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4:50 pm
Thu July 31, 2014

Nixon Calls For Investigation Into UMKC Business School Rankings

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon is calling for an investigation into the way leaders at UMKC’s Henry W. Bloch School of Management promoted the school.  

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Tell KCUR
4:03 pm
Thu July 31, 2014

Worst Things About The State Line, According To Kansas Citians

How does the state line affect your life? Tweet us at #TellKCUR.
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Having to file taxes in two states is the biggest drawback to the state line.

At least according to one Kansas Citian, Marge Gasnick (@gasnickmarge), who responded to our question of the week on Twitter: How does the state line affect your life?

As KCUR reporters begin to examine the state line for the next few months, part of our Beyond Our Borders project,  we wanted to hit up our audience for story ideas.

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Central Standard
3:43 pm
Thu July 31, 2014

When We Talk About Troost, Are We Talking About Race?

Troost Avenue: Is it just a street like any other, or does it carry symbolic weight?
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To conclude KCUR's extended investigation of Troost Avenue as a border that Kansas Citians perceive as a dividing line, Central Standard asked a question that often goes unspoken. That is, when we talk about Troost, as a city, are we really talking about race?

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Politics
3:35 pm
Thu July 31, 2014

Meet Josh Earnest, White House Press Secretary And KC Native

Josh Earnest, White House Press Secretary and Kansas City native, with President Obama, courtesy of his Twitter account, @jearnest44.

Josh Earnest was named White House press secretary five weeks ago, after Jay Carney stepped down.

Earnest, 37, was born and raised in Kansas City and his parents still live here.

“His name describes his demeanor,” President Obama said of Earnest when he was named to the job. “Josh is an earnest guy and you can’t find just a nicer individual, even outside of Washington.”

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Elections
3:08 pm
Thu July 31, 2014

Kobach Predicts 22 Percent Voter Turnout In Kansas

Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach predicts 22 percent of registered voters will cast a ballot in Tuesday's primary election. That's on par with the statewide turnout in the 2008 primary, which he says is most similar to this year's contest.

Higher turnout is expected this year in the Wichita area, where Kobach says 30 percent of registered voters might show up at the polls.

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Elections
10:42 am
Thu July 31, 2014

Voter Guide To Missouri Constitutional Amendment 5

Missouri Constitutional Amendment 5 would expand protections for gun owners in the state.
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When Missourians go to the polls Aug. 5 they will be asked to consider whether or not to amend the state constitution to strengthen the right to own and bear firearms.

Ballot language:

Shall the Missouri Constitution be amended to include a declaration that the right to keep and bear arms is an unalienable right and that the state government is obligated to uphold that right?

What it means:

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Health
7:57 am
Thu July 31, 2014

KC Checkup: Five Questions For Melissa Robinson

Credit University of Missouri - Kansas City

Although some disparities have been shrinking in recent years, African-Americans’ experience with health and healthcare still varies dramatically from much of the rest of the population.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, African-Americans have some of the highest rates of diabetes, infant mortality and hypertension, among other health markers.

For the past 25 years, Kansas City’s Black Healthcare Coalition has been working to improve health in the African-American community.

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Health
5:11 pm
Wed July 30, 2014

Hickman Mills Loses Nutrition Clinic For Woman And Children

Hickman Mills has lost a city-sponsored nutrition clinic for women, infants and children.

The Kansas City, Mo., Health Department said on Wednesday that it had closed the clinic at the Freda Markley Early Childhood Center, which is part of the Hickman Mills school district.

The clinic offered services under Missouri’s Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infant and Children, or WIC.

The Hickman Mills WIC clinic provided healthy food vouchers, nutritional information and medical referrals to 25 women, according to the health department.

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Health
4:36 pm
Wed July 30, 2014

Ex-Employees Of KC-Area Hospitals Sold To Prime Healthcare Sue Over Severance Pay

A class-action lawsuit by former employees of Providence Medical Center says they did not receive severance pay after they were laid off.
Credit Mike Sherry / Hale Center for Journalism at KCPT

Just days after Prime Healthcare Services agreed to buy two Kansas City-area hospitals, laid-off employees of two other area hospitals owned by Prime sued the company, claiming they were not provided with promised severance benefits.  

The suit seeks class-action status on behalf of other terminated employees. It says 49 workers were let go immediately after Prime bought Providence Medical Center in Kansas City, Kan., and Saint John Hospital in Leavenworth, Kan., from the Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth Health System in April 2013.

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Community
4:09 pm
Wed July 30, 2014

10 Urban Fishing Spots In The Kansas City Area

Larry McKenzie shows off two fish he caught at the Little Blue River earlier in the day. He's trying his luck at Troost Lake at 27th Street and the Paseo.
Credit Suzanne Hogan / KCUR

Even though Kansas City is a landlocked city, there are a lot of great fishing spots, including the Missouri River and a large amount of area lakes, ponds and small rivers. The Missouri Department of Conservation and Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism, even stock Kansas City area park lakes with fish throughout the year to promote close-to-home fishing. 

Here’s some information to help aspiring urban anglers get started.

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Health
2:48 pm
Wed July 30, 2014

Court: No Recovery For Deceased Kansas City Smoker's Family

As a kid growing up in Grandview, Mo., Michael Thompson began smoking cigarettes at the age of 13. Thirty-four years later, in 1997, he came down with lung cancer.

In 2000, he filed a personal injury suit in Jackson County Circuit Court against the makers of the cigarettes he smoked. A jury awarded him $1 million. A state appeals court later upheld the verdict.

In 2009, Thompson died of throat cancer. His widow and children then filed a wrongful death action in state court against  two of the manufacturers, R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. and Philip Morris USA.

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Politics/Elections
1:30 pm
Wed July 30, 2014

Obama Calls For 'Economic Patriotism' In Kansas City Speech

President Obama spoke to a packed Uptown Theatre on Thursday, touting his economic successes and calling for more help for the middle class.
Credit Peggy Lowe/KCUR

President Obama woke up in Kansas City on Wednesday, rallying support for a growing economy, dreaming of equal pay for his daughters and touting what he called “economic patriotism.”

With just four months before the mid-term elections, Obama called out Congress for fighting him on help for the middle class in a rousing appearance at the Uptown Theatre and later, in a walk down Parkville’s Main Street.

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Health
12:50 pm
Wed July 30, 2014

'Nun On The Bus' Coming To Kansas City

Sister Simone Campbell, an outspoken advocate for Medicaid expansion, will be speaking in Kansas City next week.
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Sister Simone Campbell, an outspoken proponent for Medicaid expansion who has appeared on several prominent TV talk shows, will address a public forum on social justice issues in Kansas City, Mo., next week.

Campbell, who led the national “Nuns on the Bus” campaigns in 2012 and 2013, is scheduled to speak at 7 p.m. Aug. 7 at the Community Christian Church, 4601 Main St.

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Harvest Public Media
8:22 am
Wed July 30, 2014

My Farm Roots: Coming Home To Roost

On the farm, Hromas houses more than 500 chickens.
Credit Grant Gerlock / Harvest Public Media

When they heard Dan Hromas’ truck rolling in, the chickens came strutting. The auburn-feathered Rhode Island Reds stood out, even in the tall, green brome grass of Hromas’ rented 3-acre pasture outside of York, Neb.

The pasture is the center of Hromas’ new farming enterprise. For a little over a year he’s been selling farm eggs to local restaurants, grocery stores, and direct to customers in southeast Nebraska.

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Government
9:08 pm
Tue July 29, 2014

Obama To Focus On Middle-Class Families in Kansas City Today

President Obama greets the crowd on the runway at Kansas City International Airport. The president is in town to give a speech on the economy and meet with Kansas Citians who have written him letters.
Credit Elle Moxley / KCUR

President Barack Obama will talk about the economy in Kansas City today, focusing on his executive orders that are aimed at helping middle-class families.

Obama touched down in Air Force One shortly after 7 p.m. Tuesday at Kansas City International Airport Wednesday, where an invitation-only crowd of well-wishers greeted President Barack Obama.

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Health
8:54 pm
Tue July 29, 2014

Company Seeking To Buy KC-Area Catholic Hospitals Inspires Anger, Admiration

St. Joseph Medical Center in Kansas City, Mo., pictured here, is one of several local Catholic hospitals that would be owned by Prime Healthcare Services of California.
Credit St. Joseph Medical Center

 

Prime Healthcare Services, the for-profit California health care company that has agreed to acquire two nonprofit Kansas City area hospitals, is no stranger to controversy.

Among other things, it has faced fierce opposition from the nation’s largest health care labor organization, the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), and has been accused of billing fraud.

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Election 2014
4:06 pm
Tue July 29, 2014

Kansas' Secretary Of State Republican Primary Candidates

Kansas secretary of state Republican primary candidates Scott Morgan and incumbent Kris Kobach joined Brian Ellison on Up to Date Tuesday to debate issues surrounding the race.
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The Republican primary for Kansas secretary of state has been interesting to say the least. 

Incumbent Kris Kobach has been criticized by his opponent Scott Morgan for associating with rock 'n' roller Ted Nugent, drumming up too much media attention with national immigration issues and continuing to practice law while in office.

Kobach maintains that Kansans share his political ideals. In turn, he suggests that Morgan is too liberal to even be considered a Republican; he points to Morgan's support of abortion rights and his stance against concealed-carry firearms.

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Health
3:47 pm
Tue July 29, 2014

Kansas Bioscience Firm Allows Euthanized Pets To Give One Last Gift

Blaire, a West Highland terrier, was 13 years old when her owners decided to put her down in early July.
Credit submitted photo

In early July, Robyn Zwolinski and her husband, Gene, decided it was time to put down their 13-year-old West Highland terrier, Blaire. The past few years had been hard for Blaire: she had lost her sight and had begun to develop cognitive canine dysfunction — a dog’s version of dementia.

The Zwolinskis contacted their vet, Vern Otte of Stateline Animal Hospital. Otte had seen them through the euthanization of several pets, and Robyn says they trusted him implicitly. Before coming into the hospital for the procedure, Otte called to ask Robyn a question that took her by surprise.

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Elections
1:17 pm
Tue July 29, 2014

Voter Guide To Missouri Amendment 8, The 'Veteran's Lottery Ticket'

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Missouri  Constitutional Amendment 8 is on the ballot Aug. 5 and would create a new lottery ticket that would allocate 25 cents of every dollar spent to fund the Missouri Veterans Commission.

Ballot language:
 

“A "yes" vote will amend the Missouri Constitution to create a "Veterans Lottery Ticket." This amendment further provides that the revenue from the sale of these tickets will be used for projects and services related to veterans.
A "no" vote will not amend the Missouri Constitution to create a "Veterans Lottery Ticket."

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Harvest Public Media
10:36 am
Tue July 29, 2014

Voter Guide To Missouri’s ‘Right To Farm’ Measure

Constitutional Amendment No. 1 on the Aug. 5 ballot is focused on the agriculture industry, a cornerstone of the Missouri economy.

It has been called the “right to farm” amendment, because it would inscribe the importance of agriculture in the Missouri state Constitution.

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Ballot language:

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Health
10:11 am
Tue July 29, 2014

Report: Missourians, Kansans Have Saved $36 Million On Prescription Drugs This Year

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Missourians on Medicare have saved more than $26 million so far this year on prescription drugs and Kansans more than $10 million, thanks to one of the lesser-known provisions of the Affordable Care Act, a report from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services says.

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Harvest Public Media
7:58 am
Tue July 29, 2014

Missouri's 'Right To Farm' Pits Farmer Against Farmer

Farmer Jeff Jones and his daughters feed grain to their foraging cattle once a day in Callaway County, Mo. They’re concerned about the health and environmental effects a potential hog farm next door might have.
Credit Kristofor Husted / Harvest Public Media

The agriculture industry is a cornerstone of the Midwest economy. In some states, it may even become a right.

In Missouri, the so-called “right to farm” is on the ballot in the form of an amendment to the state Constitution. And the controversial provision could be a model for Constitutional additions on other ag-heavy states.

Though the “right to farm” provision is focused on agriculture, it has pitted farmer against farmer with some worried that the results could change the face of farming in the Midwest.

Accountability concerns

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Elections
7:54 am
Tue July 29, 2014

Greg Orman Collects 10,000 Signatures For Kansas Senate Run

An Olathe businessman says he has collected enough signatures to appear on the Kansas ballot as an independent candidate for the U.S. Senate.

Greg Orman says his campaign has collected more than 10,000 signatures, including people from all 105 Kansas counties. He says that number shows many Kansans are looking for something different in a candidate.

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Health
5:50 pm
Mon July 28, 2014

KCK Clinic That Provided Abortions Closes

Aid for Women, a Kansas City, Kan., clinic that provided abortion services, closed Saturday, leaving only three clinics in the state that provide abortions.

Aid for Women, at 720 Central Ave., was incorporated in 2004. It said on its website that it closed its doors on July 26 and was referring patients to the state’s remaining abortion clinics — two in suburban Kansas City and one in Wichita. The website said the clinic manager and physician had both decided to retire.

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Health
5:30 pm
Mon July 28, 2014

Carondelet Health Agrees To Sell Two KC-Area Hospitals

St. Joseph Medical Center in Kansas City, Mo., pictured here, and St. Mary's Medical Center in Blue Springs, Mo., are slated to be sold to Prime Healthcare Services Inc. of Ontario, Calif.
Credit St. Joseph Medical Center

 

 

A West Coast hospital company has agreed to acquire two hospitals and other related facilities as part of a deal with Kansas City, Mo.-based Carondelet Health, the parties announced Monday.

The buyer is Ontario, Calif.-based Prime Healthcare Services, which has signed a letter of intent that includes the acquisition of St. Joseph Medical Center in south Kansas City and St. Mary’s Medical Center in Blue Springs.

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Elections
3:46 pm
Mon July 28, 2014

Primer On GOP Candidates For Kansas Insurance Commissioner

The four Republican candidates for Kansas insurance commissioner all oppose Obamacare.
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Five candidates are seeking the Republican nomination for Kansas insurance commissioner, an office that regulates insurance companies, examines them for financial solvency, ensures compliance with insurance regulations, licenses insurance agents, and educates and assists consumers. The primary winner on Aug. 5 will face off in the fall against the lone Democrat in the race, Dennis Anderson. The winner in November will succeed Sandy Praeger, who was elected in 2003 and is stepping down.

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Election 2014
2:41 pm
Mon July 28, 2014

Voter Guide To Kansas City Question A

This map shows the proposed transportation development district expansion and extended streetcar and bus lines that voters will make a decision on in the Aug. 5 primary election.
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A measure on the Aug. 5 ballot for Kansas City residents living south of the Missouri River will help decide if the downtown streetcar will expand beyond it's current line.

Kansas City Question A seeks to create a larger transportation development district that would allow Kansas Citians the chance to vote for streetcar and bus expansion taxes in the November election. 

The proposed district is bounded north by the river, west by State Line Road, east by I-435, and south by the University of Missouri - Kansas City.

Ballot language:

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Election 2014
1:57 pm
Mon July 28, 2014

Voter Guide To Missouri Constitutional Amendment 9

A new ballot measure on the August 5 primary election could amend the Missouri constitution to protect data, like texts, from unreasonable search and seizure.
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A measure on the Aug. 5 primary ballot in Missouri seeks to amend the state constitution to protect data and electronic communications from unreasonable search and seizure. 

Ballot language

Shall the Missouri Constitution be amended so that the people shall be secure in their electronic communications and data from unreasonable searches and seizures as they are now likewise secure in their persons, homes, papers and effects?

State and local governmental entities expect no significant costs or savings.

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Election 2014
1:53 pm
Mon July 28, 2014

Voter Guide To The Proposed Missouri Transit Tax Increase

Amendment 7 would provide millions of dollars for transportation projects statewide.
Credit MODOT

Voters will be asked on the Aug. 5 Missouri ballot if they want to increase the statewide sales tax by ¾ of a cent for 10 years. The money will be used to improve statewide transit infrastructure including roads and highways, bridges and public transit projects. The money raised will not be allowed to be used on any other kinds of projects.

Ballot language:

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Central Standard
10:23 am
Mon July 28, 2014

A Kansas City Graffiti Writer's Work

This work by graffiti writer and street artist Gear is at The Mercy Seat Tattoo and Art Gallery at 210 E. 16th St., Kansas City, Mo.
Gina Kaufmann KCUR

If you've ever seen the large murals or spray paint writing on the sides of buildings along Southwest Boulevard, you've probably seen some of Kansas City based graffiti writer Gear's work.

On Monday's Central Standard, Gina Kaufmann sat down with Gear in studio to discuss the nuances of graffiti and street art. 

Gina also went out into the field and took photos of just a few of Gear's writings that can be found around Kansas City. 

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