Kansas Drought
8:01 pm
Thu May 22, 2014

Over half of Kansas counties placed on Drought Declaration

The Arkansas River has been dry for years south of Garden City, Kansas.
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More than half of Kansas counties were placed on the updated Drought Declaration by Gov. Sam Brownback this week.  105 counties are either in an emergency, warning or watch status according to the Hays Daily News.

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Oil & Gas Industry
8:01 pm
Thu May 22, 2014

The Texas oil boom benefits drug smugglers?

Eagle Ford road
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New roads and the increased activities of the Texas oil boom are also helping another lucrative market- drug smuggling according to a recent story from KUT.

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Growing on the High Plains
8:01 pm
Wed May 21, 2014

Introduction to Xeriscaping

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 This week begins a series about xeriscaping.  Sometimes our growing conditions leave us feeling as if we’re living in the desert.  Today, Skip will teach us what kind of landscaping thrives in heat without much water.  

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Federal Renewable Energy Standard
8:01 pm
Wed May 21, 2014

SW Kansas lawmaker says voting on repeal of green energy is no-brainer

Rep Ronald Ryckman
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A southwest Kansas lawmaker says there is no debate about renewable energy standards according to a recent article from the Kansas City Star

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Kansas Department of Labor April Statistics
8:01 pm
Wed May 21, 2014

Western Kansas still has lowest unemployment rates

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The numbers are out, and once again Western Kansas has the lowest April unemployment rates in the state.   Logan and Ness counties tied for the best rate at 2.2-percent according to the Hays Daily News.

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Healthcare
9:57 am
Wed May 21, 2014

Texas law failed to provide nurse practitioner independence

Dr. Rose Okoro, a nurse practitioner, who owns Daystar Family Clinic. She says she has struggled to treat a greater number of Medicaid patients because of state regulations.
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Texas lawmakers loosened supervision requirements for nurse practitioners last session in theory, but not in practice according to a recent article from the Texas Tribune.

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Texas Election 2014
8:00 pm
Tue May 20, 2014

Texas Democratic Leaders Snub Kinky

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Texas Democratic leaders don’t want Richard “Kinky” Friedman to run for any public office as a Democrat.  For example, State Sen Leticia Van De Putte of San Antonio made a robocall touting South Central Texas rancher High Fitzsimmons III as the “serious” candidate for agriculture commissioner reported the Amarillo Globe-News.

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Springfield, Colorado
8:00 pm
Tue May 20, 2014

SE Colorado hemp farmer secures commercial agreement

Ryan Loflin works in his hemp field near Springfield, Colorado.
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Rocky Mountain Hemp has entered into a commercial agreement with Cannabis Therapy Corp. to provide an exclusive land lease and crop services according to a recent press release in the Wall Street Journal.

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Playa Country
8:01 pm
Mon May 19, 2014

A Playa Rehab on the West Texas Plains

Credit Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism

Mark Hilliard of Hale County, Texas, says, "This is cotton country. It's rare to find a pristine playa lake."

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Drought
8:00 pm
Mon May 19, 2014

Drier than the Dust Bowl

A lone cow stands by a dried up pond near Wiley, Colorado.
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Millard Fowler is a centenarian from the panhandle of Oklahoma.  He remembers the 1930s when he was a young, newly married farmer. 

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