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Your local and regional news for Northeastern Kansas and the surrounding communities, brought to you by the KPR news staff.

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    Emily Fisher
    The KU women's basketball team has advanced to the championship game of the WNIT... a Lawrence man pleads no contest to trying to throw a woman off a bridge... and Kansas lawmakers work to approve various measures in the waning days of the 2023 session. Those stories and more... here.
  • The Inflation Reduction Act aims to create millions of clean energy jobs and provide millions in loans to fund clean energy projects.
    Carlos Moreno
    KCUR 89.3
    The Inflation Reduction Act provides funds for clean energy, transportation, electrification and more for rural communities, but small towns with few resources and staff may have trouble accessing those programs.
  • The Kansas Supreme Court reviews two abortion laws... Lawrence decides whether to close two elementary schools... the state will share in a $22 million settlement against a cryptocurrency-related financial service company... and the KU women's basketball team advances to the WNIT's "Fab Four.” Those stories and more... here.
  • The unlikely soldier behind the hunt for Iraqi President Saddam Hussein. Eric Maddox is the author of Capturing Saddam and Mission Blacklist #1.
  • All Things Considered host and Kansas City native Juana Summers joins Dole Institute of Politics director Audrey Coleman for the 2023 Journalism and Politics Lecture. The February 21st event was part of KPR's year-long celebration of our 70th anniversary.
  • Rural areas are losing grocery stores to consolidation faster than their urban counterparts — but some communities have come up with innovative solutions.
  • A suspect in the shooting death of a Lawrence teenager has been charged with first-degree murder... lawmakers consider more legislation on transgender issues... the KU Health System starts using AI (Artificial Intelligence) to reduce provider burnout and improve patient care... and the Kansas State men's basketball team is headed to the Sweet 16. These headlines and more... here.
  • Happy St. Patrick's Day! A new report finds more than half of rural hospitals in Kansas are at risk of closing... a 14-year-old has been arrested following a fatal shooting in Topeka... and another train derails in Kansas. Those stories and more... here.
  • The Kansas Jayhawks advance in the NCAA Tournament... efforts stall to legalize medical marijuana in Kansas... wildfires erupt in Riley County... and state lawmakers look for a new way to raise their own pay. Those stories and more... here.
  • UPDATE: A federal regulatory board has approved a deal for Canadian Pacific to acquire KC Southern railroad... advocates for more affordable housing press lawmakers to act... demonstrators rally for Medicaid expansion at the Kansas Statehouse... and a new beef production plant could be coming to Olathe. Those stories and more... here.
  • State lawmakers grill an energy company executive about the massive oil spill in northern Kansas... water levels drop in the western part of the state... it's burning season in the Flint Hills... and human remains found in September have been identified as those of a missing Lawrence man. Those stories and more... here.
  • A weekend standoff in Overland Park ends with the death of a suspect... a Union Pacific train derails in Kansas... KU basketball coach Bill Self now recovering from a heart procedure... and more mountain lion sighting are reported across the state. Those stories and more... here.