As the parents of baby boomers move into their twilight years, an elephant enters the room: when should we start to talk about long-term care?
With 12 million Americans already in need of attention and a further 15 million just around the corner, that question of how to best look after ourselves and loved ones is becoming more important by the day.
Musician Chuck Mead has made a name for himself in Nashville, but his new album is all about his home state of Kansas. Mead describes the music in Free State Serenade as “Kansas Noir… true stories of love, murder, and a UFO."
“Nashville is where you go to make country music,” says Mead. “There’s a certain song vibration down here, there’s a whole song writing culture and playing culture that really doesn’t exist outside of New York, or Los Angeles or Chicago."
Most climate models paint a bleak picture for the Great Plains a century from now: It will likely be warmer and the air will be more rich with carbon dioxide. Though scientists don’t yet know how exactly the climate will change, new studies show it could be a boon to some invasive plant species.
Sleet, snow, and possibly a record low temperature for March - it's all moving our way.
The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning for the Kansas City metro area in effect from Saturday at 6 p.m. to Monday at midnight. According to the NWS, four to eight inches of snow is possible, as well as up to one inch of sleet.
The image we have of Abraham Lincoln today as the Great Emancipator, father figure and military genius might not be what it is if not for two men: John Hays and John Nicolay. “The boys,” as the president affectionately called them, were Lincoln’s right-hand men during the course of his presidency.
On Friday's Up to Date, we talk about the men who dutifully reshaped Lincoln’s image in the years following his assassination.
Not that long ago, Laila Biali was struggling to make a name for herself in the world of American jazz. She was on the verge of giving up when she got an invitation to audition for Sting. She made the cut, and wound up at Sting’s estate in Tuscany for rehearsal.
On Friday's Up to Date, we talk with Biali about her music as she prepares to open the American Jazz Museum’s Women in Jazz Month.
One of the proposals included beehives constructed out of ceramics and wood, with patterns inspired by the 183 objects donated by Federal Reserve Bank employees.
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A mock-up of the wall structure with cubbies to contain some of the objects.
KU graduate student Sarah Podrasky says she "was invested in the quilt designs" she helped create. Here, she points out one with circuitry-inspired fabric.
Although not all objects are easily identifiable, associate professor Matthew Burke says the team was given a spreadsheet with "the story, the item was numbered, the name of the person who submitted it, and the reason for submitting it."
Drive away that chill this weekend with Brian McTavish's Weekend To-Do List for Feb. 28-March 2, 2014.
Screenland at the Symphony: “The Wizard of Oz” (re-mastered MGM movie classic with live symphonic accompaniment), 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, 1601 Broadway, Kansas City, Mo., Tickets: $27 (Friday sold out)
Many politicians declare the United States to be a Christian nation-- but it’s not, even though the majority of the population is part of some stream of Christianity. The Founding Fathers, while using religion as a basis for some of their decisions, were very clear about making this a country with no official religion.
The owner of an ATM servicing company whose family directed the highest levels of organized crime in Kansas City has pleaded guilty to bank larceny and money laundering.
Prison time is expected for 46-year-old Anthony Civella, Jr. It is is the first and only federal conviction for Civella whose father and grandfather served long sentences for a variety of offenses purportedly connected to mob activities.
Jim Heeter is President and CEO of the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce. His four years in the role have given him a front-row seat to watch the growth of Kansas City's heath care industry, as well as how health reform is affecting Kansas City business overall.
He answered five questions as part of our monthly series, KC Checkup.
It’s a disorder that impairs a variety of verbal and non-verbal communication skills. For some, the effects can be mild, but for others, the symptoms can be so severe that they leave individuals unable to care for themselves.
We’ve been following the story of Patricia Porsche for the past year. In that time she has made her way from being homeless and unemployed to working for the True Light Family Resource Center in Kansas City, Mo. As its volunteer coordinator and as mentor to the women living in the center’s transitional home, Trisha has a front-row seat to the challenges facing homeless women in Kansas City.
The Unified Government of Wyandotte County and Kansas City, Kan., County needs to lower its taxes and drop its mill levy. That was part of the message on Tuesday for Mark Holland in his first term as chief executive of the Unified Government.
: Robbie Maass shows his mother, Leah, the Commodity Challenge game that is helping him understand market tools. Leah Maass says her farm could benefit from better use of the tools and she’s hoping Robbie will be able to learn how to put them to work for the family
On a frigid winter day, Chad Hart tries to warm his economics students at Iowa State University to the idea of managing some of the risk of farming using the commodity markets. Because, as he told them on the first day of class, farmers don’t make money planting or harvesting crops; they make money selling them. And Hart knows that marketing—managing those sales for the best profit—can be intimidating.
Kansas politics have been making national headlines over several controversial bills—and not in a good way. First, there was the one that appeared to make discrimination against same-sex couples legal. Then, there was the one trying to make it legal to spank children hard enough to leave marks.
On Monday'sUp to Date, we talk about those bills and how statehouse politics might affect this fall’s gubernatorial race.