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KS Gov Updates State on Blizzard, Emergency Preparedness

Stay home! That's the word today (TUE) from Kansas Governor Sam Brownback, who's declared a state of emergency in more than 50 counties as a result of the massive winter storm. The eastern half of Kansas has been hit hard by a blizzard and earlier this (TUE) afternoon, the governor and other state officials held a news conference to address the situation. Here's an excerpt from that news conference, beginning with Major General Lee Tafanelli, the state's Director of Emergency Management.

That's Governor Sam Brownback, speaking this (TUE) afternoon with reporters, about the state of emergency that now exists for most of eastern Kansas.

Blizzard Slams Eastern KS / Gov Says Stay Home!

A massive winter storm has prompted Kansas Governor Sam Brownback to declare a state of emergency for more than 50 counties in the eastern half of the state. The blizzard has dumped heavy snow and created dangerous driving conditions across Kansas and much of the Midwest.

A blizzard warning continues for part of northeast Kansas -- including Lawrence and Kansas City -- until 6 o'clock tomorrow (WED) morning. The rest of eastern Kansas remains under a winter storm warning until 6am.

Blizzard Hits State / Southeast KS Hardest Hit

Fifty-three counties in eastern Kansas are under a state of emergency due to the massive winter storm. Major General Lee Tafanelli (TAFF-uh-NELL-ee), the state's Director of Emergency Management, says heavy snow and strong winds are cutting visibility and creating dangerous driving conditions.

State officials are urging people to stay indoors today (TUE) and avoid driving if at all possible. Blizzard warnings and winter storm warnings remain in effect for eastern Kansas until 6am tomorrow (TUE).

From A to Z: Kansas at 150 -- Part 2

Kansas kicks-off a year-long birthday celebration tomorrow (SAT) when it turns 150-years-old. Yesterday (THUR), KPR's J. Schafer began taking stock of the state's people, places and history. Today (FRI)... we present the second half of his series, "Kansas from A to Z."

As part of the state's birthday celebration, the Kansas Museum of History in Topeka will open a new exhibit later this (FRI) morning. Admission is free and doors open at 9 o'clock for the exhibit titled: "150 Things I Love About Kansas."

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