Local News:

Hawker Beechcraft Intends To Emerge From Bankruptcy As Standalone Company

Hawker Beechcraft says it will no longer pursue the sale of its operations to Chinese-based Superior Aviation Beijing Company.

Top Morning News 10/18/12

ACT Scores Dropped From KS Report Card; New Portal For Reporting School Inefficiencies; Kobach Recall Effort

Kansas Man Launches Effort To Recall Kobach

A Topeka resident formally launched an effort Wednesday to recall Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, but state law creates large hurdles to force an election.

ACT Scores Will Not Be Included In KS Report Card

Three school districts in Kansas have stopped using the official state assessment tests for student performance.

Top Morning News 10/17/12

KS Officials Defend Science Standards; New KS Driver’s License; Applications For Court Vacancy Due Nov. 14

New Kansas Driver’s License Is Harder To Fake

Kansas has unveiled a new driver’s license. The update includes new holograms and hidden images that can only be seen under an ultraviolet light.

Sen. Steve Abrams Running For Senate President

Abrams, a Republican who has represented the 32nd District since 2008, says he would champion conservative principles if he is chosen Senate president.

Top Morning News 10/16/12

Last Day To Register To Vote; School Board Reviews Science Standards; Mild Flu Season Expected

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NPR Headlines:

Analyst: Response To Russian Incursion Will Be 'Defining Moment' For NATO

President Obama heads to Europe this week to take part in the NATO summit. The alliance is weighing how to respond to Russia's incursions into Ukraine.

Economic Impact Of Ebola Crisis Spreads Across Africa

Ebola has exposed weaknesses in Africa's health networks and a failure to work together to arrest the spread of the virus. The "not our problem" response is taking an economic toll on the continent.

40 Years After 'Working,' A View From The Driver's Seat

Four decades after Studs Terkel's famous collection of oral histories was published, Radio Diaries revives one of his interviews with Helen Moog, an Ohio taxi driver and grandmother of five.

Americans Detained In N. Korea Urge U.S. To Secure Their Release

In interviews with CNN and The Associated Press, Kenneth Bae, Jeffrey Fowle and Matthew Miller appealed to the U.S. to send a senior representative to secure their release.

These 5 Crops Are Still Hand-Harvested, And It's Hard Work

Saffron, vanilla, palm oil, cacao and cottonseed oil are still picked by hand in some parts of the world. Sometimes that manual labor shows up in the price of the food; sometimes it doesn't.

The Flight Of The Passenger Pigeon, Now 100 Years Extinct

Passenger pigeons were once the world's most abundant bird, but they were also the cheapest protein available. The last passenger pigeon, Martha, died exactly a century ago at the Cincinnati Zoo.

To Model Manhood, Immigrant Dads Draw From Two Worlds

Many immigrant men in the U.S. work hard to hold onto definitions of masculinity from their native countries — while also rejecting more rigid gender roles that may be the norm in their homelands.

Cutting Back On Carbs, Not Fat, May Lead To More Weight Loss

A new diet study concludes that a low-carbohydrate diet leads to almost three times more weight loss than a traditional low-fat diet where carbs made up 40 to 45 percent of calories.

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