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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Community
9:22 am
Wed August 1, 2012

New Documentary Tells Story Of McPherson Basketball Stars

A team photo of the McPherson Globe Refiners.
Anne Hassler Courtesy Photo

Against the backdrop of the 2012 summer Olympics a small Kansas town is working to spread the word about their 1936 Olympic gold medal winning basketball stars with a new documentary.

The McPherson Globe Refiners aren’t a well-known basketball team.

They were sponsored by the Globe Refining Company and affiliated with the Amateur Athletic Union or AAU - the standard back in the early 20th century.

They were also short lived, but in their two-year existence they won 2nd place in the AAU championships in 1935, then 1st place in 1936.

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Sedgwick County
5:55 am
Thu July 26, 2012

County Commissioners Hear Concerns About 2013 Budget

Sedgwick county residents Wednesday voiced concerns to the county commissioners about recommended cuts in the proposed 2013 budget.

The public hearing on the budget was the first of three feedback sessions scheduled before the commissioners are expected to adopt a budget on August 15.

County residents expressed concern over cuts to senior centers, Exploration Place, and the County Extention Center, and the closure of Judge Riddle Boys Ranch.

Under the recommended budget senior centers would be cut $66,300.

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HIV / AIDS
6:06 am
Wed July 25, 2012

New National Policy On HIV Cuts Funds To Kansas

As part of national HIV awareness month in July Morning Edition has been looking at the state of the global fight against HIV and AIDS.

This morning we hear about how a recent change in public policy intended to reform HIV care will deplete services in Kansas and many other mid-western states.

Two years ago the Obama Administration released the nation’s first ever strategy to combat HIV and AIDS.

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Election 2012
7:12 am
Tue July 24, 2012

Opponents Face Off At Forum For Judicial And DA Candidates

The Wichita Women Attorneys Association Monday night held a candidate forum for the judicial and district attorney races in Sedgwick county.

The DA race and 5 judicial races will be decided in the Republican Primary.

The forum held at the Hughs Metroplex on the WSU campus featured candidates from the six contested judicial races, and the two candidates for District Attorney.

Republicans Kevin O’Connor and Marc Bennett are running for the spot that will be vacated by DA Nola Foulston who is retiring after 24 years of service. The race will be decided in the primary.

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Hep C, Voter ID, NCLB, Jobless Rate
7:04 am
Mon July 23, 2012

Top Morning News 7/23/12

460 Patients at Hays Medical Center Potentially Exposed to Hepatitis C

Hays Medical Center and state health officials are trying to reach 460 people who may have been exposed to Hepatitis C two years ago.

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NYU Study: Voter ID Laws Could Affect KS Voters

A new study says thousands of potential voters in Kansas could encounter trouble getting required government-issued photo identification.

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Sedgwick County
6:41 am
Fri July 20, 2012

Wichita City Council Member Makes Case For Passenger Rail

An Amtrak Surfliner passenger rail train.
Mark Beeson Flickr

Wichita city council member Pete Mitzner Wednesday presented a case for passenger rail service through the city to the Sedgwick county commissioners.

City council member Mitzner told the county commission passenger rail service is expanding across the nation and he and fellow council member James Clendenin believe Wichita could be a part of that expansion, especially considering there is existing unused rail infastructure downtown.

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Crime
7:32 am
Thu July 19, 2012

Cameras At Juvenile Correctional Complex Aided Audit Investigation

A recent audit uncovered mismanagement and safety problems at the Kansas Juvenile Correctional Complex in Topeka. 

The Legislative Division of Post Audit compiled the report on the facility, which houses around 250 juveniles.

Auditor Scott Frank says this report was unique, because cameras at the facility aided the investigation.

He says the cameras allowed them to confirm assaults or other issues, and it can sometimes be difficult to confirm claims made during an audit investigation.

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Sedgwick County
6:23 am
Thu July 19, 2012

Proposed Sedgwick County Budget Includes Broad Cuts, Layoffs

The Sedgwick County Courthouse.
Jim Good Flickr

The Sedgwick County Manager Wednesday presented his 2013 recommended budget to the commissioners. It proposes layoffs, cuts to services and closing the Judge Riddel Boys Ranch.

County Manager Bill Buchanan said he had to do “less with less” to reach the goal of eliminating the county’s $9.3 million deficit by the end of 2013.

Buchanan said in their analysis the budget team focused on the core missions of programs and looked for duplications of services.

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Sedgwick County
5:00 am
Tue July 17, 2012

Proposed Sedgwick County Budget Includes Cuts, Layoffs

The Sedgwick County manager will present his recommended budget for 2013 to the county commissioners Wednesday. It will include cuts to jobs and services.

In a meeting with reporters Monday morning sedgwick county manager Bill Buchanan said the county will have to do less with less to eliminate the $9.3 million deficit.

Buchanan said his proposed budget will bring the deficit to zero by the end of 2013. Details of the budget and cuts will be outlined when he presents the budget to the county commissioners Wednesday.

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National Bio- and Agro-Defense Facility
6:10 am
Mon July 16, 2012

Fed Panel Supports KS Biosecurity Lab Project

The Seal of the United States Department of Homeland Security.
Department of Homeland Security dhs.gov

A government-backed research panel says the Department of Homeland Security should continue with its plans for a bio-security lab in Kansas but consider ways to reduce costs.

A study released by the National Research Council Friday says the need for the $1.14 billion National Bio- and Agro-Defense Facility in Manhattan hasn’t diminished since the project was first conceived.

But the council says Homeland Security has options: It could continue with the current plan, reduce the size and scope of the project and distribute its work among research centers around the country.

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