranda tells us, the funds are for things like special education and bilingual education.

KPR Web Operations Thursday, September 29th, 2011

Bubba Starling has found out first-hand about the pros and cons of being in the media spotlight. Earlier this year, the 19-year old signed a contract for millions as a first-round draft choice for the Kansas City Royals. But last weekend in Arizona, Starling was issued a citation for underage drinking. Royals General Manager Dayton Moore says Starling has learned his lesson.Starling is in Arizona participating in the Royals Instructional League.

KPR Web Operations Thursday, September 29th, 2011

Governor Sam Brownback has conducted his latest meeting in a series of economic summits focused on growing the state’s economy. Yesterday (WED), the governor was in Garden City, where the topic was animal agriculture. We get more from KPR’s Eric Durban.

KPR Web Operations Thursday, September 29th, 2011

Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt has joined officials from other states in urging the U.S. Supreme Court to expedite a decision on the constitutionality of the federal health reform law. We get more from Jim McLean of the KHI News Service.

KPR Web Operations Thursday, September 29th, 2011

NASCAR's 2012 Sprint Cup schedule has been released. And for the second straight year, there will be two Sprint Cup races at Kansas Speedway. But, as KPR's Greg Echlin reports, their dates on the calendar will be different.

Stephen Koranda Wednesday, September 28th, 2011

The Federal Emergency Management Agency has extended a deadline to file an insurance claim related to this year’s Missouri River flooding. As KPR’s Stephen Koranda tells us, a deadline had been looming for some flood victims.

Stephen Koranda Wednesday, September 28th, 2011

Governor Sam Brownback says Kansas is in a position to grow its animal agriculture industry. The governor hosted a summit in Garden City on the topic. Brownback says businesses could relocate to Kansas from other areas. He says in some parts of the country, animal waste is a water pollution concern, and Kansas could attract those businesses. Kansas has available space and grain for animal agriculture businesses. Brownback says the state could see hundreds of millions of dollars in economic growth in that industry.

Bryan Thompson Wednesday, September 28th, 2011

Health officials in the Emporia area are concerned about a possible outbreak of a disease that passes readily between animals and humans. As Kansas Public Radio’s Bryan Thompson reports, there have been no human cases, and the county health department would like to keep it that way.

Stephen Koranda Wednesday, September 28th, 2011

If the dead could talk...they might ask "Can you hear me now?" in Junction City. A plan to place a Verizon cell phone tower in a city cemetery is being debated by the Junction City Commission. Commissioner Scott Johnson told WIBW that some of his family is buried at the Highland Cemetery, and they wouldn't mind the tower being there:But the Junction City mayor says there are other, less controversial sites where Verizon could put the 150-foot-tall tower. He's asking his colleagues to consider alternative placement options when the final vote comes up next week.

Stephen Koranda Wednesday, September 28th, 2011

Topeka City Council members are considering the repeal of a law that would force the Shawnee County District Attorney to prosecute misdemeanor domestic battery cases. D-A Chad Taylor said he could no longer prosecute such cases because of budget cuts. The cases are now being referred to municipal court. During a work session earlier this week, Interim Topeka City Manager Dan Stanley proposed a short-term solution to the problem that would split the costs of prosecution between the city, the county and the D-A's office at least through the end of the year.Topeka Mayor Bill Bunten was not...

Stephen Koranda Wednesday, September 28th, 2011

The Federal Emergency Management Agency has extended the deadline for filing an insurance claim related to this year’s Missouri River flooding. People affected by the floods will now have until at least October 29th to file a claim with the federal flood insurance program. The deadline originally was tomorrow (THUR). Amanda Bicknell, with FEMA, says even though there’s an extension, property owners shouldn’t waste time.Members of the flood program have to file a claim within 150 days after their property was damaged. The program will pay up to 350 thousand dollars for a damaged home and one...

Stephen Koranda Tuesday, September 27th, 2011

The University of Kansas Medical Center has officially unveiled a new business incubator. The facility is on the school's Kansas City campus. It’s aimed at helping grow companies and commercialize KU research. KPR’s Stephen Koranda has more.

Stephen Koranda Tuesday, September 27th, 2011

At a ribbon cutting ceremony today (TUE), the University of Kansas Medical Center officially unveiled a new business incubator. The goal is to help create new companies and grow existing businesses by partnering with researchers at KU. The facility offers lab space and business training. KU Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little says the facility will help companies create jobs.So far, three businesses have moved in. This is the third business incubator opened by KU. The other two are located on the KU campus in Lawrence.

KPR Web Operations Tuesday, September 27th, 2011

With nearly 360,000 Kansans lacking health insurance and more living in poverty, the need for safety-net clinics is on the rise. Jim McLean of the KHI News Service has more on how the clinics are responding to that need.

Stephen Koranda Monday, September 26th, 2011

Hundreds of people gathered in Topeka for a hearing on the Keystone XL oil pipeline. The U-S State Department took public comments on the pipeline, which would carry oil from Canada to Texas. As KPR’s Stephen Koranda tells us, the hearing brought out supporters and opponents of the project.

Stephen Koranda Monday, September 26th, 2011

Don Beggs says he is ready to resign as president of Wichita State University, and will do so once the Kansas Board of Regents has named a successor. The new president is expected to be in place by the summer of 2012. Beggs says his departure has nothing to do with dissatisfaction about the job:Wichita State is also searching for a new provost. The university will suspend its search for that position until the new president is in place.

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