Community http://kcur.org en Armadillos On The Rise In Missouri, Creeping Into Kansas City http://kcur.org/post/armadillos-rise-missouri-creeping-kansas-city <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The nine-banded armadillo has been naturally expanding its habitat north from Central America since 1849. They're common in the southeastern part of the country, but throughout the century they’ve started to move further north and east.</span></p><p>Sightings in Missouri started about 40 years ago. They use to be rare, but now they’re a lot more common.</p> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 19:06:56 +0000 Suzanne Hogan 59295 at http://kcur.org Armadillos On The Rise In Missouri, Creeping Into Kansas City Ethics Professors Look At Malaysian Crash And Border Kids http://kcur.org/post/ethics-professors-look-malaysian-crash-and-border-kids <p></p><p></p><p>Pro-Russian rebels wouldn’t let anybody in to view the bodies of that downed Malaysia Airlines Flight 17. What’s to make of their actions?<br /><br />In this country, thousands of “border children” streamed across the border in recent months. The crisis has raised questions about what’s the appropriate way to handle these kids.<br /><br />On Wednesday's <a href="http://www.kcur.org/programs/date" target="_blank"><em>Up to Date</em></a> Steve Kraske and the Ethics Professors sort through the moral dilemmas presented by each of these events.</p> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 16:48:55 +0000 Steve Kraske & Danie Alexander 59364 at http://kcur.org Ethics Professors Look At Malaysian Crash And Border Kids Entrepreneurs Overcome Obstacles, Boost Local Economy http://kcur.org/post/entrepreneurs-overcome-obstacles-boost-local-economy <p>Since the 1970s, small businesses have provided a net of two-thirds of all new jobs. Today, they create 55 percent of all jobs in this country. Three local entrepreneurs, who make up part of this trend, appeared on&nbsp;<em><a href="http://kcur.org/programs/date" target="_blank">Up to Date</a>&nbsp;</em>to talk about&nbsp;about starting and sustaining a small business in the Kansas City area.</p> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 16:19:01 +0000 Steve Kraske & Hannah Copeland 59322 at http://kcur.org Entrepreneurs Overcome Obstacles, Boost Local Economy Prairie School Style Architecture In Kansas City http://kcur.org/post/prairie-school-style-architecture-kansas-city <p>Kansas City architect Clarence Shepard was deeply influenced by <a href="http://www.prairieschoolarchitecture.com/">Frank Lloyd Wright's Prairie School Style</a> when he designed more than 600 homes and churches in the region a century ago.</p><p>Shepard was a native of New York, grew up in Clay Center, Kan., and came to work in Kansas City at the beginning of the 20th&nbsp;century for the Kendall Co. and the J.C. Nichols Co., among others.</p> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 15:02:39 +0000 Gina Kaufmann, Matthew Long-Middleton & Sylvia Maria Gross 59359 at http://kcur.org Prairie School Style Architecture In Kansas City Interviews Provide Insight Into Bob Dole's Career http://kcur.org/post/interviews-provide-insight-bob-doles-career <p>The Dole Institute of Politics at the University of Kansas has made hours of interviews about Bob Dole's Senate career available online. The announcement coincides with the former Kansas senator's 91st birthday.</p><p>You can now go online for videos and audio of high-profile people talking about Bob Dole's nearly three decades in the U.S. Senate. Here's former president George H.W. Bush.</p> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 13:08:30 +0000 Briana O'Higgins 59355 at http://kcur.org Black Churches In Kansas City Seek New Responses To Violence http://kcur.org/post/black-churches-kansas-city-seek-new-responses-violence <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">At a recent meeting of the </span><a href="http://www.adhocgroupkc.com/" style="line-height: 1.5;">Ad Hoc Group Against Violent Crime</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, founder Alvin Brooks had a panel of teenagers describe their experiences after a sibling had been murdered. </span></p> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 14:32:53 +0000 Laura Ziegler 59227 at http://kcur.org Black Churches In Kansas City Seek New Responses To Violence Tell KCUR: Do You Plan To Vote In The Aug. 5 Primary? Why Or Why Not? http://kcur.org/post/tell-kcur-do-you-plan-vote-aug-5-primary-why-or-why-not <p></p><p>Primary elections typically struggle to draw crowds at the polls.</p><p>For instance, 23 percent of voters cast ballots in Kansas’ 2012 primary election, compared with 67 percent voter turnout for that year’s general election, according to the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.sos.ks.gov/elections/elections_statistics.html">Kansas secretary of state office</a>.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 20:30:43 +0000 Alyson Raletz 59248 at http://kcur.org Tell KCUR: Do You Plan To Vote In The Aug. 5 Primary? Why Or Why Not? Wes Crenshaw: Parents, Teens And Maturity http://kcur.org/post/wes-crenshaw-parents-teens-and-maturity <p></p><p>When an old-timer mutters, “Oh, kids today… they’re not like we were,” he might be right. Statistics show that young people are waiting longer to tie the knot, and the change may be down to the maturity of the guys.</p><p>On Monday's <a href="http://kcur.org/programs/date"><em>Up to Date</em></a> psychologist Wes Crenshaw joins us to examine this shift. We explore changes in dating practices and why teens might be slower to mature these days, especially if they’re boys.</p> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 14:00:00 +0000 Steve Kraske & Beth Lipoff 59130 at http://kcur.org Wes Crenshaw: Parents, Teens And Maturity 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 Kansas City Writer's Reflection On His Youth Inspires New Ideas About Being 'Midwestern' http://kcur.org/post/kansas-city-writers-reflection-his-youth-inspires-new-ideas-about-being-midwestern <p>Former <em>Kansas City Star</em> columnist Bill Tammeus, who still blogs for the paper, recently released a memoir titled <a href="http://billtammeus.typepad.com/my_weblog/2014/03/3-12-14.html"><em>Woodstock: A Story of Middle Americans</em></a>.</p><p>It's about his boyhood in the Illinois town of Woodstock, in the middle of the 20th century. Through critical reflection on his early experiences and observations, Tammeus arrives at a handful of truisms about life in the Midwest, offered without sentimentality or rose-colored glasses, but with measured fondness.</p> Thu, 17 Jul 2014 21:26:51 +0000 Gina Kaufmann, Matthew Long-Middleton & Matt Hodapp 59079 at http://kcur.org Kansas City Writer's Reflection On His Youth Inspires New Ideas About Being 'Midwestern' Kansas City, Kansas Group Works To Keep Children From Becoming Border Kids http://kcur.org/post/kansas-city-kansas-group-works-keep-children-becoming-border-kids <p></p><p></p><p>As the U.S. struggles with the thousands of "border kids" crossing its southern boundaries, one organization in Kansas City, Kansas is working with families in Latin America to help children remain in their own communities.</p> Thu, 17 Jul 2014 20:25:09 +0000 Steve Kraske & Danie Alexander 59078 at http://kcur.org Kansas City, Kansas Group Works To Keep Children From Becoming Border Kids Why 33 Years Later, We Still Don't Have A Memorial For The Skywalk Disaster http://kcur.org/post/why-33-years-later-we-still-dont-have-memorial-skywalk-disaster <p>Thirty-three years after the deadly collapse of a&nbsp;skywalk at the Hyatt Regency Hotel near downtown Kansas City, Mo., the foundation trying to build a memorial for the victims says it has raised 70 percent of their goal.</p><p>The Skywalk Memorial Foundation has $382,824 in cash donations, leaving them with around $163,000 to raise to reach the amount necessary to begin construction. The proposed memorial will be at Hospital Hill Park at 22nd&nbsp;Street and Gillham Road.</p> Thu, 17 Jul 2014 15:10:27 +0000 Briana O'Higgins 59009 at http://kcur.org Why 33 Years Later, We Still Don't Have A Memorial For The Skywalk Disaster Finally, Kansas City Has A Home For Its Auto History http://kcur.org/post/finally-kansas-city-has-home-its-auto-history <p></p><p></p><p>Kansas City holds an astonishing amount of auto history from the first African-American auto dealer in the U.S. to the park and boulevard system started in the 1890s that shaped our city's traffic flow today.</p> Wed, 16 Jul 2014 14:00:00 +0000 Steve Kraske & Hannah Copeland 58956 at http://kcur.org Finally, Kansas City Has A Home For Its Auto History PHOTOS: Barns Of Missouri And Kansas Through Your Lens http://kcur.org/post/photos-barns-missouri-and-kansas-through-your-lens <p>A drive through the Midwest countryside wouldn't be complete without a dozen or so barn sightings.&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">As our daily talk show, Central Standard, prepares for its examination of challenges that go into barn restoration, we rounded up a collection of regional barn photos — thanks to you.</span></p> Tue, 15 Jul 2014 21:56:45 +0000 Alyson Raletz 58968 at http://kcur.org PHOTOS: Barns Of Missouri And Kansas Through Your Lens Dr. Hunthausen's Tips For Animal First Aid http://kcur.org/post/dr-hunthausens-tips-animal-first-aid <p></p> Tue, 15 Jul 2014 15:45:07 +0000 Danie Alexander 58937 at http://kcur.org Dr. Hunthausen's Tips For Animal First Aid What To Do If Your Pet Gets Hurt http://kcur.org/post/what-do-if-your-pet-gets-hurt <p></p><p>When you burn your finger or get a gash on your leg, you know what to do—or at least where the first aid kit is. But what do you do if your pet gets injured?</p><p>On Tuesday's <a href="http://kcur.org/program/date"><em>Up to Date</em></a>, veterinarian Wayne Hunthausen joins us to talk about first aid for your pets. We also take a look at what bandage you should use when Fido gets a cut and what to do when you can’t get Fluffy to the vet after an injury.</p><p><strong>Guest:</strong></p> Tue, 15 Jul 2014 14:00:00 +0000 Steve Kraske & Beth Lipoff 58869 at http://kcur.org What To Do If Your Pet Gets Hurt Tell KCUR: What Does It Mean To Be A Midwesterner In 5 Words Or Less? http://kcur.org/post/tell-kcur-what-does-it-mean-be-midwesterner-5-words-or-less <p></p><p>As our daily talk show Central Standard prepares for its on-air discussion of Midwestern values later this week, we want to know more about your take on the country’s heartland.</p><p>Does your mind veer immediately to the region’s work ethic or do you think more about Midwest cuisine or weather?</p><p><strong>Tell KCUR: What does it mean to be a Midwesterner in five words or less? </strong></p> Mon, 14 Jul 2014 19:51:16 +0000 Alyson Raletz 58886 at http://kcur.org Tell KCUR: What Does It Mean To Be A Midwesterner In 5 Words Or Less? TIMELINE: A Look Back At 40 Years Of Kansas City's Kemper Arena http://kcur.org/post/timeline-look-back-40-years-kansas-citys-kemper-arena <p>It's easy to forget about Kemper Arena.</p><p>Nestled down in the south end of the West Bottoms in Kansas City, Mo., the aging arena has seen better days. Since 2007, the Sprint Center has hosted virtually all the big-name events coming through town, leaving Kemper&nbsp;nearly inactive for long periods of time.</p> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 20:11:19 +0000 Cody Newill 58751 at http://kcur.org TIMELINE: A Look Back At 40 Years Of Kansas City's Kemper Arena The History of Kemper Arena http://kcur.org/post/history-kemper-arena <p>About four and a half decades ago, in a stunningly brief period of years, Kansas City built major public structures for air travelers, conventioneers and sports fans. All survive today, but one of them, sitting in the West Bottoms, is underutilized compared to the others.</p> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 17:46:09 +0000 Matthew Long-Middleton 58905 at http://kcur.org The History of Kemper Arena World's Tallest Water Slide Opens In Kansas City, Kansas http://kcur.org/post/worlds-tallest-water-slide-opens-kansas-city-kansas <p>After much ado, the world’s tallest water slide is now open to the public. Verrückt — which is German for insane, by the way — plunges 17 stories to take the record, previously held for more than a decade by a giant slide in Brazil.</p><p>Design problems repeatedly pushed back the launch. We figured, since no one in their right mind would be one of the first to ride it, we’d send Frank Morris down it.</p><p><strong>The approach to the slide</strong></p> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 22:17:35 +0000 Frank Morris 58701 at http://kcur.org World's Tallest Water Slide Opens In Kansas City, Kansas 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 Public Transit Tops Locals’ Wish List For Kansas City http://kcur.org/post/public-transit-tops-locals-wish-list-kansas-city <p></p><p>More bus routes. More bike lanes. More sidewalks and more direct flights out of Kansas City International Airport.</p><p>Those were some of the recurring requests we received from Kansas Citians this week, in addition to a widespread call for commuter rail in the metropolitan area.</p> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 21:22:34 +0000 Alyson Raletz 58715 at http://kcur.org Public Transit Tops Locals’ Wish List For Kansas City Should Rest Requirements For Truckers Be Relaxed? http://kcur.org/post/should-rest-requirements-truckers-be-relaxed <p></p><p></p><p>When New Jersey prosecutors charged the truck driver who crashed into comedian Tracy Morgan's limo, they said the man behind the wheel had not slept in more than 24 hours.&nbsp; Not long after that accident, the Senate Appropriations Committee voted to rescind some of the rest requirements for big rig drivers.</p> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 20:57:10 +0000 Steve Kraske & Danie Alexander 58702 at http://kcur.org Should Rest Requirements For Truckers Be Relaxed? Death of Kansas City Veteran Emphasizes Need For Timely PTSD Treatment http://kcur.org/post/death-kansas-city-veteran-emphasizes-need-timely-ptsd-treatment <p></p><p></p><p>The death last month of 26-year old Army veteran Isaac Sims in a confrontation with Kansas City, Missouri police raised many questions including whether this loss of life could have been prevented.</p><p>On this edition of <a href="http://www.kcur.org/programs/date"><em>Up to Date</em></a> Steve Kraske brings together a panel to look at the events leading up to Sims' death, the special municipal court that works with veterans facing criminal charges, and a therapy program treating military PTSD sufferers while they are still on active duty.</p><p><strong>Guests:</strong></p> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 20:14:12 +0000 Steve Kraske & Danie Alexander 58700 at http://kcur.org Death of Kansas City Veteran Emphasizes Need For Timely PTSD Treatment Safety Issues Arise As Drivers Must Keep On Truckin' http://kcur.org/post/safety-issues-arise-drivers-must-keep-truckin <p>Trucks crisscross the country every day to keep the economy pumping, but recent accidents involving driver fatigue have some re-examining trucking regulation.</p><p>On Thursday's <a href="http://kcur.org/programs/date"><em>Up to Date</em></a>, we talk about the pressures weighing on long-haul truckers and how the demands they face can push them to drive when it’s really not safe.</p><p><strong>Guests:</strong></p><ul><li><strong>Todd Spencer, </strong>executive vice president at OOIDA</li><li><strong>Jeff Burns,</strong> attorney at Dollar, Burns &amp; Becker Trial Attorneys</li></ul> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 14:00:00 +0000 Steve Kraske & Beth Lipoff 58612 at http://kcur.org Safety Issues Arise As Drivers Must Keep On Truckin' The Story Behind Kansas City's House Of Cards http://kcur.org/post/story-behind-kansas-citys-house-cards <p>Have you ever driven through the Historic Northeast neighborhood in Kansas City, Mo., and seen a building with playing cards instead of windows?&nbsp;</p><p>That's the house of cards, an abandoned apartment building at 7th and Indiana streets, that community members used to create public art. After a couple of years of dormancy, there's now some renewed interest to continue the effort.</p><p>Here's the story of how that project began:&nbsp;</p><p>A couple years back, the Historic Northeast neighborhood in Kansas City, Mo., had a problem.</p> Wed, 09 Jul 2014 17:52:50 +0000 Cara McClain 58599 at http://kcur.org The Story Behind Kansas City's House Of Cards The True Life Of Kansas City Zookeepers http://kcur.org/post/true-life-kansas-city-zookeepers <p></p><p>So, you like animals? You enjoy watching them, taking care of them, and talking about them? Would you make a good zookeeper? Guest Host<a href="http://kcur.org/people/brian-ellison"> Brian Ellison</a> takes a look at the true life of Kansas City Zoo zookeepers on Tuesday's <em>Up to Date</em>. Find out what it's really like to chase a fugitive chimpanzee and keep the penguins healthy and happy in their habitat. Speaking of penguins, you can watch the penguins at the Kansas City Zoo live <a href="http://www.kansascityzoo.org/node/671">right here</a>.</p><p><strong>Guests:</strong></p> Tue, 08 Jul 2014 21:55:08 +0000 Brian Ellison, Hannah Copeland & Scott Ross 58549 at http://kcur.org The True Life Of Kansas City Zookeepers 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 Kansas City’s Former GOP Convention Hopes Go To Cleveland http://kcur.org/post/kansas-city-s-former-gop-convention-hopes-go-cleveland <p></p><p>Kansas City’s ex-suitor, the Republican National Convention, has selected Cleveland to host the 2016 conference.</p><p>Kansas City had been in the running for the GOP event through late June, when the convention dubbed Cleveland and Dallas as finalists, <a href="http://kcur.org/post/kansas-city-out-running-2016-gop-convention">knocking Kansas City out of consideration</a>. &nbsp;</p> Tue, 08 Jul 2014 16:47:38 +0000 Alyson Raletz 58541 at http://kcur.org Kansas City’s Former GOP Convention Hopes Go To Cleveland Missouri 340 Canoe Race Postponed Due To Flooding http://kcur.org/post/missouri-340-canoe-race-postponed-due-flooding <p>For hundreds of paddlers, the Missouri 340 race is a true test of endurance, but flooding along the Missouri River has put the competition on hold.</p><p>The popular canoe race runs 340 miles from Kansas City to St. Charles. Organizers said they felt that heightened water levels would introduce too much debris and keep racers from being able to reach shore when they needed a break.&nbsp;</p><p>Scott Mansker, race director, says postponing the race isn't ideal because people already have taken time off work to race. But the delay ultimately won't kill the competition, he says.</p> Tue, 08 Jul 2014 14:41:19 +0000 Cody Newill 58532 at http://kcur.org Missouri 340 Canoe Race Postponed Due To Flooding