6:13 pm
Wed September 3, 2014

Pat Roberts Faces Tough U.S. Senate Race After Field Narrows

Sen. Pat Roberts
Credit Wikimedia Commons -- CC

A Wednesday shake-up in Kansas politics even has seasoned pundits amazed. 

Chad Taylor, a Democrat running for U.S. Senate, has withdrawn from the race, leaving Kansas Republican Pat Roberts facing his toughest political test in decades.

Steve Kraske, host of Up To Date on KCUR and Kansas City Star political commentator, says the change spells bad news for the incumbent.

"Pat Roberts is suddenly in very deep trouble in Kansas," Kraske says. "His polling numbers have not been good. He was ahead only because he was in a three-way contest."

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7:52 pm
Tue September 24, 2013

Thomas Fox Averill On 'Rode'

Writer, novelist, and Washburn University professor Thomas Fox Averill.
Credit Courtesy Washburn University

Third time’s a charm for Kansas fiction writer, Thomas Fox Averill.   The author of several collections of short stories, it is Averill’s third novel, Rode—a western—that has brought him national acclaim and Washburn University’s selection for their fall 2013 iRead Program.

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3:43 pm
Tue August 13, 2013

ACLU Ready to File Lawsuit Over Kan. Voter Registration Law

The American Civil Liberties Union says in a letter that it's ready to go to court over a voter registration law in Kansas.

The law requires people registering to vote for the first time in Kansas to prove their citizenship with a document such as a birth certificate. More than 12,000 voter registration applications have been put on hold because of that requirement.

Doug Bonney is with the ACLU of Kansas and Western Missouri. He says the law, which was strongly championed by Secretary of State Kris Kobach, puts unnecessary hurdles in front of voters.

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6:14 am
Fri August 9, 2013

Kansas Gears Up For Health Insurance Exchange

Kansas Insurance Commissioner Sandy Praeger
KHI News Service

In a little less than two months, Kansans will be able to begin shopping for individual health insurance plans through the new, online marketplace called the exchange. Most of the plans will be sold by three companies.

According to Kansas Insurance Commissioner Sandy Praeger, they'll be the same three companies that provide the bulk of health insurance in Kansas now: Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas, Blue Cross of Kansas City, and Coventry.

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Central Standard
11:01 am
Thu June 27, 2013

Your Guide To Quirky Day Trips In Kansas And Missouri

Matfield Station in Matfield Green, Kan. is a small retreat that looks out over the BNSF train tracks.
Matt Kleinmann Matt Kleinmann Photography

From the hair museum, to the bridge to nowhere and Big Brutus, there are some interesting and even bizarre things to see and do in Missouri and Kansas.  

So grab the kids and a cooler, and take a day trip to one (or more) of these quirky destinations in our corner of the Midwest.

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3:39 pm
Thu June 20, 2013

Kansas Town Renamed Smallville...For A Day

Henry Cavill stars as Superman in 'Man of Steel.'
Credit Clay Enos / Warner Brothers Pictures

In a scene from the recent film Man of Steel, Superman is asked why he should be trusted. He responds, "I grew up in Kansas." For the past year, three natives of Hutchinson, Kan., have argued that their hometown is probably the closest fit to the superhero’s: Smallville.

On Friday, June 21, for one day only, Hutchinson will be known as "Smallville, Kansas – the Home of Clark Kent."

Hutchinson as candidate for Smallville

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2:09 pm
Thu March 14, 2013

Big 12 Update: Cyclones Advance To Finals

Iowa State's Melvin Ejim (at right) scored a career-high 23 points and 12 rebounds.
Athletics Communications Iowa State Cyclones

With a large contingent of Iowa State fans clearly outnumbering the Oklahoma followers, the Cyclones advanced to the Big 12 tournament semifinals.

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5:00 am
Thu March 14, 2013

Tournament Play Starts For Area Teams

Missouri Valley Conference Commissioner Doug Elgin
Greg Echlin KCUR

Conference tournament basketball begins for the three area major schools today. Missouri plays in its first Southeastern Conference tournament game tonight in Nashville as the number-6 seed.  In Kansas City at the Big 12 tournament, top-seeded Kansas plays this afternoon at 2, then K-State takes the floor tonight at 6.

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5:06 pm
Mon February 25, 2013

Kansas Governor Discourages Travel During Winter Storm

rownback and other state officials during a weather update in Topeka.
Stephen Koranda KPR

Governor Sam Brownback and state officials are urging Kansans to prepare for the storm that’s sweeping across the state. Brownback says the winter weather has already caused one fatality in Kansas.

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10:27 am
Fri January 11, 2013

MLS Picks Livestrong Sporting For All-Star Game

proforged flickr

For the second straight year, this area will showcase a major all-star event.

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5:15 pm
Thu January 3, 2013

Kansas Presses Sperm Donor To Pay Child Support

Originally published on Thu January 3, 2013 6:36 pm

A Kansas man's decision to donate sperm to help a lesbian couple conceive a child in 2009 has landed him in a complicated legal case, as a state agency is now pursuing him for child support payments. William Marotta, 46, is asking a judge to dismiss the case, which has grabbed national attention.

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9:14 pm
Thu December 20, 2012

One Man's Walkabout In Kansas

Kansas City Public Library's Henry Fortunato starts his walk in Overland Park, Kan.
courtesy of Henry Fortunato

In recent years, urban planners have renewed their focus on creating walkable communities. Walking is the most basic mode of transportation – and yet, in the Kansas City metropolitan area, it’s not as common as in other parts of the country.

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4:20 pm
Wed December 19, 2012

Kansas Tied For Last In Health Emergency Preparedness

Flooding in Coffeyville, Kan.
courtesy of Kansas Department of Health and Environment

A new report out this week finds that Kansas and Missouri are vulnerable in key areas when it comes to being prepared for a public health emergency, like a disease outbreak or natural disaster.

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Up to Date
1:19 am
Wed November 7, 2012

The Political Pundits: 2012 Election Results

The votes are tallied; the results are in.

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Election 2012
2:26 pm
Mon November 5, 2012

Moderate Kansas Republicans Suffer Identity Crisis

Some might say the big news in Johnson County elections happened during the primaries, when conservative Republicans beat moderates in four out of five races for state Senate.

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6:34 am
Fri October 19, 2012

Jenkins Holds Big Money Advantage Over Schlingensiepen

Schlingensiepen (left) and Jenkins during a recent debate in Lawrence.
Stephen Koranda Kansas Public Radio

The Republican incumbent candidate in Kansas' 2nd Congressional District continues to hold a big fundraising advantage over her Democratic challenger.

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7:36 am
Mon October 15, 2012

Tuesday Is Kan. Deadline To Register To Vote In November

A voter in Topeka enters a polling place during a recent special election.
Stephen Koranda Kansas Public Radio

A deadline is looming to register to vote in Kansas time for the fall election. The cutoff in Kansas is Tuesday, October 16th.

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3:44 pm
Fri October 5, 2012

New Group To Look For Ways To Improve DMV Service

Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback is creating a task force to look for ways to improve the DMV system in Kansas.

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Central Standard Friday
7:42 am
Fri September 28, 2012

KC History: Kansas Bureau Of Investigation

Coming up on Central Standard Friday, a look at some of the most high-profile criminal cases spanning the past 70 years in the state of Kansas.

For this show, we'll get a detailed history of the Kansas Bureau of Investigation. History host Monroe Dodd talks with Larry Welch, author of Beyond Cold Blood: The KBI from Ma Barker to BTK.

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Election 2012
8:26 am
Wed September 26, 2012

Kansas Congressman Calls For Truce On Bipartisanship

3rd District Congressman Kevin Yoder Photo courtesy of Huffington Post

3rd District Kansas Congressman Kevin Yoder told an audience at Kansas Community College yesterday that during an election season, partisan bickering escalates. 

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Up to Date
10:08 pm
Sun September 23, 2012

The Political Pundits: Six Weeks & Counting

Which party's campaign workers will drink more coffee between now and November 6th?

Many pundits and pollsters say that this year's Presidential race is already over: polls show Democratic President Barack Obama with a commanding lead over Republican challenger, Mitt Romney.

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Up to Date
5:21 pm
Tue August 7, 2012

Political Pundits: Primary Results, November Predictions

The Kansas State Capitol Building (left) and the Missouri State Capitol Building

For the first time, a Kansas Governor is actively campaigning against members of his own party. Governor Sam Brownback is hoping to replace moderate Republicans with more conservative members of his party.

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3:33 pm
Thu August 2, 2012

Kobach Predicts 18 Percent Voter Turnout In Primary Elections


Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach is predicting 18 percent of registered voters will cast a ballot in the state's primary elections next week.

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12:11 pm
Mon July 23, 2012

Breaking It Down: Kansas School Funding Lawsuit


In Kansas, 54 school districts are currently suing the state for cutting their funding. The state has budgeted $3,800 per student for the coming school year. 

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KC Currents
8:30 am
Sun June 3, 2012

PHOTOS: What Kansas Looked Like Then And What It Looks Like Now

Monument Rocks, Kansas (1949)
Kansas City Star

If you happen to stand in one spot in a Kansas town or city, did you ever wonder what things looked like 100+ years ago? 

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Racial Disparities
10:31 am
Tue May 15, 2012

New Report On Black-White Disparities in Kansas

Executive Director Mildred Edwards.
Kansas African American Affairs Commission

How does the status of African Americans in Kansas compare with that of its white citizens? That’s the question that inspired a recent report by the Kansas African American Affairs Commission.

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Arts Funding
1:11 pm
Fri May 11, 2012

New Commission For The Arts In Kansas

Governor Sam Brownback yesterday signed the bill to create a new Kansas Creative Industries Commission. This commission merges the Kansas Arts Commission with the Kansas Film Commission.

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Up to Date
10:03 am
Tue May 8, 2012

Political Pundits: Is Kansas The Most Conservative State?

The Kansas State Capitol Building (left) and the Missouri State Capitol Building

If there was any doubt about the hold of the political right in the Heartland then wonder no more.  A recent survey shows Kansas has the most conservative congressional delegation in the nation.

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Tracking NBAF
12:49 pm
Fri February 3, 2012

Risk Unavoidable, With Or Without NBAF

The proposed NBAF lab at in Manhattan, Kan., would guard the nation's food supply against diseases like bird flu and Mad Cow disease.
Wen Nag Flickr.com

Kansas political leaders and top officials at Kansas State University are united in support of a plan to bring the nation's premier agricultural disease laboratory to the K-State campus in Manhattan.

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Kansas Statehouse
3:15 pm
Thu January 12, 2012

Brownback's Budget Restores Some Arts Funding

See-ming Lee Flickr

Governor Sam Brownback’s budget proposal would reinstate some funding for arts programs, but would do away with the Kansas Arts Commission. The Kansas Film Commission and Arts Commission would be combined to become the Kansas Creative Industries Commission.

The governor’s budget would provide $200,000 to the new organization. State Budget Director Steve Anderson says that money would be available for arts programs that create economic development.

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