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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5:43 am
Fri March 22, 2013

Top Morning News 3.22.13

Senate approves $14B budget; Bill would allow open carry anywhere in Kansas; Committee authorizes bonds to pay KPERS debt.

Kansas Senate Approves $14B Budget

The Kansas Senate has given final approval to a $14 billion budget for the next fiscal year.

Thursday's 24-16 vote sends the measure to the House, which approved its own budget bill Wednesday. Negotiators from the two chambers are expected to begin meeting next week to work out a final version.

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5:23 am
Wed March 20, 2013

Top Morning News 3.20.13

Abortion bill and union contribution bill pass the Kansas House; An eagle is recovering at the Kansas Raptor Center; Eisenhower controversy heads to Congress.

Kansas House Approves Union Payroll Deduction Bill

Kansas legislators have given final approval to a bill that restricts the ways public employee unions raise money.

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5:16 am
Tue March 19, 2013

Top Morning News 3.19.13

Kansas House members will debate a $14 billion dollar budget; Kansas House is considering anti-abortion bill; Sequestration affecting tuition benefits for military service.

Kansas House To Debate $14B State Budget

Kansas House members are preparing to debate a $14 billion state budget for the next fiscal year.

The measure on Tuesday's calendar allocates nearly $6 billion in state general fund revenues. The budget covers spending for public schools and higher education, social services, and public safety.

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5:17 am
Mon March 18, 2013

Top Morning News 3.18.13

House and Senate have different sales tax proposals; Woman walking 60 miles to draw attention to school funding issues; Legally obtained pot still illegal in Kansas.

Kan. House, Senate Differ On Sales Tax Issue

The Kansas House and Senate are working on two bills that would cut income taxes. The bill that passed the Senate would make permanent a temporary sales tax that's set to expire later this year. The House plan would let the sales tax expire as planned.

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5:33 am
Fri March 15, 2013

Top Morning News 3.15.13

Union contribution bill passes Senate; Mid-Continent terminal construction ahead of schedule; Boeing Center opens at the Kansas Aviation Museum.

Kan. Senate Passes Union Contribution Bill

The Kansas Senate passed a bill Thursday that restricts how public employee unions collect member payments. They would be barred from deducting money from member paychecks for political purposes.

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New Mid-Continent Airport Terminal Ahead Of Schedule

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12:00 pm
Thu March 14, 2013

Father And Son Build 'Twin Car'

Eric Unruh and his father, Galen built the "Twin Car" together last summer.
Courtesy Eric Unruh

McPherson high schooler Eric Unruh and his dad Galen like building things.

They have put motorcycle engines in go-carts and powered up a pedal tractor with a weed trimmer motor.

Then last summer they put two cars together, creating what they call the “Twin Car.”

“We got the idea from a friend who saw a similar vehicle,” says Eric.

The twin car is the marriage of the front end of a blue 2000 Pontiac Grand Am with the front end of a red 1994 Pontiac Grand Am.

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5:20 am
Thu March 14, 2013

Top Morning News 3.14.13

Bill that will change judicial selection process is on its way to the governor; Many Kansas counties lack a KanCare dental provider; Conference aims to strengthen marriages.

Kan. Senate Debating Union Contribution Bill

A bill keeping public employee unions in Kansas from deducting money from members' paychecks for political activities is advancing in the Legislature.

The Senate is scheduled to debate it Thursday, and it's expected to pass.

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5:50 am
Wed March 13, 2013

Top Morning News 3.13.2013

Lawmakers hold private meeting, AP protests; Advance ballots ready to go out; US Air Force defends light air support plane contract.

Republican Lawmakers Hold Private Meeting On Taxes

Kansas Senate Republicans held a private meeting on tax issues Tuesday, ahead of debate on Gov. Sam Brownback's plan to move the state toward phasing out individual income taxes.

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5:32 am
Tue March 12, 2013

Top Morning News 3.12.13

Mental health advocates to rally at Statehouse; House committee makes cuts in their version of budget; New comet to appear in US sky.

Mental Health Advocates To Rally At Statehouse

Mental health advocates will rally in Topeka this week for increased state funding for services.

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5:33 am
Mon March 11, 2013

Top Morning News 3.11.2013

Kansas House will take a final vote to merge KDOT with KTA; Kansas lawmakers begin talks on a bill that allows corporate farming; Mindstorms challenge encourages STEM education.

Kan. House To Take Final Vote On Turnpike Measure

The Kansas House has given first-round approval to a limited merger between the Kansas Department of Transportation and the Kansas Turnpike Authority, which manages the state's 236-mile toll road.

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