Kansas City's oldest community health center is gearing up to expand its facility.
Leaders of the Samuel Rodgers Health Center are breaking ground on a new health facility today, which they say will allow them to see more than 7,000 additional patients a year. Executive Director, Hilda Fuentes, says the nearly 40 year old facility off of 9th street is too old and needs major repairs. She also says it's become too small, as more and more people who lack adequate health coverage are seeking health services there.
Kansas City, MO – It's hard enough managing your own money as a single person, but how do you negotiate with a partner or spouse about your financial future? KCUR's Susan Wilson recently explored this subject with financial planner David Jackson.
David Jackson is a certified financial planner with Waddell and Reed.
Artists have always been inspired and influenced by other artists. Bob Dylan cited Woody Guthrie as an inspiration. For Mick Jagger, it was Leadbelly. Two new exhibits of quilts at the Belger Arts Center explore the line between inspiration and interpretation.
Kansas City, MO – First lady hopeful Michelle Obama reached out to women voters in Kansas City yesterday, as part of a two day swing through the Midwest.
She hosted a roundtable discussion at the University of Missouri, Kansas City about the economic challenges of working women. The event coincides with both the Obama and McCain Campaign's recent efforts to gain support from voters loyal to former rival Hillary Clinton. Some 300 people - most of whom were women - turned out for the UMKC event.
It's now the law: The good part is there will be a one week tax break when you buy 'green' appliances in Missouri. KCUR's Dan Verbeck reports, the timing could be better?
The tax exemption won't do you any good this year. The Show-Me Green Sales Tax Holiday will run from April 19th through the 25th every year.
Under provisions, the first $1500 of Energy Star certified new appliances will be exempt from Missouri state sales taxes. These would include such appliances as washers and dryers, furnaces and freezers.
Michelle Obama hosted a roundtable discussion at the University of Missouri, Kansas City today about the economic challenges of working women.
The aspiring first lady told a crowd 300 people that the struggles of balancing work and family are especially difficult for women today but her husband, Barack Obama, understands the plight of women and is best suited to take on those issues as President.
Kansas City, MO – The court battle over allegation of financial mismanagement in the Liberty School district is about to begin, but former superintendent superintendent is saying he was betrayed and is planning to sue for wrongful dismissal.
Governor Matt Blunt has vetoed a bill that could have given the student member of the University of Missouri Board Of Curators the power to vote on board decisions.
Crossroads Ballet Festival Artistic Director Matthew Powell started dancing at the age of 6, and he's danced professionally for 10 years, including 7 years with the Kansas City Ballet. But, Powell's a relative newcomer as a choreographer.
By Laura Spencer
Kansas City, MO – Here, Matthew Powell talks about how he first started to learn the skills in a Choreographic Workshop at the Kansas City Ballet.
Kansas City, MO – Michelle Obama visited Kansas City in July to discuss the economic challenges facing families and women. This roundtable is one of a series of discussions with women that the wife of the Democratic presidential nominee has hosted across the country. You can listen to the entire speech here.
Summer is usually the off-season for dancers. But this weekend, dancers from across the country will be featured in a new showcase for classical and contemporary works called Crossroads Ballet Festival.
By Laura Spencer
Kansas City, MO – KCUR's Laura Spencer spoke to artistic director and founder Matthew Powell about starting the Crossroads Ballet Festival and his decision to leave the Kansas City Ballet after seven years.
Kansas City, MO. – Boeing is still in the bidding for the Defense Department's contract to replace its' air tanker fleet, and that bodes well for Kansas' economic reliance on the aircraft industry. The Air Force will reopen bidding for the $35 billion pact, originally won by the European parent of Airbus and Northrup Grumman. Boeing protested that the process was flawed.
Kansas City, MO – During a June gubernatorial primary debate in the Lake of the Ozarks, Missouri State Treasurer Sarah Steelman labeled her Republican opponent, U.S. Representative Kenny Hulshof, as a Washington D.C. insider. Hulshof struck back by suggesting that Steelman didn't understand how bills get passed in Congress.
Missouri highway planners say there is no funding available for road and bridge projects valued at $5.5 billion. Missouri Department of Transportation is already considering a twenty year projection of needs that will cost $31 billion.
The intake of revenue over the same period is calculated at $13 billion. Long term projects include widening of Interstate 70 to eight lanes and turning South 71 Highway into a portion of Interstate 49.
The child immunization rate in Kansas currently stands at about 80%. State and federal health officials say that's not high enough to prevent diseases like mumps and measles from spreading throughout the population. But a state task force recently found that only 65% of primary care physicians offer immunization services. Kansas Department of Health and Environment Spokesperson, Joe Blubaugh, says that makes it harder for families to access vaccinations for their children.
One of the four Sky Stations, aluminum sculptures atop 230-foot pylons supporting the exhibition hall?s cable-stayed roof. Designed by artist R.M. Fischer under Kansas City?s One-Percent-For-Art program.
Kansas City's Municipal Art Commission was established in 1926 by the city charter. It's a 13 member board, including six appointed by the mayor. And new commissioners will be sworn in Monday afternoon.
How do you stay connected to family members who are halfway around the world? It's a question that Pete Dulin explores in a series of essays called Travels in Thailand: Explorations of Family, Food, Heritage and Culture. Dulin grew up in Kansas City - his father is American and his mother is Thai. He told KCUR's Sylvia Maria Gross that the first time he visited Thailand he was only 2 years old.