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Chances Remain for Million-Dollar Lottery Drawing

It's still not too late to grab a one-in-150-thousand shot at becoming a millionaire. Cara Sloan is a spokesperson for the Kansas Lottery.

As of yesterday (MON) morning, just over 63-thousand chances remained. This is the 3rd year for the Kansas Lottery Holiday Millionaire Raffle drawing. Sloan says in addition to the grand prize and runner-up prizes that will be announced on New Year's Day, there's still one week of "earlybird" prize drawings left. The lottery will pull two numbers, and each will win its holder ten thousand dollars. The final earlybird drawing will take place this Sunday.

Three More Bodies Recovered from Atchison Explosion Site

Searchers have recovered the bodies of three more people killed in Saturday's grain elevator blast in Atchison. Six people died in the explosion at the Bartlett Grain Company. Two others were hurt. Atchison City Manager Trey Cocking spoke earlier today (MON) at a news conference outside the damaged facility.

One of the dead recovered today (MON) has been identified as 21-year-old Curtis Field. The other two were grain inspectors, including 34-year-old Travis Keil (KYLE) of Topeka. While no one has yet publicly speculated on a cause for the explosion, it's generally acknowledged that work at grain elevators can be especially dangerous at the end of the harvest season, when the buildings are full of highly-combustible grain dust.

New Book Examines Intersection of Gothic, Horror, Fantasy

It's Halloween... the annual high-water mark for spooky stories and terrifying tales. But have you ever wondered why so many scary stories -- from classic literature to horror to science fiction to music -- have so many elements in common? University of Kansas professor John Tibbetts has given a lot of thought to that question. He's now compiled a series of interviews and conversations with authors, artists and filmmakers who have used what scholars often call "the Gothic impulse," which employes a specific set of components to generate a creepy atmosphere. KPR's Laura Lorson spoke with Professor Tibbetts about the far-reaching impact of gothic themes and how important they've been to modern storytelling.

That's John Tibbetts, an associate professor of film at KU. He was speaking with KPR's Laura Lorson about his most recent book, "The Gothic Imagination: Conversations on Fantasy, Horror and Science Fiction in the Media." A public presentation on these topics will take place this (MON) afternoon at 2:30, in the Alderson Auditorium at the Kansas Union in Lawrence. The free event will feature a lecture, film clips and a book signing. For more information, visit the website ku.edu.

Ghost Tourism Comes to Life in Kansas

Walk into any store in October, and it's obvious: Americans love Halloween. Beyond costumes and candy, people want to experience the paranormal. And increasingly, the tourism industry is catering to that. KPR news intern Justine Greve (Greeve) looks at some Kansas towns and businesses that have discovered something special: digging up ghosts can be profitable.

KPR News intern Justine Greve (Greeve) is a graduate of Baker University. She's now a graduate student in American Studies at the University of Kansas.

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