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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5:15 am
Thu December 13, 2012

Top Morning News 12.13.12

KS senate considers new rules panel; KanCare ombudsman appointed; Cursive writing standards adopted; Volunteer groups seek to help Haitians, break record.

New KS Senate Leaders Pondering Rules Panel

Kansas Senate's new Republican leaders are weighing changes in how the chamber settles disputes over its rules.

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5:39 am
Wed December 12, 2012

Top Morning News 12.12.12

Finances of KanCare begin to get worked out; Americans live longer, but are worse off; Judge says Boeing case should go to trial; KS BOE rejects JROTC as PE.

Kansas Finance Council Reviewing Requests

A special council of Kansas officials is weighing a request for funds to implement the state's new system for administering Medicaid services. 

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5:35 am
Tue December 11, 2012

Top Morning News 12.11.12

State drops projected budget shortfall; Brownback will try and merge JJA with corrections in next legislative session; KS BOE to consider allowing PE credit for JROTC.

State's Projected Budget Shortfall Drops To $295M

The Kansas Legislature's research staff has revised its projections for the budget shortfall facing the state next year, dropping it to $295 million.

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5:39 am
Mon December 10, 2012

Top Morning News 12.10.12

The Kansas Gas Service says the rate hike is fair; Sorgum based fuel qualifies as renewable energy source; Jenkins says it won't be easy for Kansas to retake ag seat.

KS Ratepayers Board: KGS Rate Hike Is Fair

The Citizens Utility Ratepayer Board, a consumer advocacy agency for utility customers, says the agreement recently reached on a Kansas Gas Service rate hike was a fair one.

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Brownback Applauds EPA's Ruling On Grain Sorgum

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5:24 am
Fri December 7, 2012

Top Morning News 12.07.12

Pompeo tells reporters he is pessimistic about the Fiscal Cliff; KS Senators are considering redrawing political boundaries again; Peace advocate and civil rights advocate to speak in Wichita Friday.

Pompeo Pessimistic About 'Fiscal Cliff'

Kansas U.S. Representative Mike Pompeo is pessimistic about the ability of Congress and President Obama to reach a deal to avoid the fiscal cliff.

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Arts
5:59 am
Thu December 6, 2012

New State Arts Agency Presents Strategic Plan, Hopes To Restore Federal Funds

Leaders in the Wichita arts community Wednesday met with the director of the newly formed Kansas Creative Arts Industries Commission to talk about the organization's strategic plan.

The Kansas Creative Arts Industries Commission is the organization formed by the state in the 2012 legislative session in response to the fallout after Gov. Sam Brownback vetoed all arts funding in 2011.

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5:36 am
Thu December 6, 2012

Top Morning News 12.06.12

New state arts agency presents strategic plan; Pompeo to talk to reporters about 'Fiscal Cliff'; Medicare open enrollment ends Friday; Hawker Beechcraft close to exiting bankruptcy.

New State Arts Agency Presents Strategic Plan, Hopes To Restore Federal Funds

Leaders in the Wichita arts community yesterday met with the director of the newly formed Kansas Creative Arts Industries Commission, to talk about the organization's strategic plan.

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Wichita State University
6:38 am
Wed December 5, 2012

WSU Professor's Work May Help Slow The Spread Of Cancer

Dr. Moriah Beck in her lab on the Wichita State University campus.
Credit Briana O'Higgins / KMUW

Some people might not think of Wichita State University as a medical research institution, but one assistant chemistry professor is researching how cancer cells spread throughout the body and hopes that one day her work will help slow metastasis.

Dr. Moriah Beck hasn't been on the Wichita State campus for very long, but since her arrival last year from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill she has been growing her student research team and setting up a lab to continue her innovative cancer research.

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5:23 am
Wed December 5, 2012

Top Morning News 12.05.12

With O'Donnell leaving for the statehouse, Wichita City Council moves to fill his seat; GOP Senators plan to meet next week to name committee members; A study says new health insurance regulations favor individual plans.

Wichita City Council Moves To Fill O'Donnell's Seat

The Wichita City Council is working through the process to temporarily fill the District 4 council seat soon to be vacated by Michael O'Donnell.

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5:54 am
Tue December 4, 2012

Top Morning News 12.04.12

Wagle wins top spot in Kansas Senate; Schools offered 'green grants;' Partnership between KC hospitals announced; Midwest economy improving slowly.

Westar Plant To Be Closed Two Months After Fire

Westar Energy officials say one of the utility's plants near Colwich will be closed for at least two months for repairs from a fire.

Westar officials say customers should not notice any impact from the closure. A transformer at the plant failed last Wednesday, causing an explosion and fire.

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