government shutdown http://kcur.org en Party Lines Mean Little In KC Area Debt Crisis Vote http://kcur.org/post/party-lines-mean-little-kc-area-debt-crisis-vote <p></p><p>Kansas Republican Sen. Pat Roberts was the lone &ldquo;no&rdquo; vote among U.S. Senators from Missouri and Kansas as the debt ceiling crisis was averted and the federal government reopened.</p><p>Most House Members from the region voted with Roberts and on the losing side of a measure that is now law.</p><p>No votes came from Republicans Kevin Yoder, Sam Graves and Vicky Hartzler. &nbsp;</p> Thu, 17 Oct 2013 22:22:08 +0000 Dan Verbeck 45399 at http://kcur.org Missouri National Park Sites Reopen http://kcur.org/post/missouri-national-park-sites-reopen <p>Visitors to Missouri can once again go up in the Gateway Arch in St. Louis and pitch tents at federally-run campsites, now that the government shutdown has ended.&nbsp;</p><p>The Arch in downtown St. Louis opened Thursday without any problems and with the average number of visitors wanting to go inside, according to representatives with the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial.&nbsp; There were also no issues with the reopening of the Ozark National Scenic Riverways in southern Missouri.&nbsp;</p> Thu, 17 Oct 2013 21:34:09 +0000 Marshall Griffin 45392 at http://kcur.org Sen. Blunt Says It's Time To Get Back To Business http://kcur.org/post/sen-blunt-says-its-time-get-back-business <p>Both of Missouri&rsquo;s U.S. Senators voted in favor of the bill Wednesday night that reopened the federal government and raised the country&rsquo;s debt ceiling.</p><p>The measure, approved by the House and Senate and signed by the President early Thursday, restores funding for the government through January 15 and extends the nation&#39;s borrowing authority through February 7.</p><p>Republican Senator Roy Blunt of Missouri says he hopes the government learned some lessons during the 16-day shutdown.</p> Thu, 17 Oct 2013 20:18:03 +0000 Bill Raack 45379 at http://kcur.org How Missouri And Kansas Delegates Voted On The Budget Deal http://kcur.org/post/how-missouri-and-kansas-delegates-voted-budget-deal <p>Relief. At the eleventh&nbsp;hour, Congress agreed on a bill to end the government shutdown and avert a default on U.S. debt. It was&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">signed early Thursday morning by President Barack Obama.</span></p><p>Here is how our regional delegation voted on the bill:</p><p><strong>Kansas Senate</strong><br /><br />Pat Roberts (R) - No<br />Jerry Moran (R) - Yes<br /><br /><strong>Kansas House</strong><br /><br />Tim Huelskamp (R) - No<br />Lynn Jenkins (R) - Yes<br />Kevin Yoder (R) - No<br />Mike Pompeo (R) &ndash; No</p> Thu, 17 Oct 2013 16:44:22 +0000 Laura Ziegler 45365 at http://kcur.org Govt. Shutdown Halts Farm Chemical Inspections http://kcur.org/post/govt-shutdown-halts-farm-chemical-inspections <p>American farmers count on a steady supply of herbicides, fungicides and insecticides to keep pests from destroying their crops, &nbsp;but the government shutdown is creating a backlog of chemicals needed to produce the vital tools.</p> Wed, 16 Oct 2013 13:20:22 +0000 Abbie Fentress Swanson 45286 at http://kcur.org Govt. Shutdown Halts Farm Chemical Inspections Government Shutdown Stops USDA Data, Leaves Farmers Guessing http://kcur.org/post/government-shutdown-stops-usda-data-leaves-farmers-guessing <p>Normally, Friday would be a big day for the commodity markets. The U.S. Department of Agriculture&rsquo;s World Agricultural Supply and Demand Report is due, providing what is widely excepted to be the most trusted and complete snapshot of farm markets in the middle of harvest season. But, with the government shutdown the report is not coming out. In fact, farmers and ranchers aren&rsquo;t getting any of the USDA information they rely on, and in this case, ignorance is not bliss.</p> Fri, 11 Oct 2013 18:03:06 +0000 Frank Morris 45081 at http://kcur.org Government Shutdown Stops USDA Data, Leaves Farmers Guessing Kansas WIC Checks In Jeopardy Due To Federal Shutdown http://kcur.org/post/kansas-wic-checks-jeopardy-due-federal-shutdown <p>If the federal government shutdown continues longer than two more weeks, 70,000 young mothers, babies and preschoolers in Kansas stand to lose access to some of the food they rely on.</p><p>The Kansas Department of Health and Environment has ordered local WIC offices to withhold checks for November and December until federal funding is assured. WIC checks are normally issued for three months at a time.&nbsp;</p> Thu, 10 Oct 2013 13:06:59 +0000 Bryan Thompson 44989 at http://kcur.org Government Shutdown: Update With Rep. Cleaver http://kcur.org/post/government-shutdown-update-rep-cleaver <p>U.S. Rep. Emanuel Cleaver&nbsp;<span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;">(D, MO-5)&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">joins Steve </span>Kraske<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> to give an update on what happening with the federal government shutdown and the impending debt ceiling issue.</span></p> Wed, 09 Oct 2013 17:54:10 +0000 Steve Kraske & Beth Lipoff 44933 at http://kcur.org Government Shutdown: Update With Rep. Cleaver Kansas State Workers Paid By Feds Sent Home Without Pay http://kcur.org/post/kansas-state-workers-paid-feds-sent-home-without-pay <p></p><p>Another 263&nbsp; people who work for national guard units in Kansas but are paid by federal programs, got&nbsp; confirmation as late as October 4 that their paychecks have been stopped.</p><p></p><p>They join 772 others notified earlier to stay home without pay.</p><p>First it was soldiers and airmen of Kansas National Guard.&nbsp;</p><p>Sharon Watson of the Adjutant General&rsquo;s Office&nbsp; says the latest are federally-funded state employees, sometimes more than one in a household.</p> Fri, 04 Oct 2013 21:51:31 +0000 Dan Verbeck 44721 at http://kcur.org Kansas State Workers Paid By Feds Sent Home Without Pay Mo. National Guard Ready For Emergencies Despite Furloughs http://kcur.org/post/mo-national-guard-ready-emergencies-despite-furloughs <p>The federal government shutdown has now hit the&nbsp;Missouri National Guard.</p><p>Late Wednesday, the Guard furloughed nearly a thousand of their 1,400 federal technicians considered to be non-essential. Spokeswoman, Major Tammy Spicer, says the technicians include both civilian and uniformed staff.</p><p>&quot;Full-time federal technicians do a variety of jobs across the state, anything from clerical, to mechanical, to aviation related,&quot; Spicer said.</p> Fri, 04 Oct 2013 11:33:46 +0000 Marshall Griffin 44670 at http://kcur.org The Ethics Professors: Congressional Pay & Healthcare http://kcur.org/post/ethics-professors-congressional-pay-healthcare <p></p><p>When thousands of federal employees are being forced to go without a paycheck indefinitely because of inaction in Congress, is it really ethical for members of Congress to keep accepting their own paychecks?</p><p>On Thursday&#39;s <a href="http://kcur.org/programs/date"><em>Up to Date</em></a>, the Ethics Professors join us to discuss that and other issues of murky morals. Should we consider signing up for healthcare part of a civic duty to lower medical costs for everyone? And how should we set a limit when it comes to the cost and scope of treatment?</p> Wed, 02 Oct 2013 21:00:00 +0000 Steve Kraske & Beth Lipoff 44575 at http://kcur.org The Ethics Professors: Congressional Pay & Healthcare Government Shutdown Crimps Some Food Inspections http://kcur.org/post/government-shutdown-crimps-some-food-inspections <p style="margin-bottom: 20px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; font-family: 'PT Sans', sans-serif;">Consumers can rest assured that even with the government shutdown that went into effect on Tuesday, all of the meat, poultry and eggs bought from the grocery store will be inspected as usual by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.</p> Wed, 02 Oct 2013 18:43:07 +0000 Abbie Fentress Swanson 44569 at http://kcur.org Government Shutdown Crimps Some Food Inspections Mo. Head Start Programs Brace For Impact Of Shutdown http://kcur.org/post/mo-head-start-programs-brace-impact-shutdown <p>Head Start, a federally funded pre-K program for low-income children, had already been hit by a 5.3 percent sequestration budget cut. In the Kansas City metropolitan area, 200 Head Start slots were eliminated in Missouri and 50 more in Kansas.</p><p>On Tuesday, due to the government shutdown, 23 Head Start programs in 11 states, with fiscal years beginning October 1, were told to close.</p> Wed, 02 Oct 2013 11:53:30 +0000 Laura Spencer 44512 at http://kcur.org Shutdown Hits America’s First Line of Attack, Whiteman AFB http://kcur.org/post/shutdown-hits-america-s-first-line-attack-whiteman-afb-0 <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The government shutdown forced hundreds of thousands of civilian employees to go home early Tuesday, including thousands in the military installations around Kansas City. Fort Leavenworth and Fort Riley in central</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span>Kan<span style="line-height: 1.5;">., and Whiteman Air Force Base near Knob</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span>Noster<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, Mo., all furloughed technicians and workers.&nbsp;</span></p><p><strong>Shutdown expected to take toll on Whiteman</strong></p> Wed, 02 Oct 2013 02:35:43 +0000 Frank Morris 44538 at http://kcur.org Shutdown Hits America’s First Line of Attack, Whiteman AFB Government Shutdown Closes Truman Library And Museum http://kcur.org/post/government-shutdown-closes-truman-library-and-museum <p>There are an estimated 27,500 federal employees in the Kansas City metropolitan area. And Tuesday, with the shutdown of the federal government, some of those workers are furloughed.</p><p>Michael Devine, the director of the <a href="http://www.trumanlibrary.org/">Harry S. Truman Library and Museum</a> in Independence, Mo., was at work Tuesday morning with other staffers, shutting down the facility. This included changing outgoing email and voice messages.</p> Tue, 01 Oct 2013 16:56:37 +0000 Laura Spencer 44498 at http://kcur.org Government Shutdown Closes Truman Library And Museum Shutdown: What Does It Mean For You? http://kcur.org/post/shutdown-what-does-it-mean-you <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">When the country woke up Tuesday morning, it found a partially-shutdown federal&nbsp;government That meant 800,000 workers furloughed, services curtailed, national parks closed, the EPA virtually shuttered and much more.&nbsp;</span></p><p>On Tuesday&#39;s <a href="http://kcur.org/programs/date"><em>Up to Date </em></a>we talk with <strong>Congressmen Emanuel Cleaver </strong>and <strong>Kevin Yoder </strong>about the latest negotiations between Republicans and Democrats and between factions within the Republican Party.</p> Tue, 01 Oct 2013 15:52:11 +0000 Steve Kraske & Beth Lipoff 44495 at http://kcur.org Shutdown: What Does It Mean For You? How Will The Government Shutdown Impact Kansas City? http://kcur.org/post/how-will-government-shutdown-impact-kansas-city <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The federal government of the United States has shutdown. &nbsp;But, how long will the country go without money budgeted to run its government?</span></p> Tue, 01 Oct 2013 14:04:05 +0000 Brian Ellison, Matthew Long-Middleton & Sydney Llewellyn & Sydney 44487 at http://kcur.org How Will The Government Shutdown Impact Kansas City?