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.


6:30 am
Wed December 26, 2012

Top Morning News 12.26.12

KS Conservatives, Brownback open to keeping sales tax as it is; A disease common in the southwest is popping up in Kansas horses; Kansas Aviation Museum offering F-4 simulator flights.

Kansas Conservatives Open To Keeping Sales Tax As Is

The Kansas Chamber of Commerce and some conservative Republican legislators are open to canceling a scheduled decrease in the state sales tax.

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5:25 am
Mon December 24, 2012

Top Morning News 12.24.12

New DMV system serves 2 million Kansans; Board names four candidates for open Wichita City Council seat; Ethanol spill in Lincoln County closes I-70.

New DMV System Hits 2M Mark

After delays and long lines, the new vehicle title and registration system in Kansas has processed more than 2 million transactions.

The state Department of Revenue says the new system replaced a 25-year-old mainframe system. It moved Kansas from a paper-driven process to an electronic one.

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5:26 am
Fri December 21, 2012

Top Morning News 12.21.12

Wichita officials apologize for lack of street maintenance during city's first snow; Snow and ice are hazards for postal workers; Kansas rewarded for children's health insurance program.

Wichita City Officials Apologize For First Snow Fail

Wichita officials have apologized for failing to keep streets from icing up just before morning rush hour Thursday. The icy conditions caused dozens of accidents and slowed commutes.

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6:01 am
Thu December 20, 2012

First Winter Storm Brings High Winds, Closes Highways

Portions of two major highways in northwestern Kansas have been closed because of hazardous winter weather conditions.

A powerful storm moving out of the Rockies Wednesday created near blizzard conditions in portions of the state. Transportation officials closed sections of Interstate 70 and U.S. 36. Blowing snow also contributed to a crash that closed Kansas 96 between Tribune and Leoti.

At least two school districts canceled classes Wednesday ahead of the storm.

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5:33 am
Thu December 20, 2012

Top Morning News 12.20.12

 First winter storm hits Kansas, closing schools and highways; A Topeka City Councilman issues an apology for church's actions; Brownback urges moment of silence on Friday.

First Winter Storm Brings High Winds, Closes Highways

The first major winter storm swept in from Colorado late Wednesday, closing schools and highways.


Topeka City Councilman Issues Apology To Newtown

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5:04 am
Wed December 19, 2012

Top Morning News 12.19.12

New downtown apartment project to move forward; Airbus makes donation to WSU's NIAR; Wichita teen arrested over tweet; Frat suspended over turkey abuse.

Wichita City Council Votes To Move Forward With Apartment Project

The Wichita City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to amend an agreement for a major apartment structure to be built in downtown Wichita. The change allows the Exchange Place Project to more forward.


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5:16 am
Tue December 18, 2012

Top Morning News 12.18.12

 Vigil held for Topeka officers shot in drug deal bust; Salvation Army makes Christmas wishes come true; Brownback names his team for weight-loss challenge.

Hundreds Attend Vigil For Slain Topeka Officers

Hundreds of people Monday gathered for a candlelight vigil for the two Topeka police officers who were killed while on duty.

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5:02 am
Mon December 17, 2012

Top Morning News 12.17.12

Legislators to propose oversight panel for KanCare; Huelskamp to open satellite office in Manhattan; 2 police officers dead in Topeka.

Legislators To Propose KanCare Oversight Panel

Kansas legislators are planning to introduce measures during the 2013 session to create oversight of the state's new KanCare Medicaid system.

House Representitive David Crum and Senator Mary Pilcher-Cook are expected to announce their plans Monday during a Statehouse news conference.

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5:30 am
Fri December 14, 2012

Top Morning News 12.14.12

 Date for the governor's State of the State address is set; Koch Industries announces large expansion; Fire safety reminders during the holiday season.

Brownback To Deliver State Of The State Jan. 15

Governor Sam Brownback has chosen January 15 as the date to deliver his annual State of the State address to a joint session of the Legislature. Brownback will outline his legislative agenda for 2013 one day after lawmakers begin the annual session.

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2:28 pm
Thu December 13, 2012

Koch Industries To Expand Wichita Campus, Create More Jobs

A rendering of the planned expansion at Koch Industries.
Howard and Helmer Architecture Koch Industries

Wichita based Koch industries Thursday announced plans to expand its northeast campus on 37th Street between Hillside and Oliver.

The new 210,000-square-foot building will be three stories, include a large cafe and have space for 745 employees. Koch spokesperson Melissa Cohlmia says currently Koch Industries in Wichita employs 2,800 people.

"That number, we know, will be significantly increasing," says Cohlmia.

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