News http://kcur.org en KCK Clinic That Provided Abortions Closes http://kcur.org/post/kck-clinic-provided-abortions-closes <p>Aid for Women, a Kansas City, Kan., clinic that provided abortion services, closed Saturday, leaving only three clinics in the state that provide abortions.</p><p>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.</p> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 22:50:22 +0000 Dan Margolies 59625 at http://kcur.org Carondelet Health Agrees To Sell Two KC-Area Hospitals http://kcur.org/post/carondelet-health-agrees-sell-two-kc-area-hospitals <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">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 </span>Carondelet<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Health, the parties announced Monday.</span></p> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 22:30:44 +0000 Mike Sherry 59624 at http://kcur.org Carondelet Health Agrees To Sell Two KC-Area Hospitals Primer On GOP Candidates For Kansas Insurance Commissioner http://kcur.org/post/primer-gop-candidates-kansas-insurance-commissioner <p>Five candidates are seeking the Republican nomination for Kansas insurance commissioner, an office that&nbsp;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.</p> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 20:46:23 +0000 KCUR Health Team 59597 at http://kcur.org Primer On GOP Candidates For Kansas Insurance Commissioner Voter Guide To Kansas City Question A http://kcur.org/post/voter-guide-kansas-city-question <p>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.</p><p>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.&nbsp;</p><p>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.</p><p><strong>Ballot language:</strong></p> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 19:41:58 +0000 Cody Newill 59599 at http://kcur.org Voter Guide To Kansas City Question A Voter Guide To Missouri Constitutional Amendment 9 http://kcur.org/post/voter-guide-missouri-constitutional-amendment-9 <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A measure on the Aug.&nbsp;</span>5<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;primary ballot in Missouri seeks to amend the state constitution to&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">protect data and electronic communications from unreasonable search and seizure.&nbsp;</span></p><p><strong>Ballot language</strong>:&nbsp;</p><p></p> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 18:57:17 +0000 Cody Newill 59119 at http://kcur.org Voter Guide To Missouri Constitutional Amendment 9 Voter Guide To The Proposed Missouri Transit Tax Increase http://kcur.org/post/voter-guide-proposed-missouri-transit-tax-increase <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">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.</span></p><p><strong>Ballot language:</strong></p> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 18:53:20 +0000 Ben Palosaari 59567 at http://kcur.org Voter Guide To The Proposed Missouri Transit Tax Increase A Kansas City Graffiti Writer's Work http://kcur.org/post/kansas-city-graffiti-writers-work <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">If you've ever seen the large murals or spray paint&nbsp;writing on the sides of buildings along Southwest Boulevard, you've probably seen some of Kansas City based graffiti writer Gear's work.</span></p><p>On Monday's&nbsp;<a href="http://kcur.org/programs/central-standard" target="_blank"><em>Central Standard</em></a>, Gina Kaufmann&nbsp;sat down with Gear&nbsp;in studio to discuss the nuances of graffiti and street art.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 15:23:52 +0000 Gina Kaufmann, Matthew Long-Middleton, Cody Newill & Matt Hodapp 59592 at http://kcur.org A Kansas City Graffiti Writer's Work The Forensic Technology That Can Tell If There Are Drugs In Your Milk http://kcur.org/post/forensic-technology-can-tell-if-there-are-drugs-your-milk <p>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.</p> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 13:23:57 +0000 Amy Mayer 59588 at http://kcur.org The Forensic Technology That Can Tell If There Are Drugs In Your Milk 'The Sound Of Music' Director On Giving Back http://kcur.org/post/sound-music-director-giving-back <p></p><p>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 <em>The Boy From Oz </em>and Julie Taymor's controversial <em><a href="http://topics.nytimes.com/top/reference/timestopics/subjects/s/spiderman_turn_off_the_dark_musical/index.html">Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark</a></em>. (He stepped in to direct in 2011 after producers fired Taymor due to delays and artistic differences).</p> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 12:45:15 +0000 Laura Spencer 59437 at http://kcur.org 'The Sound Of Music' Director On Giving Back Co-Founder Of The Writers Place In Kansas City Dies At 82 http://kcur.org/post/co-founder-writers-place-kansas-city-dies-82 <p></p><p>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.</p><p>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.</p> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 21:37:38 +0000 Laura Spencer 59491 at http://kcur.org Co-Founder Of The Writers Place In Kansas City Dies At 82 Kansas Officials Suspend Future Foster Placements With TFI After Child's Death http://kcur.org/post/kansas-officials-suspend-future-foster-placements-tfi-after-childs-death <p></p><p></p><p>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.</p><p>TFI<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> 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, </span>KVC<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Behavioral Healthcare of Olathe and St. Francis Community Services of Salina.</span></p> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 21:16:11 +0000 KCUR 59514 at http://kcur.org How Kansas City's Trees Are Saving You Money And Cutting Pollution http://kcur.org/post/how-kansas-citys-trees-are-saving-you-money-and-cutting-pollution <p>The tree and shrub population in the Kansas City metropolitan area saves residents nearly $14 million a year, according to a <a href="http://www.nrs.fs.fed.us/pubs/rb/rb_nrs75.pdf">new study</a>.</p><p>The United States Department of Agriculture's Northern Research Station (NRS)&nbsp;examined plant life in nine counties in the Kansas City metro area.</p><p>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.</p> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 20:17:18 +0000 Cody Newill 59489 at http://kcur.org How Kansas City's Trees Are Saving You Money And Cutting Pollution Kansas City Arts Community Mourns Painter's Unexpected Death http://kcur.org/post/kansas-city-arts-community-mourns-painters-unexpected-death <p><a href="http://www.goodrichpaintings.com/" style="line-height: 1.5;">David Goodrich</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, 52, a Kansas City artist whose expressionistic paintings conveyed a perpetual state of motion, was found dead Tuesday.</span></p><p>Goodrich enjoyed hiking and was found dead in&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">Horseshoe Canyon, just north of&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Canyonlands</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;National Park in&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Utah. His body was identified on Thursday.</span></p> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 17:11:18 +0000 Gina Kaufmann 59487 at http://kcur.org Kansas City Arts Community Mourns Painter's Unexpected Death Why Kansas Citians Plan On Making It To The Polls On August 5 http://kcur.org/post/why-kansas-citians-plan-making-it-polls-august-5 <p></p><p>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.</p><p>When we took to social media and asked, “<a href="http://kcur.org/post/tell-kcur-do-you-plan-vote-aug-5-primary-why-or-why-not">Do you plan to vote in the Aug. 5 primary? Why or why not?</a>” most of you shot back answers in the affirmative, citing these reasons:</p><p>• Voting is an important right and privilege</p><p>• To chime in on specific candidates or measures</p> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 17:02:51 +0000 Alyson Raletz 59493 at http://kcur.org Why Kansas Citians Plan On Making It To The Polls On August 5 Film Review: The French-English Hybrid 'Chinese Puzzle' Celebrates Complicated Lives http://kcur.org/post/film-review-french-english-hybrid-chinese-puzzle-celebrates-complicated-lives <p>There's a scene in <span class="itemprop" itemprop="name">Cédric </span><span class="itemprop" itemprop="name">Klapisch</span>'s warm, exuberant comedy<em> Chinese Puzzle </em>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.</p> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 14:52:00 +0000 Steve Walker 58854 at http://kcur.org Film Review: The French-English Hybrid 'Chinese Puzzle' Celebrates Complicated Lives Royals Honor Longtime Equipment Manager Al Zych http://kcur.org/post/royals-honor-longtime-equipment-manager-al-zych <p>Before Thursday night’s 14-inning victory, 2-1, over Cleveland, the Kansas City Royals honored one of their former behind-the-scenes figures.</p><p>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.</p><p>George Brett called Zych one of his best friends during his Baseball Hall of Fame induction speech in 1999.</p> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 12:49:59 +0000 Greg Echlin 59482 at http://kcur.org Amid Growing Demand, Kansas City Royals Sell Out Peanut-Free Sections http://kcur.org/post/amid-growing-demand-kansas-city-royals-sell-out-peanut-free-sections <p></p><p>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.</p><p>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.</p> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 22:40:18 +0000 Alex Smith 59466 at http://kcur.org Amid Growing Demand, Kansas City Royals Sell Out Peanut-Free Sections Aircraft Maintenance Company Opens Kansas City Hangar http://kcur.org/post/aircraft-maintenance-company-opens-kansas-city-hangar <p>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.</p><p>The Washington state-based company has renovated a hangar at Kansas City International Airport and hired 70 employees so far.</p> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 21:24:54 +0000 Elle Moxley 59460 at http://kcur.org Aircraft Maintenance Company Opens Kansas City Hangar New Missouri Law Pays Dividends For Kansas City CARE Clinic http://kcur.org/post/new-missouri-law-pays-dividends-kansas-city-care-clinic <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">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.</span></p> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 15:24:51 +0000 Mike Sherry 59430 at http://kcur.org New Missouri Law Pays Dividends For Kansas City CARE Clinic What Is That? Kansas City's Vine Street Castle http://kcur.org/post/what-kansas-citys-vine-street-castle <p></p><p></p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">If you’ve ever driven around the historic </span>18th<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&amp; 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.</span></p><p></p> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 15:09:53 +0000 Esther Honig 59370 at http://kcur.org What Is That? Kansas City's Vine Street Castle Kansas City Council Committee Endorses Open Carry Ban http://kcur.org/post/kansas-city-council-committee-endorses-open-carry-ban <p style="margin-bottom: 0in">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.</p><p style="margin-bottom: 0in">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.</p> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 12:56:30 +0000 Steve Bell 59409 at http://kcur.org Ad Watch: Roberts And Wolf Attack Each Other's Voting Records http://kcur.org/post/ad-watch-roberts-and-wolf-attack-each-others-voting-records <p><em>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. </em></p><p>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.</p> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 10:57:00 +0000 Brian Ellison 59386 at http://kcur.org Ad Watch: Roberts And Wolf Attack Each Other's Voting Records Health Insurance Enrollees In Missouri, Kansas To Get More Than $18 Million In Rebates http://kcur.org/post/health-insurance-enrollees-missouri-kansas-get-more-18-million-rebates <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">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.</span></p><p>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.</p><p>Insurers that don't meet that benchmark have to refund the difference to customers.</p> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 05:01:00 +0000 Dan Margolies & Mike Shields 59408 at http://kcur.org Same-Sex Unions Pose Challenge To Hospitals http://kcur.org/post/same-sex-unions-pose-challenge-hospitals <p></p><p>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.</p><p>Now many area hospitals are trying to make themselves more accommodating to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender patients and their families. &nbsp;</p><p>Nearly two years ago, Kris Saim received some harrowing news. &nbsp;He was diagnosed with Stage III colon cancer. But the diagnosis wasn’t the only thing he was worried about.</p> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 02:44:00 +0000 Stefani Fontana 59260 at http://kcur.org Same-Sex Unions Pose Challenge To Hospitals Sporting Announces New Facility, Makes Kansas City Indisputable 'Soccer Town' http://kcur.org/post/sporting-announces-new-facility-makes-kansas-city-indisputable-soccer-town <p>Much like the winning drivers at Kansas Speedway next door, Sporting Kansas City is taking a victory lap.</p><p>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.</p><p>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.</p> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 02:24:26 +0000 Greg Echlin 59407 at http://kcur.org Sporting Announces New Facility, Makes Kansas City Indisputable 'Soccer Town' Judge To Rule In Breach Of Contract Suit Against Diocese http://kcur.org/post/judge-rule-breach-contract-suit-against-diocese <p>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.</p><p>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.</p><p>Under the terms of the settlement, the diocese pledged to adopt a variety of child safety measures.</p> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 22:30:41 +0000 Dan Margolies 59404 at http://kcur.org Another Kansas City For-Profit College Could Be Closing http://kcur.org/post/another-kansas-city-profit-college-could-be-closing <p>For-profit Anthem College has told the state of Missouri it plans to lay off 67 employees in the next two months.</p><p>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.</p><p>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.</p> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 21:17:47 +0000 Elle Moxley 59397 at http://kcur.org UMKC Med School Chooses New Dean http://kcur.org/post/umkc-med-school-chooses-new-dean <p></p><p>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.</p><p>(Note: KCUR is licensed by UMKC.)</p><p>Kanter succeeds Betty Drees, who led the medical school for 13 years and will remain on the faculty.</p><p>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.</p> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 20:57:18 +0000 Dan Margolies 59395 at http://kcur.org UMKC Med School Chooses New Dean Kansas City Duo Victor & Penny Make Music On The Road http://kcur.org/post/kansas-city-duo-victor-penny-make-music-road <p></p><p>With a&nbsp;ukelele&nbsp;and jazz guitar in tow, the traveling Kansas City-based musical duo known as <a href="http://www.victorandpenny.com/">Victor &amp; Penny</a> stopped by <a href="http://kcur.org/programs/central-standard"><em>Central Standard</em></a> on Wednesday to talk with Gina Kaufmann —&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">and to perform a few of their signature "antique pop" songs live for our listeners.</span></p> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 19:09:26 +0000 Gina Kaufmann, Matthew Long-Middleton & Matt Hodapp 59369 at http://kcur.org Kansas City Duo Victor & Penny Make Music On The Road Armadillos On The Rise In Missouri, Creeping Into Kansas City http://kcur.org/post/armadillos-rise-missouri-creeping-kansas-city <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">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.</span></p><p>Sightings in Missouri started about 40 years ago. They use to be rare, but now they’re a lot more common.</p><p>“Hundreds, we’ve had hundreds so far this year it’s safe to say," says&nbsp;James Dixon, a wildlife damage biologist for the Missouri Department of Conservation.</p> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 19:06:56 +0000 Suzanne Hogan 59295 at http://kcur.org Armadillos On The Rise In Missouri, Creeping Into Kansas City