August 23 2019 8 AM KRPS Newscast

A cluster of earthquakes near Hutchinson in the last few days has prompted Kansas to take a closer look at injection wells. Corinne Boyer of the Kansas News Service has more.

In 2014, Kansas had the worst rate in the nation of teens who received the HPV vaccine, at only 34 percent. A new federal report shows the state has made big strides, with almost two-thirds of teens vaccinated in 2018.

The group No Bans on Choice and the ACLU of Missouri says they’re suing Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft to prevent state officials from delaying ballot measures in the future.

U-S Senator Roy Blunt of Missouri says the state can do more to help families at Fort Leonard Wood. As St. Louis Public Radio’s Jonathan Ahl reports, he wants to make it easier for spouses of service members to find jobs.

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August 23 2019 7 AM KRPS Newscast

Kansas has improved the rate of teens that have been vaccinated against HPV in recent years. But as Stephen Koranda of the Kansas news service reports, the state is still in the bottom 10.

Though this week’s indictment of a KU professor raises concerns about academic espionage … faculty leaders say the university has a –quote– “good track record” in safeguarding research. 

Pro-abortion rights advocates announced Thursday they’re abandoning a planned referendum on Missouri’s eight-week abortion ban because Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft left them only two weeks to gather signatures. As St. Louis Public Radio’s Sarah Fentem reports, the No Bans On Choice Coalition is suing Ashcroft to overturn the laws they say held up the process.

Democratic Missouri Auditor Nicole Galloway is calling on Republican Gov. Mike Parson to address gun violence during the September’s special legislative session.

Remembering Joplin Globe Editor Carol Stark

In lieu of flowers please contribute to the Carol Stark Excellence in Journalism Scholarship Fund. For more information visit, www.mssu.edu/giving . In the ‘Chose school or fund’ field choose ‘other’ and indicate that you would like your gift to go towards the Carol Stark Excellence in Journalism Scholarship Fund.

Carol Stark spent 36-years at the Joplin Globe, starting her journalism career first at the Carthage Press before moving to the Globe in 1983. The 61-year old Editor of the newspaper passed away at Barnes-Jewish hospital in St. Louis on August 14, 2019 at the age of 61. She won numerous award and honors over her over three decades of work as a journalist in Southwest Missouri.

Scott Meeker remembers his first day working at the Joplin Globe in 1998. The publication had hired him to “enter lunch menus and write obituaries” as he told me last Friday inside of his office at Missouri Southern State University. Meekers first day at the Globe was also the first time that he met Stark. At the time Stark was one of the Globe’s feature writers, an aspiration that Meeker himself wanted to work towards.

Scott Meeker describing his first day of work in 1998 at The Joplin Globe

As readers, viewers or listeners we invite members of the media into our lives to entertain, inform and help us better understand the world around us. Meeker had read Stark’s columns in the Globe for years and was already greatly aware of the kind of detailed storyteller she was before they met. What he didn’t know was that he had met a lifelong friend and a mentor and that their relationship would grow stronger over the next 20-years.

Meeker describing the large role that Stark played in his career

Stark’s work went far beyond the Joplin Globe. She both mentored and advised journalism students at Joplin High School’s newspaper, the Spyglass, in addition to spending time with students of Missouri Southern’s newspaper, the Chart. Stark’s roots also crossed the border west into Kansas, as she gave Josh Letner, now the Director of Student Publications at Pittsburg State University his first job in journalism. Meeker remembers how well Stark’s storytelling abilities connected with readers, a trait that he attributes to her rising to become the first female executive editor in the Globe’s 111-year history.

Meeker of Stark, “she was always there to help”

May 22, 2011 was a day that residents of Joplin, Missouri will never forget. The day that an EF-5 tornado ripped through the city killing 158-people and causing almost 3-billion dollars in damage. Thousands of residents lost everything, including several employees of the Joplin Globe. The following year the newspaper would go on to earn several awards for its coverage and aftermath of the tornado, including the Distinguished Writing Award for Deadline News Reporting from the American Society of Newspaper Editors. Also, in 2012 the Globe was named Community Newspaper Holding Incorporated (NHCI) Newspaper of the Year and awarded first place in public service. Scott Meeker was apart of the Globe’s tornado coverage and saw firsthand the kind of fierce and thoughtful leader that Carol Stark was. Meeker says that he will remember Stark most for her strength.

“She was the strongest person I knew” Meeker speaking of his friend and mentor Carol Stark

August 22 2019 8 AM KRPS Newscast

Kansas is fighting the compensation claims of a Kansas City, Kansas, man who spent 23 years in prison for a double murder he did not commit.

It’ll take $8 million to replace an outdated system Kansas uses to store fingerprints. As Stephen Koranda reports for the Kansas News Service, the Kansas Bureau of Investigation says the database is at risk of failing.

On Thursday, Missouri Governor Mike Parson called for a special session that will coincide with the state’s annual veto session, beginning on September 9th.

You can now pick up or request a copy of the 2019-2020 Missouri Official Highway Map.  The Missouri Department of Transportation updates the maps every other year.

August 22 2019 7 AM KRPS Newscast

When the U-S Department of Agriculture announced it would be moving two research agencies from Washington to the Kansas City area, local lawmakers gushed about the hundreds of high-paying federal jobs. But as Frank Morris reports, it’s not working out that way.

An aging system that holds millions of fingerprints for Kansas law enforcement is in danger of failing, and it will take millions of dollars to replace it.

On Thursday, Missouri Governor Mike Parson called for a special session that will coincide with the state’s annual veto session, beginning on September 9th.

The newest edition of the Missouri Official Highway Map is now available for anyone who wants one.  It’s updated every other year by the Missouri Department of Transportation. 

The Crimson and Gold Connection Pittsburg State President Steve Scott

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Pittsburg State President Steve Scott

The start of a new school year at Pittsburg State brings new students to Southeast Kansas, as hot the temperatures of summer begin to fade thoughts of football and fall start to take shape. This year on ‘The Crimson and Gold Connection’ we’re introducing a permanent spot for Pittsburg State President Steve Scott. He will appear every 3rd Wednesday at 8:50 am and Friday at 3:50 pm of the month on the ‘Connection’.

This year marks the 11th anniversary that Scott was named by the Kansas Board of Regents as the President of Pittsburg State in May of 2009. He says that while he’s proud of many of the accomplishments university, the completion of the Bickenll Family Center for the Arts stands out among them all.

President Scott speaks about the addition of the Bicknell to PSU

Later this year the Bicknell will be celebrating it’s 5th-anniversary as the center launches another season of performances with the Modern American Dance Company performance on Saturday September 7 at 7:30.

Public universities throughout Kansas have faced financial pressures throughout President Scott’s tenure but he points to the advocacy of Pittsburg State at the state capitol in Topeka as an important piece of the puzzle. He says that he’s seen a positive culture change in this time as President of the the university, even through the post-recession period and the state of Kansas lowering their financial allocations not only to Pittsburg State but to public universities throughout the state.

President Scott speaking of advocacy in Topeka on the behalf of PSU

For those of us who love what we do, the word retirement is not in our vocabulary, we will simply work until the end. But the legacy of President Scott at Pittsburg State regardless of what is accomplished the remainder of his time at the university will be known for navigating the institution through the lean times of the post-recession period of the late 2000’s and early 2010’s the lean years of the Brownback administration, construction and completion of the Bicknell Center. His advocacy for the completion of Highway 69 and his endless enthusiasm and passion for Southeast Kansas. While part of him is rooted in the here and now, another side is planning out the future, both for the students of Pittsburg State and even the residents of the city of Pittsburg.

President Scott talks about a proposal to bring the Kansas City Chiefs training camp to Pittsburg, Kansas

August 20 2019 8 AM KRPS Newscast

Drones will be making long-distance flights to inspect power lines as part of a new test program in Kansas. As Stephen Koranda of the Kansas News Service reports, state officials say it’s the first time the federal government has approved this type of flight.

A new report from the environmental advocacy group Sierra Club claims coal power plants owned by Evergy in Kansas and Missouri have lost nearly $266 million dollars since 2015.

Monday was the final day to submit an application for a medical marijuana facility in Missouri.

A top Missouri Republican said Monday the state dropped more than 100,000 people from Medicaid rolls because they don’t qualify for the program. As St. Louis Public Radio’s Sarah Fentem reports, Republican Speaker of the House Elijah Haahr says the state’s been using a new computer system to determine eligibility.

August 20 2019 7 AM KRPS Newscast

A new report from the Sierra Club claims that coal plants in Kansas and Missouri are losing millions of dollars every year. As Brian Grimmett of the Kansas News Service explains, the energy company disagrees.

State officials say Kansas will be the first state to test out federally approved long-distance drone flights.

The period to submit applications for medical marijuana facilities in Missouri ended Monday at 4:30 pm. Originally, the window was set to close on Saturday. But as St. Louis Public Radio’s statehouse reporter Jaclyn Driscoll reports, the extension turned out to be for good reason.

The speaker of the Missouri House of Representatives attributes the year-long drop in more than 100,000 Medicaid enrollees on state efforts to keep unauthorized patients from using the program.

August 19 2019 8 AM KRPS Newscast

U.S. Representative Sharice Davids of Kansas’s 3rd congressional district discussed ideas for reducing drug costs while in the Kansas City area during Congress’s August recess. KCUR’s Alex Smith spoke with her.

After spending the summer listening to the concerns of rural Kansans, Lieutenant Governor Lynn Rogers says he’s feeling a lot of pressure to produce a plan that leads to action.

Missouri Democrats believe they can bounce back after three dismal election cycles in a row.

Abortion rights groups say it’s unlikely they will collect enough signatures to put a repeal of Missouri’s eight week abortion ban bill on the ballot. But even if they do, a major GOP donor issued a statement Friday criticizing the Republican in charge of writing the ballot language. KCUR’s Aviva has more

August 19 2019 7 AM KRPS Newscast

Kansas Lieutenant Governor Lynn Rogers spent three months criss-crossing the state to find out what rural Kansans think should be done to revitalize their shrinking communities.

Kansas officials say a contractor managing a literacy program misspent welfare dollars on travel and staff salaries.

State Auditor Nicole Galloway is getting strong support from Democratic stalwarts a few days after announcing her bid for governor.

Abortion rights groups say it’s unlikely they will collect enough signatures to put a repeal of Missouri’s eight week abortion ban bill on the ballot.