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KPR Web Operations Thursday, July 7th, 2011

TransCanada's Keystone Pipeline began transporting oil from Alberta, Canada to Cushing, Oklahoma earlier this year. The pipeline makes it's way through six counties in Kansas, and local officials have been eagerly anticipating a combined 40 million dollars a year in tax revenue. But as KPR's David Darman reports, those Kansas counties have not yet seen a nickel in taxes, and aren't likely to see any money for some time.

Stephen Koranda Thursday, July 7th, 2011

Governor Sam Brownback is standing by his administration’s decision to close nine SRS offices in an effort to cut costs. More from Kansas Public Radio’s Bryan Thompson.

Stephen Koranda Wednesday, July 6th, 2011

Governor Sam Brownback is calling for a commission to look at how the dams on the Missouri River are operated. As KPR’s Stephen Koranda tells us, the Army Corps of Engineers runs the dams, and not everyone is happy with how it’s being done.

Stephen Koranda Wednesday, July 6th, 2011

Governor Sam Brownback touted job growth in Kansas as he looked back on his first six months in office. At a news conference today (WED), Brownback said more than 3000 new jobs have been created this year. He also pointed to his administration's efforts to streamline and reduce state government. Brownback says the state is headed in the right direction.Kansas Democratic Party Chair Joan Wagnon criticized Brownback's assessment and called it "misleading." She says the large economic projects announced in recent months were initiated under the previous governor.

Stephen Koranda Tuesday, July 5th, 2011

The Senate Agriculture Committee will hold a hearing in Kansas next month to take testimony on the 2012 farm bill. The 2008 farm bill will soon expire, and lawmakers are working on its replacement. As KPR's Stephen Koranda tells us, the hearing is aimed at getting input from farming organizations and local farmers.

Bryan Thompson Tuesday, July 5th, 2011

The ongoing legal battle over the proposed expansion of a coal-fired power plant in Southwest Kansas has taken an unusual turn. Kansas Public Radio's Bryan Thompson has more.

Stephen Koranda Tuesday, July 5th, 2011

The Senate Agriculture Committee will hold a hearing in Kansas next month to take testimony on the 2012 farm bill. Kansas Senator Pat Roberts is the ranking Republican on the committee. He says they're looking for input on what should be included in the legislation.The farm bill traditionally includes funding for nutrition programs and subsidies for farmers and crop insurance. The total cost for the 2008 farm bill was around 300 billion dollars. The hearing will be held August 25th in Wichita.

KPR Web Operations Tuesday, July 5th, 2011

The Wichita National Weather Service office is getting a new tool for looking deep inside severe storms. A new technology called Dual Polarization Radar uses both a horizontal and a vertical signal to give forecasters more information about what's happening in any given storm. Dick Elder is the meteorologist-in-charge at the Wichita office. He says the new radar will make prediction and forecasting easier, and safer:The new, advanced radar system is expected to be up and running by Monday the 18th. It will be the first in the central United States, and only the third in the nation; upgrades...

KPR Web Operations Tuesday, July 5th, 2011

The National Weather Service radar in Wichita is about to go even more high-tech. Wichita will be just the third place in the nation to receive something called Dual Polarization Radar. Dick Elder is the meteorologist-in-charge at the Wichita office. He says this radar enhancement will improve certain aspects of weather forecasting and monitoring:The new radar will be operational by Monday the 18th. In the meantime, the Wichita office will use radar feeds from Topeka; Dodge City; Springfield, Missouri and Enid, Oklahoma.

KPR Web Operations Tuesday, July 5th, 2011

The National Weather Service office in Wichita is getting a new, state-of-the-art radar upgrade. It will be just the third site in the nation to receive the so-called "dual-polarization" technology. Dick Elder, the meteorologist-in-charge at the Wichita office, says this kind of radar provides an additional tool for looking inside storms:The Wichita office's current radar is scheduled to be shut down today (WED) to begin the installation of the new technology. Elder says the upgraded radar is expected to be up and running by Monday the 18th.

KPR Web Operations Tuesday, July 5th, 2011

Oil production in Kansas rose 2% in 2010 from the year before. Lynn Watney with KU's Kansas Geological Survey says the trend has been up for more than a decade. The trend is heading in the opposite direction for natural gas production in Kansas. It was down 8 % in 2010 from 2009, mostly because new exploration has declined as gas prices slipped begining in mid 2008.

Bryan Thompson Sunday, July 3rd, 2011

A study published in a journal of the American Psychiatric Association says a training program for families of people with serious mental illness is effective in helping them learn to cope. More from Kansas Public Radio’s Bryan Thompson.

Stephen Koranda Sunday, July 3rd, 2011

Laws to restrict abortion in Kansas have been a high-profile issue this year. But Kansas isn’t the only state where there are efforts to tighten abortion regulations. NARAL (ney-rawl) is an abortion rights group that lobbies nationwide. Spokesperson Ted Miller says there’s been an uptick in state legislatures this year to restrict abortion.In Kansas, the Legislature has passed bills to restrict abortion in recent years, but they were vetoed by previous governors. Republican Governor Sam Brownback has signed the abortion bills sent to him by the Legislature since he took office in January.

Stephen Koranda Sunday, July 3rd, 2011

Following the announcement of a new chocolate factory in Topeka, some state officials say the food industry could help attract more jobs to Kansas. Last week, Mars Chocolate announced it will build a 250 million dollar factory in Topeka. Secretary of Commerce Pat George says with expertise already in the state, Kansas could attract more food processing jobs.Kansas currently has beef processing and other types of food production, such as a Frito Lay factory in Topeka. The Mars plant is expected to open in 2013 and create around 200 jobs

Bryan Thompson Friday, July 1st, 2011

What was one of the largest state agencies in Kansas is now a division of the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, effective today (Fri). Kansas Public Radio’s Bryan Thompson explains.

Stephen Koranda Friday, July 1st, 2011

New regulations on Kansas abortion clinics are getting their first test in court today (FRI). The new law sets strict standards for equipment and facilities that clinics must meet to be licensed by the state. Two abortion providers are challenging the law in federal court, saying the new rules are aimed at shutting down clinics. University of Kansas law professor Richard Levy (LEE-vee) says generally the courts don’t interfere with state regulations. But he says abortion rights have been protected by the courts, so the judge will take a close look at the law.Levy says the court will also...

Bryan Thompson Friday, July 1st, 2011

Many Kansans would probably be hard pressed to explain the difference between Medicaid and Medicare. Congress created both programs in 1965 at the urging of President Lyndon Johnson. But they serve very different purposes. Everyone qualifies for Medicare at age 65. But eligibility for Medicaid – the health care program for the poor and disabled – differs from state to state. And as Jim McLean of the KHI News Service reports, an effort is underway in Kansas to transform Medicaid and reduce its cost. For updates on the effort to overhaul the Medicaid program, go to the KHI News Service website...

Bryan Thompson Friday, July 1st, 2011

The National Alliance on Mental Illness, or NAMI (NAH-me), is seeking volunteers to help expand supported employment in Kansas for those with mental illness. As Kansas Public Radio’s Bryan Thompson reports, fewer than half of the 27 community mental health centers in Kansas are currently operating supported employment programs. Family members interested in helping promote supported employment can contact the NAMI-Kansas office in Topeka.

Stephen Koranda Thursday, June 30th, 2011

Researchers say that climate change is already affecting agriculture in the Midwest. And some aspects have actually helped farmers, like a longer growing season and more humid summers. But that same weather could have some negative effects, too. Harvest Public Media's Kathleen Masterson reports that increased extreme rainstorms and other weather patterns could ultimately help crop pests and diseases flourish. 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...

Stephen Koranda Thursday, June 30th, 2011

With only hours before a deadline, Kansas officials announced that one clinic in the state will meet a series of new abortion regulations. The law takes effect today (FRI). It adds new requirements that abortion providers must meet to be licensed. The requirements specify the size of some rooms, the required equipment and specific temperatures that must be maintained in certain areas. KPR's Stephen Koranda has more. Anchor lead out: The two clinics that did not get licenses have filed a lawsuit to block the new regulations.

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