Ryan Schuessler http://kcur.org en World Choral Fest Grows From Kansas City Roots http://kcur.org/post/world-choral-fest-grows-kansas-city-roots <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The very first <a href="http://worldchoralfest.com/">World Choral Fest</a> was held last month in Dublin, Ireland, and it was the brainchild of a Kansas City choir director.&nbsp;</span></p> Tue, 13 Aug 2013 19:12:12 +0000 Sylvia Maria Gross & Ryan Schuessler 41838 at http://kcur.org World Choral Fest Grows From Kansas City Roots Diocese Monitors Abuse, Tech-y Genealogy, KC Creative Couples http://kcur.org/post/diocese-monitors-abuse-tech-y-genealogy-kc-creative-couples <p></p><p></p><p><a href="http://www.kcur.org/post/can-ombudsman-help-save-kansas-city-st-joe-diocese">Can An Ombudsman Save The KC-St. Joe Diocese?</a></p> Mon, 05 Aug 2013 22:05:01 +0000 Sylvia Maria Gross, Susan B. Wilson, Alex Smith, Ryan Schuessler & Monica Sandreczki 41433 at http://kcur.org Diocese Monitors Abuse, Tech-y Genealogy, KC Creative Couples Interest In Genealogy Rising, Technology Driving Changes http://kcur.org/post/interest-genealogy-rising-technology-driving-changes <p>Ask any genealogist – they’ll say researching family history begins and ends with stories: tales from Ellis Island, settling the frontier, fighting in the Civil War.&nbsp;These stories, and more, are all being told over and over again at a library in Independence, Mo. – but if you’re there, all you’ll hear is silence.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">“This is the largest free-standing public genealogy library in the United States,” says Cheryl Lang, manager of the Midwest Genealogy Center.</span></p> Mon, 05 Aug 2013 16:40:11 +0000 Ryan Schuessler 41177 at http://kcur.org Interest In Genealogy Rising, Technology Driving Changes Women In Soccer, Paseo YMCA, KC Creative Couples http://kcur.org/post/women-soccer-paseo-ymca-kc-creative-couples <p></p><p><a href="http://kcur.org/post/president-obama-visits-ucm-lauds-college-cost-cut-program">President Obama Visits UCM, Lauds Missouri College Cost Cut Program</a></p><p>A western Missouri-based educational program was the lure to bring President Obama to speak in Warrensburg last week. The President said so, directly, in his address at the University of Central Missouri. Hear from&nbsp;some originators of what's known as the Missouri Innovation Campus.</p> Wed, 31 Jul 2013 21:42:27 +0000 Sylvia Maria Gross, Susan B. Wilson, Alex Smith, Ryan Schuessler & Monica Sandreczki 41021 at http://kcur.org Women In Soccer, Paseo YMCA, KC Creative Couples 1993 Floods, Atheist & Agnostic Camp, Extraordinary Black Missourians http://kcur.org/post/1993-floods-atheist-agnostic-camp-extraordinary-black-missourians <p></p><p><a href="http://kcur.org/post/20-years-later-look-back-floods-1993" style="line-height: 1.5;">Twenty Years Later: A Look Back At The Floods Of 1993</a></p> Mon, 22 Jul 2013 17:30:46 +0000 Sylvia Maria Gross, Susan B. Wilson, Alex Smith, Suzanne Hogan, Ryan Schuessler & Monica Sandreczki 40615 at http://kcur.org 1993 Floods, Atheist & Agnostic Camp, Extraordinary Black Missourians Paddlefish Caviar, Frida & Diego, Rural Librarian http://kcur.org/post/paddlefish-caviar-frida-diego-rural-librarian <p></p><p><a href="http://kcur.org/post/kc-regional-health-assessment-finds-rising-rates-obesity-poverty">KC Regional Health Assessment Finds Rising Rates of Obesity, Poverty</a></p><p>Since 2000, poverty in the metro area has increased by 75 percent. A quarter of the population is currently uninsured or on Medicaid.&nbsp; And the number of elderly people in the area will double in the next three decades. Those are just a few of findings in a new regional health assessment produced by the Mid-America Regional Council.</p> Mon, 15 Jul 2013 18:56:18 +0000 Sylvia Maria Gross, Susan B. Wilson, Alex Smith, Monica Sandreczki & Ryan Schuessler 40201 at http://kcur.org Paddlefish Caviar, Frida & Diego, Rural Librarian Why Caviar Producers Are At Odds With An Oklahoma Conservation Program http://kcur.org/post/why-caviar-producers-are-odds-oklahoma-conservation-program <p></p><p>The American paddlefish is a pretty bizarre-looking creature, named after the long, flat appendage jutting out from its head, but&nbsp;the prehistoric species has made a reputation for itself around the world for another reason: caviar.&nbsp;In between the rivers and the five-star restaurants, the eggs pass through fish houses run by a unique group of American fishermen who, decades ago, threw out their nets to catch a piece of this lucrative market.</p> Fri, 12 Jul 2013 20:34:23 +0000 Ryan Schuessler 40059 at http://kcur.org Why Caviar Producers Are At Odds With An Oklahoma Conservation Program Treece, Kan., Fast Pitch Softball, Grand Marquis http://kcur.org/post/treece-kan-fast-pitch-softball-grand-marquis <p></p><p><a href="http://kcur.org/post/who-decides-future-kci?nopop=1">Kansas City International Airport Weighs Proposed Changes</a></p><p>Kansas City International Airport is looking at a potentially major change: tearing down the current three terminals and moving to a single, new terminal on the site of the current terminal A. The one terminal idea came to a head in 2008 when the Master Plan called for a new, central terminal south of the current airport. That came just four years after the airport wrapped up nearly $260 million in renovations.</p> Mon, 08 Jul 2013 17:17:07 +0000 Sylvia Maria Gross, Susan B. Wilson, Alex Smith, Ryan Schuessler & Monica Sandreczki 39758 at http://kcur.org Treece, Kan., Fast Pitch Softball, Grand Marquis Abortion Lawsuit, Sprint Deal, Gordon Parks School http://kcur.org/post/abortion-lawsuit-sprint-deal-gordon-parks-school <p></p><p><a href="http://kcur.org/post/planned-parenthood-sues-kan-over-free-speech-violation">Planned Parenthood Sues Kan. Over Free Speech Violation</a></p><p>This month, two different lawsuits were filed in Kansas over a new state abortion law. But the lawsuit that Planned Parenthood of Kansas and Mid-Missouri filed on June 20&nbsp;isn’t about the freedom to perform abortions. It’s about freedom of speech.&nbsp;</p><p><a href="http://kcur.org/post/4-things-you-should-know-about-sprint-softbank-deal">4 Things You Should Know About The Sprint-SoftBank Deal</a></p> Mon, 01 Jul 2013 20:59:46 +0000 Sylvia Maria Gross, Susan B. Wilson, Alex Smith, Ryan Schuessler & Monica Sandreczki 39409 at http://kcur.org Abortion Lawsuit, Sprint Deal, Gordon Parks School 4 Things You Should Know About The Sprint-SoftBank Deal http://kcur.org/post/4-things-you-should-know-about-sprint-softbank-deal <p></p><p>Reporter Mark Davis covers Sprint and the wireless industry for the Kansas City Star. He sat down with KCUR's Susan Wilson to discuss the details of the Sprint-SoftBank deal, and what it means for Sprint customers and the Kansas City area at large.</p><p>Here are four major takeaways from the interview:</p><p>1.&nbsp;<strong>Sprint customers should see better service</strong></p> Mon, 01 Jul 2013 16:36:14 +0000 Susan B. Wilson & Ryan Schuessler 39418 at http://kcur.org KC Shopping, Wiccans on Solstice, Bloodstone http://kcur.org/post/kc-shopping-wiccans-solstice-bloodstone <p></p><p> Tue, 25 Jun 2013 19:04:26 +0000 Sylvia Maria Gross, Susan B. Wilson, Alex Smith, Ryan Schuessler & Monica Sandreczki 39034 at http://kcur.org KC Shopping, Wiccans on Solstice, Bloodstone Bloodstone Band Keeps 'Natural High' Going http://kcur.org/post/bloodstone-band-keeps-natural-high-going <p></p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">They started out as a high school band called <em>The </em></span><em>Sinceres</em><span style="line-height: 1.5;"><em> </em>in the 60’s, but the Kansas City-bred band Bloodstone has never stopped performing after all these years.</span></p><p>Rev. Charles Love was one of the founding members of the band in 1962, when a group of friends at Central High in Kansas City started performing at school talent shows. Since then, they have performed with the likes of Marvin Gaye, Curtis Mayfield and Elton John.</p> Tue, 25 Jun 2013 16:06:31 +0000 Susan B. Wilson & Ryan Schuessler 39043 at http://kcur.org Bloodstone Band Keeps 'Natural High' Going Kansas City Wiccans Head Out To Observe Solstice http://kcur.org/post/kansas-city-wiccans-head-out-observe-solstice <p>For Wiccans, the summer solstice is more than a day to get out and enjoy the sun.&nbsp;The&nbsp;longest day of the year is a holy one in Wicca, and local worshipers took to area parks over the past week to mark the occasion.</p><p>There are several&nbsp;covens (the Wiccan equivalent of a church or synagogue) in the Kansas City area, such as Lushede Grove in Independence, which is lead by&nbsp;a high priestess named J.</p> Fri, 21 Jun 2013 21:15:06 +0000 Ryan Schuessler 38863 at http://kcur.org Kansas City Wiccans Head Out To Observe Solstice Downtown Resurrection, Harvey Girls, Audio Theater Festival http://kcur.org/post/downtown-resurrection-harvey-girls-audio-theater-festival <p></p><p></p><p> Mon, 17 Jun 2013 21:50:14 +0000 Sylvia Maria Gross, Susan B. Wilson, Alex Smith, Ryan Schuessler & Monica Sandreczki 38687 at http://kcur.org Downtown Resurrection, Harvey Girls, Audio Theater Festival Radio Theater Lives On In Audio Books, Podcasts And Video Games http://kcur.org/post/radio-theater-lives-audio-books-podcasts-and-video-games <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The golden age of radio drama might have been in the&nbsp;</span>1930s<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;and&nbsp;</span>40s<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, but&nbsp;practitioners say the genre is alive and kicking in podcasts, audiobooks, and even video games.</span></p><p>Next weekend, Kansas City will host <a href="http://www.hearnowfestival.org/">Hear Now: The Audio Arts and Fiction Festival</a>, which will draw old-timey radio voices as well as younger producers.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 17 Jun 2013 20:08:27 +0000 Sylvia Maria Gross & Ryan Schuessler 38656 at http://kcur.org Radio Theater Lives On In Audio Books, Podcasts And Video Games UM System Board Extends Benefits To Same-Sex Couples http://kcur.org/post/um-system-board-extends-benefits-same-sex-couples <p></p><p>The University of Missouri Board of Curators voted unanimously Thursday to extend employment benefits to same sex couples employed by the UM System.</p><p>“Effectively, more and more employers and institutions such as the University of Missouri System realize you need to have these types of benefits in order to remain competitive in a state environment,” said&nbsp;AJ Bockelman, Executive Director of PROMO – a Missouri LGBT rights group that has been advocating for this change.</p> Fri, 14 Jun 2013 18:24:09 +0000 Ryan Schuessler 38530 at http://kcur.org UM System Board Extends Benefits To Same-Sex Couples Right To Farm, Estate Sale Photos, Betse Ellis http://kcur.org/post/right-farm-estate-sale-photos-betse-ellis <p></p><p> Mon, 10 Jun 2013 16:15:56 +0000 Sylvia Maria Gross, Susan B. Wilson, Alex Smith, Ryan Schuessler & Monica Sandreczki 38247 at http://kcur.org Right To Farm, Estate Sale Photos, Betse Ellis Photographer Uses Camera To Let Go Of Belongings http://kcur.org/post/photographer-uses-camera-let-go-belongings <p>It was just last year when Gloria Baker Feinstein and her husband had to move out of their house and into a condo, and get rid of many their possessions.</p><p>"It's not stuff," she said. "Everything had a reason. Everything had a memory. Everything felt&nbsp;really dear to me."</p><p>The couple had an estate sale, and Feinstein, a&nbsp;photographer,&nbsp;decided to document each item as it left her house. But the endeavor quickly turned into a different project -- one that is now on display in a local gallery.</p> Sun, 09 Jun 2013 18:54:41 +0000 Ryan Schuessler & Sylvia Maria Gross 38138 at http://kcur.org Photographer Uses Camera To Let Go Of Belongings Kansas Universities Hit Hard By Budget Cuts, Tuition Expected To Rise http://kcur.org/post/kansas-universities-hit-hard-budget-cuts-tuition-expected-rise <p>University leadership from around the state met with the Kansas Board of Regents today to discuss how to adjust to nearly $49 million in cuts from the state’s higher education budget.</p><p>The move was approved by lawmakers over the weekend, and include cuts to the state’s six universities in addition to community colleges, technical colleges and Washburn University. Cuts were also made to student financial assistance programs, the Board of Regents Office, and adult education programs Board Spokesperson Vanessa Lamoreaux said.</p> Thu, 06 Jun 2013 21:52:10 +0000 Ryan Schuessler & Stephen Koranda 38070 at http://kcur.org Halls Plans To Close Plaza Location, Expand At Crown Center http://kcur.org/post/halls-plans-close-plaza-location-expand-crown-center <p></p><p>Local retail icon Halls has <a href="http://corporate.hallmark.com/News-From-Hallmark/Halls-Announces-Construction-of-All-New-60000-Square-Foot-Store-in-Crown-Center">announced it plans to close its Country Club Plaza store</a>, coinciding with expansion at Crown Center.</p><p>The expansion, which Crown Center President Bill Lucas called “the latest step in Crown Center’s evolution” in a statement released Tuesday, includes a new 60,000 square-foot store that will take up the entire third floor of the Crown Center Shops.</p><p></p> Wed, 05 Jun 2013 17:16:36 +0000 Ryan Schuessler 37969 at http://kcur.org Halls Plans To Close Plaza Location, Expand At Crown Center Spelling Bee Sisters, Streetcar Update, Blues Singer Cassie Taylor http://kcur.org/post/spelling-bee-sisters-streetcar-update-blues-singer-cassie-taylor <p></p><p> Tue, 04 Jun 2013 15:46:02 +0000 Sylvia Maria Gross, Susan B. Wilson, Alex Smith, Ryan Schuessler & Monica Sandreczki 37854 at http://kcur.org Spelling Bee Sisters, Streetcar Update, Blues Singer Cassie Taylor Olathe 11-Year-Old Continues Family’s Spelling Dynasty In Washington, D.C. http://kcur.org/post/olathe-11-year-old-continues-family-s-spelling-dynasty-washington-dc <p>Olathe’s own Vanya Shivashankar is returning from Washington, D.C. this week after competing at the annual Scripps National Spelling Bee, just a few years after her older sister Kavya took first prize at the competition.</p> Mon, 03 Jun 2013 15:59:53 +0000 Sylvia Maria Gross & Ryan Schuessler 37825 at http://kcur.org Olathe 11-Year-Old Continues Family’s Spelling Dynasty In Washington, D.C. New System Warns Cell Phone Users Of Tornadoes, Other Emergencies http://kcur.org/post/new-system-warns-cell-phone-users-tornadoes-other-emergencies <p></p><p>People in the path of severe weather (and other emergencies) now have a new way to find out about threats: text message alerts, sent straight to mobile devices.</p><p> Wed, 29 May 2013 16:01:29 +0000 Sylvia Maria Gross & Ryan Schuessler 37512 at http://kcur.org New System Warns Cell Phone Users Of Tornadoes, Other Emergencies