November 20 2019 8 AM KRPS Newscast

A troubled contractor in the Kansas Medicaid system has been making improvements. But as Stephen Koranda of the Kansas News Service reports, Aetna Better Health still faces the risk of being fired.

Neodesha students in southeast Kansas found out Tuesday  they can go to college tuition free … up to the cost of the University of Kansas.

Missouri House transportation committee chairwoman Becky Ruth understands why people might be skeptical of the Hyperloop project that promises to get people from St. Louis to Kansas City in thirty minutes.

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November 20 2019 7 AM KRPS Newscast

Governor Laura Kelly heard concerns Tuesday night about shortages ranging from water to internet to health care in southwest Kansas at the first stop on a listening tour the Democrat says will shape the budget she submits to lawmakers. Corinne Boyer of the Kansas News Service reports.

Kansas Governor Laura Kelly … along with state and Garden City officials … broke ground on Sports of the World Tuesday.

Missouri House Transportation Committee Chairwoman Becky Ruth says the state has to keep its options open when it comes to funding for roads and bridges. As St. Louis Public Radio Julie O’Donoghue reports, that means looking beyond the gas tax for revenue.

Sean Connors of Third Coast Percussion

The Grammy-Award winning quartet Third Coast Percussion is going to Southeast Kansas for the first time this Friday night as a part of the 2019-2020 Solo and Chamber Music series hosted by the Pittsburg State’s Music Department. Ensemble Member and Technical Director Sean Connors of TCP joined KRPS’s Morning Edition on Wednesday to speak about how the group got started and what’s in-store for the performance on Friday.

The four members of the group met 15-years ago while attending Northwestern University and they have tour extensively throughout the US and internationally. This includes a performance at NPR Tiny Desktop Series last April.

For more information, including how to purchase tickets click this link.

November 19 2019 7 AM KPRS Newscast

Kansas U.S. Representative Sharice Davids is taking aim at surprise medical bills with a new piece of legislation. From KCUR Alex Smith reports.

Officials say that at current sedimentation rates, the Kansas River Basin will not be able to meet the eastern part of the state’s water needs as early as 2057.

Missouri  Governor Mike Parson announced on Monday the start of the state’s new education campaign against youth vaping.

A couple of dozen children in the Jennings School District who are homeless are getting to school the same way as many suburban children: By minivan. St. Louis Public Radio’s Ryan Delaney reports.

November 18 2019 8 AM KRPS Newscast

New rules for tracking carbon monoxide poisoning showed Kansas saw more than 170 cases in a year. Celia Llopis-Jepsen of the Kansas News Service has more.

Kansas is not doing very well when it comes to how much money people are earning since the recession, landing in the bottom 10 states in the last year. As Stephen Koranda of the Kansas News Service reports, surrounding states face the same challenge.

The US Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue says that moving two research agencies to Kansas City will help them attract staff. But as Frank Morris reports, the relocation means the agencies need to do a lot of hiring.

November 18 2019 7 AM KRPS Newscast

The sponsor of legislation in the U-S House named for the football player who died in 2018 of exertional heat stroke at Garden City Community College expects the measure to soon pick up momentum. Sam Zeff explains.

US Agricultural Secretary Sonny Perdue says moving two ag research agencies from Washington to Kansas City is going to improve their work.

Across the U.S., states have seen their economies grow in the wake of the 2008 recession. But Kansas and other Midwestern states are lagging behind other parts of the country.

Across the U.S., states have seen their economies grow in the wake of the 2008 recession. But Kansas and other Midwestern states are lagging behind other parts of the country.

November 15 2019 7 AM KRPS Newscast

The Kansas City Star will drop its Saturday print edition sometime next year. As KCUR’s Dan Margolies reports, The Star’s parent company is going digital-only with all of its Saturday papers in 2020.

A new report says Kansas is among the top 10 states when it comes to student performance in rural areas, but there are still challenges.

The Iowa based Casey’s General stores announced plans to build a distribution center in Joplin on Thursday.

If Missouri is going to legalize sports betting, then professional sports leagues want their cut of the action. That was the message sent by a lobbyist representing Major League Baseball, the NBA and the PGA during a Missouri House hearing on Thursday. St. Louis Public Radio’s Julie O’Donoghue has more on the state trying to figure out the sports gambling landscape.

November 14 2019 8 AM KRPS Newscast

Kansas’ state school board is considering banning vaping at all K-12 schools. The board received policy recommendations from its anti-vaping task force Tuesday.

After more than a year of saying little about the death of a football player after practice, Garden City Community College will release the results of an external investigation to the player’s family.

In a broad foreign policy speech Tuesday at a Washington, D.C-based think tank, US Senator Josh Hawley of Missouri called for the US to reshape its military strategy in the Pacific region, particularly as China tries to exert more power over Hong Kong and Taiwan.

A Springfield historian has published a guidebook of unique locations in the Ozarks and the stories behind them. KSMU’s Quinn Wolf has more.

November 14 2019 7 AM KRPS Newscast

The number of Kansas high school students vaping more than doubled in the last two years. Stephan Bisaha of the Kansas News Service reports that the state’s school board is considering a new policy to stop that.

Last month, Kelly’s attorneys filed a motion saying she should be removed from the suit because she doesn’t directly oversee the system.

Record rains caused severe flooding in Kansas this year, and that’s going to put the state at risk of more flooding next spring.

 In a major decision addressing the scope of Missouri’s Sunshine Law, the Missouri Court of Appeals Tuesday ruled that Raytown’s city clerk “purposefully” violated the law when she spurned a request for public records related to a fatal traffic accident. Dan Margolies reports.

November 7 2019 8 AM KRPS Newscast

Seventy percent of domestic violence homicides in Kansas last year involved a gun. That’s according to new statistics from the Kansas Bureau of Investigation.

Wichita will have a new mayor next year. KMUW’s Nadya Faulx has more.

A $50 million state program meant to help Kansas communities improve their transportation systems received almost $250 million in requests.