Peggy Lowe http://kcur.org en Lobbyists Of All Kinds Flock To Farm Bill http://kcur.org/post/lobbyists-all-kinds-flock-farm-bill <p>When U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow <a href="http://harvestpublicmedia.org/article/years-making-new-farm-bill-becomes-law">announced passage of the Farm Bill</a> in February, she echoed a refrain from a car commercial.</p><p>“This is not your father’s Farm Bill,” she said.</p> Mon, 14 Jul 2014 13:42:47 +0000 Peggy Lowe 58790 at http://kcur.org Lobbyists Of All Kinds Flock To Farm Bill Jackson County Won't Defend Missouri Gay Marriage Ban http://kcur.org/post/jackson-county-wont-defend-missouri-gay-marriage-ban <p>Jackson County will not fight a challenge to Missouri’s gay marriage ban because it discriminates against same-sex couples, the county’s top executive said Monday.</p><p>Last week the American Civil Liberties Union filed <a href="http://www.aclu-mo.org/download_file/view_inline/1159/514/">a lawsuit in Jackson County Circuit Court</a> on behalf of two Kansas City, Mo., couples who were denied marriage licenses.</p> Mon, 30 Jun 2014 21:52:25 +0000 Peggy Lowe 58182 at http://kcur.org Jackson County Won't Defend Missouri Gay Marriage Ban Program Offers Grief Counseling For Kansas City Teens Affected By Homicide http://kcur.org/post/program-offers-grief-counseling-kansas-city-teens-affected-homicide <p></p><h3>There’s a hush in the community room at the Lucile H. Bluford Public Library at 30<sup>th</sup> and Prospect streets, something like the quiet in a church just before the service starts.</h3><p>The two dozen folks gathered here at 6 p.m. on a Monday night in June want to hear from the four sitting as a panel in the front of the room, people that despite their young ages, have years of mourning to share.</p> Wed, 11 Jun 2014 10:33:00 +0000 Peggy Lowe 56903 at http://kcur.org Program Offers Grief Counseling For Kansas City Teens Affected By Homicide 'Fed Up' Links Obesity Epidemic to Sugar, Industry, Government http://kcur.org/post/fed-links-obesity-epidemic-sugar-industry-government <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Just who’s to blame for the childhood obesity epidemic? Over the years, the finger has been pointed at parents, video games and vending machines, to name a few.</span></p><p>To the makers of the new activist documentary, “Fed Up,” the bottom line of blame lies with a simple substance poured into our diets every day: sugar. And the pushers of what this film calls a drug and “the new tobacco” are the food industry and our own government.</p> Fri, 23 May 2014 13:00:58 +0000 Peggy Lowe 56121 at http://kcur.org 'Fed Up' Links Obesity Epidemic to Sugar, Industry, Government In Kansas, Professors Must Now Watch What They Tweet http://kcur.org/post/kansas-professors-must-now-watch-what-they-tweet The Kansas Board of Regents gave final approval Wednesday to a strict new policy on what employees may say on social media. Critics say the policy violates both the First Amendment and academic freedom, but school officials say providing faculty with more specific guidelines will actually bolster academic freedom on campus.<p>The controversial policy was triggered by an equally controversial tweet posted last September by David Guth, an associate journalism professor. Wed, 14 May 2014 23:27:00 +0000 Peggy Lowe 55743 at http://kcur.org Strict Social Media Policy Approved By Kansas Board Of Regents http://kcur.org/post/strict-social-media-policy-approved-kansas-board-regents <p></p><p>The Kansas Board of Regents on Wednesday finalized a controversial social media policy that places broad limits on employees and is being criticized as one of the most restrictive in the country.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Regents Chairman Fred Logan, speaking to a packed meeting in Topeka, defended the policy, claiming it will shore up academic freedom by creating more specific guidelines.</span></p> Wed, 14 May 2014 21:37:28 +0000 Peggy Lowe 55726 at http://kcur.org Strict Social Media Policy Approved By Kansas Board Of Regents Study: Government Fails To Report Three-Quarters Of Farm Injuries http://kcur.org/post/study-government-fails-report-three-quarters-farm-injuries <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p></p><p>Farm work has always been one of the <a href="http://www.businessinsider.com/most-dangerous-jobs-in-america-2013-8?op=1">most dangerous jobs in America</a> -- as the government has reported, academics have researched and those doing the work well know. &nbsp;</p> Wed, 30 Apr 2014 14:39:26 +0000 Peggy Lowe 55002 at http://kcur.org Study: Government Fails To Report Three-Quarters Of Farm Injuries Regents Reject Big Changes To Controversial Social Media Policy http://kcur.org/post/regents-reject-big-changes-controversial-social-media-policy <p></p><p>The Kansas Board of Regents has decided to add a free speech provision to a controversial social media policy, a decision criticized as “window dressing.”</p> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 19:57:03 +0000 Peggy Lowe 54396 at http://kcur.org Regents Reject Big Changes To Controversial Social Media Policy Johnson County Shooting Suspect Held On $10 Million Bail http://kcur.org/post/johnson-county-shooting-suspect-held-10-million-bail <p>The 73-year old southwest Missouri man suspected in the killings&nbsp;of three people near the Jewish Community Center in Overland Park, Kan., made his first court appearance Tuesday, wearing a bullet-proof vest and looking confused as a Johnson County judge set his bail at $10 million.</p><p>Frazier Glenn Cross was charged with two felony counts of murder -- one count of capital murder and one count of premeditated first-degree murder -- for the killings of three people in two locations.</p> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 16:20:10 +0000 Peggy Lowe 54217 at http://kcur.org Johnson County Shooting Suspect Held On $10 Million Bail JCC Shooting Suspect Could be Charged Tuesday http://kcur.org/post/jcc-shooting-suspect-could-be-charged-tuesday <p></p><p>The southwest Missouri man who allegedly killed two Methodists and a Catholic near the Jewish Community Center on the eve of Passover is expected to be charged with federal and state crimes on Tuesday.</p><p>Frazier Glenn Cross Jr., 73, of Aurora, Mo., will be charged with hate crimes, authorities said Monday. Cross was “on the radar” of the FBI for some time, but was not being monitored before he opened fire on Sunday at two locations, said Special Agent Michael Kaste.</p> Mon, 14 Apr 2014 23:28:08 +0000 Peggy Lowe 54193 at http://kcur.org JCC Shooting Suspect Could be Charged Tuesday ERA DOA? The Fight For Equal Rights Lives On In Missouri http://kcur.org/post/era-doa-fight-equal-rights-lives-missouri <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>It was a chant from a different era.</p><p>“ERA now! ERA now! ERA now!”</p><p>As much as it sounded straight out of the past, the rallying cry was used Tuesday as a coalition of women’s groups marched to the Missouri Capitol in Jefferson City on <a href="http://www.pay-equity.org/day.html">Equal Pay Day</a>, the day marking how far into a new year it takes a woman to earn what a man took home last year.</p> Fri, 11 Apr 2014 10:24:58 +0000 Peggy Lowe 54018 at http://kcur.org ERA DOA? The Fight For Equal Rights Lives On In Missouri Kansas Congressman Introduces Ban on GMO Labels http://kcur.org/post/kansas-congressman-introduces-ban-gmo-labels <p>State efforts to label genetically-modified food would be outlawed under a bill unveiled by a Kansas congressman Wednesday – a plan immediately criticized as a “legislative Hail Mary” that won’t pass.</p><p>The bill by Rep. Mike Pompeo, a Republican from Wichita, would also bar the Food and Drug Administration from labeling efforts, a move highly popular with consumers, and allow so-called “natural” foods to contain bio-engineered ingredients. &nbsp;</p> Wed, 09 Apr 2014 18:42:47 +0000 Peggy Lowe 53920 at http://kcur.org Kansas Congressman Introduces Ban on GMO Labels Judge Denies Attempt to Stop Gay Couples Joint Taxes http://kcur.org/post/judge-denies-attempt-stop-gay-couples-joint-taxes <p>Gay couples in Missouri who were married in other states may still file their taxes jointly.</p><p>On Friday, a judge denied a conservative group in its attempt to immediately bar same-sex couples from filing their state tax returns together, a right granted by Gov. Jay Nixon’s executive order issued last year.</p><p>Kyle Piccola of PROMO, a state gay rights group, said he wasn’t surprised by the ruling.</p> Fri, 04 Apr 2014 23:23:56 +0000 Peggy Lowe 53720 at http://kcur.org Missouri Group Says Gay Couple's Tax Filings Unconstitutional http://kcur.org/post/missouri-group-says-gay-couples-tax-filings-unconstitutional <p>A conservative Missouri group on Wednesday attempted to put a quick stop to same-sex couples’ right to file joint tax returns, saying it violates the state’s ban on gay marriage.</p><p>Kerry Messer, head of the <a href="http://missourifamilynetwork.net/">Missouri Family Network</a>, is fighting an executive order signed in November by Gov. Jay Nixon. <a href="kcur.org/post/missouri-will-accept-joint-returns-married-same-sex-couples">The order</a> allows same-sex couples married in other states to file joint tax returns because the state’s tax code is connected to the federal government.</p> Thu, 27 Mar 2014 12:47:34 +0000 Peggy Lowe 53261 at http://kcur.org KC Mayor to Focus on Education, Crime in Annual Address http://kcur.org/post/kc-mayor-focus-education-crime-annual-address <p></p><p>Kansas City Mayor Sly James will deliver his third State of the City address today, focusing on education, plans for a new airport and more gun control.</p><p>James will make the annual speech at Park Hill High School, 7701 NW Barry Road, beginning at 10:30 a.m., followed by a student town hall meeting moderated by KCPT’s Nick Haines.</p><p>“Some of the long-term issues we’re talking about will be crime. We’ll be talking about the airport. We’ll be talking about the street car system and education in the city,” said Joni Wickham, a city spokeswoman.</p> Mon, 24 Mar 2014 12:41:31 +0000 Peggy Lowe 53019 at http://kcur.org KC Mayor to Focus on Education, Crime in Annual Address School Board VP Says Hickman Mills Has A Plan To Fix District http://kcur.org/post/school-board-vp-says-hickman-mills-has-plan-fix-district <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>The Hickman Mills school district in Kansas City, Mo., is battling back from a critical state audit that found financial and management issues. Now the next step for the district is winning back its full accreditation – which slipped to provisional status last year. Hickman Mills Board Vice President, Dan Osman, says they have a plan.</p> Tue, 18 Mar 2014 21:01:00 +0000 Peggy Lowe 52874 at http://kcur.org Report: Gas Company Didn't Follow Safety Regs in JJ's Explosion http://kcur.org/post/report-gas-company-didnt-follow-safety-regs-jjs-explosion <p></p><p>Missouri Gas Energy failed to act urgently to protect the lives of people in JJ’s Restaurant last year, the Missouri Public Service Commission ruled Thursday.</p><p>The gas company violated its own safety rules that lead to an explosion that killed one woman and injured more than a dozen others and it should be fined, the <a href="https://www.efis.psc.mo.gov/mpsc/commoncomponents/view_itemno_details.asp?caseno=GS-2013-0400&amp;attach_id=2014012085">125-page report said.</a></p> Thu, 06 Feb 2014 18:21:08 +0000 Peggy Lowe 50882 at http://kcur.org Report: Gas Company Didn't Follow Safety Regs in JJ's Explosion Kansas Faculty Change Curriculum As New Social Media Policy Kicks In http://kcur.org/post/kansas-faculty-change-curriculum-new-social-media-policy-kicks <p></p><p>When the Kansas Board of Regents announced a new, broad policy on social media for faculty and staff in mid-December, it didn’t take long to hear the reaction.</p><p>That is the nature, after all, of Facebook and Twitter.</p><p>“Unbelievably broad and vague set of policies,” <a href="http://kups.ku.edu/burdett-bird-loomis">Burdett Loomis</a>, a University of Kansas political science professor, wrote in a Facebook post. “Perfect example of using a nuclear weapon to destroy a gnat of a pseudo problem.”</p> Wed, 22 Jan 2014 13:36:02 +0000 Peggy Lowe 50081 at http://kcur.org Kansas Faculty Change Curriculum As New Social Media Policy Kicks In Kansas Regents Reject Plea To Suspend Social Media Plan http://kcur.org/post/kansas-regents-reject-plea-suspend-social-media-plan <p>The Kansas Board of Regents Wednesday denied a faculty group’s request that it suspend a controversial social media policy that has received national criticism as harming free speech.</p><p>Emporia State Professor Sheryl Lidzy, representing the Council of Faculty Senate Presidents, asked for the suspension, saying the plan could harm the hiring of top quality faculty and continue to generate negative publicity.</p> Wed, 15 Jan 2014 20:56:02 +0000 Peggy Lowe 49817 at http://kcur.org No Sexual Assault Charges In Maryville Rape Case http://kcur.org/post/no-sexual-assault-charges-maryville-rape-case <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A 19-year-0ld Maryville man pleaded guilty Thursday to a misdemeanor count of child endangerment, dodging a rape charge and offering an apology in a case that attracted small-town acrimony and international attention.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Matthew Barnett, who appeared at the Nodaway County Courthouse with his parents, got a four month suspended sentence, two years probation, and was ordered to make $1,800 in restitution to his victim, Daisy Coleman, now 16.</span></p> Thu, 09 Jan 2014 17:47:56 +0000 Peggy Lowe 48500 at http://kcur.org No Sexual Assault Charges In Maryville Rape Case Going Public in the Maryville Rape Case To Spur Action http://kcur.org/post/going-public-maryville-rape-case-spur-action <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">On a quiet Sunday morning last fall, Paige </span>Parkhurst<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> remembers being awakened by her mother, who was crying.</span></p><p>A newspaper story about the night two years ago that Paige was assaulted and her friend Daisy Coleman was allegedly raped was going viral. She and her mother, Robin Bourland, talked about how they had already been through so much. The minor boy who admitted to having sex with Parkhurst had been convicted and sentenced through the juvenile justice system.</p> Thu, 09 Jan 2014 11:06:00 +0000 Peggy Lowe 49485 at http://kcur.org Going Public in the Maryville Rape Case To Spur Action Maryville Rape Decision Set for Thursday http://kcur.org/post/maryville-rape-decision-set-thursday <p>A highly-anticipated decision is expected Thursday on a controversial rape case in Maryville, Mo.</p><p>Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker announced Wednesday, two years to the day of the alleged assault, that she will announce the findings of her investigation in Maryville at 1:30 p.m.</p><p>Baker has not made any indication what her decision might be. She could refile charges against two boys that were dropped earlier, refuse to file any charges, or choose other legal claims.</p> Wed, 08 Jan 2014 20:03:24 +0000 Peggy Lowe 49468 at http://kcur.org Maryville Rape Decision Set for Thursday The Top Agriculture Stories Of 2013 http://kcur.org/post/top-agriculture-stories-2013 <p style="margin-bottom: 20px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; font-family: 'PT Sans', sans-serif;">Big companies made big news. Muddy fields made for major headaches. And a Farm Bill delay makes the list for the second consecutive year.</p> Fri, 27 Dec 2013 14:12:13 +0000 Peggy Lowe 48932 at http://kcur.org The Top Agriculture Stories Of 2013 Suspended Drug Sales Focuses Attention On Cattle-Feeding Additive http://kcur.org/post/suspended-drug-sales-focuses-attention-cattle-feeding-additive <p>When the people from the drug company came out to visit Tyler Karney at Ordway Feedyard on Colorado’s eastern plains, he was a little skeptical.</p><p>They said their product, Zilmax, could put another 30 pounds on an animal in the last days before slaughter. Then he started blending it into the feed for the 6,500 head of Holsteins at this huge feedlot.</p><p>“We feed it the last 20 days of the feeding period and when you drive by, you can actually see a physical change in the animal,” Karney said. “They’re chest floor’s wider and just, a boxier animal. It’s kinda hard to believe.”</p> Mon, 23 Dec 2013 14:05:36 +0000 Peggy Lowe 48765 at http://kcur.org Suspended Drug Sales Focuses Attention On Cattle-Feeding Additive Mandela Remembered As Freedom Fighter At Kansas City Service http://kcur.org/post/mandela-remembered-freedom-fighter-kansas-city-service <p></p><p>South African President Nelson Mandela was remembered as a freedom fighter and a forgiving man at a memorial service in Kansas City Monday night.</p><p>A local children’s choir sang the South African National Anthem at the event at the Grace and Holy Trinity Episcopal Cathedral as people offered prayers for the world leader who died this month at the age of 95.</p><p>Ester Holzendorf of Grandview, Mo., came to the service at Grace and Holy Trinity Episcopal Church with her daughter.</p> Tue, 17 Dec 2013 13:39:10 +0000 Peggy Lowe 48449 at http://kcur.org Mandela Remembered As Freedom Fighter At Kansas City Service Mandela Memorial Service Set For Monday In Kansas City http://kcur.org/post/mandela-memorial-service-set-monday-kansas-city <p></p><p>South African expatriates' memories and a special version of their country’s national anthem sung by local children’s choirs will be part of a memorial service for Nelson Mandela in Kansas City, Mo., Monday night.</p><p>The event at Grace and Holy Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, 415 W. 13th St., is set for 6:30 p.m.</p><p>The service will also mark the <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Day_of_Reconciliation">Day of Reconciliation</a>, a public holiday in South Africa held every Dec. 16 to mark the end of apartheid.</p> Mon, 16 Dec 2013 14:55:47 +0000 Peggy Lowe 48314 at http://kcur.org Mandela Memorial Service Set For Monday In Kansas City JJ's Interview Transcript - Mark Ebbitts http://kcur.org/post/jjs-interview-transcript-mark-ebbitts <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Peggy Lowe: So what I'd like to talk to you about today, Mark, is just what we talked about the other day, which is: You had said you were in </span>JJ's<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> the night this all happened. Please tell me that story.&nbsp;</span></p> Fri, 13 Dec 2013 17:35:18 +0000 Peggy Lowe 48299 at http://kcur.org Children Of Meatpackers Dream Big, Cultivate Opportunity http://kcur.org/post/children-meatpackers-dream-big-cultivate-opportunity <p style="margin-bottom: 12px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; font-family: 'PT Sans', sans-serif; line-height: 15px;">Not yet 9 a.m. on a warm fall day, freshmen Binh Hua and My Nguyen are in protective goggles, long hair pulled back, ready for their chemistry class in a Garden City Community College lab.</p> Wed, 30 Oct 2013 13:37:58 +0000 Peggy Lowe & Abbie Fentress Swanson 46020 at http://kcur.org Children Of Meatpackers Dream Big, Cultivate Opportunity Garden City, Kan. Considered Model Of Success For Immigrant Influx http://kcur.org/post/garden-city-kan-considered-model-success-immigrant-influx <p style="margin-bottom: 12px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; font-family: 'PT Sans', sans-serif; line-height: 15px;">Sister Janice Thome’s office is a 2003 brown Ford Focus with a backseat piled high with paperwork and a prayer book.</p> Tue, 29 Oct 2013 12:44:57 +0000 Peggy Lowe 45948 at http://kcur.org Garden City, Kan. Considered Model Of Success For Immigrant Influx KC Democrat Named To Reinvestigate Maryville Rape Case http://kcur.org/post/kc-democrat-named-reinvestigate-maryville-rape-case <p></p><p></p><p>Jean Peters Baker, the Jackson County prosecutor, was named Monday to launch a second investigation into a controversial rape case in Maryville, Mo.</p><p>Baker, a Democrat and former state legislator from Kansas City, Mo., was chosen for the high-profile job after online outrage focused on the case of Daisy Coleman, a then-14-year-old Maryville girl who says she was raped by a 17-year-old boy in January 2012.</p> Mon, 21 Oct 2013 18:14:07 +0000 Peggy Lowe 45552 at http://kcur.org KC Democrat Named To Reinvestigate Maryville Rape Case