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Top Of The Morning News: Thursday, March 1, 2012

Emergency Responders Start Focusing On Cleanup, Governor Nixon Releases More Education Money & more: A daily digest of headlines from KCUR.

Emergency Responders Start Focusing On Cleanup

Emergency responders in Harveyville are shifting their focus to cleanup and recovery after severe storms battered the area. A tornado packing 130 mile per hour winds heavily damaged the small town in Wabaunsee County.  Listen to more here.

Governor Nixon Releases More Education Money

Misosuri Governor Jay Nixon (D) has released an additional $5 million withheld from this year’s K-12 and Higher Education budgets. The Nixon Administration says $3 million of the withheld funding will help keep school buses on the road, while just over $2 million will go toward universities and community colleges.  Budget Director Linda Luebbering says the move was made because state lottery sales have been better than expected.  Find out more here.

Deborah Sandler Takes the Helm at Lyric Opera of Kansas City

The Lyric Opera of KansasCitytoday announced the appointment of Deborah Sandler as the new general director as of July 1, 2012. Sandler will succeed Evan Luskin, who retires on June 30 after 26 years with the company.  Learn more about Sandler’s love of music and her introduction to opera here.

Olathe Lawmakers Proposes Statehouse Chapel

A House committee is considering legislation that would establish an all faiths chapel in the Statehouse. Arlen Siegfreid (SIG-freed), an Olathe Republican, is sponsoring the bill. He hopes it will be a place for quiet reflection in the often busy Capitol.   Read more here.


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