September 23 2019 8 AM KRPS Newscast

Kansas emergency rooms fare well in a new look at hospitals nationwide by investigative reporting outlet ProPublica. Celia Llopis-Jepsen of the Kansas News Service reports.

People in a few Kansas cities joined worldwide climate strike protests Friday, calling for world and local leaders to act on climate change. While not nearly as large as protests in major U-S cities, the small group gathered in Wichita was still enthusiastic.

Several hundred UAW workers and allies swarmed the main entrance to the Fairfax GM plant in K-C-K yesterday as Democratic Presidential hopeful Joe Biden stopped by for a visit.

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September 23 2019 7 AM KRPS Newscast

The United Nations kicks off its global climate action summit today in New York City. Brian Grimmett of the Kansas News Service reports on how some Kansans are trying to send the summit a message.

The Catholic Diocese of Wichita says it has confirmed sexual abuse allegations involving minors against nine priests. The diocese released a report Friday following an independent review by a Wichita law firm.

Democratic presidential hopeful Joe Biden pumped up United Auto Workers walking the picket line at the Fairfax Auto plant on Sunday KCUR’s Laura Ziegler was there.

September 19 2019 6 AM KRPS Newscast

There’s a lot at stake if Kansas doesn’t get a complete census count next year. That’s why state officials are already working on getting the state’s 350,000 Latinos to participate. Stephen Koranda of the Kansas News Service explains.

About 48 billion automated calls were made in the United States last year, and nearly a third of those were robocalls and scams. Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt blames technology, but also said it has to be part of the solution.

State Senator John Rizzo says it’s unlikely the Missouri General Assembly will pass stricter background checks for gun owners. But as St. Louis Public Radio’s Julie O’Donoghue reports, the Democrat expects gun restrictions to be put directly in front of the voters eventually.

The Crimson and Gold Connection with Pittsburg State President Steve Scott

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PSU President Dr. Steve Scott

The start of fall, is almost here but as summer winds down President of Pittsburg State Steve Scott takes a look back at the first month of the 2019-2020 academic year. Like many professors, staff members and students the beginning of a new school year at Pittsburg State is no different for Dr. Scott. The start of a semester happens quickly no matter how many times you’ve gone through it. President Scott says that while the semester can seem like a blur it also signifies cooler weather, a fresh start and another season of Gorillas football.

President Scott looking back on a fast start to the 2019-2020 school year at Pittsburg State

Move In Day 2019 at PSU took place on August 17 and it was a wet one. But that didn’t stop President Scott from putting on his shorts and a t-shirt to help move students, friends and family into the dorms. It’s only not a time to help new students get settled into their new home on campus, but it’s a chance to meet and interact with new students and their parents. President Scott recognizes this is the day that many freshmen and their parents have saved, planned and waited for years for. He recognizes it importance.

Pres. Scott reflecting on the importance of Move In Day 2019

Last week the ribbon was officially cut to open Block22 in downtown Pittsburg. The mixed use project that combines apartments, office space and restaurants is a collaboration between the city of Pittsburg and PSU. The over $20 million dollar project in southeast Kansas’s largest city is meant to spur growth in downtown Pittsburg at a time when many downtown areas are dwindling. According to President Scott Block22 is set to be a “trans-formative” project that will benefit Pittsburg for years to come.

PSU President Scott believes that Block22 will pay dividends for both the university and city for years to come

September 18 6 AM KRPS Newscast

A Johnson County man is suing the nation’s biggest e-cigarette maker, saying it targets teens and misleads them about vaping’s dangers. From KCUR Dan Margolies reports.

The University of Kansas will eliminate one of the state’s main programs that trains future math and science teachers next June.

Flooding along the Missouri River this year may have benefited frogs and toads. The amphibians which breed in pools of water have experienced a surge in population sizes … according to the Missouri Department of Conservation.

September 18 2019 5 AM KRPS Newscast

The University of Kansas plans to save a million dollars a year by closing the Center for STEM Learning. Celia Llopis-Jepsen of the Kansas News Service says the decision worries math and science teachers who got their start there.

Kansas schools have a new, anonymous method for reporting safety concerns. The Suspicious Activity Report is a form on the Kansas Bureau of Investigation’s website.

Frog and toad populations along the Missouri River soared this year after months of springtime flooding created near-perfect breeding conditions. As St. Louis Public Radio’s Shahla Farzan reports … biologists say the population boom has helped them study several rare species.

A Evening in the Park with Christian Serrano-Torres

Christian Serreno-Torres speaking about his music and first album “Embrace”

Christian Serrano-Torres doesn’t play your Mothers or even your Grandmother’s brand of classical music. The 29-year old Puerto Rican born cellist is blazing a career path of his own to create and establish his own musical voice. Christian says that the classical of his formal musical education is always going to be shine through but that his sound of mature classical mixed with a “bit of that Puerto Rican rhythm and swag, and blood that always make me take a different look.” I spoke with Serrano-Torres recently about his performance in Neosho, Missouri on Thursday September 19 in collaboration with the Neosho Arts Council. The performance starts at 6:30 pm and is open to the public. 

Speaking to Christian about his music and performing you can feel the energy from every word, it’s the same way that he performs. When somebody thinks about the genre of classical music in the US there are not considering Christian Serrano-Torres, who openly admits  that he doesn’t play every single note as clean as possible and that’s by design. He wants to draw both in the mature classical lover but he recognizes that at the core that is not who he is and works to shape and blur the lines of what classical sounds like today and into the future. 

Recently, Christian released his first full length album a project that he had been working on since August of 2017. “Embrace” is a collection of five original instrumentals and admits that the album is about “looking at yourself in the mirror, seeking deep within, and being okay with who you are”. But when you listen to Embrace you also hear Christian telling himself to Embrace the music that he has created because it is unique in a gerene that can be stuffy, difficult to break into and full of stereotypes. With Embrace, Christian effectively says, “I’m standing on the shoulders of classical giants and the composers that created it. But it’s my time now, and watch me go”.

September 16 2019 7 AM KRPS Newscast

A left-leaning think tank has released a report detailing how some Kansas college employees and students have adjusted to a law allowing concealed carry of handguns on campus. Nomin Ujiyediin of the Kansas News Service has more.

Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt found 163 Catholic clergy members accused of sexual misconduct with children over the last 75 years during a year-long investigation.   As St. Louis Public Radio’s Julie O’Donoghue reports, the attorney general says he is able to refer just 12 of those cases to local prosecutors for review.

September 12 2019 7 AM KRPS Newscast

After reaching a settlement with the Bureau of Prisons, the American Civil Liberties Union says it plans to pursue further legal action to get all federal prison inmates access to medication for opioid addiction. Nomin Ujiyediin of the Kansas News Service has more.

Kansas vape shop owners are bracing for the impact on their industry after the Trump administration announced plans Wednesday to ban flavored e-cigarettes. The move follows several vaping-related deaths, including one in Kansas.

On Wednesday the Missouri House approved a measure that allows residents to trade in multiple vehicles to reduce their sales tax responsibility when buying a newer model. As  St. Louis Public Radio’s statehouse reporter Jaclyn Driscoll reports, the legislation now heads to the Senate, where it’s expected to pass on Friday.

September 12 2019 6 AM KRPS Newcast

Kansas Governor Laura Kelly is defending a tax council she created this week after criticism that it’s filled with people opposed to tax cuts. As Stephen Koranda reports for the Kansas News Service, Kelly wants the group to suggest a tax system overhaul.

The federal Bureau of Prisons will give an opioid addiction treatment to an inmate in the Leavenworth penitentiary after settling a lawsuit with the American Civil Liberties Union Wednesday.

The Missouri House approved a measure allowing car buyers to trade in two or more vehicles to reduce the sales tax on a newer model. Governor Mike Parson called a special legislative session to address the issue after a Supreme Court ruling in June.