Government
9:08 pm
Tue July 29, 2014

Obama Takes Kansas City Letter Writers Out For Barbecue

President Obama greets the crowd on the runway at Kansas City International Airport. The president is in town to give a speech on the economy and meet with Kansas Citians who have written him letters.
Credit Elle Moxley / KCUR

Air Force One touched down shortly after 7 p.m. Tuesday at Kansas City International Airport, where an invitation-only crowd of well-wishers greeted President Barack Obama.

Before the president's plane landed, Secret Service agents reminded the crowd that Obama wouldn't be signing autographs and warned people not to grab at the president as he passed.

The president shook hands with several people but did not take any questions from the media before departing in the presidential motorcade for the 18th and Vine district.

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Health
8:54 pm
Tue July 29, 2014

Company Seeking To Buy KC-Area Catholic Hospitals Inspires Anger, Admiration

St. Joseph Medical Center in Kansas City, Mo., pictured here, is one of several local Catholic hospitals that would be owned by Prime Healthcare Services of California.
Credit St. Joseph Medical Center

 

Prime Healthcare Services, the for-profit California health care company that has agreed to acquire two nonprofit Kansas City area hospitals, is no stranger to controversy.

Among other things, it has faced fierce opposition from the nation’s largest health care labor organization, the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), and has been accused of billing fraud.

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Goats and Soda
6:53 pm
Tue July 29, 2014

The Hidden Costs Of Fighting Polio In Pakistan

During nationwide polio campaigns, hundreds of thousands of health workers go door to door, giving children two drops of the polio vaccine.
Anadolu Agency Getty Images

Originally published on Tue July 29, 2014 10:06 pm

Pakistan is currently at the center of the global effort to eradicate polio. Although the country has reported only about a hundred cases this year, that's more cases than in all other nations combined.

Eliminating the paralyzing disease is a major logistical operation in Pakistan. More than 200,000 vaccinators fan out across the country, several times a year, to inoculate millions of children. The government also deploys tens of thousands of armed security forces to guard the workers.

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The Two-Way
6:30 pm
Tue July 29, 2014

Israeli Bombing Ruins Gaza's Only Power Plant

Smoke and fire rise from the explosion of an Israeli strike over Gaza City on Tuesday
Hatem Moussa AP

Originally published on Tue July 29, 2014 7:20 pm

Israel broadened its assault on Gaza on Tuesday, wrecking the region's only power plant and killing more than 125 Palestinians.

Barrages "destroyed Hamas's media offices, the home of a top leader and what Palestinians said was a devastating hit on the only electricity plant," The New York Times reports.

The bombings came on a day when hope briefly arose about a new cease-fire. Both Israeli and Palestinian officials in the West Bank discussed the possibility.

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The Two-Way
5:19 pm
Tue July 29, 2014

McDonald's Responsible For Treatment Of Workers, Agency Says

The National Labor Relations Board says McDonald's shares responsibility for how workers are treated at its franchised restaurants.
Gene J. Puskar AP

Originally published on Tue July 29, 2014 6:04 pm

McDonald's shares responsibility for how workers are treated at its franchised restaurants, the general counsel's office for the National Labor Relations Board announced Tuesday.

Since November 2012, NLRB has had 181 cases filed involving McDonald's. Many have been dismissed, but the agency said that McDonald's USA LLC will be considered a joint employer in cases that are found to have merit.

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Parallels
5:15 pm
Tue July 29, 2014

France Presses On With Deal To Sell Two Warships To Russia

People holding Ukrainian and Crimean Tatar flags demonstrate in front of the French-built Vladivostok warship in St. Nazaire, western France, on June 1. The protesters are opposed to the sale of the Vladivostok and Sevastopol warships to Russia.
Jean-Sebastien Evrard AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Tue July 29, 2014 6:31 pm

France plans to go ahead with the sale of two warships to the Kremlin, even as the European Union and U.S. strengthen sanctions on Russia amid continued fighting in Ukraine and the aftermath of the downed Malaysian airliner.

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Central Standard
5:00 pm
Tue July 29, 2014

Author Puts Unconventional Spin On Economics

John Hope Bryant's recent book has a different take on the relationship between capitalism and the poor.

Who has the power in capitalism? The critics of capitalism say the rich have the upper hand. But author John Hope Bryant thinks the story is more complex than that. He thinks that capitalism works best when it benefits not the few, but the many.

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The Two-Way
4:51 pm
Tue July 29, 2014

Court Rejects Law Threatening Mississippi's Last Abortion Clinic

Anti-abortion protester Mary McLaurin calls out to a patient at the Jackson Women's Health Organization in 2013.
Rogelio V. Solis AP

A federal appeals court has rejected a Mississippi law that would have forced the state's only abortion clinic to close.

In a 2-1 decision, a panel of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Tuesday turned aside arguments that women seeking to have an abortion could have the procedure done in a neighboring state.

Closing the clinic in Jackson would place an "undue burden" on women, the court found.

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The Salt
4:13 pm
Tue July 29, 2014

Want To Reduce Your Carbon Footprint? Choose Mackerel Over Shrimp

A fisherman pulls a basket filled with anchovies aboard a fishing boat off of Peru's northern port of Chimbote, in 2012. Peru is the world's top fishmeal exporter, producing about a third of worldwide supply.
Enrique Castro-Mendivil Reuters/Landov

Small fatty fish like mackerel, herring, sardines and anchovies are high in omega-3s, vitamin D and low on the food chain.

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Election 2014
4:06 pm
Tue July 29, 2014

Kansas' Secretary Of State Republican Primary Candidates

Kansas secretary of state Republican primary candidates Scott Morgan and incumbent Kris Kobach joined Brian Ellison on Up to Date Tuesday to debate issues surrounding the race.
Credit scottmorgansos.com / Wikimedia Commons -- CC

The Republican primary for Kansas secretary of state has been interesting to say the least. 

Incumbent Kris Kobach has been criticized by his opponent Scott Morgan for associating with rock 'n' roller Ted Nugent, drumming up too much media attention with national immigration issues and continuing to practice law while in office.

Kobach maintains that Kansans share his political ideals. In turn, he suggests that Morgan is too liberal to even be considered a Republican; he points to Morgan's support of abortion rights and his stance against concealed-carry firearms.

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