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Stephen Koranda Sunday, January 30th, 2011

If you could build a Mount Rushmore for the 20th century, which four presidents would you choose to commemorate? Historian Richard Norton Smith gave the first of a four-part series at the University of Kansas Dole Institute of Politics yesterday (SUN). He says Ronald Reagan deserves a spot in history as a leader who transformed the presidency:Richard Norton Smith was the first director of the Dole Institute of Politics and served as director of the Reagan Presidential Library. You can hear Smith's talk in its entirety on KPR Presents, this Sunday evening, at 8:00 p.m. Sunday would mark...

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Stephen Koranda Friday, January 28th, 2011

Lawmakers are butting heads over a proposal that could cut state employee wages. The legislation is headed for the House floor after passing out of a committee last week. As KPR’s Stephen Koranda tells us, the salary cut could equal 7.5 percent.In the interest of full disclosure, salary cuts at the University of Kansas would affect the staff of Kansas Public Radio.

Stephen Koranda Friday, January 28th, 2011

More than a hundred Kansans gathered for a ceremony at the Statehouse today (FRI) to recognize the 150th birthday of the state. In January, 1861, Kansas joined the Union. Governor Sam Brownback told the crowd that Kansans should look to their ancestors when facing today’s challenges. The ceremony kicks off a weekend of events to recognize the sesquicentennial of the state. The Kansas Museum of History in Topeka has opened a new exhibit called “150 Things I Love About Kansas,” and will have a day of free events tomorrow(SAT).

KPR Web Operations Friday, January 28th, 2011

The day after Tom Blubaugh's wife pleaded guilty in the University of Kansas ticket scam, he followed suit. Kansas Public Radio's Greg Echlin has the story.

KPR Web Operations Friday, January 28th, 2011

Kansas kicks-off a year-long birthday celebration tomorrow (SAT) when it turns 150-years-old. Yesterday (THUR), KPR's J. Schafer began taking stock of the state's people, places and history. Today (FRI)... we present the second half of his series, "Kansas from A to Z." As part of the state's birthday celebration, the Kansas Museum of History in Topeka will open a new exhibit later this (FRI) morning. Admission is free and doors open at 9 o'clock for the exhibit titled: "150 Things I Love About Kansas."

KPR Web Operations Friday, January 28th, 2011

It may be the costliest guilty plea yet in the University of Kansas ticket scandal. Charlette (shar-LET) Blubaugh (BLUE-baw) entered a guilty plea in federal court to one count of conspiracy to steal tickets for sporting events. Kansas Public Radio's Greg Echlin has the story.

Stephen Koranda Thursday, January 27th, 2011

U-S Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor has become the third U-S Supreme Court justice to speak at Kansas State University. Speaking to an overflow crowd at the Kansas State Student Union yesterday (THURS), Sotomayor said that being a judge and interpreting laws is a lot like playing baseball:

Stephen Koranda Thursday, January 27th, 2011

U-S Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor decscribed a career and life filled with humor and passion when she spoke at Kansas State University. KPR's Kaye McIntyre was in Manhattan yesterday (THURS) and files this report:

Stephen Koranda Thursday, January 27th, 2011

A bill in the Kansas Legislature would target employers who hire illegal immigrants as a way to combat illegal immigration in Kansas. As KPR’s Stephen Koranda tells us, the bill would require employers to verify workers are legal and are legally able to work in the country.

Stephen Koranda Thursday, January 27th, 2011

A bill introduced by Democrats in the Kansas Legislature would focus on employers as a way to reduce illegal immigration. The legislation would require workers hired for any public works project to have their residency verified. Employers would use the federal E-Verify system to check if workers are legal and eligible to work in the country. Supporters of the bill are hoping to reduce the number of illegal immigrants coming to Kansas by making it more difficult for them to get hired. Representative Valdenia (val-DEEN-yuh) Winn, a Kansas City Democrat, is pushing for the measure. The bill...

KPR Web Operations Thursday, January 27th, 2011

Kansas officially celebrates its 150th birthday this weekend. The state has less than one percent of the nation's population, and yet... in terms of its contributions to society, Kansas is quite possibly the most productive piece of land in the world. In the first of a two-part series, KPR's J. Schafer takes a look at Kansas from A to Z. KPR news intern Mark Arehart, a KU senior from Omaha, provided production assistance for this report.

KPR Web Operations Thursday, January 27th, 2011

Kansas Senators Pat Roberts and Jerry Moran have introduced a resolution in Congress asking the rest of the nation to take note of Kansas -- and its 150 years of statehood. More from KPR's J. Schafer. (Optional TAG for KPR) Speaking of the state's 150th anniversary, KPR's J. Schafer will take a look at Kansas contributions to society -- from A to Z -- coming up at ______ (6:40am / 8:40am), here on KPR.

Stephen Koranda Wednesday, January 26th, 2011

Kansas lawmakers are looking at legislation that would toughen penalties for drunk-driving convictions. The Senate Judiciary Committee heard testimony on the legislation yesterday (. As KPR’s Stephen Koranda tells us, the bill would increase penalties for refusing a breath test and for repeat offenders.

Stephen Koranda Wednesday, January 26th, 2011

The Senate Judiciary Committee today (WED) heard from supporters of a bill that would toughen penalties for drunk driving. The bill would increase punishment for refusing a breath test and for repeat offenders. Some critics have argued the harsher penalties could clog local jails with DUI offenders. Frank Harris, with Mothers Against Drunk Driving, disagrees. He says the state has diversion options, instead of jail time, for first time offenders.Harris says drunk-driving deaths nationwide have been falling, but in the last 5 years the rate has been increasing in Kansas.

Stephen Koranda Tuesday, January 25th, 2011

A committee in the Kansas House has approved legislation that would cut state employee pay by seven-point-five percent. The House Appropriations Committee added the pay cut to a spending freeze bill introduced by Governor Sam Brownback. As KPR’s Stephen Koranda tells us, the pay cut would last until the end of the fiscal year in June.

Stephen Koranda Tuesday, January 25th, 2011

Kansas lawmakers are now considering a budget-cutting bill as part of efforts to put the state's finances on firmer ground. The specific reductions range from just 20 dollars in one legislative fund...to one-point-three million dollars that had been set aside for planned state employee pay adjustments. Republican House Appropriations Committee Chair Marc Rhoades of Newton:The bill, which has been proposed by Governor Sam Brownback, calls for more than 35 million dollars in cuts to current spending.

Stephen Koranda Tuesday, January 25th, 2011

A budget-cutting bill received its first airing in the Kansas Legislature yesterday (TUE). Governor Sam Brownback's proposed "freeze" bill is being heard by Senate and House committees this week. It actually goes beyond locking in current spending and cuts some programs. That idea is not sitting well with Democratic Representative Bill Feuerborn (FIRE-born) of Garnett. He says cuts in state special education funding could jeopardize federal money that the state receives.Brownback administration officials say the currently-proposed spending cuts are important for keeping the state's bank...

Stephen Koranda Tuesday, January 25th, 2011

This summer, the University of Kansas will host 35 teachers from across the nation for a seminar on civil rights and politics. Shawn Leigh Alexander, director of the Langston Hughes Center at KU, said that holding the seminar in Kansas made it easy to come up with a topic.The seminar is titled "Presidential Politics, Civil Rights and the Road to Brown." Applications for the seminar will be accepted until February 1. More information is available online at gilderlehrman.com or by calling the Langston Hughes Center at the University of Kansas (785-864-5044).

Stephen Koranda Tuesday, January 25th, 2011

This summer, 35 teachers from across the nation will be selected for a seminar on civil rights and politics at the University of Kansas. Shawn Leigh Alexander, director of the Langston Hughes Center at KU, hopes that the teachers can return to their students with a new understanding of the civil rights movement.The seminar is titled "Presidential Politics, Civil Rights and the Road to Brown." Applications for the seminar will be accepted until February 1. More information is available online at gilderlehrman.com or by calling the Langston Hughes Center at the University of Kansas (785-...

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