Frank Morris http://tristatesradio.com en Federal Plan To Save Prairie Chickens Ruffles State Feathers http://tristatesradio.com/post/federal-plan-save-prairie-chickens-ruffles-state-feathers It's prairie chicken mating season!<p>Still, it's tough being a lesser prairie chicken these days. This type of grouse once spanned an enormous area, though now they survive mainly in pockets of Oklahoma and Kansas. Their numbers are plummeting; in 2012, the population dropped by half.<p>But after they were recently listed as a threatened species by the U.S. Wed, 09 Apr 2014 21:02:00 +0000 Frank Morris 51274 at http://tristatesradio.com Federal Plan To Save Prairie Chickens Ruffles State Feathers Injured Veteran Keeps Up His Fight, Deciding To Live http://tristatesradio.com/post/injured-veteran-keeps-his-fight-deciding-live A spinal injury left Iraq War veteran Tomas Young paralyzed below the waist<strong> </strong>in 2004. Further medical complications a few years later made him quadriplegic.<p>Although Young had enlisted two days after the attacks of Sept. Sat, 28 Dec 2013 22:02:00 +0000 Frank Morris 45985 at http://tristatesradio.com Injured Veteran Keeps Up His Fight, Deciding To Live Tough Guys in the Saddle http://tristatesradio.com/post/tough-guys-saddle <p>This is the tenth installment of the 2013 edition of My Farm Roots, Harvest Public Media’s series chronicling Americans’ connection to the land. Tue, 06 Aug 2013 22:47:40 +0000 Frank Morris 38524 at http://tristatesradio.com Tough Guys in the Saddle Twinkies' Return Is Mostly Sweet News For Kansas Town http://tristatesradio.com/post/twinkies-return-mostly-sweet-news-kansas-town The news of Hostess' return to Emporia, Kan., sparked an ecstatic response in this beleaguered town — even though there will be only half as many jobs.<p>The new company, formed when investors bought Hostess' snack cake business, has hired longtime snack cake production veterans Pat Chambers and her husband, Bob, to help get the bakery here running again. Pat lost her job at the Hostess plant when it closed last November. Now, she sits beaming on her front porch, wearing a dirty Hostess work shirt.<p>"We worked today! It's like going home," she says. "I'm so excited. Mon, 27 May 2013 07:32:00 +0000 Frank Morris 34479 at http://tristatesradio.com Twinkies' Return Is Mostly Sweet News For Kansas Town Cities Turn Sewage Into 'Black Gold' For Local Farms http://tristatesradio.com/post/cities-turn-sewage-black-gold-local-farms On a normal day, Kansas City, Mo., processes more than 70 million gallons of raw sewage. This sewage used to be a nuisance, but Kansas City, and a lot of municipalities around the country, are now turning it into a resource for city farmers <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thesalt/2011/12/13/143659204/putting-farmland-on-a-fertilizer-diet">hard up for fertilizer</a>.<p>After the sewage has been processed at a treatment plant, it's piped out to Birmingham Farm on the north side of the Missouri River.<p>Tim Walters is the chief agronomist for Kansas City who runs Birmingham. Wed, 10 Apr 2013 21:22:00 +0000 Frank Morris 31847 at http://tristatesradio.com Cities Turn Sewage Into 'Black Gold' For Local Farms