Good morning, thanks for joining me for KRPS news headlines for Friday, June 26th. We’re going to have mostly sunny skies and another summer day throughout Southeast Kansas, a high of 90. Partly cloudy conditions tonight, with thunderstorms likely after 4 this afternoon, a low of 72. Partly sunny tomorrow, chance of storms linger before 7 tomorrow morning, a high Saturday of 88. Mostly sunny, hot and breezy on Sunday, a high 92.
Fifty-two KU department chairs have signed a letter objecting to the university’s requirement that most classes this fall be offered in person. As KCUR’s Dan Margolies reports, they insist professors and instructors should be given the choice to teach online.
Governor Laura Kelly’s administration has hinted at what kinds of cuts the state budget might see because of the coronavirus. The governor’s office outlined a draft Thursday that would delay a payment to K through 12 schools by a day and reduce funding increases to some agencies like the state water office.
For the first time since Missouri’s COVID-19 outbreak started, the CDC has deployed a team to the state to help the response. KBIA’s Sebastián Martínez Valdivia reports. Clip 98103
The coronavirus pandemic has delayed efforts to spread the word about the 2020 census. Celia Llopis-Jepsen of the Kansas News Service reports.
Republicans running for the U.S. Senate in Kansas say Democratic officeholders are using the COVID-19 pandemic as an excuse to trample on the rights of Americans. More from Jim McLean of the Kansas News Service.
On now on to our feature of the day
The hit Netflix documentary “Tiger King” … about a cast of eccentric characters running small zoos and sanctuaries for big cats … brought renewed attention to the treatment of exotic animals in such facilities. Most sanctuaries … like Cedar Cove in Louisburg, Kansas … say they do their best by the animals. Anne Kniggendorf [Kuh-niggen-dorf] visited the feline conservation and education center to have a closer look.
KRPS’s Kansas News Service reports on health, the many factors that influence it, and their connection to public policy.
That’s Up First in the Four States for Friday, June 26th, thanks for listening. And check back on Monday for more news headlines and have a great weekend.