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Texas Election 2014
8:00 pm
Mon March 17, 2014

Kinky Friedman could be Texas Democrat’s best chance at a statewide win

Kinky Friedman
Credit NICOLE WEINGART / nashvillescene.com

Texas Democrats' best hope to score a win in the statewide election could be Kinky Friedman.  Friedman is in the May 27 runoff with Jim Hogan to be the Democratic nominee for agriculture commissioner reported Ross Ramsey for the Texas Tribune.

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Weather
8:00 pm
Mon March 17, 2014

Haboob blasts across the High Plains

NASA’s Terra satellite spied these streams of dust blowing south across Colorado, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas and New Mexico on March 11, 2014. Look for the streamers of pale, sand-colored stuff south of the big cloud bank.
NASA

A towering wall of dust known as a haboob pushed across a big swath of the High Plains last Tuesday said an article from Discover.

The dust streamed out of Colorado and Kansas into Oklahoma, Texas, and New Mexico.

Winds gusting to almost 60 miles per hour reduced visibility to almost zero in southwestern Kansas. 

Texas Panhandle
8:00 pm
Mon March 17, 2014

Amarillo makes the top 20 of cities to start a business

Amarillo skyline
Credit findyourspot.com

Amarillo ranks the 14th best city to start a business said a recent article in the Amarillo Globe-News.  

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Food Security
5:59 am
Mon March 17, 2014

Padlock the milk! FDA’s push to safeguard the food supply

Milk is an extremely popular item on the University of Missouri campus, says purchasing coordinator Sandy Perley. "Our entire campus in a year drinks about 96,000 gallons of milk. And by our best calculation, that’s about 326 gallons a day."
Abbie Fentress Swanson/Harvest Public Media

Listen to Abbie's report.

Many of the food terrorism scenarios outlined by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration involve liquid.

And there’s good reason for that.

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Kansas State Legislative Session 2014
8:00 pm
Sun March 16, 2014

Kansas Senate passes bills regarding foster parents rights and voter party changes

Credit kveng.com

Two bills were recently passed by the Kansas Senate.  

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Agriculture
8:00 pm
Sun March 16, 2014

High Plains dairy producers attend Lubbock conference

Credit Kay Ledbetter / Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service

Over 300 participants attended the High Plains Dairy Conference in Lubbock, Texas.  Most of them were from Texas, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Kansas and Colorado according to a University News release.

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High Plains Outdoors
8:00 pm
Fri March 14, 2014

Bass Fishing: The nitty gritty details of deadstickin

Jason Barber
Luke Clayton

The conversation with Jason Barber continues. Learn more about deadstickin.

Howdy Folks!

I tell you what, I wish we would have had 30 minutes to talk with Jason Barber about deadstickin last week, so I've done the next best thing.  I've brought him back again this week.  

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Prairie Ramblings
8:00 pm
Fri March 14, 2014

Let Mother Nature release your inner artist

Scott Wade's dirty car art like this inspires Karen Madorin to think outside the box when it comes to a canvas.
Credit http://www.dirtycarart.com/

Recently, a friend sent me a link to “Scott Wade’s Dirty Pictures.”  It sounds like something that should make me blush; however, it is actually a site detailing a clever artist who turned his dirty car windows into canvases for spectacular drawings.  With recent snow melt and the resulting swampy driveway, I  wondered if I couldn’t save some money on canvas and take up sketching on our pick-up and car windows.

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Texas State Government
8:00 pm
Thu March 13, 2014

New Texas abortion law spurs nonprofit development and court appeal

Lenzi Sheible founded Fund Texas Women, a non-profit organization that pays for women's travel costs associated with obtaining an abortion.
Credit Lenzi Sheible/Todd Wiseman / The Texas Tribune

Last year, Texas lawmakers passed House Bill 2, which made abortion rules even more stringent.  The procedure was banned after 20 weeks of gestation and physicians performing abortions were required to have hospital admitting privilege within 30 miles of an abortion facility.  Those changes reduced access to abortions across the state according to The Texas Tribune.

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Agriculture
8:00 pm
Thu March 13, 2014

Kansas: Greeley County hog farm expansion approved by KDHE

The Ladder Creek farm site in Greeley County is the largest hog-growing facility in Kansas. The operation is located 12 miles north of Tribune on Highway 27 and east on 12 Mile Road. With its expansion permit approved it can legally have up to 365,000 pigs.
Credit Phil Cauthon / Kansas Health Institute

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment approved the expansion of Seaboard Farms’ Ladder Creek hog farm according to a recent article from the Kansas Health Institute.

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Food Security
7:56 pm
Thu March 13, 2014

Could our food supply be a target for terrorists?

A bioterror attack that introduced a virus like foot-and-mouth disease could devastate the U.S. livestock industry. Regulators are proposing new rules meant to protect the food system from terror attack.
Credit Jeremy Bernfeld/Harvest Public Media

Listen to Luke's report.

It sounds like the plot of a Hollywood blockbuster. Villains in trench coats scheme ways to cause the most destruction and chaos. They settle on a food company, an easy target, and plan to lace the products with a chemical or pathogen. The hero finds out the plan with enough time to save the day.

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Growing on the High Plains
8:00 pm
Wed March 12, 2014

Full Circle Farming Comes to Northwest Kansas

Skip talks to Alice Hill outside her home
Barb Blevins High Plains Public Radio

Skip talks with Alice Hill about Full Circle Aquaponics.

This week we begin a four-part series about the importance of expanding local food production and teaching people to learn to feed themselves whenever possible.  We'll start by visiting Beaver Creek Ranch in Rawlins County, Kansas.  This agritourism business operated by Jeff and Alice Hill includes a hunting lodge, a full-service family farm complete with fruit and vegetable gardens, poultry, beef and pork production, organic hard red winter wheat production, and a demonstration site for a system called Full Circle Aquaponics.  The day I arrived the place was really humming, thanks to the bee hives that provide pollination and honey.  Join us as we visit a fascinating place.

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Oil & Gas
8:00 pm
Wed March 12, 2014

Texas: Unlikely to be a leader in methane reduction

Texas drilling rig
Credit blog.heartland.org

Texas is the nation’s top energy producer.  It could also be the leader in slashing emissions of methane.  But it’s unlikely that state environmental regulators will embrace the opportunity according to a recent article from the Texas Tribune.  

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4:51 am
Wed March 12, 2014

Kansas Attorney General Gives Legislators School Funding Deadline

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The Kansas Supreme Court recently ruled on the school funding issue. The Kansas Attorney General recently gave legislators a deadline for solving the issue.
Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt made it emphatically clear to Republican lawmakers Monday that they must act to fix inequities in school funding before July 1 - or a district court could take action for them. The state Supreme Court's decision in a school-funding lawsuit Friday requires the Legislature to equalize local option budget and capital outlay funds for school districts, Schmidt said.
Texas Election 2014
8:01 pm
Tue March 11, 2014

Texas: Wendy Davis on candidacy, border voters, abortion, and her plans if elected

Credit abovethelaw.com

Democratic-gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis recently appeared on TribLive, a Texas Tribune interview program.  

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Wind Energy
8:00 pm
Tue March 11, 2014

New study reveals wind turbine placement could reduce yield

Credit JILL JOHNSON / LANDOV

A new study by the University of Texas at San Antonio found that placing wind turbines too closely together in a wind farm causes turbulence that reduces productivity according to a recent article by StateImpact Texas.  

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Texas Education
8:00 pm
Tue March 11, 2014

Texas Universities will not lower admission standards to match high school graduation requirements

Credit onelifesuccess.net

The Texas State Board of Education recently changed graduation requirements, curriculum, and testing requirements under the guidelines from lawmakers.  As part of the January change, algebra II will no longer be part of the “foundation graduation plan” beginning this fall said a recent article in the Texas Tribune.

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Living Room Concert
6:37 am
Tue March 11, 2014

Beppe Gambetta returns to Amarillo on Saturday March 22

Master guitarist Beppe Gambetta will be back in Amarillo on Saturday, March 22 to play a Living Room Concert for HPPR.

Beppe was here last year with Peter Ostroushko ...that performance is still being talked about!

This show will be at The Fibonacci, located at 3306 SW 6th Ave. The doors will open at 7, and the show will start at 7:30.

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Playa Country Episode
8:01 pm
Mon March 10, 2014

Grazing Management: Patch Burning Research

Prescribed Burn
Credit Oklahoma Grazing Lands Conservation Association

This week on Playa Country, prescribed burning. Oklahoma State University's Dept. of Natural Resource Ecology & Management is researching effects of limited prescribed burning or "patch burning" to create a mosaic of patches across the landscape.

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Election 2014
8:00 pm
Mon March 10, 2014

Kansas: Democratic party focuses on bringing in moderate Republicans

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The Democrats recently held their convention in Topeka.  Their strategy to win the governor’s race and a few House seats is simple:  Convince moderate Republicans dissatisfied with the conservative wing of the GOP that they have a place underneath the Democratic Party’s big tent said a recent article in The Wichita Eagle.

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Wind Energy
8:00 pm
Mon March 10, 2014

Texas: Wind turbine clearinghouse comes to Plainview

Turbine blades on railcars like this, will be coming to Plainview, Texas.
Credit blogs.democratandchronicle.com

Tri Global Energy and BNSF Railway have joined forces to create a clearinghouse for wind energy equipment east of Plainview, Texas according to The Amarillo Globe-News

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Texas Election 2014
8:00 pm
Sun March 9, 2014

Texas: The Tea Party finds a silver lining in the primaries

Senator John Cornyn easily won his Republican primary on Tuesday.
Credit texastribune.org

In the Texas primary, four of the five candidates in judicial and legislative races endorsed by Ted Cruz won on Tuesday said The New York Times.  

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Texas Election 2014
8:00 pm
Sun March 9, 2014

Texas Primary Results: Where statewide candidates got their votes

Credit wikipedia.org

Totals were pulled county-by-county for each statewide runoff candidate, and the two gubernatorial nominees, then analyzed to find out what parts of the state the votes came from.  The Texas Tribune created an interactive map to compare each candidate’s performance.  Find the maps here.

CD of the Week
8:54 am
Sat March 8, 2014

Eliza Gilkyson's 'The Nocturne Diaries' this week on High Plains Morning

‘The Nocturne Diaries’ is Eliza Gilkyson’s  20th release since she began recording in 1969. Hollywood born and raised, she has called Austin, Texas home for most of the last 30 years with stints in Santa Fe and Los Angeles as well.  The new record has been described as “…a journey through the dark night of the soul that ends at the light of day…a stubborn ray of hope…” It will be released on March 18.

We will listen to ‘The Nocturne Diaries’ in its entirety this week on High Plains Morning

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Education
8:00 pm
Fri March 7, 2014

Kansas: Supreme Court rules on school finance case

Credit khi.org

The Kansas Supreme Court released its decision in the school finance case.  The unanimous decision found the lower court partially erred in its conclusion, and remanded it for further consideration.  The ruling also stated the lower court properly found the state’s funding mechanism had created “unconstitutional, wealth-based disparities” among school districts according to an article from the Kansas Health Institute

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High Plains Outdoors
8:00 pm
Fri March 7, 2014

To catch a big bass this time of year, do some deadstickin

Jason Barber brings in a big one!
Credit Luke Clayton

Deadsticking is a term used for fishing a bait, usually a soft plastic but not always, very slowly during the winter months when water temperatures are at their lowest. When the water is cold, fish become lethargic. They must eat but they prefer a meal that remains somewhat stationary rather than something they must chase down. Thus the reason that 1.5 inch soft plastic shad imitations held motionless near the top of big schools of white bass provided so much excitement at Cedar Creek Lake last week.

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Prairie Ramblings
8:00 pm
Fri March 7, 2014

I see the moon, and I know it by name

Credit tropicoftaurus.net

If you took an evening walk or happened to look out your window eastward last Thursday, you saw what some call the Worm Moon, a term American Indians introduced.  While these nomadic people didn’t follow a Julian calendar, they knew the importance of using seasonal lunar phases to record passing time.

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Energy Conservation
8:00 pm
Thu March 6, 2014

Why Texans are using less energy than predicted

Controllers make daily forecasts of the next day’s electric demand and supply.
Credit FILIPA RODRIGUES / StateImpact Texas

A growing population and inadequate electricity supply has kept a looming energy crisis over Texans.  Rolling blackouts would come, or so it was predicted.  This month, a report from the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) release its annual forecast of how much electricity Texas will have in the coming years, and thing don’t look so bad according to StateImpact Texas.

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Oil & Gas
8:00 pm
Thu March 6, 2014

Plentiful domestic crude oil brings a refining revival to Kansas and Texas

A small “teapot” refinery, mothballed for years, has reopened in Nixon, Tex., and the town is coming back to life.
Credit Michael Stravato / nytimes.com

Small, abandoned refineries dot the High Plains, but the domestic oil boom of domestic light-crude is breathing new life into some of them said a recent article in the New York Times.  

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Kansas State Government
8:00 pm
Wed March 5, 2014

Midsession Forum: Western Kansas delegates talk elections, mortgages fees and EPA regulations

Credit trojanhistory6.pbworks.com

Representatives Bud Estes and John Ewy, as well as Senator Garrett Love were in Dodge City, Kansas, recently for an open forum.  The delegates shared their position on elections, mortgage fees, and EPA regulations according to a recent article from the Dodge City Daily Globe.

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