The Economy Project http://kcur.org en Obama Administration Scrutinizes Big Ag http://kcur.org/post/obama-administration-scrutinizes-big-ag <p class="legacy-audio-url"> <div class="audio-container"> <div id="jp-interface-53c3a9c234ea1-" class="jp-interface"> <div id="post-audio-53c3a9c234ea1-" class="jp-player" jp-instance="53c3a9c234ea1-"></div> <div class="jp-controls column"> <div class="jp-progress"> <div class="jp-seek-bar"> <div class="jp-play-bar"></div> </div> </div><!-- end jp-progress --> </div><!-- end jp-controls --> <div class="playpause column"> <a href="http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/kcur/local-kcur-890382.mp3" class="jp-play">Listen</a> <a class="jp-pause"></a> </div><!-- playpause --> <div class="jp-time-holder column"> <div class="jp-custom-current-time"></div> <div class="jp-custom-duration"></div> </div><!-- jp-time-holder --> <div id="slider"></div> </div><!-- .jp-interface --> </div><!-- container --> </p> <p>Kansas City, MO – It looks like banking isn't the only industry coming in for some added regulatory scrutiny from the Obama administration. US Attorney General Eric Holder and Agriculture secretary Tom Vilsack have launched a series of workshops probing anti-trust issues in agriculture. Some big agribusiness firms say the forums will showcase a well functioning, free market. But, many producers think they'll expose a system increasingly hostile to the traditional family farm.</p> Fri, 12 Mar 2010 16:42:06 +0000 Frank Morris 6411 at http://kcur.org Obama Administration Scrutinizes Big Ag Kansas Mental Health Centers Stretched Thin http://kcur.org/post/kansas-mental-health-centers-stretched-thin <p class="legacy-audio-url"> <div class="audio-container"> <div id="jp-interface-53c3df6d6fa6d-" class="jp-interface"> <div id="post-audio-53c3df6d6fa6d-" class="jp-player" jp-instance="53c3df6d6fa6d-"></div> <div class="jp-controls column"> <div class="jp-progress"> <div class="jp-seek-bar"> <div class="jp-play-bar"></div> </div> </div><!-- end jp-progress --> </div><!-- end jp-controls --> <div class="playpause column"> <a href="http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/kcur/local-kcur-883035.mp3" class="jp-play">Listen</a> <a class="jp-pause"></a> </div><!-- playpause --> <div class="jp-time-holder column"> <div class="jp-custom-current-time"></div> <div class="jp-custom-duration"></div> </div><!-- jp-time-holder --> <div id="slider"></div> </div><!-- .jp-interface --> </div><!-- container --> </p> <p>Kansas City, MO – A third of community mental health centers in Kansas are operating in the red, according to the Kansas Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services. The department says this year's revenue may not be any better for centers, now that the state's also enacted a ten percent cut to Medicaid reimbursements.</p> Mon, 01 Feb 2010 18:36:27 +0000 Elana Gordon 6259 at http://kcur.org Job Clubs: For the Unemployed and By the Unemployed http://kcur.org/post/job-clubs-unemployed-and-unemployed <p class="legacy-audio-url"> <div class="audio-container"> <div id="jp-interface-53c3df6d6c825-" class="jp-interface"> <div id="post-audio-53c3df6d6c825-" class="jp-player" jp-instance="53c3df6d6c825-"></div> <div class="jp-controls column"> <div class="jp-progress"> <div class="jp-seek-bar"> <div class="jp-play-bar"></div> </div> </div><!-- end jp-progress --> </div><!-- end jp-controls --> <div class="playpause column"> <a href="http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/kcur/local-kcur-882783.mp3" class="jp-play">Listen</a> <a class="jp-pause"></a> </div><!-- playpause --> <div class="jp-time-holder column"> <div class="jp-custom-current-time"></div> <div class="jp-custom-duration"></div> </div><!-- jp-time-holder --> <div id="slider"></div> </div><!-- .jp-interface --> </div><!-- container --> </p> <p>Overland Park, Kansas – As an increasing number of Johnson Countians find themselves without work, they are gathering at "job clubs" to seek information and encouragement.</p> Fri, 29 Jan 2010 19:36:35 +0000 Laura Ziegler 6255 at http://kcur.org Kansas Likely to Need Loan for Unemployment Benefits http://kcur.org/post/kansas-likely-need-loan-unemployment-benefits <p class="legacy-audio-url"> <div class="audio-container"> <div id="jp-interface-53c3df6d6861b-" class="jp-interface"> <div id="post-audio-53c3df6d6861b-" class="jp-player" jp-instance="53c3df6d6861b-"></div> <div class="jp-controls column"> <div class="jp-progress"> <div class="jp-seek-bar"> <div class="jp-play-bar"></div> </div> </div><!-- end jp-progress --> </div><!-- end jp-controls --> <div class="playpause column"> <a href="http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/kcur/local-kcur-880648.mp3" class="jp-play">Listen</a> <a class="jp-pause"></a> </div><!-- playpause --> <div class="jp-time-holder column"> <div class="jp-custom-current-time"></div> <div class="jp-custom-duration"></div> </div><!-- jp-time-holder --> <div id="slider"></div> </div><!-- .jp-interface --> </div><!-- container --> </p> <p>Topeka, KS – The Kansas Unemployment Insurance Trust Fund is running out of cash. The fund may start drawing loans from the federal government as soon as next month to keep paying benefits.</p> Mon, 18 Jan 2010 20:12:48 +0000 6193 at http://kcur.org Economic Education http://kcur.org/post/economic-education <p>Kansas City , Mo. – Should economics be introduced early into school curriculums to produce a population of fiscally savvy adults?</p> Mon, 09 Nov 2009 18:34:35 +0000 5917 at http://kcur.org Economic Education Park Officials Say Deer Harvest Will Go to Good Use http://kcur.org/post/park-officials-say-deer-harvest-will-go-good-use <p class="legacy-audio-url"> <div class="audio-container"> <div id="jp-interface-53c3df6d6308c-" class="jp-interface"> <div id="post-audio-53c3df6d6308c-" class="jp-player" jp-instance="53c3df6d6308c-"></div> <div class="jp-controls column"> <div class="jp-progress"> <div class="jp-seek-bar"> <div class="jp-play-bar"></div> </div> </div><!-- end jp-progress --> </div><!-- end jp-controls --> <div class="playpause column"> <a href="http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/kcur/local-kcur-865626.mp3" class="jp-play">Listen</a> <a class="jp-pause"></a> </div><!-- playpause --> <div class="jp-time-holder column"> <div class="jp-custom-current-time"></div> <div class="jp-custom-duration"></div> </div><!-- jp-time-holder --> <div id="slider"></div> </div><!-- .jp-interface --> </div><!-- container --> </p> <p>Kansas City, MO – Johnson County Park officials say the meat and hides from the deer harvest at Shawnee Mission Park will be put to good use.</p> Thu, 15 Oct 2009 15:23:55 +0000 Laura Ziegler 5785 at http://kcur.org Park Officials Say Deer Harvest Will Go to Good Use WIC Changes Encourage Breastfeeding http://kcur.org/post/wic-changes-encourage-breastfeeding <p class="legacy-audio-url"> <div class="audio-container"> <div id="jp-interface-53c3df6d61571-" class="jp-interface"> <div id="post-audio-53c3df6d61571-" class="jp-player" jp-instance="53c3df6d61571-"></div> <div class="jp-controls column"> <div class="jp-progress"> <div class="jp-seek-bar"> <div class="jp-play-bar"></div> </div> </div><!-- end jp-progress --> </div><!-- end jp-controls --> <div class="playpause column"> <a href="http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/kcur/local-kcur-863881.mp3" class="jp-play">Listen</a> <a class="jp-pause"></a> </div><!-- playpause --> <div class="jp-time-holder column"> <div class="jp-custom-current-time"></div> <div class="jp-custom-duration"></div> </div><!-- jp-time-holder --> <div id="slider"></div> </div><!-- .jp-interface --> </div><!-- container --> </p> <p>Kansas City, MO – Beginning this month, several new food options will be available through Missouri WIC, or women infants and children programs. Officials say the move marks the most comprehensive change to nutrition guidelines in three decades and is designed to encourage breastfeeding.</p> Mon, 05 Oct 2009 15:50:49 +0000 Elana Gordon 5711 at http://kcur.org Stimulus Funds Raise Ethics Questions in Wyandotte County http://kcur.org/post/stimulus-funds-raise-ethics-questions-wyandotte-county <p class="legacy-audio-url"> <div class="audio-container"> <div id="jp-interface-53c3df6d5f0cd-" class="jp-interface"> <div id="post-audio-53c3df6d5f0cd-" class="jp-player" jp-instance="53c3df6d5f0cd-"></div> <div class="jp-controls column"> <div class="jp-progress"> <div class="jp-seek-bar"> <div class="jp-play-bar"></div> </div> </div><!-- end jp-progress --> </div><!-- end jp-controls --> <div class="playpause column"> <a href="http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/kcur/local-kcur-863369.mp3" class="jp-play">Listen</a> <a class="jp-pause"></a> </div><!-- playpause --> <div class="jp-time-holder column"> <div class="jp-custom-current-time"></div> <div class="jp-custom-duration"></div> </div><!-- jp-time-holder --> <div id="slider"></div> </div><!-- .jp-interface --> </div><!-- container --> </p> <p>Kansas City, MO – Wyandotte County is slated to receive more than $3 million in federal stimulus funding to support the redevelopment of abandoned or foreclosed homes. The Argentine Neighborhood Development Association hopes to use $800,000 to improve housing in its area. But the head of that organization is also a Unified Government Commissioner. As KCUR's Sylvia Maria Gross reports, some other commissioners are concerned that it might be a conflict of interest.</p> Thu, 01 Oct 2009 19:14:56 +0000 Sylvia Maria Gross 5695 at http://kcur.org Stimulus Funds Raise Ethics Questions in Wyandotte County Blue Hills Family Awaiting Decision on Loan Modification http://kcur.org/post/blue-hills-family-awaiting-decision-loan-modification <p class="legacy-audio-url"> <div class="audio-container"> <div id="jp-interface-53c3bc70cd608-" class="jp-interface"> <div id="post-audio-53c3bc70cd608-" class="jp-player" jp-instance="53c3bc70cd608-"></div> <div class="jp-controls column"> <div class="jp-progress"> <div class="jp-seek-bar"> <div class="jp-play-bar"></div> </div> </div><!-- end jp-progress --> </div><!-- end jp-controls --> <div class="playpause column"> <a href="http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/kcur/local-kcur-856546.mp3" class="jp-play">Listen</a> <a class="jp-pause"></a> </div><!-- playpause --> <div class="jp-time-holder column"> <div class="jp-custom-current-time"></div> <div class="jp-custom-duration"></div> </div><!-- jp-time-holder --> <div id="slider"></div> </div><!-- .jp-interface --> </div><!-- container --> </p> <p>Kansas City, MO – For local families facing foreclosure, the mortgage crisis is personal - destroying the middle class dream of home ownership. KCUR's Sylvia Maria Gross talked to one such family in the Blue Hills neighborhood.</p> Mon, 24 Aug 2009 17:18:22 +0000 Sylvia Maria Gross 5580 at http://kcur.org Blue Hills Family Awaiting Decision on Loan Modification Farm Economy Looks Good; Activists Still Concerned http://kcur.org/post/farm-economy-looks-good-activists-still-concerned <p class="legacy-audio-url"> <div class="audio-container"> <div id="jp-interface-53c3df6d5a60b-" class="jp-interface"> <div id="post-audio-53c3df6d5a60b-" class="jp-player" jp-instance="53c3df6d5a60b-"></div> <div class="jp-controls column"> <div class="jp-progress"> <div class="jp-seek-bar"> <div class="jp-play-bar"></div> </div> </div><!-- end jp-progress --> </div><!-- end jp-controls --> <div class="playpause column"> <a href="http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/kcur/local-kcur-855290.mp3" class="jp-play">Listen</a> <a class="jp-pause"></a> </div><!-- playpause --> <div class="jp-time-holder column"> <div class="jp-custom-current-time"></div> <div class="jp-custom-duration"></div> </div><!-- jp-time-holder --> <div id="slider"></div> </div><!-- .jp-interface --> </div><!-- container --> </p> <p>Kansas City , Mo. – Reports from the federal government last week underscore optimism about the farm economy. The USDA and Kansas City Federal Reserve say farmers can expect record soybean crops. If the frost holds out, they may have the second largest corn crop in history. But farm activists are still concerned about their finances.</p> Mon, 17 Aug 2009 18:36:02 +0000 Laura Ziegler 5555 at http://kcur.org Faith Leaders Call Health Care a Moral Imperative http://kcur.org/post/faith-leaders-call-health-care-moral-imperative <p>Salina, KS – A coalition of faith leaders is launching a nationwide effort to make sure that every American family receives quality, affordable health care. More from Kansas Public Radio's Bryan Thompson.</p> Tue, 11 Aug 2009 14:27:42 +0000 5534 at http://kcur.org