As we approach the 13th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks against the United States, terrorism aimed at Americans is still at the forefront of international news.
In recent months, the self-styled Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, referred to as ISIL or ISIS, has released videos showing the beheadings of American journalists. The incidents follow threats of violence from ISIS if the United States didn’t cease air strikes and other military intervention in Iraq.
Tear gas, shown here streaming in Ferguson, Mo., earlier this week, was one of law enforcement's crowd-control measures amid looting and riots in the wake of the police shooting of an unarmed 18-year-old in the St. Louis suburb.
As KCUR prepares to spend a months-long examination on issues tied to the state line in the Kansas City metropolitan area, we’re curious about the significance of this north-south border in your world.
Maybe you lost or gained a job when a company headquarters moved across the metro to another state.
Perhaps the state line makes filing taxes more difficult or easier for you. Or crossing the Kansas-Missouri border gets you cheaper gas or sales taxes.
Tell KCUR: How does the state line affect your life?
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.
Primary elections typically struggle to draw crowds at the polls.
For instance, 23 percent of voters cast ballots in Kansas’ 2012 primary election, compared with 67 percent voter turnout for that year’s general election, according to the Kansas secretary of state office.
With primary elections coming up in both Missouri and Kansas next month, there are hotly contested races and key issues to be decided. We want to know more about your upcoming voting intentions.
More bus routes. More bike lanes. More sidewalks and more direct flights out of Kansas City International Airport.
Those were some of the recurring requests we received from Kansas Citians this week, in addition to a widespread call for commuter rail in the metropolitan area.
When we took to social media and asked, “What’s something that Kansas City needs?” transportation dominated the feedback that came in, followed closely by desired improvements to public schools in Kansas City, Mo.
KCUR plans to ramp up its coverage of education and entrepreneurship after a financial boost from the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, the University of Missouri-Kansas City announced Friday.
The $100,000 grant from the Kansas City-based Kauffman Foundation will help KCUR increase the number of in-depth stories it produces “on two important topics, which touch the majority of Kansas City-area residents,” KCUR General Manager Nico Leone said in a written statement.
Leone said KCUR plans to hire at least one additional reporter as a result of the grant.
As Father’s Day approaches, KCUR staffers took a moment to remember some of the best advice our dads gave us.
Among those recommendations were: “Don’t talk about yourself so much,” “Don’t talk politics or religion with friends,” “Make sure to tell people that you care about them,” and “If it doesn’t work, kick it a little.”
Help us honor your dads this week by highlighting their greatest quips and guidance.
Tell KCUR: What’s the best advice your father ever gave you?