Maria Carter http://kcur.org en City And School Board Election Results http://kcur.org/post/city-and-school-board-election-results <p><strong>Cities</strong></p><p><strong>Excelsior Springs Council (2 elected)</strong></p><p>* Sharon Powell 775<br />* Ambrose Buckman 772<br />Mark Spohn 663<br />Reggie St. John 543</p><p><strong>Excelsior Springs bond issue</strong></p><p>Shall the city issue up to $18 million in bonds to build a community center? (4/7ths majority.)</p><p>* Yes 982<br />No 596</p><p><strong>Gladstone Council</strong></p><p>* R.D. Mallams 1158<br />Shari Le Poindexter 654</p><p><strong>Grain Valley mayor</strong></p><p>* Michael Todd 331<br />Chuck Johnston 274<br />Barbara Kountzman 202</p> Wed, 09 Apr 2014 11:33:42 +0000 Maria Carter 53908 at http://kcur.org Johnson County Election Results http://kcur.org/post/johnson-county-election-results <p>Results below are for contested races only.&nbsp; All those running unopposed won.</p><p><u><strong>Leawood</strong></u></p><p>Council Member - Ward 3</p><ul><li>Tom Robinett&nbsp; 58.2%</li><li>James M. Stephens 40.9%</li></ul><p></p><p><u><strong>Mission</strong></u></p><p>Mayor</p><ul><li>Steven Schowengerdt&nbsp; 50.5%</li><li>David Shepard 49.4%</li></ul><p>Council Member - Ward 1</p><ul><li>Steven Lucas 55.6%</li><li>Jay A. Meyer 43.8%</li></ul><p>Council Member - Ward 2&nbsp;</p> Wed, 02 Apr 2014 10:44:00 +0000 Maria Carter 53571 at http://kcur.org Making 'Tinkering' An Art http://kcur.org/post/making-tinkering-art <p></p><p>"Tinkering" might conjure up images of a garage workshop or someone just puttering around, but a new book is putting a different spin on the term.</p><p>On Friday's <a href="http://kcur.org/programs/date"><em>Up to Date</em></a>, author Karen Wilkinson joins us to discuss what she calls "the art of tinkering" and some of the creative ways anyone can become a tinkerer.</p><p><strong>Guest:</strong></p><ul><li><strong>Karen Wilkinson,</strong> co-author of<em> The Art of Tinkering</em></li></ul><p></p> Fri, 28 Mar 2014 18:07:06 +0000 Maria Carter & Beth Lipoff 53343 at http://kcur.org Making 'Tinkering' An Art One Company's 'Quirky' Spin On Getting Inventions Produced http://kcur.org/post/one-companys-quirky-spin-getting-inventions-produced <p></p><p>People have ideas for inventions all the time, but getting those ideas made into consumer products can be a difficult journey.</p><p>On Friday's <a href="http://kcur.org/programs/date"><em>Up to Date</em></a>, we talk with a representative of <a href="http://Quirky.com" target="_blank">Quirky.com</a>, a website that connects the entrepreneurs with the means to produce their ideas.</p><p><strong>Guest:</strong></p><ul><li><strong>Nathaniel Padgett,</strong> Quirky.com</li></ul> Fri, 28 Mar 2014 15:44:50 +0000 Maria Carter & Beth Lipoff 53348 at http://kcur.org One Company's 'Quirky' Spin On Getting Inventions Produced Getting Inventive In Kansas City http://kcur.org/post/getting-inventive-kansas-city <p>When you tell people you're an inventor, it conjures up images of a mad scientist slaving away in a lab. But what's it really like to be an inventor in Kansas City?</p><p>On Friday's <a href="http://kcur.org/programs/date"><em>Up to Date</em></a>, we talk with local inventor Rich Melton about where he finds his inspiration, the roadblocks&nbsp;he's encountered and how he got started.</p><p><strong>Guest:</strong></p><ul><li><strong>Rich Melton,</strong> inventor</li></ul> Fri, 28 Mar 2014 15:43:54 +0000 Maria Carter & Beth Lipoff 53349 at http://kcur.org Getting Inventive In Kansas City Kansas City Mayor Calls For Stricter Gun Laws In State Of The City Address http://kcur.org/post/kansas-city-mayor-calls-stricter-gun-laws-state-city-address <p>Mayor Sly James delivered his state of the city address Monday to around 400 high school students at Park Hill High School in Kansas City, Mo.</p><p>Part of the Mayor's message involved teens and raucous crowds on the Plaza and at the Zoo. James says young people are a strategic investment.</p><p>“It’s clear to me that young people need to have some level of guidance. They need good role models. They need solid direction. They need hope," said James. "They need a quality education and they need to know somebody out there gives a damn about them."</p> Mon, 24 Mar 2014 19:53:51 +0000 Maria Carter 53121 at http://kcur.org Kansas City Mayor Calls For Stricter Gun Laws In State Of The City Address New Exhibit At National WWI Museum Highlights International Perspectives http://kcur.org/post/new-exhibit-national-wwi-museum-highlights-international-perspectives <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">This summer marks the </span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">100</span><sup>th</sup><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> anniversary of the start of World War I, and a new exhibit at the <a href="http://theworldwar.org/">National World War I Museum at Liberty Memorial </a>in Kansas City, Mo., details the events that led up to the war — from the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand to the declaration of war a month later on July 28, 1914.</span></p> Mon, 17 Mar 2014 15:06:42 +0000 Maria Carter 52652 at http://kcur.org New Exhibit At National WWI Museum Highlights International Perspectives Children's Mercy Expanding Summer Camp For Children With ADHD http://kcur.org/post/childrens-mercy-expanding-summer-camp-children-adhd <p><a href="https://www.childrensmercy.org/adhdstp/">Children's Mercy Hospital is expanding a camp designed for kids with ADHD</a> for the summer of 2014.</p><p>The camp was modeled on the work of&nbsp;Bill Pelham who opened the first one in 1980. What makes these camps different is a focus on behavioral modification with an intense connection between the camp, the campers and the parents.</p> Thu, 13 Mar 2014 21:01:01 +0000 Maria Carter & Matthew Long-Middleton 52625 at http://kcur.org Star Trek Star LeVar Burton Defines His Life By Service http://kcur.org/post/star-trek-star-levar-burton-defines-his-life-service <p>Actor LeVar Burton joins <em>Central Standard</em> to talk about his career and dedication to literacy. He says he's been profoundly influenced by his mother and father who modeled for him a life of service.</p><p>Burton is an advocate for children's literacy and is working on launching the <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/reading-rainbow-read-along/id512350210?mt=8">Reading Rainbow app</a>. He will be in Kansas City on Saturday, March 15 for <a href="https://planetcomicon.wordpress.com/tag/levar-burton/">Planet Comicon</a>.</p><p><strong>GUEST:</strong></p> Thu, 13 Mar 2014 21:00:00 +0000 Maria Carter & Matthew Long-Middleton 52624 at http://kcur.org Star Trek Star LeVar Burton Defines His Life By Service Marathon Jackson County Spelling Bee Finally Ends http://kcur.org/post/marathon-jackson-county-spelling-bee-finally-ends <p>The Jackson County Spelling Bee finally came to an end Saturday morning, sending 13-year-old Kush Sharma of Kansas City, Mo, to the Scripps National Spelling Bee.</p><p>Sharma and 11-year-old Sophia Hoffman of Lee’s Summit went through the entire list of provided words during their first match up on Feb. 22. Organizers selected 20 more words from the dictionary before calling it a tie.</p> Sat, 08 Mar 2014 19:12:31 +0000 Maria Carter 52338 at http://kcur.org Marathon Jackson County Spelling Bee Finally Ends What The Supreme Court Ruling May Mean For Kansas Public Schools http://kcur.org/post/what-supreme-court-ruling-may-mean-kansas-public-schools <p>The Kansas Supreme Court ruled unanimously&nbsp;Friday that the state needs to spend more money on public schools. But it stopped short of giving an exact dollar amount and sent that back to a lower court with instructions. The decision comes almost four years after the first lawsuit was filed.&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Inequities in the classroom</strong></p> Fri, 07 Mar 2014 22:03:30 +0000 Maria Carter 52296 at http://kcur.org What The Supreme Court Ruling May Mean For Kansas Public Schools Kansas Supreme Court Rules School Funding Formula Unconstitutional http://kcur.org/post/kansas-supreme-court-rules-school-funding-formula-unconstitutional <p><span style="background-color: transparent; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; line-height: 1.15;">The Kansas Supreme Court </span><a href="http://www.kscourts.org/Cases-and-Opinions/opinions/SupCt/2014/20140307/109335.pdf" style="background-color: transparent; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; line-height: 1.15;">ruled unanimously Friday</a><span style="background-color: transparent; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; line-height: 1.15;"> that the state needs to increase funding for public K-12 schools, but sent the decision back to the Shawnee County District Court to enforce.</spa Fri, 07 Mar 2014 16:00:13 +0000 Maria Carter 52275 at http://kcur.org Kansas Supreme Court Rules School Funding Formula Unconstitutional Marathon Spelling Bee Makes Celebrities Out Of Kansas City Area Spellers http://kcur.org/post/marathon-spelling-bee-makes-celebrities-out-kansas-city-area-spellers <p dir="ltr" id="docs-internal-guid-dab8d2c0-9c87-16b0-240a-a5261d926261" style="line-height:1;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;">&nbsp;</p><p>Here’s a twist: A spelling bee that ends in a tie. That’s just what happened in Kansas City two weeks ago, but rules are rules, and there can be only one winner.</p><p>So, winners Sophia Hoffman and Kush Sharma will compete once more Saturday morning, and this time there will be a victor.</p><p></p> Fri, 07 Mar 2014 13:47:11 +0000 Maria Carter 52272 at http://kcur.org Marathon Spelling Bee Makes Celebrities Out Of Kansas City Area Spellers What Will Happen To The Kemper Arena? http://kcur.org/post/what-will-happen-kemper-arena <p>The fate of <a href="http://www.visitkc.com/convention-center/meet-conv-center/kemper-arena/index.aspx">Kemper Arena</a> is being disputed by two Kansas City parties. The <a href="http://www.americanroyal.com/">American Royal </a>would like to demolish it, as proposed in October 2011, to create room for a smaller agricultural and multipurpose center. <a href="http://foutchbrothers.com/">Foutch Brothers</a>, a Kansas City development firm, is fighting to preserve it.</p> Thu, 27 Feb 2014 22:01:00 +0000 Maria Carter, Matthew Long-Middleton & Kate Baxendale 52068 at http://kcur.org What Will Happen To The Kemper Arena? Sochi 2014: What It Takes To Be An Olympian http://kcur.org/post/sochi-2014-what-it-takes-be-olympian <p>The 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, began on Feb. 7 and the world has been enthralled with the incredible athleticism displayed at the games.</p><p>Today we talk with professional runner Amy Mortimer, who placed ninth at the 2004 U.S. Olympic Trials. Later, we discuss what it takes for Olympians to train and compete in extreme winter conditions.</p><p>Also, KCUR reporter Laura Ziegler talks about the public's reactions to the Olympic games with this week's Tell KCUR. Finally, we explore what's at stake for Russia in hosting these games.</p><p><strong>Guests:</strong></p> Thu, 13 Feb 2014 22:00:00 +0000 Maria Carter, Matthew Long-Middleton & Kate Baxendale 51404 at http://kcur.org Olympic Dreams In Kansas City: Where To Speed Skate http://kcur.org/post/olympic-dreams-kansas-city-where-speed-skate <p></p><p></p><p>Speed skating is ice skating that falls into two basic categories — long track and short track. Long track races takes places on a 400m long oval rink with skaters competing in pairs. Short track involves four to six skaters on a track about a fourth that size.</p><p>Kansas City doesn’t have an Olympic sized rink for even short track, but a hockey rink will work.</p> Tue, 11 Feb 2014 01:26:08 +0000 Maria Carter 51083 at http://kcur.org Olympic Dreams In Kansas City: Where To Speed Skate School Closings On Monday, February 3 http://kcur.org/post/school-closings-monday-february-3 <p><strong>The following schools are closed on Monday, February 3</strong>:</p> Mon, 03 Feb 2014 11:21:01 +0000 Maria Carter 50675 at http://kcur.org Overland Park Family Passes On A Gift To Sick Children Through Santa http://kcur.org/post/overland-park-family-passes-gift-sick-children-through-santa <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;">&nbsp;</p><p><span style="background-color: transparent; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; line-height: 1.15; white-space: pre-wrap;">Tonight millions of children will lay down in bed thinking about one thing -- Santa Claus. And as old St. Nick puts on his red suit and harnesses his reindeer, he’ll be bringing a special blanket given to him at a family gathering in Overland Park to keep his lap warm this Christmas. Next year, Santa plans to pass that blanket on as a special gift.</span></p> Tue, 24 Dec 2013 13:44:23 +0000 Maria Carter 48807 at http://kcur.org Overland Park Family Passes On A Gift To Sick Children Through Santa Winter Weather Closes Schools And Cancels Activities http://kcur.org/post/winter-weather-closes-schools-and-cancels-activities <div class="school"><p><em>Updated 3:04 p.m. </em></p><p>Rain is expected to continue this afternoon with snow tonight and overnight, according to an update from the National Weather Service.</p><p><span class="fbPhotosPhotoCaption" data-ft="{&quot;type&quot;:45,&quot;tn&quot;:&quot;*G&quot;}" id="fbPhotoPageCaption" tabindex="0"><span class="hasCaption">In the latest report, NWS forecasters say: "</span></span>Light snow accumulations will be possible with a dusting to 3" in the local area. Snow will end by daybreak Saturday, with a chilly day anticipated."</p> Fri, 13 Dec 2013 15:26:38 +0000 Laura Spencer, Maria Carter & Briana O'Higgins 48287 at http://kcur.org Winter Weather Closes Schools And Cancels Activities Kansas City Company Pushes Holiday Light Recycling http://kcur.org/post/kansas-city-company-pushes-holiday-light-recycling <p>Miles of Christmas lights could be headed out the door as more consumers look at switching from traditional holiday lights to their LED counterparts. Kansas City-based Southeast Enterprises is looking to keep the discarded strands out of landfills.</p><p>Southeast Enterprises Business Director Megan Gurera says they accept any unused or broken strands of lights.</p><p>“You know the ones you pullout, get ready to put up, and half of it works,” says Gurera.</p><p>Southeast Enterprises is a sheltered workshop, employing 160 people with development or intellectual disabilities.</p> Mon, 09 Dec 2013 14:52:43 +0000 Maria Carter 47428 at http://kcur.org Kansas Agency Encourages A New Black Friday Tradition http://kcur.org/post/kansas-agency-encourages-new-black-friday-tradition <p>A Kansas agency is urging black families talk to sit down and interview their family members on Friday. The Kansas African American Affairs Commission is calling the oral history project called “<a href="http://www.kaaac.ks.gov/ks-black-history/a-new-black-friday-project-2013">New Black Friday</a>.”</p> Fri, 29 Nov 2013 13:46:15 +0000 Maria Carter 47437 at http://kcur.org Kansas City Council Weighs Split Between Museum And Union Station http://kcur.org/post/kansas-city-council-weighs-split-between-museum-and-union-station <p>The Kansas City council is looking at a proposal for the city to take control of the Kansas City Museum and its collection. The move would cut the strained ties between the museum and Union Station, which has managed the museum since 2000.</p> Fri, 22 Nov 2013 17:07:05 +0000 Maria Carter 47252 at http://kcur.org November 5 Election Results, By The Numbers http://kcur.org/post/november-5-election-results-numbers <p><strong>Updated 5:36 a.m.</strong></p><p>The ballot issues Tuesday were on the Missouri side of the Kansas City area, including the largest tax increase in Jackson County in more than two decades. Voter turnout was, as expected, light.</p><p>The results below are unofficial until certified.</p><p><em>Here are the latest numbers: </em></p><p><strong>Blue Springs, Mo. Parks Sales Tax</strong>:<br />In Blue Springs, voters defeated a permanent half-cent sales tax that would have raised $3 million a year for parks-related projects, including community recreation centers.</p> Wed, 06 Nov 2013 01:34:09 +0000 Laura Spencer, Maria Carter & Briana O'Higgins 46312 at http://kcur.org November 5 Election Results, By The Numbers 5 Issues Being Decided By KC Area Voters http://kcur.org/post/5-issues-being-decided-kc-area-voters <p></p><p>Voters around the Kansas City metro&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">head to the polls Tuesday. Here's an overview of some of the issues on ballots in the area:</span></p><p><strong style="line-height: 1.5;">Jackson County</strong></p> Mon, 04 Nov 2013 17:21:22 +0000 Maria Carter 46276 at http://kcur.org 5 Issues Being Decided By KC Area Voters United Terminal Change At KCI Delayed http://kcur.org/post/united-terminal-change-kci-delayed <p>United Airlines and Air Canada were supposed to move Wednesday night from Terminal A to Terminal C at Kansas City International Airport, but those plans got delayed.&nbsp;</p><p>KCI spokesman Joe McBride says technical issues were to blame.</p><p>“As they were getting into the eleventh hour of the move, the computer technology was not all coming on line,” said McBride. “So it looked like the airline was not going to have the ability to check people in be it at the ticket counter or the kiosk.”</p><p>McBride says he expects the terminal change will take place early next week.&nbsp;</p> Thu, 31 Oct 2013 13:47:23 +0000 Maria Carter 46089 at http://kcur.org Kansas City Public Schools Denied Provisional Accreditation http://kcur.org/post/kansas-city-public-schools-denied-provisional-accreditation <p style="margin-bottom: 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;">Public schools in Kansas City, Mo. will remain unaccredited.</p> Wed, 23 Oct 2013 12:15:54 +0000 Marshall Griffin, Maria Carter & Laura Spencer 45629 at http://kcur.org Kansas City Public Schools Denied Provisional Accreditation Court Asked To Appoint Special Prosecutor In Maryville Sexual Assault Case http://kcur.org/post/court-asked-appoint-special-prosecutor-maryville-sexual-assault-case <p>A Missouri prosecutor who dropped charges in an alleged sexual assault case involving a 14-year-old girl in Maryville, Mo. says he&#39;s asking a court to appoint a special prosecutor to look at the case.</p><p>Nodaway County prosecutor Robert Rice said in light of the attention the case has generated this week he was asking for a special prosecutor in order to uphold the public confidence in the justice system. But he also continued to insist that the charges were dropped because the Coleman family stopped cooperating and chose not to be deposed.</p> Thu, 17 Oct 2013 13:36:51 +0000 Maria Carter & Steve Bell 45348 at http://kcur.org Rape Case Outrage Focuses On Maryville http://kcur.org/post/rape-case-outrage-focuses-maryville <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Online outrage is focusing on a central Missouri town and its top law enforcement officers after news of the alleged rape of two teenage girls garnered national attention.</span></p> Tue, 15 Oct 2013 15:30:25 +0000 Maria Carter & Peggy Lowe 45225 at http://kcur.org Rape Case Outrage Focuses On Maryville New Shawnee Mission Superintendent Wraps Up 'Listening Tour' http://kcur.org/post/new-shawnee-mission-superintendent-wraps-listening-tour <p>Shawnee Mission Superintendent Jim Hinson wrapped up his 87 day listening tour last week. Hinson took over the helm of the Shawnee Mission District on July 1.</p><p>The listening tour was part of an effort to get to know the area. Hinson met with everyone from parents and students to business owners and higher education officials.</p><p>District spokesperson Leigh Anne Neal says people overwhelmingly want to make sure Shawnee Mission Schools retain their strong academic tradition.</p> Mon, 30 Sep 2013 13:36:34 +0000 Maria Carter 44419 at http://kcur.org Kansas City School Officials Plead For Provisional Accreditation http://kcur.org/post/kansas-city-school-officials-plead-provisional-accreditation <p>The superintendent of Kansas City Public Schools went to Jefferson City Tuesday to make his case that the district should regain provisional accreditation early. Superintendent Steve Green pointed to a dramatic improvement in school performance reports and an audit that found no issues.</p><p>Green says a policy that would allow students to transfer out of unaccredited schools would harm the district’s progress.</p> Wed, 18 Sep 2013 11:36:44 +0000 Maria Carter 43828 at http://kcur.org