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  • GM has announced that it is idling its Fairfax assembly plant in KCK... Kansas aims to help child care providers run better businesses... a museum in Paola repatriates artifacts to Latin America... and Saturday's KU football game is sold out. More headlines inside.
  • The United Auto Workers union gives a Friday deadline for progress in strike talks... rising rents lead to more evictions in Kansas City... and the ongoing drought forces some communities in Kansas to take drastic measures to conserve drinking water. Those headlines and more inside.
  • This week on KPR Presents, it's a conversation with the newest member of the Kansas Public Radio staff, Joe Blubaugh.
  • KCK autoworkers may soon get caught up in the UAW strike against the Big 3 automakers... a Johnson County teacher and youth pastor is accused of trying to kill his wife and children... three people are found dead inside a camper at a Kansas racetrack... and Midwestern towns like Sedan, Kansas, scramble as drought threatens their supply of drinking water. Those stories and more inside.
  • Autoworkers nationwide are on a limited strike but so far, GM and Ford employees in the KC area remain on the job... lawsuits have been filed by Kansans who argue natural gas providers took advantage of customers... and nearly 700 refugees have been resettled in Kansas since last October, not including citizens who fled Ukraine. More details inside.
  • Most of Kansas is at high risk for West Nile Virus... communities across the country, including Hutchinson, get federal money to plant trees... the KC Chiefs and Royals push for legalized sports betting in Missouri... and mayors along the Mississippi - as well as Kansas officials - worry about the future of river water. Details inside.
  • The KBI investigates an officer-involved fatal shooting in Butler County... a woman leaves her former Kansas high school a $5 million gift... and a defense attorney for a Kansas serial killer says his client was not involved in the disappearance of an Oklahoma teenager. Those headlines and more can be found inside.
  • A prosecutor says there's not enough evidence to charge the BTK serial killer in the 1976 disappearance of an Oklahoma teen... an Atchison woman is accused of stealing from her credit union... and states along the Mississippi worry that dry southwestern states will someday try to take away their river water. Details inside.
  • JM Smucker acquires Lenexa-based Hostess... scientists say climate change is making fall weather warmer in Kansas... a grant from the CDC will help Kansans with Alzheimer's... and a Kansas Senator says he'll support a government shutdown if Congress can't reduce deficit spending. More details inside.
  • Kansas lawmakers consider whether to allow drivers with suspended licenses drive to work and school... a study shows an increase in out-of-state clients at Kansas abortion clinics... rental rates rise in Kansas City... and the Chiefs drop their season home opener. More stories inside.