This year’s Middle of the Map music festival will take place April 3-5 at many locations in and around Westport. For the next several weeks, our “Local Listen” segment will focus on musicians from the Kansas City area who will be sharing the stages with regional and national artists.
When American soprano Katie Van Kooten came down with a cold just before the final dress rehearsal of the Lyric Opera of Kansas City's "La Bohème," it became clear that she was not going to be able to "sing out" in her role as Mimì.
But the show - or at least the rehearsal - went on.
It's not often that a New York City institution actually leaves the city. But such was the case last year when 89-year-old Broadway legend Elaine Stritch returned to her Michigan hometown after some 60-plus years making any show, movie or television series she appeared in better than it would have been without her.
It's been a quiet winter in Warsaw, Mo., where the Osage River empties into Truman Lake. The bitter cold had even the hardiest inhabitants staying indoors. Now this little town on the lake is showing the unmistakable signs that the "season" is about to begin.
In the future, you may be able to watch meetings in the Kansas Statehouse from the comfort of your own computer. Legislation in the Kansas House and Senate would add live, online video streams from some committee rooms.
Right now, there's only audio streaming from the floor of the House and Senate. The bills would add live audio and video streaming from four of the most-active committee rooms, where much of the real work on bills takes place.
In this age of greater access through social media and TV cameras, sports fans are given a peek of what happens behind the scenes more than ever before. But to get a peek inside the meeting rooms of the NCAA Division I men’s basketball committee is another story. Access before the 68-team bracket is unveiled on Selection Sunday is unlikely anytime soon.
Nearly 50 years ago, the bosses in the Kansas City Police Department were not too keen about a change in the way they were supposed to patrol the streets.
The first helicopters had just arrived, but they were practically unheard of in police work.
Only after the concept worked did it get almost universal approval. The man who prodded and promoted the idea watches from the distance now. But for a brief hour, the innovator went back to the heliport he started.
The first half of Missouri's 2014 legislative session is over, and lawmakers have left Jefferson City for their annual spring break.
House Speaker Tim Jones, a Republican from Eureka, touted the passage of several of his priorities, including photo voter ID legislation, conscientious objections to certain medical procedures, and ending the economic border war between Missouri and Kansas. Jones told reporters Thursday he wants to push several issues when they return in a week and a half, including right-to-work legislation.
The Kansas City-based band, The Elders, with their blend of American roots rock and Celtic folk, have performed together since 1998. This year marks their 12th annual Hoolie, a celebration of Irish culture through music and dance.
On Thursday's Up to Date, some of the band members talked about the March 15 event with host Steve Kraske.
If you’ve walked or driven by the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art recently you’ve probably noticed a flurry of activity on the southeast corner of the grassy lawn. Work is underway to ready the site for the installation of a new sculpture, Glass Labyrinth, a triangular-shaped, glass-walled labyrinth designed by artist Robert Morris, a native of Kansas City, Mo.
The Kansas Senate has passed a bill that bars people from switching the political party on their voter registration in the final weeks before a primary election.
The bill would move the deadline from the current two weeks before the election to about two months before a primary. Supporters of the bill say it protects Kansas primaries from meddling by people in other political parties who want to sway the outcome.
"Stealing elections and manipulating elections is not what the democratic process is about," says Sen. Julia Lynn, a Republican from Olathe.
The chairman of the Kansas Senate’s budget writing committee Wednesday defended the panel’s recent decision to withhold state funding for a new classroom building at the University of Kansas Medical School.
Sen. Ty Masterson, an Andover Republican, said he’s not convinced the university needs additional state funding to construct the building on its medical school campus in Kansas City, Kan.
Masterson said KU has the resources to complete the project if it’s the priority that university officials say that it is.
For the past 16 years, University of Missouri-Kansas City graduate students in theater design have participated in an intensive professional training exercise called a charette. Visiting artists from the profession visit the university to both encourage and critique the students, who are given five days to design the set, costumes or lighting for a production that will never really open.
Renan Raven (left, center), a marketing specialist with Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas City, provided answers about health insurance at a Saturday health fair in Kansas City, Kan. Raven is bilingual, and he was in high demand from the large number of Hispanics who attended the fair.
As an uninsured agriculture worker, Salvador Lopez said he’d welcome health coverage so he could afford diabetes medication.
Health insurance would also help his wife, said the Excelsior Springs, Mo., resident. Not feeling well on Saturday, she actually had her blood pressure checked at the health fair the couple attended with their two daughters in Kansas City, Kan.
But organizers said the main point of the two-day fair was to enroll people for health insurance through the new marketplace established through the Affordable Care Act.
Ok nerds. We know you’re descending on Kansas City this weekend for the epic Planet Comicon conference featuring science fiction celebrities like William Shatner, Sylvester McCoy and almost the entire cast of Star Trek: The Next Generation.
But in between catching glimpses of Michael Dorn, Wil Wheaton, LeVar Burton and the blue Power Ranger, we thought you may want to eat, drink and scope out our fine city.
Here we present you the nerd’s guide to a weekend in Kansas City:
Every day, police in the Kansas City metro area are inundated with calls to handle mental illness emergencies.
"Usually more than one time a day,” says Don Nash, sheriff of Wyandotte County, Kan. “Calls could come in from a family member. Calls could come in from the general public. From a business owner.”
Someone might be picked up for something as simple as loitering or trespassing, and even though it might clearly a mental health emergency, police typically have little choice but to take them to jail or possibly an emergency room.
Federal health exchange in enrollment is slowing, according to data released Tuesday.
The Department of Health and Human Services reports that 29,309 in Kansas and 74,469 in Missouri selected insurance plans by the end of February. That is up 31 percent in Kansas and 38 percent in Missouri from the previous report, a slow-down compared with an increase of about 60 percent in both states during January.
In a conference call, Julie Bataille of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services brushed aside concerns about slowing momentum.
Dr. Gary Yarbrough has been a rural family physician for more than 30 years, first in Kentucky then Michigan and, since 1994, in Parsons, Kan.
On this edition of 90-Mile View he talks with Steve Kraske about making house calls in the severe cold this winter plus shares a tale from his latest book, Office Calls: And Other Stories From Thirty Years of Rural Medicine.
If you heard or saw a crime happening, what would you do? The people who heard Kitty Genovese scream as she was murdered didn’t do anything, in a famous case that became known for the bystander effect.
On Tuesday's Up to Date, we talk about the case that helped drive the development of the 911 emergency call system and what new details about the killing have emerged over the years.