On the Trail: Greitens reflects on his Jewish faith through lens of cemetery vandalism

Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens is one of the more prominent Jewish political leaders in America today. For him, his response to this week’s vandalism at Chesed Shel Emeth Cemetery in University City goes hand-in-hand with his “go to the front lines” philosophy. The Republican chief executive sent out a Facebook request for people to help clean up the traditionally Jewish cemetery, where more than 150 gravestones were desecrated. Hundreds showed up, and Greitens’ call to action became a national...

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Reflecting On Missouri's Confederate Past

The Civil War ended more than 150 years ago, but it still reverberates today. A look at how Missouri deals with its Confederate history.

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6 Completely Different Things To Do In Kansas City This Weekend

Think of the weekend as a pizza. Or a taco. Or a bursting bag of potato chips. No, wait, make it an ice cream sundae with extra whipped cream and three cherries on top. To be honest, I didn’t set out to reveal my diverse junk-food addiction in this space, but there it is. Just as you may not have intended to do something completely different with your weekend, but here we go. Check out some things to do that are downright dissimilar from each other, even if your adventures are fueled by a run...

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Solutions To Kansas Fiscal Woes Won't Come In One Session, Says Budget Director

No matter which proposal state legislators and Gov. Brownback agree on, Shawn Sullivan says getting the budget on stable footing will require a more robust economy.

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Forget the sad desk lunch. The lunch break is a time to get out and explore new restaurants.

Whether you’re looking for something fast and affordable or luxurious — or something to grab and take to a nearby park (hi, spring!) — KCUR’s Food Critics search out the best lunch spots in and around Kansas City.

Here are their recommendations:

Bonjwing Lee, The Ulterior Epicure:

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Members of the Kansas congressional delegation are under fire — like many of their colleagues across the country — for ducking town-hall meetings with their constituents.

At the Kansas GOP convention earlier this month, two of them explained their reaction to raucousness at their offices. 

Sens. Debbie Stabenow and Pat Roberts speak to the crowd at a field hearing on the Farm Bill in Manhattan, Kan.
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At a stressful time for U.S. farmers, the government’s efforts at calming the agricultural waters took center stage Thursday, when the heads of the U.S. Senate’s Agriculture Committee left Washington for the Midwest to solicit opinions on priorities for the next Farm Bill.

U.S. Sens. Pat Roberts, R-KS, and Debbie Stabenow, D-MI, heard from Midwest farmers at their first field hearing on the 2018 Farm Bill at Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kansas.

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What’s the future of protest music?

That was a reasonable question for the hundreds of musicians who came to Kansas City in mid-February for the Folk Alliance International Conference, the theme of which was "Forbidden Folk." Given political developments over the last year, plenty of “old guys with banjos” — as one musician put it — were fired up, but I wanted to see what younger musicians thought about one staple of their genre.

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A federal judge today threatened to jail Johnson County businessman Joel Tucker after he failed to comply with orders requiring him to disclose details of a payday lending scheme.

The Federal Trade Commission has accused Tucker of selling bogus debt to collection agencies, which used them to get consumers to pay debts they didn’t owe.

Tucker is the brother of Leawood businessman and race car driver Scott Tucker, who pleaded not guilty a year ago to criminal charges of running a $2 billion payday lending scheme.

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Peter Witte, dean of the UMKC Conservatory of Music and Dance since 2008, will soon be leaving Kansas City for Stockton, California. The University of the Pacific announced on Wednesday that Witte had accepted the job as dean of their Conservatory of Music. 

This news comes at a critical time for the UMKC downtown arts campus at the corner of 17th and Broadway, just south of the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts.

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Correct Care Solutions, a Tennessee-based company that is the sole bidder for a contract to operate Osawatomie State Hospital, has a history of safety problems at the state psychiatric facilities it runs in Florida.

Officials with the Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services declined to provide details this week on Correct Care’s bid to operate Osawatomie State Hospital, one of two state facilities for people deemed a danger to themselves or others.

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Think of the weekend as a pizza. Or a taco. Or a bursting bag of potato chips. No, wait, make it an ice cream sundae with extra whipped cream and three cherries on top.

To be honest, I didn’t set out to reveal my diverse junk-food addiction in this space, but there it is. Just as you may not have intended to do something completely different with your weekend, but here we go.

Check out some things to do that are downright dissimilar from each other, even if your adventures are fueled by a run-of-the-mill healthy diet. Me, I’m cruising with a candy bar!

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Members of the Indian community in Johnson County have reached out to the family of Srinivas Kuchibhotla and Alok Madasani, two of the victims in last night’s shooting at an Olathe bar, according to an official with the Hindu Temple and Cultural Center of Kansas City.

Kuchibhotla died of his injuries. Madasani and another man, identified as Ian Grillot, are recovering from their injuries.  

Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences

With the United States facing a shortage of physicians over the next decade, health care groups and lawmakers are scrambling to increase the number of doctors – primary care providers in particular – to serve an aging population.

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