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    Emily Fisher
    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.
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    Emily Fisher
    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.
  • 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.
  • Disability rights activist Judith Heumann passed away this month at the age of 75. This week on KPR Presents, it's a special encore broadcast of our 2020 conversation.
  • Kansas lawmakers pass a bill that bans biological males from competing in female sports; critics say it's an attack on transgender people... KU basketball coach Bill Self will miss the entire Big 12 Tournament... and Johnson County bans employees from using TikTok on county-owned devices. Those stories and more... here.
  • KU basketball coach Bill Self will miss the Big 12 tournament... Kansas lawmakers debate bills affecting transgender people... and more money is directed toward suicide prevention in Kansas. Those headlines and more... here.
  • Kansas Governor Laura Kelly is pushing Medicaid expansion again, this time as a way to address mental health issues... Oklahoma voters say no to recreational pot... and Lawrence ranks as one of the best cities in America for college basketball (surprise!). These headlines and more can be found here.
  • The organization that supplies blood to area hospitals has declared an emergency... a new survey reveals most western Kansas farmers want to preserve the Ogallala Aquifer... and a teachers union in Wichita wants the school district to ban all cell phones in the classroom. Those stories and more... here.
  • The GOP-controlled Kansas Legislature is on a collision course with Democratic Governor Laura Kelly. The two sides have differing views on tax cut proposals as well as private school funding and transgender issues. KPR's Jim McLean sits down with the governor to talk about her views.
  • The GOP-controlled Kansas Legislature is on a collision course with the Democratic governor over tax cuts, private school funding and transgender athletes... the Community Blood Center declares its first blood emergency of the year... and efforts to legalize medical marijuana in Kansas face uphill battle. Those stories and more. Here.
  • Our Kansas Notable Books series continues with White Hot Hate: A True Story of Domestic Terrorism in America's Heartland. Dick Lehr is the author of White Hot Hate, which details the 2016 bomb plot against Somali immigrants in Garden City.
  • Two Kansas men are accused of selling high tech equipment to Russia in violation of sanctions and U.S. export laws... Kansas may raise the age for tobacco use to 21... and advocates for the homeless decry a proposed bill they say criminalizes poverty. Those stories and more. Here.