An Illinois farmer harvests his corn crop in this file photo. Average net farm income has tumbled in recent years.
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Farm Economy Downturn Prompts Fears Of A 'Crisis'

Of all the expensive machinery Tom Giessel worked during the 2017 wheat harvest, his favorite sits in the office of his home. It’s a microfilm machine, the kind found in a high school library. Giessel uses it for his work as the historian of the National Farmers Union, the nation’s second-largest farm group.

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Kansas City Student Wins Top History Honors With 'Suffrajitsu' Performance

Pembroke Hill School senior Erin Lowe took the role of a sparring suffragette to the National History Day Contest in Maryland, and brought home a gold medal.

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KC Star Sells Headquarters, Printing Plant For Combined $42 Million

The Kansas City Star’s historic headquarters building at 1729 Grand Blvd. has been sold to a local developer who wants to redevelop the property as a first-class office project for up to 1,200 workers. On Friday, The Star’s parent company, Sacramento-based McClatchy, announced it had sold the historic property and the 11-year-old Press Pavilion across McGee Street for a combined $42 million.

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It’s been a month since Missouri lawmakers discussed abortion restrictions in the second special session of the summer. They return Monday with the hopes of swiftly approving a revised bill and getting back to their day jobs and vacations.

Sen. Andrew Koenig, a Republican from Manchester, is the chief sponsor of the bill, which the House revised on June 20. He said he’s confident his party has the votes to kill any filibuster by Democrats (Senate GOP has a 24-9 edge in sheer numbers) and approve the measure “as is.” 

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UPDATED at 11:46 a.m. Monday, July 24.

Generators were buzzing in backyards across the Kansas City metro after severe thunderstorms knocked out power to tens of thousands Saturday night.

As of 9 a.m. Monday, about 20,000 Kansas City Power & Light customers were still waiting for the lights to come back on.

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The Kansas City Star’s historic headquarters building at 1729 Grand Blvd. has been sold to a local developer who wants to redevelop the property as a first-class office project for up to 1,200 workers.

On Friday, The Star’s parent company, Sacramento-based McClatchy, announced it had sold the historic property and the 11-year-old Press Pavilion across McGee Street for a combined $42 million.

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There once was a time when "sausage" meant links or patties served with pancakes.

Not anymore, especially in Kansas City. We’ve seen a lot more sausage variety over the past few years.

“I think it’s part of the butchery trend,” Jenny Vergara told host Gina Kaufmann on KCUR’s Central Standard. “We have more and more chefs who are opening great butcher shops. With this return to artisan do-it-yourself butchery, sausage is a really incredible way to use up all the pieces and parts.”

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At a crossroads in his life, Kansas artist Dave Loewenstein was haunted by the words of an organic farmer.

"If we can't sell it to working class people," the farmer had asked about his produce, "what are we doing?"

Dave wondered the same thing of his art. He had a hard time seeing the point in his landscape paintings, even in a best-case scenario.

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On a busy Sunday afternoon in Kansas City's East Bottoms, there are people lunching at picnic tables on a gravel lot outside of the Local Pig. Inside, just behind the deli counter, there’s a huge butcher’s block, where chefs and amateurs alike have gathered for a crash course.

“There's a pretty good mix of people in the class,” butcher Jimmy Spradlin says. “There's a young chef and then just some old rough and tumble redneck guy that's like, ‘I'm just here for the pork chops.’”

But today, they’re all here to make sausage.

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A 35-year-old man died overnight Thursday after being restrained to a chair at the Jackson County Detention Center.

The man was brought in on a parole violation around 11 p.m. According to Jackson County spokeswoman Marshanna Hester, he was evaluated by a nurse at intake.

Courtesy Mark Montgomery

For three decades, Kansas City singer/songwriter Mark Montgomery has played guitar, bass, and harmonica in blues and jazz bands.

And he's also a beekeeper

Montgomery spoke with Fish Fry host Chuck Haddix about his latest album, the first on his own Love Honey label, called "Difficult Man."

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Another apartment project in Westport moved forward Thursday after gaining approval from the Kansas City Council. 

The plan, which includes 215 apartment units, a 120 room hotel and retail and office space, sits on about 4 acres between Mill Street and Pennsylvania Avenue, north of Westport Road. 

The project would wrap around the existing Manor Square garage between Mill Street and Pennsylvania Avenue, and Char Bar at 4050 Pennsylvania.

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Feelin’ a little sassy?

Let the weekend take you to your effervescent place by way of the area’s biggest annual picnic, a pair of well-matched comedic titans guaranteed to leave you in stitches and ample doses of dance-happy rock and kick-butt country. And that’s even before considering this year’s crop of more than 90 feisty Fringe Festival shows, including the onstage sharing of “bathroom horror” stories.

Too much? Oh, stop pretending and sassify yourself!

1. Kansas City’s Big Picnic

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Johnson County's Poor Farm

There used to be a poor farm at 119th and Ridgeview Road; it was another time period's model for helping the homeless. The story of the farm and the attitude towards poverty that it represents.

Musical Chairs

Hickman Mills students face a lot of challenges, but one of the biggest is moving schools during the academic year. KCUR contributor Barbara Shelly immersed herself in the district for a year.