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Mon November 26, 2012

Local Artist's Drawings Help Solve Crimes, Rural Post Office Reduce Hours In MO

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Artist Lee Hammond's age progression sketches commissioned by America's Most Wanted of Alcatraz prisoners.
Credit Suzanne Hogan / KCUR

Local Artist's Drawings Help Solve Crimes
You’ve probably seen crime shows like CSI and America’s Most Wanted, where artists work with victims to create a drawing that helps identify a criminal. This job is performed by a forensic illustrator.  If you’ve seen one of these drawings on the news in Kansas City, then you’ve seen the work of artist and author Lee Hammond, who lives in Overland Park.

A Look At GOP Losses In Missouri
Two weeks ago, Missouri Republican candidates were trounced in the statewide races. In fact, out of the 6 races at a statewide level, only 1 Republican candidate came out on top: incumbent Lieutenant Governor Peter Kinder. In what many consider to be an increasingly red state, how did the Republican Party lose?

The Local-Global Food Connection
The United States is the world’s leading producer and exporter of corn, which is used as livestock feed to support the increasing demand for meat in China, India and other countries with growing middle classes.  But sending corn, soybeans and other food abroad is just part of the equation when it comes to figuring out how we’ll feed the nine billion people projected to be on the Earth in 2050.

Drought Spell Tough Times For U.S. Corn Exporter
While the U.S. remains the world’s biggest supplier of corn, American farmers will lose a portion of the global corn market this year. The Midwest drought devastated the normally robust corn harvest, which has led to higher corn prices and plummeting corn stocks. In a normal year, the U.S. exports more than 1 billion bushels of corn to markets worldwide, but with low domestic supply it’s a tough year for corn exporters – the USDA predicts U.S. corn exports will be at a 40-year low this year.

Scores Of Ozarks Post Offices, Mostly In Rural Areas, Prepare For Reduction Of Hours
The United States Postal Service is moving ahead to reduce the hours of thousands of post offices across the United States. Hear reactions from people living in rural Ozarks communities.

The Friday After Thanksgiving – A National Day Of Listening
The Friday after Thanksgiving Friday has become known as a ‘National Day Of Listening.’ This is a day set aside to encourage people to grab a loved one and a recorder, and conduct an interview.  National Day of Listening is a project of Story Corps, an independent nonprofit whose mission is to provide Americans of all backgrounds and beliefs with the opportunity to share and preserve the stories of our lives.

What Kansas Looked Like Then And What It Looks Like Now
If you happen to stand in one spot in a Kansas town or city, did you ever wonder what things looked like 100 years ago?  If so, then and now” books are just the ticket. They are part of a genre that uses photos to contrast the past with the present in cities and states around the country.  Kansas City historian Monroe Dodd’s “Kansas Then and Now” is fourth in a series of books about the region.

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