KCUR-FM: Frank Morris http://krwg.org en Federal Plan To Save Prairie Chickens Ruffles State Feathers http://krwg.org/post/federal-plan-save-prairie-chickens-ruffles-state-feathers It's prairie chicken mating season!<p>Still, it's tough being a lesser prairie chicken these days. This type of grouse once spanned an enormous area, though now they survive mainly in pockets of Oklahoma and Kansas. Their numbers are plummeting; in 2012, the population dropped by half.<p>But after they were recently listed as a threatened species by the U.S. Wed, 09 Apr 2014 20:45:00 +0000 KCUR-FM: Frank Morris 63715 at http://krwg.org Federal Plan To Save Prairie Chickens Ruffles State Feathers Injured Veteran Keeps Up His Fight, Deciding To Live http://krwg.org/post/injured-veteran-keeps-his-fight-deciding-live A spinal injury left Iraq War veteran Tomas Young paralyzed below the waist<strong> </strong>in 2004. Further medical complications a few years later made him quadriplegic.<p>Although Young had enlisted two days after the attacks of Sept. Sat, 28 Dec 2013 22:02:00 +0000 KCUR-FM: Frank Morris 56771 at http://krwg.org Injured Veteran Keeps Up His Fight, Deciding To Live Virus Targets Baby Pigs http://krwg.org/post/virus-targets-baby-pigs Transcript <p>DAVID GREENE, HOST: <p>And the agriculture industry is dealing with a new worry: a virus that is spreading through farms. Wed, 10 Jul 2013 08:32:00 +0000 KCUR-FM: Frank Morris 45040 at http://krwg.org Farmers Twisting In The Wind Without New Farm Bill http://krwg.org/post/farmers-twisting-wind-without-new-farm-bill Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Audie Cornish.<p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>And I'm Robert Siegel.<p>Farmers work at the mercy of three forces that are largely outside their control: weather, markets, and government. The weather has been good in many parts of the country and the markets are up. But government remains the wild card. Congress failed to pass the Farm Bill, the huge package of legislation that lays out years of food policy. Thu, 27 Jun 2013 21:44:00 +0000 KCUR-FM: Frank Morris 44249 at http://krwg.org Twinkies' Return Is Mostly Sweet News For Kansas Town http://krwg.org/post/twinkies-return-mostly-sweet-news-kansas-town The news of Hostess' return to Emporia, Kan., sparked an ecstatic response in this beleaguered town — even though there will be only half as many jobs.<p>The new company, formed when investors bought Hostess' snack cake business, has hired longtime snack cake production veterans Pat Chambers and her husband, Bob, to help get the bakery here running again. Pat lost her job at the Hostess plant when it closed last November. Now, she sits beaming on her front porch, wearing a dirty Hostess work shirt.<p>"We worked today! It's like going home," she says. "I'm so excited. Mon, 27 May 2013 07:32:00 +0000 KCUR-FM: Frank Morris 41978 at http://krwg.org Twinkies' Return Is Mostly Sweet News For Kansas Town Cities Turn Sewage Into 'Black Gold' For Local Farms http://krwg.org/post/cities-turn-sewage-black-gold-local-farms On a normal day, Kansas City, Mo., processes more than 70 million gallons of raw sewage. This sewage used to be a nuisance, but Kansas City, and a lot of municipalities around the country, are now turning it into a resource for city farmers <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thesalt/2011/12/13/143659204/putting-farmland-on-a-fertilizer-diet">hard up for fertilizer</a>.<p>After the sewage has been processed at a treatment plant, it's piped out to Birmingham Farm on the north side of the Missouri River.<p>Tim Walters is the chief agronomist for Kansas City who runs Birmingham. Wed, 10 Apr 2013 21:22:00 +0000 KCUR-FM: Frank Morris 38810 at http://krwg.org Cities Turn Sewage Into 'Black Gold' For Local Farms After Years Of Struggle, Veteran Chooses To End His Life http://krwg.org/post/after-years-struggle-veteran-chooses-end-his-life After a dozen years at war, an estimated 2 million active-duty service members will have returned home by the end of 2013. Some reintegrate without much struggle, but for others it's not so easy. The psychological wounds of war can sometimes prove to be just as fatal as the physical ones.<p>For injured veterans such as Tomas Young, life is a daily struggle. But this Iraq War veteran, who says his physical and emotional pain is unbearable, has decided to end his life.<p><strong>At War</strong><p>Before the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, Young was an athletic, rambunctious 22-year-old. Sun, 07 Apr 2013 21:29:00 +0000 KCUR-FM: Frank Morris 38562 at http://krwg.org After Years Of Struggle, Veteran Chooses To End His Life Drought-Stricken Plains Farmers 'Giddy' Over Heavy Snow http://krwg.org/post/drought-stricken-plains-farmers-giddy-over-heavy-snow Two rapid-fire snowstorms <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2013/02/22/172680402/storm-buries-kansas-missouri-as-it-heads-east" target="_blank">belted Kansas</a> with more than 2 feet of snow this week. Fri, 01 Mar 2013 21:42:00 +0000 KCUR-FM: Frank Morris 36184 at http://krwg.org Drought-Stricken Plains Farmers 'Giddy' Over Heavy Snow Ag Department Warns Budget Cuts Will Affect Food Inspetors http://krwg.org/post/ag-department-warns-budget-cuts-will-affect-food-inspetors Transcript <p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>And if the mandatory spending cuts do take affect tomorrow, the secretary of agriculture says he will be forced to furlough food safety inspectors. Without those inspectors, food companies could grind to a halt. But many in the meat industry say the USDA is mostly cooking up a scare.<p>Frank Morris of member station KCUR has that story.<p>FRANK MORRIS, BYLINE: Food processing companies, ones that ship across state lines, get lots of scrutiny from the USDA. Thu, 28 Feb 2013 11:27:00 +0000 KCUR-FM: Frank Morris 36020 at http://krwg.org Major Storm Blankets Plains States http://krwg.org/post/major-storm-blankets-kansas-city Transcript <p>LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST: <p>A lot of kids have the day off from school today, thanks to a huge winter storm in the Midwest. A foot of snow fell on Kansas City, one of the worst storms in the city's history. That city declared a state of emergency, as did several others in the region. Frank Morris, of member station KCUR, reports.<p>FRANK MORRIS, BYLINE: The storm hit hard right before morning rush hour with wind, muffled thunder and lightning diffused through a sky that seemed almost saturated with snow. Fri, 22 Feb 2013 10:42:00 +0000 KCUR-FM: Frank Morris 35651 at http://krwg.org Despite Record Drought, Farmers Expect Banner Year http://krwg.org/post/despite-record-drought-farmers-expect-banner-year After one of the driest summers on record, recent rains have helped in some parts of the country. But overall, the drought has still intensified. The latest tracking classifies more than a fifth of the contiguous United States in "extreme or exceptional" drought, the worst ratings.<p>In some parts of the Lower Midwest, water-starved crops have collapsed, but the farmers have not. Farmers across the country are surviving, and many are even thriving. This year, despite the dismal season, farmers stand to make exceptionally good money, according to the U.S. Thu, 27 Sep 2012 21:29:00 +0000 KCUR-FM: Frank Morris 26964 at http://krwg.org Despite Record Drought, Farmers Expect Banner Year Some In Mo. Still Back Rep. Akin Despite Comments http://krwg.org/post/some-mo-still-back-rep-akin-despite-comments Many people in Missouri are still backing GOP Rep. Todd Akin — some more strongly than before — after his <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/itsallpolitics/2012/08/22/159834627/cut-off-from-partys-purse-strings-rep-akin-plans-next-move" target="_blank">controversial remarks</a> about rape and pregnancy.<p>Akin was polling ahead of the incumbent, Democrat Claire McCaskill, in the U.S. Sun, 02 Sep 2012 20:45:00 +0000 KCUR-FM: Frank Morris 25419 at http://krwg.org Some In Mo. Still Back Rep. Akin Despite Comments Drought Brings Misery To Arkansas River Basin http://krwg.org/post/drought-spreads-misery-through-arkansas-river-basin Drought has set in early and hard across the Midwest, parching the Arkansas River basin. The river trickling out of the mountains is dry before it reaches some of the major agricultural uses downstream. Wed, 18 Jul 2012 21:29:00 +0000 KCUR-FM: Frank Morris 22428 at http://krwg.org Drought Brings Misery To Arkansas River Basin Confusion Wins In Missouri's 'Chaotic' Caucus Process http://krwg.org/post/confusion-wins-missouris-chaotic-caucus-process Cassville, Mo., is a little town on the edge of the Ozark Mountains. During the Civil War, the Confederate state Legislature convened here. Tuesday, the Republican presidential caucus was the big draw. Most of the rest of the state holds its caucuses today.<p><strong>Confusion On Caucus Night</strong><p>The first caucus was a messy process. More than 250 people showed up, most planning to vote directly for the candidates. Sat, 17 Mar 2012 10:21:00 +0000 KCUR-FM: Frank Morris 14483 at http://krwg.org Confusion Wins In Missouri's 'Chaotic' Caucus Process Record-High Food Prices Boost Farmers' Bottom Lines http://krwg.org/post/record-high-food-prices-boost-farmers-bottom-lines <strong><strong><strong><strong><strong> </strong></strong></strong></strong></strong><p><a href="http://www.npr.org/series/148302587/looking-up-pockets-of-economic-strength"><em>Part of a series</em></a><p>Thanks to high commodity prices and surging productivity, U.S. farmers earned a net income of nearly $98 billion last year — a record, according to the Food and Agricultural Policy Research Institute.<p>Those strong earnings are helping boost the demand for farmland. Tue, 13 Mar 2012 04:01:00 +0000 KCUR-FM: Frank Morris 14188 at http://krwg.org Record-High Food Prices Boost Farmers' Bottom Lines Antitrust Official Gets Pounded By Big Beef http://krwg.org/post/antitrust-official-gets-pounded-big-beef <a href="http://www.usda.gov/wps/portal/usda/usdahome?contentidonly=true&contentid=bio_butler.xml">Dudley Butler</a> is quitting his job tomorrow. Never heard of him? He's President Obama's appointee to run the <a href="http://www.gipsa.usda.gov/">division</a> of the U.S. Department of Agriculture that governs antitrust issues in the meat industry. He was part of a cadre of high-level bureaucrats charged to expose and fight agribusiness monopolies. In fact, he was the last of that group.<p>Butler set out to change the cattle industry. Wed, 25 Jan 2012 21:38:00 +0000 KCUR-FM: Frank Morris 3069 at http://krwg.org Antitrust Official Gets Pounded By Big Beef What's Holding Back One 'Job Creator'? Not Taxes http://krwg.org/post/whats-holding-back-one-job-creator-not-taxes There aren't many people on the broad Kansas prairie, but there is industry.<p>At G.L. Huyett, boxy machines jammed into a big metal building grind steel into heavy transmission parts.<p>"We're a supplier of last resort," says Tim O'Keeffe, who owns the company. If you have disruptions in the supply chain and someone can't meet a shipping time, he says, G.L. Huyett can step in.<p>It may sound marginal, but it's not: About 100 people work here doing manufacturing, selling and shipping. That's up from just four employees 20 years ago. Mon, 26 Dec 2011 21:00:00 +0000 KCUR-FM: Frank Morris 1806 at http://krwg.org What's Holding Back One 'Job Creator'? Not Taxes