Briana O'Higgins http://kcur.org en Google To Begin Rollout Of Fiber Service For Small Businesses http://kcur.org/post/google-begin-rollout-fiber-service-small-businesses <p>Google Inc. announced Wednesday that it would begin recruiting small businesses in Kansas City to test its Google Fiber product.</p><p><a href="http://www.bizjournals.com/kansascity/blog/bizventures-kc/2014/04/google-fiber-picks-kc-to-test-business-service.html?ana=e_kan_bn&amp;u=jepuWH7cYTbXO9S2YlUq1Q069899f5&amp;t=1397665665">The Kansas City Business Journal reports</a> after nearly two years of asking Kansas City companies to "hang in there," Google is ready to launch the pilot.</p> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 16:42:24 +0000 Briana O'Higgins 54270 at http://kcur.org KCUR And KCPT Announce Regional Public Media Collaboration http://kcur.org/post/kcur-and-kcpt-announce-regional-public-media-collaboration <p>KCUR and Kansas City public television station KCPT announced a news collaboration on Thursday.</p><p>The collaboration is not a merger,&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">the two public media stations said in a statement, but</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> rather a pooling of resources and a commitment to partner on reporting and engagement projects.</span></p> Thu, 03 Apr 2014 20:01:53 +0000 Briana O'Higgins 53648 at http://kcur.org KCUR And KCPT Announce Regional Public Media Collaboration Kansas City Makes Latest Cut For Republican National Convention http://kcur.org/post/kansas-city-makes-latest-cut-republican-national-convention <p>Kansas City made the next cut in the running for the 2016 Republican National Convention, <a href="http://www.gop.com/general/rncs-announces-next-phase-of-the-2016-republican-national-convention-site-selection-process/">the GOP announced Wednesday</a>.</p><p>Denver, Las Vegas, Cincinnati and Cleveland are also still contenders for the convention. Pheonix and Columbus were eliminated.</p><p>Shortly after the announcement, Kansas City, Mo. Mayor Sly James said the city would have no problem accommodating the expected 40 thousand conventioneers.</p> Wed, 02 Apr 2014 18:07:28 +0000 Briana O'Higgins 53593 at http://kcur.org Kansas City Makes Latest Cut For Republican National Convention How Troost Became A Major Divide In Kansas City http://kcur.org/post/how-troost-became-major-divide-kansas-city <p></p> Thu, 27 Mar 2014 14:26:07 +0000 Briana O'Higgins 52580 at http://kcur.org How Troost Became A Major Divide In Kansas City New Research Concludes Kansas Is Not The Flattest State http://kcur.org/post/new-research-concludes-kansas-not-flattest-state <p>You may have caught wind of <a href="http://www.improbable.com/airchives/paperair/volume9/v9i3/kansas.html">a study</a>&nbsp;conducted about a decade ago claiming the state of Kansas was indeed flatter than a pancake.&nbsp;</p><p>Using the 'flattening ratio,' researchers in the geography departments at the University of Texas and Arizona State University concluded the topography of Kansas was flatter than that of a "well-cooked pancake" from the <a href="http://www.ihop.com/">International House of Pancakes (IHOP)</a>.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 17 Mar 2014 19:00:24 +0000 Briana O'Higgins 52755 at http://kcur.org New Research Concludes Kansas Is Not The Flattest State UMKC Awarded $7 Million To Establish HIV Prevention Resource Center http://kcur.org/post/umkc-awarded-7-million-establish-hiv-prevention-resource-center <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>The University of Missouri-Kansas City&nbsp;<a href="http://info.umkc.edu/nursingnews/2014/03/17/sonhs-awarded-7-million-grant-by-cdc-for-national-hiv-prevention-resource-center/">announced a $7 million grant Monday</a> to establish its School of Nursing and Health Studies as a national HIV-prevention resource center.</p><p>The award comes from the national Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and is the largest in the school's history.</p> Mon, 17 Mar 2014 17:01:03 +0000 Briana O'Higgins 52767 at http://kcur.org UMKC Awarded $7 Million To Establish HIV Prevention Resource Center Kansas City Newsman Dan Verbeck Looks Back At His Radio Career http://kcur.org/post/kansas-city-newsman-dan-verbeck-looks-back-his-radio-career <p>Longtime Kansas City journalist Dan Verbeck&nbsp;<a href="http://kcur.org/post/legendary-kansas-city-radio-man-dan-verbeck-retire">retires from KCUR Friday</a>.</p><p>Verbeck started his broadcast news career more than 40 years ago. He spent most of those years in Kansas City.&nbsp;</p><p>His departure signals the end of an era for radio listeners in the city, who have heard him on KMBZ, KMBR,&nbsp;KCMO and most recently on KCUR.</p><p>Dan sat on the other side of the microphone this week to talk about his career, his favorite stories and what he will miss about reporting.</p> Fri, 14 Mar 2014 15:00:33 +0000 Briana O'Higgins 52597 at http://kcur.org Kansas City Newsman Dan Verbeck Looks Back At His Radio Career A Nerd's Guide To A Weekend In Kansas City http://kcur.org/post/nerds-guide-weekend-kansas-city <p>Ok nerds. We know you’re descending on Kansas City this weekend for the epic <a href="http://planetcomicon.wordpress.com/">Planet Comicon conference</a> featuring science fiction celebrities like William Shatner, Sylvester McCoy and almost the entire cast of <em>Star Trek: The Next Generation</em>.</p><p>But in between catching glimpses of Michael Dorn, Wil Wheaton, LeVar Burton and the blue Power Ranger, we thought you may want to eat, drink and scope out our fine city.</p><p>Here we present you the nerd’s guide to a weekend in Kansas City:</p><p><strong>Wednesday and Thursday</strong></p> Wed, 12 Mar 2014 20:27:00 +0000 Briana O'Higgins 52537 at http://kcur.org A Nerd's Guide To A Weekend In Kansas City Only 12 Families Request Transfer From Kansas City Public School District http://kcur.org/post/only-12-families-request-transfer-kansas-city-public-school-district <p>Only 12 families with a total of 23 students applied to be transferred out of the unaccredited Kansas City Public Schools at the district's expense, the <a href="http://www.kansascity.com/2014/03/09/4877638/few-families-file-for-transfers.html">Kansas City Star reports</a>.</p> Mon, 10 Mar 2014 15:26:54 +0000 Briana O'Higgins 52381 at http://kcur.org KCUR Announces New Host For Daily Talk Show 'Central Standard' http://kcur.org/post/kcur-announces-new-host-daily-talk-show-central-standard <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Gina</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span>Kaufmann, a veteran broadcaster and former co-host of <em>The Walt Bodine Show </em>on KCUR, will return to the station as host of the 10 a.m. weekday program,&nbsp;<em>Central Standard</em>.</p><p>Earlier this year,&nbsp;KCUR <a href="http://kcur.org/post/kc-currents-and-central-standard-merge">announced the merger of <em>Central Standard</em> and their weekly newsmagazine, <em>KC Currents</em></a>.</p> Thu, 06 Mar 2014 21:00:00 +0000 Briana O'Higgins 52217 at http://kcur.org KCUR Announces New Host For Daily Talk Show 'Central Standard' Kauffman School Announces New CEO http://kcur.org/post/kauffman-school-announces-new-ceo <p>The Board of Directors of the Ewing Marion Kauffman School announced Monday that Hannah Lofthus will be the next CEO.</p><p>Lofthus is the founding principal and chief academic officer of the charter school and will transition into the role of CEO over the next several months.</p><p>In a release, board chairman Robert Strom said the promotion puts the strongest and best leader for the school in place while providing continuity of leadership.</p> Mon, 03 Mar 2014 16:22:11 +0000 Briana O'Higgins 52056 at http://kcur.org Kauffman School Announces New CEO Kansas City School Closings For Monday, March 3 http://kcur.org/post/kansas-city-school-closings-monday-march-3 <p><strong>&nbsp; Updated 7:19 p.m.</strong></p><p>Snowy, winter weather made another visit to the Kansas City area over the weekend, bringing multiple inches of snow and subzero temperatures to the region.&nbsp;</p><p>Snow packed roads, ice and continuing temperatures below freezing prompted many area schools to cancel or delay classes for Monday. The list below will be updated as closures and cancelations come in.</p> Sun, 02 Mar 2014 21:08:56 +0000 Briana O'Higgins 52033 at http://kcur.org Kansas City School Closings For Monday, March 3 Tell KCUR: Where Were You During the JJ's Explosion? http://kcur.org/post/tell-kcur-where-were-you-during-jjs-explosion <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;">This week will mark the one-year anniversary of the <a href="http://kcur.org/term/jjs-restaurant">explosion at JJ's&nbsp;Restaurant on the Country Club Plaza</a> in Kansas City, Mo.</p> Mon, 17 Feb 2014 14:38:49 +0000 Briana O'Higgins 51393 at http://kcur.org Tell KCUR: Where Were You During the JJ's Explosion? Olympic Dreams In Kansas City: Figure Skating And Ice Dancing http://kcur.org/post/olympic-dreams-kansas-city-figure-skating-and-ice-dancing <p>Figure skating and ice dancing are the two Winter Olympic sports that combine sport with art. The choreographed performances show not only elite skill and athleticism, but also artistry and emotion.&nbsp;</p><p>Practiced inside on a standard sized rink, figure skating is a sport that is easily practiced in the Kansas City area.</p> Tue, 11 Feb 2014 03:04:27 +0000 Briana O'Higgins 51087 at http://kcur.org Olympic Dreams In Kansas City: Figure Skating And Ice Dancing And, Another One: Kansas City School Closings For Thursday http://kcur.org/post/and-another-one-kansas-city-school-closings-thursday <p><strong>Updated: Wednesday, 7:49 p.m.</strong></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Here we go again. Some school districts across the Kansas City metro are calling for another snow day Thursday as a result of snow, ice and bitterly cold temperatures.</span></p><p>The following schools have canceled or delayed classes for Thursday, Feb. 6:</p> Wed, 05 Feb 2014 19:04:02 +0000 Briana O'Higgins 50820 at http://kcur.org And, Another One: Kansas City School Closings For Thursday Check Out This Kansas Citian's Awesome Snow Storm Video http://kcur.org/post/check-out-kansas-citians-awesome-snow-storm-video <p>During the snow storm that swept across the Kansas City metro Tuesday, KMBC cameraman <a href="http://www.heycameraman.net/">Lasaro&nbsp;Abalos</a> was on assignment to gather shots of the snow. While he was out gathering shots for television,&nbsp;Abalos decided to make something a little different and slower as a side project.</p><p>"I have a 4 and 6-year-old and I never get a chance to enjoy the snow fall &nbsp;with them because I'm always covering it for news," Abalos wrote in an email. "Seeing the excitement in my kids eyes when it snows made me see the beauty of a snowfall."</p> Wed, 05 Feb 2014 17:02:13 +0000 Briana O'Higgins 50817 at http://kcur.org Check Out This Kansas Citian's Awesome Snow Storm Video PHOTOS: What Your Snow Day In Kansas City Looks Like http://kcur.org/post/photos-what-your-snow-day-kansas-city-looks <p>Heavy snow blanketed the Kansas City metro Tuesday, bringing a snow day for most students and a holiday (or work-from-home day) for many adults.</p><p>We rounded up photos in the slideshow above from KCUR&nbsp;employees for a glimpse of what is going on across the metro.</p><p>We also compiled photos from social media users in the region, you can see their photos below:</p> Tue, 04 Feb 2014 19:15:14 +0000 Briana O'Higgins & Alyson Raletz 50766 at http://kcur.org PHOTOS: What Your Snow Day In Kansas City Looks Like Kansas City School Closings For Wednesday http://kcur.org/post/kansas-city-school-closings-wednesday <p><strong style="line-height: 1.5;">Updated: Tuesday, 9:34 p.m.</strong></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A winter storm moved across the Kansas City metro Tuesday bringing heavy snow to the region. Forecasters expect snow to stop falling by early Wednesday, but the amount of snow will close some schools for the second consecutive day.</span></p> Tue, 04 Feb 2014 18:09:52 +0000 Briana O'Higgins 50758 at http://kcur.org Kansas City School Closings For Wednesday MoDOT Urges People To Stay Off Roads And Highways Tuesday http://kcur.org/post/modot-urges-people-stay-roads-and-highways-tuesday <p>A winter storm that is expected to move across the Kansas City metro area Tuesday has prompted the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDot) to urge people to stay home, if possible.</p><p>"This storm is forecast to shape up much like the heavy snow we faced nearly a year ago," said MoDOT&nbsp;engineer Dan Niec, in a release Monday.</p><p>Niec said in February 2013 many employers sent workers home midday after they realized how heavy the snow was falling, clogging highways and interstates and bringing snow removal efforts to a standstill.</p> Mon, 03 Feb 2014 20:57:52 +0000 Briana O'Higgins 50704 at http://kcur.org Kansas City Area School Closings On Tuesday http://kcur.org/post/kansas-city-area-school-closings-tuesday <p><strong>Updated: Tuesday, 7:18 a.m</strong>.</p><p>A storm is expected to move across the Kansas City area Tuesday bringing moderate to heavy snowfall.</p><p>A winter storm warning has been issued for 6 a.m. Tuesday until at least 9 a.m. Wednesday. Forecasters expect 6-10 inches of snow, with the heaviest accumulations across the Kansas City metro and the northern part of Missouri.</p><p>Due to the severe weather, the following schools have canceled classes:</p> Mon, 03 Feb 2014 20:42:34 +0000 Briana O'Higgins 50682 at http://kcur.org Kansas City Area School Closings On Tuesday Hands Up, Missouri! The High-Five May Soon Be The Official State Greeting http://kcur.org/post/hands-missouri-high-five-may-soon-be-official-state-greeting <p>A freshman state representative&nbsp;from the St. Louis area has introduced a bill in the House that would make the high-five the official greeting in the state of Missouri.</p> Fri, 31 Jan 2014 17:14:01 +0000 Briana O'Higgins 50574 at http://kcur.org Hands Up, Missouri! The High-Five May Soon Be The Official State Greeting New Website Tracks The Life Of Bills In Missouri Legislature http://kcur.org/post/new-website-tracks-life-bills-missouri-legislature <p>A <a href="http://mobilltracker.org/#categories">new website</a> unveiled Tuesday will track the life of some bills introduced in the Missouri House of Representatives and Senate during the 2014 legislative session.</p><p><a href="http://mobilltracker.org/#categories">MOBillTracker.org</a>, created by Saint Louis Public Radio and the Beacon, will track bills in five categories: health; elections and ethics; guns; education; jobs; and the economy. There is a sixth category that will track bills that have seen recent action.</p> Tue, 28 Jan 2014 19:32:01 +0000 Briana O'Higgins 50397 at http://kcur.org New Website Tracks The Life Of Bills In Missouri Legislature Southwest Airlines Announces Nonstop Service To D.C. http://kcur.org/post/southwest-airlines-announces-nonstop-service-dc <p>Southwest Airlines announced Tuesday that it would begin nonstop service to Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport in Washington, D.C., beginning Feb. 1.</p><p>Southwest received authority to serve the route after filing a petition with the U.S. Department of Transportation. The request was backed by the Kansas City Mayor Sly James.</p><p>In a release from the Kansas City Aviation Department, James said the announcement solidifies Kansas City's reputation as a top-tier, centrally located travel destination.</p> Tue, 28 Jan 2014 18:57:35 +0000 Briana O'Higgins 50396 at http://kcur.org Legendary Kansas City Radio Man Dan Verbeck To Retire http://kcur.org/post/legendary-kansas-city-radio-man-dan-verbeck-retire <p>Veteran Kansas City radio newsman, Dan Verbeck&nbsp;announced his retirement Monday. Verbeck has been a reporter in the Kansas City region for 40 years. Since 2008, Verbeck has served as a general assignment reporter at KCUR.</p><p>Previously, Verbeck worked at KMBZ 980 AM for 23 years, where he was well known for his signature signoff:&nbsp;"Cruiser 980 ... clear."</p><p>"I have always admired Dan as a hard-boiled radio newsman who has a poetic and empathetic approach to the people in his stories," said KCUR&nbsp;News Director, Frank Morris.</p> Mon, 27 Jan 2014 15:51:55 +0000 Laura Spencer & Briana O'Higgins 50323 at http://kcur.org Legendary Kansas City Radio Man Dan Verbeck To Retire LIVE BLOG: Missouri State Of The State 2014 http://kcur.org/post/live-blog-missouri-state-state-2014 <p>Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon delivered his sixth State of the State address Tuesday evening at the Statehouse in Jefferson City, Mo. He presented his proposed budget for the fiscal year beginning July 1, and called for an increase of $278 million to K-12 schools and a freeze on undergraduate tuition.&nbsp;</p><p>His speech was followed by the Republican response, delivered by House speaker Tim Jones of Eureka.</p><p><a href="http://news.stlpublicradio.org/">Saint Louis Public Radio&nbsp;and the Beacon</a>&nbsp;live-blogged the speech. You can follow along below.</p> Tue, 21 Jan 2014 21:36:11 +0000 Briana O'Higgins & Kelsey Proud 50069 at http://kcur.org LIVE BLOG: Missouri State Of The State 2014 Missouri House Speaker Urging Medical Malpractice Caps http://kcur.org/post/missouri-house-speaker-urging-medical-malpractice-caps <p>The Speaker of the Missouri House is pushing lawmakers to restore caps on damages in medical malpractice lawsuits.</p><p>Missouri law created a $350,000 cap on non-economic damages, such as pain and suffering. But that cap was tossed out in 2012 by the Missouri Supreme Court.</p><p>House Speaker Tim Jones says without the cap, millions of dollars could be shifted from patient care to legal defense costs.</p> Fri, 17 Jan 2014 14:20:31 +0000 Briana O'Higgins 49898 at http://kcur.org READ: Gov. Brownback Delivers 2014 Kansas State Of The State Address http://kcur.org/post/read-gov-brownback-delivers-2014-kansas-state-state-address <p>Kansas Republican&nbsp;Gov. Sam&nbsp;Brownback&nbsp;delivered his 2014 State of the State address Wednesday night at the Kansas Statehouse in Topeka. He called on the state to institute all-day kindergarten and allocate funds to address the housing shortage in rural areas and to focus on water needs in the state.</p> Thu, 16 Jan 2014 01:45:39 +0000 Briana O'Higgins 49806 at http://kcur.org READ: Gov. Brownback Delivers 2014 Kansas State Of The State Address KCPT's 'The Bridge' Brings More Local Music To Kansas City Airwaves http://kcur.org/post/kcpts-bridge-brings-more-local-music-kansas-city-airwaves <p>A new Kansas City noncommercial radio station that features local music officially launched this week.</p><p>Kansas City's public television station, KCPT, bought KTGB&nbsp;"The Bridge" last May, and ownership was officially transferred last month.</p> Wed, 08 Jan 2014 17:02:25 +0000 Briana O'Higgins 49388 at http://kcur.org KCPT's 'The Bridge' Brings More Local Music To Kansas City Airwaves R. Crosby Kemper Jr. Dies At 86 http://kcur.org/post/r-crosby-kemper-jr-dies-86 <p>Kansas City banker and philanthropist, R. Crosby Kemper Jr. has died at the age of 86.</p><p>Kemper was best known for leading Kansas City-based UMB Financial Corp.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">He died Thursday in Indian Wells, Calif.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">His son R. Crosby Kemper III says he was there enjoying the great weather over the holidays.</span></p> Fri, 03 Jan 2014 15:29:41 +0000 Briana O'Higgins 49223 at http://kcur.org R. Crosby Kemper Jr. Dies At 86 Remembering Kansas Mariachi Pioneer, Teresa Cuevas http://kcur.org/post/remembering-kansas-mariachi-pioneer-teresa-cuevas <p>Mariachi&nbsp;musician and founder of a groundbreaking all-female mariachi band, Teresa Cuevas, died late last year at the age of 93.</p><p><a href="http://kcur.org/post/mariachi-mamas">Cuevas founded <em>Mariachi&nbsp;Estrella</em> with seven other women from her church choir in 1980</a>. They became a regional phenomenon, trading the mariachis' traditional black pants for long maroon shirts. The band played shows all over Kansas.</p> Thu, 02 Jan 2014 16:20:02 +0000 Sylvia Maria Gross & Briana O'Higgins 49170 at http://kcur.org Remembering Kansas Mariachi Pioneer, Teresa Cuevas