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KPR Web Operations Wednesday, April 6th, 2011

Thirteen of the nation's leading scholars on the Kansas and Missouri "Border Wars" in the late 19th century will be meeting today (THUR) and tomorrow (FRI) at the Hall Center for the Humanities at the University of Kansas. KU history professor Jonathan Earle is one of the conference organizers. He says that analyzing what happened in the Bleeding Kansas era is now challenging traditional ways of thinking about the U-S Civil War.The conference brings together scholars who have rarely interacted outside the pages of scholarly journals. The papers being discussed at the conference will be part...

KPR Web Operations Wednesday, April 6th, 2011

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KPR Web Operations Wednesday, April 6th, 2011

Feral – or wild -- hogs are quite a problem for agriculture producers. If left unchecked, these prolific breeders can run rampant in most any habitat and cause lots of damage. Kansas has tackled the problem with a trapping program and the outlawing of sport hunting of the hogs. But the state’s nationally recognized approach is threatened by budget cuts. Harvest Public Media’s Eric Durban takes a closer look at how Kansas keeps control of one of the smartest animals around. You'll find more stories about Midwest agriculture online at HarvestPublicMedia.org. That's Harvest Public Media DOT...

KPR Web Operations Tuesday, April 5th, 2011

Nine high school students from suburban Kansas City are in Washington today (WED) to perform a play for the Secretary of Education—and possibly the Vice President. Kansas Public Radio’s Bryan Thompson says it’s part of a national summit on gender-based violence.

KPR Web Operations Tuesday, April 5th, 2011

For Transportation officials, this is Work Safety Zone awareness week. Kim Stich of the Kansas Department of Transportation reminds motorists to drive carefully in construction zones. Stich says last year 7 motorists were killed in work zone accidents across the state.

KPR Web Operations Tuesday, April 5th, 2011

Transportation officials are asking Kansans to wear something orange tomorrow (WED)(April the 6th) to help commemorate “national work zone awareness week”. K-DOT’s Kim Stitch says its part of a campaign to get motorists to slow down and be more aware in construction zones. Some tips for driving in work zones include staying alert, following traffic control and expecting delays.

Bryan Thompson Monday, April 4th, 2011

If a safety defect is identified for your car, you’d receive a recall notice. But what if the defect is in a medical device implanted in your body, like a pacemaker? As Kansas Public Radio’s Bryan Thompson explains, there’s a new way to register and track medical devices.

Stephen Koranda Friday, April 1st, 2011

Lawmakers have wrapped up the main legislative session, but there are still some of the most important issues to finalize. Legislators will return to Topeka later this month to pass a final version of the budget. But as KPR’s Stephen Koranda reports, they first have to craft the final budget plan.

Stephen Koranda Friday, April 1st, 2011

State tax collections came in below estimates in March, and that could hurt efforts to balance the state budget. The Department of Revenue says tax collections were 19 million dollars below estimates. The House and Senate have crafted budget plans aimed at leaving the state with a surplus at the end of next fiscal year, but tax collection shortfalls could erase that projected ending balance. Senate President Steve Morris, a Hugoton Republican, says lawmakers do still have the option of altering the budget plans.Morris says it wasn’t all bad news. March 2011 tax collections were up by $18...

KPR Web Operations Friday, April 1st, 2011

Wichita State has won its first National Invitation Tournament. The Shockers defeated Alabama, 66-57, in New York's Madison Square Garden. Kansas Public Radio's Greg Echlin has the story.

Stephen Koranda Friday, April 1st, 2011

The Kansas House members have approved their version of the budget for the fiscal year that starts July 1st. It took lawmakers 14 hours to wrap up debate on the budget, which spends around 6 billion dollars in state revenue. As KPR’s Stephen Koranda reports, some House members had their minds set on cutting spending.

Stephen Koranda Friday, April 1st, 2011

The Kansas House has approved its version of the budget for 2012. After a marathon session yesterday (THUR), the House voted 69-52 to approve the package, which includes about 6 billion dollars in state spending. The proposal would leave the state with around 80 million dollars at the end of the fiscal year. House Speaker Mike O’Neal, a Hutchinson Republican, was happy with the outcome.Paul Davis of Lawrence is the top Democrat in the House. He wasn’t satisfied with millions of dollars in cuts to social services and school funding.Complicating matters is yesterday's (THUR) revenue report for...

KPR Web Operations Friday, April 1st, 2011

This weekend, the Final Four teams in the NCAA men's tournament face off...and for the first since 2006, no number-1 seeds are still in the hunt for the title. That's bad news for fans of the number-one seeded University of Kansas Jayhawks, who lost Sunday to the Virginia Commonwealthy University Rams. While NCAA tournament followers are trying to figure out what happened to their brackets, stunned KU fans are simply asking, 'What happened?' Kansas Public Radio's Greg Echlin has more.

Bryan Thompson Friday, April 1st, 2011

A California man is at the halfway point of his journey from Disneyland to New York City to promote fitness for children. And as Kansas Public Radio’s Bryan Thompson reports, he’s not driving, but running all the way.

KPR Web Operations Thursday, March 31st, 2011

A federal judge says Sunflower Electric Power Corporation needs more environmental review and public input before it can proceed with expansion of its coal-fired power plant near Holcomb, in southwest Kansas. As Kansas Public Radio’s Bryan Thompson reports, the ruling is in response to a lawsuit filed on behalf of the Sierra Club.

Stephen Koranda Thursday, March 31st, 2011

The Kansas House has voted to include legislative staff in a proposed state employee pay cut. A House committee had originally voted to exempt lawmakers’ staff from the cut. During debate on a budget bill, some lawmakers called the exemption unfair. Representative TerriLois ("terry lois") Gregory is a Baldwin City Republican.The pay cut would affect employees making more than 40 thousand dollars per year. Employees making more than 100 thousand dollars per year would see their pay reduced by 7.5 percent. Lower paid employees would see a smaller cut. House members could finalize their version...

KPR Web Operations Wednesday, March 30th, 2011

Three defendants in the University of Kansas ticket scandal have been sentenced in federal court so far. A fourth is scheduled today (THUR). Kansas Public Radio's Greg Echlin has the latest.

Stephen Koranda Wednesday, March 30th, 2011

The Kansas House has advanced a bill that would put new regulations on abortion clinics. Similar bills have passed in previous years, but were vetoed by past governors. KPR's Stephen Koranda has more on how the debate played out on the House floor.

KPR Web Operations Wednesday, March 30th, 2011

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KPR Web Operations Wednesday, March 30th, 2011

A former manager in the University of Kansas athletics ticket office will do some prison time for her role in the department's ticket scandal. Kansas Public Radio's Greg Echlin has more.

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