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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5:32 am
Wed April 3, 2013

Top Morning News 4.3.13

Wichita and Sedgwick County election results are in; Anti-abortion legislation passes in Senate; Drug testing bill ready for Gov's signature; Ogallala Aquifer group to meet; Prison art on display at Statehouse.

Close Races For Wichita City Council, School Board

Wichita and Sedgwick county elections were held Tuesday. Wichita saw close races in for both City Council and School Board.

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Arts
12:19 pm
Tue April 2, 2013

New Kansas Arts Agency To Hold Public Meetings

The agency that was formed by the 2012 Kansas legislature to replace the Kansas Arts Commission is holding a series of public input meetings.

The Kansas Creative Arts Industries Commission (CAIC) seeks public input to guide future activities and to help draft a strategic plan for FY 2014 that starts July 1.

The CIAC was awarded $700,000 for operations and grants in fiscal year 2013. It was the first time that state funding was available for Kansas arts agencies since Gov. Sam Brownback fired the staff of the Kansas Arts Commission and vetoed arts funding in 2011.

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5:23 am
Tue April 2, 2013

Top Morning News 4.2.13

Kansas House and Senate moving toward income tax deal; Union paycheck bill signed by governor; Kansas economy slipped slightly in March.

Tax Negotiations Moving Slowly

Negotiators from the Kansas House and Senate report little progress in working out differences in income tax plans.

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Union Paycheck Deduction Bill Signed Into Law

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5:35 am
Mon April 1, 2013

Top Morning News 4.1.13

Lawmakers look for final push as the 2013 legislative session winds down; Officials blame short revenue on Feds; KanCare selection period ends on Thursday.

Kansas GOP Leaders Eye Final Push On Budget, Taxes

Kansas legislators are returning from a long weekend Monday determined to push through tax legislation, the next state budget, and every other bill of any significance in just five days.

Republicans leaders have pledged that lawmakers will finish almost all of the year's work by Friday.

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Health
10:24 am
Fri March 29, 2013

Abortions In Kansas Down 5.4 Percent

According to a report issued Friday by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment there were 7,457 abortions reported in 2012, which is 428 fewer than were reported in 2011.

The preliminary report, Abortions in Kansas 2012is an analysis of data collected by the KDHE Bureau of Epidemiology and Public Health Informatics.

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5:25 am
Fri March 29, 2013

Top Morning News 3.29.13 (UPDATED)

 Updated 8:45 AM

Kansas farmers planting differently due to drought; Gov. Brownback says gay marriage issue is settled in Kansas; Pizza Hut promises free pizza if the Shockers win the NCAA title; Kansas students to participate in Geographic Bee.

Kan. Farmers Plan To Sow Less Corn, More Sorghum

Kansas farmers are planting fewer acres of thirsty crops like corn and soybeans this spring and more of drought-tolerant crops like sorghum.

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5:38 am
Thu March 28, 2013

Top Morning News 3.28.13

Signatures delivered to Brownback in support of Medicaid expansion; Wichita Senator says we must keep the sales tax rate as is; Study says medical costs could increase after overhaul.

Group Delivers 2,700 Signatures Asking Brownback To Expand Medicaid

Supporters of expanding Medicaid delivered nearly 3,000 signatures to Gov. Sam Brownback's office Wednesday, asking him to support an expansion of the state's Medicaid program.

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5:08 am
Wed March 27, 2013

Top Morning News 3.27.13

A first round approval was given to a bill that would help support the state pension system; Kansas Senate to vote on gun-rights bill; Man charged in Koch cyber attack.

State Pension Plan Advances In House

Kansas House members have given first-round approval to a bill authorizing $1.5 billion in bonds.

The money will boost the financial state of the state pension system for teachers and government workers.

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5:11 am
Tue March 26, 2013

Top Morning News 3.26.13 (UPDATED)

Updated 19:15 am

Cowley College names three finalists for new President; Bill would change how court docket fees are spent; Scholarship legislation fails in Kansas House; Dogfighting ring busted in Kansas.

Three Finalists for Cowley College President

Three finalists have been chosen in the search for a new president for Cowley County Community College in Ark City: 

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5:24 am
Mon March 25, 2013

Top Morning News 3.25.13 (UPDATED)

Updated 9:30 AM

The Kansas House and Senate will negotiate differences in their budget proposals; Pilot program for Kansas school districts under consideration; Lawmakers need more information on corporate farming law; Delaware tribe may more headquarters to Kan.

Delaware Tribe May Move Headquarters to Kan.

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