Top Of The Morning News: January 18, 2013

Jan 18, 2013

KCK wants to train more people in CPR.  The Kansas City Council sends healthy levy renewal to voters.  Kansas City home builders had a good year in 2012. Those stories & more from KCUR.

Citywide CPR Effort Aims To Lower Cardiac Arrest Deaths

If a person suddenly collapses, CPR could mean the difference between life and death. That’s the message coming from city and hospital leaders in Kansas City, Kan., who want to train a lot more residents in the lifesaving technique.

Health Levy Extension To April Ballot

Kansas City, Missouri voters will decide on whether to keep the city's health levy at its present rate. The city council scheduled its extension to be on the April 2 ballot.  Find out more here.

Kansas City Home Builders Encouraged

Housing construction permits in the metro area shot up markedly last year, according to figures from the Home Builders Association of Greater Kansas City.  Building permits rose to highest level since 2007.  Read more here.

As In 'Billy Elliot,' Barriers To Boys In Ballet Disappear With Grace

The musical Billy Elliot, which won ten Tony Awards in 2009 and comes to Kansas City's Music Hall next week, teaches that to move toward a dream, the dream must involve movement.  It’s the story of an 11-year-old boy who gives up boxing for ballet, much to the chagrin of his father and brother, both ensnared in a British miner's strike. Yet the issues and passions stoked by the show are not unfamiliar to young male dancers in Kansas City.  See a slideshow and listen to the story here.

'Housebreaking' Reveals A Family At A Breaking Point

The dysfunctional family is an often-mined subject for drama, from the early Greeks to the present. The play "Housebreaking," by Jakob Holder, combines humor with an exploration of failed relationships and dreams.  Learn more about the play and see a slideshow here.