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Agriculture
8:00 pm
Thu June 12, 2014

New farm bill creates two-tiered test for farm program participation

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One unintended consequence of the recent farm bill was the creation of a more rigid and stricter test to define what “actively engaged” in farming means reported John Crabtree for the Center for Rural Affairs.

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Air Pollution
8:00 pm
Thu June 12, 2014

Oklahoma and Texas have opposite responses to EPA rules

Oklahoma Gas & Electric's coal-fired Sooner Plant in Red Rock, Oklahoma.
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There are completely different responses to the Obama administration’s recent proposal to combat climate change in Oklahoma and Texas. 

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Texas Archive of Moving Image
8:00 pm
Thu June 12, 2014

TAMI works to save Texas history through film

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Dr. Caroline Frick has a passion for saving Texas history through film.  She is a film archivist and a professor at the University of Texas at Austin.  Dr. Frick started the Texas Archive of Moving Image (TAMI) to accomplish her goal. 

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Less public assistance, more families in crisis
8:00 pm
Wed June 11, 2014

Kansas has more children in foster care than ever

The number of Kansas children in foster care is at an all-time high.
Credit Cathy Mores/Special to KHI News Service / khi.org

Kansas has the more kids in foster care than ever reported the Kansas Health Institute.  In April, there were 6,156 children in the system.  That’s an increase of 356 over April of 2013, and 872 more than April of 2012.  The reasons for the all-time high vary.

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Growing on the High Plains
8:00 pm
Wed June 11, 2014

Top five xeriscape shrubs

Skip, (left) talks with xeriscaping experts Don Lonnberg, (center), and Matt Lutz, (right).
Credit Cindee Talley

This week it's Matt Lutz's turn to give a 'favorite five' for a xeric garden.  He decided to highlight shrubs that will thrive in a near-desert climate.   

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Veterans Administration
8:00 pm
Wed June 11, 2014

High Plains Vets face long wait for mental health care

The Amarillo Veterans' Affairs Health Care System serves about 25,000 veterans in seven facilities in the Texas and Oklahoma panhandles, eastern New Mexico, and southern Kansas.
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The Amarillo Veterans Affairs Health Care System ranks third in the nation for the longest average wait times for new mental health appointments according to a recent article from the Amarillo Globe-News.

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Hog Production
8:01 pm
Tue June 10, 2014

Cargill to stop use of gestation crates for hogs

Barns like this one often house more than a thousand pregnant sows in gestation crates.
Credit Sarah McCammon/Harvest Public Media

Cargill, one of the country’s largest pork producers, announced Monday that it will stop using gestation crates, the controversial narrow cages meant to house and separate sows. Cargill is joining other major meatpackers, like competitors Tyson and Smithfield Foods, in planning to move away from hog crates.

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Angelo McCain
8:00 pm
Tue June 10, 2014

Boy’s Ranch: Alum’s success proves residential programs can work

Angelo McClain
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Angelo McClain is a social worker.  He never planned on it, but that’s where the road led. 

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Conservation Tillage Practices
8:00 pm
Tue June 10, 2014

No-Till is not a soil carbon fix

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No-till farming alone won’t build soil carbon.  Recent research revealed that conservation tillage practices don't have any advantage over conventional practices reported Adele Phillips for the Center for Rural Affairs.

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Wheat
8:01 pm
Mon June 9, 2014

Drought hammers winter wheat across the Plains

Farmer Jim Haarberg of Imperial, Neb., compares the heads of wheat from two different stalks to demonstrate the stunting effects of drought.
Ariana Brocious/Harvest Public Media

Much of the Midwest and the Plains have been battling drought for years. And the current winter wheat crop looks like it will be one of the worst in recent memory, stressing farmers in the heart of the Wheat Belt – from Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Colorado and Nebraska.

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Playa Country
8:01 pm
Mon June 9, 2014

Citizen Science: Bird Banding

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How do scientists get the data they need to study birds? A lot of data is collected by volunteers, "citizen scientists," through bird surveys and bird banding.

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High Plains housing shortage
8:00 pm
Mon June 9, 2014

Independent developer has solution for western Kansas housing shortage

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In Western Kansas, it’s not jobs that are in short order, it’s housing.  An investor is taking measures to remedy the housing shortage in Liberal without any form of government subsidies according to a recent article from the High Plains Daily Leader.

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Living Room Concert
5:53 pm
Mon June 9, 2014

HPPR welcomes Butch Hancock to Amarillo on June 21

HPPR proudly welcomes Butch Hancock to Amarillo for a Living Room Concert on Saturday, June 21.

This show will be at the Fibonacci, located at 3306 SW 6th Ave. The doors will open at 7:00, and the show will start at 7:30. We'll have the usual great coffee from the folks at Evocation Coffee Roasters and snacks.

To make a reservation, give us a call at 806-367-9088 or send us an e-mail at music@hppr.org. Don't miss this very special evening!

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Oil & Gas
8:00 pm
Sun June 8, 2014

Kansas oil production is up mostly because of fracking

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Oil production is up in Kansas, while natural gas continues on the way down says The Kansas Geological Survey. 

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Old West Tradition
8:00 pm
Sun June 8, 2014

Longhorns mosey through downtown Amarillo

The Coors Cowboy Club Texas Longhorn cattle drive started at South 12th Avenue and South Polk Street in downtown Amarillo, and ended at the Tri-State Fairgrounds.
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Texas Panhandle residents had an opportunity this week to step back in history.  The Coors Cowboy Club drove 30 Texas Longhorn cattle through downtown Amarillo to the Tri-State Fairgrounds.  They were kicking off the Ranch Rodeo said a recent article in the Amarillo Globe-News.

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Prairie Ramblings
8:00 pm
Sun June 8, 2014

We could learn a thing or two about recycling from Mother Nature

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For weeks, I eye-balled a dead deer lying in a nearby wheat field. Each time I passed, I saw carrion eaters had whittled the carcass further. When I first spotted the broken body, I hoped a highway crew would clean it up, but after observing how many meals it provided not only to crows and magpies, but also to other scavengers, it served a better purpose where it was.

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CD of the week
5:48 pm
Sun June 8, 2014

Gregg Allman Tribute is this weeks featured CD on High Plains Morning

Recorded live at the Fox Theater in Atlanta last January, this all-star tribute  to Gregg Allman features The Allman Brothers Band, Keb Mo, Jackson Browne, Susan Tedeschi, John Hiatt and many others, some performing with Gregg.  The package includes 2 CDs and a DVD.  We will listen to 'All My Friends' this week on High Plains Morning.  

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Opinion
8:00 pm
Fri June 6, 2014

Kansas farmer sounds off on crop insurance and farm policy

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As our present multi-year drought grinds on and on, I’m beginning to wonder if we missed the point—by a country mile—in our current farm policy.

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HPPR People
8:00 pm
Fri June 6, 2014

Dodge City Mom fights to stay in U.S.

Vanessa poses with her oldest son on his high school graduation day. If deported, Vanessa said she would not force her children to move with her to Mexico, "It's a scary place full of violence," She said.
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Vanessa Melendez was six years old when she arrived in the United States.  She doesn’t remember much about her life before in Mexico.  The Dodge City resident does remember being a teenager and discovering she was in the U.S. illegally when she applied for her first job according to a recent article from the Dodge City Daily Globe.

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Living Room Concert
6:11 am
Fri June 6, 2014

Amarillo's Randy Palmer in Living Room Concert on June 7

HPPR is proud to present Amarillo-based singer-songwriter Randy Palmer in a Living Room Concert and CD release on Saturday, June 7!

The show will be at the Fibonacci, located at 3306 SW 6th Ave, the home base of Chamber Music Amarillo. The doors will open at 7, and the show will start at 7:30. Randy will be joined by a cast of musician friends who appear on his new CD 'Waterline'.

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Syracuse, Kansas
8:00 pm
Thu June 5, 2014

Robot helps save rural hospital

Hamilton County Hospital CEO Bryan Coffey with the robot.
Credit khi.org

Hamilton County Hospital is a small, rural hospital in southwestern Kansas.  A little over a year ago, it was on the brink of closing because of financial and staffing problems says chief executive Bryan Coffey. 

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A guy from Kansas helps save the free world
8:00 pm
Thu June 5, 2014

D-Day at 70, Remembering Ike's Finest Hour

General Dwight Eisenhower, speaking with soldiers of the 101st Airborne, prior to the D-Day invasion.
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Seventy years ago, the allied invasion of Normandy, France marked the beginning of the end for Adolf Hitler and his Nazi empire. 

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James Welch
8:00 pm
Thu June 5, 2014

Panhandle native couldn’t let 32,000 families down

James Welch
Credit wtamu.edu

James Welch didn’t plan his career.  He just worked hard and did the next thing according to an article from West Texas A&M University.

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Duane Goosen says current budget won't work
8:00 pm
Wed June 4, 2014

Former budget director predicts Kansas will soon be in the red

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Duane Goossen is a former state budget director, and he says the state won’t have enough revenue to implement the budget legislators recently passed according to a recent article from the Topeka Capital-Journal.

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Growing on the High Plains
8:00 pm
Wed June 4, 2014

Top five plants to use in xeriscaping

Don Lonnberg, right, talks with Skip Mancini.
Credit Cindee Talley

Skip talks with Don Lonnberg at Ward's Garden Center.

Horticulturalist Don Lonnberg gives us five of his favorites that will do well in a low-water, high-heat garden.

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Palace Coffee Co.
8:00 pm
Wed June 4, 2014

The best coffeehouse in the region is in the Texas Panhandle

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Palace Coffee Co. won the regional competition of America’s Best Coffeehouse in St. Louis recently according to a recent article from the Amarillo Globe-News

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EPA Carbon Reduction Plan
8:00 pm
Tue June 3, 2014

Kansas politicians react to carbon reduction plan for existing power plants

The Sunflower Electric generating station near Holcomb, Kansas.
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The Environmental Protection Agency announced its plan to reduce carbon emissions from existing power plants nationwide.  States will decide how to meet the goals set by the EPA according to the Kansas Health Institute.

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Climate
8:00 pm
Tue June 3, 2014

Drought takes its toll on the plains and the Gulf

Fish die off at Galveston Bay
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The drought is hammering fields, pastures, the Ogallala Aquifer, and Galveston Bay?  StateImpact Texas reported researchers suspect drought is causing the massive fish die off.  Millions of shad have washed ashore recently.

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Music
8:00 pm
Tue June 3, 2014

World Renowned Opera Singer Comes Home to WT

Emily Pulley, as Anaide, and Eric Schmidt, as Fadinard, performed in Amarillo Opera's “The Italian Straw Hat.”
Credit amarillo.com

Emily Pulley has traveled the world doing what she loves—singing. 

Pulley’s journey began at West Texas State University.  Although she loved to sing, her dad wasn’t sure she could make a living at it, so she planned to earn a master’s degree in English and teach according to an article from WT. 

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Playa Country
8:01 pm
Mon June 2, 2014

Playas: Nebraska Landowner Story

Credit Courtesy Ben Wheeler/Pheasants Forever and Nebraska Game & Parks Commission

Dave Hilfterty grows dryland winter wheat and irrigated corn in Perkins County, Nebraska.

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