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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City Council
8:27 am
Wed July 11, 2012

Wichita City Council Approves Rate Increases, New Model For Century II

Wichita's Century II at night.
Kyle Johnston Flickr

The City council Tuesday voted to approve a new rate model and rental increases at Century II.

Rental rates have not changed at Century II since 2000.

Under the proposal changes, the performing arts and events center will go from a period rental model to a day rate model.

A 2 percent rate increase will go into effect in January of 2015.

Currently Century II rents for 6 hour periods in the concert hall and on a day rate for the expo halls.

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Aircraft Industry
9:36 am
Tue July 10, 2012

Hawker Beechcraft Announces Sale To Chinese Firm

Passengers wait to board a Raytheon Hawker Beechcraft T-1 Jayhawk.
Jack Snell Flickr

Aircraft maker Hawker Beechcraft announced Monday that it had reached a $1.79 billion “exclusivity agreement” with a Chinese aerospace manufacturer for the sale of its business jet and general aviation operations.

Under the agreement Beijing-based aerospace manufacturer Superior Aviation Beijing will buy Hawker Beechcraft and make payments over the next six weeks to support ongoing operations until the deal is finalized.

The sale does not include Hawker Beechcraft Defense Company, which will remain a separate entity.

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The Big Read
6:00 am
Tue July 10, 2012

2012 Big Read Wichita To Celebrate “The Great Gatsby”

The original cover of The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald.
Charles Scribner's Sons

At the Wichita City Council meeting Tuesday Mayor Carl Brewer announced the Big Read would return for the fifth year this fall.

This year’s selection for the Big Read will be “The Great Gatsby” by F. Scott Fitzgerald and will run October 1 through November 21.

The Big Read is an initiative of the National Endowment of the Arts and is designed to restore reading to the center of American culture.

Wichita is one of 78 communities participating in the Big Read this year, which makes the city one of the longest running Big Read communities in the nation.

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Sports Exhibit
10:07 am
Fri July 6, 2012

Wichita Area Ties To 1936 Olympics Featured In New Exhibit

A exhibit that highlights Wichita’s ties to the 1936 Olympics opens Monday.

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Environment
9:43 am
Mon July 2, 2012

Wichita Issues Burn Ban (UPDATED)

A controlled burn.
Abel Pau Flickr

UPDATE:

The Sedgwick County Fire Department has lifted the temporary ban on open burning effective Monday.

Should ozone levels become elevated again, a ban may be reinstated by recommendation of the Kansas Department of Health and Environment and the city of Wichita’s Environmental Services office.

 

On Friday the Wichita Fire Department announced an immediate burn ban on all current burn permits issued in the city limits of Wichita.

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Health
6:00 am
Fri June 29, 2012

Kansas Health Information Exchange Launches July 1

A RN uses electronic medical records.
MC4 Army Flickr

A statewide digital network to exchange health records goes live Sunday and Wichita providers will be among the first in the state to start sharing information.

The Kansas Health Information Exchange has been years in the making.

Stakeholders began preliminary work on the infrastructure in 2005, and then governor Kathleen Sebilius accelerated efforts in 2007 with the establishment of the Kansas Health Information Exchange Commission.

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Health
9:19 am
Fri June 22, 2012

Health Law Brings $1.7 Million In Grants To KS Clinics

Familiar sights in a doctor's office.
Subconsci Productions Flickr

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius Wednesday announced 1.7 million dollars in grants to three safety-net clinics in Kansas.

The grants were awarded to centers all over the US and were made possible through the Affordable Care Act, which expands community health centers.

Grant recipients in Kansas were Heartland Medical Clinic in Lawrence, Health Partnership Clinic in Overland Park and Health Ministries in Newton.

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Aviation
12:00 am
Wed June 20, 2012

Airbus To Expand, Looks To Wichita For Suppliers

An Airbus A300B ready for boarding.
Isaac Bordas Flickr

Kansas officials and Airbus Americas Chair Allan McArtor Tuesday announced a partnership intended to grow the state’s aviation industry by increasing contact with local aircraft suppliers.

In a conference call with reporters Airbus’ Allan McArtor along with Senator Jerry Moran and representatives from the City of Wichita announced the Air Capital Supplier Summit will be held in the city later this summer.

McArtor said Airbus currently supports about 210,000 manufacturing jobs in the US and spends about $12 billion dollars a year on components and services.

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Community
6:00 am
Tue June 19, 2012

Visioneering Announces ‘Priority Project’ To Improve Region

Three area groups hope to improve the region through The Priority Project.
Briana O'Higgins

Visioneering Wichita Monday announced the launch of a new initiative created to determine priorities for community improvement and development.

The initiative is called “The Priority Project” and is a partnership between Visioneering, Young Professionals of Wichita, and Wichita Downtown Development Corporation.

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Community
7:24 am
Fri June 15, 2012

Pair Sets Off To Reasearch Every City In Kansas

Marci Penner and WenDee LaPlant thank VP Cory Hoover of Midway Motors for loaning them the vehicle.
Briana O'Higgins

 

The foundation behind the Kansas Guidebook for Explorers this week kicked off a journey to every incorporated city in Kansas.

The result will be a new guidebook, due out in 2015.

It takes time to research a state guidebook for explorers.

Marci Penner, executive director of the Kansas Sampler Foundation would know, she has written and researched 4.

And earlier this week at Midway Motors in Mcpherson, she started a 2-year trek for book number 5.

“This is ERV,” says Penner.

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