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

Core Drilling the Ogallala Aquifer to Find Answers

The Ogallala -- or High Plains -- Aquifer is one of the largest aquifers in the world, supplying about 30 percent of all the ground water drawn in the United States. It supports an istimate 12.7 million acres of irrigated land in eight states, including Kansas. But some parts of the aquifer are running out of water. Harvest Public Media's Eric Durban brings us this audio postcard from a drilling site in southwest Kansas where researchers are seeking a better understanding of how the aquifer works.

For more information on the High Plains Aquifer -- and for more agricultural news -- log on to HarvestPublicMedia.org. You'll find features, photos and podcasts online, at Harvest Public Media - DOT - org.

KS Troopers Begin "Click It or Ticket" Seatbelt Campaign

The state's annual "Click-It or Ticket" campaign is underway. Police officers across the state are once again ramping-up enforcement of the Kansas seat belt law. Highway Patrol Lieutenant Robert Baker says buckling-up is important -- even for short trips.

Nearly 150 law enforcement agencies across the state are taking part in the effort to crack-down on motorists who aren't wearing seat belts. The campaign runs through the 5th of June.

Lawrence Teen Takes 3rd Prize in National Competition

Stefan Petrovic (steh-FAHN PET-roh-vitch), a seventh-grader from South Junior High in Lawrence, won third place honors in the National Geographic Bee in Washington, D-C today (WED). The national competition features students competing in a variety of tests on geographic knowledge. Stefan says he enjoys the study of geography, and thinks it will help him as he pursues some big dreams:

Stefan credits his parents for his success in the competition, along with two of his teachers - Mary Van Dyke of Broken Arrow Elementary and David Olson of South Junior High.

KS Student Takes Third Place in National Competition

A Kansas student has placed third in the National Geographic Bee finals in Washington, D-C. Stefan Petrovic (steh-FAHN PET-roh-vitch) is a seventh-grader from South Junior High in Lawrence. He says getting ready for the competition, which tests world geographic knowledge, was a long process that required several different techniques:

Stefan's third-place prizes include a $10,000 college scholarship and $500 in cash. He hasn't decided what to do with the money yet, but he said that he's very interested in planning a trip to central Asia.

Teen Places Third in National Geographic Bee

Stefan Petrovic (steh-FAHN PET-roh-vitch), a seventh-grader from South Junior High in Lawrence, has taken third place in the National Geographic Bee in Washington, D-C. The national competition pits school-age kids against each other in a variety of tests on their knowledge of geography.

Stefan competed in the national finals of the bee yesterday (WED). His prizes include a $10,000 college scholarship and $500 in cash.

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