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Healthcare
8:00 pm
Mon November 25, 2013

Nursing Home Struggles with KanCare Payment Issues

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Kevin Unrein, chief executive and co-owner of Lakepoint Corporate, a company that operates three Kansas nursing homes, said there is something he would like state policymakers to know about KanCare in a recent Kansas Institute of Health article.

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Texas Education
8:00 pm
Mon November 25, 2013

Will Reformed Texas Graduation Requirements Limit College Options?

Credit madison.k12.wi.us

Texas educators are catching up with the fine print in the state’s new omnibus education reform law, and they find themselves chafing over a previously overlooked prospect: Even students who score straight A’s throughout high school might not be eligible for automatic admission to state-run universities.

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Small Business
8:00 pm
Sun November 24, 2013

Why Are Things Different for Rural Businesses?

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Running a business in a rural setting is a horse of a different color said a recent article in Dodge City Daily Globe.   Rural businesses have different circumstances than in urban areas, said Wendy Veatch, the director of outreach programming at Wichita State University's Center of Entrepreneurship.

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Gubernatorial Candidate
8:00 pm
Sun November 24, 2013

Texas Election 2014: Abbott Pledges to Safeguard DNA

Credit Todd Wiseman / Bob Daemmrich / Micah Baldwin / texastribune.org

Texas gubernatorial frontrunner Greg Abbott recently released an extensive list of items he says he’ll push for once elected.. Ths list includes gun rights, campaign ethics, and blocking implementation of the Affordable Care Act, but the number one item is safeguarding your DNA according to KUT News

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CD of the Week
9:30 pm
Sat November 23, 2013

Boston's The Deadly Gentlemen featured this week on High Plains Morning

The Deadly Gentlemen are a Boston-based quintet, and they have just released their third record ‘Roll Me, Tumble Me.’ They have quite a resume- songwriter Greg Liszt is a former member of Crooked Still,  fiddler Mike Barnett is a former member of David Grisman’s band, and bassist Sam Grisman is David’s son. We will listen to the entire new record this week on High Plains Morning, Monday through Friday from 9am to noon.

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Prairie Ramblings Episode
8:00 pm
Fri November 22, 2013

Holiday Baking Cooks Up Memories

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As soon as nights get longer and colder, I find myself scouring cook books and magazines for festive recipes.  The irony is that I may whip up one of two of these temptations, but always, always, I return to childhood standbys.  While new flavors tease family taste buds, traditional recipes comfort and connect us to loved ones and times long gone.

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High Plains Outdoors Episode
8:00 pm
Fri November 22, 2013

Fate Takes a Hand in the Direction of Bill Dance's Life

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Luke Clayton talks with Bill Dance

Folks, you know, sometimes life takes you a direction, and then brings people in that affirm your choice, and take you to the next level.  That is exactly what happened to Bill Dance, and as fate would have it, one of the people he came in contact with was my uncle, Luke.

Oil & Gas
8:00 pm
Fri November 22, 2013

Meet the Wildcatters Behind the National Fracking Boom

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Fracking has revolutionized the oil and gas industry.  It has shifted the position of the Untied States from being energy dependent on other countries to becoming energy independent according to Gregory Zuckerman of the Wall Street Journal.  Zuckerman’s new book, “The Frackers, The Outrageous Inside Story of the New Billionaire Wildcatters,” introduces readers to the men behind the new technology. 

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Language maps (2)
9:01 pm
Thu November 21, 2013

THANKSgiving in the Panhandle and ThanksGIVing in Kansas – speaking of food on the High Plains

Residents of the Texas Panhandle are more likely to use the more southern pronunciation of emphasizing the THANKS in Thanksgiving (light blue shading).

If you live in the Texas Panhandle you’re more likely to be discussing plans for THANKSgiving rather than ThanksGIVing, as you might it Kansas.  There’s commonality in how we speak across the High Plains but also differences.  Click through the slide show above to view some food-related differences in pronunciation and usage across the region. 

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State and Federal Government
8:00 pm
Thu November 21, 2013

Abortion: From the High Plains to the Supreme Court

United States Supreme Court
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Abortions were unregulated during the 1800s, and by the end of the 19th century, abortion was criminalized.  

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Classical Music
5:17 pm
Thu November 21, 2013

Interview with composer Adam Schoenberg

Untitled (Violet, Black, Orange, Yellow on White and Red), 1949, of Mark Rothko, an example of a piece by the artist which Adam Schoenberg used as inspiration for "Finding Rothko."
Credit wikipaintings.org

Listen to Adam interview Adam Schoenberg about "Finding Rothko."

This weekend, the Amarillo Symphony performs "Finding Rothko," an orchestra work by composer Adam Schoenberg.  The relatively contemporary piece, written in 2006, will be performed next to works like Ralph Vaughn Williams' "The Lark Ascending" and Mussorgsky's "Pictures at an Exhibition" at the symphony's concert titled "Pictures in Music."

Adam Schoenberg joined me from his home in Los Angeles.  I asked him about the inspiration and process behind composing "Finding Rothko."

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Texas Oil and Gas
8:00 pm
Wed November 20, 2013

Texas Oil and Gas Booming: Investors Beware

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The Texas oil and gas boom is bringing in the money, but it’s also bringing in the scammers.  KUHF News reported the person running the company gathering investors might be a felon, and that's okay with the State of Texas.

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Water
8:00 pm
Wed November 20, 2013

Texas: Is Groundwater a Solution to Disappearing Surface Water?

Low water level at Lake Meredith
Credit Kevin Welch / amarillo.com

Life requires water. In Texas the surface water, owned by the state, is drying or dried up, and everyone from farmers to politicians are looking underground to make up the state’s growing water deficit according to the Texas Tribune.  

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Growing on the High Plains Episode
8:00 pm
Wed November 20, 2013

A World Without Bees

Almond trees rely on bees to pollinate during their brief bloom for a few weeks in February.
Credit Winfried Rothermel / APN

You don't have to look the world over for evidence that honeybees are in trouble. A global disaster is in the making, and it's evident right in our backyards. Today Growing on the High Plains looks at the worries of beekeepers in Western Kansas, and the things we'll lose from our table when we lose the honeybees. Get ready to say so long to a myriad of fruits, nuts, and vegetables that depend on the honeybee for pollination.

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6:23 am
Wed November 20, 2013

New Quest for Amarillo Logo

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The next step in a new logo for Amarillo? A contest for original work.
Hey, Amarillo! Our contest to design a logo for our city just took a turn for the better - and a lot more serious. And you, denizens of our fair town, will make it happen.The Amarillo City Council - or the artist formerly known as the Amarillo City Commission - wants to use a logo from the public as their new official seal.
Harvest Public Media story
5:59 am
Wed November 20, 2013

Under the microscope: Microbes can help farmers

Researchers at chemical company BASF are working to harness bacteria and microbes for beneficial purposes.
Credit Amy Mayer/Harvest Public Media

Farmers and scientists have long understood that what lives beneath the soil affects how crops grow. Often, they work to fight plant diseases—warding off infectious viruses and damaging fungi, for example. But now some microbiologists are focused on how to harness the good things microbes can do, with the goal of increasing farmers’ yields and diminishing their dependence on chemical inputs.

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Prehistory
8:00 pm
Tue November 19, 2013

Charles Sternberg’s Kansas Fossils No Longer Up For Bids

San Diego Natural History Museum
Credit attractions.uptake.com

The San Diego Natural History Museum removed 12 fossils it had listed for sale.  Seven of those it had purchased from Kansas scientist Charles Sternberg in the 1920s.  The items were to be sold by New York-based Bonhams auction house said a recent article in The Republic.

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Water Conservation
8:00 pm
Tue November 19, 2013

Production Ag: Sub-surface Irrigation Study Findings

Subsurface Drip Irrigation
Credit Nate Birt / agweb.com

The Kansas State University Research Center in Colby, Kansas, has been studying ways to use precious groundwater more efficiently.  Subsurface drip irrigation has been tested for 25 years according to the High Plains Journal

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Playa Country Episode
8:01 pm
Mon November 18, 2013

Grassland Birds: Ferruginous Hawk

Ferruginous Hawk (Buteo regalis)
Credit Wikimedia Commons

The Ferruginous is North America's largest hawk. Its habitat includes grasslands, deserts, and other open areas with isolated shrubs or trees where less than 50 percent of the land is under cultivation. The raptor preys on small mammals, many of which would be considered pests to ranchers. Its favorite meal is the prairie dog; a depopulation of the prairie dog on the High Plains has negatively impacted this hawk's numbers.

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Water
8:00 pm
Mon November 18, 2013

The Republican River Dispute Continues

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Kansas and Nebraska continue to struggle for a fair share of Republican River according to The Wichita Eagle.  

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Agriculture
8:00 pm
Mon November 18, 2013

Annie’s Project: Helping Texas Panhandle Women Take the Farming Reins

DeDe Cummins sits next to an irrigation well at her farm in the Texas Panhandle.
Credit David Bowser / texastribune.org

Farming is a man’s world.  Despite that, the U.S. 2007 census shows women are a growing presence in agriculture, up 30% from 2002 to 2007.   Out of the 247,000 farms in Texas, 35,000 have principal operators who are women according to recent article in the Texas Tribune.

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12:38 pm
Mon November 18, 2013

Amarillo Buildings Win State Awards Three Years Running

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The Potter County Courthouse is the latest winner of architecture awards from the Texas Downtown Association.
Helping local buildings win statewide architecture awards is getting to be a habit for Center City of Amarillo.The Potter County Courthouse recently won first place for best restoration from Texas Downtown Association, and Center City presented the award to county commissioners Tuesday. The association has recognized other local buildings with first-place awards.
Harvest Public Media story
8:01 pm
Sun November 17, 2013

Higher beef prices good for producers, may be tough on consumers

These cattle on Jeff Longnecker's farm in Story County, Iowa, are part of a herd he's hoping to grow.
Credit Amy Mayer/Harvest Public Media

Once again, the prognosticators are saying beef prices are on the rise. We’ve seen this before—last year, the drought and high feed prices were being blamed. This time, the supply is tight and with livestock farmers looking at lower costs of production, some may keep animals on the farm to help increase their herds, rather than sending them to market. Since consumer demand typically goes up at this time of year, Lee Schulz, a livestock economist at Iowa State University, said the combination will increase the price meatpackers pay to producers.

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Kansas State Government
8:00 pm
Sun November 17, 2013

Kansas Economic Conference: Brownback's State Income Tax Cuts Put Pressure on Local Communities

Gov. Sam Brownback, seated right, attended a recent business conference in Overland Park to describe the benefits of the tax cuts he signed into law in May. At the podium is Gary Allerheiligen, former president of the Kansas Society of CPAs. The law, which becomes effective for tax year 2013, is expected to eliminate income tax liability for about 190,000 business owners and reduce the state income tax obligations of more than 1 million Kansas filers.
Credit Mike Shields

The Kansas Economic Policy Conference was recently held in Lawrence.  Conference officials said they had record turnout with about 140 people, including about a dozen legislators, attending in Lawrence and 15 participating from Ulysses via a live video feed reported the Kansas Health Institute.

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Religion
8:00 pm
Sun November 17, 2013

Happy 125th Birthday Polk Street United Methodist Church

Credit sherrysharp.com

The years have not been easy for Polk Street United Methodist Church, but facing challenges within the church and in Amarillo has become the legacy of Amarillo’s oldest church according to a recent article in the Amarillo Globe-News.  

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Living Room Concert
7:20 pm
Sun November 17, 2013

hONEyhoUSe performance sets attendance record for HPPR

Credit mike fuller

Last Saturday’s performance by hONEyhoUSe in Amarillo set a new attendance record for HPPR’s Living Room Concert series.  185 people came to see the show and they were treated to several new songs from the new record currently in production for a 2014 release.

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CD of the week
6:46 pm
Sun November 17, 2013

Anoushka Shankar's 'Traces Of You' this week on High Plains Morning

Anoushka Shankar began studying the sitar under her father Ravi Shankar at the age of nine and made her performance debut at thirteen.  She has just released her new CD ‘Traces of You’.  The new record features three tracks with her half-sister Norah Jones; this is their first collaboration. With elements of Pop, Jazz and World music, the new record is a beautiful listening experience. We will hear each track this week on High Plains Morning, Monday through Friday from 9am to noon.

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High Plains Outdoors Episode
8:00 pm
Fri November 15, 2013

Bill Dance Shares His Defining Moment

Credit Bill Dance

Bill Dance shares his defining moment.

Howdy folks, have I got a surprise for you today… my old friend Bill Dance stopped by for a chat, and we’re talking about the defining moment that changed the course of his life.  Believe it or not, he was 7 years old when it happened.  He was fishing with his grandparents one afternoon.  He was fishing.  His Grandfather was fishing.  His grandmother had a quilt spread out on the bank; she was crocheting.  Ah, heck, why don’t you just take a few minutes and listen to Bill tell it.  Just click on the arrow up above.

Until next time, be safe and enjoy the great outdoors.

Prairie Ramblings Episode
8:00 pm
Fri November 15, 2013

Jack Rabbit Coming Down a Country Road

Credit sparselysageandtimely.com

Having learned to drive in Southern California where merging with rush hour traffic was a driver-ed mandate, I relish our area’s slow-paced traffic.

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HPPR Holiday Special
6:16 pm
Fri November 15, 2013

Messiah from Washington National Cathedral - Sunday, Dec 22 at 9 am CT

The Cathedral Choir and Baroque Orchestra
Credit http://www.nationalcathedral.org

Each year the Cathedral’s annual Messiah performances during the first weekend of December attract an audience of some 6000 from the greater Washington area. With a team of the finest international soloists, coming from the US and abroad, these performances offer exceptional value for a very high-quality, popular Christmas broadcast.  

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