August 30 2019 7 AM KRPS Newscast

Nearly 200 cases of lung disease across the U-S may be linked to vaping, including three in Kansas. Stephan Bisaha of the Kansas News Service explains.

While analysts and investors on the national level are talking about a possible recession on the horizon, so far the Kansas labor market isn’t showing signs of weakness.

The Missouri Governor’s Mansion has now been under renovation for two months. The 3.8-million-dollar project is upgrading the mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems throughout the mansion.

A recently-passed bill barring county governments from instituting stringent regulations against large farms has been the subject of criticism. But as St. Louis Public Radio’s Jason Rosenbaum reports, one GOP state lawmakers believes her colleagues made the right call in passing the measure.

August 29 2019 8 AM KRPS Newscast

The U.S. Department of Agriculture  announced Wednesday that it will begin investigating beef prices. The action comes after a fire shut down production at a Tyson meatpacking plant in western Kansas. Corinne Boyer of the Kansas News Service has more.

As Kansas prisons struggle with overcrowding and a lack of staff and resources, the Kansas Department of Corrections is asking outsiders to take a look at the state’s criminal justice system.

On Wednesday state Representative Jim Neely from Cameron announced his bid for Missouri governor.

New laws take effect in Missouri Wednesday, including one that helps survivors of domestic violence, stalking and sexual assault.  Now, they can break a housing lease without having to pay excessive fees.

August 29 2019 7 AM KRPS Newscast

As Kansas officials reassess the state’s criminal justice system, the Department of Corrections has asked the federal government and nonprofits to do the same. Nomin Ujiyediin of the Kansas News Service reports.

More than 50 people are charged with federal drug offenses following a multi-year investigation in and around Manhattan regarding opioids. U.S. Attorney for Kansas Stephen McAllister says the investigation started after a Kansas State University student died in 2017 from a fentanyl overdose.

Missouri Governor Mike Parson is standing firm that there will be no special legislative session on gun violence. As St. Louis Public Radio’s statehouse reporter Jaclyn Driscoll reports, the governor isn’t convinced anything would be accomplished.

Dozens of new laws take effect in Missouri  Wednesday … and one of them gives parents more rights over their children’s health care. 

The Crimson and Gold Connection Joe Firman, Director of the Bicknell Center For The Arts

Radio edited interview with Joe Firman, Director of the Bicknell Family Center for the Arts
Extended interview with Joe Firman about the 2019-2020 schedule and events at the Bicknell

It’s going to be another busy season at the Bicknell Family Center For The Arts! The 2019-2020 includes three Broadway shows coming to Southeast Kansas, in addition to former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and the 5th-anniversary of the center this December. Director of the Bicknell Center, Joe Firman dropped by KRPS recently to talk about the upcoming season of performances. (Click this link for a complete schedule)

The first performance to kick-off the 2019-2020 season at the Bicknell is The Modern American Dance Company or MADCO who are scheduled to perform on Saturday September 7 at 7:30 PM. The dance company from St. Louis is now in their 43nd year of existence. Along with their first performance at the Bicknell MADCO is also offering a 3-day residency and master class taking place September 5-7. MADCO is one of two major dance companies visiting Southeast Kansas this season. The Russian Nutcracker will be returning to the Bicknell in November marking the 4th consecutive year they will do so.

Joe speaking about MADCO and the Nutcracker coming to the Bicknell this season and the connection to youth in the Four States

If dance isn’t your thing but you love watching and hearing bands perform then you won’t want to miss the Wednesday, October 9 performance of The U.S. Air Force Falconaires. The event is open to the public, but a ticket is a still required to be admitted to the Bicknell. The event starts at 7:30 PM. The band tours nationwide and their performance is apart of a swing through Kansas with performances in Fort Hayes, Lawrence, Wichita, McPherson and Great Bend. The group is based in Colorado Springs, Colorado and performs America’s only indigenous musical genre, jazz!

Firman tells us about The U.S. Air Force Falconaires who are performing at the Bicknell this fall.

Broadway shows have been a major hit at the Bicknell since the center opened in 2014. The three shows that are coming to Southeast Kansas this season offer something for everyone. From Bandstand in November, to Finding Neverland in January 2020 and An American In Paris in March the Best of Broadway Series seeks to offer big city performances without having to drive to Kansas City. It’s common for the Best of the Broadway performance to sellout so purchase your tickets early.

The Best of Broadway returns to the Bicknell Center this season. Joe gives us the schedule breakdown and how gratifying it is for him to see the Bicknell packed with visitors.

August 28 2019 7 AM KRPS Newscast

Former Kansas Governor Jeff Colyer is calling on the state’s Republican treasurer to challenge Congressman Steve Watkins for his eastern Kansas seat next year. Stephen Koranda of the Kansas News Service explains why.

Executives from Aetna Better Health apologized to Kansas lawmakers Tuesday for the company’s struggles with the state’s privatized Medicaid program.

A federal judge in Kansas City blocked Missouri’s abortion law banning abortions at eight weeks from taking effect today. From Kansas City, KCUR’s  Dan Margolies reports.

Missouri lawmakers will not address gun violence during September’s special legislative session. That’s because Republican Governor Mike Parson announced Tuesday he will not take up the issue.

August 27 8 AM KRPS Newscast

Kansas continues to be a national leader in new wind-power developments. But as Brian Grimmett of the Kansas News Service reports, the state is falling behind when it comes to other renewable energy opportunities.

This week, Kansas lawmakers are reviewing plans from one of the state’s three KanCare contractors, Aetna after the company has struggled to meet state guidelines.

A federal judge said he will rule later today on whether to block Missouri’s law banning abortions after eight weeks of pregnancy. KCUR’s Dan Margolies reports.

U.S. Sen. Josh Hawley says rural Missouri residents want more jobs and more help combating drugs.

August 27 2019 7 AM KRPS Newscast

Kansas lawmakers are reviewing problems this week and looking for solutions as a KanCare contractor struggles to meet state guidelines. As Stephen Koranda of the Kansas News Service reports, the issue with Aetna will take center stage later today.


A new report from the U-S Department of Energy shows Kansas added 543 megawatts of new wind energy in 2018 — the sixth-largest increase in the country.

A federal judge said he will rulelater today on whether to block Missouri’s law banning abortions after eight weeks of pregnancy. KCUR’s Dan Margolies reports.

Missouri  Sen. Josh Hawley spent last week talking with people in some of the state’s most economically distressed communities. St. Louis Public Radio’s Jason Rosenbaum reports on what the GOP senator learned from the rural tour.




Ron Burch Talks Downtown Diversity Pride Fest 2019

Ron Burch, Co-chair of the festival speaking about the events

Labor Day weekend for many is the unofficial end of summer. But before we close the book on summer 2019 there are many events taking place this weekend throughout the Four States including The Little Balkans Festival in Pittsburg, KS starting Friday.

If you’re looking for something fun to do on Saturday August 31 JOMO Pride Inc. is hosting their 2019 Downtown Diversity Pride Fest in Joplin, Mo. The event starts at 10:30 AM. On Tuesday Morning Edition, Ron Burch co-chair of the festival joined us to talk about the schedule of events, including which includes a performance of the national anthem. Ron also spoke about why the festival was moved from Landreth Park to downtown Joplin a couple of years ago and how that has lead to an increase of interest into the one-day festival.

2019 Downtown Diversity Pride Fest is open to the public and is family-friendly.

August 26 2019 KRPS 8 AM Newscast

Wichita State University is assessing the diversity of its faculty in science, technology, engineering and math — fields known for excluding women and people of color. Nomin Ujiyediinof the Kansas News Service talked with a professor to find out more.

A key Medicaid insurer in Kansas is getting a new CEO. That’s after chronic complaints about Aetna’s performance recently led the state to threaten canceling the company’s contract. Celia Llopis-Jepsen of the Kansas News Service has more.

Low wages and the burden of student debt are leading to a critical shortage of large-animal veterinarians in rural Missouri, industry experts said.



August 26 2019 KRPS 7 AM Newscast

Conservative billionaire David Koch is being remembered for his role with Koch Industries, and for building an influential political network with his older brother Charles. But as KMUW’s Nadya Faulx reports, he’s also being remembered for his generosity.

Wichita State University says many women or people of color do not apply for jobs as professors in fields like science, technology, engineering and math. It’s trying to change that by developing a strategic plan to diversify its faculty.

Critics of a new Missouri ban on abortions at or after eight weeks of pregnancy are asking a judge to block the law from taking effect this week.