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U.S. Capitol
Kansas News Service Tuesday, June 8th, 2021

Congressional Republicans did away with "earmarks" more than a decade ago. Democrats have brought them back. Now, Kansas Republicans serving in Congress have a choice to make: take the money for their districts, or stick to their small government principals. Abigail Censky, with the Kansas News Service, takes a closer look.

Snow falls on a school crossing sign in Kansas City on October 26, 2020. (Photo by Carlos Moreno)
Kansas News Service Monday, May 24th, 2021

Kansas school districts and businesses can get as much as $500,000 in loans to help pay for abnormally high utility bills from February's record cold weather. The loans must be paid back within three years.

(Courtesy of Center for Recorded Music)
Laura Lorson Friday, May 21st, 2021

A new project wants to provide a place for listening to recorded music in a group setting.  

J. Schafer Wednesday, May 19th, 2021

Listen to episode five in KPR's monthly series commemorating the 200th anniversary of the Santa Fe Trail. In this installment, we hear about Josiah Gregg, an early merchant who traveled along the Santa Fe Trail and wrote a book about his experiences.

The word "Redskins" on Wichita North High School's basketball court will be painted over after the Wichita district dropped the controversial name. (Photo by Suzanne Perez, KMUW)
Kansas News Service Thursday, May 13th, 2021

Removing the mascot images and names from school uniforms and property will take time.  

J. Schafer Friday, April 23rd, 2021

Listen to episode four in KPR's monthly series commemorating the 200th anniversary of the Santa Fe Trail. In this installment, we hear about William Becknell who led the first successful trading expedition from Franklin, Missouri, to Santa Fe in 1821.

Close-up picture of a grasshopper nymph. (Photo: U.S. Geological Survey)
Kansas News Service Tuesday, April 20th, 2021

More carbon dioxide in the atmosphere is changing how wild grasses grow in Kansas, and lowering their nutritional value to insects. That could upset the balance of life on the prairie. Grasshoppers on the Kansas prairie have declined by about 2% every year for the past two decades.  

J. Schafer Monday, April 19th, 2021

The National Weather Service in Topeka has issued a Winter Weather Advisory for eastern Kansas. In addition, a Freeze Warning has been issued for select Kansas, Nebraska and Missouri border counties, as well as for the entire Kansas City metro.

Jeffrey Energy Center, a coal-fired power plant operated by Evergy, is located northwest of St. Marys in Pottawatomie County. (Photo from Kanss Highway Patrol Air Support Unit)
Kansas News Service Tuesday, April 6th, 2021

A bill recently passed by the Kansas Legislature would allow the state's utilities companies to refinance a portion of what they owe on some of its largest investments, freeing up money to put into new, greener energy infrastructure. Click through to find out how that works. 

Amtrak's Santa Fe Train Station in Lawrence was constructed in 1955 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places (Photo by J. Schafer, Kansas Public Radio)
Kansas News Service Friday, April 2nd, 2021

The Southwest Chief route gets a vote of confidence from Amtrak, prompting a sigh of relief from southwestern Kansas communities.

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