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Heartland Health Monitor
5:57 pm
Mon October 20, 2014

KanCare Initiative Concerns Parents Of Developmentally Disabled Adults

Nearly 200 parents, case workers, service providers and state officials attended a town hall meeting last week at Overland Park Christian Church, where a new health home initiative for developmentally disabled Kansans was discussed.
Credit Dave Ranney / KHI News Service

 

 

Parents of adult children with developmental disabilities say state officials are breaking a pledge made during negotiations last year that led legislators to include Medicaid-funded home- and community-based services for the developmentally disabled in the state's KanCare program.

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Community
2:17 pm
Mon October 20, 2014

Kansas City Middle Easterners Come Together To Seek Out News From Home

Fariz Turkmani streams videos from Arab news sites for information from his home in Syria.
Credit Lisa Rodriguez / KCUR

For the last few weeks the American public has been inundated with news about Ebola, leaving other news — like the ongoing crisis in Syria and the Middle East — in the background. But for many Middle Easterners in Kansas City, news from home remains important, and they often struggle to find information.

As a result, many Kansas Citians who have family afar have turned to each other for support, crossing  religious and political boundaries that may have divided them at home.

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Election 2014
12:15 pm
Mon October 20, 2014

Super PAC Millions Help Tighten Kansas Senate Race

A still from a political ad funded by Freedom Partners Action Fund, a super PAC funded by the Koch Brothers of Kansas for GOP incumbent Sen. Pat Roberts.
Credit FPAF, via youTube

For a guy not running for election this year, we sure have seen a lot of President Obama in Kansas.

In just one of several ads opposing Independent Greg Orman, black-and-white video of Obama walking down a White House hallway turns to a colorful sunrise above a broad stretch of prairie.

“It’s a simple question,” the ad says. “Do you support President Obama and his liberal agenda? Or do you believe Kansas and America can do better?”

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Heartland Health Monitor
11:50 am
Mon October 20, 2014

Measles, Pertussis Vex Kansas Health Workers As Ebola Steals Headlines

Pottawatomie County has seen a surge of pertussis cases this year, with more than 100 to date. The Pottawatomie County Health Department building, on Main Street in Westmoreland, is at far right.
Credit Andy Marso / KHI News Service

 

Even as local health officials prepare for the unlikely event of an Ebola outbreak in Kansas, some have had their hands full trying to convince people in their communities to take basic measures to contain the spread of more prevalent, contagious and preventable diseases like measles and pertussis.

Kansas has seen spikes in both illnesses this year, leading some health officials to issue orders of quarantine and others to ask people to voluntarily stay home.

Those requests were not always well-received.

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Foreclosures
11:25 am
Mon October 20, 2014

Foreclosure Rates Plummet In Kansas And Missouri

Foreclosure rates in Kansas and Missouri dropped significantly during the third quarter of 2014.
Credit BasicGov / Flickr-CC

New numbers on foreclosures in Missouri and Kansas show promising signs of economic stability for both states.

Real estate information company RealtyTrac reports that foreclosure rates in Kansas dropped 31 percent from July to September. In Missouri, the numbers dropped even lower for the same period — a 45.5 percent decrease.

RealtyTrac spokeswoman Ginny Walker said that in terms of foreclosures, both states are back to pre-housing crisis numbers. She attributes the progress to consistently low unemployment rates in both states.

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Arts & Culture
11:08 am
Mon October 20, 2014

Here Are The Prophetic Lyrics To Viral 'Royals' Parody Song

Aaron Lage, writer of prophetic Lorde parody lyrics.
Credit Aaron Lage

Among the many non-team winners of the Kansas City Royals' improbable World Series run are Kansas City musician John Long and his friend Aaron Lage, who created what's now known by 243,290 (and counting) YouTube viewers as simply "Lorde - 'Royals' Parody|Kansas City 'Royals.'"

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Sports
10:09 am
Mon October 20, 2014

Meet The Team Standing Between The Royals And A World Series Title

After winning the World Series in both 2010 and 2012, the Giants are looking for more even-year magic against the Royals.
Credit randychiu / Creative Commons

The A’s: beaten. The Angels: swept. The Orioles: taken care of.

The Royals have sliced through the competition in this year’s playoffs, leaving them American League champions and one of just two teams left standing.

The San Francisco Giants dispatched the Pirates, Nationals and Cardinals to win the National League pennant and reach the World Series. Now, the first team to win four games will be crowned World Champion.

Meet the team standing between the Royals and the team’s second World Series title:

Team: San Francisco Giants

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Harvest Public Media
7:59 am
Mon October 20, 2014

Farmers Gear Up For Record Harvest, Brace For Lower Prices

Nationwide, farmers are expected to harvest record-breaking amounts of corn and soybeans this year.
Credit Grant Gerlock / Harvest Public Media

U.S. farmers are bringing in what’s expected to be a record-breaking harvest for both corn and soybeans. But all that productivity has a big financial downside: plunging prices that have many Midwest farmers hoping to merely break-even on this year’s crop.

Farmers will haul in 4 billion bushels of soybeans and 14.5 billion bushels of corn, according to USDA estimates. Those are record-breaking numbers, made possible by producers planting more corn and soybean acres and near-perfect weather in the Corn Belt.

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Central Standard
7:54 am
Mon October 20, 2014

Kansas City’s West Africans Fight Ebola In Their Home Countries And Stigma Here

Liberians worship at the Konobo language service at the Lutheran Church of Our Redeemer in Kansas City's historic northeast neighborhood.
Sylvia Maria Gross KCUR

Djenabou Balde has been calling her daughter in Guinea every day to plead with her not to leave the house.

“I always say, ‘Keep the kids in the house. Make sure they are clean. Do not go to any function.’” Balde says. “She can hear me maybe today and tomorrow, forget, so I keep on calling every day.”

Balde moved to Kansas City 10 years ago from Guinea, where the recent Ebola outbreak began. Members of her family are either in quarantine, or just staying home to be safe.

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Kemper Arena
7:52 am
Sun October 19, 2014

American Royal Still Wants $30 Million For Kemper Plan

City council will decide if Kemper Arena should be renovated or razed soon.
Credit bizjournals.com

The city council found out Friday that they were wrong in their assumption that Cerner Founder Neal Patterson's offer to pay the costs of razing Kemper Arena to make way for a smaller facility would knock down their asking price. 

Attorney Chase Simmons told the council that despite Patterson's remark to a civic group, the American Royal Board has not reduced the amount of incentives it is asking for to $25 million.

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Government
7:47 am
Sun October 19, 2014

Residential Development A Poser For Committees Revising Incentives

Two Kansas City council committees are facing difficulties coming up with hard numbers as they delve into the mayor's request for a more consistent process in determining how large incentives for property developers.

Some school and library districts and many taxpayers complain that the city gives up tax revenues that could be put to good use. Some contend that for-profit businesses should pay their own way, without any tax abatement.

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Arts & Culture
3:07 pm
Fri October 17, 2014

Horace Washington, Kansas City Saxophone And Flute Player, Dies

(left to right) American Jazz Museum's Greg Carroll, jazz historian Chuck Haddix, and musicians Horace Washington and Bobby Watson participated in a recent panel about the legacy of Charlie Parker at the American Jazz Museum.
Credit courtesy: American Jazz Museum

The American Jazz Museum is reporting the death of musician Horace Washington, 62, posting this today on the museum's Facebook page: “The Board and Staff of the American Jazz Museum are saddened to pass along the news that HORACE WASHINGTON has passed away.”

Washington, a saxophonist and flute player who grew up in Kansas City, Kan., had been dealing with some health issues for the past couple of years, says Chris Burnett, marketing and communications manager for the museum.

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Central Standard
2:53 pm
Fri October 17, 2014

Composer Jeffrey Ruckman Knows His Tools, His Obsessions And His City

Jeffrey Ruckman's Kansas City home is full of instruments, familiar and unfamiliar.
Credit Paul Andrews

When Central Standard thought about asking Jeffrey Ruckman to create new theme music for the show, one of the things that made him appealing was his masterfully offbeat, genre-bending tendency.

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Arts & Culture
12:34 pm
Fri October 17, 2014

Opera Star Joyce DiDonato Says She'll Sing National Anthem If MLB Asks

Joyce DiDonato grew up in Prairie Village, Kan., and has been a Royals fan for decades.
Credit courtesy: Joyce DiDonato

Update Monday, 4:45 pm: Kansas City’s homegrown opera diva Joyce DiDonato won’t be singing the National Anthem during the World Series, at least during the first four games.

A vigorous social media campaign, including an online petition signed by more than 3,000, lobbied Major League Baseball to #letjoycesing.  

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Government
12:30 pm
Fri October 17, 2014

Low-Income Property Developer Files Fair Housing Complaint Against Kansas City

A Maine-based development company that owns several low-income housing units in Kansas City, Mo., filed a federal fair housing complaint against the city Thursday.

The Eagle Point Companies alleges the city and various city officials intentionally discriminated "against African-Americans who reside and/or who seek to reside in Bainbridge, Georgian Court and Linda Vista Apartments located in the Hyde Park neighborhood of Kansas City, Missouri," according to the complaint.

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Kansas City Royals
11:18 am
Fri October 17, 2014

Korean Royals Fan SungWoo Lee To Return For World Series

South Korean Royals fan SungWoo Lee is going to return to Kansas City for game one of the World Series.
Credit SungWoo Lee - Twitter

A Twitter movement to bring South Korean Royals fan SungWoo Lee back to Kansas City, Mo., for the World Series has triumphed. 

After the Royals swept the Baltimore Orioles Wednesday, fans took to Twitter with the hashtags #BringBackSungWoo and #SungWooSeries to lobby for Lee's return.

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Harvest Public Media
9:48 am
Fri October 17, 2014

Foodborne Illnesses Could Cost U.S. $15 Billion

Pathogens that can cause foodborne illness are often ingested by incorrectly cooked meat.
Credit taryn / Flickr--CC

Americans had to dig deep into their wallets to cover costs associated with foodborne illnesses, according to new estimates from the U.S. Department Agriculture.

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Arts & Culture
6:51 am
Fri October 17, 2014

Arts Leaders Dream Of Erasing The Kansas-Missouri State Line; Artists Cross It

Two states, two major art museums with two dramatic buildings: The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art (top) is in Kansas City, Mo., and the Nerman Museum of Art is in Overland Park, Kan.
Credit Courtesy / Nelson-Atkins and Nerman Museum

Harlan Brownlee wishes he could just erase the state line dividing Missouri and Kansas.

In fact, Brownlee knows how he’d do it. He’s the president of ArtsKC, a non-profit that makes grants and provides other resources to artists throughout the five-county metropolitan region. So, in his vivid imagination, he gets his hands on one of the giant Typewriter Erasers by Shuttlecocks sculptors Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen and rolls it down State Line Road.

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Politics
6:46 am
Fri October 17, 2014

Sen. Moran Pushing For Travel Ban From West Africa

Kansas Republican Sen. Jerry Moran is pushing for a travel ban to stop people coming from west Africa into the United States. While visiting the University of Kansas Hospital, Moran said he hopes a travel ban could help stop the spread of Ebola from Africa.

Moran says there aren't currently any direct commercial flights from west Africa to the U.S. He says a travel ban would need to be a cooperative effort between the U.S. and countries that may send people from west Africa to America.

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Education
6:12 am
Fri October 17, 2014

Program Helps Kansas City-Area Students Create Technology, Not Just Use It

Bradley Covington, a senior at Lee’s Summit North High School in Lee's Summit, Mo., remembers well the time he planned out Santa Claus’s Christmas Eve route. 

“We had to think of all the problems we could face: where he would travel, the direction he would travel, how he’s going to travel to all these places,” he says. “We had to actually specifically look up the time zones, to find which ones Christmas would fall in first.”

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Arts & Culture
6:08 am
Fri October 17, 2014

Film Review: A Palestinian Son Spies On His Father In 'The Green Prince'

Mosab Hassan Yousef and Gonen Ben Yitzhak in 'The Green Prince.'
Credit Music Box Films

Is selling one’s soul to a parent’s worst enemy justified if it means avoiding torture, prison, or much worse? Such is the quandary at the crux of Nadav Schirman’s documentary The Green Prince, a tense and dense examination into how Mosab Hassan Yousef, a young Palestinian whose father was a founder of Hamas, ended up an informant for the Israeli security force known as Shin Bet. By the time viewers reach its bittersweet climax, prior documentaries about guarded family secrets will seem like Saturday-morning cartoons.

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Sports
10:15 pm
Thu October 16, 2014

Royals To Face San Francisco Giants In World Series

Fox sports reporter Erin Andrews talks with Giants player Travis Ichikawa after he hit the game-winning homerun.
Credit Fox Sports

The Kansas City Royals will face off against the San Francisco Giants in the 2014 World Series.

The Giants secured their spot as the NLCS Champions Thursday, beating the St. Louis Cardinals 6-3 in San Francisco. The game was the fifth in a best-of-seven series to clinch the pennant.

The Giants tied up the score 3-3 in the bottom of the eighth with a solo homerun from Michael Morse. After switching out the pitcher in the top of the ninth, they kept the score tied into the bottom of the inning.

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Election 2014
4:06 pm
Thu October 16, 2014

Democrat Accuses SOS Kris Kobach Of Lying About Voter ID Law

Secretary of State Kris Kobach, right, the GOP incumbent, met Democratic challenger Jean Schodorf in a debate on KCUR's "Up To Date" on Thursday.
Credit Alyson Raletz / KCUR

The ever-tightening race for Secretary of State in Kansas is also becoming a war of words, as Democratic challenger Jean Schodorf accused Republican incumbent Kris Kobach of lying to the Legislature to get his restrictive voter law passed.

Schodorf, now a Democrat who served in the state Senate as a Republican, admitted during a debate on KCUR’s Up To Date, that she had voted for the 2011 law. But, she said, Kobach either lied or couldn’t implement the law, which has become “government at its worst.”

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Sports
3:53 pm
Thu October 16, 2014

The 10 Best Major League Baseball Players Raised In Kansas City

Frank White, one of Kansas City's best and possibly its most popular baseball player.
Credit baseball card image

The Kansas City area has a long and rich baseball history.

This year's Royals team is just another chapter.

With that in mind, this longtime Kansas City baseball fan came up with a list of the top 10 Big Leaguers who hail from Kansas City.

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Tell KCUR
3:49 pm
Thu October 16, 2014

How Kansas City Opinions Have Changed On Same-Sex Marriage

Margo Lauer, right, went with her partner, Sheila Hafner, and their son, Thomas Miller, to apply for a marriage license in Johnson County on Oct. 9. The Merriam couple held a commitment ceremony 11 years ago.
Credit Elle Moxley / KCUR

As public opinion changes and support for same-sex marriage increases across the United States, we reached out to Kansas Citians to see whether their views had taken a turn.

Our curiosity comes as the state of Kansas is making moves toward and away from making gay unions legal in the Sunflower State.  

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Arts & Culture
3:48 pm
Thu October 16, 2014

Now That Kansas City Has A Film Office, Maybe Directors Will Film Here

Reese Witherspoon plays a woman who helps four Sudanese refugees resettle in the United States. It was filmed in Atlanta, Georgia, and South Africa.
Credit Bob Mahoney / courtesy: Warner Brothers

Kansas City has been missing out on valuable economic development – and image enhancement – opportunities by not having a fully staffed film office, but that should change now that Stephane Scupham has joined the Visit KC tourism office as film and new media manager.

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Central Standard
1:37 pm
Thu October 16, 2014

The Story Behind The 'Royal' Newspaper Every Kansas Citian Will Save

Charles Gooch waits for the game to end and photos to start coming in before he can start designing page one of the Kansas City Star.

Kansas City Star designer Charles Gooch sits in the center of the newsroom, surrounded by televisions. He knows that this is going to be one of the front pages that people save for posterity.

“A lot of my friends on Twitter tell me no pressure, that they want to see the definitive A1 that they can put in their files and hang up on their walls,” Gooch says.

It’s the bottom of the 8th, Royals are winning 2-1, and Gooch is staring at a blank page with just the masthead. He’s getting the rest of the paper designed, so he’s ready as soon as the game ends.

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Kansas City Royals
12:43 pm
Thu October 16, 2014

Which Team Would The Royals Rather Face In The World Series?

The Royals will either face the San Francisco Giants or the St. Louis Cardinals in the World Series
Credit St. Louis Cardinals / San Francisco Giants / MLB

The Kansas City Royals clinched the American League Championship against the Baltimore Orioles Wednesday, and will move on to the World Series for the first time in 29 years. 

Fans are celebrating the historic moment, but the boys in blue aren't out of the woods just yet.

Now the question is which team will they face off against: the St. Louis Cardinals or the San Francisco Giants? And which would be a better matchup?

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Royals
11:21 am
Thu October 16, 2014

Listen To The Staff At WYPR In Baltimore Congratulate The Royals

Kansas City Royals player Lorenzo Cain takes a swing as teammate Eric Hosmer stands on deck.
Credit John Spertus / for KCUR

Last week, the NPR station in Baltimore, WYPR, made a wager with us over the ALCS Championship: If the Orioles take the pennant, the staff at KCUR must produce a radio spot of at least 30 seconds congratulating their team and if we win, they will produce a spot congratulating the Royals.

Well, we all know who came out on top.

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Arts & Culture
10:04 am
Thu October 16, 2014

6 Things For Food And Drink Lovers To Do This Weekend In Kansas City

It wouldn't be a Kansas City weekend without a little barbecue.
Joe Newman Flickr -- CC

We all must eat and drink. But sometimes it seems like we’re just absorbing fuel, rather than being delighted by our dietary decisions. Not this weekend!

That which is consumed so that we may press on can provide greater meaning — as well as a greater waistline —when folks gather around the metro to make a fuss over chili, barbecue, beer, wine and more.

And, remember, it’s the greater meaning that makes the difference at the table – along with maybe a napkin.

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