Kansas City Kansas http://kcur.org en KCK Mayor Pushes Plan For 'Healthy Campus' Downtown http://kcur.org/post/kck-mayor-pushes-plan-healthy-campus-downtown <p>The southern vista from Big Eleven Lake — situated along one of the busiest streets in Kansas City, Kan. — features the crescent roof of a self-service car wash and the clutter of an auto body shop wedged onto a tiny corner lot.</p><p>On Tuesday, the litter along the lake’s muddy bank included an empty bottle of peach vodka and a crumpled pack of Pall Malls.</p><p>Down the hill was fisherman Alvin Suttington, a KCK native who said the park is a relaxing, convenient amenity for urban families. But, he said, “It would be better if (municipal officials) kept it up better.”</p> Wed, 19 Mar 2014 20:25:28 +0000 Mike Sherry 52907 at http://kcur.org KCK Mayor Pushes Plan For 'Healthy Campus' Downtown Looking At The State Of KCK And WyCo http://kcur.org/post/looking-state-kck-and-wyco <p>It’s been nearly a year since Mark Holland became mayor of Kansas City, Kan., and it’s time to see what influence he’s wielded in the city over that time.</p><p>On Wednesday's<a href="http://kcur.org/programs/date"><em> Up to Date</em></a>, Mayor Holland joins us in the studio to talk about the city’s economic development, public health programs and other issues.</p><p><strong>Guest:</strong></p> Wed, 26 Feb 2014 15:43:33 +0000 Steve Kraske & Beth Lipoff 51799 at http://kcur.org Looking At The State Of KCK And WyCo KCK Mayor's First State Of The Government Address http://kcur.org/post/kck-mayors-first-state-government-address <p>The Unified Government of Wyandotte&nbsp;County and Kansas City, Kan., County needs to lower its taxes and drop its mill levy. That was part of the message on Tuesday for <a href="http://www.wycokck.org/dept.aspx?id=1198&amp;menu_id=1094">Mark Holland</a> in his first term as chief executive of the Unified Government.</p> Wed, 26 Feb 2014 13:11:01 +0000 Dan Verbeck 51794 at http://kcur.org KCK Mayor's First State Of The Government Address Linking Past With Present In 'If Da Dirt Could Talk' Performance/Quilt Project http://kcur.org/post/linking-past-present-if-da-dirt-could-talk-performancequilt-project <p></p><p>Two friends from Kansas City, Kan., are teaming up for a project called<em> If Da Dirt Could Talk. </em>It combines collaborative quilts with a performance in an historic graveyard in <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quindaro_Townsite">old Quindaro</a>.</p><p><strong>Quilting to share history</strong></p><p>Artist Nedra Bonds started quilting at the age of six. "Yeah, I didn’t have a choice, I come from a family of quilters on both sides," she says. "So this was something that we did, based upon who we were, based on the needs of the family, and we just always have done it."</p> Thu, 16 Jan 2014 20:58:29 +0000 Laura Spencer 49540 at http://kcur.org Linking Past With Present In 'If Da Dirt Could Talk' Performance/Quilt Project The Remarkable Transformation Of One Neighborhood In KCK http://kcur.org/post/remarkable-transformation-one-neighborhood-kck <p>In 2006, an organization called Local Initiatives Support Corporation of&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">Greater Kansas City</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">(</span>LISC<span style="line-height: 1.5;">) identified six neighborhoods in the Kansas City area to target for improvements:&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Blue Hills, Douglass-Sumner, </span>Ivanhoe Northwest,&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">Downtown Kansas City, </span>Kan<span style="line-height: 1.5;">., </span>Scaritt<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Renaiss Thu, 12 Sep 2013 14:55:22 +0000 Suzanne Hogan 43466 at http://kcur.org The Remarkable Transformation Of One Neighborhood In KCK KCK Native Janelle Monae Releases 'Q.U.E.E.N.' Music Video http://kcur.org/post/kck-native-janelle-monae-releases-queen-music-video <p>Performer and KCK native, <a href="http://www.jmonae.com">Janelle Monae</a>, is known for her gender-bending clothing and <a href="http://www.npr.org/2010/11/04/130888657/janelle-monae-post-modern-pop">futuristic soul-meets-funk music</a>. Keeping in her style, Monae just released her latest music video, "Q.U.E.E.N.", featuring neo-soul singer, Erykah Badu.</p> Fri, 17 May 2013 17:07:52 +0000 Monica Sandreczki, Susan B. Wilson & Sylvia Maria Gross 36891 at http://kcur.org Condition, Safety Records Probed In Kansas Party Bus Death http://kcur.org/post/condition-safety-records-probed-kansas-party-bus-death <p>It may take a week to ten days to learn how and why a woman fell from a party bus into I-35 traffic near the Kansas-Missouri state line and was killed Saturday night. Mon, 06 May 2013 22:39:51 +0000 Dan Verbeck 36284 at http://kcur.org 5 Things Former Mayor Reardon Is Proud Of Accomplishing http://kcur.org/post/5-things-former-mayor-reardon-proud-accomplishing <p></p><p></p><p>Wednesday was Joe Reardon’s last day in office.</p><p>The popular, 2-term head of the Unified Government of Wyandotte County and Kansas City, Kansas says there were many things he was proud of accomplishing, and a few things he regretted not getting done.</p><p>Here are the things he was most proud of:</p> Thu, 25 Apr 2013 15:23:37 +0000 Laura Ziegler 35680 at http://kcur.org 5 Things Former Mayor Reardon Is Proud Of Accomplishing A Mayoral Summit http://kcur.org/post/mayoral-summit <p></p><p>It’s the <strong>end of an era </strong>for one city leader, while <strong>events march on</strong> for another.</p><p> Mon, 22 Apr 2013 15:46:42 +0000 Beth Lipoff & Steve Kraske 35483 at http://kcur.org A Mayoral Summit KCK Mayoral Foes Battle By Substance And Style http://kcur.org/post/kck-mayoral-foes-battle-substance-and-style <p>Wyandotte County voters on Tuesday will decide who holds the reins as Mayor/CEO of Unified Government.</p><p>KCUR’s Dan Verbeck has background on two candidates who bring distinctly different approaches to operating the post.</p><p>Each serves as a member of the local governing commission, survivors of a spirited primary campaign and election. The candidates appeared to answer questions posed by a panel in a forum at Kansas City Kansas Community College. Appearing in alphabetical order:</p> Fri, 29 Mar 2013 23:36:18 +0000 Dan Verbeck 34317 at http://kcur.org KCK Mayoral Foes Battle By Substance And Style KCK Mayoral Debate http://kcur.org/post/kck-mayoral-debate <p>Join <em><a href="http://kcur.org/programs/date">Up to Date</a></em> <strong style="line-height: 1.5;">at 11 a.m. on Monday, April 1</strong><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, at the&nbsp;</span><strong style="line-height: 1.5;">Kansas City, Kan., Main Library, 625 Minnesota Ave., </strong><span style="line-height: 1.5;">for the</span><strong style="line-height: 1.5;"> final debate</strong><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> of the Kansas City, </span>Kan<span style="line-height: 1.5;">., </span><strong style="line-height: 1.5;">mayoral race</strong><span style="line-height: 1.5;">. Fri, 29 Mar 2013 17:10:03 +0000 Beth Lipoff & Steve Kraske 34300 at http://kcur.org KCK Mayoral Debate Top Of The Morning News : March 13, 2013 http://kcur.org/post/top-morning-news-march-13-2013-0 <p><strong>Missouri Senate Passes Tax Overhaul</strong></p><p>Over objections from Gov. Jay Nixon, the Missouri Senate has passed a tax overhaul that would cut income taxes by hundreds of millions of dollars annually for residents and businesses. It would also boost sales taxes.</p><p>The legislation is promoted by supporters as the most dramatic change to Missouri’s tax policies in decades. It’s prompted by a desire to compete with sweeping income tax cuts in Kansas.</p> Wed, 13 Mar 2013 14:47:01 +0000 Dan Verbeck 33402 at http://kcur.org Top Of The Morning News : March 13, 2013 Kansas City Kansas Mayor Has Texting 'Fun' In Annual Address http://kcur.org/post/kansas-city-kansas-mayor-has-texting-fun-annual-address <p>Kansas City Kansas Mayor and Unified Government CEO&nbsp; Joe Reardon took the Google Fiber theme to an unexpected place as his annual State of Unified Government became&nbsp; audience-interactive. Tue, 12 Mar 2013 20:56:20 +0000 Dan Verbeck 33369 at http://kcur.org Kansas City Kansas Mayor Has Texting 'Fun' In Annual Address Elections Still On: Hours Extended, Polling Places Changed http://kcur.org/post/elections-still-hours-extended-polling-places-changed <p><strong>Update Tuesday, 7:30 a.m. </strong>Due to the weather, polling places have been consolidated in both Wyandotte and Johnson Counties. Find polling places for <a href="http://www.wycokck.org/uploadedFiles/Departments/Election_Office/Election_-_Documents/WyCo_Primary_Election-Update_2013.pdf" target="_blank">Wyandotte&nbsp;County here</a> and <a href="http://www.jocoelection.org/" target="_blank">Johnson County here</a>.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 26 Feb 2013 13:56:42 +0000 Emilie Mutert & Sylvia Maria Gross 32531 at http://kcur.org Elections Still On: Hours Extended, Polling Places Changed Wyandotte Mayor Candidates Debate Blight, Bureaucracy And Windfall Funds http://kcur.org/post/wyandotte-mayor-candidates-debate-blight-bureaucracy-and-windfall-funds <p>On Tuesday, voters in Wyandotte County will narrow the field of candidates for the Mayor/CEO of Unified Government.&nbsp; The number running will be reduced from five to two, going into the April general election.&nbsp; KCUR’s Dan Verbeck reports on candidates’ backgrounds and issue-positions that have appeared since the campaign began in earnest only a month ago. Sun, 24 Feb 2013 04:53:25 +0000 Dan Verbeck 32470 at http://kcur.org Wyandotte Mayor Candidates Debate Blight, Bureaucracy And Windfall Funds GM To Sink $600 Million Into KCK Plant http://kcur.org/post/gm-sink-600-million-kck-plant <p>General Motors has committed to a more than half billion dollar investment into its assembly plant in the Fairfax District of Kansas City, Kansas. Mon, 28 Jan 2013 22:24:33 +0000 Dan Verbeck 31074 at http://kcur.org GM To Sink $600 Million Into KCK Plant Top Of The Morning News: January 28, 2013 http://kcur.org/post/top-morning-news-january-28-2013 <p>The CEO of General Motors will announce details of a major expansion at its Fairfax assembly plant in Kansas City, Kan. Missouri Governor Jay Nixon is slated address education, mental health, and Medicaid in his State of the State address this evening.&nbsp;City leaders in Kansas City will host several public meetings this week, aimed at strengthening arts and culture in the region.</p><p> Mon, 28 Jan 2013 14:22:44 +0000 Elana Gordon, Marshall Griffin & Stephen Koranda 31041 at http://kcur.org Citywide CPR Effort Aims To Lower Cardiac Arrest Deaths http://kcur.org/post/citywide-cpr-effort-aims-lower-cardiac-arrest-deaths <p>If a person suddenly collapses, CPR could mean the difference between life and death. That’s the message coming from city and hospital leaders in Kansas City, Kan., <a href="https://www.facebook.com/notes/kansas-city-kansas-unified-government/kckfd-partners-with-ku-hospital-to-launch-cpr-initiative/588449294514048">who want to train a lot more residents</a> in the lifesaving technique. Fri, 18 Jan 2013 13:57:00 +0000 Elana Gordon 30599 at http://kcur.org Citywide CPR Effort Aims To Lower Cardiac Arrest Deaths KCK Mayor Will Not Seek Reelection http://kcur.org/post/kck-mayor-will-not-seek-reelection <p>The Mayor and CEO of the Unified Government of Wyandotte County and Kansas City, Kansas, Joe Reardon, announced today he would not seek reelection for a third term this spring. In a letter from his office, Reardon said he made the decision based on personal reasons.</p><p>“I have a family at home that I love very much. It is important to me that I spend more time with them. My two sons are growing up much too quickly,” he said in his letter, which is <a href="https://www.facebook.com/KCKReardon" target="_blank">posted in full on his Facebook page</a>.</p> Wed, 09 Jan 2013 19:17:01 +0000 Laura Ziegler 30170 at http://kcur.org KCK Mayor Will Not Seek Reelection EPA Administrator 'Surprised' At Kansas Move Benefits http://kcur.org/post/epa-administrator-surprised-kansas-move-benefits <p>Administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says every aspect explored proves the wisdom of moving the Agency’s regional headquarters to Lenexa, Kansas.</p><p> Tue, 04 Dec 2012 21:48:14 +0000 Dan Verbeck 28524 at http://kcur.org EPA Administrator 'Surprised' At Kansas Move Benefits Child's Fireworks Death Leaves Lesson Of Vulnerability http://kcur.org/post/childs-fireworks-death-leaves-lesson-vulnerability <p>The death of a child from fireworks has slipped into recent history, yet it lives on among some who were there in Kansas City, Kansas. Wed, 04 Jul 2012 09:35:46 +0000 Dan Verbeck 20493 at http://kcur.org Fire Threat Heightened By Heat Trend, Holiday http://kcur.org/post/fire-threat-heightened-heat-trend-holiday <p>With high heat and low humidity, Kansas City metro area communities in two states are more fire conscious than ever in summertime. The imminent splurge of fireworks adds to the threats. Fri, 29 Jun 2012 22:07:00 +0000 Dan Verbeck 20288 at http://kcur.org Fire Threat Heightened By Heat Trend, Holiday Free Wifi For Rosedale? http://kcur.org/post/free-wifi-rosedale <p>The founders of Connecting for Good hope to provide internet access to people who aren't connected at all, by tapping into Google's gigabit network.</p> Tue, 26 Jun 2012 19:24:05 +0000 Sylvia Maria Gross 20036 at http://kcur.org Free Wifi For Rosedale? Cumbia Is Alive And Well—And Shakin'—In Kansas City http://kcur.org/post/cumbia-alive-and-well-and-shakin-kansas-city <p><strong>Kontrolando Show</strong> is one of 30 local bands, dance groups, and djs, in addition to some national acts, that will be playing at <strong><a href="http://fiestakansascity.com/entertainment-2/main-stage" target="_blank">Fiesta KC</a></strong> in Crown Center June 22 - 24, 2012.</p><p> Mon, 18 Jun 2012 15:51:10 +0000 Suzanne Hogan 19569 at http://kcur.org Cumbia Is Alive And Well—And Shakin'—In Kansas City Filling An Empty Shell: What Will Replace The EPA In Downtown KCK? http://kcur.org/post/filling-empty-shell-what-will-replace-epa-downtown-kck <p>The Environmental Protection Agencies’ Regional Headquarter Offices in downtown Kansas City, Kansas will officially be relocating to a new location this fall. Their new home? The former Applebee’s headquarters in Lenexa, Kansas.</p> Mon, 11 Jun 2012 17:52:06 +0000 Suzanne Hogan 19181 at http://kcur.org Filling An Empty Shell: What Will Replace The EPA In Downtown KCK? Top Of The Morning News: Tuesday, January 3, 2012 http://kcur.org/post/top-morning-news-tuesday-january-3-2012 <p>A daily digest of headlines from KCUR.</p> <p> * KCK Casino Plans To Open Next Month<br /> * A Bloody Year In Kanas City<br /> * Brownback Heads To Iowa To Support Perry<br /> * K-State Preps For Cotton Bowl</p> Tue, 03 Jan 2012 14:08:21 +0000 Maria Carter 10082 at http://kcur.org Top Of The Morning News: Tuesday, January 3, 2012