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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.

KS Gov Calls for More Storm Preparedness

Power is slowly returning to the storm-damaged town of Reading (RED-ing). Utility crews said they hoped to have electricity restored to 30-percent of the town by last (MON) night. But water and sewer service remain unavailable. In the wake of deadly and damaging tornadoes over the weekend, state officials are calling for more storm preparedness. KPR's J. Schafer has more.

KS Governor Calls for Storm Preparedness

Power is slowly returning to the storm-damaged town of Reading (RED-ing), Kansas. Utility crews hope to have electricity restored to 30-percent of the town by the end of today (MON). But water and sewer service remain unavailable -- and no timetable has been established for restoring those services. In the wake of deadly and damaging tornadoes over the weekend, Governor Sam Brownback is calling for more storm preparedness.

The governor made the comments today (MON) after touring the town of Reading, where nearly every structure suffered some kind of damage. Brownback says storm season is fully underway, after what had been a somewhat quiet month of May.

Thunderstorms are in the forecast for eastern Kansas tonight (MON) and the National Weather Service is predicting a potentially dangerous storm system to develop tomorrow (TUE). For information on how to create your own disaster readiness kit, log on to www.KSReady.gov.

KS Congressman Tours Storm-Damaged Town of Reading

Kansas Senator Jerry Moran was one of the first officials to tour the tornado-damaged town of Reading early this (MON) morning. The Lyon County community, located about 20 miles northeast of Emporia, was hit by an E-F-3 tornado Saturday night.

One resident -- 53-year-old Don Chesmore -- was killed in the storm. A Kansas City TV station is sponsoring a telethon tonight (MON) to help raise money for the tornado victims in Reading and in Joplin, Missouri. NBC Action News will raise money from 5 to 7 o'clock. (To donate, call: 816-932-HELP.)

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