Headlines http://kcur.org en Chillicothe Man Won’t Face Third Murder Trial http://kcur.org/post/chillicothe-man-won-t-face-third-murder-trial <p></p><p>A Chillicothe man twice convicted of the same murder will not stand trial for a third time.</p><p>Mark Woodworth was convicted in two trials of the 1990 murder of Cathy Robertson and injuring her husband as the two slept. Both convictions were eventually vacated by the state supreme court.</p><p>And on Tuesday, the 24-year-long legal saga appeared to come to an end a special prosecutor said Woodworth wouldn’t go before a jury again, and the charges against him have been dropped.</p> Wed, 16 Jul 2014 12:45:47 +0000 Ben Palosaari 58982 at http://kcur.org Chillicothe Man Won’t Face Third Murder Trial Arbitrator Orders Diocese Of St. Joseph-Kansas City To Pay Victims $1.1 Million http://kcur.org/post/arbitrator-orders-diocese-st-joseph-kansas-city-pay-victims-11-million <p>In a ruling just made public, arbitrator Hollis Hanover ordered that the Catholic Archdiocese of Kansas City -St. Joseph wasn’t doing everything it should have to protect children from sexual abuse. He also ordered the Archdiocese to pay the victims $1.1 million.</p> Wed, 02 Jul 2014 12:53:45 +0000 Ben Palosaari 58245 at http://kcur.org Arbitrator Orders Diocese Of St. Joseph-Kansas City To Pay Victims $1.1 Million JCC Shootings: How The Community Is Responding http://kcur.org/post/jcc-shootings-how-community-responding <p></p><p>Communities in the Kansas City metropolitan area are in shocked mourning after multiple shootings left three people dead Sunday afternoon.</p><p>On Monday's<a href="http://kcur.org/programs/date"><em> Up to Date</em></a>, we talk with a local man who was at the Jewish Community Center when two people were shot about what it was like to be in the lockdown there. We also check in with KCUR's Laura Ziegler to get the latest on the alleged shooter and talk with a local pastor about how the community is responding to the deaths.</p><p><strong>Guests:</strong></p> Mon, 14 Apr 2014 15:00:02 +0000 Steve Kraske & Beth Lipoff 54151 at http://kcur.org JCC Shootings: How The Community Is Responding Treading Carefully When Covering Hate Groups http://kcur.org/post/treading-carefully-when-covering-hate-groups <p></p><p>Fred Phelps has been a lightning rod of controversy for decades. The late head of the Westboro Baptist Church, who famously picketed funerals of American soldiers and LGBT people, died Wednesday.</p><p>On Friday's <a href="http://kcur.org/programs/date"><em>Up to Date</em></a>, we discuss the quandary media organizations have faced: How do you decide when events like this are truly newsworthy and when you’re just giving hate groups free publicity?</p><p><strong>Guests:</strong></p> Fri, 21 Mar 2014 15:43:42 +0000 Steve Kraske & Beth Lipoff 52997 at http://kcur.org Treading Carefully When Covering Hate Groups The Missouri River Crisis: Falling Water Levels Causes Concern http://kcur.org/post/missouri-river-crisis-falling-water-levels-causes-concern <p></p><p>The Missouri River levels are critically low. If the problem is not resolved soon, area utilities, levees and bridges could be in serious crisis . Today we discuss the effects of dropping water levels and the multimillion dollar expenditure needed to remedy the issue.</p><p><strong>Guests:</strong></p> Wed, 05 Feb 2014 22:00:00 +0000 Brian Ellison, Matthew Long-Middleton & Kate Baxendale 51064 at http://kcur.org Examining The State Of The Death Penalty In Missouri http://kcur.org/post/examining-state-death-penalty-missouri <p>Before November 2013, the state of Missouri had executed two inmates over the past six years. Then, near the end of the year, two inmates were executed within three weeks of each other, and both executions used a controversial new drug protocol.</p><p>Critics question the way the state is carrying out executions, including the way the state obtains its lethal drugs. With courts still considering critical legal issues as another execution date nears, will the Department of Corrections keep pressing ahead?</p> Thu, 09 Jan 2014 18:33:40 +0000 Brian Ellison, Matthew Long-Middleton & Ross Stinemetz 49532 at http://kcur.org Number Of Deaths On Kansas Roads Reaches Record Low http://kcur.org/post/number-deaths-kansas-roads-reaches-record-low <p>The number of Fatalities on Kansas roads has reached an all-time low. The Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT) says there were 344 fatalities on the state's roads last year.</p><p>The number of deaths on Kansas roads has fallen significantly in the last decade or so. There were more than 500 deaths in 2002.</p><p>"I really think that there's a lot of factors that are contributing," says Steven Buckley, safety engineer with KDOT.</p> Tue, 07 Jan 2014 14:17:07 +0000 Stephen Koranda 49381 at http://kcur.org As Frigid Weather Rolls In, Service Agencies Reach Out http://kcur.org/post/frigid-weather-rolls-service-agencies-reach-out <p>In answer to the bitter cold, a Kansas City Salvation Army team that deals with the camp-living homeless will be out for the next three nights. The numbers served are small, but the services are life-saving.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">On a Summer night, relief volunteers see about a hundred people in the makeshift camps. Numbers dwindle to 30 or 60 a night when the harshest winter hits. </span></p> Mon, 06 Jan 2014 12:31:13 +0000 Dan Verbeck 49321 at http://kcur.org R. Crosby Kemper Jr. Dies At 86 http://kcur.org/post/r-crosby-kemper-jr-dies-86 <p>Kansas City banker and philanthropist, R. Crosby Kemper Jr. has died at the age of 86.</p><p>Kemper was best known for leading Kansas City-based UMB Financial Corp.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">He died Thursday in Indian Wells, Calif.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">His son R. Crosby Kemper III says he was there enjoying the great weather over the holidays.</span></p> Fri, 03 Jan 2014 15:29:41 +0000 Briana O'Higgins 49223 at http://kcur.org R. Crosby Kemper Jr. Dies At 86 What's In Store For 2014? http://kcur.org/post/whats-store-2014 <p></p> Tue, 31 Dec 2013 19:32:14 +0000 Steve Kraske & Danie Alexander 49091 at http://kcur.org What's In Store For 2014? KCUR.org's Most-Viewed Stories From 2013 http://kcur.org/post/kcurorgs-most-viewed-stories-2013 <p>The Maryville rape case story, <a href="http://kcur.org/topic/maryville-rape-case">originally reported by KCUR in July</a>, topped our most-viewed web content list by a landslide this year. Tue, 31 Dec 2013 17:17:03 +0000 Briana O'Higgins 49082 at http://kcur.org KCUR.org's Most-Viewed Stories From 2013 KCUR's Top Stories Of 2013 http://kcur.org/post/kcurs-top-stories-2013 <p></p><p style="margin-bottom: 0in; line-height: 130%"><a href="http://kcur.org/term/plaza-fire"><font face="Times New Roman, serif"><font size="3"><b>Broken gas main triggers disastrous Plaza fire</b></font></font></a></p> Sat, 28 Dec 2013 14:22:16 +0000 Steve Bell 48967 at http://kcur.org Top Stories Of The Week http://kcur.org/post/top-stories-week-376 <p><b style="font-size: medium; line-height: 100%;">KCI Public Vote Group Falls Short, Tries Again</b></p> Sat, 21 Dec 2013 17:28:09 +0000 Steve Bell 48694 at http://kcur.org Top Stories Of The Week http://kcur.org/post/top-stories-week-375 <p></p> Sat, 14 Dec 2013 14:28:27 +0000 Steve Bell 48336 at http://kcur.org Top Stories Of The Week http://kcur.org/post/top-stories-week-374 <p style="margin-bottom: 0in; line-height: 100%"><font color="#000000"><font face="Times New Roman, serif"><font size="3"><b>Concussion lawsuit filed against KC Chiefs</b></font></font></font></p> Sat, 07 Dec 2013 15:15:02 +0000 Steve Bell 47956 at http://kcur.org Top Stories Of The Week http://kcur.org/post/top-stories-week-373 <p></p><p align="LEFT" style="margin-bottom: 0in; font-weight: normal; line-height: 100%; widows: 2; orphans: 2"><font size="3"><b>Court deals heavy blow to red-light cameras.</b></font></p><p align="LEFT" style="margin-bottom: 0in; font-weight: normal; line-height: 100%; widows: 2; orphans: 2"><font size="3"><font face="Times New Roman, serif"><span style="font-style: normal">On the day the city council was to vote on changes to save Kansas City's red-light-cameras from one court decision, a second decision cast doubt on whether that could be done, </span></font></font></p> Sat, 30 Nov 2013 14:56:50 +0000 Steve Bell 47597 at http://kcur.org Top Stories Of The Week http://kcur.org/post/top-stories-week-372 <p><font color="#000000" style="line-height: 100%;"><font size="3"><b>Phase II </b></font></font><b style="line-height: 100%;">streetcar expansion corridor defined</b></p><p style="margin-bottom: 0in; line-height: 100%"><font color="#000000"><font size="3">The city council approved further study of three extension routes for the downtown streetcar system. </font></font></p> Sat, 23 Nov 2013 14:04:44 +0000 Steve Bell 47289 at http://kcur.org Get Out Your Camera, The Word Of The Year Is 'Selfie' http://kcur.org/post/get-out-your-camera-word-year-selfie <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The word of the year, according to Oxford Dictionaries, is&nbsp;</span><em style="line-height: 1.5;">selfie</em><span style="line-height: 1.5;">. The company announced the 2013 selection on Monday in a press release.</span></p><p>According to the release, <em>selfie</em> can be tracked to 2002, where it was used in an Australian online forum.</p><p>Oxford claims the word's linguistic productivity is already evident by numerous spin-offs, like <em>welfie</em> (workout selfie) and <em>drelfie</em> (drunk selfie).</p> Tue, 19 Nov 2013 00:00:00 +0000 Briana O'Higgins 47051 at http://kcur.org Get Out Your Camera, The Word Of The Year Is 'Selfie' Top Stories Of The Week http://kcur.org/post/top-stories-week-371 <p></p><p style="margin-bottom: 0in; line-height: 130%"><font face="Times New Roman, serif"><font size="3"><b>Missouri to honor same-sex joint income tax returns</b></font></font></p><p style="margin-bottom: 0in; line-height: 130%"><font face="Times New Roman, serif"><font size="3">Gov. Jay Nixon announced Thursday that Missouri would honor joint tax returns of same-sex couples who married in states where those marriages are recognized.</font></font></p> Sat, 16 Nov 2013 13:35:11 +0000 Steve Bell 46938 at http://kcur.org Top Stories Of The Week http://kcur.org/post/top-stories-week-370 <p></p><p></p><p style="margin-right: 0.27in; margin-bottom: 0in; line-height: 0.14in"><font color="#000000"><font face="Times New Roman, serif"><font size="3">The Chiefs made it nine in a row. Kansas City won a big convention. And Jackson County turned down the idea of a sales tax for medical research. Those are some of the stories we revisit on KCUR's Saturday News Review.</font></font></font></p> Sat, 09 Nov 2013 13:26:00 +0000 Steve Bell 46566 at http://kcur.org Top Stories Of The Week Top Stories Of The Week http://kcur.org/post/top-stories-week-369 <p></p><p></p><p></p><p>A school funding lawsuit by Shawnee Mission District parents survived a dismissal attempt. Kansas City bought four streetcars. And former Congressman Ike Skelton died. KCUR's Steve Bell recaps those and other top stories of the week on the KCUR Saturday News Review.</p><p><strong>Long-time Missouri Congressman Ike Skelton dies</strong></p> Sat, 02 Nov 2013 12:05:29 +0000 Steve Bell 46203 at http://kcur.org Top Stories Of The Week Top Stories Of The Week http://kcur.org/post/top-stories-week-368 <p></p><p></p><p style="margin-right: 1.07in; margin-bottom: 0in; line-height: 100%"><font color="#000000"><font size="3">The Chiefs were number one. And the Kansas City, Missouri School District got another accreditation disappointment. KCUR's Steve Bell recaps on those and other top stories of the week on the KCUR Saturday News Review.</font></font></p><p style="margin-right: 0.01in; margin-bottom: 0in; line-height: 100%"><font color="#000000"><font size="3"><b>KC schools lose out on accreditation bid</b></font></font></p> Sat, 26 Oct 2013 12:05:00 +0000 Steve Bell 45816 at http://kcur.org Top Stories Of The Week The Connection Between Sexual Assault And Online Bullying http://kcur.org/post/connection-between-sexual-assault-and-online-bullying <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Sexual assault used to be such a taboo issue that it wasn’t even covered by the media. Those affected by sexual assault would often hide in shame, but as it has becomes more public, young people are flocking to their Facebook and Twitter accounts to call names and take sides. </span></p> Tue, 22 Oct 2013 15:00:00 +0000 Matthew Long-Middleton & Ross Stinemetz 45803 at http://kcur.org The Connection Between Sexual Assault And Online Bullying Top Stories Of The Week http://kcur.org/post/top-stories-week-367 <p></p><p style="margin-right: -0.91in; margin-bottom: 0in; line-height: 0.14in"><font size="3"><span style="font-weight: normal">The Chiefs set a record. Phill Kline indefinitely lost his Kansas law license. And a Maryville rape case got national attention, thanks to Kansas City reporters. KCUR's Steve Bell looks back at those and other top stories on this week's Saturday News Review.</span></font></p><p style="margin-bottom: 0in; line-height: 0.14in"><font size="3"><b>Special prosecutor to reopen Maryville teen rape case </b></font></p> Sat, 19 Oct 2013 12:08:00 +0000 Steve Bell 45468 at http://kcur.org Top Stories Of The Week http://kcur.org/post/top-stories-week-365 <p></p><p></p><p style="margin-bottom: 0in; line-height: 0.14in"><font color="#000000"><font face="Times New Roman, serif"><font size="3">The Kansas Supreme Court listened to arguments on school funding. Overland Park voters extended a sales tax. And tax incentives were approved for Kansas City&#39;s biggest office complex ever. Steve Bell revisits those and other top stories of the week on KCUR&#39;s Saturday News Review.</font></font></font></p> Sat, 12 Oct 2013 12:05:00 +0000 Steve Bell 45105 at http://kcur.org Top Stories Of The Week Kansas City Star Changes Commenting Policy To Clean Up Site, Engage Users http://kcur.org/post/kansas-city-star-changes-commenting-policy-clean-site-engage-users <p>The Kansas City Star recently changed the way visitors to their website can comment on stories. Commentors must now login to the system using a Facebook account, and their comments will be displayed using the name and photograph attached to that account.</p><p>&quot;Facebook has a vested interest in making sure that the people using Facebook are real people,&quot; says Derek Donovan, public editor at the Kansas City Star. &quot;This site is, or at least tries to be aggressive about weeding out fake accounts and also spamming accounts.&quot;</p> Thu, 10 Oct 2013 18:10:58 +0000 Susan B. Wilson 45014 at http://kcur.org Top Stories Of The Week http://kcur.org/post/top-stories-week-363 <p></p><p></p><p align="LEFT" style="font-weight: normal; page-break-inside: avoid; widows: 1"><font size="3">The Missouri Supreme Court looked at the state&#39;s school transfer law. Day traffic on the health insurance exchanges. And the shutdown idled thousands of Kansas City federal workers. Steve Bell recaps those and other top stories of the week on the KCUR Saturday News Review.</font></p><p style="page-break-inside: avoid"><font size="3"><b>Shutdown furloughs most of KC&#39;s 27,000 federal employees </b></font></p> Sat, 05 Oct 2013 00:26:53 +0000 Steve Bell 44726 at http://kcur.org Top Stories Of The Week Top Stories Of The Week http://kcur.org/post/top-stories-week-362 <p></p><p></p><p style="page-break-inside: avoid"><font color="#000000"><font size="3">The legislature overrode 10 Jay Nixon vetoes, but couldn't reverse the vetoes of tax cuts and gun rights bills. And sentencing day came for a former priest who took lurid pictures of little girls. KCUR's Steve Bell recaps on those and other top stories of the week on the KCUR Saturday News Review.</font></font></p><p style="page-break-inside: avoid">&nbsp;</p><p style="page-break-inside: avoid"><font color="#000000"><font size="3"><b>Former priest Ratigan gets 50 years</b></font></font></p> Sat, 14 Sep 2013 12:05:00 +0000 Steve Bell 43636 at http://kcur.org Top Stories Of The Week Top Stories Of The Week http://kcur.org/post/top-stories-week-360 <p></p><p style="page-break-inside: avoid"><font size="3"><span style="font-weight: normal">The Hall Family Foundation pledged a big grant with strings attached and leaders listened as area citizens spoke their mind on a WalMart, a retirement home and military involvement in Syria. KCUR's Steve Bell looks back at those and other top stories on this week's Saturday News Review. </span></font></p> Sat, 07 Sep 2013 12:05:00 +0000 Steve Bell 43246 at http://kcur.org Top Stories Of The Week http://kcur.org/post/top-stories-week-359 <p></p><p style="page-break-inside: avoid"><font color="#000000"><font face="Times New Roman, serif"><font size="3">Kansas City got a $20 million grant for the downtown streetcar system. And the Kansas City city council decided on a slightly scaled back new crime lab. Steve Bell revisits those and other top stories of the week on KCUR's Saturday News Review.</font></font></font></p><p style="page-break-inside: avoid"><font color="#000000"><font face="Times New Roman, serif"><font size="3"><b>Council approves bonds for compromise-size crime lab</b></font></font></font></p> Sat, 31 Aug 2013 12:05:00 +0000 Steve Bell 42889 at http://kcur.org