When St. Paul’s School of Theology moved to Johnson County, Kansas last year, it left a beautiful, 19-acre campus in Northeast Kansas City, Mo. vacant. Now, the campus could become home to recovering prostitutes, drug and alcohol addicts, and at-risk boys.
The city would have to rezone the area, and some neighbors aren’t happy. They believe a proposal to put a group of social service agencies on the campus will damage the neighborhood’s image and possibly jeopardize their safety.
St. Peter/Waterway is one of six communities targeted by Greater Kansas City Local Initiative Support Corporation (LISC) in 2006 as part of their NeighborhoodsNOW program.
City planner and former Vice-Chair of the Planning Commission of the Unified Government of Wyandotte County Daniel Serda and Micah Kubic, Senior Program Officer of Greater Kansas City LISC talk about what makes a neighborhood sustainable and how to go about developing one.
Kansas City is known as a “weak mayor” town. That’s no slight on Mayor Sly James, it’s the way the city charter sets up our government, where the mayor is a glorified city council member, and the city manager really runs the town. Since June, citizens in the Charter Review Commission has been meeting to make recommendations to revise the charter. Two major issues are the role of the mayor and the composition of the city council.
If you were to imagine a man in your mind's eye, what would he look like? What would he sound like? How would he act? In Western culture, the idea of a man provokes thoughts of ruggedness, strength, leadership-- someone unemotional, but powerful. While some of these characteristics are true, they could not apply to every man. But are they altogether outdated, or even false?
"When life hands you lemons, make lemonade." So goes the saying, but when your life is milk, lots of milk, what do you do?
On this edition of 90-Mile View, dairyman Eric Neill tells Steve Kraske how things are going on the farm, including getting ready to bring new "ladies" into the herd. Then Eric's partner, and wife, Julie has been busy exploring other options for the dairy's daily production. When life hands you milk . . .
One hundred fifty-seven years ago Thursday the Arabia, a steamboat traveling the Missouri River westward from St. Louis, sank. The actual event was relatively minor, the only casualty was an mule that was tied to the deck — all 130 passengers were able to make it ashore safely.
Choosing to have a family and determining its size are highly personal, sometimes painful decisions that has consequences for your finances, health, and happiness. Up To Date is partnering with PRI’s The World for its series exploring family planning options from around the globe.
On Friday morning at Paseo Academy, Kansas City Public Schools Superintendent Stephen Green made a big announcement about the district's accreditation status. It had leaped more than 40 points in the new state assessment system. KCUR’s Maria Carter was there and talked to us about what happened.
Hellen Cook's disappearance came to our attention during our last conversation with The Benton County Enterprise publisher James White.
On this edition of 90-Mile View, James is back with the rest of Hellen's story: who she was beyond the headlines and what her family is doing to improve the process of finding lost loved ones in the future.
What's it like to leap off tall buildings in a single bound?
In the second part of Monday's Up to Date, we talk with base-jumper Alastair Macartney about Monday morning's jump off of Kansas City's Liberty Memorial, why he chose this profession and find out whether he looks down before he takes the plunge.
Exercise is generally supposed to make you feel better, but one running club effort is aiming a little bit higher.
In the second part of Thursday's Up to Date, we take a look at how Anne Mahlum's Back On My Feet running clubs for homeless people are changing the way we look at those who live on the street and how they see themselves.
It’s been more than 18 years since KCI had a deadly jet crash. But the crash of a jet at SFO in San Fransisco, Calif. last month is still fresh in the minds of the KCI airport firefighting crew.
Right next to KCI on the former TWA overhaul base, there is a boneyard of old planes, parts of them on pavement. One is an engineless 727 jet and airport Fire Chief Matt Mauer has just had a special crash truck spray it down with fire suppressing foam.
Being a police officer is about many things: patrolling a beat, helping other officers maintain order, and sometimes, providing extra security to visiting dignitaries.
Kansas City, Mo., police officer Nicole Wright returns to speak with Steve Kraske about what it's like to work be part of the special security detail at the NAACP national convention for the organization’s chairman, Roslyn M. Brock and what the mood was there when they heard the verdict of the Trayvon Martin-George Zimmerman case.
Everyone's got an opinion on what that media's doing right-- and what it's doing wrong. On Monday's Up to Date, we talk with a few experts from the trenches about recent headlines: Derek Donovan, public editor at The Kansas City Star, Peggy Lowe of Harvest Public Media, and Pam Fine, Knight Chair & professor of journalism at the University of Kansas all weigh in on the topics.
Many of us ask ourselves at some point: "What am I doing and why am I doing it?" For one woman the question looms larger with her choice to pursue a lifestyle that embraces isolation and eschews the modern.
Ask any genealogist – they’ll say researching family history begins and ends with stories: tales from Ellis Island, settling the frontier, fighting in the Civil War. These stories, and more, are all being told over and over again at a library in Independence, Mo. – but if you’re there, all you’ll hear is silence.
“This is the largest free-standing public genealogy library in the United States,” says Cheryl Lang, manager of the Midwest Genealogy Center.
A western Missouri-based educational program was the lure to bring President Obama to speak in Warrensburg last week. The President said so, directly, in his address at the University of Central Missouri. Hear from some originators of what's known as the Missouri Innovation Campus.
Has a stranger ever helped you in a moment of need or brightened your day with a a small interaction that you can't forget? Have you ever been that stranger to somebody else?
Central Standard explores why someone might be kind when they have nothing to gain in return and what impact that can have on people's lives and the world. Our guests include Suzy Hall, co-organizer of Kinder KC and Dr. James Doty, director for Center for Compassion and Altruism Research Education (CCARE).