Dr. Rex Archer is the director of the Kansas City, Mo., Health Department, which administers everything from flu shots to restaurant inspections. Archer says he is responsible for 480,000 patients and that social equity is the key to the city's future.
He answered five questions as part of our monthly series, KC Checkup.
What do you see as the biggest priority for health right now?
Gov. Sam Brownback is taking steps to help reduce a shortage of propane needed for home heating. He's easing trucking regulations and directing state officials to provide help to poor families.
Brownback and the state fire marshal say Kansans who are running low on propane should not try alternate heating methods that could be unsafe.
"There's a temptation sometimes to do almost anything to stay warm and some of those things, like using a stove to keep warm or hooking up a five gallon propane tank to your house, is dangerous. It can cost lives,” said Brownback.
Hundreds of Kansans gathered at the Statehouse Wednesday to celebrate the end of the building's 13-year-long restoration project. The event coincided with Kansas Day, the state's 153rd birthday.
School children, members of the public and former and current state officials attended the ceremony. Historians learned that the Kansas Statehouse was never formally dedicated after its initial completion, so Gov. Sam Brownback took the opportunity to unveil a plaque and officially dedicate the Kansas Capitol.
Art and religion have been described as natural bedfellows – and yet, it’s been a complicated relationship. One Kansas City artist, Dylan Mortimer, explores religion in his artwork – including a series of halos, where anyone can choose to be illuminated.
A device invented by scientists at the University of Kansas Medical Center and Case Western Reserve University may one day restore movement in people with traumatic brain injuries. It works in rats, and researchers are hopeful that the promise won't stop there.
The device is a battery-powered microprocessor designed to record electrical impulses in one part of the brain, and relay them to another part of the brain.
Research Medical Center in Kansas City, Mo., has named Jacqueline DeSouza as its next CEO. DeSouza is currently CEO of Lee’s Summit Medical Center. Both hospitals are part of the HCA Midwest Health System.
In 2012, DeSouza was named one the Top 25 Minority Executives in Healthcare in America by Modern Healthcare magazine. She is the first woman and person of color to head the organization. She will start Feb. 10.
A new website unveiled Tuesday will track the life of some bills introduced in the Missouri House of Representatives and Senate during the 2014 legislative session.
MOBillTracker.org, created by Saint Louis Public Radio and the Beacon, will track bills in five categories: health; elections and ethics; guns; education; jobs; and the economy. There is a sixth category that will track bills that have seen recent action.
Coming out of his State of the State call for more education spending, Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon brought his case to Kansas City and a younger audience with a stake in the future.
The forum was an assembly of some 700 Center High School students.
The Governor tried to break down staggering financials to something a less sophisticated economics mind would understand, telling students the system can open more than a local earnings’ future, to world-wide.
Until recently, we felt pretty secure using credit cards at major retailers. But with breaches at Target, Neiman Marcus and now maybe Michael’s, should we rethink the technology that’s supposed to keep our data secure?
On Monday's Up to Date, our Techsperts delve into this tech issues and others. Could supermarket Wi-Fi be the key to keeping customers shopping longer? Will wearable technology that tracks your health become the norm?
Veteran Kansas City radio newsman, Dan Verbeck announced his retirement Monday. Verbeck has been a reporter in the Kansas City region for 40 years. Since 2008, Verbeck has served as a general assignment reporter at KCUR.
Previously, Verbeck worked at KMBZ 980 AM for 23 years, where he was well known for his signature signoff: "Cruiser 980 ... clear."
"I have always admired Dan as a hard-boiled radio newsman who has a poetic and empathetic approach to the people in his stories," said KCUR News Director, Frank Morris.
Colorado made history when it opened up licensed marijuana retail shops this year. Aside from just legalizing the purchase of smoke-able marijuana, it also means pot brownies have the potential to be big business. Food products infused with marijuana’s psychoactive ingredient, THC, are available in stores across the state.
Fifteen percent of Americans received federal food stamp benefits in the 2013 fiscal year, according to a new U.S. Department of Agriculture report. That includes about 936,000 people in Missouri and 316,000 in Kansas. The program is the most controversial issue for negotiators working on a new farm bill.
Freight Train Rabbit Killer is a collaboration between Christopher Brooders of Cadillac Flambe’ and Mark Smeltzer from Rural Grit. Their combined backgrounds in delta blues and Americana make for a very raw sound that has become a hot ticket in local clubs.
In this week's Local Listen, we hear the song "Day Without the Devil” from their self-titled debut
At the University of Kansas, some chemical engineers study petroleum, others work on solvents. Then there’s Professor Stevin Gehrke. He casts his scientific lens downward, looking for the future of medicine in things that scurry underfoot.
“What’s different about a bug that goes ‘squish’ when you step on it and a bug that goes ‘crunch’ when you step on it?” Gehrke describes his work.
Kansas Citians will vote on changes to their city charter in April. But the two controversial proposals won't be on the ballot.
The council voted against sending voters a proposal from some minority organizations to change the structure of city government. No one on the council thought smaller districts and no at-large council seats was a good idea. But five, including Mayor Sly James, voted to put it on the ballot.
Gov. Sam Brownback talks with Capt. Doug Paresi of the Kansas City, Kan. Police Department. Paresi said the reconfigured Rainbow Mental Health Facility would give law enforcement a new option for dealing with mentally ill persons who otherwise might end up behind bars.
Gov. Sam Brownback Thurday unveiled his administration’s plan for reopening the Rainbow Mental Health Facility.
“I think this is a winner,” Brownback said, referring to a Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services plan for privatizing the state hospital’s operations.
The plan calls for converting the former 50-bed inpatient facility to a 10-bed “crisis stabilization resource” designed to connect people with serious and persistent mental illness to community-based services.
The one-woman play, Grounded, by George Brant, explores the destructive power of modern warfare through the eyes of a female combat pilot. After an unexpected pregnancy, she's reassigned to a windowless trailer in the Nevada desert as the desk pilot of a military drone.
The Unicorn Theatre's productionmarks the third in a series of "rolling world premieres" presented by members of the National New Play Network, dedicated to the development of new work.