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Stephen Koranda Thursday, February 3rd, 2011

A group of dentists in Kansas is hoping the Legislature will take steps that could keep dentists in the state. The group hopes having more dentists in Kansas could help make dental services available where they’re currently lacking. KPR’s Stephen Koranda has more.

Stephen Koranda Thursday, February 3rd, 2011

A group of Kansas dentists is hoping the Legislature will take steps to keep more dentists in the state. Kansas and Missouri have an agreement, in which some students who are Kansas residents can attend the University of Missouri-Kansas City dental school and pay in-state tuition. Brett Roufs (roofs) is a dentist from Newton and the past president of the Kansas Dental Association. He says Kansas can send around 20 students per year to UMKC through the program. He hopes the legislature will require some of those students to come back and work in the state.Roufs says they’d also like to see...

KPR Web Operations Thursday, February 3rd, 2011

While a number of area schools remain closed today (THUR), it's back to business for state government in Topeka. KPR's J. Schafer reports.

KPR Web Operations Wednesday, February 2nd, 2011

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KPR Web Operations Tuesday, February 1st, 2011

Stay home! That's the word today (TUE) from Kansas Governor Sam Brownback, who's declared a state of emergency in more than 50 counties as a result of the massive winter storm. The eastern half of Kansas has been hit hard by a blizzard and earlier this (TUE) afternoon, the governor and other state officials held a news conference to address the situation. Here's an excerpt from that news conference, beginning with Major General Lee Tafanelli, the state's Director of Emergency Management. That's Governor Sam Brownback, speaking this (TUE) afternoon with reporters, about the state of emergency...

KPR Web Operations Tuesday, February 1st, 2011

A massive winter storm has prompted Kansas Governor Sam Brownback to declare a state of emergency for more than 50 counties in the eastern half of the state. The blizzard has dumped heavy snow and created dangerous driving conditions across Kansas and much of the Midwest. A blizzard warning continues for part of northeast Kansas -- including Lawrence and Kansas City -- until 6 o'clock tomorrow (WED) morning. The rest of eastern Kansas remains under a winter storm warning until 6am.

KPR Web Operations Tuesday, February 1st, 2011

Fifty-three counties in eastern Kansas are under a state of emergency due to the massive winter storm. Major General Lee Tafanelli (TAFF-uh-NELL-ee), the state's Director of Emergency Management, says heavy snow and strong winds are cutting visibility and creating dangerous driving conditions. State officials are urging people to stay indoors today (TUE) and avoid driving if at all possible. Blizzard warnings and winter storm warnings remain in effect for eastern Kansas until 6am tomorrow (TUE).

Bryan Thompson Tuesday, February 1st, 2011

Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt welcomed Monday’s ruling by a Florida District judge, striking down the federal health overhaul law. As Jim McLean of the KHI News Service reports, making Kansas a plaintiff in the Florida case was among Schmidt’s first acts after taking office earlier this month.

Stephen Koranda Monday, January 31st, 2011

A House Committee is considering a bill that would require voters to show a photo ID at the polls. The legislation would also require people registering to vote for the first time in Kansas to prove their citizenship. As KPR’s Stephen Koranda tells us, the House Elections Committee is working on the legislation.

Stephen Koranda Monday, January 31st, 2011

Supporters of a bill that would require voters to show a photo ID at the polls lined up today (MON) before the House Elections Committee. The legislation would also require first-time voters to prove their citizenship when they register to vote. Republican Secretary of State Kris Kobach, the bill’s author, has been pushing the legislation as a way to prevent voter fraud. Kobach says around 220 incidents of possible voter fraud have been reported since 1997. He told lawmakers that because voter fraud is so hard to track, he believes the actual number is higher.Opponents of the bill believe...

Stephen Koranda Sunday, January 30th, 2011

If you could build a Mount Rushmore for the 20th century, which four presidents would you choose to commemorate? Historian Richard Norton Smith gave the first of a four-part series at the University of Kansas Dole Institute of Politics yesterday (SUN). He says Ronald Reagan deserves a spot in history as a leader who transformed the presidency:Richard Norton Smith was the first director of the Dole Institute of Politics and served as director of the Reagan Presidential Library. You can hear Smith's talk in its entirety on KPR Presents, this Sunday evening, at 8:00 p.m. Sunday would mark...

KPR Web Operations Saturday, January 29th, 2011

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Stephen Koranda Friday, January 28th, 2011

Lawmakers are butting heads over a proposal that could cut state employee wages. The legislation is headed for the House floor after passing out of a committee last week. As KPR’s Stephen Koranda tells us, the salary cut could equal 7.5 percent.In the interest of full disclosure, salary cuts at the University of Kansas would affect the staff of Kansas Public Radio.

Stephen Koranda Friday, January 28th, 2011

More than a hundred Kansans gathered for a ceremony at the Statehouse today (FRI) to recognize the 150th birthday of the state. In January, 1861, Kansas joined the Union. Governor Sam Brownback told the crowd that Kansans should look to their ancestors when facing today’s challenges. The ceremony kicks off a weekend of events to recognize the sesquicentennial of the state. The Kansas Museum of History in Topeka has opened a new exhibit called “150 Things I Love About Kansas,” and will have a day of free events tomorrow(SAT).

KPR Web Operations Friday, January 28th, 2011

The day after Tom Blubaugh's wife pleaded guilty in the University of Kansas ticket scam, he followed suit. Kansas Public Radio's Greg Echlin has the story.

KPR Web Operations Friday, January 28th, 2011

Kansas kicks-off a year-long birthday celebration tomorrow (SAT) when it turns 150-years-old. Yesterday (THUR), KPR's J. Schafer began taking stock of the state's people, places and history. Today (FRI)... we present the second half of his series, "Kansas from A to Z." As part of the state's birthday celebration, the Kansas Museum of History in Topeka will open a new exhibit later this (FRI) morning. Admission is free and doors open at 9 o'clock for the exhibit titled: "150 Things I Love About Kansas."

KPR Web Operations Friday, January 28th, 2011

It may be the costliest guilty plea yet in the University of Kansas ticket scandal. Charlette (shar-LET) Blubaugh (BLUE-baw) entered a guilty plea in federal court to one count of conspiracy to steal tickets for sporting events. Kansas Public Radio's Greg Echlin has the story.

Stephen Koranda Thursday, January 27th, 2011

U-S Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor has become the third U-S Supreme Court justice to speak at Kansas State University. Speaking to an overflow crowd at the Kansas State Student Union yesterday (THURS), Sotomayor said that being a judge and interpreting laws is a lot like playing baseball:

Stephen Koranda Thursday, January 27th, 2011

U-S Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor decscribed a career and life filled with humor and passion when she spoke at Kansas State University. KPR's Kaye McIntyre was in Manhattan yesterday (THURS) and files this report:

Stephen Koranda Thursday, January 27th, 2011

A bill in the Kansas Legislature would target employers who hire illegal immigrants as a way to combat illegal immigration in Kansas. As KPR’s Stephen Koranda tells us, the bill would require employers to verify workers are legal and are legally able to work in the country.

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