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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5:19 am
Wed January 9, 2013

Top Morning News 01.09.13

 The Wichita City Council delayed their vote to choose an interim candidate for the District IV seat; A women's organization is remodeling Dr. Tiller's old clinic to meet the states new abortion regulations; State expects continued job growth.

Vote To Fill Vacant City Council Seat Delayed

The Wichita City Council voted Tuesday to postpone a vote for the interim District Four seat vacated by Kansas senator-elect Michael O'Donnell. The council plans to fill the position next week.

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5:33 am
Tue January 8, 2013

Top Morning News 01.08.12

Legislators worried about the drop in state revenue; Bills have already be introduced for the 2013 legislative session; State warns about Kansas-caught fish consumption.

KS Legislators Warn About Drop In State Revenue

Democrats in the Kansas House say legislators have been warned that Governor Sam Brownback's tax cuts are likely to mean there's less cash to go around.

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Bills Coming In For 2013 Legislative Session

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5:22 am
Mon January 7, 2013

Top Morning News 01.07.12

Wichita City Council seat to be filled; Browback names member to Board of Healing Arts; Thousands no longer receive state benefits due to stricter policies.

Vacated Wichita City Council Seat To Be Filled This Week

Four candidates from District IV will be considered this week for the interim Wichita City Council seat. Michael O'Donnell vacated his seat when he was elected to serve in the state Senate.

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Crime
6:06 am
Fri January 4, 2013

Study Finds Racial Disparities Persist In Kansas Juvenile Justice System

The preliminary results of a statewide assessment on the overrepresentation of minority youth in Kansas’ juvenile justice system will be presented at a community forum next week.

The forum is an event to solicit community input and present research findings from a study commissioned by the state of Kansas on disproportionate minority contact- or DMC.

DMC occurs when minority youth come into contact with the juvenile justice system at a higher rate than their white counterparts.

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5:25 am
Fri January 4, 2013

Top Morning News 01.04.13

 Largest wind farm in Kansas now operational; Study finds racial disparities persist in state juvenile system; Senator Roberts no longer on ag panel; Lesser prairie chicken listed as threatened by federal agency.

States Largest Wind Farm Now Operational

The largest wind farm ever built in Kansas is now fully operational.

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5:44 am
Thu January 3, 2013

Top Morning News 01.03.13

State Board of Education to hear updates on history, science standards; Kansas Professors present evidence of a solar burst in 775; Another Sedgwick county detention deputy charged with sexual assault.

KS Education Board To Hear Standards Updates

Next week, The State Board of Education will hear about progress in writing new standards for teaching history, government and social studies in Kansas.

The board's agenda for its January 9 meeting also includes a status report on a national project to draft new science standards.

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5:44 am
Wed January 2, 2013

Top Morning News 01.02.12

Sperm donor says case to require him to pay child support is politically motivated; Brownback says lawmakers will likely take on taxes; The Kansas Chamber of Commerce wants to loosen the state's liquor laws.

Sperm Donor Says Case Is Politically Motivated

A sperm donor says that the state's effort to make him pay child support for a baby conceived through artificial insemination is politically motivated.

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5:44 am
Mon December 31, 2012

Top Morning News 12.31.12

Professionals get training to recognize the signs of human trafficking; Kobach wants more power to be able to prosecute double-voting cases; New Wichita legislators say election change is a good idea.  

Training Helps Professionals Identify Human Trafficking

Dozens of Kansas social workers and law enforcement personnel recently finished additional training to stop human trafficking, a modern day form of slavery.

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5:24 am
Fri December 28, 2012

Top Morning News 12.28.12

New KS Senate President picks multiple staff members; Wichita Public Schools are taking nominations for best teachers; Natural resources conference to be held in Wichita. 

New Kansas Senate President Fills Out Office Staff

Incoming Kansas Senate President Susan Wagle has appointed three new aides to fill her staff vacancies.

The Wichita Republican says Harrison Hems will be her legislative director. Hems will leave the Kansas Department of Transportation, where he'd been a liaison to Congress.

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5:41 am
Thu December 27, 2012

Top Morning News 12.27.12

Brownback is hopeful the wind energy will be extended; KU Med Center names new Executive Vice Chancellor; Maintenance backlog down at KS colleges.

Brownback Hopeful Wind Energy Tax Credit Will Be Extended

A wind energy tax credit is set to expire at the end of this year, but Governor Sam Brownback is holding out hope that lawmakers in Washington will extend the credit.

Governor Brownback would prefer to see the credit phased out more slowly, and over several years.

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