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6:52 am
Mon July 8, 2013

Top Of The Morning News: July 8, 2013

Many farmers are working past retirement age.  Players from the Kansas Royals and Sporting Kansas City have been named to their league’s All-Star teams.  An elk herd is thriving in southeast Missouri after conservation efforts.

Aging Farmers Reluctant To Retire, Pass On Land

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1:01 am
Sat July 6, 2013

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Police said a Kansas City gunshot detection system is reducing crime. And the veto of a Missouri “states' rights” gun bill appeared to be headed for an override vote. Steve Bell revisits those and other top stories of the week on KCUR's Saturday News Review.

MO Democratic governor vetoes gun bill, GOP threatens override

The Republican-controlled Missouri legislature's most controversial piece of gun rights legislation fell to Governor Nixon's veto Friday.

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7:23 am
Fri July 5, 2013

Top Of The Morning news: July 5, 2013

Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback goes to the Paris Airshow to meet with aviation industry officials. A controversial Medicare program requiring all mail-order diabetic supplies be sold through a select number of private companies started this week. The Country Club Plaza makes the list of the most endangered historic location in Kansas City.

Controversial Medicare Bid Program Takes Next Step

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2:36 pm
Wed July 3, 2013

What The White House Has To Say About Westboro Baptist Church

The White House GIF shows the concentration of people who signed one of the petitions regarding Westboro Baptist Church in Topeka, Kan.
Credit Mick Thompson / Where The People

The White House has formally responded to five petitions that request Westboro Baptist Church in Topeka, Kan. have their non-profit status revoked and that they be federally recognized as a hate group.

Nearly 700,000 people have signed the petitions since December 2012 when they were created.

In a post on the White House website the administration says while they do not maintain a list of hate groups, they agree that the practices of Westboro Baptist are "reprehensible."

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10:44 am
Wed July 3, 2013

Top Of The Morning News: July 3, 2013

The Kansas City Police Department wants to get federal money to expand a gunfire expansion program.  U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill  criticizes Missouri lawmakers for failing to pass a transportation bill.  A Democratic state senator is calling into question Kansas Governor Sam Brownback’s appointment to the Board of Regents.

KCPD Seeks Federal Money To Expand Shot Spot

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8:27 am
Tue July 2, 2013

Top Of The Morning News: July 2, 2013

The failure of lawmakers to pass a farm bill has left farmers uncertain about the future.  Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon signs a bill blocking the scanning of documents for driver’s licenses. Missouri lawmakers have taken more than $700,000 in lobbyist’s gifts since the beginning of the year.

Farm Bill Fail Leaves Farmers Uncertain, But Unvexed

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8:19 pm
Fri June 28, 2013

Top Stories Of The Week

Missouri's governor held back $400 million in spending. A Kansas judge blocked parts of a new abortion law. And the Sprint-Softbank-Clearwire triangle ended with a betrothal. KCUR's Steve Bell recaps on those and other top stories of the week on the KCUR Saturday News Review.

Sprint shareholders accept Softbank bid

It had gone on for week: two rival suitors for majority ownership of Sprint Nextel. Finally, this week, Sprint shareholders voted to take Japanese company Softbank's $21.6 billion offer for 78 percent of the company.

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9:53 am
Thu June 27, 2013

Top Of The Morning News: June 27, 2013

The Kauffman Foundation announces a $20 million dollar jump start for a downtown arts campus for the UMKC Conservatory of Music and Dance.  In the wake of the Supreme Court ruling on DOMA, Kansas City supporters of same sex marriage react.  Also, constitutional lawyers take a look at what it means for the state as a whole.

Kauffman Foundation Announces $20 Million For Downtown Arts Campus

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7:30 am
Tue June 25, 2013

Top Of The Morning News: June 25, 2013

Farmers are finding there’s more to Community Supported Agriculture than simply growing crops.  Kansas looks at way to reduce childhood poverty.  Ford Motor and the United Auto Workers are looking at a home-based nursing program for people with chronic conditions.

Kansas Looks At Ways To Reduce Childhood Poverty, Including Relationship Training

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9:34 am
Mon June 24, 2013

Top Of The Morning News: June 24, 2013

Community Supported Agriculture groups face questions as they grow.  Father and son take to the stage at the Heart of America Shakespeare Fesitval.  Kansas submits its first quarterly report after privatizing its Medicaid program.

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7:18 pm
Fri June 21, 2013

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Regents approved Kansas tuition increases. And Kansas City ended up in the middle of the debate over privacy and national security. KCUR's Steve Bell recaps on those and other top stories of the week on the KCUR Saturday News Review.

FBI says Kansas City man was involved in NYSE bombing plot

A top FBI official told a Capitol Hill hearing that Kahlid Ouazzani, who lived in ther Kansas City area and admitted sending money to AlQueda, had been part of a terrorist plot to bomb Wall Street.

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9:38 am
Fri June 21, 2013

Top Of The Morning News: June 21, 2013

The Kansas City Council approves an ordinance that could lead to more microbreweries.  Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach says the border is the key to immigration law change.  Union Station opens a new exhibit about pirates.

Council Hopes For Microbrewery Boom

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9:56 am
Thu June 20, 2013

Top Of The Morning News: June 20, 2013

Missouri issues guidelines for students in unaccredited districts wishing to transfer to accredited districts.  A commission is looking for ways to make the Kansas City, Mo. City government better.  An Overland Park-based cement company has been ordered to pay $30 million for violating the Clean Air Act.

Missouri Issues Guidelines For Transfers To Accredited Districts

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7:30 am
Wed June 19, 2013

Top Of The Morning News: June 19, 2013

A Kansas City man is tied to a New York bomb plot as part of government surveillance program.  Missouri Congressmen speak out about the House version of the Farm Bill. 

Kansas City Man Tied to New York Bomb Plot

The FBI alleges that a Kansas City man was involved in a fledgling plot to bomb the New York Stock Exchange. The case came up as an example of effective the government surveillance programs have been at foiling some 50 terrorist plots.

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Labor
8:21 am
Tue June 18, 2013

UMWA Workers Continue Protests Against Peabody Coal

More than 1,000 United Mine Workers of America members were back in St. Louis Monday, the latest in a series of protests against Peabody Coal and its handling of their retirement and health care benefits.

St. Louis-based Peabody Coal spun off Patriot in 2007, and made it financially responsible for most retiree benefits. The rally is the first since a bankruptcy judge ruled last month that Patriot can impose sharp cuts in those benefits to get the company profitable again.

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9:12 am
Mon June 17, 2013

Top Of The Morning News: June 17, 2013

UMKC begins accepting applications for its Physician Assistants program following a change in Missouri law. Former Missouri Governor Bob Holden comes to Kanas City to welcome Chinese students to Missouri Boys and Girls State conference.  A delegation from Kansas, including Governor Sam Brownback, heads to the Paris Air Show.

UMKC Starts Physician Assistant Program

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7:05 am
Sat June 15, 2013

Top Stories Of The Week

The Missouri Supreme Court ruled that kids can transfer out of unaccredited school districts. And Governor Sam Brownback welcomed more Kansas income tax cuts. Those are two of the top stories on KCUR's Saturday News Review.

Brownback signs tax cut bill in Overland Park

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9:31 am
Thu June 13, 2013

Top Of The Morning News: June 13, 2013

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon signs eight bills into law.  The MU Chancellor announces he will retire in November.  Farmers find it hard to constantly switch between floods and drought,

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8:45 am
Wed June 12, 2013

Top Of The Morning News: June 12, 2013

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon campaigns against a tax credit bill which he vetoed last week.  Kansas educators say they are in favor of Common Core Standards.  Maggots are being used in Branson to heal wounds and reattach limbs.

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9:31 am
Mon June 10, 2013

Top Of The Morning News: June 10, 2013

Although he’s opposed to cutting the higher education budget, Kansas Governor Sam Brownback has limited options. A non-profit is bringing photography and words to highlight sustainability.

Sustainability In Pictures And Words

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8:05 pm
Fri June 7, 2013

Top Stories Of The Week

 

Missouri's governor vetoed a bill raising sales taxes and lowering income tax rates. And the Kansas Legislature ignored the governor's entreaties not to cut higher education spending. Steve Bell revisits those and other top stories of the week on KCUR's Saturday News Review.

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7:59 am
Fri June 7, 2013

Top Of The Morning News: June 7, 2013

Higher education officials in Kansas look at increasing tuition.  An EPA study finds water systems need more $4 billion in upgrades.  The Johnson County Elections Board is recognized for using technology at the polls.

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8:12 am
Thu June 6, 2013

Top Of The Morning News: June 6, 2013

Kansas Republican responds to Democrats claims about the tax plan approved by the legislature.  Advocates say children didn’t fare well in the Kansas budget.  Too much rain presents problems for farmers.

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8:52 am
Wed June 5, 2013

Top Of The Morning News: June 5th, 2013

A Republican retains the 8th Congressional seat left open when Jo Ann Emerson resigned.  Missouri revenue growth is still up even as it slowed in May.  The farm crisis of the 1980s brought lessons for one farming family.

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6:50 am
Tue June 4, 2013

Top Of The Morning News: June 4, 2013

The St. Louis Zoo is working to restore and endangered beetle to a prairie in southwest Missouri.  Kansas lawmakers have approved a disabilities plan despite objections.

St. Louis Zoo Continues Efforts To Restore Endangered Beetle

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6:46 am
Mon June 3, 2013

Top Of The Morning News: June 3, 2013

Kansas Legislature passes budget; KU unsure what state budget cuts will mean for the university; Smithsonian to create exhibit around farm themes.

Kansas Legislature Passes Budget In Final Hours Of Session

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12:29 am
Sat June 1, 2013

Top Stories Of The Week

 

George Brett was back down in the dugout – as a coach. And the Kansas Legislature extended its session into June for the first time since 1861. KCUR's Steve Bell recaps on those and other top stories of the week on the KCUR Saturday News Review.

Stalemate continues in Kansas GOP, legislature approaches 100th day

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7:14 am
Thu May 30, 2013

Top Of The Morning News: May 30, 2013

A new system help keep cell phone users in the loop about tornadoes and other emergencies.  Kansas early childhood programs could face cuts under current budget plans being debated.  The Missouri House Speaker tours the state publicizing legislative accomplishments this year.

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NBAF
7:52 am
Wed May 29, 2013

Officials Break Ground On NBAF Power Plant

Federal, state and local officials broke ground on the NBAF facility Tuesday in Manhattan, Kan.
Credit Shierrene Jones Sontag / Governor's office

Federal , state, and local officials gathered Tuesday afternoon at a ceremonial groundbreaking for a power plant on the site of the proposed National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility in Manhattan, Kansas.

The so-called Central Utility Plant is Phase 2 of the Department of Homeland Security project - a high level bio-containment animal disease lab that will studying emerging and foreign animal diseases.

Congress allocated $40 million for the power plant in 2011.

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7:09 am
Wed May 29, 2013

Top Of The Morning News: May 29, 2013

A proposed expansion of the Sunflower Electric power plant in southwest Kansas has ran into trouble in court.  Officials break ground on a power plant for the National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility.  After promising start to the season, the Kansas City Royals have been faltering recently.

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