12:03 pm
Tue August 25, 2009

Ozark Aquifer Could Run Dry

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.

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10:05 am
Mon August 10, 2009

Health Debate Heated But Civil At Cleaver Coffeehouse

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.

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6:47 am
Fri August 7, 2009

School Districts: JACO Undervalued School Property Assessments

Kansas City, MO – Eleven area school districts are suing Jackson County for allegedly giving incorrect property tax assessments.

Independence Superintendent Jim Hinson says the school districts lost a total of $35 million because the county used old figures and did not count several plots of school-owned land.

The county blames the economic downturn for the lower property values. Home values in Jackson County are down 7 percent this year.

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10:16 am
Tue June 23, 2009

Advice For Ozone Alert Days

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.

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10:12 am
Tue June 23, 2009

Tips For Managing The Heat

Kansas City, MO – The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has the following tips for managing the heat and avoiding heat related illnesses.

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9:52 am
Tue June 23, 2009

Signs Of Heat Illness

Kansas City, MO – The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advises the two worst types of heat-related illness are heat exhaustion and heat stroke.

Warning signs of heat exhaustion can include:

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8:17 am
Tue June 23, 2009

Cooling Centers

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.


Kansas City:
Salvation Army Northland (816) 452-5663 4300 NE Parvin Road, Kansas City, MO 64117 M-SU 8am-5pm Cold drinks and snacks available.

Jackson County, MO

Salvation Army Grandview (816) 966-8300 6111 E 129th St, Grandview, MO M-Su 8am-5pm Cold drinks and snacks available.

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10:22 pm
Tue June 16, 2009

Overland Park To Host Soccer Championship

Overland Park, KS – The nation's best youth soccer players will face off in Kansas City's largest suburb.

Overland Park will play host to the 2010 U.S. Youth Soccer National Championship. Games will be held at Overland Park's new $36 million soccer complex that opens to the public this summer.

U.S. Youth Soccer Spokesperson Todd Roby says the complex's new fields placed it at the front the applicant pack.

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11:34 am
Mon June 1, 2009

Tiller's Clinic Closed; AG Orders Increased Security For Abortion Clinics And Doctors

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.

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5:40 pm
Tue April 28, 2009

Sebelius Confirmed As HHS Secretary

Kansas City, MO – Kansas Governor Kathleen Sebelius has been confirmed as secretary of health and human services by a 65-31 Senate vote.

The governor's office has announced that Lieutenant Governor Mark Parkinson will be sworn-in as governor at 7 o'clock Tuesday evening in a ceremony in the North Wing of the Statehouse.

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10:20 am
Mon December 8, 2008

KU Chancellor Announces Retirement

Chancellor Robert Hemenway plans to step down in June 2009 after 14 years in the role.
photo: courtesy of the University of Kansas

Kansas City, MO – After more than a decade as Chancellor at the University of Kansas in Lawrence, Robert Hemenway announced Monday he's retiring in June.

"I'll work every day," says Hemenway. "And on July 1...start a transition...scholarly duties, teaching and writing."

Hemenway says he plans to work on a book about intercollegiate athletics and American values, and return to the classroom in 2010.

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12:27 am
Mon September 1, 2008

GOP Convention Schedule In Flux

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.

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9:40 am
Thu July 17, 2008

Extended Audio: John McCain's Town Hall In Kansas City

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.

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10:25 am
Tue July 15, 2008

Interim Chancellor Named For UMKC

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.

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