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Governor Continues to Support Fair Fare Subsidy

Kansas Governor Sam Brownback says he is optimistic that Wichita Mid-Continent Airport's so-called Fair Fares subsidy will pass the state legislature, despite some opposition.

Fair Fares uses several million dollars in state and local money to subsidize low-fare airlines, with the idea of keeping all fares at Mid-Continent Airport lower.

Police Chief: Gas Costs Affecting Topeka Law Enforcement

The rising cost of gasoline is affecting crime-fighting efforts in Topeka to some extent, according to Topeka Police Chief Ron Miller. Miller says the police department had budgeted for gasoline this fiscal year at the rate of 2 dollars and 95 cents per gallon. Miller says that figure is obviously not sufficient to pay for gas at current prices:

Miller has recently released first-quarter crime statistics for this year. They indicate that police response times have slipped, according to a public survey. 85 percent of the sample polled said that officers responded to their calls in a timely way. Normally, that number is closer to 92 percent. Miller says the department will be looking to replace some of its aging police car fleet with more fuel-efficient vehicles. Those would include hybrids for supervisors and non-emergency responders.

Thornton Steps Down From Kansas Bioscience Authority

The embattled president of the Kansas Bioscience Authority has stepped down amid legislative and legal probes into the state-financed economic development agency. As Kansas Public Radio’s Bryan Thompson reports, Tom Thornton’s resignation comes the day after Congress approved a long-awaited 40-million dollar appropriation for the National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility, in Manhattan.

Snow Hits NW Kansas And Forces Closure Of I-70

Heavy spring storms hit Kansas overnight, with snow and high winds reported in far western areas of the state. The National Weather Service issued a blizzard warning for much of northwest Kansas this morning (FRI). The Kansas Department of Transportation's 511 information hotline was reporting many road closures because of the weather:

I-70 was reopened about noon. Snow accumulations of up to 5 inches were reported in that area, with winds reported up to 50 miles per hour.

Alash Ensemble Brings Tuvan Throat Singing to Lawrence

Something exotic and unique has come to Lawrence: Tuvan throat singing. The Alash (uh-LASH) Ensemble of Tuva will perform a free concert at 7 o'clock tonight (FRI) at the Lawrence Arts Center. Throat singing is one of the oldest forms of music in the world. As KPR's J. Schafer reports, tonight's (FRI) concert promises a musical performance that few Kansans have ever experienced.

Again... you can catch the Alash Ensemble of Tuva in a FREE concert, tonight (FRI) at 7 o'clock... at the Lawrence Arts Center.

Ticket Consultant Sentenced in KU Ticket Scam

Thomas Blubaugh (BLUE-baw) worked as a consultant to the University of Kansas ticket office for almost three years. His wife, Charlette (char-LET), was an associate athletics director in charge of the KU ticket office. Together, they participated in a ticket scam that was a federal violation. As Kansas Public Radio's Greg Echlin reports, Thomas Blubaugh, 47, is the latest to be sentenced.


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