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1:12 pm
Thu March 20, 2014

90-Mile View: Maintaining The Momentum In Manheim Park

Saundra Hayes is past President of the Historic Manheim Park Association.
Credit Danie Alexander/KCUR

Saundra Hayes is a resident of Manheim Park situated on the east side of Troost in Kansas City.  In this edition of 90-Mile View, Saundra and Steve Kraske talk about the effects the Green Impact Zone has had on her neighborhood and what it will take to keep the momentum built by the project going.

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Community
11:23 am
Thu March 20, 2014

Westboro Baptist Founder Fred Phelps Dead At 84

Fred Phelps at a demonstration in an undated file photo.
Credit file photo / The Topeka Capital-Journal

Rev. Fred Phelps Sr., founder of the controversial Westboro Baptist Church, died around midnight Thursday. 

For almost 24 years, Phelps and his small group of followers have made themselves infamous for leading anti-gay demonstrations at natural disasters, mass killings and funerals.

In his mind, Phelps said in a 2006 interview, every catastrophe, attack or misfortune was God’s retribution for America’s failure to castigate gays.

That’s my job man,” Phelps told KCUR. “To cause this evil country to know their abominations."

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Community
4:00 pm
Wed March 19, 2014

What Happens To Foster Children When They Turn 18?

Foster children often overcome a great deal in life. Many have to take charge of their own wellbeing at a young age, and learn to navigate a complex system of care-providers from state to local agencies.

But the real obstacles can begin when they leave the system. In a number of states, children age of out foster care at 21 years old, but in Kansas it is 18. 

On today's Central Standard, we explore the foster care system in Kansas.

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Public Transit
10:12 am
Wed March 19, 2014

Residents Turn Out To Learn About Prospect Max Bus

Lena Rose - showing here ATA swag - says she is "elated" there might be a MAX bus along Prospect
Credit Laura Ziegler

A small group of residents crowded into the basement of Zion Grove Missionary Baptist Church on Swope Parkway Tuesday night to learn about the proposed MAX bus line along Prospect.

The 2005 Main Street MAX and 2011 Troost MAX have been popular with riders, and residents east of Troost seem equally enthusiastic about having the upgraded express line in their neighborhoods.

MAX buses don't make as many stops and have upgraded terminals; the lighting and shelter is better; and there are talking notifications about when the next bus is arriving.

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Community
4:00 pm
Tue March 18, 2014

Kansas City Regional Day Trips For Families, Foodies And Lovers

A barn in nearby Weston, Mo.
Credit GraggV / Flickr--Creative Commons

The relentlessly cold winter just might be over, and the sun is starting to shine — at least on occasion.

So, enjoy the spring weather and all our region has to offer with day trips that are big on fun, but won't break the bank or cost you precious vacation time.

Central Standard host Brian Ellison talked with experts who shared ideas and tools to find the best day trips in and around Kansas City. 

From that discussion came this list of ideas:

For foodies:

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Community
2:19 pm
Tue March 18, 2014

Stowers Institute And American Century Investments Founder Jim Stowers Dies At 90

Philanthropist and financial innovator Jim Stowers, Jr.
Credit Courtesy: Stowers Institute for Medical Research

James "Jim" Stowers, Jr., the founder of American Century Investments and the Stowers Institute for Medical Research, died Monday of natural causes according to a joint release from both institutions. He was 90.

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Central Standard
4:00 pm
Mon March 17, 2014

Where Should You Go To Get Good Financial Advice?

Where should you turn when you are in need of financial advice?
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In today's culture of money talk shows and numerous financial publications, how can we discern legitimate advice versus bogus information? On today's Central Standard, the Cash Money Crew tells us where to get good financial planning advice, and which so-called experts to ignore.

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Community
2:00 pm
Mon March 17, 2014

New Research Concludes Kansas Is Not The Flattest State

Flatter than a pancake?! Maybe in some parts.
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You may have caught wind of a study conducted about a decade ago claiming the state of Kansas was indeed flatter than a pancake. 

Using the 'flattening ratio,' researchers in the geography departments at the University of Texas and Arizona State University concluded the topography of Kansas was flatter than that of a "well-cooked pancake" from the International House of Pancakes (IHOP)

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Community
10:00 am
Fri March 14, 2014

Kansas City Newsman Dan Verbeck Looks Back At His Radio Career

Dan Verbeck retires from KCUR Friday after a decades-long career reporting in Kansas City.
Credit Alyson Raletz / KCUR

Longtime Kansas City journalist Dan Verbeck retires from KCUR Friday.

Verbeck started his broadcast news career more than 40 years ago. He spent most of those years in Kansas City. 

His departure signals the end of an era for radio listeners in the city, who have heard him on KMBZ, KMBR, KCMO and most recently on KCUR.

Dan sat on the other side of the microphone this week to talk about his career, his favorite stories and what he will miss about reporting.

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90-Mile View
9:00 am
Fri March 14, 2014

90-Mile View: The Signs of Spring In Warsaw, Missouri

Spoonbill fish inhabit the Osage River in Missouri.
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It's been a quiet winter in Warsaw, Mo., where the Osage River empties into Truman Lake.  The bitter cold had even the hardiest inhabitants staying indoors.  Now this little town on the lake is showing the unmistakable signs that the "season" is about to begin.

In this installment of 90-Mile View, newspaper publisher James White tells Steve Kraske what stories The Benton County Enterprise has been covering.  Then White describes one of the sure signs of Spring, the start of the spoonbill fishing season and an accompanying aroma.

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Community
6:51 am
Fri March 14, 2014

Kansas City Police Helicopter Unit Founder Takes Dream Flight

Jack Brady, Kansas City, Missouri Police Captain, retired. Brady is exuberant after long awaited modern copter ride.
Credit Dan Verbeck / KCUR

Nearly 50 years ago, the bosses in the Kansas City Police Department were not too keen about a change in the way they were supposed to patrol the streets.

The first helicopters had just arrived, but they were practically unheard of in police work.

Only after the concept worked did it get almost universal approval. The man who prodded and promoted the idea watches from the distance now. But for a brief hour, the innovator went back to the heliport he started.

A guy walks into the helicopter unit

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Community
10:07 am
Thu March 13, 2014

Lawsuit Tests Missouri Gun Shop’s Liability In Pistol Sale To Mentally Ill Woman

Colby Sue Weathers bought a gun similar to the one pictured after her mother called the seller and asked them not to sell firearms to her mentally ill daughter.
Credit Wikimedia -- Creative Commons

The Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence is suing on behalf of Janet Delana from Wellington, Mo., who is the mother of a mentally ill woman who used a gun to murder her father.

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Central Standard
4:01 pm
Wed March 12, 2014

Police Training On How To Respond To Mental Health Situations

Police officers often respond to situations that involve people suffering from mental health problems.

Since they are called first for help, there is a growing effort to train the officers in how to handle the situations.

On today's Central Standard, we discuss how police training is changing in order to accommodate mental health crisis response techniques.

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Community
3:27 pm
Wed March 12, 2014

A Nerd's Guide To A Weekend In Kansas City

A young man and woman dressed as Starfleet officers at a previous Comicon, the woman is giving the Vulcan salute.
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Ok nerds. We know you’re descending on Kansas City this weekend for the epic Planet Comicon conference featuring science fiction celebrities like William Shatner, Sylvester McCoy and almost the entire cast of Star Trek: The Next Generation.

But in between catching glimpses of Michael Dorn, Wil Wheaton, LeVar Burton and the blue Power Ranger, we thought you may want to eat, drink and scope out our fine city.

Here we present you the nerd’s guide to a weekend in Kansas City:

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Community
12:22 pm
Wed March 12, 2014

Is Kansas City The Best Place To Be Rescued From Human Trafficking?

Former Assistant U.S. Attorney, Cynthia Cordes, now works in private practice at Husch Blackwell.
Credit Courtesy Husch Blackwell

Kansas City has been a center of sex trafficking, according to a U.S.

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Up to Date
11:51 am
Wed March 12, 2014

Creating A Calm Setting For Controversial Conversations

The Village Square promotes civil discussion groups.

Don’t discuss religion or politics — that’s what they say about making polite conversation. But a non-profit is trying to change that way of thinking.

On Wednesday's Up to Date, we talk with representatives from the Village Square, a group that encourages civil discussion about often controversial civic issues.

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90-Mile View
3:43 pm
Tue March 11, 2014

90 Mile View: The Power Of The White Coat

Dr. Gary Yarbrough in the countryside outside Parsons, Kansas where he practices among the Amish and English.

Dr. Gary Yarbrough has been a rural family physician for more than 30 years, first in Kentucky then Michigan and, since 1994, in Parsons, Kan.

On this edition of 90-Mile View he talks with Steve Kraske about making house calls in the severe cold this winter plus shares a tale from his latest book, Office Calls: And Other Stories From Thirty Years of Rural Medicine.

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Power & Light District
3:13 pm
Mon March 10, 2014

Another Suit Filed Alleging Discrimination At Power & Light District

The periphery of the Power & Light District in downtown Kansas City, Mo.
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A class action lawsuit was filed in federal court Monday afternoon against The Cordish Companies, the Baltimore-based developer who owns and operates the Power & Light District in downtown Kansas City.

It follows a suit filed less than two weeks ago by Glen Cusimano, who claims he was wrongfully terminated for failing to enforce what he alleges was a pattern of racial  discrimination

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Community
1:12 pm
Sat March 8, 2014

Marathon Jackson County Spelling Bee Finally Ends

Jackson County Spelling Bee winner Kush Sharma, in the bee hat, poses with students and teachers from his school, Frontier School of Innovation.
Credit Maria Carter / KCUR

The Jackson County Spelling Bee finally came to an end Saturday morning, sending 13-year-old Kush Sharma of Kansas City, Mo, to the Scripps National Spelling Bee.

Sharma and 11-year-old Sophia Hoffman of Lee’s Summit went through the entire list of provided words during their first match up on Feb. 22. Organizers selected 20 more words from the dictionary before calling it a tie.

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Tell KCUR
5:45 pm
Fri March 7, 2014

Dear Craft Beer, Kansas City Loves You

In an unscientific Twitter survey, KCUR listeners said they preferred craft to domestic beer. Tweet us your beer leanings with the #TellKCUR hashtag.
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When it’s time to crack open a cold one, Kansas Citians say they reach for craft beer — most of the time.

That’s according to the feedback we received this week when we asked our listeners about their brew preferences.

Our curiosity piqued when we learned craft beer makers were coming to the Kansas City area this weekend for the Kansas Craft Brewers Exposition in Lawrence.

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Community
7:47 am
Fri March 7, 2014

Marathon Spelling Bee Makes Celebrities Out Of Kansas City Area Spellers

Kush Sharma of Frontier School of Innovation in Kansas City, Mo.

 

Here’s a twist: A spelling bee that ends in a tie. That’s just what happened in Kansas City two weeks ago, but rules are rules, and there can be only one winner.

So, winners Sophia Hoffman and Kush Sharma will compete once more Saturday morning, and this time there will be a victor.

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Central Standard
4:00 pm
Thu March 6, 2014

The Rise Of Craft Brewing In Kansas City

Did the sale of Boulevard Brewing Company spur an uptick in microbreweries in Kansas City?
Credit Herkie / Flickr--CC

One might assume that with such well known craft beers available from brewers like Boulevard Brewing Company in Kansas City, Mo., and Free State Brewing Company in Lawrence, Kan., there would be little room for other competition. But, craft brewing is on the rise in Kansas City, with many new microbreweries opening in the past year.

On Thursday's Central Standard host Brian Ellison looks at what is behind the Kansas City craft brewing trend and what the future looks like for these entrepreneurial ventures.

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Community
3:00 pm
Thu March 6, 2014

KCUR Announces New Host For Daily Talk Show 'Central Standard'

Gina Kaufmann previously worked at KCUR as the co-host of The Walt Bodine Show from 2008-2010.
Credit KCUR

Gina Kaufmann, a veteran broadcaster and former co-host of The Walt Bodine Show on KCUR, will return to the station as host of the 10 a.m. weekday program, Central Standard.

Earlier this year, KCUR announced the merger of Central Standard and their weekly newsmagazine, KC Currents.

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Community
11:56 am
Thu March 6, 2014

Archeology Bolsters Background Of Historic Kansas City Homestead

Doug Shaver with Civil War era lead bullet, one of hundreds of artifacts unearthed in archeological study of Wornall House Homestead.
Credit Dan Verbeck / KCUR

The name Wornall means a lot in Kansas City.  It’s a road, a historic place and a large connection to the Battle of Westport in 1864.  

An archeology project, begun last year and now completed, aims to cement that piece of history for generations ahead. 

Science and sweat

In the front yard of the  Greek Revival Style house, built more than 150 years ago by John Wornall, archeologist Doug Shaver was out in the sun shoveling dirt into a box with a screen on the bottom, sifting out anything that wasn’t dirt.

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Central Standard
4:01 pm
Tue March 4, 2014

Tax Exemptions For Kansas Non-Profit Sports Clubs: The Debate

For-profit athletic clubs are claiming that tax exemptions for nonprofit organizations like the YMCA are unfair. In order to "level the playing field," two bills in Kansas have been proposed: one would exempt both for-profit and nonprofit sports clubs from paying taxes on property and a portion of sales; the other would simply remove tax exemption for nonprofit organizations like the YMCA.

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Central Standard
4:00 pm
Tue March 4, 2014

What Options Do Kansas City Youth Have For Entertainment?

For the 21+ crowd, Kansas City is full of entertainment choices. For youth however, the city lacks age-appropriate venues.

Recurring disturbances involving youth on the Plaza and other entertainment districts have caused the city to tighten the citywide curfew ordinance for youth. But the Kansas City area lacks all-ages venues and entertainment options for the city's youth.

On today's Central Standard, we discuss what activities are available to youth in Kansas City, and some initiatives and ideas that would expand those options.

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Tell KCUR
3:15 pm
Mon March 3, 2014

Tell KCUR: Are You A Joe 6-Pack Or Craft Beer Kind Of Person? Why?

Are you a Joe 6-pack or a craft beer kind-of person? Tweet us with the #TellKCUR hashtag.
Credit KCUR

Craft beer makers from all over the region are poised to descend upon Lawrence for the Kansas Craft Brewers Exposition this weekend.  

And we’re wondering how Kansas Citians identify with the specialty ales.

We want to know what your beer choice says about you.

Tell KCUR: Are you a Joe six-pack or craft beer kind of person? Why?

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Central Standard
4:01 pm
Thu February 27, 2014

What Will Happen To The Kemper Arena?

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The fate of Kemper Arena is being disputed by two Kansas City parties. The American Royal would like to demolish it, as proposed in October 2011, to create room for a smaller agricultural and multipurpose center. Foutch Brothers, a Kansas City development firm, is fighting to preserve it.

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Tell KCUR
3:32 pm
Thu February 27, 2014

Where You Draw The Lines In Kansas City

Listeners cited the Missouri River as one of the strongest geographic dividing lines in Kansas City.
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A metropolitan area that straddles a state line provides plenty of fodder for a discussion on how Kansas Citians choose to divide themselves.

This week, we wanted to know where you draw the lines in the metropolitan area.

We went on the air and used social media to ask: What are the Kansas City metro’s strongest dividing lines? How do they affect your life?

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Up to Date
11:51 am
Thu February 27, 2014

What It's Like To Be A Religious Minority In America

Steve Kraske examines America's religious melting pot on Thursday's Up to Date.
Credit 917press / Flickr-CC

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.

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