The Kansas City Repertory Theatre’s annual production of A Christmas Carol has a large cast, including about three dozen children and young adults. Rehearsals start in early November, and the hours can be long and demanding. There are song lyrics, and sometimes lots of lines to learn. It’s a challenging job for the young actors, and also for the staff charged with keeping track of them.
Bitcoin, the digital currency whose value has sharply risen this year, can't be traded by banks in China, after officials announced a ban on the practice Thursday. The exchange rate of Bitcoin took a hit following the news. Chinese citizens are not forbidden from using the currency.
From Shanghai, NPR's Frank Langfitt reports for our Newscast unit:
"China is the world's biggest market for Bitcoin and has helped drive its explosive appreciation this year. Today, though, the People's Bank of China appeared to prick the Bitcoin bubble here.
On Tuesday's Central Standard, Author Jared Diamond talks about his newest bestseller, The World Until Yesterday: What We Can Learn From Traditional Societies. His book focuses on 40 small, isolated societies where just a few generations ago there was little to no contact with the outside world, and their medical care lacked the technological advances available in the Western world.
Originally published on Thu December 5, 2013 8:53 am
The U.S. economy grew at an annual rate of 3.6 in the third quarter of 2013, according to new data released by the Bureau of Economic Analysis. That's a rise from the second quarter, when the real gross domestic product tallied a 2.5 percent gain.
The figures are the strongest showing for the U.S. GDP since the first quarter of 2012, when growth was reported at 3.7 percent.
Republican Kansas Sen. Pat Roberts says he isn't satisfied with the pace of negotiations on the farm bill. The legislation is in a conference committee where negotiators will try to work out differences between versions passed in the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate.
The current farm bill has already expired, which means some programs will end later this month and prices for commodities like milk will go up if there isn't some kind of agreement.
Opponents of a downtown drive-through restaurant and supporters of red-light cameras made no headway in Wednesday's KCMO city council committee meetings, but but neither are ready to throw in the towel.
Supporters and opponents of a proposed moratorium on all drive-thru restaurant construction in the downtown loop argued for more than two hours at a public hearing held by the Planning and Zoning committee.
Credit Chris MacKenzie / Granite Mountain Hotshots
A photo taken by the Granite Mountain Hotshots on June 30 shows their position on a ridge, with a red arrow indicating the original location of their lookout. The crew's lookout was the only team member to survive the fire.
Originally published on Thu December 5, 2013 9:25 am
An Arizona employee safety agency has fined the state's forestry division $559,000 for its failures in handling the Yarnell Hill wildfire, which killed 19 elite firefighters from the city of Prescott this summer.
"The agency concluded that State Forestry placed a higher priority on protection of homes and property than firefighter safety," reports the Prescott Daily Courier.
British couple Steve and Maureen Stevens are celebrating their 70th wedding anniversary. The young RAF pilot was returning from a World War II bombing mission over Germany when a lovely voice came on his cockpit radio guiding him down. Rushing up to the control tower he found a glamorous member of the Women's Auxiliary Air Force.
Originally published on Thu December 5, 2013 9:19 am
Attackers used guns and bombs to assault Yemen's Defense Ministry compound Thursday, in a bold daytime attack that was reportedly carried out by gunmen dressed in Yemeni military uniforms. At least 20 people reportedly were killed during the attack in the capital city of Sanaa.
"The attack took place shortly after working hours started at the ministry, when a suicide bomber drove a car into the gate," a Defense Ministry source tells Reuters.