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Contemporary views of Kansas have largely been shaped by outsiders, non-Kansas natives who produced popular books and movies about the state. Such perspectives have their place, but Commentator Rex Buchanan says it's refreshing to read about Kansas as seen through the eyes of actual residents. And that's just what he did this year when he picked up two different books, written by fellow Kansans.

Tune in for an HPPR Radio Readers Book Club holiday tradition: the two-hour broadcast of a High Plains author's delightful Christmas story: A Carol Dickens Christmas, featuring a fresh reading by the book's author, Thomas Fox Averill.


Monday, December 23, 2019

7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. CT

Thursday, December 26, 2019

2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. CT

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An avid birdwatcher who's lived in the Flint Hills for more than 40 years says something strange has been happening.

Bones Ownbey, a 71-year-old ranch hand at the Flying W, says small birds have almost completely disappeared from his neck of the woods, near Cottonwood Falls, in Chase County.

Impossible? Maybe. But listen to this report from KPR's J. Schafer then... decide for yourself.

KPR News will continue to track this story for future developments. If we learn more, we'll let you know. 

LAWRENCE, Kan. (KPR) -- The Kansas Corporation Commission is disputing a newspaper article about the number of abandoned oil and gas wells in the state. The Topeka Capital-Journal recently reported that the state has 22,000 abandoned wells. The article was also picked up by the Associated Press.

Disability rights advocates are arguing Kansas is “warehousing” hundreds of people with mental health issues in nursing homes.

The Disability Rights Center of Kansas said in a report that a lack of funding for community mental health services and other obstacles make it hard for the 600 people in the nursing facilities to transition out.  

In the science fiction movie Water World, the big problem in the future is too much water... and a lack of land. The problem in western Kansas is just the opposite: not enough water to go around. Commentator Rex Buchanan tells us about the controversial way two communities out west are tackling their own water woes.  

Lawmakers are considering whether Kansas should recognize concealed weapons permits from other states. But for both sides, the real issue is people under 21 carrying concealed guns.

In Kansas, almost anyone over 21 can carry a concealed weapon without a permit. Concealed weapons permits are still available, but aren’t needed anymore to carry a concealed gun.

Recognizing permits from other states could allow even younger people to have a hidden gun. Multiple states allow people under 21 to carry a concealed weapon.

A Kansas school boards group plans to oppose an education funding bill that it says likely won’t end a long-running court battle over how much the state spends.

Like the governor’s proposal, Republican Representative Kristey Williams says her plan would increase funding by $90 million next fiscal year to respond to a court ruling that says education spending is inadequate. But Williams says her proposal would target more of that money to struggling students.

State of Kansas Offers Free Photo ID

Oct 29, 2018

If you still need a photo ID to vote, the state of Kansas will give you one for free. For the Kansas News Service, Brian Grimmett reports from Wichita.

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New Voters Get Notices Listing Wrong Dodge City Polling Site

By ROXANA HEGEMAN, Associated Press

U.S. Sen. Jerry Moran will have his first town hall meeting Thursday since announcing his opposition to the Republican Obamacare replacement bill.

Opponents of the bill have been working to generate a big crowd for the meeting, scheduled for 11 a.m. at the McKenna Youth and Activity Center in Palco, a small town just north of Hays in northwest Kansas.

Many Kansas workers will soon see a change in their paychecks because of an income tax increase that takes effect Saturday.

Lawmakers approved a $1.2 billion income tax increase to close a projected $900 million budget gap for the next two fiscal years. 

The new law raises income tax rates and reinstates income taxes on thousands of business owners.

“We’re encouraging everybody to just think about it,” said Kansas Revenue Secretary Sam Williams.