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The Sunflower State is making a particularly strong showing when it comes to filling jobs in Donald Trump’s White House.

As the Topeka Capital-Journal­ reports, there are more Kansas names being floated this year than in any presidential transition in recent memory. There have been at least five Kansas names speculated about for potential top posts since the election.

History.com

This holiday, here’s a little known story about Thanksgiving in America, courtesy of TIME magazine.

Many schoolchildren learn that the first Thanksgiving occurred between Wampanoag Indians and English Pilgrims at the Plymouth Colony in 1621.

John F. Kennedy even mentioned Plymouth as the site of the first Thanksgiving in a speech. When he made this declaration, a Virginia Senator objected, saying the first Thanksgiving was actually celebrated in Virginia in 1619, two years before the Plymouth celebration.

Tara Henry / Fox 8 Cleveland

This holiday, a story about farmers in Indiana responding to tragedy with compassion and resilience.

Earlier this month Indiana farmer Steve Wollyung experienced an unspeakable loss when his four-year-old daughter died. On top of the heartbreak, there was no way Wollyung was going to harvest his crop in time.

A longtime family friend heard about the tragedy, and asked a couple of local farmers for help.

John Tlumacki / Boston Globe

Here’s a poem for Thanksgiving:

The Harvest Moon by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

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It is the Harvest Moon! On gilded vanes

And roofs of villages, on woodland crests

And their aerial neighborhoods of nests

Deserted, on the curtained window-panes

Of rooms where children sleep, on country lanes

And harvest-fields, its mystic splendor rests!

Gone are the birds that were our summer guests,

With the last sheaves return the laboring wains!

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Texas ranks in the top 10 for worst drivers

Nov 24, 2016
Car Insurance Comparison

According to a national study, Texans are among the worst drivers in America.

Using information gathered by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Car Insurance Comparison published a list of America’s worst drivers by state and Texas tied with Louisiana for the largest number of fatal car crashes and their causes.

Peggy Lowe/Harvest Public Media

Move over turkey. Step aside stuffing.

Green Bean Casserole, an iconic Thanksgiving dish, turns 60 years old this year and it’s as popular as ever.

Love it or loathe it, the classic Midwestern casserole has come to mean more than just a mashup of processed food sitting next to the mashed potatoes.

Happy Thanksgiving  to all of our HPPR listeners!

To mark the holiday, I'm shaking free a few loose memories from beneath the pecan trees of my past. They say this holiday is all about reflecting on our blessings and spending time with family -- even if a few of our relations can be a little nuts.

Enjoy this Thanksgiving edition of Growing on the High Plains, and I wish you all a peaceful meal full of bounty and gratitude...and a big slice of pecan pie! 

Reuters/NBC News

Black Friday may soon be a thing of the past on the High Plains, as in the rest of the country.

As NBC News reports, Black Friday is slowly being replaced by what many retailers are referring to as “Black November.” And some of the deals that consumers have come to expect on Friday are already available. For example, Amazon launched its Black Friday store last Tuesday.

Rural Blog

A pastor recently wrote an editorial in The Lexington Herald Leader attempting to explain Hillary Clinton’s loss in the heartland.

According to Paul Prather, a pastor in rural Kentucky, Democrats brought the election of Donald Trump upon themselves by ignoring the needs of small-town Americans. Prather noted that many Americans without college degrees find it almost impossible to earn a living.

Food Network

The cost of a Thanksgiving meal for the average American has lowered to below five dollars a person this year, according to the American Farm Bureau.

The group traditionally does an informal price survey of classic items found on the Thanksgiving Day dinner table. This year their study concluded that a feast for 10 this year will cost $49.87, or just under five bucks per belly. The cost is down by almost 25 cents since last year.

Mike Gorman / The Wall Street Journal

After the most contentious presidential election in memory, many of us are just hoping to get away from the Thanksgiving table without witnessing a murder.

Here, courtesy of The Wall Street Journal, are some tips for surviving Thanksgiving dinner this year.

Evan Vucci / AP photo/Fort Worth Star-Telegram

Proponents of private school vouchers and charter school expansion in Texas may have reason to celebrate once Donald Trump takes office in January.

Trump’s education policy plans mostly remain shrouded in mystery. But, as The Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports, the president-elect has indicated that one of his first priorities will be to reform what he calls “school choice.”

Senior citizens are a prime target for financial scammers, whether it’s through the Internet or a telephone call.

A 2010 study conducted by infogroup/ORC found that close to 20 percent of elderly Americans, about seven million people, had experienced financial losses from “an inappropriate investment, unreasonably high fees for financial services, or outright fraud.”

Bill Husa / Enterprise-Record

If you’re heading out into the frenzy of Black Friday, here’s some advice from mental health experts, courtesy of The Mercury News.

First of all, if you’re prone to over-shopping, consider visiting actual brick-and-mortar stores rather than shopping online.

Reflections: Wednesday at 7 p.m.

Nov 22, 2016
NPR

Once again, High Plains Public Radio presents Reflections, the annual special program that airs on the night before Thanksgiving. Since 2010, HPPR has been bringing this mix of classic jazz, swing and pop standards to the airwaves to welcome the beginning of the holiday season.

This year's show airs from 7 to 11 p.m. CST and the featured artists are three female vocalists - Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday and Nina Simone. Tune in to hear some of these artists' signature performances, plus a few surprises from their less-known recordings.

The Splendid Table's Turkey Confidential

Nov 22, 2016

11:00 a.m. central time. On Thursday, November 24, help is on the way for Thanksgiving cooks, kitchen helpers and dinner guests on this, the biggest cooking day of the year. Lynne Rossetto Kasper, award-winning host of public radio's national food show The Splendid Table®, will be available to answer listener questions throughout the live, two-hour program. Quickly becoming a Thanksgiving morning tradition, past shows have included everything from a cross-country trucker cooking his Thanksgiving dinner on the manifold to a panicked first-time cook who didn't realize a turkey needs to be thawed. Lynne handles all questions with wit, expertise and laughter.

A High Plains Thanksgiving: Wednesday at 1 p.m.

Nov 22, 2016

Spend a little time with Stephen Johnson as he hosts an hour of music with songs about tradition, family, home, and cooking.

Share your reflections and your favorite recipes. Call 800-678-7444 during the show, or leave a message on Facebook or here on the web site, to join in the celebration.

Ars Technica

Attorneys in Oklahoma are laying the groundwork for a massive class action lawsuit surrounding the recent profusion of earthquakes in the Sooner State.

CSAW/WTAMU

A new venture at West Texas A&M University is drawing a lot of buzz across the High Plains. The Center for the Study of the American West was launched this fall and has already positioned itself as one of the jewels in WT’s crown.

The project’s sponsor, Dr. Alex Hunt, says the Center’s role is to foster interdisciplinary research, teaching, and public outreach relevant to the American West.

Lisa Krantz / San Antonio Express News

Texas employers added almost 14,000 jobs last month, according to the latest report from the Texas Workforce Commission.

Over the past year, the Lone Star State has added almost 210,000 jobs to its job-rolls, reinforcing the resiliency of the Texas economy.

Crispin Havener / KKCO

A Colorado ballot measure that would have removed a reference to the slavery in the state’s constitution has failed, reports Colorado Public Radio.

When counting concluded on Friday, the Secretary of State's office had the votes to keep the slavery language leading by almost 18,000 votes. The amendment’s backer, Democratic State Rep. Jovan Melton of Aurora, conceded, saying the voters had spoken.

The Wichita Eagle

Last week Donald Trump named Kansas rep. Mike Pompeo as his choice to head the CIA. Now the question for Kansans becomes, who will take Pompeo’s vacant seat in congress?

As The Wichita Eagle reports, it’s now up to Kansas’ 4th Congressional District to choose a successor.

Low gas prices expected to spur Thanksgiving travel

Nov 22, 2016
AAA

There is good news at the pump for people of the High Plains planning to travel for the Thanksgiving holiday.

Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas ranked first, fourth and fifth for least expensive gas prices in the nation Monday, according to AAA.

KCUR

Health care advocates in Kansas say they will move forward with legislation that would expand Medicaid in the Sunflower State, despite the election of Donald Trump.

As KCUR reports, the nationwide elections this month may signal an end to Obamacare. And Kansas Medicaid expansion advocates are much less optimistic about the future than they were a month ago. But they’re moving forward anyway.

Mark Makela / Getty Images/The Guardian

An editorial by a rural West Texas woman appeared in the British newspaper The Guardian last week.

Andy Sacks / Getty Images/MSNBC

Donald Trump won almost every farm state in this year’s presidential election. The electoral map is a wide swath of red, stretching from the Carolinas through much of the Midwest and into the Plains.

And, now that their man has won, farm groups say they’re hoping to change the president-elect’s mind about the economic importance of agricultural exports.

Rural Blog

Teen birth rates are falling nationwide, reports The Rural Blog.

However, birth rates for teens remain highest in rural parts of the country.

Still, the overall trend is toward fewer teen births across the board. In the last decade, teen birth rates declined by almost 40 percent in rural areas. The decline was even bigger in large cities, where teen birth rates fell by 50 percent.

cultura rf / Getty Images

When it comes to greenhouse gases, there’s one frequent contributor that may not have crossed your mind: belching cows.

Southwest Kansas farmers develop dual disc cutter

Nov 21, 2016
Kopper Kutter, LLC

A Cimarron farmer, a custom cutter and a Manhattan agriculture consultant have designed, built, patented and distributed a new type of dual disc cutter that converts corn heads to harvest sorghum, sunflowers and cellulose, and other row crops.

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