Frank Morris http://hppr.org en Feathers ruffled by Fed plan to save prairie chicken http://hppr.org/post/feathers-ruffled-fed-plan-save-prairie-chicken <p>It's prairie chicken mating season!</p><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><p> Mon, 28 Apr 2014 05:00:00 +0000 Frank Morris 31061 at http://hppr.org Feathers ruffled by Fed plan to save prairie chicken Federal Plan To Save Prairie Chickens Ruffles State Feathers http://hppr.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 Frank Morris 30254 at http://hppr.org Federal Plan To Save Prairie Chickens Ruffles State Feathers Injured Veteran Keeps Up His Fight, Deciding To Live http://hppr.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 Frank Morris 26127 at http://hppr.org Injured Veteran Keeps Up His Fight, Deciding To Live Largely unpopular, direct payment subsidies persist http://hppr.org/post/largely-unpopular-direct-payment-subsidies-persist <p>Congress is&nbsp;<a href="http://harvestpublicmedia.org/content/house-passes-snapped-farm-bill#.UkGtFIash8E">bitterly divided on food stamps and other </a><a href="http://harvestpublicmedia.org/content/house-passes-snapped-farm-bill#.UkGtFIash8E">issues</a>&nbsp;contained in the farm bill, but both political parties agree on something: the $5 billion-a-year farm subsidy called Direct and Countercyclical Payments has got to go.</p><p> Mon, 30 Sep 2013 02:29:17 +0000 Frank Morris 22273 at http://hppr.org Largely unpopular, direct payment subsidies persist Horse slaughter divides horse lovers http://hppr.org/post/horse-slaughter-divides-horse-lovers <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Most Americans don’t eat horse meat, and they don’t like the idea of horses being slaughtered, but a handful of investors are struggling to restart a horse slaughter industry in the United States.</span></p> Mon, 09 Sep 2013 05:00:01 +0000 Frank Morris 21335 at http://hppr.org Horse slaughter divides horse lovers Tough guys in the saddle http://hppr.org/post/tough-guys-saddle <p></p><p><span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 11pt; line-height: 12.6pt;">I met Nate Pike working on a story back in 2012. When I dropped back by his ranch 30 miles south of Dodge City, KS, this summer, he took me on a bumpy pickup ride to see a spring called St. Jacob’s Well and we got to talking about the former owner of some of his ranchland.</span></p> Fri, 09 Aug 2013 05:00:01 +0000 Frank Morris 19978 at http://hppr.org Tough guys in the saddle Western Kansas confronts the challenges of a dwindling water supply http://hppr.org/post/western-kansas-confronts-challenges-dwindling-water-supply <p></p> Thu, 01 Aug 2013 05:01:01 +0000 Frank Morris 19588 at http://hppr.org Western Kansas confronts the challenges of a dwindling water supply Farmers twisting in the wind without farm bill http://hppr.org/post/farmers-twisting-wind-without-farm-bill <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>&nbsp;&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">Farmers work at the mercy of three big forces that are largely outside their control: the weather, the markets and the government.</span></p><p>In many parts of the country the first two are doing pretty well these days, but government remains the wild card. Congress can’t seem to pass the farm bill, a huge package of legislation setting food policy for years to come.</p> Fri, 05 Jul 2013 05:01:02 +0000 Frank Morris 18325 at http://hppr.org Farmers twisting in the wind without farm bill Twinkies' Return Is Mostly Sweet News For Kansas Town http://hppr.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 Frank Morris 16527 at http://hppr.org Twinkies' Return Is Mostly Sweet News For Kansas Town Cities Turn Sewage Into 'Black Gold' For Local Farms http://hppr.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 Frank Morris 14554 at http://hppr.org Cities Turn Sewage Into 'Black Gold' For Local Farms After Years Of Struggle, Veteran Chooses To End His Life http://hppr.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 Frank Morris 14413 at http://hppr.org After Years Of Struggle, Veteran Chooses To End His Life Drought-Stricken Plains Farmers 'Giddy' Over Heavy Snow http://hppr.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 21:50:00 +0000 Frank Morris 12989 at http://hppr.org Drought-Stricken Plains Farmers 'Giddy' Over Heavy Snow Major Storm Blankets Plains States http://hppr.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 Frank Morris 12658 at http://hppr.org Despite Record Drought, Farmers Expect Banner Year http://hppr.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 21:24:00 +0000 Frank Morris 6969 at http://hppr.org Despite Record Drought, Farmers Expect Banner Year My Farm Roots: Grateful to be home http://hppr.org/post/my-farm-roots-grateful-be-home <p></p><p>Rose Alderson is a bright-eyed, energetic grandmother who loves her home a few miles outside of Nickerson, Kan. It’s the home her father was raised in and where she raised her kids, but the house is not the most important part of the Alderson place.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>Alderson loves the barn and the silo. Neither building plays much of a role on the farm anymore, but to Rose, they are the soul of the place.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Fri, 14 Sep 2012 06:50:28 +0000 Frank Morris 6330 at http://hppr.org My Farm Roots: Grateful to be home Some In Mo. Still Back Rep. Akin Despite Comments http://hppr.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 Frank Morris 5882 at http://hppr.org Some In Mo. Still Back Rep. Akin Despite Comments Drought Brings Misery To Arkansas River Basin http://hppr.org/post/drought-brings-misery-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 21:45:00 +0000 Frank Morris 3728 at http://hppr.org Drought Brings Misery To Arkansas River Basin