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KPR Web Operations Tuesday, April 26th, 2011

A new report from the Kansas Agricultural Statistics Service says persistent dry weather took a toll on the Kansas wheat crop over the past week. The USDA's Bob White says that soil moisture levels are widely varied across the state.Yesterday's (MON) report showed 44 percent of the state wheat crop rated in poor to very poor shape. 21 percent was rated good and just 2 percent was in excellent condition.

KPR Web Operations Friday, April 22nd, 2011

After two days of competition that included downtown Lawrence venues, the 84th running of the Kansas Relays will continue for the remaining two days in the area of Memorial Stadium at KU. Kansas Public Radio's Greg Echlin has more on the most prestigious track and field event in the state of Kansas.

KPR Web Operations Thursday, April 21st, 2011

A double fatal crash on K-10 last weekend was the last straw for Eudora Mayor Scott Hopson. He has now written Governor Sam Brownback, demanding that the state install wire cable median barriers along what Hopson calls a dangerous four-lane highway from Lawrence to Interstate 435 in Kansas City. That stretch of road has seen an increased number of so-called "crossover crashes" in recent years. The Lawrence Journal-World reports that state transportation officials evaluated K-10 three years ago, and determined the highway did not qualify for cable median barriers, based on the number of...

KPR Web Operations Thursday, April 21st, 2011

The Kansas Department of Agriculture is warning Kansas restaurant owners to be aware of a new type of scam phone call. Ag Department spokesperson Chelsea Good says the scam begins when a someone calls a restaurant, claiming to be a restaurant inspector. Good says that no matter what, personal information should never be given out over the phone. The Ag Department says that if a restaurant owner receives a call like this, it should be reported to local law enforcement.

KPR Web Operations Thursday, April 21st, 2011

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.

KPR Web Operations Thursday, April 21st, 2011

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...

KPR Web Operations Tuesday, April 19th, 2011

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KPR Web Operations Friday, April 15th, 2011

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.

KPR Web Operations Friday, April 15th, 2011

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.

KPR Web Operations Friday, April 15th, 2011

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.

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