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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5:23 am
Fri March 8, 2013

Top Morning News 3.08.13

Bill would allow liquor sales in groceries and convenience stores; Bill would bar clinics affiliated with abortion from having a relationship with public schools; Daylight saving time means change your clocks, and batteries.

Kan. Liquor Store Owners Oppose Bill That Would Expand Sales

A proposed change to Kansas alcohol laws would allow grocery and convenience stores to sell wine and liquor. Currently, wine and spirits are only available at dedicated liquor stores.

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Community
3:49 pm
Thu March 7, 2013

Weekly Paper 'F5' Returns To Wichita

F5 papers sitting on Marlett's front porch Thursday, ready for distribution.
Credit Briana O'Higgins / KMUW

A new, or not so new, weekly newspaper hits Wichita streets Thursday. F5 returns after a six year hiatus under the direction of founder Mike Marlett.

Marlett says he decided to start the paper back up again after constantly hearing from people that missed it.

“I met some young, successful guys with their own businesses and their own money to invest,” he says. “They had brand loyalty and they wanted it back.

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5:26 am
Thu March 7, 2013

Top Morning News 3.07.13

House Committee hears teacher bargaining bill; Panel to take up anti-abortion bill; Senior Services holding 31st annual job fair.

Kansas House Committee Takes Up Union Bargaining Bill

A Kansas House committee heard from supporters and opponents of a bill Wednesday that limits teacher's bargaining rights. The legislation would cut the items school districts are required to negotiate with unions from more than two dozen to five.

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Government
7:44 am
Wed March 6, 2013

What KanCare Could Do For Thousands On The Disability Waiting List

Oscar Vaquera-Linke drinks a high-protein smoothie for breakfast. His mother Angelina says the protein helps him focus.
Credit Briana O'Higgins / KMUW

Kansas continues to have a lengthy waiting list for services for people with disabilities, but advocates are hoping the list will be addressed thanks to a clause in KanCare that earmarks savings for disability services.

According to the last report issued in May 2012 by the Kansas Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services, 4,994 Kansans with developmental disabilities were on a waiting list for services, and some have been waiting for more than eight years. They’re waiting for services like residential and employment support, respite care and personal assistance.

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5:47 am
Wed March 6, 2013

Top Morning News 3.06.13

Sen. Roberts says bill would improve SNAP; Wichita City Council approves funds to renovate pools; Kansas Insurance Commissioner supports Medicaid expansion.

Sen. Roberts Says Bill Would Improve SNAP, Save Money

Kansas Senator Pat Roberts has introduced a bill to reform the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, formerly known as food stamps.

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Council Sets Aside Funds To Renovate City Pools

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5:18 am
Tue March 5, 2013

Top Morning News 3.05.13

Lawmakers to consider bill that limits teacher's bargaining rights; Man enters plea in Wichita child exploitation case; Workshop teaches digital skills.

Lawmakers To Take Up Bill That Would Limit Teacher Bargaining

Kansas legislators are considering major changes in a state law governing contract negotiations between teachers and school districts. The state's largest teacher's union is calling it a "war" on educators.

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5:40 am
Mon March 4, 2013

Top Morning News 3.04.13 (Updated)

 Updated: 9:00am

Senate President Wagle calls for further cuts to state budget; Gov. Brownback praises Wichita's water plan; Education is a hot topic at legislative forum; KS Cosmosphere build viewing room for space restoration work.

Kan. Senate Could Cut Gov's Budget

Leaders in the Kansas Senate say they'll pursue the budget cuts recommended by Gov. Sam Brownback. A Senate committee recently endorsed a plan that would cut income tax rates.

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5:00 am
Fri March 1, 2013

Top Morning News 3.01.13

KS House advances change in judicial selection; Teacher's union objects to bill that limits bargaining; Thousands expected to turnout for Mission of Mercy.

Kan. House Advances Change In Judicial Selection Process

The Kansas House has given first-round approval to a bill that changes how appeals court judges are selected. The bill allows the governor to appoint the judges, who would then be confirmed by the state Senate.

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Economy
8:34 am
Thu February 28, 2013

Bowling Event Expected To Bring $14M To Wichita

The 2019 Women's USBC Bowling Championships will be held in Wichita.
Credit johnkeelty/Flickr--Creative Commons

Wichita will once again be host to the nation’s top female bowlers.

In 2019 the United States Bowling Congress Women’s Championships will be held in the city. It will run April-June and is expected to generate around $14 million in economic impact for south-central Kansas.

The event was last held in Wichita in 2004.

The bid to bring the championship to Wichita was a collaboration between the city of Wichita, the Go Wichita Convention & Visitors Bureau, the Greater Wichita Sports Commission, and the Great Plains USBC Association.

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5:39 am
Thu February 28, 2013

Top Morning News 2.28.13

Bill would require drug testing for welfare recipients; Company beats out Beechcraft for plane contract; Gov. Brownback praises officials for storm response.

Drug Testing Bill Advances In Kansas Senate

The Kansas Senate has tentatively approved legislation requiring drug tests for some people seeking welfare benefits. It was approved after Senators amended it to require the same scrutiny of legislators.

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