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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5:47 am
Mon December 3, 2012

Top Morning News 12.03.12

Chamber leaders to be picked at the Statehouse Monday; Budget projections will likely be recalculated after revenue numbers from November; Meat prices expected to rise next year.

KS Legislators To Pick Chambers' Leaders

Kansas Republican legislators are meeting at the Statehouse to choose the next Senate president and speaker of the House.

Monday's elections will be held by returning incumbents and those taking office for the first time in January.

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5:45 am
Fri November 30, 2012

Top Morning News 11.30.12

The state is expected to release new tax revenue numbers today; A Juvenile Justice Official says the facility in Topeka has improved after issues of security arose earlier this year; WSU hosts Gordon Parks' third wife in honor of his 100th birthday.

State Tax Report Out Friday

The Kansas Department of Revenue is preparing to issue a report on whether state tax collections in November met expectations.

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5:35 am
Thu November 29, 2012

Top Morning News 11.29.12

KS election results to be certified; Politicos gather at Washburn U to discuss 2012 election; K-State researchers mapping the genome of wheat.

Kansas Officials To Certify Election Results

Kansas officials are preparing to certify results from this month's general election. The State Board of Canvassers scheduled a meeting Thursday to review totals from races for congressional, legislative and other state offices.

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Transportation
6:51 am
Wed November 28, 2012

A Conversation With The New Director Of Wichita Transit

The transit center in downtown Wichita.
Credit Amy Delamaide / Flickr

Amid budget problems, fare increases and services cuts, Wichita Transit welcomed a new director last month. Stephen Spade was most recently transit director in Chapel Hill, N.C. He also served as general manager for the transit service in Des Moines, Iowa.

Spade started work in Wichita on October 30, he says he was interested in the Wichita job because he and his wife are from the Midwest and wanted to be closer to family.

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News
5:45 am
Wed November 28, 2012

Top Morning News 11.28.12

Bob Dole hospitalized for a routine procedure; Karl Rove to speak at ranchers convention in Wichita; Gov. Brownback says he thinks the U.S. will avoid the Fiscal Cliff.

Ex-Sen. Dole Hospitalized For Routine Procedure

Senator Bob Dole of Kansas has checked himself into Walter Reed Army Medical Center for what his spokesperson, Marion Watkins, described as a routine procedure.

Watkins says the 89-year-old Dole is "doing very well" and is expected to leave the hospital Wednesday.

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5:55 am
Tue November 27, 2012

Top Morning News 11.27.12

Hazardous waste clean up in Salina; New teacher evaluation system in the works; Vehicle fatalities up in Kansas; Dry conditions continue to affect winter wheat.

Extension Sought In Settlement For Salina Site

Officials from Salina and the federal government want more time to finalize a proposed financial settlement for cleaning up contamination at a former Air Force base. 

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5:51 am
Mon November 26, 2012

Top Morning News 11.26.12

Primers on new tax law to be posted; Kline's lawyers want a probe in wake of fired research lawyer; The 'Fiscal Cliff' threatens meals for senior citizens

KS Agency Posting Tax Guidance Ahead Of New Law

The Kansas Department of Revenue is posting guidance regarding two provisions of the state income tax law ahead of changes that take effect in January.

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5:55 am
Wed November 21, 2012

Top Morning News 11.21.12

Wichita water rates to go up; Protesters gather at Statehouse to protest Kobach's policies; New online exhibit features Black photographers.

Wichita Water Rates To Go Up Jan. 1

The Wichita City Council voted unanimously yesterday to approve water and sewer rate increases effective next year.

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Protesters Oppose Kobach's Work On Immigration

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5:43 am
Tue November 20, 2012

Top Morning News 11.20.12

Group to protest Kobach policies in support of DREAM Act; Larned State Hospital names new director; Kansas Wheat crop suffers from another dry week.

National Group To Protest Kobach Policies

Opponents of immigration policies favored by Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach are calling for his resignation.

A group called the DREAM Act Coalition expects up to 75 people from around the country to join with others at an anti-Kobach rally Tuesday at a Topeka state office building.

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Breaking
9:05 am
Mon November 19, 2012

Spirit Aerosystems CEO To Retire In 2013

Spirit AeroSystems President and CEO Jeff Turner accepts and award for the company from Gov. Brownback last month.
Credit Spirit Aerosystems / Flickr

Wichita aircraft company Spirit AeroSystems Monday announced that President and CEO Jeffrey Turner will retire in early 2013.

In a press release, Turner said he announced his plan to retire to “ensure adequate time to find a suitable replacement, and allow for an effective handover of duties."

He will continue to serve as President and CEO until his successor takes office.

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