Briana O'Higgins

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A California native, Briana comes to KCUR by way of KMUW in Wichita, Kan. and KUSP in Santa Cruz, Calif.

She started working in public radio as an intern at WYSO in Yellow Springs, Ohio, to fulfill a degree requirement while studying at Antioch College.

She has a graduate certificate from the Salt Institute of Documentary Studies in Portland, Maine, and a Master of Arts in Journalism and Documentary Studies from the University of California, Santa Cruz. 

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One person is dead and eight others were injured in two separate shooting incidents in the Kansas City metro this weekend.

Around 3:20 a.m. Sunday, a gunman fired into a crowd of people walking in Kansas City's Westport district, injuring six people, one critically. The Westport gunman used a semi-automatic weapon, Kansas City police chief Darryl Forte said in a Tweet.

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A 5.6 magnitude earthquake with an epicenter 14 kilometers northwest of Pawnee, Oklahoma, was felt around the Kansas City metro Saturday morning.

The tremor hit around 7:02 a.m., jolting many Kansas Citians from their holiday weekend slumbers.

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Updated 8:04 p.m. Sunday

The young son of a Kansas lawmaker died Sunday on a ride at Schlitterbahn water park in Kansas City, Kansas.

The child who died was Caleb Schwab, the son of Kansas Rep. Scott Schwab, R-Olathe.

Many lawmakers were at Schlitterbahn for Elected Official Day. An email from Speaker Ray Merrick's office went out to state legislators sometime this afternoon.

Updated 5:21 p.m.

For the second time in two months, a Kansas City, Kansas, police officer was killed in the line of duty.

He died Tuesday just before 3:00 p.m. at KU Hospital.

The officer was identified as Capt. Robert Melton.

Melton was shot at 22nd and Haskell in KCK after pursuing a vehicle believed to be involved in a drive-by shooting, according to KCKPD Chief Terry Zeigler. “As Capt. Melton was arriving the suspects bailed from the vehicle and opened fire striking Capt. Melton and fatally wounding him.”

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U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill, a Missouri Democrat, announced Monday she was diagnosed with breast cancer. She made the announcement on Twitter and linked to a short post on her Tumblr page.

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There's no doubt about it, having a job isn't what it used to be. 

In the 21st century, companies that once seemed untouchable are laying off workers pretty regularly. And, in the ever-changing environment there is no telling who — or what — could do your job better or cheaper in the next decade. 

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An anticipated winter storm moved through the Kansas City metro Tuesday, bringing snow and ice in the early afternoon with the possibility of continuing snowfall throughout the evening commute.

Many schools and churches canceled evening activities or let students out early. Here is a list of those closures from The Kansas City Star.

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You may have noticed — Kansas City is home to a large (and growing) population of Canada geese. You may have also noticed that they never seem to leave, and that is probably because most of them don't.

Many have lost the evolutionary instinct to migrate. And why should they migrate? Kansas City has it all: open lakes and fountains, green grass that is rarely covered in thick snow, few predators.

For geese, Kansas City is Beverly Hills.

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The University of Missouri Board of Curators announced Thursday that Michael Middleton will serve as interim president of the UM System.

Middleton served as the deputy chancellor of MU for 17 years before retiring in August. He was appointed by the Missouri Supreme Court last month to co-chair the Commission on Racial and Ethnic Fairness in state courts. He also served as a trial attorney in the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice.

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Frazier Glenn Cross Jr., was sentenced to death Tuesday after emotional testimony from friends and family of three victims killed in shootings at Jewish sites in Johnson County, Kansas, in April 2014.

Johnson County Judge Thomas Kelly Ryan told Cross his attempt to terrorize the community had failed and sided with a jury that recommended Cross be sentenced to death in August.

"I can't say anything more profound than what was said here today," Ryan told the courtroom.

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Updated, 11:23 a.m., with comments from Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon.

University of Missouri President Tim Wolfe resigned Monday amid  criticism of his response to racial tension on the University of Missouri-Columbia campus.

His resignation is effective immediately.

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The Kansas City streetcar took its first ride through downtown Kansas City early Friday. After a series of delays, the first car arrived three days ago from the manufacturer in Elmira, New York.

A handful of streetcar construction workers, city officials and officials from the KC Streetcar Authority rode in the vehicle while others walked along side streetcar #801 as a massive tow truck pulled it through the River Market.

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A generation’s worth of Kansas City hopes and prayers and pleading was finally answered Sunday night in New York. The Kansas City Royals are World Series champions.

It took 30 years for the Royals to once again reach the top of the baseball mountain. Thirty years of Opening Days pregnant with promise. Thirty years of long, hot summers drifting aimlessly toward autumn.

Thirty years of disappointment turned in a flash to shock, and quickly on to joy, when in the twelfth the Royals took the championship 7-2 after a turn in the ninth when the Mets left in their starting pitcher, Matt Harvey, with more than 110 pitches.

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KCUR and KCUR reporter Elle Moxley have been selected to participate in NPR's 2016 Political Reporting Partnership. Moxley was one of 17 reporters selected from member stations across the country to participate.

Moxley and KCUR will work collaboratively with NPR to cover the 2016 elections from a state and local perspective. The collaboration will give national visibility to the issues of Kansans and Missourians as they elect new leaders.

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The Northland. Kansas City north. Northtown (also spelled Northtowne in some cases.)

Whatever you call the part of the Kansas City metropolitan area north of the Missouri River, we wanted to know more about its boundaries. But the answer is a little muddy.

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Wall clouds were reported across the Kansas City metro Wednesday night, including some reports of rotation and even brief touch downs in eastern Jackson County and Cass County.

Trained spotters and residents reported a tornado in Lee's Summit and one in Pleasant Hill. There were reports of some damage, and as of 8:11 p.m., more than 10,000 Kansas City Power & Light customers were without power. 

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Two men have been charged with the murder of 22-year-old Dionte Greene, a gay man who was allegedly targeted for a robbery but a death federal authorities were investigating as a hate crime.

Greene was found shot to death in a still-running car near the intersection of 69th and Bellefontaine in Kansas City last Halloween.

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Kansas City Zoo officials announced Tuesday the birth of a Western Lowland gorilla. The baby is the first gorilla to be born at the zoo since 1975.

In a Facebook post the Zoo said the baby was born on Memorial Day and both mom and baby are doing well.

The mother is 27-year-old Makari and the father is a 31-year-old silverback named Radi. 

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Every Kansas Citian has a list of out-of-towner attractions — barbecue, the Nelson-Atkins, a stroll through the Plaza. But we have been wondering: what should Kansas Citians be putting on our own to-do list? What hidden gems are right next to us that we need to see (or do) at least once?

We asked you to give us your suggestions, and we got a ton of them!

Here we present the incomplete "Kansas Citian bucket list" — a list of things every person in Kansas City should do at least once. Feel free to add additional items in the comments.

Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph

Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of Bishop Robert Finn, head of the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph.

The Vatican announced Tuesday that Bishop Finn had offered his resignation under a law that allows bishops to resign if they are ill or have another "grave" reason. The announcement did not include a reason for Bishop Finn's resignation.

In 2013, Finn plead guilty to charges that he failed to report suspected child abuse. It was the first case where a pope sanctioned bishops for covering up pedophilia.

In 2012, he was sentenced to two years probation after pleading guilty to a misdemeanor charge for failing to report suspected abuse.

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Kansas City is up-and-coming. We're totally cool, and this October we found out our city (and our boys in blue) look great on national television.

We are used to telling visitors what they should do while they are here (Eat the barbecue! Go to the Nelson-Atkins!). 

Baseball’s opening day is just right around the corner — so imagine this — as you enter the batter’s box the PA person announces your name, followed by a tune.

But what is it? Is it your favorite song? Do the lyrics describe you? Is it lucky?

Tell KCUR: What Would Be Your 'At-Bat' Theme Song?

Tweet us your answers with the #TellKCUR hashtag or go to our Facebook page and leave your answer in a comment.  

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My Little Ponies may be great enticements for toilet training, but new research shows that material rewards for accomplishments can lead to materialism down the road. Kids raised with "stuff" as the main motivator for good behavior disproportionately correlate material things with self-worth as adults. The researcher discusses her findings. 

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  • Lan Chaplin, University of Illinois in Chicago

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KCUR.org transitioned Friday to a new design that will make listening to and viewing content easier across devices.

The new "responsive" design will automatically tailor to your viewing device, whether you are on a desktop, laptop, tablet or mobile phone.

Bullying became the topic of a national conversation in 2010 after a young college man committed suicide after his roommate filmed him being intimate with another man.

Since, there have been major campaigns to combat bullies and bullying, and schools across the country have mobilized anti-bullying efforts and policies.

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Missouri Secretary of State Jason Kander announced Thursday his candidacy for U.S. Senator in 2016. Kander made the announcement in a press release and in a video posted to his website

"For years, even with our economy suffering at home and our national security threatened abroad, too many politicians in both political parties have been more concerned with scoring political points than doing what's right for our country and its hurt all of us," he says in the video.

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Oh the heat. Sometimes it hurts so good — too much can make it hurt so bad.

If you like the pain, there are a handful of restaurants across the metro that invite you to test your limits. For the rest of you spice lovers, there are even more places that try to strike a tolerable, yet delicious balance both in heat and flavor.

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Is there a smell, in all the land, like sizzling ground meat charring on the grill?

Burgers are a staple of classic Americana, as we confirmed on Central Standard.

They're a national comfort food, according to Feast Magazine's Jenny Vergara, and she says that if you're going to make cuisine in America, you're going to have to conquer the burger.

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In 2014, we launched a series to look at why people come to Kansas City and why they stay, called Going To Kansas City.

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Here at KCUR we grew a lot in 2014, not only in numbers but also in the way we go about reporting the news. Our Community Engagement team launched a long-term project and mobilized our staff to get out and meet you and to listen more to our community.

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