Christmas en Advice For Consumers After The Christmas Holiday <p>The Better Business Bureau of St. Louis is reminding shoppers to be just as cautious after Christmas as before.</p><p>The organization's vice president of communications, Chris Thetford, says if you’re shopping in person, make sure you always know the location of your credit or debit card. Online, he says, make sure to use a secure site.</p> Thu, 26 Dec 2013 16:22:51 +0000 Rachel Lippmann 48889 at Not Your Parents' Christmas Music <p>If you celebrate Christmas, chances are you know all the classic names that go along with it. Nat King Cole, Bing Crosby, and Elvis are synonymous with Yuletide cheer, but what about new compositions?</p><p>On Tuesday's&nbsp;<a href=""><em>Up to Date</em></a>, we dive into some Christmas deep-cuts with two&nbsp;disc&nbsp;jockeys, who spin up the holiday spirit year after year. From new to obscure songs, we hit the worlds of country, rockabilly and R&amp;B.</p><p><strong>Guests:</strong></p> Tue, 24 Dec 2013 18:22:29 +0000 Steve Kraske, Beth Lipoff & Cody Newill 48815 at Not Your Parents' Christmas Music Overland Park Family Passes On A Gift To Sick Children Through Santa <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;">&nbsp;</p><p><span style="background-color: transparent; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; line-height: 1.15; white-space: pre-wrap;">Tonight millions of children will lay down in bed thinking about one thing -- Santa Claus. And as old St. Nick puts on his red suit and harnesses his reindeer, he’ll be bringing a special blanket given to him at a family gathering in Overland Park to keep his lap warm this Christmas. Next year, Santa plans to pass that blanket on as a special gift.</span></p> Tue, 24 Dec 2013 13:44:23 +0000 Maria Carter 48807 at Overland Park Family Passes On A Gift To Sick Children Through Santa Kansas City Company Pushes Holiday Light Recycling <p>Miles of Christmas lights could be headed out the door as more consumers look at switching from traditional holiday lights to their LED counterparts. Kansas City-based Southeast Enterprises is looking to keep the discarded strands out of landfills.</p><p>Southeast Enterprises Business Director Megan Gurera says they accept any unused or broken strands of lights.</p><p>“You know the ones you pullout, get ready to put up, and half of it works,” says Gurera.</p><p>Southeast Enterprises is a sheltered workshop, employing 160 people with development or intellectual disabilities.</p> Mon, 09 Dec 2013 14:52:43 +0000 Maria Carter 47428 at Drought Causes Challenges For Kansas Christmas Tree Farmers <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>The Thanksgiving weekend marks the start of Christmas tree sales in many places. And here in Kansas, a lot of the trees sold are grown in the state. But Christmas tree farmers have faced challenges in recent years because of drought conditions.</p><p>Eldon Clawson, president of the Kansas Christmas Tree Growers Association, says some growers have had to take steps like adding drip irrigation to keep trees healthy.</p><p>“It’s an investment, a major investment, but it’s paid off for their trees,” says Clawson.</p> Tue, 03 Dec 2013 14:12:20 +0000 Stephen Koranda 47727 at Drought Causes Challenges For Kansas Christmas Tree Farmers Missouri Singing Nuns Top Charts <p>Christmas 2012 has come and gone, and for a lot of people, it’s been another round of traditions and family reunions. But for a convent of nuns outside of St. Joseph, this year was a little different. Mon, 07 Jan 2013 22:25:01 +0000 Alex Smith 30059 at Missouri Singing Nuns Top Charts Big Tuba Turnout At This Year’s Tuba Christmas <p><a href="" target="_blank">Tuba Christmas</a> was founded by Harvey Phillips, a Missouri native, more than 30 years ago.&nbsp; It brings tuba and euphonium players together once a year to play a concert of traditional holiday songs for the season.&nbsp;</p><p> Sun, 16 Dec 2012 23:50:00 +0000 Zack Lewandowski 29070 at Big Tuba Turnout At This Year’s Tuba Christmas Kansas Christmas Ornament Features Washburn <p>The official state Christmas tree ornament for Kansas this year recognizes the 150<sup>th</sup> anniversary of the founding of Washburn University, which is coming up in 2015.</p><p> Tue, 27 Nov 2012 15:52:47 +0000 Maria Carter 28160 at Kansas Christmas Ornament Features Washburn A Light Goes On <p>What do your childhood memories of holiday&rsquo;s past look like? Sound like? Today on <strong><a href=""><em>Central Standard</em></a></strong>, a look at an ambitious homemade gift &ndash; from Lawrence musician <a href=""><strong>Sam Billen</strong></a>. Thu, 22 Dec 2011 16:12:13 +0000 Andrea Silenzi & Jabulani Leffall 9496 at A Light Goes On Poverty on the Rise in Johnson County <p>The Johnson County Christmas Bureau, has opened its doors to their annual Holiday Shop at the Great Mall of the Great Plains in Olathe, KS. This is their 50th year creating a shopping experience for low income families around the holidays.</p><p>Director Barb McNeil says that &ldquo;Poverty&rdquo; and &ldquo;Johnson County&rdquo; aren&rsquo;t words often heard in the same sentence, they should be. Though the population in Johnson County grew by 2% last year, the number of families below the poverty line grew by 64%.</p> Wed, 08 Dec 2010 17:00:00 +0000 Ashley Ferguson 15476 at Poverty on the Rise in Johnson County