The Kansas City city council voted today not to allow intoxicated persons to carry loaded guns. The ordinance was expected to pass even though everyone on the council thinks it's a bad idea.
City Attorney Bill Geary advised the council public safety committee yesterday that a new Missouri gun rights law conflicts with a city ordinance that prohibits carrying a firearm while “under the influence.”
In recognition of National Consumer Protection Week, postal inspectors and U.S. Attorneys from Western Missouri and Kansas are asking the public for help fighting sweepstakes scams. According to prosecutors Tammy Dickinson and Barry Grissom, most are operating from outside the United States.
Many of the lottery winning schemes mail impressive looking certificates. Tom Noyes of the postal inspection service in Kansas City says most gullible victims are elderly and will often send up front money to con artists.
Kansas insurers will be allowed to renew for an additional year health insurance policies that do not comply with Affordable Care Act requirements.
The Kansas Insurance Department announced Thursday that it would accept the Obama administration’s offer for states to extend policies that do not comply with new federal health insurance requirements.
The offer came as part of new Affordable Care Act regulations issued by the Department of Health and Human Services on Wednesday.
Want to get rid of the post-Mardi Gras blahs? Check out Brian McTavish's Weekend To-Do List for March 7-9, 2014.
Golden! Girls Gone Wild!!! (Late Night Theatre returns with cross-dressing satire of TV’s “The Golden Girls”) Opens at 8 p.m. Friday with performances through March 31 Missie B’s, 805 W. 39th Tickets: $18 (816-235-6222)
The name Wornall means a lot in Kansas City. It’s a road, a historic place and a large connection to the Battle of Westport in 1864.
An archeology project, begun last year and now completed, aims to cement that piece of history for generations ahead.
Science and sweat
In the front yard of the Greek Revival Style house, built more than 150 years ago by John Wornall, archeologist Doug Shaver was out in the sun shoveling dirt into a box with a screen on the bottom, sifting out anything that wasn’t dirt.
The Cordish Companies, owner-operator of the popular Power and Light District in downtown Kansas City, is again facing allegations of discrimination. Cordish vehemently denies as “complete fabrication” the latest charges, which are part of wrongful dismissal lawsuit filed late Friday.
The Missouri Auditor’s office pledges to return to troubled Hickman Mills School District this year after a scathing performance audit released Tuesday night that stops just short of claiming criminal conduct.
Most of 15 separate cases of errors listed in the 40-page document are termed poor business practices by deputy auditor Harry Otto. He includes overpayment of a former superintendent, untrained MAP test overseers and excessive paid trips out of town.
As the parents of baby boomers move into their twilight years, an elephant enters the room: when should we start to talk about long-term care?
With 12 million Americans already in need of attention and a further 15 million just around the corner, that question of how to best look after ourselves and loved ones is becoming more important by the day.
Musician Chuck Mead has made a name for himself in Nashville, but his new album is all about his home state of Kansas. Mead describes the music in Free State Serenade as “Kansas Noir… true stories of love, murder, and a UFO."
“Nashville is where you go to make country music,” says Mead. “There’s a certain song vibration down here, there’s a whole song writing culture and playing culture that really doesn’t exist outside of New York, or Los Angeles or Chicago."
Most climate models paint a bleak picture for the Great Plains a century from now: It will likely be warmer and the air will be more rich with carbon dioxide. Though scientists don’t yet know how exactly the climate will change, new studies show it could be a boon to some invasive plant species.
Sleet, snow, and possibly a record low temperature for March - it's all moving our way.
The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning for the Kansas City metro area in effect from Saturday at 6 p.m. to Monday at midnight. According to the NWS, four to eight inches of snow is possible, as well as up to one inch of sleet.
The image we have of Abraham Lincoln today as the Great Emancipator, father figure and military genius might not be what it is if not for two men: John Hays and John Nicolay. “The boys,” as the president affectionately called them, were Lincoln’s right-hand men during the course of his presidency.
On Friday's Up to Date, we talk about the men who dutifully reshaped Lincoln’s image in the years following his assassination.
Not that long ago, Laila Biali was struggling to make a name for herself in the world of American jazz. She was on the verge of giving up when she got an invitation to audition for Sting. She made the cut, and wound up at Sting’s estate in Tuscany for rehearsal.
On Friday's Up to Date, we talk with Biali about her music as she prepares to open the American Jazz Museum’s Women in Jazz Month.
One of the proposals included beehives constructed out of ceramics and wood, with patterns inspired by the 183 objects donated by Federal Reserve Bank employees.
Credit Laura Spencer / KCUR
A mock-up of the wall structure with cubbies to contain some of the objects.
KU graduate student Sarah Podrasky says she "was invested in the quilt designs" she helped create. Here, she points out one with circuitry-inspired fabric.
Although not all objects are easily identifiable, associate professor Matthew Burke says the team was given a spreadsheet with "the story, the item was numbered, the name of the person who submitted it, and the reason for submitting it."
Drive away that chill this weekend with Brian McTavish's Weekend To-Do List for Feb. 28-March 2, 2014.
Screenland at the Symphony: “The Wizard of Oz” (re-mastered MGM movie classic with live symphonic accompaniment), 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, 1601 Broadway, Kansas City, Mo., Tickets: $27 (Friday sold out)
Many politicians declare the United States to be a Christian nation-- but it’s not, even though the majority of the population is part of some stream of Christianity. The Founding Fathers, while using religion as a basis for some of their decisions, were very clear about making this a country with no official religion.