Payne Roberts http://kcur.org en Metal Thefts Plague Farm Country http://kcur.org/post/metal-thefts-plague-farm-country <p>Along the 1200 Road in Windsor, Mo., there is plenty of gravel and farmland. But one thing it is short of is people.</p><p>Miles of green fields separate the farms that occupy this area of Windsor, a rural town of 3,000, making area farms easy targets in a series of metal thefts that robbed farmers of the tools they needed to do their jobs.</p><p>Mike Obermann was among the victims. He owns a farm of row crops and cattle northwest of Windsor with his wife. In the theft, he lost $500-600 worth of fencing material and an aluminum boat.</p> Mon, 15 Jul 2013 12:47:03 +0000 Payne Roberts 40198 at http://kcur.org Metal Thefts Plague Farm Country Heat Advisory Issued for Kansas City Area http://kcur.org/post/heat-advisory-issued-kansas-city-area <p></p><p style="margin-left:.5in;">Temperatures could hit as high as 98 degrees Tuesday with the heat index reaching 108 degrees, but those temperatures aren’t expected to last long. The National Weather Service has issued a <a href="http://forecast.weather.gov/wwamap/wwatxtget.php?cwa=eax&amp;wwa=heat%20advisory">heat advisory for the Kansas City area</a>.&nbsp; It begins at noon and lasts until 7 p.m. Tuesday evening.</p> Tue, 09 Jul 2013 14:13:43 +0000 Payne Roberts & Maria Carter 39832 at http://kcur.org Heat Advisory Issued for Kansas City Area KC Charter School Faces Closure, Families Fight Back http://kcur.org/post/kc-charter-school-faces-closure-families-fight-back <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Fifth grade graduation at Gordon Parks Elementary school this week was an especially emotional event.&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The 13-year old charter school was founded to serve some of the most disadvantaged kids in the Kansas City area, but the school has </span><a href="http://www.kansascity.com/2013/06/26/4315644/gordon-parks-school-to-graduate.html" style="line-height: 1.5;" target="_blank">some of the lowest scores of any public or charter school in Kansas City, Mo</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">. &nbsp;</span></p> Mon, 01 Jul 2013 18:48:28 +0000 Sylvia Maria Gross & Payne Roberts 39421 at http://kcur.org KC Charter School Faces Closure, Families Fight Back What You Should Know About The Food Stamp Debate http://kcur.org/post/what-you-should-know-about-food-stamp-debate <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The U.S. House is set to take up the farm bill this week, after the </span><a href="http://www.harvestpublicmedia.org/content/senate-passes-farm-bill#.UcC3eJzgJ3A" style="line-height: 1.5;">Senate passed its version of the bill</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> in early June. Both bills include about $500 billion in spending over five years. Few pieces of legislation can produce such sharp divisions, even by Washington standards—but few could have such immediate, significant impact on so many Americans.</span></p><p></p><p> Tue, 18 Jun 2013 13:23:39 +0000 Brian Ellison, Matthew Long-Middleton & Payne Roberts 38717 at http://kcur.org What You Should Know About The Food Stamp Debate Excessive Rain May Challenge Corn Growers http://kcur.org/post/excessive-rain-may-challenge-corn-growers <p>It’s been a wet spring in the Midwest – and that’s got corn growers a little behind on planting.</p><p>The U.S. Department of Agriculture reports that 91 percent of the U.S. corn crop was planted as of June 2, compared to 95 percent at the same time last year.</p><p>Iowa, the nation’s largest producer of corn, has only got 88 percent of the crop in ground. In Missouri, 86 percent.</p><p>Last year, growers in both states were done with planting by now. But besides the late planting, the abundance of water presents other challenges for farmers.</p> Thu, 06 Jun 2013 13:21:56 +0000 Payne Roberts 38029 at http://kcur.org Excessive Rain May Challenge Corn Growers Heavy Rains Cause Flooding In Multiple Areas Across Metro http://kcur.org/post/heavy-rains-cause-flooding-multiple-areas-across-metro <p><strong>UPDATE 11:51 a.m. Storm Water Withdrawing:</strong></p><p>The heavy rain and thunderstorms across the Kansas City area Friday are receding.</p><p>According to Chris Bowman, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Pleasant Hill, the main event appears to be over.</p><p>"It's just really kind of cleaning up from the morning's heavy rain," Bowman said.</p> Fri, 31 May 2013 16:25:37 +0000 Briana O'Higgins & Payne Roberts 37699 at http://kcur.org Heavy Rains Cause Flooding In Multiple Areas Across Metro