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Author Filip Bondy Looks Back At A Great MLB Moment With ‘The Pine Tar Game’

Only July 24, 1983, the New York Yankees and Kansas City Royals played what has become known as the pine tar game. Playing at Yankee Stadium, the Royals were behind when George Brett hit a two-run home run. Or thought he did.
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USDA Develops Bird Flu Vaccine

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The Department of Agriculture says it has developed a bird flu vaccine that is 100 percent effective for chickens. 

Midwest poultry producers had to kill millions of chickens and turkeys in the wake of an avian flu outbreak this spring.

U.S. Agriculture secretary Tom Vilsack told reporters Tuesday that the vaccine is undergoing further tests.

“I’ll tell you we are in a much better space than we were say six months ago, or six weeks ago when all we had a vaccine that was 60 percent effective. And that’s really not good enough,” Vilsack says.

The City of Wichita still isn’t sure what to do with a large funding shortfall for the Wichita-Sedgwick County Planning Department.

The department is equally funded by both the city and county, but a proposed budget by county officials last week would cut about $155,000 from the department. That has left city officials scrambling to find a solution as they put together their own budget.

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Gov. Sam Brownback doesn't plan to be present when his administration outlines $50 million in spending cuts to help Kansas avert a budget deficit.

Brownback spokeswoman Eileen Hawley confirmed Tuesday that the governor won't be in his office. Budget director Shawn Sullivan will outline the cuts during a news conference planned for Friday. Hawley declined to discuss the governor's planned whereabouts.


Kansas officials are reviewing foster care policies, sparking concerns among some advocates that the state will stop placing abused and neglected children with gay couples, even after the U.S. Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage.

But spokeswoman Theresa Freed said Tuesday that the state Department for Children and Families' review will be broad and cover more than who should serve as foster parents. She said the agency isn't presuming policies need to be changed.

Darren Carroll

This piece originally aired July 24 during Morning Edition.

Robert Earl Keen is considered one of the best songwriters of his generation. He’s from a class of writers that includes his good friend Lyle Lovett and acclaimed vocalist Nanci Griffith. He’s known for smart, literate songs and powerful live performances as well as the wry sense of humor common to songwriters from the Lone Star State. What he isn’t known for is bluegrass music. At least until now.

Nadya Faulx

This piece originally aired Friday, July 24, during Morning Edition.

The unsung heroes of many zoos across the country are the men and women who are there day and night, during snowstorms and heat advisories. Zookeepers are part caregiver, part trainer and part housekeeper for thousands of different kinds of animals. KMUW’s Sean Sandefur got a behind-the-scenes look at the Sedgwick County Zoo in time for National Zookeeper Week.

Kansas 4th District Congressman Mike Pompeo has agreed to co-sponsor a joint resolution that would allow states to form a health care compact and, potentially, circumvent parts of the Affordable Care Act.

“Mike has agreed to be a part of the health care compact because he views it as one of the last remaining opportunities to protect Kansans from the disaster that is the Affordable Care Act,” Heather Denker, a spokesperson for Pompeo’s office, said in an email.

Thousands of Kansans will soon be receiving letters notifying them that their electronic health records may have been compromised.

The letters are from a Fort Wayne, Indiana, company that provides an online patient portal called NoMoreClipboard used by 18 Kansas hospitals and at least half a dozen clinics. Most are small-town hospitals in western and southeastern Kansas. The largest is in Hutchinson.

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Only July 24, 1983, the New York Yankees and Kansas City Royals played what has become known as the pine tar game. Playing at Yankee Stadium, the Royals were behind when George Brett hit a two-run home run. Or thought he did.

Abigail Wilson

USD 259 Wichita Public Schools began preliminary talks Monday night about the budget for the upcoming school year.




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