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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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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.
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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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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.
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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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90-Mile View
2:51 pm
Wed February 26, 2014

90-Mile View: Runaway Senior Lands In Kansas City

Patricia Porsche (left) and Brittany Williams
Credit Beth Lipoff/KCUR-FM

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.

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Central Standard
1:00 pm
Wed February 26, 2014

Kansas Legislation For Autism Treatment Coverage And Applied Behavioral Analysis

At the beginning of 2014, Kansas House Bill 2531 was introduced. This bill proposes insurance coverage for autism therapy for children , but many believe the coverage is not sufficient.

On today's Central Standard we discuss what Kansas will do about the shortcomings of this bill and what the proposed solutions might be. Also, we explore exactly what ABA is and how the therapy works to improve behavioral issues in children with autism.

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Central Standard
4:00 pm
Tue February 25, 2014

On Death Row: Missouri Inmate Michael Taylor Scheduled To Be Executed

Missouri inmate Michael Taylor is scheduled to be executed just after midnight on Wednesday. Pentobarbital from an unnamed compounding pharmacy will be used.

Taylor's attorneys are concerned that the drug may cause his client unnecessary suffering because the anonymous pharmacy cannot be checked for legitimacy and any previous violations. By law, compounding pharmacies that supply lethal injection formulas in Missouri are allowed to remain anonymous.

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Up to Date
11:22 am
Tue February 25, 2014

Contentious Views Dominate Female Bishop's Tenure

Katharine Jefferts Schori is Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church.
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The Episcopal Church’s first female presiding bishop has experienced her share of strong reactions to her progressive views on gay marriage, immigration and more.

In the first part of Tuesday's Up to Date, Katharine Jefferts Schori joins us to talk about her positions on these issues. We also talk about what’s next for the 110 church dioceses she oversees.

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KCI Airport
7:48 am
Tue February 25, 2014

Critics Express Concern Over Potential KCI Changes

FILE: Passengers walk past shops in Terminal B. Current businesses and potential tenants are included in decision-making for the future of KCI.
Credit Julie Denesha / KCUR

Mayoral investigators searching for best ways to improve Kansas City International Airport heard another barrage of public input Monday night.

Most of it was against radical change from multiple terminals. The most common sentiments were to update the existing structure.

Alan Norman said he finds the airport user-friendly but not perfect.

"There are some operating inefficiencies there and maintenance problems and security problems that are expensive," said Norman.

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Central Standard
4:00 pm
Mon February 24, 2014

Exploring The Borders And Boundaries In And Around Kansas City

How do we define ourselves, Kansas City? Are we a community made of rich and poor, black and white? Are we defined and divided by the languages we speak at home? Do neighborhoods, suburbs or rural communities signify who we are?

On today's Central Standard, we’ll explore the ways our communities have changed and are changing. Also, we'll talk about the lines that separate and unite us as the beginning of a longer conversation between KCUR and the greater Kansas City about borders and boundaries.

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Community
11:09 am
Mon February 24, 2014

Going To Kansas City: 6 Songs That Celebrate The City As A Destination

What brought you to Kansas City? Why have you stayed? Share your story with us at goingtokc@kcur.org.
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We want to know what brought you to Kansas City, and what made you stay. Was it the relatively low cost of living? The arts scene? Was it the recession-proof economy? Or perhaps the barbeque? 

To collect these stories, KCUR is launching a new series called, Going To Kansas City

To kick off the series, I explore the idea of Kansas City as a “destination in song” with music historian Chuck Haddix. In the coming weeks we will profile Kansas Citians and share their stories about why they came here, and what made them stay.

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7:54 am
Mon February 24, 2014

Tell KCUR: What Are The Kansas City Metro’s Strongest Dividing Lines?

What are the Kansas City metro's geographic dividing lines? How do these borders affect your life? Tweet us with the #TellKCUR hashtag.

Natural and perceived borders often determine how we live in the Kansas City metropolitan area.

Streets, rivers, the state line and county boundaries are just some of the borders that affect where we eat, work and play.

We want to know which lines are the most divisive in the Kansas City area.

Tell KCUR: What are the Kansas City metro’s strongest geographic dividing lines? How do they affect your life?

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Up To Date
12:20 pm
Fri February 21, 2014

Up To Date 2014 Heart Of America Entry

Living with Alzheimer's (March 28, 2013)

Former Kansas Congressman Dennis Moore was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease just six months after leaving a six-term career in the U.S. House. His wife, Stephene Moore, is the Region 7 director of the federal Health and Human Services Department. She and Dennis joined us to talk about his experiences with the disease. Our other guest was Michelle Niedens, director of programs and public policy for the Alzheimer's Association’s Heart of America chapter.
 

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Up To Date
11:09 am
Fri February 21, 2014

Parents Illustrate The Funny Side Of Autism In Kansas City Production

'An Evening With The Rents' runs 7 p.m. Feb. 28 at The Mission Theatre.

To call raising kids with with autism or autism spectrum disorder a challenge would probably be underselling it ... by quite a bit.

For many parents of kids with autism, maintaining a sense of humor is an essential component. Those experiences will be illustrated by some Kansas City area parents in An Evening with the Rents where they will deliver stand-up comedy routines centered around living with children on the spectrum.

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Central Standard
7:52 am
Thu February 20, 2014

Sleep And Dreams

We’re supposed to spend a third of our day sleeping, but often we fall short. And at times when we are lucky enough to sleep, it can be filled with thrilling or tormenting dreams. On today's Central Standard we look at sleep and dreams. We explore how to get to sleep, stay asleep and what your dreams can be saying about your emotional state.

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Up to Date
11:47 am
Wed February 19, 2014

JJ's Update: One Year After The Explosion

It's been a year since an explosion destroyed JJ's Restaurant on the Plaza.
Credit Elana Gordon / KCUR

Last February, a gas explosion rocked the Plaza, destroying JJ’s restaurant. In the wake of the destruction, 15 people were injured, and one died.

In the first part of Wednesday's Up to Date, we’ll take a look at the issues surrounding the blast and its continued legacy, both on the Plaza and in the courtroom. We’ll also talk with one of the owners of JJ’s about what the future holds.

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11:45 am
Wed February 19, 2014

What You Remember From The JJ’s Explosion

Where were you during the blast at JJ's Restaurant on Feb. 19, 2013? We asked our listeners to tweet us their answers with the #TellKCUR hashtag.
Credit Elana Gordon / KCUR

One year ago, many Kansas Citians knew about a natural gas explosion at JJ’s Restaurant before news outlets began to report the story.

Wednesday marks the one-year anniversary of the blast that hundreds of Kansas Citians saw firsthand or felt on the Country Club Plaza.  

We wanted to know more about what you remembered from that evening.

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Community
7:52 am
Wed February 19, 2014

One Year Later, Still No Final Chapter In JJ's Blast

Lawsuits and appeals plague the aftermath of the deadly explosion of JJ's restaurant on Country Club Plaza in midtown Kansas City.
Credit Elana Gordon / KCUR

One year has passed since the explosion and fire at JJ's restaurant killed waitress Megan Cramer and injured 15 on the edge of Country Club Plaza in Kansas City, Mo.

Investigators have found fault in the blast, but legal action continues. Ten lawsuits are on file by people legally claiming damage in the natural gas explosion. Suits are not expected to go to trial for more than a year.

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Community
8:14 am
Tue February 18, 2014

Meet The Missouri Man Who Is A Quadriplegic Rally Car Racer

Chris Hrabik sits behind the wheel of his 1997 Subaru Impreza. The steering wheel is detachable. "The cool thing is when the wheel’s off, I can break my wheelchair down and put it in here so I can go drive around by myself," Hrabik says.
Credit Jacob McCleland / KRCU

Rally car racing is popular in Europe and Canada, but it has a much lower profile in the United States. It is a dangerous sport where racers thrash through rural, gravel roads at high speeds in street-legal cars as they try to score the fastest time.

Chris Hrabik, from Sedgewickville, Mo., will compete in a nationally-sponsored rally this week in Salem, Mo. And here’s the twist - he’s a quadriplegic.

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8:38 am
Mon February 17, 2014

Tell KCUR: Where Were You During the JJ's Explosion?

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This week will mark the one-year anniversary of the explosion at JJ's Restaurant on the Country Club Plaza in Kansas City, Mo.

As we look back, we want to know your memories of those tragic hours and days, and what has stayed with you.

Tell KCUR: Where were you when the explosion occurred? What about the tragedy sticks with you?

Whether you were a regular at JJ's or had never been, we want to know your thoughts as we remember the disaster that happened the night of Feb. 19, 2013.

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Up To Date
2:46 pm
Thu February 13, 2014

Mayor Sly James On Kansas City's Current Issues

Kansas City, Mo., Mayor Sly James speaks with Steve Kraske on Up to Date.
Credit Beth Lipoff / KCUR

Though the snow may be melting away in Kansas City, the burning issues aren't going anywhere.

On Thursday's Up to Date, Mayor Sly James takes our questions, and yours, about the troubled school district, the proposed KCI expansion project, and more. 

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  • Sly James is mayor of Kansas City, Mo.
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Central Standard
4:00 pm
Wed February 12, 2014

Google Fiber Report Card

Kansas City was selected as the first place in the country to receive Google Fiber. Now that fiber networks have been established in the many communities in the metropolitan area, users have experienced internet connection that is 100 times faster than typical broadband speeds.

As Google Fiber and other fiber networks expand to other cities we explore how well Kansas City is capitalizing on it's head start and where it might be falling short. 

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Up To Date
2:31 pm
Tue February 11, 2014

90-Mile View From The Hill

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After her husband died in 1986, June Jewitt continued to live in the house they had built on a hill in Douglas County, Kan., and began writing. One of her daughters slipped a sample of June's views of life under the door of the Baldwin City Signal and a column, Musings from the Hill, was born.

On this edition of 90-Mile View, Steve Kraske talks with the nonagenarian about why she continues to live on the hill, what she most likes to write about, and why she hasn't retired.

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Central Standard
4:00 pm
Thu February 6, 2014

The Science Of Street Traffic

As populations continue to grow in urban areas, the demand for a more efficient traffic system has been brought to the forefront of modern transportation issues. There is simply not enough room to add more lanes to highways or to build new roads.

Innovative updates to existing infrastructures are a work in progress right here in our backyard. Today we discuss what is being done to allow for safer and faster transportation in our cities. 

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Community
6:00 am
Thu February 6, 2014

Pinball Is Bumping Back In Kansas And Missouri

Suzanne Hogan KCUR

Remember pinball, the coin operated game that flips a silver ball to score points?

During the 1990s in Kansas City, you could easily find pinball machines in arcades, bars and restaurants. But now, pinball machines are harder to find, and they are often out of order. But, the game of pinball is making a comeback with the help of some local competitors. 

Some of who will go on to represent Kansas and Missouri in the national championships, after winners are selected at the state championships this weekend.

Pinball's second generation

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Central Standard
4:00 pm
Wed February 5, 2014

Opiate Addiction In Kansas City: Heroin Use On The Rise

The tragic death of actor and director Philip Seymour Hoffman has shed light on heroin and opiate use in America. Right here in Kansas City, opiate-based drugs are more popular than ever and the results have been devastating. Central Standard takes a look at why Kansas and Missouri residents are using these lethal substances and what impact heroin addiction has had on one local family.

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Community
11:02 am
Wed February 5, 2014

Check Out This Kansas Citian's Awesome Snow Storm Video

A still from filmmaker Lasaro Abalos' snow video shows a Kansas City fountain during Tuesday's snow storm.
Credit Lasaro Abalos

During the snow storm that swept across the Kansas City metro Tuesday, KMBC cameraman Lasaro Abalos was on assignment to gather shots of the snow. While he was out gathering shots for television, Abalos decided to make something a little different and slower as a side project.

"I have a 4 and 6-year-old and I never get a chance to enjoy the snow fall  with them because I'm always covering it for news," Abalos wrote in an email. "Seeing the excitement in my kids eyes when it snows made me see the beauty of a snowfall."

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