KCUR-FM: Frank Morris http://kbia.org en Federal Plan To Save Prairie Chickens Ruffles State Feathers http://kbia.org/post/federal-plan-save-prairie-chickens-ruffles-state-feathers It's prairie chicken mating season!<p>Still, it's tough being a lesser prairie chicken these days. This type of grouse once spanned an enormous area, though now they survive mainly in pockets of Oklahoma and Kansas. Their numbers are plummeting; in 2012, the population dropped by half.<p>But after they were recently listed as a threatened species by the U.S. Wed, 09 Apr 2014 21:27:00 +0000 KCUR-FM: Frank Morris 51060 at http://kbia.org Federal Plan To Save Prairie Chickens Ruffles State Feathers Injured Veteran Keeps Up His Fight, Deciding To Live http://kbia.org/post/injured-veteran-keeps-his-fight-deciding-live A spinal injury left Iraq War veteran Tomas Young paralyzed below the waist<strong> </strong>in 2004. Further medical complications a few years later made him quadriplegic.<p>Although Young had enlisted two days after the attacks of Sept. Sat, 28 Dec 2013 22:02:00 +0000 KCUR-FM: Frank Morris 45928 at http://kbia.org Injured Veteran Keeps Up His Fight, Deciding To Live Twinkies' Return Is Mostly Sweet News For Kansas Town http://kbia.org/post/twinkies-return-mostly-sweet-news-kansas-town The news of Hostess' return to Emporia, Kan., sparked an ecstatic response in this beleaguered town — even though there will be only half as many jobs.<p>The new company, formed when investors bought Hostess' snack cake business, has hired longtime snack cake production veterans Pat Chambers and her husband, Bob, to help get the bakery here running again. Pat lost her job at the Hostess plant when it closed last November. Now, she sits beaming on her front porch, wearing a dirty Hostess work shirt.<p>"We worked today! It's like going home," she says. "I'm so excited. Mon, 27 May 2013 07:32:00 +0000 KCUR-FM: Frank Morris 34376 at http://kbia.org Twinkies' Return Is Mostly Sweet News For Kansas Town Cities Turn Sewage Into 'Black Gold' For Local Farms http://kbia.org/post/cities-turn-sewage-black-gold-local-farms On a normal day, Kansas City, Mo., processes more than 70 million gallons of raw sewage. This sewage used to be a nuisance, but Kansas City, and a lot of municipalities around the country, are now turning it into a resource for city farmers <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thesalt/2011/12/13/143659204/putting-farmland-on-a-fertilizer-diet">hard up for fertilizer</a>.<p>After the sewage has been processed at a treatment plant, it's piped out to Birmingham Farm on the north side of the Missouri River.<p>Tim Walters is the chief agronomist for Kansas City who runs Birmingham. Wed, 10 Apr 2013 21:22:00 +0000 KCUR-FM: Frank Morris 31828 at http://kbia.org Cities Turn Sewage Into 'Black Gold' For Local Farms After Years Of Struggle, Veteran Chooses To End His Life http://kbia.org/post/after-years-struggle-veteran-chooses-end-his-life After a dozen years at war, an estimated 2 million active-duty service members will have returned home by the end of 2013. Some reintegrate without much struggle, but for others it's not so easy. The psychological wounds of war can sometimes prove to be just as fatal as the physical ones.<p>For injured veterans such as Tomas Young, life is a daily struggle. But this Iraq War veteran, who says his physical and emotional pain is unbearable, has decided to end his life.<p><strong>At War</strong><p>Before the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, Young was an athletic, rambunctious 22-year-old. Sun, 07 Apr 2013 21:42:00 +0000 KCUR-FM: Frank Morris 31627 at http://kbia.org After Years Of Struggle, Veteran Chooses To End His Life Drought-Stricken Plains Farmers 'Giddy' Over Heavy Snow http://kbia.org/post/drought-stricken-plains-farmers-giddy-over-heavy-snow Two rapid-fire snowstorms <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2013/02/22/172680402/storm-buries-kansas-missouri-as-it-heads-east" target="_blank">belted Kansas</a> with more than 2 feet of snow this week. Fri, 01 Mar 2013 21:40:00 +0000 KCUR-FM: Frank Morris 29739 at http://kbia.org Drought-Stricken Plains Farmers 'Giddy' Over Heavy Snow Major Storm Blankets Plains States http://kbia.org/post/major-storm-blankets-kansas-city Transcript <p>LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST: <p>A lot of kids have the day off from school today, thanks to a huge winter storm in the Midwest. A foot of snow fell on Kansas City, one of the worst storms in the city's history. That city declared a state of emergency, as did several others in the region. Frank Morris, of member station KCUR, reports.<p>FRANK MORRIS, BYLINE: The storm hit hard right before morning rush hour with wind, muffled thunder and lightning diffused through a sky that seemed almost saturated with snow. Fri, 22 Feb 2013 10:42:00 +0000 KCUR-FM: Frank Morris 29306 at http://kbia.org Despite Record Drought, Farmers Expect Banner Year http://kbia.org/post/despite-record-drought-farmers-expect-banner-year After one of the driest summers on record, recent rains have helped in some parts of the country. But overall, the drought has still intensified. The latest tracking classifies more than a fifth of the contiguous United States in "extreme or exceptional" drought, the worst ratings.<p>In some parts of the Lower Midwest, water-starved crops have collapsed, but the farmers have not. Farmers across the country are surviving, and many are even thriving. This year, despite the dismal season, farmers stand to make exceptionally good money, according to the U.S. Thu, 27 Sep 2012 21:26:00 +0000 KCUR-FM: Frank Morris 21912 at http://kbia.org Despite Record Drought, Farmers Expect Banner Year Full tilt: Political endorsements stream once again to Akin http://kbia.org/post/full-tilt-political-endorsements-stream-once-again-akin <p>Political endorsements and the promise of PAC dollars have come streaming back to Rep. Todd Akin, who’s challenging incumbent Senator Clair McCaskill for the U.S. Senate seat in Missouri.</p><p>Republican leaders stampeded away from Akin this summer after he said that so-called “legitimate rape” rarely caused pregnancy. They demanded he step aside. Now that the deadline for Akin doing that has passed, the tide has changed.</p><p>All of the sudden, this race has gone full tilt.</p> Thu, 27 Sep 2012 17:14:53 +0000 KCUR-FM: Frank Morris 21886 at http://kbia.org Full tilt: Political endorsements stream once again to Akin Some In Mo. Still Back Rep. Akin Despite Comments http://kbia.org/post/some-mo-still-back-rep-akin-despite-comments Many people in Missouri are still backing GOP Rep. Todd Akin — some more strongly than before — after his <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/itsallpolitics/2012/08/22/159834627/cut-off-from-partys-purse-strings-rep-akin-plans-next-move" target="_blank">controversial remarks</a> about rape and pregnancy.<p>Akin was polling ahead of the incumbent, Democrat Claire McCaskill, in the U.S. Sun, 02 Sep 2012 20:45:00 +0000 KCUR-FM: Frank Morris 20456 at http://kbia.org Some In Mo. Still Back Rep. Akin Despite Comments Ranchers battle suffocating drought http://kbia.org/post/ranchers-battle-suffocating-drought <p>It&rsquo;s hot and dry out in western Kansas in a good year. South of Dodge City, the native grass is tough. So are the ranchers. But <u><a href="http://harvestpublicmedia.org/article/1328/drought-brings-misery-arkansas-river-basin/5">this year is not a good year</a></u>. Thu, 09 Aug 2012 14:42:01 +0000 KCUR-FM: Frank Morris 19064 at http://kbia.org Ranchers battle suffocating drought Drought brings misery to Arkansas River basin http://kbia.org/post/drought-brings-misery-arkansas-river-basin <p>Drought has set in early and hard across the Midwest, parching the Arkansas River basin. The river trickling out of the mountains is dry before it reaches some of the major agricultural uses downstream. And the drought is torching crops, sapping tourism and threatening supplies of drinking water. Wed, 25 Jul 2012 21:40:00 +0000 KCUR-FM: Frank Morris 18071 at http://kbia.org Drought brings misery to Arkansas River basin A plot in the middle http://kbia.org/post/plot-middle <p>&nbsp;</p><p style="margin-bottom: 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(68, 68, 68); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px; ">A few years ago, things were going smoothly for Eric Neill and his family. Neill was making good money as a construction superintendent for a commercial contractor in Kansas City, traveling the country, running challenging job sites. But he wasn&rsquo;t satisfied.</p><p> Thu, 21 Jun 2012 23:15:10 +0000 KCUR-FM: Frank Morris 16320 at http://kbia.org A plot in the middle Confusion Wins In Missouri's 'Chaotic' Caucus Process http://kbia.org/post/confusion-wins-missouris-chaotic-caucus-process Cassville, Mo., is a little town on the edge of the Ozark Mountains. During the Civil War, the Confederate state Legislature convened here. Tuesday, the Republican presidential caucus was the big draw. Most of the rest of the state holds its caucuses today.<p><strong>Confusion On Caucus Night</strong><p>The first caucus was a messy process. More than 250 people showed up, most planning to vote directly for the candidates. Sat, 17 Mar 2012 10:21:00 +0000 KCUR-FM: Frank Morris 10733 at http://kbia.org Confusion Wins In Missouri's 'Chaotic' Caucus Process Record-High Food Prices Boost Farmers' Bottom Lines http://kbia.org/post/record-high-food-prices-boost-farmers-bottom-lines <strong><strong><strong><strong><strong> </strong></strong></strong></strong></strong><p><a href="http://www.npr.org/series/148302587/looking-up-pockets-of-economic-strength"><em>Part of a series</em></a><p>Thanks to high commodity prices and surging productivity, U.S. farmers earned a net income of nearly $98 billion last year — a record, according to the Food and Agricultural Policy Research Institute.<p>Those strong earnings are helping boost the demand for farmland. Tue, 13 Mar 2012 04:01:00 +0000 KCUR-FM: Frank Morris 10424 at http://kbia.org Record-High Food Prices Boost Farmers' Bottom Lines