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Hays artist Matt Miller stands on a scaffold as he puts the finishing touches on the town's latest mural. (Photo by David Condos, Kansas News Service)
Kansas News Service Thursday, October 14th, 2021

Murals have become a trend across rural Kansas. Here's why more small towns are starting to turn to larger-than-life outdoor artwork.  

Traders along the Santa Fe Trail, leaving Bent's Fort (circa 1840).
J. Schafer Monday, October 11th, 2021

KPR's monthly series, commemorating 200 years of the Santa Fe Trail, continues this week as we recognize Indigenous People's Day (October 11, 2021) and reflect upon the arrival of Native Peoples in North America. This radio series highlights excerpts from the documentary called The Road to Santa Fe.

Kansas Highway 23 divides the Gray County Wind Farm from the Ensign Wind Farm. (Photo by Brian Grimmett, Kansas News Service)
Kansas News Service Wednesday, October 6th, 2021

After decades of success, the Kansas wind industry faces new challenges that could slow its growth.

Turbines at the Gray County Wind Farm near Montezuma, Kansas. (Photo by Brian Grimmett, Kansas News Service)
Kansas News Service Tuesday, October 5th, 2021

Living in the shadow of the state's first large-scale wind farm for 20 years has been an economic boon for the people living in Gray County, Kansas.

At the University of Kansas, the state’s flagship institution, enrollment has dropped 5% over the past five years. (Photo by Carlos Moreno, KCUR)
Kansas News Service Sunday, October 3rd, 2021

Enrollment at Kansas colleges and universities fell again this fall, continuing a system-wide decline of more than 11% over the past five years.

The scene at Fort Pickett in Virginia, where families evacuated from Afghanistan are being processed before heading to their new homes. (Photo from Hillary Snyder, Catholic Charities of Southwest Kansas)
Kansas News Service Thursday, September 30th, 2021

Kansans who help resettle refugees are preparing to welcome 500 people from Afghanistan to the state. Many are destined for Wichita and Kansas City, but they'll be scattered across the state.

KMUW Radio Wednesday, September 29th, 2021

Services are underway in Wichita for Father Emil Kapaun, who died more than 70 years ago in a North Korean prisoner of war camp.

Statue of Jesus inside the Catholic church at Pilsen, Kansas, the hometown of Father Emil Kapaun. (Photo by J. Schafer)
Kansas News Service Tuesday, September 28th, 2021

The remains of Father Emil Kapaun, who died in a North Korean POW camp more than 70 years ago, are finally back home in his home state of Kansas. The Kansas News Service reports on why this Catholic priest still means so much to so many.

Range scientist Keith Harmoney inspects a research plot that's been overtaken by Old World Bluestem at the K-State agricultural center in Hays. (Photo by David Condos, Kansas News Service)
Kansas News Service Tuesday, September 21st, 2021

An invasive grass called Old World bluestem is crowding out native plant species and remaking Kansas grasslands and pastures. And as it spreads across the state, the time and money it would take to get rid of it keeps going up. Hear from from some of the landowners and researchers who are trying to prevent it from changing the Kansas prairie forever.

J. Schafer Thursday, September 16th, 2021

This year, KPR has been airing a monthly series commemorating the bicentennial of the Santa Fe Trail. In this latest installment, we feature a story highlighting the relationship between the community of Council Grove and the Kaw, the Native people from whom the state of Kansas derived its name.


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