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Sports
9:39 am
Fri March 21, 2014

It's Going To Be An Epic Weekend In St. Louis For Kansas Basketball Fans

Wichita State, Kansas and Kansas State will all play in the first round of the men's NCAA basketball tournament this weekend in St. Louis.
Credit Wichita State University / goshockers.com

 Since Wichita State’s first appearance in the NCAA men’s basketball Tournament 50 years ago, this is the first time that the Shockers, Kansas and Kansas State are at the same site — all three teams will be in action Friday at Scottrade Center in St. Louis, Mo. And fans who planned early are getting the most bang for their buck.

Since KU contended for a No. 1 seed before settling for a No. 2 seed, Jayhawks fans like Phillip Brown of Elm, Mo., gambled on St. Louis as KU’s destination. It paid off.

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Kansas Statehouse
7:58 am
Wed March 19, 2014

Kansas Senator Says Bill Targets KU Budget

A Kansas Senate committee is considering a budget bill that would restore some funding to state universities that was cut last year. But the bill caused some heated words about whether lawmakers are targeting the University of Kansas.

The bill eliminates $2 million Gov. Sam Brownback had proposed for a program to help commercialize KU research. Only KU had a program proposal deleted from the governor's suggestions.

Sen. Laura Kelly, a Topeka Democrat, says the committee targeted KU.

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Arts & Culture
7:28 am
Fri February 28, 2014

Kansas City Federal Reserve Commissions Student Art For Centennial

One of the proposals included beehives constructed out of ceramics and wood, with patterns inspired by the 183 objects donated by Federal Reserve Bank employees.
Laura Spencer KCUR

Congress established the Federal Reserve System a century ago. To mark its centennial, the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City is working with University of Kansas students to turn some of its own history - from name plates to modems - into a new art installation.

Shaping a range of objects, from mundane to archival, into art

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Sports
7:03 am
Thu January 16, 2014

$17.5 Million Basketball Dorm To Be Built At KU

The Kansas Board of Regents approved the construction for an apartment building that will serve as the housing for the men’s and women’s basketball players at the University of Kansas. It’s expected to be ready for the 2015-16 school year.

When completed, the $17.5 million apartment building will have 66 bedrooms, enough to mix in some students who don’t play for the Kansas Jayhawks, which is a NCAA requirement. The apartment will have a half-court for recreational basketball.

Funding will be private and through issued revenue bonds.

Education
2:56 pm
Wed January 15, 2014

Kansas Regents Reject Plea To Suspend Social Media Plan

The Kansas Board of Regents Wednesday denied a faculty group’s request that it suspend a controversial social media policy that has received national criticism as harming free speech.

Emporia State Professor Sheryl Lidzy, representing the Council of Faculty Senate Presidents, asked for the suspension, saying the plan could harm the hiring of top quality faculty and continue to generate negative publicity.

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Health
4:13 pm
Tue January 7, 2014

KU Med Names New Executive Dean

Dr. Robert Simari joins KU Med as executive dean.
Credit KU Medical Center

The University of Kansas School of Medicine announced Tuesday afternoon that Dr. Robert Samari will become the school's new executive dean.

Samari comes from the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., where he currently serves as vice chair of the Division of Cardiovascular Diseases and co-director of the Mayo Center for Clinical and Translational Sciences.

Simari grew up in Overland Park and graduated from Shawnee Mission West High School. He received his medical degree from KU in 1986.

Simari is also co-founder of Anexon, a biotech company based in Cambridge, Mass.

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Performance
5:00 am
Thu November 14, 2013

KU Theater Department Reinvents Stage Design With Computer Technology

Mark Reaney's computerized rendering of the set of the University Theatre's production of 'Adding Machine: A Musical'.
Mark Reaney Department of Theatre, University of Kansas

When the University Theatre at the University of Kansas in Lawrence first staged the play The Adding Machine in 1995, it garnered national attention. American Theatre magazine was impressed by the way the production utilized cutting edge computer animation in its set design. This week, the department opens a musical version of the play with its scenic designer intact while the technology used is now much more advanced.

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Tuition Hikes
4:52 pm
Thu June 6, 2013

Kansas Universities Hit Hard By Budget Cuts, Tuition Expected To Rise

University leadership from around the state met with the Kansas Board of Regents today to discuss how to adjust to nearly $49 million in cuts from the state’s higher education budget.

The move was approved by lawmakers over the weekend, and include cuts to the state’s six universities in addition to community colleges, technical colleges and Washburn University. Cuts were also made to student financial assistance programs, the Board of Regents Office, and adult education programs Board Spokesperson Vanessa Lamoreaux said.

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Government
9:37 am
Wed April 24, 2013

Governor's Higher Education Tour Stops At KU

Kansas Governor Sam Brownback visited the University of Kansas campus yesterday, where he met with school officials and student leaders as part of a tour promoting higher education in the state.

Brownback called KU a "great innovation institution" and highlighted its role in the Kansas economy.

“We’ve really got some momentum moving forward in job creation off of our universities, providing excellence in education, which is a primary issue for us, and we want to keep that momentum growing,” said Brownback.

Central Standard
6:51 pm
Wed February 13, 2013

Race & Gender In The Elections: How Children Are Affected

It may be hard to remember, but the 2008 election broke racial and gender norms for politics. With President Obama, Sarah Palin and Hilary Clinton among the presidential and vice-presidential candidates in both major parties, the idea of race and gender was a common discussion. But what did that election mean to those who didn’t, and couldn’t vote?


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Education
9:32 am
Mon December 17, 2012

KU Lobbies To Save Research Grants

Dan Verbeck KCUR

Amid negotiations in Washington to year end avoid budget cuts and tax hikes, universities are lobbying against grant reductions.

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Health
10:16 am
Fri December 14, 2012

KU Researcher Lands NIH Grant For Alzheimer’s Study

A cross-section of a human brain damaged by Alzheimer's disease.
user AJC1 Flickr

A University of Kansas researcher is partnering with a Harvard scientist on a $1.7 million study of a protein believed to play a role in Alzheimer's disease.

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Government
7:42 am
Tue December 11, 2012

Kansas Faces Fiscal Cliff

The University of Campus Kansas in Lawrence seen at sunset. KU would suffer tens of millions of dollars cuts in federal grants if no deal is reached between Congress and President Obama.
KU flickr

Budget negotiations between President Obama and Congressional leaders continue, but if those talks fail, Kansas will see a series of funding cuts that will affect the future of higher education, research, and military bases in the state.

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Central Standard
6:27 pm
Wed October 31, 2012

'Working Words' Literary Event Comes To First Friday

beggarstablechurch.com

The worlds of creative writing and visual art are woven together for an upcoming First Friday event in Kansas City's Crossroads Arts District.

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KC Currents
1:32 pm
Tue October 30, 2012

Kansas Army Base Hosts Shariah Class

Dr. Raj Bhala teaching officers at Fort Leavenworth.
Alex Smith KCUR

In Kansas, the Islamic code of laws called Shariah has drawn a lot of suspicion and debate during the past year.

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Up to Date
10:06 am
Tue April 17, 2012

Can 'Boozing It Up' Make Us More Conservative?

Could knocking back a few beers influence a person’s political views?

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Headlines
7:38 am
Mon April 2, 2012

Top Of The Morning News: Monday, April 2, 2012

A mild winter and early spring has brought out some insects sooner than usual & a state budget proposal has unraveled in the final moments before it was slated to pass the Kansas legislature. It’s a daily digest of headlines from KCUR.

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Headlines
7:33 am
Fri December 9, 2011

Top Of The Morning News: Friday, December 9, 2012

The KC Council's new redistricting map, KU's new football coach, inside "The Nutcracker," & more: A daily digest of headlines from KCUR.

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KCUR News
5:32 pm
Fri December 10, 2010

Naismith's Basketball Rules Bought for $4.3 Million by KU Grad

Kansas City, MO – Looks like the University of Kansas may become home to the original typewritten rules of basketball. The game was invented by James Naismith in Massachusetts in 1892, six years before he became a KU professor and basketball coach.

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KCUR News
11:55 am
Tue October 12, 2010

Bioscience Authority Commits $9 Million to KU Cancer Center

Salina, KS – The Kansas Bioscience Authority has pledged more than $9 million over the next five years to bring five prominent cancer researchers to the University of Kansas Cancer Center.

KCUR News
9:40 am
Wed September 8, 2010

Kansas Athletics Director Lew Perkins Resigns Abruptly

Lawrence, KS – The athletics director position at the University of Kansas went through sweeping changes. Lew Perkins is no longer in charge, an interim A.D. is in place and a plan for a successor is underway

Sean Lester was named interim athletics director. He joined the KU athletic staff at the same time as Lew Perkins seven years ago. Like Perkins, Lester also previously worked at the University of Connecticut.

Lester said he was caught off-guard by the sudden departure of Perkins.

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Heists
3:08 am
Thu May 27, 2010

KU Uncovers Million-Dollar Ticket Heist

Kansas City, Mo. – An independent investigation into the University of Kansas Athletic Department says at least a million dollars worth of tickets were sold inappropriately over the past five years -- and it may have gone on longer than that.

The investigation conducted by a Wichita law firm showed that five KU athletics staffers and a consultant sold or used more than 17,500 basketball tickets, and more than 2,000 football tickets.

KU Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little told the media:

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KCUR News
4:46 pm
Fri April 30, 2010

Armed Search Of KU Dorm

Law enforcement officials gather outside McCollum Hall on the campus of Kansas University, Friday, April 30, 2010. Law enforcement officials are looking for a possible armed suspect in McCollum Hall.
photo by Kevin Anderson

Lawrence, Kan. – From Lawrence Journal World

Updated 3:54 PM 4-30-10: All available Kansas University police officers and some members of the Lawrence police department were dispatched just before 2 p.m. Friday to McCollum Hall in response to report of a man with a gun at the residence hall.

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KCUR News
5:04 pm
Wed April 21, 2010

Giant Expansion Of KU Edwards Campus

photo by tv.ku.edu

Overland Park, KS – University of Kansas is expanding its Overland Park Edwards Campus by more than half, with a 75,000-square-foot building for science and technology, business and engineering.

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KCUR News
11:58 am
Fri March 19, 2010

KU To Open Medical Training Program In Salina

Kansas City, Mo. – The University of Kansas is expanding its medical school to train more rural doctors.

KU's school of medicine has announced it's opening a four year medical program in Salina, Kansas. It's geared towards the practice of rural medicine.

Dr. Michael Kennedy is KU's Associate Dean of Rural Health Education. He says physician shortages are a problem in rural areas because med students from those places often don't go back.

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