October 8 2019 7 AM KRPS Newscast

Kansas City, Kansas, police blocked off the main stretch of Central Avenue last nigh as hundreds of people walked the corridor to honor the victims of a shooting over the weekend that left four dead and five more wounded. KCUR’s Lisa Rodriguez was there.

Kansas has the most vacant jobs ever recorded since the state started tracking the number fifteen years ago. An annual survey of Kansas employers shows more than 56,000 jobs open in the state.

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.

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October 4 2019 8 AM KRPS Newscast

A southwest Kansas rehabilitation facility is seeing more patients seeking treatment for methamphetamine use. And, as Corinne Boyer of the Kansas News Service reports, the Drug Enforcement Administration opened a new office

A new audit says Kansas used little oversight when spending more than $40 million last budget year for economic development. The audit found that half that money was shifted to the state general fund, where it couldn’t be tracked.

The Missouri Supreme Court heard arguments on Thursday regarding the state’s voter identification law. Last year, a Cole County judge found that a part of that law was misleading and contradictory. As St. Louis Public Radio’s statehouse reporter Jaclyn Driscoll  reports, it’ll be up to the Supreme Court to decide what happens next.

The head of the embattled Missouri Public Defender System is stepping down. KCUR’s Dan Margolies reports.

October 4 2019 7 AM KRPS Newscast

The Wichita nonprofit that manages the B-29 bomber “Doc” says it’s saddened by the fatal crash in Connecticut this week involving a World War 2 era plane. KMUW’s Nadya Faulx has more.

Kansas is pushing a private insurer to fix months-long problems with how it serves about 100,000 people on the state’s Medicaid program.

Missouri’s Division of Developmental Disabilities plans to request $58 million from state lawmakers to fix reimbursement rates to certain providers. KCUR’s Aviva Okeson-Haberman reports that the current system conflicts with federal Medicaid rules.

Senator Roy Blunt, along with Gov. Mike Parson and others, addressed a crowd Wednesday at the Les Bourgeois Vineyard in Rocheport. The venue overlooked the Missouri River bridge, which will soon be replaced using federal funding Blunt secured earlier this year, along with state and local dollars.

October 3 2019 8 AM KRPS Newscast

An employment forecast released Thursday says the Kansas economy will continue growing next year but at a slower pace. Deborah Shaar has details.

Kansas’ tax revenues were higher than expected in September — and are continuing to grow from month to month. The state brought in more than 743 million dollars, about six percent higher than in August.

U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt expects the Democratic-controlled House to move forward with impeaching President Donald Trump. Trump is facing an impeachment inquiry from the House over for asking Ukraine’s president to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden.

October 3 2019 7 AM KRPS Newscast

A special committee in the Kansas Legislature says lawmakers should vote to change the state constitution to make it clear it does not contain a right to abortion. As Stephen Koranda of the Kansas News Service reports, both chambers will consider the recommendation next year.

U-S Attorney General William Barr visited Kansas Wednesday to talk about law enforcement programs all while controversy heats up over his boss, President Trump, and an impeachment inquiry.

U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt expects the Democratic-controlled House to move forward with impeaching President Donald Trump. St. Louis Public Radio’s Jason Rosenbaum has more on how the GOP senator from Missouri thinks about the president’s troubles.

Mark Steinburg of the Brentano String Quartet

The Brentano String Quartet

The Brentano String Quartet will perform Friday October 4 at the First Presbyterian Church at 509 South Pearl Avenue in Joplin. The doors open at 6:30 pm and the performance starts at 7. The event is open to the public and donations are accepted. The appearance marks the opening of the start of the 40th season for Pro Musica Joplin and the third time the BSQ has traveled to Southwest Missouri to perform.

The Brentano String Quartet have toured throughout North America, also in Asia, Japan and Australia and have performed in some of the world’s most prestigious venues, including Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall in New York and the Library of Congress in Washington DC. The group formed in 1992 have released 10 albums over the years.

Mark Steinburg in front, Misha Amory on the left, Nina Lee on top and Serena Canin on the right

Mark Steinburg is one of two violinists in the quartet and I spoke with him from Virginia on Monday afternoon. Three of four members of the quartet are original members and are nearing three decades of playing music with each other. He met fellow violinist Serena Canan in graduate school while studying at Julliard. While Mark and violist Misha Amory connected at the Marlboro Music Festival, a well known chamber music festival that takes place in Marlboro, Vermont.

Mark Steinburg talks about the formation of the BSQ

Watching the quartet perform is just as entertaining as hearing them. You discover each individual instrument by taking in the wholeness of the group and the grand sound that they produce. According to Mark, the balance between each instrument is important but ultimately the music and how it is written decides what the group is going to sound like.

Finding the right balance is important but the music guides the group

The Brentano String Quartet’s performance on Friday October 4 will mark the third time the group has visited Southwest Missouri. Friday nights performance will be “centered around a program of one of the late Beethoven quartets. The Opus 132 quartet in A minor” according to Mark. It will also include Mendelssohn’s quartet during the second half of the program, Opus 13 in A minor.

Both Beethoven and Mendelssohn will be featured during the quartets concert

The 2019 Midwest Trumpet Festival at PSU with Todd Hastings

The 11th Annual Midwest Trumpet Festival is set to take place on Sunday October 6th and Monday October 7th at the Bicknell Family Center for the Arts on the campus of Pittsburg State University. The international event is showcasing over 20 professional trumpet players including Lonnie McFadden, Vince DiMartino and Rex Richardson. The festival will open Sunday afternoon at 12:30 with a performance by the Kansas Cities own, Back Alley Brass Band which will be followed by the Lonnie McFadden Quartet at 1pm.

In addition to performances by world class musicians the festival has also added presentations related to being a trumpet player, including the “Care and Feeling of a Health Trumpter” and the “Evolution and History of Brass Instrument Manufacturingand the Evolution of What We Want to Hear.”

Registration for students is open to age levels K-12 and you can save $25 when you enter the discount code STUDENT at check out.

October 2nd 2019 8 AM KRPS Newscast

A Kansas City, Kansas, judge has apologized a day after a public reprimand from a federal appeals court for an extramarital affair and sexual harassment of employees. But U-S District Court Judge Carlos Murguia made no signs he’s stepping down. Nomin Ujiyediin of the Kansas News Service reports.

A Kansas Republican congressman is hoping that the upcoming impeachment inquiry won’t derail a trade deal. During a farm tour outside Lawrence on Tuesday, Representative Steve Watkins said he’s hoping the chamber can take a vote this fall on the trade deal with Canada and Mexico.

A new report from Ohio State University shows counties in the Missouri Ozarks have the highest suicide rates in the Midwest. Debbie Fitzgerald is the Director of Crisis Services at Ozark Center in Joplin.

October 2nd 2019 7 AM KRPS Newscast

A Kansas congressman hopes for a vote this fall on a new trade deal if it’s not derailed by the impeachment inquiry into President Trump. Stephen Koranda of the Kansas News Service has more on the pact set to replace NAFTA.

The National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility in Manhattan, Kansas, has its first permanent director. Stephan Bisaha of the Kansas News Service has more on Tuesdays appointment.

Suicide rates are on the rise, especially in rural counties. Saint Louis Public Radio’s Jonathan Ahl reports the counties in the Missouri Ozarks have some of the highest rates in the Midwest.

October 1 2019 8 AM KRPS Newscast

A jury heard opening statements Monday in a civil case involving a prominent Wichtia abortion rights advocate and an anti-abortion protester. KMUW’s Nadya Faulx has more.

New data from Tufts University show 22 percent of Kansas 18- and 19-year-olds voted in 2018. The researchers suspect that was really high for Kansas, but it’s the first time they’ve calculated the teen voting in the state.

A state senator from St. Charles County does not expect the Missouri General Assembly to enact gun control measures next year. Some Democrats have called for stricter regulations around firearms amid an increase in shooting deaths in St. Louis and Kansas City.