J. Schafer

J. Shafer is the news director for Kansas Public Radio

Education
2:05 pm
Wed December 10, 2014

KU Gets $58 Million from Estate Of Al & Lila Self; Largest Private Gift Ever

KU Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little announcing the $58 million gift from the Self family estate during a news conference at the Adams Alumni.
Credit J. Schafer

The University of Kansas has received its largest private donation ever - $58 million. KU Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little announced the gift on Tuesday from the estate of Al and Lila Self.

"The Selfs have given the largest, single gift that we've ever received from an individual. This gift, in combination with what they've given before, totals 106 million dollars," the chancellor said.

KU alumni Al and Lila Self died last year, both at the age of 91. The largest part of the couple's $58 million gift will be used for graduate fellowships.

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Politics
12:32 pm
Tue September 16, 2014

NPR's Juana Summers Speaks Wednesday At KU

There's going to be a panel discussion on journalism and politics at the University of Kansas.

NPR political correspondent Juana Summers is joining three other reporters to talk about the midterm elections, including some tight races here in Kansas.

"The Kansas Governors race is one that surprised a lot of people," she says. "A lot of people, as you know, were not expecting this race as to be as hot as it is, but it's getting the attention of national political reporters just based on how close it is and the fact that it was unexpected."

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Politics
12:02 pm
Fri September 12, 2014

KS High Court to Hear US Senate Ballot Dispute

The battle over the ballot in the Kansas Senate race continues. Shawnee County District Attorney Chad Taylor, the Democratic nominee, is trying to keep his name off the ballot this November.

Secretary of State Kris Kobach is trying to keep his name on. And now, the Kansas Supreme Court will decide. J. Schafer has more.

Next week, the Kansas Supreme Court will hold a hearing on a petition by Chad Taylor to get his name removed from the ballot. The court has scheduled arguments for 9am Tuesday.

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Government
10:25 am
Thu August 7, 2014

KS Credit Downgrade Dampens GOP Celebration

Kansas Governor Sam Brownback and other Republicans held a short rally in Topeka to celebrate their Tuesday night primary victories. But Wednesday's celebration was clouded by news that yet another agency had downgraded the state's creditworthiness.

Joined by fellow Republicans who also won their primaries, Governor Brownback urged the party faithful to promote what he calls the "Kansas Economic Comeback." 

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Politics
1:56 pm
Mon August 4, 2014

GOP Candidates For Kansas Secretary Of State: In Their Own Words

On Tuesday, Republican primary voters will have to choose between two candidates vying for the office of Kansas Secretary of State.

Incumbent Kris Kobach is seeking a second term, but first, he’ll have to fend-off a challenge from Lawrence attorney Scott Morgan, who has positioned himself as a moderate alternative to the more conservative Kobach.

We'll hear from Kris Kobach in a moment. But first, KPR's J. Schafer brings us more from the challenger, Scott Morgan.

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Politics
9:16 am
Fri August 1, 2014

22% Voter Turnout Predicted For KS Primary

Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach predicts 22% of registered voters will cast a ballot in next Tuesday's primary election.

That's similar to the statewide turnout in the 2008 primary, which he says is the one most like this year's contest.

Higher turnout is expected this year in the Wichita area, where former Republican Congressman Todd Tiahrt is trying to take back his old seat from incumbent Congressman Mike Pompeo. Kobach says this could mean 30% of registered voters in the district might show up at the polls.

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Community
1:34 pm
Thu July 10, 2014

Anti-Gun Violence Group Files Suit Over KS Gun Law

A new Kansas gun law is being challenged in court. The Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence, which is based in Washington, D.C., has filed a lawsuit against Kansas because of a new state law that declares guns made and kept in Kansas are exempt from federal gun laws.

The new state law is called the “Second Amendment Protection Act.”

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Geology
7:27 am
Wed August 7, 2013

Video: Western Kansas Sinkhole Continues to Deepen

A massive sinkhole in western Kansas continues to grow. The sinkhole recently developed in Wallace County, near the town of Sharon Springs.

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