KCUR-FM: Frank Morris http://kccu.org en Federal Plan To Save Prairie Chickens Ruffles State Feathers http://kccu.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 21:27:00 +0000 KCUR-FM: Frank Morris 54066 at http://kccu.org Federal Plan To Save Prairie Chickens Ruffles State Feathers Injured Veteran Keeps Up His Fight, Deciding To Live http://kccu.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 47994 at http://kccu.org Injured Veteran Keeps Up His Fight, Deciding To Live Virus Targets Baby Pigs http://kccu.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 37594 at http://kccu.org Farmers Twisting In The Wind Without New Farm Bill http://kccu.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 36863 at http://kccu.org Twinkies' Return Is Mostly Sweet News For Kansas Town http://kccu.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 34761 at http://kccu.org Twinkies' Return Is Mostly Sweet News For Kansas Town