News

Pages

Heartland Health Monitor
5:45 pm
Fri January 2, 2015

Former Rainbow Mental Health Facility Sold

The former Rainbow Mental Health Facility has been sold to the KU Endowment Association.
Credit File photo

 

State officials have sold the former Rainbow Mental Health Facility building in Kansas City, Kan., to the University of Kansas Endowment Association.

The 11-acre property at 2205 W. 36th Ave. is a short distance from KU Medical Center.

“The transaction has occurred,” said Natalie Lutz, director of communications at the medical center. “The KU Endowment Association has purchased the building and will be meeting with the university to determine what the actual purpose of the property is going to be.”

Read more
Food Critics
5:08 pm
Fri January 2, 2015

Food Critics: The Best Dishes Of 2014

Pizzabella's Brussels sprouts were among our Food Critics' favorite dishes of 2014.
Credit Pizzabella / Facebook

From happy hour treats to sumptuous desserts, Central Standard's Food Critics covered a wide swath of Kansas City cuisine in 2014. And what better way to test their culinary knowledge than with a "Best-of" list?

Here are the Food Critics' choices for the best dishes of 2014 in Kansas City:

Mary Bloch:

Read more
Heartland Health Monitor
4:23 pm
Fri January 2, 2015

Kansas City Skin Care Company Settles Deceptive Claims Allegations

DERMAdoctor, a Kansas City-based skin-care products company, opened this office in the Crossroads District in 2009.
Credit Dan Margolies / KCUR

 

A local skin-care products company may have lost a bit of its luster.

Kansas City-based DERMAdoctor Inc. and its owner on Monday settled a complaint brought by the Federal Trade Commission over allegedly deceptive claims made by the company.

The FTC charged that DERMAdoctor Inc. and its principal, dermatologist Audrey Kunin, made misleading claims about DERMAdoctor’s anti-aging and body-slimming products.

Read more
Government
3:55 pm
Fri January 2, 2015

'Urban Opportunity Zones' Potentially Coming To Kansas City, Kansas

An offshoot of Kansas’ Rural Opportunity Zones program could be moving into Wyandotte County, pending approval from the state legislature.

Wyandotte County officials are optimistic that Gov. Sam Brownback will introduce the plan to the Kansas legislature soon. Brownback first debuted the idea for “Urban Opportunity Zones” on the campaign trail in August.

The zones would entice out-of-state residents to move into Kansas with a five-year income tax exemption, up to $15,000 in help for student loan payments, and significant property tax breaks for 15 years.

Read more
High Education
3:25 pm
Fri January 2, 2015

Fort Hays State Among The Nation's Least-Expensive Universities

Fort Hays State is one of the least expensive universities in the country for in-state students
Credit Fort Hays State

Trying to figure out how to pay for college?

Turns out one of the best deals in the country is in Kansas.

When it comes to higher education in Kansas, most of the attention centers on the University of Kansas or Kansas State University.

But there are three other regent schools in the state. And according to U.S. News and World Report, for in-state students, Fort Hays State University has the second-lowest tuition and fees in the country.

Read more
Central Standard
1:59 pm
Fri January 2, 2015

LISTEN: Kansas City Man Finds Family's Long-Lost Christmas Tape

A young Sonya Alpough with her father, Peter, and her mom, Susie, at around the time when the Christmas tape was made.
Credit Courtesy / Sonya Aplough

About a decade ago, Kansas City musician Billy Smith was combing thrift stores for records when he stumbled upon quite a find for an experimental sound guy: an old-school Magnavox, reel-to-reel tape recorder with a pile of tapes for less than $5. 

He brought it home, dusted it off, cleaned the tape heads and popped in some new batteries. He was about to hit record to start messing around with his new toy when curiosity took hold.

Before hitting record, he decided to check out what was on the tape inside the machine.

Read more
Arts & Culture
12:07 pm
Fri January 2, 2015

Recent Deaths In The Arts Community Spark Reflection

Drummer Tommy Ruskin died on New Year's Day.
Credit courtesy of the family

Three notable arts figures died in Kansas City in recent weeks: Ann K. Brown, Brenda Nelson, and Tommy Ruskin.

Drummer Tommy Ruskin, 72, died the morning of Jan. 1, after a long illness.

A native of Kansas City, Ruskin’s career spanned nearly half a century. He began performing as a teenager with singers such as Marilyn Maye, and went on to play with other jazz greats like Al Cohn, Scott Hamilton, Gene Harris, Zoot Sims, and Bill Watrous.

Read more
McTavish Weekend Extra
8:34 am
Fri January 2, 2015

10 Things Not To Miss In Kansas City In 2015

The stage from the New York production of 'The Book of Mormon.'
Credit Scrapper / Flickr--CC

At the end of every year, we all say it: Things will be better next year.

Even if you had a super 2014 – and I hope you did – there’s something in human nature that encourages us to look ahead with bright eyes. And, wouldn’t you know it, there’s some pretty wonderful stuff coming up that could help make 2015 a year to remember in the shiniest of ways.

Read more
Sports
8:14 am
Fri January 2, 2015

MU Finishes Football Season With Citrus Bowl Win

The 16th-ranked Missouri Tigers football team successfully ended its season Thursday afternoon in Orlando with a 33-17 Citrus Bowl win over 20th-ranked Minnesota.

Heading into the fourth quarter, it was a close game. The Tigers led, 19-17, but pulled away.

“You have to have a drive, a competitive drive in the fourth quarter,” said Mizzou coach Gary Pinkel. “It sounds really easy. It’s not easy. It’s the character of your team and your players, the leadership that you have.”

Education
6:00 am
Thu January 1, 2015

Missouri High-Poverty Schools Get Low Marks

States are studying federal data on educator equality in high poverty schools versus low poverty schools
Credit Lauren Manning / Flickr--CC

In the next six months, state education officials will be poring over recently released data on whether students in high-poverty schools are getting the same quality of teaching as kids in low-poverty schools.

The U.S. Department of Education recently released something it calls Education Equity Profiles for all 50 states. They compare teacher data in high-poverty and high-minority schools with teacher data in low-poverty and low-minority schools.

Missouri fares worse than many other states.

Read more
Heartland Health Monitor
5:08 pm
Wed December 31, 2014

Flu ‘Epidemic’ Isn’t Necessarily As Scary As It Sounds

The phrase “flu epidemic” might raise alarm bells for some, but don’t let headlines about this season’s outbreak scare you too much.

“The ‘epidemic’ designation is basically just a way we characterizes whether flu season has started or not,” says Erin Burns, a health communications specialist with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s influenza division.

In fact, a flu epidemic occurs every year.

Burns says the CDC declares an epidemic when health providers have reported high numbers of flu-like symptoms, hospitalizations and deaths.

Read more
Community
4:21 pm
Wed December 31, 2014

OSHA Investigating Construction-Related Fatality At Ford Claycomo Plant

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is investigating the death Tuesday of a worker at the Ford Motor Co. plant in Claycomo, Mo.

Bonita Winingham, the acting regional administrator for the Kansas City office, says the contractor died in what's called a "struck by" accident after being hit with a piece of equipment.

There have not been any deaths at the Claycomo plant in recent years, Winingham said after checking the plant's history through 2010.

Read more
Heartland Health Monitor
11:46 am
Wed December 31, 2014

Half Or More Of Obamacare Enrollees In Kansas And Missouri Are New

At least half of Kansans and Missourians who signed up for 2015 health insurance through the Affordable Care Act insurance marketplaces are new consumers, data released Tuesday show.

Of the 102,087 Missourians who chose a marketplace plan from Nov. 15 through Dec. 15, 50 percent are new and 50 percent have reenrolled, according to the figures from the Department of Health and Human Services.

Of the 39,023 Kansans who enrolled in the same period, 53 percent are new and 47 percent have reenrolled.

Read more
Crime
9:54 am
Wed December 31, 2014

One Person Injured After Tuesday Evening Bus Shooting

The Kansas City, Mo., Police Department is investigating a Tuesday evening shooting on a Kansas City ATA bus.

KCPD Captain Tye Grant says police were dispatched to a bus at 39th and Prospect around 5:30 p.m. Tuesday. He says shots were fired into the bus at an earlier stop, near Benton Avenue.

A 15-year-old girl was struck multiple times. Grant says she is at the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

Grant says the department is investigating to see if the intended victim may have been someone traveling with the teenager who was shot.

Heartland Health Monitor
5:00 pm
Tue December 30, 2014

Kansas Health Officials: ‘Unprecedented’ Flu Season

Dr. Lee Norman
Credit Todd Feeback / The Hale Center for Journalism

A top health official at the University of Kansas Hospital said the severity of this year’s flu outbreak is requiring inpatient admissions at a rate more than three times that which it generally sees during flu season.

Dr. Lee Norman, the hospital’s chief medical officer, said at a news conference Tuesday that 36 people were in the hospital with confirmed cases of the flu or with flu-like symptoms. He said he could not remember a time when inpatient cases exceeded 10.

“These numbers are unprecedented here,” Norman said.

Read more
Economy
4:23 pm
Tue December 30, 2014

Kansas City Metro Adds About 10,000 Jobs In 2014

Good news, Kansas City – the metro is almost back to pre-recession employment levels.

The latest job numbers from the Bureau of Labor Statistics show the Kansas City area has added around 10,000 jobs since November 2013 and only lags April 2008 numbers by about 5,000 jobs.

"All signs are pointing to this being a pretty productive year, especially the second half of the year, in terms of employment in Kansas City," says Jeff Pinkerton, an economist with the Mid-America Regional Council.

Read more
Heartland Health Monitor
3:29 pm
Tue December 30, 2014

Missouri Lawmakers Set Stage For More Abortion Restrictions

Missouri’s abortion regulations, among the strictest in the nation, may get even stricter.

Several lawmakers have already pre-filed abortion-related legislation in both the state House of Representatives and Senate.

Read more
Headlines
2:58 pm
Tue December 30, 2014

Worker Dies In Accident At Claycomo Ford Plant

Ford Motor Co. officials say a person has died in an accident at a company plant in suburban Kansas City.

The company released a statement Tuesday confirming the death at the Claycomo Assembly Plant but few other details were released.

Emergency responders were called to the plant north of Kansas City about 10:30 a.m. Tuesday.

The company said in its statement that the worker died in an "occupational incident." Ford promised a full investigation.

School Funding
1:56 pm
Tue December 30, 2014

Judges Rule Kansas School Funding Inadequate

Shawnee County District Court panel rules Kansas needs to spend more money on K-12 education
Credit Stephen Koranda / Kansas Public Radio

A much-anticipated court ruling that could profoundly change how much Kansas spends on public schools was announced Tuesday afternoon – and it's bad news for state lawmakers.

A three-judge panel from Shawnee County ruled that while the formula for funding K-12 education is fine, lawmakers have failed to properly fund it.

The panel says per pupil base aid might need to go as high as $4,980. Current base aid per pupil is $3,833. That means the Legislature might have to come up with at least another $522 million to satisfy the court.

Read more
Heartland Health Monitor
10:02 am
Tue December 30, 2014

KanCare Company Fires Back At Ex-Employee Over Its Business Practices

An incendiary lawsuit over the business practices of one of the companies running KanCare, the Brownback administration’s privatization of Kansas’ $3 billion Medicaid program, just got more explosive.

The company, Sunflower State Health Plan Inc., responded forcefully Monday to a lawsuit accusing it of unethical behavior, saying the plaintiff – an executive who was fired – was trying to extort it.

Read more
Arts & Culture
9:27 am
Tue December 30, 2014

Kansas City Art Community's 15 Wishes For 2015

Graffiti artist Phil 'Sike Style' Shafer wants more murals, such as this one, in Kansas City. 'Racket' is Shafer's collaboration with with Daniel Bartle of LucidArts.
Credit Courtesy of Phil 'Sike Style' Shafer

In a departure from the predictable journalistic exercise of looking back on the year that’s about to end, we decided to ask various people in Kansas City’s turbocharged arts community what they’d like to see happen, artistically or otherwise, in the metro in 2015. In their responses, themes emerged – as did random cool ideas.

Here, in no particular order, are 15 things local culture makers wish Kansas City would do in 2015:

Read more
Heartland Health Monitor
8:26 am
Tue December 30, 2014

Is An Aqueduct A Practical Answer To Western Kansas’ Water Crisis?

A windmill pumps water from the underground Ogallala Aquifer.
Credit Wikimedia -- CC

A lot has changed in the three decades since the idea of building an aqueduct from the Missouri River to western Kansas was first studied and shelved. For one thing, the water shortages that were mere projections then are now imminent. That reality has prompted state officials to dust off the study and re-examine the aqueduct idea.

Read more
Sports
7:59 am
Tue December 30, 2014

Kansas City Chiefs Make NFL History, But Not The Good Kind

A day after their final game this season, the Kansas City Chiefs are stewing over a dubious NFL record.

Until this year, no team in NFL history had ever gone through an entire season without completing a touchdown pass to a wide receiver. The worst moment occurred Sunday when Dwayne Bowe had a chance to become the first this season, but he fumbled just shy of the end zone.

Quarterback Alex Smith didn’t play because of a spleen injury, but even he was stunned at how it turned out.

Government
1:18 pm
Mon December 29, 2014

Brownback Chief Of Staff To Resign

Gov. Sam Brownback's chief of staff is resigning to accept a position with the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers, the administration announced Monday. Landon Fulmer will step down Jan. 5.

Jon Hummell, Brownback's policy director, will replace Fulmer. He will continue to also serve as policy director until the administration names a successor.

Fulmer has been chief of staff since April 2012. 

Read more
Heartland Health Monitor
10:08 am
Mon December 29, 2014

Did Exposure To Burn Pits Cause Veterans’ Mysterious Ailments?

U.S. Army veteran Brandon Garrison, right, talks with his father, Stephen Traglio, who also served in the Army. Garrison served in Afghanistan and now has several health conditions that he says may be linked to the burn pits used to dispose of waste at U.S. military bases there.
Credit Andy Marso / KHI News Service

This is the third installment of a three-part series on veterans’ health. The first part, which you can find here, deals with the military medical system. The second part, which you can find here, deals with mental health.

Four months ago, U.S. Army veteran Brandon Garrison played in an all-day softball tournament, a fundraiser for the Wounded Warrior Project.

Read more
Heartland Health Monitor
10:05 am
Mon December 29, 2014

Peer Support Key To Helping Veterans Overcome Mental Health Problems

After his Army service, Will Stucker earned a bachelor's degree in family studies at Manhattan Christian College and is now working on a master's degree in clinical psychology at Emporia State University. He plans to work with other veterans and help them overcome post-traumatic stress syndrome.
Credit Andy Marso / KHI News Service

This is the second installment of a three-part series on veterans’ health. The first part, which you can find here, deals with the military medical system. The third part, which you can find here, deals with environmental exposures.

Read more
Heartland Health Monitor
10:04 am
Mon December 29, 2014

Wounded Veterans Return To Unprepared Medical System

Melissa Jarboe documents the medical treatments her husband, Jamie, endured after being shot during a tour of duty in Afghanistan in April 2011.
Credit Esther Klay

This is the first installment of a three-part series on veterans’ health. The second part, which you can find here, deals with mental health. The third part, which you can find here, deals with environmental exposures.

Read more
Sports
8:13 am
Mon December 29, 2014

Chiefs Win, But They're Still Done For The Season

A 19-7 victory over the San Diego Chargers Sunday wasn’t good enough to propel the Kansas City Chiefs into the playoffs.

When the Chiefs finished the regular season with a 9-7 record, they didn’t find out they were eliminated until after the game when Baltimore came from behind to beat Cleveland. Chiefs quarterback Chase Daniel, who started in place of the injured Alex Smith, says they can only blame themselves.

“We were 7-3 at one point,” said Daniel. “(We) sort of got on a slide at the back end of the season. Uncharacteristic of us.”

Read more
Education
6:00 am
Mon December 29, 2014

Johnson County Election Office Gears Up To Manage A Mountain Of Paper

Johnson County will mail 330,000 ballots, the most paper ballots in county history
Credit Dan Verbeck / KCUR

You probably don’t know it, but Johnson County is in the middle of one of its biggest election challenges ever.

The county election office says it will mail ballots to more than 330,000  voters in a mail-election on whether school districts should be allowed to increase how much of their budgets can be raised from local property taxes.

County Election Commissioner Brian Newby says he expects half of those ballots to be returned. That means officials will be handling more paper ballots then they ever have.

Read more
2015 Session
7:58 am
Sat December 27, 2014

Kansas Lawmakers Predict 2015 Session Topics

Kansas lawmakers are predicting that a wide variety of issues will come up in the 2015 legislative session, including Medicaid expansion, budget holes and minimum wage.
Credit Stephen Koranda / Kansas Public Radio

There are some high-profile issues that Kansas lawmakers will address in the upcoming legislative session, including filling a budget hole. But there are always other issues that rise to the surface and attract attention when lawmakers are in Topeka.

Kansas Governor Sam Brownback says he’ll be pushing anti-poverty legislation in the coming session, and he also expects work on long-term water policy.

Read more

Pages