Briana O’Higgins

She started working in public radio as an intern to fulfill a degree requirement while studying at Antioch College in Ohio. At WYSO she fell in love with public radio and went on to earn a graduate certificate from the Salt Institute of Documentary Studies in Portland, Maine and a Master of Arts in Social Documentation degree from the University of California, Santa Cruz.

While a graduate student in Santa Cruz, Briana worked as a fill-in host for Morning Edition and All Things Considered at KUSP.

After graduating, she went on to host All Things Considered at the same station. In her free time, Briana likes watching documentary films, cooking, eating and grocery shopping.

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Arts
5:51 am
Tue April 16, 2013

A Conversation With New Director Of WSU's Ulrich Museum

A visitor looks at paintings at the Ulrich Museum on the WSU campus.
Credit Ulrich Museum of Art

Bob Workman was named director of the Ulrich Museum in November of last year. He has a strong arts and museum administration background that started at the Ulrich back when he was a student at Wichita State University in the late 1970s.

“This is the place that really launched my art career, so when the opportunity presented itself to return to Wichita and lead the Ulrich to its next phase of growth I was very excited to have that chance,” says Workman.

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Arts
6:00 am
Thu April 11, 2013

What New Funding Means For Kansas Arts Orgs (For Now)

Credit Richard Tanton / Flickr

The new agency formed to fill the gap in Kansas arts funding began it’s first round of grant opportunities this week, but the grants are very different from those that were offered through the now defunct Kansas Arts Commission.

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Transportation
11:54 am
Wed April 10, 2013

Credit, Debit Cards Now Accepted At Downtown Wichita Parking Lot

Four centralized pay stations will replace 344 parking meters in two downtown Wichita parking lots.
Credit Courtesy / City of Wichita

Starting Wednesday you can use your credit or debit card to pay to park in downtown Wichita.

In a release, city officials said the three-month test project will make it even easier to park in the downtown area.

People who park in the metered lot east of Century II Expo Hall or south of the Central Library will be directed to centralized parking pay stations near the north entrances. The meters in those areas will be out-of-service.

The price to park will remain the same, but drivers can pay with change, credit or debit card.

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News
5:20 am
Wed April 10, 2013

Top Morning News 4.10.13

Despite rain, ground still too dry for burning; Judge orders restitution in child porn case; Washburn University holding Jules Verne film fest. 

Burn Ban In Effect, Despite Recent Rain

Though much of Kansas has received plenty of rain recently, state fire officials say it's still too dry for outdoor burning.

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News
6:19 am
Tue April 9, 2013

Top Morning News 4.9.13

 Kansas budget still not set as lawmakers take a break from the Statehouse; The Kansas Board of Education is set to adopt new history standards; Rain helps crops a little as spring planting begins.

Kan. 2014 Budget In Flux As Lawmakers Adjourn

Kansas legislators left for their month-long break without finalizing the state's $14 billion budget.

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Kan. Ed Board Set To Approve History Standards

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News
6:12 am
Mon April 8, 2013

Top Morning News 4.8.13

University of Kansas Medical Center to start stem cell research; Lawmakers pass bill to reduce telecom regulations; Opponents see abortion bill as a new threat to choice in Kansas.

Kan. Lawmakers Approve Adult Stem Cell Center

Kansas lawmakers have approved a bill that would require the University of Kansas Medical Center to start a center to promote research and use of adult stem cells, cord blood and related stem cell therapies.

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News
5:40 am
Fri April 5, 2013

Top Morning News 4.5.13

House legalizes switchblades; Kan. Department of Ag moving to Manhattan; Bill with HIV quarantine concerns is advancing.

House Passes Bill Legalizing Switchblades

A bill making it legal to own switchblades and stiletto-type knives is awaiting for Gov. Sam Brownback's signature.

The Kansas House passed the measure 95-26 on Thursday, a day after the measure cleared the Senate.

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Community
10:47 am
Thu April 4, 2013

Abilene Among Smithsonian's 'Best Small Towns To Visit'

Abilene, Kan., in August 2011.
Credit TravelKS / flickr Creative Commons

Abilene, Kan., has been recognized by Smithsonian Magazine as one of the 20 best small towns to visit. The article, titled “The 20 Best Small Towns to Visit in 2013” appears in Smithsonian Magazine’s April issue.

Abilene, which is just east of Salina off of highway 70 and has a population of 6,800, comes in at number 17 and is featured among well-known small towns like Gettysburg, Penn. and Sausalito, Calif. 

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News
5:33 am
Thu April 4, 2013

Top Morning News 4.4.13

Lawmakers need more time for income tax deal; Additions could be made to anti-aboriton bill; Three men arrested in synthetic marijuana scheme.

Kansas Tax Deal On Hold

Negotiators for the Kansas House and Senate say agreement on a plan for more cuts in income taxes is unlikely until May.

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Lawmakers Adding To Sweeping Anti-Abortion Measure

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Election 2013
7:02 am
Wed April 3, 2013

Close Races For Wichita City Council, School Board

Wichita City Council, District 1

Incumbent city council member Lavonta Willams kept her seat, beating out Dave Thomas with 71 percent of the vote. Thomas had 28 percent of the vote.

Wichita City Council, District 3

James Clendenin grabbed the District 3 Wichita city council seat in a close race with Clinton Coen. Clendenin had 52 percent of the vote, Coen had 46 percent.

Wichita City Council, District 6

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