Johnson County http://kcur.org en Baby Boomers Hold The Highest Rate Of Suicide, Especially in Kansas http://kcur.org/post/baby-boomers-hold-highest-rate-suicide-especially-kansas <p></p><p></p><p>There are 76 million Americans who were born between the mid-40s and the mid-60s. The Baby Boomers have much of the wealth, much of the power, much of the responsibility in our nation today. But, they also now have the highest suicide rate among all age groups. Guest host <a href="http://kcur.org/people/brian-ellison">Brian Ellison</a> talks with <em>Kansas City Star</em> reporter Rick Montgomery about this alarming statistic and how the rate in Kansas has skyrocketed in the last few years.</p> Mon, 07 Jul 2014 22:07:28 +0000 Brian Ellison & Hannah Copeland 58493 at http://kcur.org Baby Boomers Hold The Highest Rate Of Suicide, Especially in Kansas Johnson County Ranked One Of The 'Easiest' Places To Live In U.S. http://kcur.org/post/johnson-county-ranked-one-easiest-places-live-us <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Johnson County, </span>Kan<span style="line-height: 1.5;">., is one of the easiest places to live in the United States, </span><a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2014/06/26/upshot/where-are-the-hardest-places-to-live-in-the-us.html?action=click&amp;contentCollection=Magazine&amp;module=RelatedCoverage&amp;region=Marginalia&amp;pgtype=article&amp;_r=0" style="line-height: 1.5;" target="_blank">according to a new study by <em>The</em> <em>New York Times</em></a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">.&nbsp;</span></p> Thu, 26 Jun 2014 17:34:29 +0000 Cody Newill 57972 at http://kcur.org Johnson County Ranked One Of The 'Easiest' Places To Live In U.S. Johnson County Demonstrates Sharp Uptick In Suburban Poverty http://kcur.org/post/johnson-county-demonstrates-sharp-uptick-suburban-poverty <p>Poverty in suburban Johnson County doesn't look like it does in urban Kansas City, Kan., or rural parts of the state.&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">And that makes it harder to address a growing problem in a part of the metro seen as affluent, says County Manager </span>Hannes<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> </span>Zacharias<span style="line-height: 1.5;">.</span></p> Tue, 10 Jun 2014 19:46:36 +0000 Elle Moxley 57089 at http://kcur.org Johnson County Commissioners Plan Small Property Tax Rate Hike http://kcur.org/post/johnson-county-commissioners-plan-small-property-tax-rate-hike <p>The Johnson County Board of Commissioners has announced that it plans to raise property taxes in the 2015 budget. But, if the increase is implemented, it will be far from staggering.</p><p>Board of Commissioners chairman Ed Eilert says the recommended increase likely won’t mean a large burden for homeowners. Under the recommended increase revealed Wednesday, owners of properties valued at $249,000 would pay about $2 more per month. The increase would cover an anticipated $45 million budget shortfall over five years.</p> Thu, 05 Jun 2014 13:01:08 +0000 Ben Palosaari 56853 at http://kcur.org How Organizations Are Engaging Our Community http://kcur.org/post/how-organizations-are-engaging-our-community <p></p><p>Every government, non-profit or business has to find some way to gauge what a community needs or wants from them. But how do you figure it out?</p><p>On Wednesday's <a href="http://kcur.org/programs/date"><em>Up to Date</em></a>, we talk about what community engagement means to a local government official and a director of community engagement at a non-profit. We also take a look at how they talk with community members and how the information they get helps shape their organizations’ budgets, programs and other critical functions.</p> Wed, 23 Apr 2014 14:00:00 +0000 Steve Kraske & Beth Lipoff 54577 at http://kcur.org How Organizations Are Engaging Our Community Tell KCUR: What Do You Say To Kids After A Community Tragedy? http://kcur.org/post/tell-kcur-what-do-you-say-kids-after-community-tragedy <p></p><p>Sunday’s shootings at Jewish centers in Johnson County raise a lot of <a href="http://kcur.org/post/updated-victims-suspect-identified-overland-park-shootings">questions for law enforcement and the victims’ families</a>. &nbsp;</p><p>But as the news continues to pick up more local, national and even <a href="http://kcur.org/post/shootings-johnson-county-jewish-facilities-have-global-impact">international attention</a>, &nbsp;the shootings may prompt questions from little ones.</p><p>We want to know how you’re explaining the recent shootings to them.</p> Mon, 14 Apr 2014 21:01:46 +0000 Alyson Raletz 54176 at http://kcur.org Tell KCUR: What Do You Say To Kids After A Community Tragedy? Johnson County Salvation Army Opens New Homeless Shelter http://kcur.org/post/johnson-county-salvation-army-opens-new-homeless-shelter <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Salvation Army of Johnson County has expanded and improved its facilities for the homeless. Their existing shelter is 60-years-old and does not meet the needs of the county, which is the fastest growing county in Kansas.</span></p> Wed, 05 Feb 2014 14:15:03 +0000 Laura Ziegler 50812 at http://kcur.org Johnson County Salvation Army Opens New Homeless Shelter Tuberculosis Confirmed In Johnson County http://kcur.org/post/tuberculosis-confirmed-johnson-county <p>State and local health officials have confirmed a case of tuberculosis in Johnson County, Kan. A patient who was treated at Overland Park Regional Medical Center last September has an active case of the airborne disease.</p><p>Officials say spread of the disease requires very close contact with an infected person, so it’s highly unlikely that it has spread to anyone else. Health officials have identified about 100 people who need to be tested for TB, as a precaution.</p> Thu, 07 Nov 2013 14:00:51 +0000 Bryan Thompson 46457 at http://kcur.org Intermodal Shipping Hub Opens In Johnson County http://kcur.org/post/intermodal-shipping-hub-opens-johnson-county <p>BNSF Railway officially opens a huge new freight handling center in southern Johnson County, Kan. Thursday. The intermodal freight yard in Edgerton will be the largest in the region.</p><p>Kansas City is a major shipping hub. It&rsquo;s the second largest rail hub, as measured by number of train cars, and by some measures, the third largest trucking center in the country.&nbsp;</p> Thu, 17 Oct 2013 14:50:23 +0000 Frank Morris 45353 at http://kcur.org Looking Back At The Sunflower Ammunition Plant http://kcur.org/post/looking-back-sunflower-ammunition-plant <p>The Midwest is generally a calm place, but a new museum exhibit in Johnson County is recalling a place that was potentially explosive.</p><p>On Friday&#39;s <a href="http://kcur.org/programs/date"><em>Up to Date</em></a>, we talk about the history and development of the Sunflower Army Ammunition Plant. A former plant manager and the top government official both join us today to give an inside look at what it was like to work there.</p><p><strong><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Guests:</span></strong></p> Thu, 10 Oct 2013 21:00:00 +0000 Steve Kraske & Beth Lipoff 45005 at http://kcur.org Looking Back At The Sunflower Ammunition Plant Johnson County Chairman Reports Thriving Economy http://kcur.org/post/johnson-county-chairman-reports-thriving-economy <p>“The state of our county is good.” That was the message on Tuesday from&nbsp; Johnson County Chairman Ed Eilert, as he bragged about the county’s 4.5 percent unemployment rate and dramatic increase in housing starts.</p><p>In his annual State of the County address, Eilert acknowledged it wasn’t easy to keep expenditures in line with revenues last year.&nbsp; The county consolidated government departments and reduced the work force by the equivalent of more than 430 jobs through early retirement and attrition.</p> Wed, 27 Mar 2013 20:59:12 +0000 Laura Ziegler 34183 at http://kcur.org Kansas County Health Rankings Very Similar to Last Year’s http://kcur.org/post/kansas-county-health-rankings-very-similar-last-year-s <p>According to the latest <a href="http://www.khi.org/news/2013/mar/20/2013-kansas-county-health-rankings/" target="_blank">Kansas County Health Rankings</a><strong>, </strong>Johnson and Riley counties have the healthiest residents in Kansas again this year.&nbsp; Wyandotte County and a cluster of counties in southeast Kansas remain among the least healthy. Thu, 21 Mar 2013 16:07:24 +0000 Bryan Thompson 33833 at http://kcur.org Kansas County Health Rankings Very Similar to Last Year’s Power Outages Reduced From Kansas City Region Snow Storm http://kcur.org/post/power-outages-reduced-kansas-city-region-snow-storm <p>Kansas City area residents have fought their way out of a second major snowstorm in less than a week. Some areas got upwards of a foot of new snow. Wed, 27 Feb 2013 11:44:25 +0000 Dan Verbeck 32627 at http://kcur.org Power Outages Reduced From Kansas City Region Snow Storm 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 Middle Aged White Males Drive Up Suicide Rate In Johnson County http://kcur.org/post/middle-aged-white-males-drive-suicide-rate-johnson-county <p>Mention Johnson County, Kansas and locals think wealth, privilege and the pursuit of happiness. But disturbing trends in Johnson County suicide rates challenge us to think beyond this stereotype. According to the Kansas Bureau of Vital Statistics, there was a 70 percent increase in suicides in Johnson County from the years 2006 to 2010, from 47 to 80.</p> Tue, 16 Oct 2012 16:47:26 +0000 Susan B. Wilson 26069 at http://kcur.org Middle Aged White Males Drive Up Suicide Rate In Johnson County Vratil Crosses Party Line, Endorses Democrat http://kcur.org/post/vratil-crosses-party-line-endorses-democrat <p style="margin-right: -0.03in; margin-bottom: 0in; line-height: 130%"><font size="3">Retiring Kansas moderate Republican State Senator John Vratil has crossed party lines to endorse Democrat Mike Delaney in the </font><font size="3">11</font><sup><font size="3">th</font></sup><font size="3"> Kansas Senate District. </font></p><p style="margin-right: -0.03in; margin-bottom: 0in; line-height: 130%"> Wed, 03 Oct 2012 22:27:31 +0000 Steve Bell 25492 at http://kcur.org Vratil Crosses Party Line, Endorses Democrat Johnson County Elementary School Closed Due To Illness http://kcur.org/post/johnson-county-elementary-school-closed-due-illness <p>A suburban Kansas City elementary school will remain closed until Monday due to an as-yet-undetermined gastro-intestinal illness. Thu, 16 Aug 2012 20:20:04 +0000 Bryan Thompson 22948 at http://kcur.org Johnson County Elementary School Closed Due To Illness 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 Kinetic Sculpture Mimics Movement Of Construction Equipment http://kcur.org/post/kinetic-sculpture-mimics-movement-construction-equipment <p>Johnson County launched its <a href="http://www.artsjoco.org/arts-the-community/1-public-art-program/">one percent for art program</a> in 2007. This means that one percent of the budget of a new major capital project is set aside for public art. Thu, 31 May 2012 22:00:00 +0000 Laura Spencer 18585 at http://kcur.org Kinetic Sculpture Mimics Movement Of Construction Equipment Top Of The Morning News: Thursday, May 31, 2012 http://kcur.org/post/top-morning-news-thursday-may-31-2012 <p>Johnson County public works moves into two new, green buildings.&nbsp; Kansas City police try to curb texting while driving.&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;It&rsquo;s a daily digest of headlines from KCUR.</p><p> Thu, 31 May 2012 13:30:35 +0000 Maria Carter 18583 at http://kcur.org Johnson County Public Works Adds Two Green Buildings To Its Fleet http://kcur.org/post/johnson-county-public-works-adds-two-green-buildings-its-fleet <p>A year ago this month, Johnson County, Kan. officials broke ground on an environmentally friendly $11.5 million public works complex in west Olathe. The new buildings were dedicated on Wednesday at a ceremonial ribbon cutting.</p><p> Wed, 30 May 2012 19:03:40 +0000 Laura Spencer 18534 at http://kcur.org Johnson County Public Works Adds Two Green Buildings To Its Fleet Johnson County Works To Contain Whooping Cough Outbreak http://kcur.org/post/johnson-county-works-contain-whooping-cough-outbreak <p>Johnson County, Kansas is in the midst of a <a href="http://www.cdc.gov/Features/Pertussis/">whooping cough</a> outbreak. It&#39;s not as bad as <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/health/2012/05/10/152354425/feds-join-fight-against-whooping-cough-in-washington">in Washington State</a>, where they&rsquo;ve declared an epidemic of the disease.&nbsp; But health workers and schools in the region have been taking extra steps to get a handle on the disease.</p><p> Mon, 28 May 2012 16:13:02 +0000 Elana Gordon 18404 at http://kcur.org Johnson County Works To Contain Whooping Cough Outbreak Waiting At The DMV Now A Full-Time Job http://kcur.org/post/waiting-dmv-now-full-time-job <p>Everyone loves waiting at the DMV, but it is possible to have too much of a good thing. <a href="http://treasurer.jocogov.org/" target="_blank">Right now the wait times</a> at the Johnson County, Kan. offices in Mission and Olathe are 5 hours 4 minutes and 5 hours 15 minutes, respectively.</p><p> Wed, 23 May 2012 16:59:32 +0000 Emilie Mutert 18169 at http://kcur.org Steve Rose: A Changing Johnson County http://kcur.org/post/steve-rose-changing-johnson-county <p>Is the relationship between Johnson County and Kansas City, Missouri as tense as the one between Jayhawks and Tigers? Is "Lexus Land" still an appropriate nickname for Johnson County? </p> <p>It’s a conversation on Johnson County’s politics, regional relationships and growing poverty levels with the Kansas City Star’s Steve Rose.</p> Thu, 29 Mar 2012 18:38:02 +0000 Stephen Steigman, Steve Kraske & Kathleen Pointer 15056 at http://kcur.org Steve Rose: A Changing Johnson County Pregnant Woman's Mystery Crash Resolved http://kcur.org/post/pregnant-womans-mystery-crash-resolved <p>The Kansas Highway Patrol has found the semi tractor-trailer rammed by a car last week in Johnson County. The truck driving team reportedly was unaware of the collision in which a pregnant woman was badly injured.</p><p> Mon, 13 Feb 2012 23:21:43 +0000 Dan Verbeck 12481 at http://kcur.org Pregnant Woman's Mystery Crash Resolved National Council On Criminal Justice Invites Johnson County To Participate http://kcur.org/post/national-council-criminal-justice-invites-johnson-county-participate <p class="legacy-audio-url"> <div class="audio-container"> <div id="jp-interface-53beac9142e73-" class="jp-interface"> <div id="post-audio-53beac9142e73-" class="jp-player" jp-instance="53beac9142e73-"></div> <div class="jp-controls column"> <div class="jp-progress"> <div class="jp-seek-bar"> <div class="jp-play-bar"></div> </div> </div><!-- end jp-progress --> </div><!-- end jp-controls --> <div class="playpause column"> <a href="http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/kcur/local-kcur-945272.mp3" class="jp-play">Listen</a> <a class="jp-pause"></a> </div><!-- playpause --> <div class="jp-time-holder column"> <div class="jp-custom-current-time"></div> <div class="jp-custom-duration"></div> </div><!-- jp-time-holder --> <div id="slider"></div> </div><!-- .jp-interface --> </div><!-- container --> </p> <p>Kansas City – Sheriff Frank Denning of Johnson County learned in the last few days his department was the only one out of 40 applicants to be invited to take part in a national council looking at local issues in criminal justice.</p> Thu, 13 Jan 2011 19:33:11 +0000 Laura Ziegler 7452 at http://kcur.org Johnson County Christmas Bureau Addresses Growing Need http://kcur.org/post/johnson-county-christmas-bureau-addresses-growing-need <p class="legacy-audio-url"> <div class="audio-container"> <div id="jp-interface-53beac914164b-" class="jp-interface"> <div id="post-audio-53beac914164b-" class="jp-player" jp-instance="53beac914164b-"></div> <div class="jp-controls column"> <div class="jp-progress"> <div class="jp-seek-bar"> <div class="jp-play-bar"></div> </div> </div><!-- end jp-progress --> </div><!-- end jp-controls --> <div class="playpause column"> <a href="http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/kcur/local-kcur-939308.mp3" class="jp-play">Listen</a> <a class="jp-pause"></a> </div><!-- playpause --> <div class="jp-time-holder column"> <div class="jp-custom-current-time"></div> <div class="jp-custom-duration"></div> </div><!-- jp-time-holder --> <div id="slider"></div> </div><!-- .jp-interface --> </div><!-- container --> </p> <p>Olathe, KS – The Johnson County Christmas Bureau has opened its doors to their annual Holiday Shop at the Great Mall of the Great Plains in Olathe, Kansas. This is their 50th year creating a shopping experience for low income families around the holidays.</p> Thu, 09 Dec 2010 15:52:37 +0000 7351 at http://kcur.org Johnson County Christmas Bureau Addresses Growing Need Kansas House Races Could Change Face Of Johnson County Delegation http://kcur.org/post/kansas-house-races-could-change-face-johnson-county-delegation <p class="legacy-audio-url"> <div class="audio-container"> <div id="jp-interface-53beac913fa92-" class="jp-interface"> <div id="post-audio-53beac913fa92-" class="jp-player" jp-instance="53beac913fa92-"></div> <div class="jp-controls column"> <div class="jp-progress"> <div class="jp-seek-bar"> <div class="jp-play-bar"></div> </div> </div><!-- end jp-progress --> </div><!-- end jp-controls --> <div class="playpause column"> <a href="http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/kcur/local-kcur-928142.mp3" class="jp-play">Listen</a> <a class="jp-pause"></a> </div><!-- playpause --> <div class="jp-time-holder column"> <div class="jp-custom-current-time"></div> <div class="jp-custom-duration"></div> </div><!-- jp-time-holder --> <div id="slider"></div> </div><!-- .jp-interface --> </div><!-- container --> </p> <p>Johnson County, Kansas – Most of the races for the Kansas House in Johnson County have a conservative Republican or Libertarian candidate. In a county that has traditionally elected conservative Democrats or moderate Republicans, the Johnson County delegation could look different and promote a more conservative agenda in Topeka.</p> Thu, 07 Oct 2010 05:03:37 +0000 Laura Ziegler 7142 at http://kcur.org Kansas House Races Could Change Face Of Johnson County Delegation Overland Park Annexation Opponents Plan Appeal http://kcur.org/post/overland-park-annexation-opponents-plan-appeal <p class="legacy-audio-url"> <div class="audio-container"> <div id="jp-interface-53beac913c1f5-" class="jp-interface"> <div id="post-audio-53beac913c1f5-" class="jp-player" jp-instance="53beac913c1f5-"></div> <div class="jp-controls column"> <div class="jp-progress"> <div class="jp-seek-bar"> <div class="jp-play-bar"></div> </div> </div><!-- end jp-progress --> </div><!-- end jp-controls --> <div class="playpause column"> <a href="http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/kcur/local-kcur-894439.mp3" class="jp-play">Listen</a> <a class="jp-pause"></a> </div><!-- playpause --> <div class="jp-time-holder column"> <div class="jp-custom-current-time"></div> <div class="jp-custom-duration"></div> </div><!-- jp-time-holder --> <div id="slider"></div> </div><!-- .jp-interface --> </div><!-- container --> </p> <p>Kansas City, Mo. – Opponents say they'll appeal the decision to approve Overland Park's annexation of 8 square miles of semi-rural land.</p> Mon, 05 Apr 2010 17:04:40 +0000 Laura Ziegler 6486 at http://kcur.org