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Rules of Basketball Command Attention

Tournament basketball in downtown Kansas City comes to a close tonight (TUE). Marking its conclusion is the title game of the
N-A-I-A tournament. As Kansas Public Radio's Greg Echlin reports, not only did tournament interest stir up business in downtown Kansas City, a basketball-related exhibit captured attention at the Nelson-Atkins Museum.

Topeka City Councilman: More Sessions Should Be Televised

There will be another push to locally televise more Topeka City Council meetings. This time, the pressure is coming from one council member who had been opposed to a similar move last year. But with the ongoing investigation THIS YEAR of theft and sales of scrap metal from a city job site, council member Bob Archer says he's now backing the move:

Currently, Topeka's city cable channel offers live coverage of regular council meetings...but it cuts off the cameras when members go into an informal work session either before or after the formal meetings. Archer's resolution asking for the change will be given a first reading tonight (TUE) prior to the regular city council meeting.

AZA Grants Accreditation to Topeka Zoo

The Topeka Zoo has gotten back into the good graces of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. The Zoo learned Sunday that the AZA found enough "forward progress" being made at the troubled facility to reinstate the zoo to full accreditation. Zoo director Brendan Wiley says the news from the AZA meeting in Tennessee this past weekend is a boost for the Topeka Zoo, which had come under fire for animal deaths, sloppy recordkeeping and unsanitary conditions in recent years.

A loss of accreditation would have prevented the Topeka Zoo from sharing animals with other facilities that are approved members of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums.

Topeka Native Wins PGA Tour Event

While the Kansas Jayhawks were on the verge of advancing to the Sweet 16 in the NCAA basketball tournament, Gary Woodland was busy excelling at another sport. He's a Topeka native now playing professional golf on the PGA Tour. Yesterday (SUN), he won his first event. Woodland collected a check for 990-thousand dollars for winning the Transitions Championship in Palm Harbor, Florida.

Woodland played basketball at Washburn University before transferring to KU to play golf. He has now qualified to play in the Masters Tournament next month in Augusta, Georgia.

Busy Post-Season On Tap For Kansas Schools

Both Kansas teams in the Big 12 Conference now know their destination and opponents in the NCAA Men's Basketball tournament. And Wichita State will be in the post-season, too. Kansas Public Radio's Greg Echlin has more.

In NCAA Division II play, the Washburn men's and women's teams were both eliminated over the weekend in the South Central regional.

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