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

  • Emily Fisher
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    KPR
    Storms that passed through the state on Tuesday and Wednesday dropped between 2 and 5 inches of rain in some areas...torrential rain led to the city of Lawrence discharging wastewater directly into the Kansas River on Wednesday...and a Clay County, Missouri judge has sealed the case against the 84-year-old white man charged with shooting a 17-year-old Black teenager in North Kansas City. Details on those stories, and more, are available here.
  • Emily Fisher
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    KPR
    Heavy rains fall across eastern Kansas... more than 100 United Methodist churches are leaving the denomination... Kansas farmers expect the smallest wheat harvest in 60 years... and vaccine hesitancy is on the rise. Those headlines and more... here.
  • Republicans in the Kansas Legislature back off of a threat to sue the state's Democratic governor over education funding... the mayor of Kansas City complains about 911 wait times and vows to fix them... residents of Udall commemorate the state's deadliest tornado... and a decommissioned missile silo is for sale in central Kansas. Those headlines and more... here.
  • The nation's most secure biosecurity lab opens in Manhattan... laws affecting transgender Kansans are set to take effect July 1st... the remains of a Kansas soldier killed in World War II return to Kansas for burial... and the Busker Fest begins this weekend in Lawrence. These headlines and more... here.
  • Dignitaries gather in Manhattan for a ribbon cutting ceremony at a federal bio-security lab... four Kansas City area men have been indicted for illegally trafficking firearms... Kansas City's mayor appoints a committee to study reparations for Black residents... and a Missouri mom gets more than 50 years in prison for leaving her two children to die in a hot car. Those headlines and more... here.
  • A weekend shooting at a Kansas City bar leaves three people dead and two injured... Governor Laura Kelly touts her administration's economic development success since taking office... many Kansas farmers abandon their wheat fields... and the Baker University softball team heads to the NAIA World Series. Those headlines and more... here.
  • Two people are dead, two others injured, after a shooting in KCK Thursday night... the remains of a Kansas airman missing in Europe since World War II will soon return home... and a legal battle is brewing between the Democratic governor and GOP-controlled Legislature over funding for Kansas public schools. Those stories and more... here.
  • Governor Laura Kelly has used her line-item veto on portions of the $6 billion funding plan for K-12 schools... public universities in Kansas are asking for a tuition hike... and experts are predicting a record wheat shortage - in Kansas! Those headlines and more... here.
  • Public universities in Kansas push for a tuition hike... authorities seize 70 animals and arrest two Coffeyville residents on charges of animal cruelty... and a $17,000 reward is posted in the case of Kansas City area thieves who are cutting fiber optic cables in a misguided search for copper. These stories and more... here.
  • A national group of university professors censure Emporia State University... state employees in Kansas are in line to get a pay raise... the population of miller moths has exploded in some parts of Kansas... and KU doctors find success with a new treatment for babies born with opioid addiction. Those headlines and more can be found here.
  • Governor Laura Kelly has vetoed state funding for a project that would develop the Quindaro Ruins... a small earthquake rattles through central Kansas on Mother's Day... and TC Energy says it's finished cleaning up a massive Keystone pipeline oil spill in northern Kansas. Those stories and more... here.