Job pressures, low pay and lack of mobility force many teachers to quit soon after they begin. With that in mind, the personal finance website Wallethub set out to find which states are doing a good job of treating teachers with the respect they deserve.

Our Neighbors - One Woman's Story

Oct 6, 2016

Maria:  I came here because I love this country.  I came here to see my sister.  I was in Mexico and I came crossing the river.  The Rio Bravo.  It was dangerous.  It was hard.  But I came here because the life is better than my country.  This is a blessed country.  I love this country.

I find good job.  I have a good life here because now I can help the people. When the people have problems, they ask me what they need to do to solve their problems.  Can I help them. 

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A new submarine will head to sea next year, with a taste of the Centennial State on board.

The Colorado Springs Gazette reports that cooks aboard the brand-new USS Colorado have been studying the cuisine of the state that is the submarine’s namesake. Some of Colorado’s top chefs recently met with the kitchen staff of the underwater vessel.

This week's installment of Growing on the High Plains provides an inside scoop on how best to beckon bashful butterflies to your High Plains garden. 

  From deadheading your branching mums to seizing (rather than sneezing) rods of gold, these well-worn pointers will ensure an influx of "flying flowers" to your all-you-can-eat growing space.  Learn what to plant and how to prune so that you'll optimize unannounced visits from thirsty nectar collectors.   

A beloved West Texas artist will be remembered this weekend by the West Texas A&M art program. Jim Harter was born in Lubbock in 1941, and later lived in Canyon and attended WT.

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The oil sector has seen gains recently, reports The Wall Street Journal, and reached a three-month high on Monday.

Prices have been rising on optimism spurred by an OPEC-production deal. After meeting in Algeria, OPEC leaders announced that they would coordinate a reduction of output to 33 million barrels a day.

Previous Image Enlarge Next Image 1 / 3 Sunday, Tulsa mayor-elect GT Bynum spent the day with Pennsylvania U.S. representative, Bill Shuster. He's the chairman of the House of Transportation and Infrastructure CommitteeCredit News on 6Edit | Remove

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Hillary Clinton now holds a double-digit lead over Donald Trump in Colorado, according to the most recent polls.

As CBS News reports, the Democratic candidate is leading the GOP’s candidate by 11 points in the Centennial State. Clinton took was the choice of 49 percent of the respondents, compared with 38 percent for Trump. Libertarian Gary Johnson is polling at seven percent, and three percent support Green Party candidate Jill Stein.

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The children's death rate in Kansas hit a record low in 2014, the last year for which data is available.

As the Topeka Capital-Journal reports, Kansas had 410 child deaths in that year. That’s the lowest death rate in any year since the Kansas State Child Death Review Board began reviewing cases in 1994. Child abuse was responsible for 53 percent of the deaths.

One Neighbor's Story - Uganda to the High Plains

Oct 5, 2016
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Mohammad Omar - Hi, my mane is Mohammad Omar.  I am from Africa, especially Uganda.  I am here since 2014, but I am living now in Dodge City.  I like Dodge City, Kansas, because we have a lot of work here.  Before I am working Tyson Food.  I start again Cargill Company.  Now I am working three years at National Beef.  So, we are happy to be here in Kansas, Dodge City.

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The Texas Nationalist Movement is saying they think they deserve a voice in the U.S. presidential debates, according to The Houston Chronicle

Canyon Area Library  brought in some High Plains wanna-be podcasters and WOW -- we were all amazed by what these gifted storytellers pulled together in less than an hour!

Thank you so much to our participants, our organizers, and all the parents. (Your kids are GREAT!) The spontaneous creativity knocked our socks off. From the studio to the airwaves, see below for the final cuts.



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Autumn is officially upon us, and that means it’s time for flu shots.

Dr. Tom Frieden, director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, told the Huffington Post that a flu vaccine is still the best way to protect yourself from coming down with the virus.

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The debate over a controversial agricultural ballot measure in Oklahoma is growing more heated, reports The Oklahoman.

SQ 777 is a constitutional amendment that would prevent Oklahoma lawmakers from passing legislation to regulate agriculture unless it has a “compelling state interest.” Rep. Scott Biggs said he authored the measure to limit the power of groups like the Humane Society.

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High Plains listeners who enjoy a cold winter may have reason to rejoice.

Signs aren’t pointing to a repeat of last year’s mild season, reports The Wichita Eagle, and that means there could be more snow on the way. However, the cold won’t come until late, say meteorologists; the early part of the season is expected to be rather mild. Dave Samuhel is a senior meteorologist for AccuWeather. He says this year will “be more like winter should be.”

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A Colorado group is doing its best to fight the scourge of a highly addictive drug popular in rural communities.

As KUSA reports, the Colorado Meth Project is spreading a message of hope, and they believe it’s working. And the numbers agree: between 2005 and 2015, Meth use in teenagers dropped by 40 percent. Kent MacLennan is executive director of the program. He says the project is still staying hot on the trail of making sure teens are aware of the dangers of the drug.

The Fall Read - Refugees on the High Plains

Oct 4, 2016

As the Radio Readers move on from this month’s book Enrique’s Journey to October’s read, Dave Eggar’s book on the story Somali immigrants titled What is the What, we continue themes of separation from family, intense dangers in fleeing one’s homeland and eventual settlement and adjustment to life in the U.S. In the past decade, Amarillo has welcomed a large refugee resettlement program placing refugees from the likes of Burma, Iran, Iraq, Congo, Syria, Afghanistan, and Cuba among other countries.

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We hear a lot of stories about how Texas shapes the wider world. From oil policy to cowboy lore, the Lone Star State has an outsized impact on planet earth. But last week The New York Times published an editorial on how the shape of Texas shapes the conversation about Texas.

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Few states have undergone as rapid a political transformation as Colorado, notes the L.A. Times.

High Plains Morning was recently haunted by the living ghost of Gabrielle Louise, who was traveling through Amarillo while touring for her recent full-length album release, If the Static Clears.

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Many energy experts from around the world have been wondering, exactly how much crude oil has China been stockpiling?


A Ulysses, Kansas, teen has been carrying a pretty impressive load, reports

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Working Mother magazine has released a list of the top 100 companies in the United States for working moms.

What Kind of Book is This?

Oct 3, 2016

Since August, Radio Readers have shared stories about borders and becoming. Our stories have been prompted by the books in our Fall read: Cather’s My Antonia and Nazario’s Enrique’s Journey.

The third book in this series is Dave Eggers’ 2006 novel, What is the What : The Autobiography of Valentino Achak Deng.  Recognized by various organizations as a “best” and “notable” book, What is the What is titled an autobiography, described as a novel, yet frequently classified as social history.

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A Texas lawmaker thinks schools should be teaching students the proper actions to take in the event of a police stop, reports The Houston Chronicle.

HPPR went to ¡GLOBALQUERQUE!, a world music festival in Abluquerque, New Mexico on 9/23 - 9/25. Given the eerie welcome from our drive into town, I had a feeling it would be spectacular -- and it was.

Here's a rundown of some of the incredible artists featured this year, including exclusive photos and videos of the performances. For the full festival line-up, please see the festival's website

Our Neighbors - Marcos Morales Part Two

Oct 2, 2016

Marcos: My name is Marcos Morales Satino.  I am glad to share my story with Radio Readers Book Club.

Greta: Please tell us the about the life of your family that is still in Guatemala.  What kind of life do they live compared to the life that you are living today in Dodge City?

One Neighbor's Story

Oct 2, 2016

Hi, my name is Marcos Morales.I’m glad to share my story with the Radio Readers Book Club.  I have been here in southwest of Kansas since November of 2003.  I am from Guatemala from a little poor place. I came here because my dad brought me here in U.S.A.  He’s here with me.  I came here because I thought I had more opportunity than living in my country because when I was younger what I thought was to go to school to have a career, improve myself so that’s one of the reasons that I came.  And that’s what I am doing right now.

Faith, Family and Endurance in the Face of Danger

Oct 2, 2016

In 2013 there were over 3 million Central American immigrants living in the U.S. Each year hundreds of immigrants die while attempting to cross the southern U.S. border. From 2014 to July, 31 2015 alone, 72,968 unaccompanied children from El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras were apprehended at the U.S. border with Mexico.  “Each year the Obama administration has seen more deportations than any preceding president”[1].