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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.
Credit Courtesy photos / art from KCUR

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.
Credit NextRailKC

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.
Credit Ken Banks / Flickr-CC

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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Harvest Public Media
8:23 am
Mon July 28, 2014

The Forensic Technology That Can Tell If There Are Drugs In Your Milk

Dairy cows like these on Dorine Boelen’s farm in Brooklyn, Iowa, can be treated with antibiotics, but their bodies must be free of the medication before they are allowed to contribute milk to the food supply.
Amy Mayer Harvest Public Media

TV shows like “CSI” have made forensics a hot topic, spawning books and even science programs for kids. The same technology used at crime scenes to link a stray hair to a suspect can also find antibiotics or other medications in milk and meat. And the use of sophisticated testing is becoming increasingly available for livestock producers, who stand to lose lots of money if their products are tainted.

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Arts & Culture
7:45 am
Mon July 28, 2014

'The Sound Of Music' Director On Giving Back

"The Sound of Music" director Philip William McKinley (at right) listens to the cast run through the musical on Wednesday at Starlight Theatre.
Credit Laura Spencer / KCUR

A circus and theater director, Philip William McKinley's name has been linked to high-profile Broadway productions over the last decade, such as the Tony award-winning The Boy From Oz and Julie Taymor's controversial Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark. (He stepped in to direct in 2011 after producers fired Taymor due to delays and artistic differences).

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Arts & Culture
4:37 pm
Fri July 25, 2014

Co-Founder Of The Writers Place In Kansas City Dies At 82

Gloria Vando and her husband, Bill Hickok, co-founders of The Writers Place in 2006.
Credit Dennis Lowden

William "Bill" Hickok died Monday at the age of 82 in Marina Del Rey, Ca. Two decades ago, Hickok and his wife, Gloria Vando, co-founded a literary community center in Kansas City, Mo. called The Writers Place.

Hickok, a first cousin several times removed of the gunslinger "Wild Bill" Hickok, was born in Kansas City; he graduated from Southwest High School and the University of Missouri.

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Health
4:16 pm
Fri July 25, 2014

Kansas Officials Suspend Future Foster Placements With TFI After Child's Death

Kansas welfare officials said Friday that they have suspended placing foster children with TFI Family Services, pending investigation of the death Thursday of an infant left in a hot car in Wichita.

TFI formerly contracted with the Kansas Department for Children and Families to provide foster services and continues to have foster homes as a subcontractor to the state's current lead foster care contractors, KVC Behavioral Healthcare of Olathe and St. Francis Community Services of Salina.

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Nature
3:17 pm
Fri July 25, 2014

How Kansas City's Trees Are Saving You Money And Cutting Pollution

A new study on Kansas City's trees shows that they help save energy costs for residents and cut down pollution and carbon emissions.
Credit Cody Newill / KCUR

The tree and shrub population in the Kansas City metropolitan area saves residents nearly $14 million a year, according to a new study.

The United States Department of Agriculture's Northern Research Station (NRS) examined plant life in nine counties in the Kansas City metro area.

The NRS found that by blocking winds in the winter, shading buildings in the summer, and providing natural evaporative cooling all throughout the year, trees and shrubs significantly cut down residential energy costs.

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Obituary
12:11 pm
Fri July 25, 2014

Kansas City Arts Community Mourns Painter's Unexpected Death

Artist David Goodrich outside the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, Mo.
Credit Facebook

David Goodrich, 52, a Kansas City artist whose expressionistic paintings conveyed a perpetual state of motion, was found dead Tuesday.

Goodrich enjoyed hiking and was found dead in Horseshoe Canyon, just north of Canyonlands National Park in Utah. His body was identified on Thursday.

Authorities speculate he suffered from heat stroke, but the cause of death has not been confirmed.

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Tell KCUR
12:02 pm
Fri July 25, 2014

Why Kansas Citians Plan On Making It To The Polls On August 5

Do you plan on voting in the Aug. 5 primary election in Missouri or Kansas? Tweet us your answer with the #TellKCUR hashtag.
Credit Alyson Raletz / KCUR

Voter turnout is usually low in primary elections, but an informal survey of our audience revealed three common reasons that Kansas Citians plan on casting their ballots on Aug. 5 in Missouri and Kansas.

When we took to social media and asked, “Do you plan to vote in the Aug. 5 primary? Why or why not?” most of you shot back answers in the affirmative, citing these reasons:

• Voting is an important right and privilege

• To chime in on specific candidates or measures

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Arts & Culture
9:52 am
Fri July 25, 2014

Film Review: The French-English Hybrid 'Chinese Puzzle' Celebrates Complicated Lives

Cécile De France, Romain Duris, Kelly Reilly, and Audrey Tatou in 'Chinese Puzzle.'
Credit courtesy of Cohen Media Group

There's a scene in Cédric Klapisch's warm, exuberant comedy Chinese Puzzle that perfectly captures both the beauty and complications of a life well lived. A discussion between two men (one living, one a hallucination) proposes that a piece of embroidery is an apt metaphor for the human condition: on one side is a lovely picture of a moment captured in time. But turned over, one sees all of the knotty entanglements.

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Sports
7:49 am
Fri July 25, 2014

Royals Honor Longtime Equipment Manager Al Zych

Before Thursday night’s 14-inning victory, 2-1, over Cleveland, the Kansas City Royals honored one of their former behind-the-scenes figures.

Al Zych, who grew up in Kansas City, Kan., was the Kansas City Athletics equipment manager from 1963 until the team departed for Oakland four years later. Zych then became the Royals equipment manager from the franchise’s first year in 1969 until 1988.

George Brett called Zych one of his best friends during his Baseball Hall of Fame induction speech in 1999.

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Health
5:40 pm
Thu July 24, 2014

Amid Growing Demand, Kansas City Royals Sell Out Peanut-Free Sections

Royals offer peanut-allergic fans a 'suite' view at select games this season.
Credit Alex Smith / KCUR

After announcing this season’s schedule of peanut allergy-friendly events, the Kansas City Royals saw several sell out, and the team soon added another to keep up with demand.

The announcement came after a campaign from some local fans, and it followed a growing trend of baseball teams working to be more accommodating to fans with allergies.

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Economy
4:24 pm
Thu July 24, 2014

Aircraft Maintenance Company Opens Kansas City Hangar

Aviation Technical Services President and CEO Matt Yerbic, left, and Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon cut the ribbon at the company's new hangar at Kansas City International Airport.
Credit Elle Moxley / KCUR

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon says a state program that helps employers offset the cost of job training was instrumental in bringing aircraft maintenance company Aviation Technical Services to Kansas City.

The Washington state-based company has renovated a hangar at Kansas City International Airport and hired 70 employees so far.

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Health
10:24 am
Thu July 24, 2014

New Missouri Law Pays Dividends For Kansas City CARE Clinic

Thanks to a change in Missouri law, the Kansas City CARE Clinic, formerly the Kansas City Free Health Clinic, can now accept paying patients.
Credit Todd Feeback / Hale Center for Journalism at KCPT

 

A year and a half ago, a local safety-net clinic underwent one of the most significant changes in its more than four decades of serving the metropolitan area: It went from a purely free provider to one that also accepted paying patients covered by insurance.

Known for years as the Kansas City Free Health Clinic, the organization became the Kansas City CARE Clinic to reflect that its donation-based operation had evolved to a fee-based, sliding-scale system with a minimum payment of $10.

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What Is That?
10:09 am
Thu July 24, 2014

What Is That? Kansas City's Vine Street Castle

Workhouse Castle located on 18th and Vine St.
Credit Esther Honig

If you’ve ever driven around the historic 18th & Vine neighborhood in downtown Kansas City, Mo., you might have noticed what looks like a castle. It appears as though it housed Missouri royalty, but in fact this four-story structure, chiseled out of yellow limestone, was originally designed as the city jail.

Built in 1897 with the title of “workhouse castle,” it held mostly petty offenders, vagrants and debtors. As a part of their sentence these inmates were required to work. Female prisoners sewed prison uniforms and the men labored for the city’s Public Works Department.

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Government
7:56 am
Thu July 24, 2014

Kansas City Council Committee Endorses Open Carry Ban

The public safety committee of the Kansas City city council unanimously endorsed Mayor Sly James's proposal to ban the open carry of firearms Wednesday.

Citing a recent move by the town of Lake Ozark, Mo., to ban open carry because of its negative effect on tourism, the mayor said that if a Missouri city makes its gun ordinances exactly mirror state law, there is no reason open carry can not be outlawed by a local community.

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Elections
5:57 am
Thu July 24, 2014

Ad Watch: Roberts And Wolf Attack Each Other's Voting Records

A Milton Wolf ad currently running in Kansas uses a Pat Roberts lookalike.
Credit Milton Wolf / YouTube

Throughout this election season, KCUR will bring you AdWatch, a series evaluating the words and images filling the airwaves aimed at Missouri and Kansas voters.

The hotly contested Republican race for U.S. Senator from Kansas, where incumbent Pat Roberts and challenger Milton Wolf have turned their sights squarely on one another, has brought a slew of ads to the Kansas airwaves.

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Health
12:01 am
Thu July 24, 2014

Health Insurance Enrollees In Missouri, Kansas To Get More Than $18 Million In Rebates

Health insurance policyholders in Missouri will receive $14.6 million in rebates from health insurers under a provision of the Affordable Care Act known as the Medical Loss Ratio rule. Kansas policyholders will receive $3.6 million.

The Medical Loss Ratio rule requires insurance companies to spend at least 80 percent of premium dollars on medical care and quality improvement, as opposed to administrative costs like salaries and marketing.

Insurers that don't meet that benchmark have to refund the difference to customers.

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Health
9:44 pm
Wed July 23, 2014

Same-Sex Unions Pose Challenge To Hospitals

Some local hospitals have revised their policies to make them more LGBT friendly.
Credit guidestar.org

The absence of legal protections for same-sex couples made the news last year when a Kansas City hospital denied a man the right to stay by his male partner’s bedside.

Now many area hospitals are trying to make themselves more accommodating to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender patients and their families.  

Nearly two years ago, Kris Saim received some harrowing news.  He was diagnosed with Stage III colon cancer. But the diagnosis wasn’t the only thing he was worried about.

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Economy
9:24 pm
Wed July 23, 2014

Sporting Announces New Facility, Makes Kansas City Indisputable 'Soccer Town'

A rendering on display at the announcement at Sporting Park in Kansas City, Kan., shows what the facility may look like.
Credit Greg Echlin / KCUR

Much like the winning drivers at Kansas Speedway next door, Sporting Kansas City is taking a victory lap.

Firmly planted in Kansas City with a state-of-the-art soccer venue and a first class practice facility and fields, Sporting Kansas City steered the area to another level with an announcement Wednesday of a proposed National Training and Coaching Development Facility in Kansas City, Kan.

Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback was on hand for the formal announcement at Sporting Park before Sporting KC took the field for an international friendly match against Manchester City FC.

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Health
5:30 pm
Wed July 23, 2014

Judge To Rule In Breach Of Contract Suit Against Diocese

A Jackson County judge heard arguments Wednesday on whether the Catholic Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph should pay a $1.1 million arbitration award for breach of contract in its ongoing litigation over clergy sex abuse.

The diocese contends the arbitrator, Kansas City lawyer Hollis Hanover, exceeded his authority when he made the award after finding the diocese had violated the terms of a $10 million settlement it reached with 47 sex abuse victims in 2008.

Under the terms of the settlement, the diocese pledged to adopt a variety of child safety measures.

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Education
4:17 pm
Wed July 23, 2014

Another Kansas City For-Profit College Could Be Closing

For-profit Anthem College has told the state of Missouri it plans to lay off 67 employees in the next two months.

The school has put up a notice on its website that its campuses in Kansas City, Fenton and Maryland Heights are no longer enrolling new students but it hasn't confirmed the college is closing down.

The news comes just weeks after for-profit Corinthian College announced it would sell or close dozens of schools, including the Everest College campus in Kansas City. For now, that school continues to enroll new students.

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Health
3:57 pm
Wed July 23, 2014

UMKC Med School Chooses New Dean

Steven L. Kanter, a neurosurgeon and vice dean of the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, has been named the new dean of UMKC School of Medicine.
Credit University of Missouri-Kansas City

Steven L. Kanter, a neurosurgeon and vice dean of the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, has been named dean of the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine.

(Note: KCUR is licensed by UMKC.)

Kanter succeeds Betty Drees, who led the medical school for 13 years and will remain on the faculty.

Kanter begins his work as dean on Oct. 1. He will also teach one of his specialties, medical informatics, which deals with the analysis of troves of medical data through the use of information technology.

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Central Standard
2:09 pm
Wed July 23, 2014

Kansas City Duo Victor & Penny Make Music On The Road

Erin McGrane and Jeff Freiling perform as Victor & Penny in KCUR's talk show studio.
Credit Alyson Raletz, KCUR

With a ukelele and jazz guitar in tow, the traveling Kansas City-based musical duo known as Victor & Penny stopped by Central Standard on Wednesday to talk with Gina Kaufmann — and to perform a few of their signature "antique pop" songs live for our listeners.

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Community
2:06 pm
Wed July 23, 2014

Armadillos On The Rise In Missouri, Creeping Into Kansas City

This armadillo was caught hanging out in Holden, Mo. Armadillos use their claws and snouts to find insects and worms in the soil.
Credit Cindy Taylor

The nine-banded armadillo has been naturally expanding its habitat north from Central America since 1849. They're common in the southeastern part of the country, but throughout the century they’ve started to move further north and east.

Sightings in Missouri started about 40 years ago. They use to be rare, but now they’re a lot more common.

“Hundreds, we’ve had hundreds so far this year it’s safe to say," says James Dixon, a wildlife damage biologist for the Missouri Department of Conservation.

Rising numbers and rising frustration

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