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FEMA Conducts First Nationwide EAS Test Today (WED)

You've likely been hearing about it for weeks, but the first nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System will be finally be held later today (WED). As KPR's J. Schafer reports, "this is only a test"... but it's also a good time to make sure you're prepared, in the event of an actual emergency.

(Again, today's / WED nationwide EAS test is set for 1 o'clock Central Time.)

Group Asks Topeka Council for Domestic Partner Registry

A group seeking domestic partner rights is asking the Topeka city council to create a registry that would allow unmarried couples to legally acknowledge their relationships. Such a registry would also make it easier for unmarried partners to get health care and other benefits. The Topeka chapter of the Kansas Equality Coalition wants the council to establish the registry by the end of the year. Coalition member Thomas Witt makes the case.

Topeka Councilman Andrew Gray says he'll bring the ordinance before the council next week. He says a registry is a way to show that Topeka is a tolerant city. A similar registry was enacted by the city of Lawrence in 2007.

Social Service Agency Launches Adoption Campaign

State officials are launching an adoption marketing campaign. One of the goals is to find adoptive homes for more than 400 hard-to-place children now in state care. Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services Secretary Rob Siedlecki (SIDE-LECK-EE) says finding families to adopt these children can be challenging because they are often older. Many also suffer from emotional problems or have disabilities.

At a news conference yesterday (MON), Siedlecki said the agency is
re-purposing a $300,000 federal grant to pay for the marketing campaign. He said people who adopt children through the state may be eligible for subsidies. More information on the state adoption program is available at Adopt Kids - Dot - org.

Sporting KC Season Comes to Untimely End

More than 20,000 soccer fans at Livestrong Sporting Park in Kansas City, Kansas were left disappointed yesterday (SUN). Sporting Kansas City lost, 2-0, to Houston in the Eastern Conference championship...just one game away from reaching the Major League Soccer championship match. Sporting Kansas City coach Peter Vermes (ver-MEESE) had hoped his team could capitalize on its home field advantage.

It was Sporting Kansas City's first loss at Livestrong Sporting Park since August 27th. It was only their third loss at home since the stadium opened in June.

Task Force to Look at Training Dentists in KS

The Kansas Board of Regents has announced the creation of a statewide task force on oral health. It’s charged with making recommendations for getting more dentists to set up practices throughout Kansas. Task force member Kevin Robertson says one thing the committee is likely to do is establish a way to educate dentists in Kansas. There’s no way to do that now.

Many Kansas dentists get their training at the University of Missouri, Kansas City or U-M-K-C. The 10-member task force is expected to release its findings sometime next year.

NPR Book Commentator Visits Lawrence, Topeka

Books, books, and more books. N-P-R commentator Nancy Pearl shared her love of reading last night (WED) at the Lawrence Public Library, where she said her local library in Detroit offered her a refuge from her childhood and shaped her career path:

Nancy Pearl is the author of several books, including "Book Lust," and "More Book Lust." She will speak at 7:00 tonight (THURS) at the Topeka Shawnee County Public Library. That event is free and open to the public.

Sporting Kansas City Advances in M-L-S Playoffs

In a cold rain and a biting wind from the north, Sporting Kansas City successfully advanced in the Major League Soccer playoffs. They defeated the Colorado Rapids last (TUE) night, 2-0, to set up a home match on Sunday. But, as Kansas Public Radio's Greg Echlin reports, Sporting Kansas City must now wait on their next opponent...

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