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Heartland Health Monitor
2:19 pm
Mon March 2, 2015

Cerner Wins $170M Contract In Australia

Cerner's headquarters in North Kansas City.
Credit Elana Gordon / KCUR

Kansas City-based health IT giant Cerner Corp. has won a $170 million, 10-year contract to provide its medications management system to hospitals in New South Wales, Australia.

The winning bid was first reported last week by Pulse+IT magazine, a health IT publication in Australia.

The magazine said that, while the value of the contract was not disclosed, the New South Wales government had allocated $170 million for the program. It said the aim was to improve medication safety from supply through prescribing and administration.

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Economy
11:47 am
Mon March 2, 2015

Kansas City Startup To Offer Its Technology On Millions Of Chinese Smartphones

EyeVerify technology will soon be included on some smartphones available in China.
Credit Courtesy / EyeVerify

Kansas City-based tech firm EyeVerify announced a major deal Sunday, one that will put its technology on millions of Chinese smart phones.  

EyeVerify develops mobile technology that can recognize the unique veins in a person’s eye in a fraction of a second. Users just have to look at their phone cameras to unlock the device, or open a password-protected site. EyeVerify founder Toby Rush says it’s more secure than a password, and easier.

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Community
10:57 am
Mon March 2, 2015

Preliminary Hearing For Man Charged In Jewish Site Shootings

Update: Monday, 2:53 p.m.

An eyewitness to the shootings last spring at Overland Park, Kan., Jewish sites told a Johnson County judge Monday she feared for her life when the defendant asked if she was a Jew.

"I knew if I gave the wrong answer, he would shoot me," Maggie Hunker testified.

Hunker had just finished eating lunch with a friend at Village Shalom on April 13, 2014, when she saw a man gun down a woman in the retirement home's parking lot.

That woman was later identified as Terri LaManno.

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Harvest Public Media
8:41 am
Mon March 2, 2015

U.S. Ranchers Counting On Labels To Stand Apart From Global Competition

Country of origin labels on packages of beef, pork, chicken and other meat are supposed to list where a harvested animal was born, raised and slaughtered.
Credit Grant Gerlock / Harvest Public Media

You’ve probably seen, but may not have noticed, labels on the meat at your grocery store that say something like “Born, Raised, & Harvest in the U.S.A.” or “Born and Raised in Canada, Slaughtered in the U.S.”

These country of origin labels, as they are known, are part of an ongoing international trade dispute that has swept up Midwest ranchers. And they may not be long for store shelves.

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Community
8:15 am
Sun March 1, 2015

Long Abandoned Railway To Connect Kansas City To The Katy Trail

The Rock Island Railroad trail will provide a direct connection between the Kansas City metro and the Katy Trail.
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A recent federal ruling will help connect the Kansas City metro to the Katy Trail. 

The Surface Transportation Board issued its decision Thursday to allow 144 miles of the Rock Island Railroad tracks to be used as a bike trail. The railroad hasn't been used for more than 30 years.

Once completed, it will create one of the longest cycling trail networks in the country. 

Eric Bunch of BikeWalkKC says the connection will be a boon for both Kansas City and the entire state. 

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Community
8:15 am
Sun March 1, 2015

Citizens Speak Out Against Cuts At Kansas City Budget Hearing

Kansas City, Mo., residents had one of their last chances to speak out about the city's proposed budget for the 2015-2016 fiscal year Saturday.

The biggest issues were incoming cuts to cultural facilities like the American Jazz Museum and safety net health clinics. The Jazz Museum alone stands to lose $125,000 in funding.

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Arts & Culture
7:50 am
Sun March 1, 2015

LISTEN: Fiction Writer Catherine Browder Pays Homage To Chekhov

Catherine Browder is an associate in the Creative Writing program at the University of Missouri-Kansas City and a member of the Dramatist Guild of America, whose one-act and full-length plays have been produced regionally and in New York City. She is the author of three fiction collections.

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Heartland Health Monitor
5:21 pm
Fri February 27, 2015

Former HHS Secretary Pushes For Greater Diversity In Health Care Workforce

Dr. Louis Sullivan, a former Secretary of Health and Human Services, was in Kansas City Friday to promote greater diversity in the health care professions.
Credit University of Missouri-Kansas City

Missouri’s medical schools on Friday kicked off a collaborative effort to encourage minorities to enter the health care professions.

Former U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Louis Sullivan, who served under President George H.W. Bush from 1989 to 1993, helped launch the project, delivering a lecture Friday at the University of Missouri-Kansas City on the state of diversity in the health care workforce since 1965.

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Community
4:21 pm
Fri February 27, 2015

Climbing Rents Put Kansas City On List With Major Metropolitan Areas

Rent is going up in Kansas City, but that isn't necessarily a bad thing.
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What does Kansas City, Mo., have in common with fast-growing San Francisco, a city that's made headlines for its lack of affordable housing?

Rent is up here, too – about 8.5 percent over last year, according to a Zillow report that ranks Kansas City No. 4 on a list of cities that saw rental rates spike between 2013 and 2014.

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Central Standard
4:18 pm
Fri February 27, 2015

For Kansas City Coffee Shop, Ambiance Is In The Details

Thou Mayest coffee in the east Crossroads district of Kansas City, Mo.
Credit Daniel Boothe / KCUR

The first thing you notice when you walk into Thou Mayest in the east Crossroads district of Kansas City, Mo., is the eclectic décor. It’s got cozy corners with funky furniture. Exposed brick and recycled wooden tables. Fishing poles and Boy Scout badges from the 1950s. You feel like you are in a high-end flea market, inside a cabin in the woods, located in a bustling downtown neighborhood.

The whole place is one gigantic conversation starter. With coffee.

Humble beginnings and a chance meeting

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Texas County
3:26 pm
Fri February 27, 2015

8 Shot To Death, Including Gunman, In Missouri Rampage

Law enforcement had blocked off this house along Highway H in Tyrone. It's one of multiple scenes being investigated.
Credit Scott Harvey / KSMU

The Texas County, Missouri, coroner says all seven people killed in an overnight house-to-house rampage were adults.

The victims were found at four homes in Tyrone, about 40 miles north of the Arkansas border. The gunman was discovered in a neighboring county. He was dead from what appears to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

He has been identified as Joseph Jesse Aldridge, 36, of Tyrone. He is believed to be a cousin of the victims: ​

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Central Standard
1:59 pm
Fri February 27, 2015

Dodie Jacobi's 6 Things Kansas City Should Know About Entrepreneurship

The Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, who supported multiple programs developed by Jacobi, is a driving force of entrepreneurship in Kansas City.
Credit daveynin / Flickr--CC

Kansas City has been named one of the top five cities, globally, for entrepreneurs. So it's no surprise that entrepreneur has become kind of a buzzword around here.

During Central Standard's first Buzz Kill session, small business consultant Dodie Jacobi reflected on widespread misuse of the word and all its permutations.

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Education
1:24 pm
Fri February 27, 2015

St. Joseph School Board Fires Another Administrator, Demotes HR Director

St. Joseph COO Rick Hartigan was fired Thursday night by the board of education.
Credit Sam Zeff / KCUR

In a move long anticipated by many in St. Joseph, Mo., the Board of Education voted in closed session Thursday night to fire its chief operating officer and demote its human resources director.

The vote was announced in a statement issued early Friday afternoon.

Gone is COO Rick Hartigan who's been on paid administrative leave for about five weeks. Hartigan has been with the district for 26 years, first as communications director. He was promoted to COO ten years ago. He's a former newspaper reporter in St. Joseph.

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Heartland Health Monitor
1:04 pm
Fri February 27, 2015

Kansas Law May Hamper Teen Drug And Alcohol Prevention Efforts

The Kansas Communities That Care (KCTC) survey, which was taken by nearly 100,000 sixth-, eighth-, 10th- and 12th-grade students last year, is expected to have an estimated 60,000 fewer responses this year.
Credit Southeast Kansas Education Service Center photo

For more than 20 years, Kansas secondary students have taken a survey to track alcohol and drug abuse. But a new law requiring parents to give written permission to allow their children to take the survey is affecting the survey data, and those who use it say it could be more challenging to obtain funds for prevention efforts.

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Kansas City Royals
8:19 am
Fri February 27, 2015

There's A Lot Of Attention On The Royals In Arizona, And We Know Why

After last season's American League Championship, media and fans are paying a lot more attention to the Kansas City Royals at spring training in Surprise, Ariz.
Credit Greg Echlin / KCUR

Many of last year’s Kansas City Royals (with a few new faces sprinkled in) gathered this week for spring training in Surprise, Ariz., but there was a different feeling on the field and in the stands.

Last fall, Royals fans departed from Kauffman Stadium subdued after losing Game 7 of the World Series. The San Francisco Giants denied the Royals and their fans a chance to celebrate their second World Series championship.

In the clubhouse, the atmosphere was somber, too. Outfielder Lorenzo Cain said the loss hurt.

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Arts & Culture
6:00 am
Fri February 27, 2015

Film Review: In The Oscar-Nominated 'Leviathan,' Russian Justice Is Fishy

A small Russian village struggles with local corruption in 'Leviathan.'
Credit Sony Pictures Classics

What starts as a seemingly benign spat over less than an acre of land turns toxic and deadly in Russian director Andrey Zvyagintsev's masterfully crafted Leviathan. A nominee for this year's Best Foreign Language Oscar, it focuses an intense gaze on a civil suit and the discordant parties whose lives are either pointlessly enriched or irrevocably destroyed.

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Education
7:48 pm
Thu February 26, 2015

Kansas Parents As Teachers Program Still Alive, For Now

The House Social Services Budget Committee changed its mind Wednesday, voting to shelve an earlier recommendation that could have led to the Parents as Teachers program being cut from the state budget.

“We’re going to have another hearing,” said Rep. Will Carpenter, a Republican from El Dorado and chairman of the committee.

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Heartland Health Monitor
4:14 pm
Thu February 26, 2015

Kansas House Leaders Reluctantly Agree To Medicaid Expansion Hearing

The odds that the Kansas Legislature will pass a Medicaid expansion bill this session remain long.

But they improved Thursday, however slightly, when conservative Republican leaders agreed to allow a hearing on expansion to avoid an immediate vote on the House floor.

Rep. Jim Ward, a Wichita Democrat, was attempting to amend his Medicaid expansion proposal into an unrelated bill. Uncertain how a vote might turn out, House leaders dropped their opposition to a hearing in exchange for Ward withdrawing his amendment.

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Football
2:30 pm
Thu February 26, 2015

NFL To Bring Hall Of Fame Exhibit To Union Station This Summer

The Lombardi trophy that will be part of the Gridiron Glory exhibit.
Cody Newill KCUR

The NFL's Pro Football Hall of Fame will be moving a portion of its collection into Union Station this summer. 

The "Gridiron Glory" exhibit is a self described "best-of" collection of the full Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio. More than 200 items like former Denver Broncos quarterback John Elway's jersey and vintage film footage of Super Bowls past will fill the exhibition.

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Central Standard
12:28 pm
Thu February 26, 2015

Leaving Kansas City: A Comics Writer Fed Up With Crime

Comic writer Kelly Sue DeConnick lives with her husband and their two children in Portland, Oregon.
Credit c/o Kelly Sue DeConnick

“Leaving Kansas City” is a series that shares the personal stories of why people decided to live somewhere else. It follows our series “Going to Kansas City.”

Kelly Sue DeConnick writes the comic books Pretty Deadly and Bitch Planet, and she writes for the Marvel Comics character Carol Danvers, aka Ms. Marvel.

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Heartland Health Monitor
11:18 am
Thu February 26, 2015

Three KC-Area Health Schools Team Up For Research On Muscle And Bone Disorders

Three local health sciences schools are partnering to do research on musculoskeletal disorders in what they described as the first collaborative effort of its kind among the three.

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Arts & Culture
11:13 am
Thu February 26, 2015

Budget Cuts Proposed For KCMO Cultural Organizations

Cultural organizations in Kansas City, Mo., such as the American Jazz Museum and the Kansas City Zoo, could be facing budget cuts.

The city’s proposed budget for the next fiscal year calls for the following reductions: 

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McTavish Weekend Extra
10:16 am
Thu February 26, 2015

6 Things To Do For A Laugh This Weekend In Kansas City

Get your laughs this weekend at Evening with the 'Rents, a night of comedy where the comics are all parents of children with autism.
Credit Courtesy / Evening with the 'Rents

There are lots of kinds of laughs – warm laughs, hysterical laughs, astonished laughs, cute laughs and sometimes even naughty laughs. And that’s just for starters.

You’re sure to find one or another that will suit you this weekend, whether that means busting a gut or merely having a good giggle. You can do it purely for a lark or maybe for a worthy cause that helps others.

Ah, so many laughs to be had, yet so little time. Better get going. It’ll be Monday before you know it.

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Government
8:33 am
Thu February 26, 2015

Kansas Senate Advances Bill Loosening Concealed Carry Rules

Kansans could carry a concealed gun without a permit under a bill that has advanced in the state Senate.
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Kansans could carry a concealed gun without a permit under a bill that has advanced in the state Senate. Currently, Kansans need to get a permit, which requires training and a background check.

Republican Sen. Jacob LaTurner says you can already openly carry a gun without a permit.

“This issue is about our 2nd Amendment right, which we’re guaranteed under the state Constitution and the federal Constitution. This bill gets us closer in line with what many of us believe was the intent,” says LaTurner.

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Government
8:14 am
Thu February 26, 2015

Kansas City Debates Dropping Liquor Card Requirement

"You need a liquor card for the job” is something job applicants often hear in Kansas City, Mo. But City Councilman Scott Wagner has introduced an ordinance to change that.

Kansas City requires the personal licenses for people who sell alcohol in the name of public safety – protecting credit cards and personal ID information from someone who has a serious felony record. 

But at a committee hearing on Wednesday, Laura McDonald of the More-Square Metro Organization for Racial and Economic Equity was one of several witnesses who questioned that logic.

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Government
7:42 am
Thu February 26, 2015

Kansas House Moves To Bar Political Candidates From Dropping Out Of Races

The Kansas House has advanced a bill that would bar political candidates from removing themselves from the ballot after the filing deadline. Currently, candidates can declare they can’t serve in office and have their name taking off the ballot before an election.

Republican Rep. Mark Kahrs repeatedly referenced Democrat Chad Taylor dropping out of the U.S. Senate race last year.

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Government
5:50 am
Thu February 26, 2015

States May Have To Pay Millions For Fighting Same-Sex Marriage Cases

Doug Bonney, legal director of the ACLU of Kansas.
Credit Peggy Lowe / KCUR

Doug Bonney keeps the envelope close by, tucked on top of the left side of his desk, about an inch thick and marked with his own handwriting: “Marriage Equality Case.”

Bonney, the legal director of the ACLU of Kansas, keeps it handy because he’s been busy filling it up. Over nearly five months, Bonney has represented two gay couples in their case against the state, who have succeeded, little by by little, in overturning the ban on same-sex marriage.

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Heartland Health Monitor
6:46 pm
Wed February 25, 2015

Kansas Senate Rejects Mental Health Drug Bill

The Kansas Senate on Wednesday rejected a bill that would have allowed KanCare, the state’s privatized Medicaid program, to regulate mental health patients’ access to antipsychotic medications.

Fifteen Senators voted for Senate Bill 123, while 25 voted against the measure.

Since 2002, Kansas law has guaranteed Medicaid patients access to whatever behavioral health drugs their physician or psychiatrist sees fit to prescribe.

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Up To Date
3:11 pm
Wed February 25, 2015

Kansas City Autograph Hound Says George Brett 'Will Give You An Earful'

Getting an autograph from baseball superstars can be pretty intense, says Ethan Roth, who collects and sells autographed baseball memorabilia full time.
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Before most of the Royals’ players and coaches reported for spring training, the graphers were there. Waiting.

What’s a grapher? The term is short for “autographer,” someone who devotes him- or herself to collecting player’s autographs.

“We go to the ballparks, team hotels, and some of us who are more extreme go to spring training and travel to the All Star games," said Ethan Roth, who acquires and sells baseball autographs for a living. "It’s basically the art of getting an autograph without paying for it."

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Heartland Health Monitor
2:41 pm
Wed February 25, 2015

Kansas Lawmakers Shelving Mid-Level Dental Provider Bill

Legislation to allow Kansas dental hygienists with advanced training to provide a broader range of services isn’t likely to survive approaching deadlines that restrict the number of bills lawmakers can consider during the remainder of their session.

Because they are non-budget bills that haven’t advanced in either legislative chamber, the bills authorizing the licensing of registered dental practitioners (RDPs) likely will be set aside for the remainder of the session.

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