Briana O'Higgins http://kcur.org en Interviews Provide Insight Into Bob Dole's Career http://kcur.org/post/interviews-provide-insight-bob-doles-career <p>The Dole Institute of Politics at the University of Kansas has made hours of interviews about Bob Dole's Senate career available online. The announcement coincides with the former Kansas senator's 91st birthday.</p><p>You can now go online for videos and audio of high-profile people talking about Bob Dole's nearly three decades in the U.S. Senate. Here's former president George H.W. Bush.</p> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 13:08:30 +0000 Briana O'Higgins 59355 at http://kcur.org Why 33 Years Later, We Still Don't Have A Memorial For The Skywalk Disaster http://kcur.org/post/why-33-years-later-we-still-dont-have-memorial-skywalk-disaster <p>Thirty-three years after the deadly collapse of a&nbsp;skywalk at the Hyatt Regency Hotel near downtown Kansas City, Mo., the foundation trying to build a memorial for the victims says it has raised 70 percent of their goal.</p><p>The Skywalk Memorial Foundation has $382,824 in cash donations, leaving them with around $163,000 to raise to reach the amount necessary to begin construction. The proposed memorial will be at Hospital Hill Park at 22nd&nbsp;Street and Gillham Road.</p> Thu, 17 Jul 2014 15:10:27 +0000 Briana O'Higgins 59009 at http://kcur.org Why 33 Years Later, We Still Don't Have A Memorial For The Skywalk Disaster Kansas City-St. Joe Diocese To Pay $1.1M For Failing To Report Abuse http://kcur.org/post/kansas-city-st-joe-diocese-pay-11m-failing-report-abuse <p>The Kansas City-St. Joesph Catholic Diocese has been ordered to pay $1.1 million to victims for failing to follow through on their promise to improve how they deal with sexual abuse.</p><p>The ruling from an arbitrator says the diocese is responsible for the damages after concluding that it did not promptly report a priest who had produced child pornography, <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2014/07/01/us/diocese-of-kansas-city-st-joseph-to-pay-for-failure-to-report-abuse.html?_r=0">the New York Times reports</a>.</p> Tue, 01 Jul 2014 15:33:12 +0000 Briana O'Higgins 58210 at http://kcur.org How School And District Boundaries Shaped Education In Kansas City http://kcur.org/post/how-school-and-district-boundaries-shaped-education-kansas-city <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Earlier this year, we </span><a href="http://kcur.org/topic/beyond-our-borders" style="line-height: 1.5;">embarked on a year-long investigation of the lines that divide and unite us</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> — starting with a look at </span>Troost<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Avenue.</span></p><p>The road&nbsp;has been used as a border for many things, including neighborhood associations, census tracts, political districts and public schools.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 27 Jun 2014 14:52:10 +0000 Briana O'Higgins 57389 at http://kcur.org How School And District Boundaries Shaped Education In Kansas City Kansas City Woman's Project On Beauty Standards Goes Viral http://kcur.org/post/kansas-city-womans-project-beauty-standards-goes-viral <p>This week, KCUR freelancer Esther Honig had a giant shock when her project <a href="http://www.estherhonig.com/#!before--after-/cvkn"><em>Before &amp; After</em></a>, a cross-cultural examination of beauty, went viral.</p><p>Honig sent an unaltered image of herself to freelance graphic artists in more than 25 countries and asked them to perform one task: make her beautiful. The result is more than 40 images that together tell a complex story of global standards of beauty. And the response has been enormous.</p> Thu, 26 Jun 2014 21:21:29 +0000 Briana O'Higgins & Sylvia Maria Gross 57973 at http://kcur.org Kansas City Woman's Project On Beauty Standards Goes Viral Kansas City Out Of Running For 2016 GOP Convention http://kcur.org/post/kansas-city-out-running-2016-gop-convention <p><strong>Update, 1:10 p.m.</strong></p><p>The Republican National Committee announced Wednesday that Cleveland, Ohio, and Dallas, Texas, were finalists to host the 2016 Republican Convention. Kansas City and Denver have been eliminated.</p> Wed, 25 Jun 2014 12:40:33 +0000 Maria Carter, Frank Morris & Briana O'Higgins 57883 at http://kcur.org Kansas City Out Of Running For 2016 GOP Convention Kansas City-Based Organization Played Role In Presbyterian Same-Sex Marriage Vote http://kcur.org/post/kansas-city-based-organization-played-role-presbyterian-same-sex-marriage-vote <p>The ruling by the nation's largest Presbyterian denomination Thursday to allow its pastors to officiate same-sex weddings was a major victory for a Kansas City-based organization that has spent years trying to make the church more inclusive.</p><p>By a vote of 429 to 175, leaders of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) voted to initiate a process to redefine marriage in official texts as being between two people. They also voted with a smaller margin to allow Presbyterian pastors to decide as individuals whether or not to perform same-sex marriages.</p> Fri, 20 Jun 2014 13:46:45 +0000 Briana O'Higgins 57646 at http://kcur.org What Kansas City Sounds Like When The U.S. Team Scores In The World Cup http://kcur.org/post/what-kansas-city-sounds-when-us-team-scores-world-cup <p>Even if you missed the game Monday night, you probably know by now that <a href="http://kcur.org/post/kansas-city-soccer-fans-celebrate-us-victory-over-ghana">the U.S. men's soccer team defeated Ghana in their opener at the 2014 FIFA World Cup</a>.</p><p>The win was sweet revenge after losing to Ghana in the last two World Cups.</p><p>Winning always sounds good, but it sounded especially good coming from Kansas City's Power &amp; Light District where fans cheered on local players, Matt Besler and Graham Zusi:</p><p></p> Tue, 17 Jun 2014 13:37:28 +0000 Briana O'Higgins 57453 at http://kcur.org What Kansas City Sounds Like When The U.S. Team Scores In The World Cup Reports: Sprint Works Out $32 Billion Deal With T-Mobile http://kcur.org/post/reports-sprint-works-out-32-billion-deal-t-mobile <p>Sprint Corp. has worked out a $32 billion deal to acquire T-Mobile US Inc., according to reports Wednesday.</p><p>The deal was reported by varying media outlets, <a href="http://www.kansascity.com/news/business/technology/article479724/Reports-indicate-Sprint-would-pay-32-billion-for-T-Mobile.html">including the Kansas City Star</a>, but no sources were identified. Sprint has not confirmed the reports and a spokesman for the company declined to comment to The Star.</p> Thu, 05 Jun 2014 14:59:00 +0000 Briana O'Higgins 56859 at http://kcur.org Data Maps Show Troost As Racial, Economic And Educational Divide http://kcur.org/post/data-maps-show-troost-racial-economic-and-educational-divide <p>As KCUR examines how Kansas Citians divide themselves in our <a href="http://kcur.org/topic/beyond-our-borders"><em>Beyond Our Borders</em></a> series, we wanted to look at the demographics of the areas where we are focusing our reporting.</p><p>Earlier this year, we asked the community which lines were the most divisive in the Kansas City metropolitan area.&nbsp;<a href="http://kcur.org/post/where-you-draw-lines-kansas-city">Troost Avenue was cited as one of the most prominent racial and socioeconomic borders</a>.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 16 May 2014 13:00:00 +0000 Briana O'Higgins 55655 at http://kcur.org Data Maps Show Troost As Racial, Economic And Educational Divide Poll: Kansas Sixth Most Charitable State http://kcur.org/post/poll-kansas-sixth-most-charitable-state <p>Kansas is the sixth most charitable state, according to <a href="http://www.gallup.com/poll/168923/utahans-likely-donate-money-time.aspx#1">a poll out this month from the research company Gallup</a>.</p><p>Sixty-two percent of Kansans reported donating money in the past month, while 45 percent donated time and 39 percent donated some of both.</p><p>Missouri came in at&nbsp;34th&nbsp;with 64 percent of residents donating money, 41 percent donating time and 31 percent engaging in both.</p> Thu, 15 May 2014 13:47:17 +0000 Briana O'Higgins 55609 at http://kcur.org Poll: Kansas Sixth Most Charitable State Kauffman Foundation CEO To Step Down http://kcur.org/post/kauffman-foundation-ceo-step-down <p>Tom McDonnell, president and CEO of the&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation,</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">will leave the organization at the end of the fiscal year.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">In a release, the Foundation says because of personal plans,&nbsp;McDonnell is unable to make the long-term commitment the organization needs to see through a multi-year strategic plan effort.</span></p> Wed, 14 May 2014 15:50:03 +0000 Briana O'Higgins 55710 at http://kcur.org New Sport Phenomenon 'FootGolf' Coming To Kansas City http://kcur.org/post/new-sport-phenomenon-footgolf-coming-kansas-city <p>A new sport is catching on across the United States, and soon you will be able to play in Kansas City. The sport will make its Missouri debut at the city-owned <a href="http://www.hoagolfacademy.com/footgolf/footgolf-overview">Heart of America Golf Academy</a> at&nbsp;Swope Park in Kansas City, Mo.</p><p>FootGolf has been gaining popularity since its inception in Europe around 2008. <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Footgolf">According the the sport's Wikipedia page</a>, the first ever FootGolf tournament was organized in the Netherlands in 2009.</p> Tue, 29 Apr 2014 16:42:55 +0000 Briana O'Higgins 54936 at http://kcur.org New Sport Phenomenon 'FootGolf' Coming To Kansas City Kansas Ranks Among The 'Nerdiest' States http://kcur.org/post/kansas-ranks-among-nerdiest-states <p>Kansas is among the "nerdiest" states, according to a playful&nbsp;<a href="http://blog.estately.com/2014/04/the-nerdiest-states-in-america/#more-5298">new report from the real estate blog, Estately</a>.</p><p>The blog ranks Kansas as the 12th&nbsp;nerdiest state based on an analysis of interests listed in Facebook profiles. To determine each state's ranking, Estately&nbsp;tallied the percentage of people who mentioned the nerdy things listed below, then ranked the cities on a per capita basis:</p> Fri, 25 Apr 2014 18:52:37 +0000 Briana O'Higgins 54774 at http://kcur.org Kansas Ranks Among The 'Nerdiest' States Employees In Kansas City Start Work Earlier Than Most Of The U.S. http://kcur.org/post/employees-kansas-city-start-work-earlier-most-us <p>People who are employed in Kansas City, Mo., start work earlier than the majority of the United States — at around 7:51 a.m.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">That's considerably earlier than our counterparts in New York, who go in around 8:24 a.m., and our neighbors in Lawrence,</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span>Kan<span style="line-height: 1.5;">., who get to work around 8:15 a.m.</span></p> Thu, 24 Apr 2014 14:14:15 +0000 Briana O'Higgins 54649 at http://kcur.org Employees In Kansas City Start Work Earlier Than Most Of The U.S. What Is The Difference Between A Hate Crime And An Act Of Terrorism? http://kcur.org/post/what-difference-between-hate-crime-and-act-terrorism <p>In the wake of <a href="http://kcur.org/post/updated-victims-suspect-identified-overland-park-shootings">shootings that took the lives of three people</a> April 13 at Jewish facilities in Johnson County, Kan., we have been wondering about what constitutes a hate crime and how that differs from acts of terrorism.</p> Wed, 23 Apr 2014 17:39:12 +0000 Briana O'Higgins 54578 at http://kcur.org What Is The Difference Between A Hate Crime And An Act Of Terrorism? Spirit Airlines To Begin Service In Kansas City http://kcur.org/post/spirit-airlines-begin-service-kansas-city <p>Spirit Airlines announced Wednesday they will begin service in Kansas City beginning August 7.</p><p>The Florida-based airline will provide non-stop service from KCI Airport to Chicago O'Hare, Dallas/Fort Worth, Detroit and Las Vegas on August 7 and Houston beginning August 8.</p><p>“We look forward to help customers traveling to or from the Kansas City area to save money with our ultra-low fares and optional services for a total price that is tough to beat”&nbsp;said Mark Kopczak, Spirit’s Vice President of Network Planning in a release.</p> Wed, 23 Apr 2014 15:35:55 +0000 Briana O'Higgins 54626 at http://kcur.org Spirit Airlines To Begin Service In Kansas City Mayor In Ozarks Resigns After Connections To JCC Shooting Suspect Surface http://kcur.org/post/mayor-ozarks-resigns-after-connections-jcc-shooting-suspect-surface <p>The mayor of a small town in the Ozarks has resigned after making racist comments and revealing he was once friends with the man accused of killing three people at two Jewish facilities in Overland Park, Kan., on April 13.</p><p><a href="http://ksmu.org/article/marionville-mayor-resigns-citizens-hope-begin-healing-process-82438">Ozarks Public Radio reports</a> that&nbsp;Marionville Mayor Dan Clevenger&nbsp;said he would resign Monday after four of five aldermen voted to impeach him.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 22 Apr 2014 14:53:01 +0000 Briana O'Higgins 54559 at http://kcur.org Kansas City Grocer's Hand-Painted Signs Are A Lost Art In The Modern Age http://kcur.org/post/kansas-city-grocers-hand-painted-signs-are-lost-art-modern-age <p>Every morning, William Rosser&nbsp;starts his day painting signs.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The 77-year-old butcher and owner of Wild Woody's Happy Foods on </span>31st<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;Street and Myrtle Avenue in Kansas City, Mo., has been painting grocery signs for more than 50 years.</span></p><p>"I make sure every display's got a sign on it. That's my whole goal," he says.</p> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 11:48:00 +0000 Briana O'Higgins 54264 at http://kcur.org Kansas City Grocer's Hand-Painted Signs Are A Lost Art In The Modern Age 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