Sugar Creek, MO – Ten thousand drivers a day will have to find another way to cross the Missouri river until at least mid July. The northbound span of M-291 is considered too dangerous. KCUR's Dan Verbeck was there, on the metro's east side, shortly before the 60 year old bridge was closed July 7th.
John Brewer talks about his double life of firefighter and jazz / electronica musician.
By Alex Smith
Kansas City, MO – The phrase: "Don't Quit Your Day Job" has been used as a put down for decades. If someone sings badly, that's what they're told. And yet, often it's the day job that provides the inspiration, material, or simply a structured schedule for the art.
Kansas City, MO – A medical society program which connects uninsured residents in Johnson and Wyandotte Counties with donated health services is experiencing major backlogs. KCUR's Elana Gordon reports.
Nearly 300 specialists currently participate in the three-year-old program called Wy/Jo Care. Through it, doctors donate their time on a rotating basis. Safety net clinics refer uninsured patients to them.
Salina, KS – State and local governments, and community and tribal organizations have until August 6th to apply for a total of 40 million dollars in federal outreach grants to help enroll uninsured children in government health insurance programs. More from Kansas Public Radio's Bryan Thompson.
Kansas City, MO – Gardeners in Kansas City are transforming blighted buildings and weed-filled lots into tiny urban farms. Urban agriculture projects often try to address hunger and teach city dwellers new skills. One example of this movement is Troostwood Gardens - it was started ten years ago on a corner lot donated by Rockhurst University near 52nd and Paseo. KCUR's Susan B. Wilson recently stopped by for a visit.
Kansas City, MO – If you're taking a walk through Gillham Park on a Thursday evening you might stumble across what looks a little like a high school football practice.
Complete with cracking helmets, conditioning drills and a coach who's less than pleased. But as helmets come off for a quick water break you might find yourself feeling a little surprised by the sight of twenty or so women donning full football pads.
Kansas City, MO – Food, Inc., a documentary film about the modern agricultural industry, is a hit with big-city movie reviewers, small-scale organic farmers and vegetarians. Full of disturbing scenes depicting chickens, hogs and cattle being crowded into confined areas, the movie argues that large-scale agriculture produces inexpensive meat and vegetables at a high cost to the environment - as well as Americans' health.
Jefferson City, MO – Governor Jay Nixon has vetoed a bill that would have repealed most of Missouri's motorcycle helmet law. Marshall Griffin reports.
Motorcycle riders in Missouri still have to wear helmets. A bill that would have allowed them to ride helmet-free if they're at least 21 years old has been vetoed by Governor Jay Nixon. The bill would have still required helmet use on interstate highways. Tom Holloway with the Missouri State Medical Association says he applauds the governor's veto.
Kansas City, MO – Missouri Governor Jay Nixon has vetoed a bill that would have repealed most of Missouri's motorcycle helmet law. Missouri Governor Jay Nixon has vetoed a bill that would have repealed most of Missouri's motorcycle helmet law.
Missouri Governor Nixon also signed a bill allowing people to drink at outdoor events in Westport and other entertainment venues.
Kansas Governor Mark Parkinson has cut most state spending by 2 percent to help fill another shortfall in the budget.
Kansas City, MO – Environmental officials have announced that sludge from a St. Joseph Tannery does not in fact pose any public health hazard. A recent lawsuit had alleged a link between several brain tumors in area residents and the tannery sludge.
Local jazz musician Stuart Ashley relates the practice of jazz music to the studio practice of visual artist Dan Christensen. A new survey of paintings by the late artist (1942-2007)documents Christensen's "never-ending quest to understand the possibilities of color, paint, and pictorial space."
By Drew Bolton
Kansas City, MO – Dan Christensen: Forty Years of Painting May 15-August 30, 2009 Kemper Museum
Kansas City, MO – Environmental officials have announced that sludge from a St. Joseph Tannery - alleged in recent lawsuits to be linked to several brain tumors in area residents - does not, in fact, pose any public health hazard.
A state audit has found Kansas high schools keep less money from their ticket sales at athletic events than most schools in neighboring states.
Kansas City, MO – Major reductions to a program aimed at improving the health of low income Missourians take effect today.
The state's three year old health and wellness program allows special nurses and health workers to regularly follow-up with Medicaid recipients. The staff is available by phone 24 hours a day to provide advice about healthy living and help connect patients with care.