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
5:36 am
Fri January 18, 2013

Top Morning News 01.18.13

Jobless rate remains unchanged; Kansas officials to make anti-human trafficking announcement; Wichita to celebrate MLK day with several events.

Kansas Jobless Rate Unchanged at 5.4 Percent

A new report says the Kansas unemployment rate held steady at 5.4 percent in December while the state recorded modest job growth over the previous year.

The report from the state Labor Department also says last month's jobless figure was down one full point from December 2011.

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Health
6:29 am
Thu January 17, 2013

Kansas Among Hardest Hit With Flu Virus

A CDC info-graphic of nationwide flu activity.
Credit Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Kansas is among the 10 states that are currently being hit hardest with the flu virus.

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment says there have now been 495 flu-related deaths in the 2012-2013 season that began in October. That number includes 35 deaths in the last week.

The number comes at the tail end of the worst week for Kansas so far in this year's flu season.

KDHE spokesperson Miranda Steele, says the rate is now starting to drop, with infection rates in Kansas down from more that 5 percent to 4.5 percent.

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News
5:39 am
Thu January 17, 2013

Top Morning News 01.17.13

Kansas being hit hard by flu virus; Senate passes controversial 'pay-go' budget; Medical marijuana bill introduced into Kansas Senate. 

Kansas Among Hardest Hit By Flu Virus

Kansas is among 10 states that are currently being hit hardest with the flu virus.

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Senate Passes So-Called 'Pay-Go' Budget Rule

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News
5:14 am
Wed January 16, 2013

Top Morning News 01.16.13

Gov. Brownback calls for more tax cuts in his 2013 State of the State address; New group jumps into the Kansas school funding debate; Wichita City Council approves bonds for sports complex.

Governor Proposes More Tax Cuts In 2013 State Of The State

Gov. Sam Brownback has called for a fresh round of aggressive cuts in the state's income taxes and changes in the state's constitution to rein in the judiciary.

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Economy
12:13 pm
Tue January 15, 2013

Kansas Below National Average For Food Stamp Use

Monthly averages for Kansas food assistance recipients.
Credit dcf.ks.gov

Despite record levels of participation, Kansas remains below the national average in residents enrolled in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) or food stamps.

A new fact sheet released by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities says 315,000 Kansans were enrolled in the program in September 2012. That is 11 percent of the state population, or 1 in 9 people. 

That is up from 184,036 Kansas enrollees in 2008.

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News
5:04 am
Tue January 15, 2013

Top Morning News 01.15.13

Gov. Brownback to deliver State of the State; Education funding ruling may bring constitutional change; Wichita youth to hold town hall meeting on underage drinking.

Brownback To Deliver State Of The State

Gov. Sam Brownback will outline his 2013 agenda for legislators in his third State of the State address Tuesday.

Brownback is expected to share his plans for balancing the state budget, which faces a projected shortfall of $267 million.

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News
5:50 am
Mon January 14, 2013

Top Morning News 01.14.13

The 2013 legislative session starts today; Secretary of State Kobach says business start-ups in Kansas area healthy; Homeless children in Wichita schools tops 1,800.

2013 Legislative Session To Commence

Monday marks the start of the 2013 legislative session. This could be one of the most significant sessions in years.

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Kobach Says Business Startups 'Healthy'

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Community
6:24 am
Fri January 11, 2013

Despite Major Strides In Sedgwick County Juvenile Justice System, Racial Disparities Still Persist

The results of a state commissioned study on minority youth representation in the juvenile justice system were presented Thursday to community members.

The study, carried out by the Nebraska company Objective Advantage, analyzed data statewide including data from Kansas Judicial District 18, which includes all of Sedgwick County.

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News
5:37 am
Fri January 11, 2013

Top Morning News 01.11.13

Study results reveal continuing disparities in minority youth detention rates; Brownback names interim secretary for Department of Administration; Community leaders meet to discuss legislative priorities.

Racial Disparities Persist In Sedgwick County Juvenile Justice System

The results of a state commissioned study on minority youth representation in the juvenile justice system were presented Thursday to community members.

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News
5:40 am
Thu January 10, 2013

Top Morning News 01.10.13

Brownback to hold press conference on a new state mental health initiative; McConnell Air Force Base finalist for tanker contract; South-central delegation to hold annual meeting.

Brownback To Unveil Kansas Mental Health Initiative 

Gov. Sam Brownback will announce a new mental health initiative Thursday, before the start of the 2013 legislative session.

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