Central Standard
12:24 pm
Mon December 8, 2014

Lauren Krum Of 'The Grisly Hand' Picks Her Favorite Country Christmas Songs

Lauren Krum is a vocalist with The Grisly Hand.

The incessant upbeat of canned Christmas music can leave even those who love the holidays with a feeling of cheer fatigue.

Kansas City-area singer Lauren Krum of The Grisly Hand, whose DJ alter-ego Lorna Kay spins classic country tunes all year long, shares some grittier winter songs to fill out the emotional spectrum this December.

Lauren's Picks:

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10:22 am
Thu December 26, 2013

Advice For Consumers After The Christmas Holiday

The Better Business Bureau of St. Louis is reminding shoppers to be just as cautious after Christmas as before.

The organization's vice president of communications, Chris Thetford, says if you’re shopping in person, make sure you always know the location of your credit or debit card. Online, he says, make sure to use a secure site.

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Up to Date
12:22 pm
Tue December 24, 2013

Not Your Parents' Christmas Music

Husky Team's 'The Man With All The Toys' is just one of the non-traditional tunes on Up to Date's holiday music show.

If you celebrate Christmas, chances are you know all the classic names that go along with it. Nat King Cole, Bing Crosby, and Elvis are synonymous with Yuletide cheer, but what about new compositions?

On Tuesday's Up to Date, we dive into some Christmas deep-cuts with two disc jockeys, who spin up the holiday spirit year after year. From new to obscure songs, we hit the worlds of country, rockabilly and R&B.


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7:44 am
Tue December 24, 2013

Overland Park Family Passes On A Gift To Sick Children Through Santa

Santa Claus shows children the blanket he received from Kelly Clark and her family.
Credit Maria Carter / KCUR


Tonight millions of children will lay down in bed thinking about one thing -- Santa Claus. And as old St. Nick puts on his red suit and harnesses his reindeer, he’ll be bringing a special blanket given to him at a family gathering in Overland Park to keep his lap warm this Christmas. Next year, Santa plans to pass that blanket on as a special gift.

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8:52 am
Mon December 9, 2013

Kansas City Company Pushes Holiday Light Recycling

Miles of Christmas lights could be headed out the door as more consumers look at switching from traditional holiday lights to their LED counterparts. Kansas City-based Southeast Enterprises is looking to keep the discarded strands out of landfills.

Southeast Enterprises Business Director Megan Gurera says they accept any unused or broken strands of lights.

“You know the ones you pullout, get ready to put up, and half of it works,” says Gurera.

Southeast Enterprises is a sheltered workshop, employing 160 people with development or intellectual disabilities.

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8:12 am
Tue December 3, 2013

Drought Causes Challenges For Kansas Christmas Tree Farmers

Credit Mangrove Mike / Flickr--CC

  The Thanksgiving weekend marks the start of Christmas tree sales in many places. And here in Kansas, a lot of the trees sold are grown in the state. But Christmas tree farmers have faced challenges in recent years because of drought conditions.

Eldon Clawson, president of the Kansas Christmas Tree Growers Association, says some growers have had to take steps like adding drip irrigation to keep trees healthy.

“It’s an investment, a major investment, but it’s paid off for their trees,” says Clawson.

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KC Currents
4:25 pm
Mon January 7, 2013

Missouri Singing Nuns Top Charts

Advent at Ephesus CD
DeMonfort Music

Christmas 2012 has come and gone, and for a lot of people, it’s been another round of traditions and family reunions. But for a convent of nuns outside of St. Joseph, this year was a little different.

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KC Currents
5:50 pm
Sun December 16, 2012

Big Tuba Turnout At This Year’s Tuba Christmas

Jake Robinson, a 13 year old tuba player from Trail Ridge Middle School.
Zack Lewandowski KCUR

Tuba Christmas was founded by Harvey Phillips, a Missouri native, more than 30 years ago.  It brings tuba and euphonium players together once a year to play a concert of traditional holiday songs for the season. 

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9:52 am
Tue November 27, 2012

Kansas Christmas Ornament Features Washburn

The official state ornament on the Christmas tree at Cedar Crest.
Stephen Koranda Kansas Public Radio

The official state Christmas tree ornament for Kansas this year recognizes the 150th anniversary of the founding of Washburn University, which is coming up in 2015.

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Central Standard
10:12 am
Thu December 22, 2011

A Light Goes On

What do your childhood memories of holiday’s past look like? Sound like? Today on Central Standard, a look at an ambitious homemade gift – from Lawrence musician Sam Billen.

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Central Standard
11:00 am
Wed December 8, 2010

Poverty on the Rise in Johnson County

The Johnson County Christmas Bureau, has opened its doors to their annual Holiday Shop at the Great Mall of the Great Plains in Olathe, KS. This is their 50th year creating a shopping experience for low income families around the holidays.

Director Barb McNeil says that “Poverty” and “Johnson County” aren’t words often heard in the same sentence, they should be. Though the population in Johnson County grew by 2% last year, the number of families below the poverty line grew by 64%.

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