News http://kcur.org en Sneak Peek: Second Fridays In Kansas City http://kcur.org/post/sneak-peek-second-fridays-kansas-city <p>So — maybe First Fridays in the <a href="http://kccrossroads.org/">Crossroads Arts District</a> is a little too crowded for you. How about Second Fridays?</p><p>Some Kansas City metropolitan area galleries have started opening their doors on the second Fridays of the month to host new exhibitions or simply provide a less elbow-to-elbow opportunity to view the artwork.</p><p>Here's what's on tap:</p> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 20:31:42 +0000 Laura Spencer 58764 at http://kcur.org Sneak Peek: Second Fridays In Kansas City Kansas Official: No Backlog In Processing Of Medicaid Applications http://kcur.org/post/kansas-official-no-backlog-processing-medicaid-applications <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A Kansas state official insists there’s no backlog of Medicaid applications in the state, saying federal concerns have more to do with state and government computer systems not sharing information with each other.</span></p><p></p><p>Sara Belfry, a spokesperson for the Kansas Department of Health and Environment,&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">said all of the state’s Medicaid applications are being processed within the 45-day period that’s allowed by the Centers for Medicare &amp; Medicaid Services (CMS).</span></p><p></p> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 20:20:53 +0000 Dave Ranney 58766 at http://kcur.org TIMELINE: A Look Back At 40 Years Of Kansas City's Kemper Arena http://kcur.org/post/timeline-look-back-40-years-kansas-citys-kemper-arena <p>It's easy to forget about Kemper Arena.</p><p>Nestled down in the south end of the West Bottoms in Kansas City, Mo., the aging arena has seen better days. Since 2007, the Sprint Center has hosted virtually all the big-name events coming through town, leaving Kemper&nbsp;nearly inactive for long periods of time.</p> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 20:11:19 +0000 Cody Newill 58751 at http://kcur.org TIMELINE: A Look Back At 40 Years Of Kansas City's Kemper Arena Your Guide To KC Fringe, By The Numbers http://kcur.org/post/your-guide-kc-fringe-numbers <p><span>In 2004, when Kansas City launched its first fringe festival</span><a href="http://www.kcfringe.org/"> </a>as a showcase for experimental work, the event hosted 30 performances over three days.</p><p><a href="http://www.kcfringe.org/">KC Fringe </a>is now an 11-day festival, and includes nearly 400 performances by more than 100 artists in venues from downtown Kansas City, Mo., to the Country Club Plaza.</p> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 14:22:16 +0000 Laura Spencer 58357 at http://kcur.org Your Guide To KC Fringe, By The Numbers KCI Commission 'Overwhelmingly' Favors One-Terminal Plan http://kcur.org/post/kci-commission-overwhelmingly-favors-one-terminal-plan <p>The recommendation to replace the three terminals at the Kansas City International Airport with one new building is still controversial among the general public.</p><p>But according to its final report, the mayor's airport advisory commission didn't find it was controversial at all.</p><p>Commission co-chairman Dave Fowler said Thursday that the panel began its study of the airport as a group divided in opinion, but finished in nearly complete agreement.</p> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 13:39:15 +0000 Steve Bell 58745 at http://kcur.org KCI Commission 'Overwhelmingly' Favors One-Terminal Plan Fellowship Projects Seek To Reinvigorate Kansas City Schools http://kcur.org/post/fellowship-projects-seek-reinvigorate-kansas-city-schools <p>A new program is taking an entrepreneurial approach to tackling the longstanding problem of education in Kansas City, Mo.&nbsp;</p><p>The Lean Lab at the Sprint Accelerator will announce six projects to help area schools Friday afternoon.&nbsp;</p><p>For the past four weeks, fellows at the Lean Lab have been cooking up practical, simple ideas to reinvigorate education in Kansas City.</p><p>For example, one fellow is working on a grading system that will use smartphones and tablets to help track students' progress assignment by assignment.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 13:32:51 +0000 Cody Newill 58724 at http://kcur.org Fellowship Projects Seek To Reinvigorate Kansas City Schools University Of Missouri Sets Fundraising Record http://kcur.org/post/university-missouri-sets-fundraising-record <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Donors deposited a record-breaking amount of money into the University of Missouri’s coffers last fiscal year.</span></p><p>The university in Columbia, Mo., beat its 2013-14 fiscal year goal of raising $150 million by pulling in $164.5 million.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">The amount broke the previous record of $160 million raised in fiscal year 2008. </span></p> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 13:32:15 +0000 Ben Palosaari 58714 at http://kcur.org University Of Missouri Sets Fundraising Record New Opera 'Red Death' To Premiere At KC Fringe Festival http://kcur.org/post/new-opera-red-death-premiere-kc-fringe-festival <p></p><p>Edgar Allen Poe's 1842 short story "<a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Masque_of_the_Red_Death">The Masque of the Red Death</a>" serves as the inspiration for a new opera called "Red Death" that premieres next week in Kansas City, Mo.</p><p>The opera will be part of the KC Fringe Festival.</p> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 13:26:38 +0000 Julie Denesha 58462 at http://kcur.org New Opera 'Red Death' To Premiere At KC Fringe Festival World's Tallest Water Slide Opens In Kansas City, Kansas http://kcur.org/post/worlds-tallest-water-slide-opens-kansas-city-kansas <p>After much ado, the world’s tallest water slide is now open to the public. Verrückt — which is German for insane, by the way — plunges 17 stories to take the record, previously held for more than a decade by a giant slide in Brazil.</p><p>Design problems repeatedly pushed back the launch. We figured, since no one in their right mind would be one of the first to ride it, we’d send Frank Morris down it.</p><p><strong>The approach to the slide</strong></p> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 22:17:35 +0000 Frank Morris 58701 at http://kcur.org World's Tallest Water Slide Opens In Kansas City, Kansas Meet The Eyes And Ears Of Kansas City's Ivanhoe Neighborhood http://kcur.org/post/meet-eyes-and-ears-kansas-citys-ivanhoe-neighborhood <p></p><p></p><p>Ida Dockary and Florence Hayden have seen it all during the 55 years they’ve lived on the 3800 block of the&nbsp;Ivanhoe&nbsp;neighborhood in Kansas City, Mo., just a few doors down from one another.</p> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 21:49:19 +0000 Laura Ziegler 58675 at http://kcur.org Meet The Eyes And Ears Of Kansas City's Ivanhoe Neighborhood Public Transit Tops Locals’ Wish List For Kansas City http://kcur.org/post/public-transit-tops-locals-wish-list-kansas-city <p></p><p>More bus routes. More bike lanes. More sidewalks and more direct flights out of Kansas City International Airport.</p><p>Those were some of the recurring requests we received from Kansas Citians this week, in addition to a widespread call for commuter rail in the metropolitan area.</p> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 21:22:34 +0000 Alyson Raletz 58715 at http://kcur.org Public Transit Tops Locals’ Wish List For Kansas City Hundreds Learn Mental Health First Aid At City-Wide Training Events http://kcur.org/post/hundreds-learn-mental-health-first-aid-city-wide-training-events <p>At the Kauffman Foundation Conference Center on Thursday afternoon, Eyvette Carter struggled to carry on a basic conversation with her husband, Warren.</p><p>She was distracted in no small part by Karl Chaney whispering in her ear.</p><p>“Don’t trust him. Is he looking at you? Why would he want to talk to you?” Chaney said.</p><p>The group was taking part in an auditory hallucination simulation, designed to demonstrate the experience of a psychotic episode.</p> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 21:09:35 +0000 Alex Smith 58713 at http://kcur.org Hundreds Learn Mental Health First Aid At City-Wide Training Events Missouri Creates Unique Medical Classification: Assistant Physician http://kcur.org/post/missouri-creates-unique-medical-classification-assistant-physician <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Missouri now boasts a new category of medical licensee: assistant physicians.</span></p><p>Despite strong opposition from some healthcare groups, Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon on Thursday signed into law a measure that would allow medical school graduates who have not completed residencies – or even obtained medical licenses — to practice medicine.</p><p>Nixon, however, issued signing statements warning of the need for additional safeguards to ensure that patients are not placed in jeopardy.</p> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 20:42:03 +0000 Dan Margolies 58712 at http://kcur.org Missouri Creates Unique Medical Classification: Assistant Physician Dental Funds For The Poor Caught In Missouri Budget Battle http://kcur.org/post/dental-funds-poor-caught-missouri-budget-battle-0 <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Roughly</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> $18 million that would restore basic dental benefits for hundreds of thousands of low-income Missouri adults is in limbo because of a sweeping budget action by </span>Gov<span style="line-height: 1.5;">. Jay Nixon.</span></p><p>Acting under what he termed his constitutional duty to balance the state budget, Nixon late last month restricted or vetoed approximately $1.1 billion in spending for the fiscal year that began July 1.</p> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 19:40:47 +0000 Mike Sherry 58699 at http://kcur.org Dental Funds For The Poor Caught In Missouri Budget Battle Feds Demand Medicaid Backlog Fixes In Kansas http://kcur.org/post/feds-demand-medicaid-backlog-fixes-kansas <p><strong>Kaiser Health News&nbsp;</strong></p><p>Tired of waiting for states to reduce their backlogs of Medicaid applications, the Obama administration has given Kansas and five other states until Monday to submit plans to resolve issues that have prevented more than 1 million low-income or disabled people from getting health coverage.</p><p>Besides Kansas, the targeted states are Alaska, California, Michigan, Missouri and Tennessee.</p> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 19:22:00 +0000 Phil Galewitz 58690 at http://kcur.org Need A Birth Certificate To Vote In Kansas? Douglas County Promises Help http://kcur.org/post/need-birth-certificate-vote-kansas-douglas-county-promises-help <p>The Douglas County clerk says his office will offer financial assistance to residents who need an out-of-state birth certificate to prove their citizenship and comply with Kansas' voter identification law.</p><p>County Clerk Jamie Shew says the current law creates two classes of Kansans: Those who were born in-state and can get a free birth certificate, and those who were born out-of-state and must pay to get a birth certificate.</p> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 17:12:14 +0000 Elle Moxley 58681 at http://kcur.org Need A Birth Certificate To Vote In Kansas? Douglas County Promises Help EPA Promotes Water Rule To Farmers http://kcur.org/post/epa-promotes-water-rule-farmers <p style="margin-bottom: 20px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; font-family: 'PT Sans', sans-serif;"><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The head of the Environmental Protection Agency is touring farm country, trying to assure farmers that the agency isn’t asking for more authority over farmers and ranchers’ lands.</span></p> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 14:40:53 +0000 Kristofor Husted 58667 at http://kcur.org EPA Promotes Water Rule To Farmers LISTEN: World Cup Songs From Around The Globe In Kansas City http://kcur.org/post/listen-world-cup-songs-around-globe-kansas-city <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Of the 32 national soccer teams that made it to Brazil for the FIFA World Cup this&nbsp;year, Germany and Argentina</span><em style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</em><span style="line-height: 1.5;">will face off at 2 p.m. Sunday</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">.</span></p> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 14:05:00 +0000 Suzanne Hogan 58640 at http://kcur.org LISTEN: World Cup Songs From Around The Globe In Kansas City Parting Questions For The Rep's Kyle Hatley http://kcur.org/post/parting-questions-reps-kyle-hatley <p>The Kansas City Repertory Theatre announced this month that Kyle Hatley,&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">associate artistic director,</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;plans to relocate to Chicago in August.</span></p><p>Hatley, a 33-year-old native of Memphis, started working at the Rep in 2008. During his time in Kansas City, Mo., he's earned a reputation as an energizing force in the theater community — as an actor and director, as well as the creator of innovative new works at the KC Fringe Festival and the Living Room.</p> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 13:30:00 +0000 Laura Spencer 58609 at http://kcur.org Parting Questions For The Rep's Kyle Hatley Power And Light Building Could Become Apartments With Council Vote http://kcur.org/post/power-and-light-building-could-become-apartments-council-vote <p><strong>&nbsp;Updated 6:11 p.m.:</strong></p><p>The Kansas City City Council has postponed the vote on the Power and Light building so city officials can conduct another hearing on the proposal's financial implications.</p><p><em>The original post begins here:</em></p><p>The Kansas City City Council votes Thursday afternoon on declaring the historic Power and Light Building and several blocks surrounding it a blighted area.</p> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 11:46:20 +0000 Steve Bell 58661 at http://kcur.org Power And Light Building Could Become Apartments With Council Vote Futsal Soccer Catches On In Kansas City http://kcur.org/post/futsal-soccer-catches-kansas-city <p></p><p>The soccer craze in the Kansas City area wasn’t just captured in the Power &amp; Light District watch parties for the World Cup games.</p><p>It’s evident on full-size soccer fields on both sides of the state line. But the metropolitan area's newest soccer passion may be churning up on mini-courts in Kansas City, Kan.</p> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 11:00:00 +0000 Greg Echlin 58644 at http://kcur.org Futsal Soccer Catches On In Kansas City Missouri To Step Up Oversight Of Child Care Providers http://kcur.org/post/missouri-step-oversight-child-care-providers <p>There are roughly 2,300 child care providers in Missouri that don't have to follow any kind of health and safety regulations&nbsp;– a huge problem for parents trying to find suitable day care for their children.</p><p>"There are some folks out there who, either through negligence or circumstance, should not be in the business of providing child care," says Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon, "and there's very little to stop them from setting up a sign, &nbsp;throwing a swing set out back and calling themselves a childcare provider."</p> Wed, 09 Jul 2014 19:35:38 +0000 Elle Moxley 58615 at http://kcur.org Missouri To Step Up Oversight Of Child Care Providers The Story Behind Kansas City's House Of Cards http://kcur.org/post/story-behind-kansas-citys-house-cards <p>Have you ever driven through the Historic Northeast neighborhood in Kansas City, Mo., and seen a building with playing cards instead of windows?&nbsp;</p><p>That's the house of cards, an abandoned apartment building at 7th and Indiana streets, that community members used to create public art. After a couple of years of dormancy, there's now some renewed interest to continue the effort.</p><p>Here's the story of how that project began:&nbsp;</p><p>A couple years back, the Historic Northeast neighborhood in Kansas City, Mo., had a problem.</p> Wed, 09 Jul 2014 17:52:50 +0000 Cara McClain 58599 at http://kcur.org The Story Behind Kansas City's House Of Cards Brady Group Sues Over Kansas Law Voiding Federal Gun Rules http://kcur.org/post/brady-group-sues-over-kansas-law-voiding-federal-gun-rules <p></p><p>A national gun control group on Wednesday challenged the constitutionality of a Kansas law that nullifies federal gun laws in the state.</p><p>In a lawsuit filed in federal court in Kansas City, Kan., The Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence alleges the law’s provisions are “unconstitutional on their face under long-standing, fundamental legal principles.”</p><p>“Neither the Kansas legislature, nor any state legislature, is empowered to declare federal law ‘invalid,’ or to criminalize the enforcement of federal law,” the complaint asserts.</p> Wed, 09 Jul 2014 15:41:26 +0000 Dan Margolies 58602 at http://kcur.org Brady Group Sues Over Kansas Law Voiding Federal Gun Rules My Farm Roots: Touch The Ground http://kcur.org/post/my-farm-roots-touch-ground <p>As a young man, Elisha Pullen never imagined he would spend his days on the farm.</p><p>Growing up near rural Bell City in southeastern Missouri’s “Bootheel” region, Pullen longed to leave the farm and get an education.</p><p>“I grew up in the day and time when we had to do a lot of chopping and stuff like that. Hard labor,” Pullen said. “I’m going to college, I’m getting my degree and I’m going to work in the air conditioning.”</p> Wed, 09 Jul 2014 14:38:50 +0000 Jacob McCleland 58598 at http://kcur.org My Farm Roots: Touch The Ground KU's Edwards Campus To Add Five New Advanced Degree Options http://kcur.org/post/kus-edwards-campus-add-five-new-advanced-degree-options <p>Professionals seeking advanced degrees from the University of Kansas will have five new opportunities from the Overland Park-based Edwards campus starting this fall.&nbsp;</p><p>The five new degree programs are for graduate students in<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;education, business, accounting and international studies.</span></p> Wed, 09 Jul 2014 14:27:58 +0000 Cody Newill 58593 at http://kcur.org KU's Edwards Campus To Add Five New Advanced Degree Options WATCH: 'The Winter’s Tale’ Set Comes Down http://kcur.org/post/watch-winter-s-tale-set-comes-down <p>The sound of power drills pierced the air on a humid Monday morning as several dozen crew members dismantled the set of "The Winter’s Tale" in Southmoreland Park in Kansas City, Mo.<br /><br />The evening glow from the set’s blue and gray spires had long faded. From a grassy hill, <a href="http://tenthmusemusic.com">Greg Mackender</a>, resident composer and musician for the <a href="http://www.kcshakes.org">Heart of America Shakespeare Festival</a> stood taking photographs on his camera phone before packing away his instruments.</p> Wed, 09 Jul 2014 14:00:00 +0000 Julie Denesha 58512 at http://kcur.org WATCH: 'The Winter’s Tale’ Set Comes Down Some Missouri Immigrants Can Tap Into Scholarship Fund http://kcur.org/post/some-missouri-immigrants-can-tap-scholarship-fund <p>The Missouri Department of Higher Education is opening up a community college scholarship program to young adults who were brought to the United States illegally as children.</p><p>That means students who qualify for the program, called Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals,&nbsp;will be able to trade tutoring hours for two years of tuition reimbursement through the A+ Scholarship Program.&nbsp;</p><p>The deferred action program is tied to an Obama administration initiative that started in 2012.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 08 Jul 2014 22:27:53 +0000 Elle Moxley 58577 at http://kcur.org Some Missouri Immigrants Can Tap Into Scholarship Fund Immigrants Bring Power Soccer To Kansas City's Historic Northeast http://kcur.org/post/immigrants-bring-power-soccer-kansas-citys-historic-northeast <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Coach </span>Foday<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> </span>Kamara<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> is proud that countries in the World Cup are represented among the immigrants living in the Historic Northeast neighborhood in Kansas City, Mo. </span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Kamara — an immigrant from Sierra Leone - has been in the United States for nine years. He was a professional soccer player before he came.&nbsp;</span></p> Tue, 08 Jul 2014 20:50:12 +0000 Laura Ziegler 58284 at http://kcur.org Immigrants Bring Power Soccer To Kansas City's Historic Northeast Kansas Schools Won't Get Report Cards After Hackers Stymie Tests http://kcur.org/post/kansas-schools-wont-get-report-cards-after-hackers-stymie-tests <p>The Kansas State Board of Education agreed Tuesday to throw out data from this year's math and reading exams after hackers disrupted the spring standardized tests.</p><p>The decision means the state won't be issuing school report cards this fall.</p><p>"We just didn't have faith that the data were going to give an accurate picture of where the students in Kansas are in relation to the new cognitive standards," says Mariane Perie, director of the Center for Education Testing and Evaluation&nbsp;at the University of Kansas.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 08 Jul 2014 20:38:40 +0000 Elle Moxley 58558 at http://kcur.org Kansas Schools Won't Get Report Cards After Hackers Stymie Tests