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10:56 am
Thu October 23, 2014

7 Scary Things To Do This Weekend In Kansas City

This archway entrance takes visitors into "The Beast," one of the haunted houses in Kansas City's West Bottoms.
Credit Chris Murphy / Flickr--CC

What’s scarier than Halloween?

Actually, the macabre cluster of events taking place the weekend before All Hallows’ Eve might put more hair on your chest – which is great, especially if you’re the ghost of Lon Chaney, Jr. (And if you are the ghost of Lon Chaney Jr., please keep it to yourself, because that’s too scary.)

The spooky bottom line: Why put all of your Halloween frights into Oct. 31, when you can frontload a quality howl at the moon this weekend? Sound good? Hey, just going my job. You don’t have to fang me for it.

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Election 2014
9:59 am
Thu October 23, 2014

Voter Guide To Missouri Amendment 6

Missouri Constitutional Amendment 6 would create an early voting period of six days for voters.
Credit Ken Zirkel / Flickr-CC

A constitutional amendment on the Nov. 4 ballot could give Missouri voters access to early voting for the first time.

Missouri Constitutional Amendment 6 seeks to establish a six-day early voting period statewide. The period would not include weekends or time outside of normal business hours for polling places. 

Ballot language: 

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Election 2014
7:08 am
Thu October 23, 2014

Kansas Gov Candidates Touch On Same Sex Marriage Battle

Gov. Sam Brownback and Democratic challenger Paul Davis disagree on the role of politicians in a battle over same sex marriage in Kansas. The comments came during a debate this week in Wichita.

Davis says he originally opposed the state's same sex marriage ban because it creates an unwelcoming image for Kansas. He says the issue will be handled by the courts.

"The fact of the matter is this issue is out of the hands of politicians. There's nothing that I can do, there's nothing that Governor Brownback can do to change this issue. The courts will decide it," says Davis.

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Kansas City Royals
6:58 am
Thu October 23, 2014

Former Royals Talk About Kansas City Spirit And The World Series

Royals fans took a hit Tuesday with a 7—1 loss against the San Francisco Giants in Game 1 of the World Series, but ahead of the win in Game 2 Wednesday, a rally with former Royals who won the World Series focused on the positive.

Sportswriter Joe Posnanski led a panel of 1985 Royals Willie Wilson, Frank White and Danny Jackson at the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum in Kansas City, Mo. White said he sees similarities between the 2014 Royals and the 1985 Royals, but the fan support has been much different.

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Government
6:46 am
Thu October 23, 2014

Consultant says Kemper Youth-Sports Plan Is Sound But Ambitious

Credit CC: SA2.5

A consultant hired by the Kansas City council to analyze whether a plan to convert Kemper arena into a youth sports and fitness complex has told a council committee the plan has great opportunities for exciting success, but Dale Neuberger of TSE Consulting also added a caveat.

"The plan is sound – albeit one that you take a ... a big gulp when you think about the monthly revenue and the monthly members. It's a lot of people and it's a lot of money. And that's somewhat the reality of doing business in this field,” Newberger said.

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Election 2014
5:00 am
Thu October 23, 2014

Missouri’s State Senate Race Pits Doctor Versus Doctor

Dr. Bob Stuber, a Republican-turned-Democrat, is challenging incumbent Missouri Senator Rob Schaaf, also a physician, saying Schaaf has done things that are "downright irresponsible."
Credit Alex Smith / KCUR

 

Sunrise is just starting to break over the skies of St. Joseph, but Dr. Bob Stuber is busy under fluorescent lights, examining a patient inside the hundred-year-old building that houses the Social Welfare Board. After decades heading an internal medicine practice, working at a charity clinic is a big change for Stuber. But it’s not the only post-retirement shift for a doctor who voted Republican for most of his 75 years.

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Sports
10:34 pm
Wed October 22, 2014

Royals Tie Up The Series With Game 2 Win In Kansas City

The crowd at Lew's in Waldo celebrates as the Royals take the lead over the San Francisco Giants in Wednesday night's game.
Credit Peggy Lowe / KCUR

The Kansas City Royals tied up the World Series Wednesday night against the San Francisco Giants with a 7-2 win in Kansas City. Each team has one win in the best-of-seven Series.

The teams will now travel to San Francisco and face-off in Game 3 on Friday night at AT&T Park. The Royals will need to win at least one game in San Francisco to bring the 2014 Series back to Kauffman Stadium.

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Election 2014
7:46 pm
Wed October 22, 2014

Orman Says He Won't Be 'Silent Soldier' For Either Party

Greg Orman, the Independent candidate for U.S. Senate, delivered his closing speech at the Lenexa, Kan., warehouse of Combat Brands, one of the companies he owns.
Credit Peggy Lowe / KCUR

Vowing he won’t be a “silent soldier” for either party, Greg Orman, the Independent candidate for U.S. Senate in Kansas, called on others Wednesday to declare their own independence from partisan gridlock.

Trying to close out a campaign in a race where he was once ahead in the polls, Orman addressed the many negative ads his opponent, GOP incumbent Pat Roberts, and other groups have launched as “not about me.”

The attacks from Roberts, who Orman called a “47-year resident of Virginia,” and others in Washington are “the fury of the broken system lashing back,” he said.

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Sports
4:00 pm
Wed October 22, 2014

Royals Fan All The Way From Korea Can’t Pull Team From Defeat

SunWoo Lee of Seoul, South Korea became a Royals fan while following the MLB to learn English.
Credit Greg Echlin / KCUR

SungWoo Lee, super-fan of the Kansas City Royals, traveled all the way from Seoul, South Korea, arriving at Kansas City International Airport on Monday to cheering fellow-fans.

His presence wasn't the World Series good luck charm he'd hoped it would be.

As the first game of the series got off to a shaky start for the Royals, Lee told USA Today, he was “a little bit down because of San Francisco's 3-0 lead." Lee was among the thousands at Kauffman Stadium who watched that lead grow to seven home runs. Eventually, the Royals scored one run.

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Beyond Our Borders
2:41 pm
Wed October 22, 2014

PHOTOS: Kansas And Missouri's Nearly Identical Taste In Art

Big clown-like figures in 'Thinker'-like poses: 'Companion (Passing Through),' KAWS, Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art in Overland Park, Kan., and 'Crying Giant,' Tom Otterness, Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art in Kansas City, Mo.
Julie Denesha KCUR

In our Beyond Our Borders story on arts and the state line in the Kansas City area, artists and leaders of arts organizations said they believed that the boundary isn't much of a barrier when it comes to the metro's cultural landscape — artists and audiences enthusiastically cross the state line for all sorts of cultural events.

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Heartland Health Monitor
1:33 pm
Wed October 22, 2014

Eating Disorders: They Afflict Men Too

On most days, Jon Smith takes a lunchtime walk on a route from his data supervisor job in Overland Park. The 23-year-old Lenexa man maintains an active lifestyle to stay fit, having dropped a running regimen where he logged as many as 20 miles a day during his struggles with an eating disorder.
Credit Mike Sherry / Hale Center for Journalism at KCPT

At one point when he was in college at Kansas State University, Jon Smith would jog as many as 20 miles a day.

“If I wasn’t in the library and not in class,” he says, “I was running.”

But Smith was far from healthy.

His over-the-top regimen was a manifestation of an eating disorder known as purge-type anorexia, hints of which first surfaced when weight gain from migraine medication made Smith a pudgy fifth-grader. His training obsession began two years later during preparations for the Junior Olympics.

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Heartland Health Monitor
1:32 pm
Wed October 22, 2014

Eating Disorders And Insurance: A Fraught Combination

Dr. Gregg Laiben, medical director of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas City, says patients must be kept in the highest level of care for as long as they need it.

The business day was ticking away as Sarah Wilcher waited on the phone.

She was an hour into a desperate protest of an insurance decision about her seriously ill daughter, Piper. By around 5:10 p.m., she realized everybody was gone.

“They just left me on hold,” Wilcher recalled recently of that day four years ago.

RELATED STORY: As Sufferers Battle Eating Disorders, Efforts Underway To Reopen Clinic

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Heartland Health Monitor
1:30 pm
Wed October 22, 2014

As Sufferers Battle Eating Disorders, Efforts Underway To Reopen Clinic

The disorder is so powerful that, even though the body is wasting away, patients in intensive-care sometimes rip out feeding lines or hide the peanut butter provided by staff in their armpits.

Known as anorexia nervosa, the condition is a process of self-starvation – and, researchers say, the deadliest of all psychiatric disorders. Some estimates put the mortality rate at 20 percent.

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community
11:36 am
Wed October 22, 2014

For Ukrainians In Kansas City, Conflict Hits Close To Home

Alexey Ladokhin wearing a Ukrainian embroidered shirt with his daughter, Anna.
Credit Alexey Ladokhin

Kansas City’s Ukrainian community is small but active, regularly hosting events and get-togethers. Many came during the fallout of the Soviet Union and still have direct ties to their homeland. So for them, this tumultuous year of protest, violence, annexation and war has taken its toll.

Here is a look into the lives of three Kansas City-area Ukrainians and how they manage being so far away from a country and family close to their hearts.

Alexey Ladokhin

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Arts & Culture
8:17 am
Wed October 22, 2014

For Kansas City Veteran And Singer, 'God Bless America' Stirs Up Pride In City, Country

Richard Gibson stopped by the KCUR studios for a preview of his rendition of "God Bless America."
Credit Laura Spencer / KCUR

Richard Gibson, 33, enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps just after high school and was stationed in Iraq. When his service ended in 2003, and he returned to Kansas City, he was diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder. 

With a love for singing and performance, Gibson turned to opera. For the past eight years, he's been a member of the Lyric Opera of Kansas City chorus. He's also taking on a new role, as conductor of a Veteran's Chorus

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Election 2014
8:10 am
Wed October 22, 2014

Brownback, Davis Tangle Over Judicial Selection In Kansas

Republican Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback and his Democratic challenger, Paul Davis, tangled over judicial selection in their final scheduled debate Tuesday.

Brownback criticized the current makeup of the state Supreme Court and referenced the recent overturning of death sentences for the Carr brothers, two convicted murderers.

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Sports
8:51 pm
Tue October 21, 2014

'Epic' Ride for Royals Fans Withers At World Series Open

The opening line-up of Game One of the World Series at Kauffman Stadium with the Kansas City Royals going up against the San Francisco Giants.
Credit Kathleen Kunkler / KCUR

Kansas City welcomed back the World Series Tuesday with a deafening roar after a dream season, only to be disappointed as the San Francisco Giants beat the Royals 7-1.

What had been an electric open quickly fizzled into first-inning fear as the Giants leapt to a 3-0 lead they held onto for the rest of the night. As fans left Kauffman Stadium early, diehards asked them to stay and look at the Big Leagues big picture.

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Heartland Health Monitor
3:53 pm
Tue October 21, 2014

Kansas Lawmaker Who May Lead Health Committee Open To Medicaid Expansion

Reps. Susan Concannon, R-Beloit, and David Crum, R-Augusta, serve on the House Health and Human Services Committee.
Credit KHI News Service file photo

Medicaid expansion is more likely to be considered in the upcoming session of the Kansas Legislature if Rep. Susan Concannon is appointed to chair the House Health and Human Services Committee.

The panel is now chaired by Rep. David Crum, an Augusta Republican who has declined to hold hearings on the expansion issue for the past two sessions. But Crum is not running for a fifth term.

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Heartland Health Monitor
1:38 pm
Tue October 21, 2014

New Clinic Serves Adult Survivors Of Childhood Cancer

The Midwest Cancer Alliance on Tuesday announced the formal opening of a clinic designed especially for adult survivors of childhood cancer.

“This program helps give pediatric cancer survivors access to long-term care tailored to their unique needs," Dr. Becky Lowry, the new clinic’s medical director, said in a prepared statement.

Survivors of childhood cancer, she said, often are prone to secondary cancers, fertility issues, cardiovascular disease, weakened immune systems and endocrine problems.

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Beyond Our Borders
12:26 pm
Tue October 21, 2014

Why Missouri Doesn't Offer Angel Tax Credits To Startup Investors

KCUR's Beyond Our Borders project will examine the Missouri-Kansas state line in the Kansas City metropolitan area through the end of 2014.
Credit Courtesy photo / KCUR

Thinking about launching your own technology startup in the Kansas City metro?  

Greg Kratofil, a technology attorney with Polsinelli law firm, has some advice.

"Incorporate in Kansas," Kratofil says. "Almost every company that we work with is thinking about accessing capital, some kind of round of financing to help them grow their business. You want to be in a place where you have tools that help your raise that money."

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Heartland Health Monitor
10:00 am
Tue October 21, 2014

On-Time Vaccination Rate For Kansas Kids Tumbles

The percentage of Kansas students entering kindergarten in 2012 who had been immunized on the medically recommended schedule tumbled to 61 percent from about 72 percent the previous year.

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Community
8:20 am
Tue October 21, 2014

Campus Sexual Violence A Problem Nationwide And In Our Own Backyard

An increasing number of universities are bringing in consultants to teach students what sexual violence is.
Credit Laura Ziegler / KCUR

The University of Kansas in Lawrence, Kan.,  Missouri Science and Technology in Rolla, Mo., Kansas State University, and Washburn University in Topeka, Kan., are all on a list of over 70 colleges and universities under investigation by the U.S. Department of Education for violations of sex discrimination.

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Sports
8:05 am
Tue October 21, 2014

For Some Royals Players, An Extended Season Means Hotel Living

It’s October and most Major League Baseball players have gone home — all except the players who are in the World Series.

For players who don’t live in Kansas City year-around, it means temporary housing until the series is decided.

Kansas City Royals center fielder Lorenzo Cain became a father just before a stellar performance in the American League Championship Series that earned him the Most Valuable Player award in the series.

So, he’s adjusting to becoming a new parent and living in a hotel until the World Series concludes.

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Arts & Culture
7:44 am
Tue October 21, 2014

Kansas City Arts Groups Root For The Home Team

Arts organizations, such as the Lyric Opera of Kansas City, are reaching out on social media to show their support of the Royals.
Credit courtesy: Lyric Opera of Kansas City

Vying for attention with the red hot Royals this week, Kansas City arts organizations say the show must go on.

“There’s no reason you can’t love sports and art both – and I do,” Rocco Landesman, former chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts told KCUR on a visit to Kansas City a few years ago.

Still, arts advocates understand that the Royals' first World Series bid in nearly 30 years has made the city a bit sports-crazy.

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Sports
7:40 am
Tue October 21, 2014

A New Generation Of Royals Fans Knows Only Winners

Brothers Andrew and Will Duke of Kansas City are part of a new passel of Royals fans young enough that they haven’t yet experienced disappointment at the hands of the team.
Credit Courtesy / Katie Duke

It has been a long wait, but 29 years after the Royals won the franchise’s only World Series title, Kansas City is once again the center of the baseball world.

The team faces off against the San Francisco Giants in Game One of the World Series Tuesday at Kauffman Stadium, just four wins away from bringing back the city’s second baseball championship.

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Heartland Health Monitor
5:57 pm
Mon October 20, 2014

KanCare Initiative Concerns Parents Of Developmentally Disabled Adults

Nearly 200 parents, case workers, service providers and state officials attended a town hall meeting last week at Overland Park Christian Church, where a new health home initiative for developmentally disabled Kansans was discussed.
Credit Dave Ranney / KHI News Service

 

 

Parents of adult children with developmental disabilities say state officials are breaking a pledge made during negotiations last year that led legislators to include Medicaid-funded home- and community-based services for the developmentally disabled in the state's KanCare program.

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Community
2:17 pm
Mon October 20, 2014

Kansas City Middle Easterners Come Together To Seek Out News From Home

Fariz Turkmani streams videos from Arab news sites for information from his home in Syria.
Credit Lisa Rodriguez / KCUR

For the last few weeks the American public has been inundated with news about Ebola, leaving other news — like the ongoing crisis in Syria and the Middle East — in the background. But for many Middle Easterners in Kansas City, news from home remains important, and they often struggle to find information.

As a result, many Kansas Citians who have family afar have turned to each other for support, crossing  religious and political boundaries that may have divided them at home.

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Election 2014
12:15 pm
Mon October 20, 2014

Super PAC Millions Help Tighten Kansas Senate Race

A still from a political ad funded by Freedom Partners Action Fund, a super PAC funded by the Koch Brothers of Kansas for GOP incumbent Sen. Pat Roberts.
Credit FPAF, via youTube

For a guy not running for election this year, we sure have seen a lot of President Obama in Kansas.

In just one of several ads opposing Independent Greg Orman, black-and-white video of Obama walking down a White House hallway turns to a colorful sunrise above a broad stretch of prairie.

“It’s a simple question,” the ad says. “Do you support President Obama and his liberal agenda? Or do you believe Kansas and America can do better?”

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Heartland Health Monitor
11:50 am
Mon October 20, 2014

Measles, Pertussis Vex Kansas Health Workers As Ebola Steals Headlines

Pottawatomie County has seen a surge of pertussis cases this year, with more than 100 to date. The Pottawatomie County Health Department building, on Main Street in Westmoreland, is at far right.
Credit Andy Marso / KHI News Service

 

Even as local health officials prepare for the unlikely event of an Ebola outbreak in Kansas, some have had their hands full trying to convince people in their communities to take basic measures to contain the spread of more prevalent, contagious and preventable diseases like measles and pertussis.

Kansas has seen spikes in both illnesses this year, leading some health officials to issue orders of quarantine and others to ask people to voluntarily stay home.

Those requests were not always well-received.

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Foreclosures
11:25 am
Mon October 20, 2014

Foreclosure Rates Plummet In Kansas And Missouri

Foreclosure rates in Kansas and Missouri dropped significantly during the third quarter of 2014.
Credit BasicGov / Flickr-CC

New numbers on foreclosures in Missouri and Kansas show promising signs of economic stability for both states.

Real estate information company RealtyTrac reports that foreclosure rates in Kansas dropped 31 percent from July to September. In Missouri, the numbers dropped even lower for the same period — a 45.5 percent decrease.

RealtyTrac spokeswoman Ginny Walker said that in terms of foreclosures, both states are back to pre-housing crisis numbers. She attributes the progress to consistently low unemployment rates in both states.

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