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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.

Lawrence Food Pantry Must Raise $100k or Face Closure

Time is running out for the largest food bank in Lawrence. The food program and pantry -- known as "Just Food" -- is on the brink of closing, unless it can raise a lot of money -- and soon. Supporters of "Just Food" are working to raise $100,000 in less than 60 days. KPR news intern Justine Greve (GREEVE) reports.

Officials with Just Food said earlier today (THUR) that they've now reached 39-percent -- or $39,000 -- of their fundraising goal.

Jayhawks Reach 30-Win Plateau

For the fourth time in the last five seasons, the University of Kansas basketball team reached the 30-victory mark. In the quarterfinals of the Big 12 tournament this (THUR) afternoon, the Jayhawks squeaked by Oklahoma State, 63 to 62. Jayhawk fans held their breath in the final seconds when Oklahoma State had the ball. Even Bill Self admitted he felt a little anxiety.

Oklahoma State's last shot was off-target, so KU advances to play the Colorado Buffaloes in the tournament semifinals. Colorado defeated the K-State Wildcats this (THUR) afternoon by a score of 87 to 75.


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