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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News
5:34 am
Fri February 8, 2013

Top Morning News 2.08.13

Series of gun law bills proposed in Kansas House; Pitt State students oppose concealed carry on campus; New Kansas arts agency accepting grant applications; Gov requests hold on school funding suit.

Bill Would Bar Enforcement Of Federal Gun Laws In Kansas

State Lawmakers are considering a series of bills aimed at protecting gun rights.

One measure would ban local governments from passing laws that restrict the open carry of firearms.

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5:33 am
Thu February 7, 2013

Top Morning News 2.07.13

Gov's reorganization of JJA gets more support; Legislators question Brownback's tax plan; Kansas housing organizations get money to help renters.

Committee Backs Gov's Reorganization Of Juvenile Justice Authority

A House committee has endorsed Gov. Sam Brownback's proposal to reorganize the state's juvenile corrections system.

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Kansas Official Faces Questions On Business Taxes

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Community
1:21 pm
Wed February 6, 2013

USPS Says So Long To Saturdays, Could Affect Readers Most

A notice that USPS posted on their Facebook page on Wednesday.
Credit USPS

The United States Postal Service announced plans Wednesday to stop mail delivery on Saturdays beginning in August.

Under the new schedule, packages will continue to be delivered on Saturdays and post offices currently open on Saturdays will continue to provide that service. Mail addressed to PO boxes will also continue to be delivered.

The USPS says the move will save the organization about $2 million.

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Crime
6:19 am
Wed February 6, 2013

How Wichita Can Save Its Kids From Sex Trafficking

Jess and Rondell with the Wichita Children's Home Street Outreach Services drive down Broadway in downtown Wichita.
Credit Briana O'Higgins

Wichita continues to be a city where minors are lured into sex-trafficking; runaway and homeless youth are picked up then taken across state lines, often into Texas or Missouri.

This happens, in part, because Wichita and Sedgwick county are situated at the crossroads of America. There is easy access to major highways that can quickly take people across state lines. This location makes south-central Kansas a prime spot for domestic minor sex-trafficking, known as DMST, which is the buying and selling of children and youth for sexual purposes.

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5:49 am
Wed February 6, 2013

Top Morning News 2.06.13 (Updated)

Mark McCormick returns to KAAM; Reno County Residents Consider Jail Renovation Tax; Wichita City Council approves bike plan; Kansas Senate Committee has to delay work on tax plan because of a printing problem; Sen. Michael O'Donnell introduces legislation to have Kansas college basketball teams play.

Updated 2/6/13 9:27 am

Mark McCormick Returns To Direct Kansas African American Museum

The former director of the Kansas African American Museum in Wichita has returned to the job.

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5:47 am
Tue February 5, 2013

Top Morning News 2.05.13

Wichita City Council to hear about the Bicycle Master Plan; Rezoning petition for former Tiller clinic expected at council meeting; Senate panel preparing debate over tax proposals.

Wichita City Council To Hear Presentation On Bicycle Master Plan

The Wichita City Council will hear recommendations Tuesday on a 10 year, $12.5 million plan to improve the city's bike paths.

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5:13 am
Mon February 4, 2013

Top Morning News 2.04.13

Democrats say constitutional amendments will be costly; Developer buys Wichita's Union Station; Abortion supporters to rally at Statehouse; WSU alum behind concussion iPhone app.

Dems Question Constitutional Amendment Costs

Some Kansas lawmakers are questioning the number of constitutional amendments proposed this year. At least a half dozen amendments have been filed.

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Kansas Abortion Rights Groups To Rally

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5:31 am
Fri February 1, 2013

Top Morning News 2.01.13

Kansas House passes union fundraising bill; A school board group supports Brownback's tax plan because of school funding issues; Numbers reveal wind energy's impact on Kansas economy.

Kansas House Passes Automatic Union Contribution Bill

The Kansas House passed a bill Thursday that restricts one type of political fundraising used by public employee unions.

The bill would ban public sector unions from making automatic withdrawals from employee paychecks for political purposes. The bill passed in the House on a 68-56 vote.

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Arts
3:39 pm
Thu January 31, 2013

4 Ways Arts Funding In Kansas Has Changed

Visitors look at an exhibit at the Ulrich Museum of Art on the Wichita State University campus.
Credit Ulrich Museum of Art

In 2011, Kansas became the first state in history to completely eliminate funding for the arts.

That resulted in the loss of more than $1 million in matching funds from the National Endowment for the Arts and other organizations. And, severely impacted hundreds of Kansas arts organizations.

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Government
5:59 am
Thu January 31, 2013

Community Survey Will Gauge Priorities, Your Willingness To Pay For Them

Wichita Mayor Carl Brewer speaking to the media Wednesday at City Hall.
Credit Briana O'Higgins

The City of Wichita and Sedgwick County Wednesday unveiled a new plan to help establish the communities priorities for public investments

Kansas state law requires communities have a plan for public spending on infrastructure and facilities to guide elected officials. The plan is called "Community Investments Plan... A Framework For The Future" and will begin with a survey created by Wichita State University. The survey will be mailed this week to a random sample of 25,000 registered voters in Sedgwick County.

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