Laura Ziegler http://kcur.org en What It Means To Be A Midwesterner In The Words Of Kansas Citians http://kcur.org/post/what-it-means-be-midwesterner-words-kansas-citians <p></p><p>Midwesterners are hard-working, friendly and polite.</p><p>Those were the recurring adjectives that came up when we asked Kansas Citians for their take on the heartland.</p><p><a href="http://kcur.org/post/tell-kcur-what-does-it-mean-be-midwesterner-5-words-or-less">When we took to social media and asked, “What does it mean to be a Midwesterner in five words or less?”</a>&nbsp;&nbsp;you also shot back these common themes:</p><p>• Underappreciated</p><p>• Family-oriented and pragmatic</p><p>• We feel we know what’s really important (priorities)</p><p>• Compassionate</p> Thu, 17 Jul 2014 21:31:38 +0000 Alyson Raletz & Laura Ziegler 59092 at http://kcur.org What It Means To Be A Midwesterner In The Words Of Kansas Citians Meet The Eyes And Ears Of Kansas City's Ivanhoe Neighborhood http://kcur.org/post/meet-eyes-and-ears-kansas-citys-ivanhoe-neighborhood <p></p><p></p><p>Ida Dockary and Florence Hayden have seen it all during the 55 years they’ve lived on the 3800 block of the&nbsp;Ivanhoe&nbsp;neighborhood in Kansas City, Mo., just a few doors down from one another.</p> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 21:49:19 +0000 Laura Ziegler 58675 at http://kcur.org Meet The Eyes And Ears Of Kansas City's Ivanhoe Neighborhood Immigrants Bring Power Soccer To Kansas City's Historic Northeast http://kcur.org/post/immigrants-bring-power-soccer-kansas-citys-historic-northeast <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Coach </span>Foday<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> </span>Kamara<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> is proud that countries in the World Cup are represented among the immigrants living in the Historic Northeast neighborhood in Kansas City, Mo. </span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Kamara — an immigrant from Sierra Leone - has been in the United States for nine years. He was a professional soccer player before he came.&nbsp;</span></p> Tue, 08 Jul 2014 20:50:12 +0000 Laura Ziegler 58284 at http://kcur.org Immigrants Bring Power Soccer To Kansas City's Historic Northeast Neighborhoods In Kansas City's Historic Northeast Move Beyond City Ordinance http://kcur.org/post/neighborhoods-kansas-citys-historic-northeast-move-beyond-city-ordinance <p></p><p>The Historic Northeast has a concentration of social services such as soup kitchens, shelters and health centers.</p><p>And the services tend to draw large numbers of the homeless to the area.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">During the past year and a half, residents have been organizing to deal with some of the accompanying issues, like excess trash, sanitation and property damage.&nbsp;</span></p> Tue, 01 Jul 2014 16:19:12 +0000 Laura Ziegler 58207 at http://kcur.org Neighborhoods In Kansas City's Historic Northeast Move Beyond City Ordinance Cliff Drive Began With Aristocratic Kansas City Family http://kcur.org/post/cliff-drive-began-aristocratic-kansas-city-family <p>Cliff Drive in Kansas City, Mo., hugs the limestone bluffs that separate the stately turn-of-the-century mansions in the Historic Northeast neighborhood from the industry and train tracks of the Missouri River bottoms.</p><p>The road was purchased from the estate of Reverend Nathan Scarritt&nbsp;around&nbsp;1900.</p> Thu, 26 Jun 2014 18:56:54 +0000 Laura Ziegler 57965 at http://kcur.org Cliff Drive Began With Aristocratic Kansas City Family K-State Says Proposed Funding For NBAF Is A Big Step Forward http://kcur.org/post/k-state-says-proposed-funding-nbaf-big-step-forward <p>A U.S. Senate subcommittee&nbsp;has appropriated&nbsp;$300 million in funding for the<a href="http://www.dhs.gov/national-bio-and-agro-defense-facility"> National Bio and Agro- Defense Facility </a>, or NBAF,&nbsp;in&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">Manhattan, Kan.</span></p><p>Ron Trewyn, vice president for research at<a href="http://www.k-state.edu/"> Kansas State University</a>, says this week's appropriation for a top-security animal disease lab on Kansas State's campus will allow the <a href="http://www.dhs.gov/">Department Of Homeland Security</a>&nbsp;lab be finished.</p> Tue, 24 Jun 2014 17:53:29 +0000 Laura Ziegler 57833 at http://kcur.org K-State Says Proposed Funding For NBAF Is A Big Step Forward KC Anti-Crime Leader Says The Black Church Needs New Message For Grieving Teens http://kcur.org/post/kc-anti-crime-leader-says-black-church-needs-new-message-grieving-teens <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The homicide epidemic among young black men on Kansas City’s east side is leaving a generation of grieving teens in its wake, and some in the crime-fighting community feel black churches need to change their message to better help these young people deal with their loss.</span></p> Wed, 18 Jun 2014 12:39:40 +0000 Laura Ziegler 57141 at http://kcur.org KC Anti-Crime Leader Says The Black Church Needs New Message For Grieving Teens The Story Behind The Lost Song About Fairyland Park http://kcur.org/post/story-behind-lost-song-about-fairyland-park <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Thousands of dancers flocked each week to the Fairyland Park Dance Pavilion in Kansas City, Mo., in the decades between opening day in 1923 and when the park closed in the 1977. &nbsp;<a href="http://kcur.org/post/years-ago-summer-meant-almost-everyone-headed-fairyland-park">The park was owned by the Brancato&nbsp;family</a>, a family of Italian immigrants and successful business people who'd come to the United States at the turn of the century. </span></p> Fri, 06 Jun 2014 16:16:14 +0000 Laura Ziegler 56823 at http://kcur.org The Story Behind The Lost Song About Fairyland Park Years Ago, Summer Meant (Almost) Everyone Headed To Fairyland Park http://kcur.org/post/years-ago-summer-meant-almost-everyone-headed-fairyland-park <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">From the </span>1920s<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> through the </span>1960s<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, summertime in Kansas City meant a thrilling trip to&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Fairyland Park.</span></p><p>The 80-acre amusement park in Kansas City, Mo., offered daring rides, an outdoor dance&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">pavilion, a large swimming pool, and later, a drive-in movie theater.</span></p> Fri, 30 May 2014 15:25:43 +0000 Laura Ziegler 56549 at http://kcur.org Years Ago, Summer Meant (Almost) Everyone Headed To Fairyland Park How Long Does It Take To Get To Kansas City's Major Employers On Public Transit? http://kcur.org/post/how-long-does-it-take-get-kansas-citys-major-employers-public-transit <p></p><p>Earlier this month, we ran a story about <a href="http://kcur.org/post/kansas-city-public-transit-among-nations-worst-connecting-workers-jobs">the accessibility&nbsp;to jobs in the Kansas City metro by public transportation</a>. It takes Kara McGowan, of Kansas City, Mo., more than 90 minutes to get to her job in Westport once she drops off her children at day care.</p> Thu, 22 May 2014 20:55:10 +0000 Laura Ziegler 56156 at http://kcur.org How Long Does It Take To Get To Kansas City's Major Employers On Public Transit? Kansas City Public Transit Among Nation's Worst In Connecting Workers To Jobs http://kcur.org/post/kansas-city-public-transit-among-nations-worst-connecting-workers-jobs <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Just after 7:15 a.m. in the morning, Kara McGowan rushes out of her house, carrying her baby, </span>Airis<span style="line-height: 1.5;">,</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> on one arm, a bulging diaper bag on the other. Her four-year-old, Addison, trails behind.</span></p> Tue, 20 May 2014 13:43:25 +0000 Laura Ziegler 56002 at http://kcur.org Kansas City Public Transit Among Nation's Worst In Connecting Workers To Jobs Prospect MAX Bus Decision Expected From Court Soon http://kcur.org/post/prospect-max-bus-decision-expected-court-soon <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Any day now, Jackson County Circuit Court Judge Marco </span>Roldan<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> is expected to hand down a decision that would allow an election to create <a href="http://mediad.publicbroadcasting.net/p/kcur/files/201405/TDD_revisedmarch.pdf?__utma=91726592.806404577.1375215456.1400075675.1400080617.901&amp;__utmb=91726592.353.6.1400093609329&amp;__utmc=91726592&amp;__utmx=-&amp;__utmz=91726592.1399310270.868.33.utmcsr=google|utmccn=(organic)|utmcmd=organic|utmctr=http://kcur.org/&amp;__utmv=-&amp;__utmk=98672214">a special transit taxing Wed, 14 May 2014 18:52:23 +0000 Laura Ziegler 55713 at http://kcur.org Prospect MAX Bus Decision Expected From Court Soon Attorney In Power & Light Case Reacts To Cordish Lawsuit http://kcur.org/post/attorney-power-light-case-reacts-cordish-lawsuit <p></p> Mon, 12 May 2014 16:22:13 +0000 Laura Ziegler 55590 at http://kcur.org Attorney In Power & Light Case Reacts To Cordish Lawsuit Cordish Hits Back Against Discrimination Allegations At Power & Light http://kcur.org/post/cordish-hits-back-against-discrimination-allegations-power-light <p>The Cordish Companies, owners and operators of the Power &amp; Light&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">District in Kansas City, are alleging a&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Kansas&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">lawyer conspired to extort “large amounts of money”</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> from </span>Cordish<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;as part of &nbsp;race&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">discrimination lawsuit against the company.</span></p> Wed, 07 May 2014 21:51:21 +0000 Laura Ziegler 55392 at http://kcur.org Cordish Hits Back Against Discrimination Allegations At Power & Light Dying Doctor And Woodworker Forge Tight Bond While Building Coffin http://kcur.org/post/dying-doctor-and-woodworker-forge-tight-bond-while-building-coffin <p></p><p>Local woodworker and artist Peter Warren met Dr. Jeff Piehler, a retired thoracic surgeon, at an art opening some years ago. But last year, the doctor came to visit Warren at his studio with an unusual request.</p><p>“He came to me and said ‘what do you think about building a casket?’” Warren said. "I told him I was fine with that."</p><p><strong>Building his own&nbsp;casket</strong></p> Wed, 07 May 2014 13:15:36 +0000 Laura Ziegler 55337 at http://kcur.org Dying Doctor And Woodworker Forge Tight Bond While Building Coffin In The Wake Of Tragedy, Overland Park JCC Flooded With Condolences http://kcur.org/post/wake-tragedy-overland-park-jcc-flooded-condolences <p>In the weeks since <a href="http://kcur.org/post/updated-victims-suspect-identified-overland-park-shootings">a gunman shot and killed three people</a> at Jewish facilities in Overland Park, Kan., hundreds of cards, letters and other expressions of sympathy have poured in.</p><p>Jacob Schreiber, President and CEO of the Jewish Community Center said a number of the written expressions are displayed on a bulletin board in the center’s lobby. Some of the expressions of sympathy include:</p> Mon, 05 May 2014 19:31:46 +0000 Laura Ziegler 55250 at http://kcur.org In The Wake Of Tragedy, Overland Park JCC Flooded With Condolences Streetcar Project May Prompt Kansas City Officials To Temporarily Move Bus Lines http://kcur.org/post/streetcar-project-may-prompt-kansas-city-officials-temporarily-move-bus-lines <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Kansas City Area Transportation Authority is thinking about temporarily moving some routes off Main Street in Kansas City, Mo., while streets are congested with construction.</span></p><p>While lower Main street is torn up as workers lay streetcar lines, it comes as no surprise to anyone moving around there that traffic is a mess. So Mark Huffer, General Manager of the ATA, says officials are thinking it may alleviate some of the congestion to move peak-time routes off Main to Grand for awhile.</p> Thu, 01 May 2014 12:43:16 +0000 Laura Ziegler 55054 at http://kcur.org After Tulips Bloom, Rockhurst University Puts Bulbs Up For Taking http://kcur.org/post/after-tulips-bloom-rockhurst-university-puts-bulbs-taking <p>Rockhurst University planted 33,000 tulips as part of the <a href="http://kcur.org/post/tulips-troost-still-blooming-efforts-are-dying-out">Tulips on Troost program this year</a>.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">Now that the blankets of flowers are finished blooming, the university is giving the tulip bulbs away.</span></p> Tue, 29 Apr 2014 14:22:45 +0000 Laura Ziegler 54912 at http://kcur.org After Tulips Bloom, Rockhurst University Puts Bulbs Up For Taking Troost Avenue Festival Will Celebrate 10 Years This Weekend http://kcur.org/post/troost-avenue-festival-will-celebrate-10-years-weekend <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A handful of volunteers gathered earlier this week at Reconciliation Services, a social service agency at 31st Street and </span>Troost Avenue in Kansas City, Mo.<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, they ate stuffed grape leaves around a small table, talking about what needs to be done for Saturday’s </span>10<sup>th</sup><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> annual Troost&nbsp;Ave Festival. But, n</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">ot much comes up.</span></p> Thu, 24 Apr 2014 15:55:42 +0000 Laura Ziegler 54661 at http://kcur.org Troost Avenue Festival Will Celebrate 10 Years This Weekend Federal Transportation Dollars Boost Infrastructure And Transit http://kcur.org/post/federal-transportation-dollars-boost-infrastructure-and-transit <p>It was a backslapping moment for federal and local officials Monday morning as they celebrated the end of a $50 million federal transit and infrastructure grant.</p><p>A group of runners broke through a green crepe paper ribbon on a pedestrian bridge over Brush Creek, a block east of Troost and just north of Volker in Kansas City, Mo.</p> Mon, 21 Apr 2014 21:02:24 +0000 Laura Ziegler 54525 at http://kcur.org Federal Transportation Dollars Boost Infrastructure And Transit Tulips On Troost Program Reflects Varying Ideas For Avenue's Revival http://kcur.org/post/tulips-troost-program-reflects-varying-ideas-avenues-revival <p></p><p>When the first blankets of tulips bloomed along Troost&nbsp;as part of the Tulips on&nbsp;Troost&nbsp;street beautification program, national, even international press paid attention.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">But the program was never supposed to be just about flowers.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">It was also an effort to </span>reimagine<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span>Troost Avenue,<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;which for years has been thought of as an economic and racial dividing line.</span></p> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 16:09:39 +0000 Laura Ziegler 53993 at http://kcur.org Tulips On Troost Program Reflects Varying Ideas For Avenue's Revival Jewish Community Center Reopens Amidst Added Security http://kcur.org/post/jewish-community-center-reopens-amidst-added-security <p></p><p></p><p></p><p>Parents pulled into the circle in front of the Jewish Community Center in Overland Park, Kan., at a steady pace to drop off their prechoolers at the Child Development Center Wednesday.</p><p>It was the first day the center was open since a gunman took the lives of William Corporon, 69, and his 14-year-old grandson,&nbsp;Reat Underwood, in the parking lot before killing Terri LaManno, 53, at a retirement community down the road.&nbsp;</p> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 11:20:54 +0000 Laura Ziegler 54299 at http://kcur.org Jewish Community Center Reopens Amidst Added Security Shootings At Johnson County Jewish Facilities Have Global Impact http://kcur.org/post/shootings-johnson-county-jewish-facilities-have-global-impact <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Shootings at the Jewish Community Center and Village Shalom retirement home in Overland Park, Kan. became international news overnight as new details about the tragedy emerged.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Authorities have been learning about the racist and anti-Semitic ideology of the suspect, Frazier Glenn Cross Jr., who hate-group trackers have been following for years.</span></p> Mon, 14 Apr 2014 12:49:59 +0000 Laura Ziegler 54147 at http://kcur.org Shootings At Johnson County Jewish Facilities Have Global Impact UPDATED: Victims, Suspect Identified In Overland Park Shootings http://kcur.org/post/updated-victims-suspect-identified-overland-park-shootings <p><strong>Updated 10:47 a.m.: </strong></p><p>Frazier Glenn Cross, the suspect in Sunday's shootings, is being held at the Johnson County Detention Center without bond. Kristi Bergeron, of the District Attorney's Office in Johnson County said he will not be arraigned Monday.</p><p>He will face both federal and state charges.</p><p><strong>Updated 10:36 a.m.: </strong></p><p>The Children's Center for the Visually Impaired released this statement:</p> Sun, 13 Apr 2014 21:02:29 +0000 Laura Spencer, Frank Morris & Laura Ziegler 54127 at http://kcur.org UPDATED: Victims, Suspect Identified In Overland Park Shootings Tulips On Troost Still Blooming, But Efforts Are Dying Out http://kcur.org/post/tulips-troost-still-blooming-efforts-are-dying-out <p></p><p>When the first blankets of tulips bloomed along Troost&nbsp;Avenue as part of the Tulips on&nbsp;Troost&nbsp;street beautification program, national, even international press paid attention.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">But the program was never supposed to be just about flowers.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">It was also an effort to </span>reimagine<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span>Troost,<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;which for years has been thought of as an economic and racial dividing line.</span></p> Fri, 11 Apr 2014 10:30:22 +0000 Laura Ziegler & Julie Denesha 53975 at http://kcur.org Tulips On Troost Still Blooming, But Efforts Are Dying Out Kansas City Police Investigate More Reports Of Highway Shootings http://kcur.org/post/kansas-city-police-investigate-more-reports-highway-shootings <p>Police say there might be as many as 20 victims in the spree of highway shootings around the Kansas City area.</p><p>Captain Tye Grant says since the shootings have been widely publicized, a number of people have come forward who think they may have been involved in a similar incident.</p><p>Police are now looking into 20 possible shootings on area highways, but Grant emphasizes the number is extremely fluid.</p><p>“Because honestly that is changing so much by the time I give it to you and the time you report it, it’s going to change," says Grant.</p> Thu, 10 Apr 2014 14:29:59 +0000 Laura Ziegler 53974 at http://kcur.org Kansas City To Vote On Water Improvement Bonds http://kcur.org/post/kansas-city-vote-water-improvement-bonds <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Kansas </span>Citians<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> go to the polls Tuesday and one of the things they will be deciding is whether to update an aging network of underground water pipes.</span></p><p>Backers of the water revenue bonds say it’s critical to maintaining the city’s infrastructure.</p><p>Kansas City’s underground pipes, along with some fire hydrants and other facilities, date back to the Civil War years, say water department officials.</p> Tue, 08 Apr 2014 16:47:04 +0000 Laura Ziegler 53850 at http://kcur.org Kansas City To Vote On Water Improvement Bonds Kansas City's 49-63 Coalition Unites Residents On Both Sides Of Troost http://kcur.org/post/kansas-citys-49-63-coalition-unites-residents-both-sides-troost <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">R</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">ight off the bat, you know one thing about everyone who’s part of the 49-63 neighborhood coalition&nbsp; — a collective of residential associations in Kansas City, Mo. They all&nbsp; live between </span>49<sup>th</sup><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> and </span>63<sup>rd</sup><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;Streets.</span></p><p>It’s their east–west borders that may be most interesting, however. Those lines are Paseo and Oak.</p> Tue, 01 Apr 2014 14:36:51 +0000 Laura Ziegler 53490 at http://kcur.org Kansas City's 49-63 Coalition Unites Residents On Both Sides Of Troost Life East Of Troost Through The Eyes Of 5 Kansas Citians http://kcur.org/post/life-east-troost-through-eyes-5-kansas-citians <p>As KCUR begins its in-depth look at <a href="http://kcur.org/post/how-troost-became-major-divide-kansas-city">how Troost Avenue divides Kansas City</a>, we wanted to talk to people about their perceptions of the area east of the thoroughfare. &nbsp;</p><p>We spent some time east of Troost this month, asking about the realities and misconceptions of life <span style="line-height: 1.5;">near one of Kansas City’s most prominent racial and economic dividing lines.</span></p><p>Here are some of the highlights of what we heard back:</p><p></p><p></p> Mon, 31 Mar 2014 12:30:00 +0000 Laura Ziegler & Alyson Raletz 53352 at http://kcur.org Life East Of Troost Through The Eyes Of 5 Kansas Citians Children’s Mercy Hospital Recognized By LGBT Organization http://kcur.org/post/children-s-mercy-hospital-recognized-lgbt-organization <p></p><p> &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Fri, 28 Mar 2014 12:47:56 +0000 Laura Ziegler 53335 at http://kcur.org Children’s Mercy Hospital Recognized By LGBT Organization