October 16 2019 8 AM KRPS Newscast

Kansas schools are struggling to find teachers. As Stephan Bisaha of the Kansas News Service reports, the state has more than 800 vacant teaching positions.

Kansas state Senator Barbara Bollier is jumping into the already crowded race for the U.S. Senate. Bollier – a retired doctor from Johnson County – was elected to the state legislature as a moderate Republican.


October 16 2019 7 AM KRPS Newscast

A Kansas state senator who recently switched parties is running for the U.S. Senate as a Democrat. As Jim McLean of the Kansas News Service reports, Barbara Bollier says she would be a — “voice of reason in Washington.”

Kansas’ teacher shortage is getting worse. The state’s education department says there are more than 800 vacant teaching positions. That’s about 25 percent higher than last year, though officials say part of the increase could be from more accurate reporting.

October 11 2019 8 AM KRPS Newscast

The Organization for Competitive Markets, an advocacy group, and the Kansas Cattlemen’s Association have accused the Kansas Livestock Association of misusing millions of dollars. Corinne Boyer of the Kansas News Service explains.

Former Democratic Kansas Congresswoman Nancy Boyda is dropping her bid for the Senate seat being vacated by Republican Senator Pat Roberts. Boyda and former U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom were the two top Democratic contenders in the race

October 11 2019 7 AM KRPS Newscast

It looked like Kansas Democrats were going to have their first high-profile primary for a U.S. Senate seat in decades. But as Stephen Koranda reports for the Kansas News Service, that changed on Thursday.

White House adviser Ivanka Trump heard from Kansas City-area parents and child care providers Thursday about issues they have with affordable, quality child care. The roundtable is one of several being held by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

October 10 2019 7 AM KRPS Newscast

Kansas Congresswoman Sharice Davids called out President TrumpWednedsay  for betraying the United States’ Kurdish allies in Turkey. Laura Ziegler has more on the Democrat’s statement.

Base pay for a Kansas legislator is about 22 thousand dollars a year — less than the salaries of lawmakers in most neighboring states, according to a new state audit.

Kinetic Storytelling: The Broad Strokes of Film Workshop with Anthony Monteleone

The Kinetic Storytelling workshop will be held at the Spiva Center for the Arts in Joplin on Saturday October 12. It starts at 10 am and there is a $20 registration fee.

The Spiva 48-hour film competition starts on Friday October 18 at 6 pm and runs until Sunday October 20 at 6 pm. The complete films must be turned into the Bookhouse Cinema in Joplin on 10/20 by 6 pm. The teams will have 2 days to make a 4-minute film in the genre of horror. The fee to enter is $20.

Telling a story, easy right? All of us have said to a friend, “I have a story to tell you.” But have you ever recorded that story and played it back? It may not be sound as clear as you think it was in your head. The Kinetic Storytelling workshop hosted by Anthony Monteleone aims to help aspiring storytellers transform their ideas into films that can be shared on platforms such as YouTube, Vimeo and even Snapchat.

Anthony speaking about what Saturday workshop will entail

Problem solving is at the core of the of the workshop. There are countless considerations when shooting a film, even a short one. From street noise, to the lack of natural daylight or maybe the weather isn’t cooperating. Experience is the only way to gain the knowledge about how to shoot and handle the conditions. Anthony and his staff at the film workshop will help bridge the knowledge gap and pass on their years of experience.

Shooting in the “real world” has numerous complications that the workshop will help overcome
Anthony Monteleone

In film-making experience matters and Anthony has decades of experience working behind the camera. He got his start at, “7 or 8 years old” as he revealed Wednesday morning during our interview . He would go on to attend Pittsburg State University where he took an interest in documentary film making. Anthony and fellow Pitt State student Tyler Swezey would earn a first-place award from Collegiate Broadcasters Inc for their film, “Everyone Lives Downstream,” in November of 2008. The ability to make people laugh through short gag reels when he was just starting out was enough for Anthony to devote his life to telling storytelling through films.

Experience matters when you’re a film-maker according to Anthony

Imagination is the only suggested requirement to bring to the workshop. Of course a laptop, pen and paper would be great to bring so that you can take notes but the focus of the day will be creation and discussion about story ideas. Besides imagination, the focal point of the workshop is to work through the process of what it takes to bring an idea to life throughout film-making.

Bringing imagination to life is the ambition of the seminar

Robert Dean Smith with the SEK Orchestra at the Bicknell Family Center for the Arts

Robert Dean Smith

The Bicknell Family Center for the Arts welcomes Pittsburg State alum and operatic tenor Robert Dean Smith performing with the Southeast Kansas Symphony Orchestra on Thursday October 17 at 7:30 p.m. The performance at the Bicknell will be followed up an encore concert at the Helzberg Hall in the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts in Kansas City on Sunday Oct. 20 taking place at 5 p.m.

Smith speaks about working to break into signing professionally

I recently spoke to Smith via Skype from his home in Switzerland and he told me it was a dream to return to Southeast Kansas. To be able to perform in-front of friends and family that still reside in the area and return to the campus where it all started.

At the start of his career Smith acknowledges he couldn’t have imagined the success that he’s enjoyed
Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly at the NY MET

Smith revealed that it wasn’t until his mid-20’s that he realized that he could sing professionally. Although he did know that he wanted to work in music, regardless of what he was doing to earn an income. Taking one step at a time, in addition to both courage and curiosity continued to propel Smith ahead in the competitive field of performing opera .

Siegmund in Die Walküre with Manuela Uhl as Sieglinde at Teatro San Carlo Napoli

Over his 40+ year career Smith has appeared on 17 albums and has performed throughout North America, Asia and Europe. In 2008 Smith got a big break when he appeared with the Metropolitan Opera in the lead role of “Tristan and Isolde” which was broadcast as part of the “Met’s Live in HD” series to movie theaters throughout the United States. Ahead of his two performances later this month I inquired to what he would be performing with the SEK Symphony Orchestra.

Smith speaking about the upcoming performances in Pittsburg, Kansas and Kansas City, Missouri

October 9 2019 8 AM Newscast

Jurors are deliberating whether a protection order was taken out unlawfully against an anti-abortion protester by a Wichita abortion rights advocate. As KMUW’s Nadya Faulx reports, closing statements were given Tuesday in the federal trial.

Voters in Pittsburg will go to the polls on Tuesday November 5th to elect three city commissioners. The two candidates acquiring the most votes receive four-year terms, while the candidate obtaining the third most votes will secure a two-year term.

Cities across Missouri use thousands of pounds of road salt to melt ice and snow in the winter. Some of this salt washes off the roads and can contaminate nearby streams.

October 9 2019 7 AM Newscast

A Kansas City company has offered to buy the troubled 15-bed hospital in Hillsboro, Kansas, for six point nine million dollars. From KCUR Dan Margolies reports.

On Tuesday afternoon the Pittsburg Area Young Professionals hosted a get to know to know the candidates forum at the Frisco Event Center that featured all six candidates running for City Commission in Pittsburg.

Winter is still months away … but some U-S cities are already stockpiling road salt.  The same salt that melts ice and snow  … also gets washed into streams. As St. Louis Public Radio’s Shahla Farzan explains new research finds an alternative method could reduce salt runoff.

October 8 2019 8 AM KRPS Newscast

With a hot labor market in Kansas, the state finds itself with more open jobs than unemployed people. As Stephen Koranda of the Kansas News Service reports, that trend is driven by a low unemployment rate of only 3.2 percent.

Hundreds gathered Monday evening to honor the victims of last weekend’s deadly shooting at bar in Kansas City, Kansas. Elysia Najera was related to one of the four men killed in the shooting.

After their 56 to 14 win over the Lincoln Blue Tigers on Saturday, the Pittsburg State football has moved up this weeks N C Double Division 2 rankings. The Gorillas are 5 and oh, moved up 2 spots from 15 to 13. They have a showdown this weekend with the 7th ranked Northwest Missouri Bearcats at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City. Kick off Saturday at noon. 

The Cards lived to play another game on Monday, defeating the Braves in the bottom of the 10th by a score of 5 to 4. The series is now tied at 2 games. Game 5 tomorrow afternoon back in Atlanta, first pitch at 4 oh 2.

 The weather forecast for Southeast Kansas, another sunny and nice day today, a high of 73. Tonight, mostly clear with light winds overnight, a low of 50. Wednesday and Thursday, partly cloudy conditions both days, and between a 20 to 40 percent chance of rain, a high Wednesday and Thursday of 75.