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    Emily Fisher
    Kansas Governor Laura Kelly issues a declaration of disaster emergency due to the potential for wildland fires and severe storms... an illegally set fire threatened homes in Riley County this week - the latest of several recent wildfires near Manhattan... and the KU women's basketball team gets ready to play for a WNIT championship Saturday afternoon. These stories and more... here.
  • An image of Georgia Neese Clark Gray, first female U.S. Treasurer, from Richland, Kansas, overlapped with an image of a five dollar bill bearing a facsimile of her signature.
    Kansas Historical Society
    Kansas Historical Society
    Topeka area native Georgia Neese Clark Gray was the first female Treasurer of the United States. But she wasn't the last. Ever since, all U.S. Treasurers have been women. For Women's History Month, Commentator Katie Keckeisen has this remembrance of a remarkable Kansas woman.
  • The Kansas Jayhawks are in the WNIT's Fab Four and just one win away from playing for a national championship.
  • The Lawrence school board votes to close two elementary schools... the state's highest court hears oral arguments in two abortion-related cases... and a new study says the rate of firearm deaths in Kansas is 24% higher than the national average, not because of homicides but because Kansans die by firearm suicides at a higher rate. Those stories and more... here.
  • 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.