Kansas City, MO – The Ozark aquifer, a primary source of water in southwest Missouri, could go dry in places if demand increases by as little as 1 percent a year over the next 50 years.
The aquifer is also used in Kansas, Oklahoma and Arkansas.
A study from the U.S. Geological Survey shows that pumping from the Ozark aquifer might not be sustainable at Carthage and Noel if a 1 percent annual increase in water-withdrawal rates occurs each year from 2007 to 2057.
Lee's Summit, MO – Local town hall meetings across the country are becoming a flashpoint in the national debate on health care. In St. Louis last week, Democratic Congressman Russ Carnahan held a forum on Aging, but it ended with six arrests and one person going to the hospital.
That type of turmoil wasn't the case in Lee's Summit this weekend, where hundreds of people attended Congressman Emmanuel Cleaver's monthly coffeehouse event. KCUR's Elana Gordon has more.
Kansas City, MO – The Mid America Regional Council advises residents take precautions on Ozone Alert days, when ground level ozone concentrations hit unhealthy levels. It's a problem commonly known as smog.
Kansas City, MO – Communities across the metro have opened cooling centers, places where those without air conditioning can go to get out of the heat. For more information call the United Way at 2-1-1.
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Wichita, KS; Washington, DC – Attorney General Eric Holder has ordered increased security for some abortion clinics and doctors in response to the murder of Dr. George Tiller. Tiller, a late-term abortion provider, was gunned down during services yesterday at his Wichita church.
Police have said all early indications showed the shooter acted alone. The suspect, Scott Roeder, is in jail. He was taken into custody in the Kansas City suburb of Merriam, Kansas, and brought to Wichita late yesterday.
The schedule has been cut to the basics at the GOP National Convention in Minneapolis-St. Paul, awaiting more word from the gulf on how much destruction a weaker-than-expected Hurricane Gustav delivered.
Despite the sparsity of events, there has been plenty of conversation about John McCain's surprise choice of Alaska Governor Sarah Palin as his running mate.
Delegate Kelly Arnold says he and his fellow Kansas delegates are very pleased.
Kansas City, MO – Arizona Sen. John McCain held a town hall meeting Thursday at Union Station. The presumptive Republican presidential nominee addressed approximately 800 people in a forum at Union Station's Sprint Celebration Plaza.
University of Missouri System President Gary Forsee has named Leo Morton as interim chancellor of the University of Missouri-Kansas City. Morten will replace Guy Bailey who left to become the president of Texas Tech University. Morten is currently the chairman for the UMKC Board of Trustees.