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5:50 am
Tue September 23, 2014

Technology, Infrastructure Cut Down On Food Waste On The Farm

On-farm and post-harvest loss accounts for about 40 percent of food waste in the developing world, according to the U.N. But it is credited with relatively small levels of waste in most industrialized countries.
Credit Amy Mayer / Harvest Public Media

  On a wet, grey day in Grinnell, Iowa, the rain beats a rhythm on the metal roof of a packing shed at Grinnell Heritage Farm. Crew member Whitney Brewer picks big bunches of kale out of a washing tank, lets them drip on a drying table and then packs them into cardboard boxes.  

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Election 2014
5:00 am
Tue September 23, 2014

Education Emerges As Major Issue in Race For Kansas Governor

The K-12 Student Performance and Efficiency Commission meets in the old state supreme court chambers in the Kansas Statehouse
Credit Sam Zeff / KCUR

Everyone knew education was going to be an issue in the race for Kansas governor.

In debates and TV commercials, incumbent Gov. Sam Brownback says he’s increased spending on public schools. His challenger, House Minority leader Paul Davis from Lawrence, claims Brownback has cut funding.

But the real political maneuvering on education may be happening in a commission created by the legislature at the end of last session in the middle of the night. It was part of a deal to put $129 million more dollars into public education to satisfy a state Supreme Court ruling.

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Election 2014
3:33 pm
Mon September 22, 2014

Orman Releases Finances, Worth More Than $20 Million

A still from an Orman campaign video.
Credit (ormanforsenate.com)

Greg Orman, the independent candidate running for U.S. Senate from Kansas, is worth between $21.5 million and $86 million, according to a personal finance filing made Monday.

Orman, 45, is Olathe businessman who is running against incumbent GOP Sen. Pat Roberts, who is trailing in the most recent poll.

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Health
3:12 pm
Mon September 22, 2014

Missouri, Kansas Universities Receive Mental Health Grants

Academic institutions in Missouri and Kansas were awarded federal grants of more than $1.2 million to train mental health providers, the Department of Health and Human Services announced Monday.

The grants were among $99 million disbursed by HHS under the Obama administration’s “Now Is the Time” plan aimed at reducing gun violence, increasing access to mental health services and making schools safer, according to a department news release.

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Arts & Culture
2:22 pm
Mon September 22, 2014

PHOTOS: Afternoon Of Dance And Song Opens 'Art Of The Plains Indians' Exhibit

Arlan Whitebreast, a member of the Meskwaki Nation, prepared to perform a grass dance in Atkins Auditorium.
Julie Denesha KCUR

Drumbeat and song drifted through the halls of the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art Sunday afternoon in celebration of the opening of Plains Indians: Artists of Earth and Sky. Native American dancers wearing brightly-colored ribbons and feathers performed traditional dances in Atkins Auditorium and Kirkwood Hall.

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Health
2:19 pm
Mon September 22, 2014

Medicare Expert: Kansas Compact Not On Radar In DC

A health care compact bill designed to get Kansas and other states out of federal health regulations is gaining attention locally for its possible Medicare implications, but a national expert on Medicare says the compact, which would need congressional approval, is not even being discussed in Washington, D.C.

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Sports
7:54 am
Mon September 22, 2014

Royals Conclude Home Season On A Winning Note

The Kansas City Royals finished the home portion of their 2014 schedule with a 5-2 win over the Detroit Tigers Sunday afternoon. They did it in front of a sellout crowd to push their season total to roughly 43,000 fans shy of the 2 million mark.

The charged-up atmosphere didn’t go unnoticed from those taking the field. Royals outfielder Alex Gordon says the players enjoyed the sellout crowds over the weekend.

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Agriculture
6:00 am
Mon September 22, 2014

Food Waste Weighing Down U.S. Food System

About 35 million tons of food was dumped in landfills across the U.S. in 2012, compared to 29 million tons of plastic and 24 million tons of paper.
Credit Pat Aylward / NET News

It’s a hot summer day outside of Lincoln, Neb., and Jack Chappelle is knee-deep in trash. He’s wading in to rotting vegetables, half-eaten burgers and tater tots. Lots of tater tots.

“You can get a lot of tater tots out of schools,” Chappelle says. “It doesn’t matter if it’s elementary, middle school or high school. Tater tots. Bar none.”

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Arts & Culture
2:19 pm
Sun September 21, 2014

Plaza Art Fair Draws Big Weekend Crowds

Sculptor Julie Kradel praised the crowds at the 83rd Plaza Art Fair this weekend.
Credit Ben Palosaari

This weekend, the Country Club Plaza hosted its 83rd annual Plaza Art Fair. And it was Cedar, Michigan-based sculptor Julie Kradel’s first time displaying her work at the city's traditional kickoff to Autumn. Around noon on Sunday Kradel was pleased with her first interaction with Kansas City art fans. She said visitors were knowledgeable and engaging. 

“I’ve actually had people come back Friday, Saturday and Sunday – the same people," she said as customers looked at her work.

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Community
1:30 pm
Sat September 20, 2014

Wyandotte County Opens New Urban Hiking And Biking Trail

(Left to right) Wyandotte County Commissioner Brian McKiernan, Kaw Valley Drainage District Board Chair Bundy Jenkins and Wyandotte County Mayor/CEO Mark Holland praised the opening of the new path Saturday morning.
Credit Ben Palosaari

The beginning of the new Armourdale Hike and Bike – Island View Loop trail doesn’t look much like the gateway to urban nature oasis.

It’s adjacent to an industrial park and underneath the 18th Street Expressway Bridge, next to unused railroad tracks. There’s a fair amount of broken glass and other debris littering the ground around the trail.

But on Saturday morning, jubilant city officials in workout clothes opened the trail to the public, and the talk was largely of turkeys, deer and bald eagles that live near the trail.

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Election 2014
8:01 pm
Fri September 19, 2014

Would-Be Kansas Governors Spar Over Taxes and School Spending

Kansas Governor’s debate from left to right: Moderator Micheal Mahoney, Kansas Governor Sam Brownback, Kansas House Minority Leader Paul Davis, Libertarian candidate Keen Umbehr
Credit Frank Morris / KCUR

The three candidates for governor in Kansas diverge on taxes, health care and school funding, but they   came together Friday for a debate sponsored by the Overland Park Chamber of Commerce. 

The contest is largely between incumbent Republican Governor Sam Brownback and his Democratic challenger, Kansas House Minority Leader Paul Davis. Friday’s gubernatorial debate in Overland Park also included the Libertarian candidate, Keen Umbehr, who echoed some of Gov. Brownback’s views and pledged to take his income tax cuts to a new level.

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Central Standard
5:33 pm
Fri September 19, 2014

Randy Regier: The Poetic Mechanics Of Art

Artist Randy Regier in his Wichita studio
Credit Paul Andrews

Randy Regier didn't grow up making art.

"I gave no thought to art," he recalls. 

But he did use his imagination to conjure his own reality, which is an artistic process.

"I didn't have much in the way of purchased goods," he says. "I didn't live near a store, so I wasn't one of those kids who could haunt a store after school. ... There was a world of objects out there, and I lived in a world of dirt and chickens and tractors."

One of his prized toys was actually a farm combine.

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Health
1:48 pm
Fri September 19, 2014

Medical PACs Mull Stance On Medicaid Expansion

Fifteen medical-related political action committees registered with the Kansas Governmental Ethics Commission had a total of almost $600,000 cash on hand at the July 24 reporting deadline, and officials from the top PACs said they're still forming the legislative agendas that may inform how they spend that money.

RELATED: Kansas Medical PACs Concentrate Spending On Incumbents

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Up to Date
1:21 pm
Fri September 19, 2014

Kansas Citians Take Volunteering To The Extreme

Kirsty Morgan, of Lee's Summit, bundles up in Kazakhstan for what is known as extreme volunteering.
Credit Courtesy of Kirsty Morgan

Most people have spent time at a local soup kitchen or sorted cans for food banks, but others take an entirely different approach to donating their time. 

But an extreme volunteer commitment can mean you’re giving weeks, or even years, of your life to help others. And sometimes you'll get into some pretty hairy situations as a result.

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Beyond Our Borders
1:16 pm
Fri September 19, 2014

Keep Your Leaves Off My Side — A Kansas City Cartoonist's Take On The Border Wars

Credit Charlie Podrebarac

Local cartoonist Charlie Podrebarac is familiar with the tensions that sometimes arise over the Kansas-Missouri state line.

He lives on the Kansas side, but has often highlighted the border conflict in his Cowtown Cartoons. He’s been penning Cowtown since 1984 for the Kansas City Star.

In his series, “soldiers” take the battlefield on State Line Road armed with leaf blowers and rakes in an ironic statement about the “border war” between Missouri and Kansas. It’s part of a series of cartoons about metropolitan Kansas City that use a leaf motif.

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Arts & Culture
1:03 pm
Fri September 19, 2014

Lawrence Public Library Releases Banned Books Trading Cards

'Harriet the Spy' by Louise Fitzhugh
Lora Jost

The Lawrence Public Library on Thursday revealed this year's set of banned books trading cards.

It marks the third time the Kansas library has celebrated Banned Books Week by highlighting shunned classics and contemporary works with a set of trading cards. 

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Arts & Culture
10:05 am
Fri September 19, 2014

A Nelson Curator's Favorite Works In 'The Plains Indians' Exhibition

Gaylord Torrence, senior curator of American Indian art, stands at the entrance to the exhibition at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City, Mo.
Credit Laura Spencer / KCUR

The new exhibition at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, The Plains Indians: Artists of Earth and Sky, includes nearly 140 masterworks from private and public collections across North America and Europe. 

There’s a 2,000-year-old pipe, 18th century-painted robes and beaded designer shoes from 2011. 

Some curators might find it offensive if someone asked them to choose a few favorite works — well, actually, just two — from an exhibition they'd worked on for nearly five years. 

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Health
9:44 am
Fri September 19, 2014

KDADS Identifies 11 Communities With Greater Mental Health Needs

Lea Taylor, an assistant secretary for the Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services, says KDADS has been working with officials in Kansas communities that appear to have above-average numbers of residents with mental illness.
Credit Dave Ranney / KHI News Service

 

A Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services official said Thursday that the agency has identified 11 communities that appear to be referring inordinate numbers of patients to the state hospitals for mentally ill or have above-average numbers of inmates in the state’s correctional systems who are known to be mentally ill.

“We’ve been going out and meeting with people in those communities,” said KDADS Assistant Secretary Lea Taylor, addressing a statewide conference in Lawrence on law enforcement training and mental health crises.

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Community
9:40 am
Fri September 19, 2014

Panel Focuses On Sexual Assault at University Of Kansas

Critics of how the University of Kansas deals with sexual assault cases are using this T-shirt to raise awareness.
Credit Stephen Koranda / KPR

Concerns about the way the University of Kansas handles sexual assault cases have been boiling over in recent weeks.

Reports of alleged sexual assaults garnering minor punishments have prompted protests and even a video produced by students telling others not to attend KU. Thursday night, university officials held a panel discussion where they answered questions, took suggestions and explained university policies surrounding sexual assault.

More than 100 people gathered for the discussion. Those who spoke expressed concerns about the process and suggested improvements.

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Beyond Our Borders
9:21 am
Fri September 19, 2014

MAPS: Demographics Show State Line Is Not A Significant Border In Kansas City

State line from 75th Street north (left), and state line from 75th Street south (right).
Credit Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service / University of Virginia

The Kansas City metropolitan area is steeped in state line rivalry.

University of Kansas Jayhawks and University of Missouri Tigers have grudges dating back to the pre-Civil War years. Jackson County, Mo., and Johnson County, Kan., are politically divided, and we even have a road called 'State Line Road' to mark which side is which. 

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Tell KCUR
8:45 am
Fri September 19, 2014

How One Sprint Employee Is Bracing For Expected Layoffs

Officials at Sprint Corp., which employs roughly 7,000 people at its U.S. headquarters in Overland Park, Kan., expects job cuts in the fall.
Credit Julie Denesha / KCUR

Last week, Overland Park-based Sprint Corp. officials indicated job cuts were coming in the fall.  

The extent of the layoffs at the Kansas company, which employs roughly 7,000 people locally, hasn’t been divulged, but at least one Sprint worker is taking the news to heart.

“Personally, I am cleaning everything out of my cube,” said Peg McMahon, a Sprint employee who responded to our Tell KCUR question of the week.

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Health
6:54 am
Fri September 19, 2014

KU Pathologist Welcomes Federal Initiative To Fight Antibiotic Resistance

President Obama on Thursday issued an executive order directing the federal government to step up the fight against antibiotic-resistant bacteria.

It’s a fight with enormous consequences, according to Rebecca Horvat, who oversees infectious disease testing at the University of Kansas Hospital in Kansas City, Kan. Horvat is well familiar with bacteria that are impervious to front-line antibiotics.

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Arts & Culture
6:37 am
Fri September 19, 2014

'Hardbody' Director Missy Koonce On Wanting To Marry A Musical

For Norma (Victoria Barbee), in the spotlight, and the other characters in the Unicorn's 'Hands on a Hardbody,' a truck is the key to a better life.
Credit Cynthia Levin

Hands on a Hardbody, the show now playing at the Unicorn Theater, isn’t particularly sexy. There’s a little bit of romance, but the “hard body” isn’t a person -- it’s a pickup truck on the lot of a fictional Nissan dealership in Longview, Texas. There, ten contestants try to keep one hand on the truck for as long as they can. The last person with a hand on the truck gets to drive it home.

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Election 2014
5:09 pm
Thu September 18, 2014

Kansas High Court Orders Democrat's Name Off U.S. Senate Ballot

The Kansas Supreme Court has ordered that the name of the Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate in Kansas be removed from the ballot. 

The Democrat, Chad Taylor, announced he was dropping out of the race two weeks ago, but Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach said Taylor had failed to meet the requirements of a state law allowing candidates to drop out.

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Arts & Culture
3:50 pm
Thu September 18, 2014

UMKC Selects Architects To Begin Designing Downtown Arts Campus

Helix Architecture of Kansas City and HGA of Minneapolis were selected as the design team for the proposed downtown campus for the Conservatory of Music and Dance.
Credit courtesy of Helix Architecture + Design, Inc./HGA

The University of Missouri-Kansas City has chosen a team of architects to design the first phase of its proposed downtown arts campus.

The winning team is the duo of Kansas City’s Helix Architecture and Design and the Minneapolis-based HGA.

The selection comes after a competition last week where five teams participated in a three-day design session and presented their concepts to the public on Sunday. More than 200 people attended.

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Health
2:43 pm
Thu September 18, 2014

Olathe Medical Center Opens Facility For Final Stage Of Life

A new inpatient hospice that opened Wednesday at Olathe Medical Center features a screened-in porch. It faces west "so it gets beautiful sunsets in here," said Sally Lundy, director of hospice and home health for the medical center.
Credit Mike Sherry / Hale Center for Journalism at KCPT

 

Olathe Medical Center officials say they have added a building block to their vision of providing cradle-to-grave care.

On Wednesday, in front of a crowd of about 300 donors, employees and other well-wishers, the hospital officially opened a freestanding inpatient hospice on its land at Interstate 35 and 151st Street.

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Central Standard
12:42 pm
Thu September 18, 2014

Bluegrass Meets Trashgrass At The Walnut Valley Music Festival

At the Walnut Valley Music Festival in Winfield, Kan., it's common to see an old pickup truck converted into a stage for acoustic musicians to perform in.
Credit Walnut Valley Music Festival

Since 1972, bluegrass, country and even Irish orchestral music have sounded from stages and campsites at the Walnut Valley Music Festival in Winfield, Kan. 

In a conversation with Central Standard's Gina Kaufmann, longtime festival goers Lowen Millspaugh and Kasey Rausch called in from Winfield where the 2014 festival is taking place right now.

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Arts & Culture
12:19 pm
Thu September 18, 2014

7 Nostalgic Things To Do This Weekend In Kansas City

Adult Prom at the Uptown is just one of many nostalgic things you can do this weekend in the Kansas City area.
Credit imeanwhat.com

Whether those who ignore history are really doomed to repeat it is a tough call. 

Either way, it’s safe to say that folks who refuse to acknowledge the past are doing themselves no favors in the fun department, because retro is where it’s at people — especially this weekend in Kansas City.

Get ready for a dose of yesterday, from sentimental celebrations of the Fab Four and Neil Simon’s pseudo-youth to a festive remembrance of the Show-Me State’s favorite 19th-century psycho outlaw.

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Beyond Our Borders
11:27 am
Thu September 18, 2014

When It Comes To Kansas City's State Line, It's Complicated

State Line Road winds through the industrial west bottoms as it divides Kansas City, Mo., and Kansas City, Kan.
Credit Alyson Raletz / KCUR

I’m someone who simply will just say "I’m from Kansas City.” But, sometimes people will ask "Kansas City, Kansas, or Kansas City, Missouri?"

Then I go into the convoluted explanation how I live in the suburbs of Kansas City, Mo., but in Kansas, not far from the state line. It gets kind of boring.

But State Line is anything but boring.

I recently found Blue Springs, Mo., resident D.J. Lee at Joe's Kansas City Bar-B-Que (formally known as Oklahoma Joe's) in Kansas City, Kan.

"To cross the street and be in a different state ... pretty awesome!" says Lee.

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Health
11:07 am
Thu September 18, 2014

700 Kansans, 1,700 Missourians To Lose Health Coverage Over Immigration Questions

This map shows the number of people expected to lose health insurance puchased through the exchanges because of citizenship or immigration expirations. CLICK TO ENLARGE

Discrepancies in immigration status data will cause about 700 Kansans who enrolled in health insurance plans through the online federal marketplace to lose their coverage at the end of the month.

Officials at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services said earlier this month they were attempting to contact some 1,800 Kansans whose immigration status was in question because of data differences in their online applications.

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