KCUR-FM: Frank Morris http://weku.fm en Federal Plan To Save Prairie Chickens Ruffles State Feathers http://weku.fm/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 21:02:00 +0000 KCUR-FM: Frank Morris 58003 at http://weku.fm Federal Plan To Save Prairie Chickens Ruffles State Feathers Injured Veteran Keeps Up His Fight, Deciding To Live http://weku.fm/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 53715 at http://weku.fm Injured Veteran Keeps Up His Fight, Deciding To Live Twinkies' Return Is Mostly Sweet News For Kansas Town http://weku.fm/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 44810 at http://weku.fm Twinkies' Return Is Mostly Sweet News For Kansas Town Cities Turn Sewage Into 'Black Gold' For Local Farms http://weku.fm/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 42539 at http://weku.fm Cities Turn Sewage Into 'Black Gold' For Local Farms After Years Of Struggle, Veteran Chooses To End His Life http://weku.fm/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 21:29:00 +0000 KCUR-FM: Frank Morris 42375 at http://weku.fm After Years Of Struggle, Veteran Chooses To End His Life Drought-Stricken Plains Farmers 'Giddy' Over Heavy Snow http://weku.fm/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 21:50:00 +0000 KCUR-FM: Frank Morris 40648 at http://weku.fm Drought-Stricken Plains Farmers 'Giddy' Over Heavy Snow Major Storm Blankets Plains States http://weku.fm/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 40246 at http://weku.fm Despite Record Drought, Farmers Expect Banner Year http://weku.fm/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 21:29:00 +0000 KCUR-FM: Frank Morris 33571 at http://weku.fm Despite Record Drought, Farmers Expect Banner Year Some In Mo. Still Back Rep. Akin Despite Comments http://weku.fm/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 21:03:00 +0000 KCUR-FM: Frank Morris 32310 at http://weku.fm Some In Mo. Still Back Rep. Akin Despite Comments Drought Brings Misery To Arkansas River Basin http://weku.fm/post/drought-spreads-misery-through-arkansas-river-basin 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. Wed, 18 Jul 2012 21:39:00 +0000 KCUR-FM: Frank Morris 29791 at http://weku.fm Drought Brings Misery To Arkansas River Basin Confusion Wins In Missouri's 'Chaotic' Caucus Process http://weku.fm/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 23362 at http://weku.fm Confusion Wins In Missouri's 'Chaotic' Caucus Process Record-High Food Prices Boost Farmers' Bottom Lines http://weku.fm/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 23055 at http://weku.fm Record-High Food Prices Boost Farmers' Bottom Lines Antitrust Official Gets Stampeded By Big Beef http://weku.fm/post/antitrust-official-gets-stampeded-big-beef <a href="http://www.usda.gov/wps/portal/usda/usdahome?contentidonly=true&contentid=bio_butler.xml">Dudley Butler</a> is quitting his job tomorrow. Never heard of him? He's President Obama's appointee to run the <a href="http://www.gipsa.usda.gov/">division</a> of the U.S. Department of Agriculture that governs antitrust issues in the meat industry. He was part of a cadre of high-level bureaucrats charged to expose and fight agribusiness monopolies. In fact, he was the last of that group.<p>Butler set out to change the cattle industry. Wed, 25 Jan 2012 21:38:00 +0000 KCUR-FM: Frank Morris 20359 at http://weku.fm Antitrust Official Gets Stampeded By Big Beef What's Holding Back One 'Job Creator'? Not Taxes http://weku.fm/post/whats-holding-back-one-job-creator-not-taxes There aren't many people on the broad Kansas prairie, but there is industry.<p>At G.L. Huyett, boxy machines jammed into a big metal building grind steel into heavy transmission parts.<p>"We're a supplier of last resort," says Tim O'Keeffe, who owns the company. If you have disruptions in the supply chain and someone can't meet a shipping time, he says, G.L. Huyett can step in.<p>It may sound marginal, but it's not: About 100 people work here doing manufacturing, selling and shipping. That's up from just four employees 20 years ago. Mon, 26 Dec 2011 21:00:00 +0000 KCUR-FM: Frank Morris 18652 at http://weku.fm What's Holding Back One 'Job Creator'? Not Taxes