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Kansas City vs. Baltimore
11:21 am
Thu October 9, 2014

How Kansas City And Baltimore Match Up Outside The Baseball Diamond

Kansas City's downtown as seen from the Liberty Memorial.
Credit Allen Brewer / Flickr-CC

Since winning the American League wild-card game against the Oakland A's and sweeping the Los Angeles Angels in the Division Series, the Kansas City Royals have brought a big shot of hope back into the metro area.

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McTavish Weekend Extra
11:06 am
Thu October 9, 2014

7 Funny Things To Do This Weekend In Kansas City

In the mood to laugh? There are plenty of funny things to do this weekend in Kansas City.
Credit Vladimir Agafonkin / Flickr--CC

There’s something funny going on around here – make that some things.

From stand-up comedy and a phantasmagoric (now there’s a funny word) stage spectacle to droll drawings and the outdoor antics of more than a few family dogs, the Kansas City area is chock full of variously amusing stuff to experience this weekend.

So exactly which witty to sidesplitting activities await the intrepid go-and-doer? Funny you should ask.

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Community
10:34 am
Thu October 9, 2014

Same-Sex Couples Apply For Marriage Licenses In Johnson County

Margo Lauer, right, went with her partner, Sheila Hafner, and their son, Thomas Miller, to apply for a marriage license in Johnson County Thursday morning. The Merriam couple held a commitment ceremony 11 years ago.
Credit Elle Moxley / KCUR

Updated, 4:40 p.m. CST: Merriam, Kan., residents Margo Lauer and Sheila Hafner held a commitment ceremony at Unity Church of Overland Park 11 years ago.

They took the first step toward making their union legal in Kansas Thursday morning, applying for a marriage license at the Johnson County Courthouse.

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Crime
9:25 am
Thu October 9, 2014

Man With Weapon Fatally Shot By KCPD Officer

A Kansas City police offer fatally shot a man late Wednesday after the man allegedly threatened the officer with a sword-like object. He died at the scene.

KCPD responded to an outside disturbance shortly before midnight on the 4200 block of 57th Terrace in Kansas City, North.

The Kansas City Star reports the man did not respond to officer's commands and became confrontational.

Community
4:28 pm
Wed October 8, 2014

Johnson County Judge Orders Clerks To Issue Same-Sex Marriage Licenses

A judge in Johnson County, Kan., issued an order Wednesday for clerks to start issuing marriage licenses to everyone, including same-sex couples.
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The chief judge of the 10th Judicial District in Johnson County, Kan., has ordered clerks to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. 

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Same-Sex Marriage
11:14 am
Wed October 8, 2014

Same-Sex Marriage Battle Likely To Continue In Kansas

This week, the U.S. Supreme Court left in place appeals court decisions that overturned same sex marriage bans in five states. Some people believe that means all the states in those legal jurisdictions should now start allowing same sex marriages, including Kansas.

But, state officials aren't giving up on the same sex marriage ban. At some local courthouses in Kansas, workers have blocked same sex couples from applying for a marriage license. Some other courthouses have let couples apply, but those applications haven't yet been approved.

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Ferguson
8:21 am
Tue October 7, 2014

Judge Rules Against Police Enforcing 'Five-Second Rule' In Ferguson

Protesters in Ferguson on Aug. 15, just days before the 'five-second rule' took effect.

Originally published on Mon October 6, 2014 10:10 pm

A federal judge in St. Louis has ruled that police in Ferguson cannot enforce what became known as the "five-second rule."  

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Beyond Our Borders
10:48 am
Thu October 2, 2014

How The State Line Has Shaped Growth In The Kansas City Startup Village

Because most Kansas City Startup Village properties are zoned residential, the home-based businesses inside can't put up signs. So they fly flags with the village's logo instead.
Credit Elle Moxley / KCUR

Two years ago, metro-area entrepreneurs started buying houses in the first Kansas City, Kan., neighborhood to get Google Fiber.

They wanted to take advantage of the ultra-fast Internet as they launched new ventures in what quickly became known as the Kansas City Startup Village.

The plan was to create a community of entrepreneurs on either side of State Line Road. But because the two states have different economic incentives for new businesses, many entrepreneurs gravitated toward the Kansas side of the Startup Village.

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Beyond Our Borders
2:49 pm
Tue September 30, 2014

What Are You Doing On This Side Of The State Line In Kansas City?

Trell West lives on State Line Road.
Credit Alyson Raletz / KCUR

As KCUR looks at how the Kansas-Missouri border divides the Kansas City metropolitan area, we wanted to talk to locals about their daily experiences with State Line Road.

We spent some time on both sides this month, asking people: What are you doing on this side of the state line?

From shopping to jobs to restaurants, here’s what we heard back:

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Community
5:21 pm
Mon September 29, 2014

Kansas City Bishop Robert Finn Under Vatican Investigation

Kansas City Bishop Robert Finn
Credit Kansascity.com

A Canadian archbishop visited the Kansas City-St. Joseph, Mo., diocese last week on behalf of the Vatican to investigate the leadership of Bishop Robert Finn, the first Catholic prelate to be found criminally guilty of shielding a priest in the ongoing clergy sexual abuse crisis.

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Central Standard
4:29 pm
Mon September 29, 2014

Meet The Teachers Of Some Unusual Classes At UMKC's Communiversity

Cathy Cowger is an EAGALA certified equine specialist.
Credit Patrick Quick / KCUR

The fall semester of Communiversity is getting underway at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. This all-volunteer adult education program allows Kansas Citians to take and teach a collection of esoteric classes that you may not find anywhere else. 

Central Standard's Gina Kaufmann talked to a few of the instructors, everyday folks with unusual skills to teach.

Let Horses Help You With Your Life Transition

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Kansas City
10:20 am
Mon September 29, 2014

Huffington Post Names Kansas City 'Coolest' City In America

Kansas City is the "coolest [city] to visit right now" according to the Huffington Post.
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Kansas City is the most up-and-coming city in the country, according to a new ranking list.

The Huffington Post ranked Kansas City as the most exciting, "it" city in the United States. The food, Midwestern hospitality and music were all highlighted as reasons to visit the metro area.

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Beyond Our Borders
4:38 pm
Fri September 26, 2014

Things You May Not Have Known About The Kansas-Missouri State Line

State Line Road heads south from the Missouri River in the West Bottoms.
Credit Laura Ziegler / KCUR

Our research into State Line Road as part of our ongoing exploration for Beyond Our Borders turned up some interesting things about the dividing line between the two very different states in our metro.

We are pretty evenly divided as a population by the state line, and our political differences pre-date the Civil War.  

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Community
4:28 pm
Fri September 26, 2014

KCATA To Manage Johnson County Transit Starting Next Year

Johnson County Commissioners want KCATA to take over management of the JO as a cost-cutting measure.
Credit Photo courtesy of the JO

The Kansas City Area Transportation Authority will take over management of the JO in early 2015, the Johnson County Commissioners agreed Thursday.

Dick Jarrold, vice president of regional planning for KCATA, says the consolidation shouldn't impact riders because routes and schedules won't change.

"Johnson County will still be making all policy and budget decisions, so for the customer, they won't see an immediate change," says Jarrold.

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Food Critics
12:31 pm
Fri September 26, 2014

Food Critics: The Best Smoked Foods In Kansas City

Kansas City cuisine may be best known for the smoky taste of barbecue, but the earthy goodness of smoke isn't limited to pulled pork and brisket. 

From rich, smoked Gouda, to smoke-infused cocktails, adding smoke to a dish can add another layer of complexity to its taste. 

Central Standard food critics Charles Ferruzza, Mary Bloch and Emily Farris and callers gave us their picks for the best smoked foods and drinks in Kansas City:

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Ferguson
8:08 am
Fri September 26, 2014

Ferguson Chief's Attempt To Meet With Crowd Leads To Scuffle And Arrests

Ferguson police chief, Tom Jackson, at the microphone

Originally published on Fri September 26, 2014 2:31 pm

During a tense Thursday night, demonstrators returned to the area outside the Ferguson police department  and held a quick march or two. Even though the verbal exchanges were intense, control was maintained – until the police chief tried to improve the situation. 

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Ferguson
7:55 am
Wed September 24, 2014

After A Tense Day In Ferguson, Protests Flare On West Florissant

Protestors return to West Florissant Avenue on Tuesday night.
Credit Jason Rosenbaum / St. Louis Public Radio

Police forcibly dispersed dozens of protestors in Ferguson early Wednesday morning after hours of confrontation and the smashing of a window at the Beauty Town shop. Tensions had been running high since Tuesday morning when a memorial for Michael Brown burned down close to where he was killed.

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Community
1:35 pm
Sat September 20, 2014

Report: Climate Change Threatens Dozens of Missouri Birds

The White-Throated Sparrow is commonly seen in the St. Louis area during fall and winter, but a new report says climate change could reduce its breeding habitat.

Originally published on Fri October 31, 2014 2:23 pm

A recent report finds climate change is threatening dozens of birds that call Missouri home.

The National Audubon Society says more than half of the 588 North American bird species studied over the course of seven years are at risk. About 50 species common to Missouri are identified in the report as being threatened.

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Community
1:30 pm
Sat September 20, 2014

Wyandotte County Opens New Urban Hiking And Biking Trail

(Left to right) Wyandotte County Commissioner Brian McKiernan, Kaw Valley Drainage District Board Chair Bundy Jenkins and Wyandotte County Mayor/CEO Mark Holland praised the opening of the new path Saturday morning.
Credit Ben Palosaari

The beginning of the new Armourdale Hike and Bike – Island View Loop trail doesn’t look much like the gateway to urban nature oasis.

It’s adjacent to an industrial park and underneath the 18th Street Expressway Bridge, next to unused railroad tracks. There’s a fair amount of broken glass and other debris littering the ground around the trail.

But on Saturday morning, jubilant city officials in workout clothes opened the trail to the public, and the talk was largely of turkeys, deer and bald eagles that live near the trail.

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Up to Date
1:21 pm
Fri September 19, 2014

Kansas Citians Take Volunteering To The Extreme

Kirsty Morgan, of Lee's Summit, bundles up in Kazakhstan for what is known as extreme volunteering.
Credit Courtesy of Kirsty Morgan

Most people have spent time at a local soup kitchen or sorted cans for food banks, but others take an entirely different approach to donating their time. 

But an extreme volunteer commitment can mean you’re giving weeks, or even years, of your life to help others. And sometimes you'll get into some pretty hairy situations as a result.

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Community
9:40 am
Fri September 19, 2014

Panel Focuses On Sexual Assault at University Of Kansas

Critics of how the University of Kansas deals with sexual assault cases are using this T-shirt to raise awareness.
Credit Stephen Koranda / KPR

Concerns about the way the University of Kansas handles sexual assault cases have been boiling over in recent weeks.

Reports of alleged sexual assaults garnering minor punishments have prompted protests and even a video produced by students telling others not to attend KU. Thursday night, university officials held a panel discussion where they answered questions, took suggestions and explained university policies surrounding sexual assault.

More than 100 people gathered for the discussion. Those who spoke expressed concerns about the process and suggested improvements.

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Beyond Our Borders
9:21 am
Fri September 19, 2014

MAPS: Demographics Show State Line Is Not A Significant Border In Kansas City

State line from 75th Street north (left), and state line from 75th Street south (right).
Credit Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service / University of Virginia

The Kansas City metropolitan area is steeped in state line rivalry.

University of Kansas Jayhawks and University of Missouri Tigers have grudges dating back to the pre-Civil War years. Jackson County, Mo., and Johnson County, Kan., are politically divided, and we even have a road called 'State Line Road' to mark which side is which. 

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Beyond Our Borders
11:27 am
Thu September 18, 2014

When It Comes To Kansas City's State Line, It's Complicated

State Line Road winds through the industrial west bottoms as it divides Kansas City, Mo., and Kansas City, Kan.
Credit Alyson Raletz / KCUR

I’m someone who simply will just say "I’m from Kansas City.” But, sometimes people will ask "Kansas City, Kansas, or Kansas City, Missouri?"

Then I go into the convoluted explanation how I live in the suburbs of Kansas City, Mo., but in Kansas, not far from the state line. It gets kind of boring.

But State Line is anything but boring.

I recently found Blue Springs, Mo., resident D.J. Lee at Joe's Kansas City Bar-B-Que (formally known as Oklahoma Joe's) in Kansas City, Kan.

"To cross the street and be in a different state ... pretty awesome!" says Lee.

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Crime
10:54 am
Thu September 18, 2014

Charges Filed In Attempted Firebombing Of Cleaver's Office

A 28-year-old Kansas City man has been charged in connection with the vandalism of Rep. Emanuel Cleaver II's Kansas City office earlier this month.

The U.S. Attorney' Office for the Western District of Missouri filed criminal charges against Eric G. King Wednesday. King allegedly threw a hammer through the window of the congressman's office and attempted to throw two Molotov cocktails through the broken window in the early morning hours of Sept. 11.

No fire damage was reported, and no one was in the office at the time.

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Kansas City History
2:28 pm
Wed September 17, 2014

The Types Of Things Lurking Underground In Kansas City's Caves

This addition to the already enormous 6 million plus square foot SubTropolis underground complex in Kansas City, Mo., is currently under construction.
Tumblr - SubTropolis Hunt Midwest

You'd never find it by just looking around, but beneath the grounds of Worlds of Fun and Oceans of Fun is one of the largest systems of underground businesses in the country. 

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Ferguson
8:41 pm
Tue September 16, 2014

Women Interfaith Leaders Call On Mothers To Promote Peace Post-Ferguson

Ebenezer African Methodist Episcopal Church Rev. Betty Hanna-Witherspoon speaks at a prayer service for mothers who've been impacted by homicide and violence.
Credit Elle Moxley / KCUR

A group of Kansas City women clergy called for healing in Ferguson, Mo., during an interfaith service and prayer vigil Tuesday night.

Volunteers with the faith-based Communities Creating Opportunity went to Ferguson last month after the fatal police shooting of unarmed teenager Michael Brown to help register voters and train community leaders.

"The African Methodist Episcopal Church has as a part of its motto that we are a liberating and reconciling church," says Rev. Betty Hanna-Witherspoon, whose church hosted the service. "So we are more involved in justice activities."

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Beyond Our Borders
6:13 pm
Tue September 16, 2014

State Line Living From Rosedale's View In Kansas City, Kansas

Philip Gardos, an active member of the Rosedale Development Association, lives on State Line Road in the Kansas City, Kan., neighborhood.
Credit Alyson Raletz / KCUR

Residing on State Line Road in the Kansas City, Kan., neighborhood of Rosedale can be puzzling at times.

As a former postal worker and resident of Rosedale since 1970, Philip Gardos recalls State Line neighbors hauling their trash across the street to Missouri or Kansas to take advantage of the other side’s trash day.

He’s seen Missouri and Kansas roads just feet away from each other receive very different treatment on snow days.

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Community
2:51 pm
Tue September 16, 2014

PHOTOS: Remembering The Beatles Concert In Kansas City 50 Years Ago

The Beatles played a show in Kansas City in 1964 after Charlie O Finley paid them $150,000, around $100,000 more than cities that were on the original tour schedule.
Dave E. Dexter, Jr. Collection LaBudde Special Collections Department - UMKC

Fifty years ago Wednesday, The Beatles played a concert at Municipal Stadium in Kansas City, Mo.

The concert was not originally part of the band's first cross-country U.S. tour, but business man and owner of the Kansas City Athletics baseball team, Charlie O. Finley, managed to bring them to Kansas City.

Finley flew to San Francisco to talk to the band's manager, Brian Epstein, and offered $50,000 to bring The Beatles to Kansas City. They finally agreed on $150,000, and the Fab Four flew into Kansas City to play a show on one of their only days off from the tour.

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Education
4:56 pm
Mon September 15, 2014

Central Middle School Gets High-Tech Overhaul

Central Middle School math teacher Stacy Gilson says the school's focus on the 7th 8th grades will help students form a good relationship with education.
Credit Ben Palosaari

"That's the boys' restroom," Central Middle School 7th grader Camryn Jones says as she gives her family a tour of her brand-new school. 

"Is it different than the girls' bathroom?" her grandmother asks as she pokes her head through the door.

Camryn keeps walking. What she really wants to show off to her family is her math classroom at the end of the hall. 

“I can learn a lot from this room, because math’s my favorite subject," she says standing by her desk. 

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Community
3:16 pm
Fri September 12, 2014

What It Takes To Bring The Circus To Kansas City

A miniature horse in a temporary enclosure at the Sprint Center chews hay on Friday morning. Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey performs in Kansas City this weekend.
Credit Elle Moxley / KCUR

How do you get 18 tigers, 20 horses, 16 poodles and a half-dozen Asian elephants to downtown Kansas City, Mo.?

By circus train, of course.

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Assistant Animal Superintendent Ryan Henning says the logistics of bringing so many animals to town are almost as interesting as the show itself.

Henning answered a few of our questions while showing us around the temporary horse enclosures at the Sprint Center.

How do you get that many animals to town?

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