KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas City is among a handful of Blue Cross plans that federal authorities are looking to determine whether agreements with hospitals stifle health care competition.
Spokeswoman Sue Johnson said the local Blue Cross plan received a "civil investigation demand" from the Justice Department last month, asking for information about its use of so-called "most-favored-nation" provisions in contracts with hospitals and other care providers.
The Movie Critics join Walt Bodine to share news and reviews about recently released films. Movies up for review include: "Win Win," "Hanna," as well as some movies based on novels, which weren't all well-received by the critics.
KANSAS CITY, MO. – Incoming Kansas City Mayor Sly James is shaking up the structure of committees which feed business to the City Council. It may not seem important to the average person, but KCUR's Dan Verbeck reports James intends the maneuver to better help the city operate.
Here's an example, Economic Development is one committee, Finance is another.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The four-mile stretch of Independence Avenue, between Paseo Boulevard and Interstate 435, contains hundreds of businesses: taquerias, mechanics, and check-cashing agencies to name a few. But there's only one place where you can find basic medical care. It's the solo practice of Dr. Elaine Joslyn. Dr. Joslyn's been caring for residents in Kansas City's Northeast neighborhood for over two decades. But as KCUR's Elana Gordon reports, doctors like her are becoming increasingly hard to find.
Fort Leavenworth, KAN – The Army private suspected of illegally passing U.S. government secrets to the WikiLeaks website was transferred Wednesday to the Army prison at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas from the Marine brig in Virginia where he has spent the past nine months.
Pfc. Bradley Manning, suspected of having obtained the classified documents while serving as an Army intelligence analyst in Iraq, is awaiting a determination by the Army on whether he is mentally competent to stand trial.
Kansas City, Missouri – A prestigious recognition for The Harvesters Community Food Network - the regional food bank has been named the 2011 Food Bank of the year by America's food bank network. Feeding America is made up of some 200 food banks across the country.
Ruined explores how the violence in a war-torn area of Africa forces people into making difficult choices.
By Steve Walker
Kansas City, Mo. – Plays at the Unicorn Theatre often use vibrant characters and colorful language to give audiences a way into complex issues. Those involved with the production of Ruined insist that plays about intense subjects can be both enlightening and entertaining.
TOPEKA, Ks. – Kansas is now taking part in a multi-state online system aimed at better tracking medication used to make methamphetamine. Attorney General Derek Schmidt and members of the Kansas Board of Pharmacy announced the new controls Monday.
Pharmacies will now link to an online system to see if buyers have purchased the legal limit of pseudoephedrine, a key ingredient in meth. Kansas already limits the sale of the medication, but Schmidt says this will strengthen the law.
TOPEKA, Ks. – Kansas governor Sam Brownback has signed into law a bill requiring both parents to consent to an abortion for a girl under 18. The bill would only require one parent in some cases, such as divorced parents.
Current law only requires that parents be notified.
The interim CEO of the troubled Kansas Bioscience Authority says the KBA will cooperate completely with the Governor's office in it's request for an independent audit. The Kan. legislature has been holding hearings in recent weeks.