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11:20 am
Tue April 15, 2014

Johnson County Shooting Suspect Held On $10 Million Bail

U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom, left, and Johnson County District Attorney Steve Howe meet reporters Tuesday to discuss murder charges against the suspect in the Jewish Community Center shootings.
Credit Peggy Lowe / KCUR

The 73-year old southwest Missouri man suspected in the killings of three people near the Jewish Community Center in Overland Park, Kan., made his first court appearance Tuesday, wearing a bullet-proof vest and looking confused as a Johnson County judge set his bail at $10 million.

Frazier Glenn Cross was charged with two felony counts of murder -- one count of capital murder and one count of premeditated first-degree murder -- for the killings of three people in two locations.

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Community
7:14 pm
Mon April 14, 2014

Blue Valley High Lost A 'Star In The Making'

Blue Valley High School was closed on Monday.
Credit Laura Spencer / KCUR

Blue Valley High School, at 159th and Nall in Stilwell, Kan., was closed Monday for a previously scheduled professional development day. Still, counseling support was available for staff and students in the wake of Sunday's shootings that killed three people, including a Blue Valley student and his grandfather.

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Community
6:16 pm
Mon April 14, 2014

Suspected Shooter In JCC Attacks Has 30-Year History Of Hate

Frazier Glenn Cross, also known as Glenn Miller, is accused of killing three people on Sunday in Overland Park, Kan.
Credit courtesy: Johnson County Sheriff's Office

The man suspected of killing three people at two Jewish facilities in Johnson County, Kan., is a well-known neo-Nazi and someone who authorities say spent much of his life calling for attacks on Jews.

Frazier Glenn Cross, Jr. faces state murder charges and likely hate crime charges in federal court, after allegedly murdering three people in shootings at the Jewish Community Center and Village Shalom assisted living center in Overland Park, Kan., Sunday.

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Community
4:02 pm
Mon April 14, 2014

Coping With Targeted Violence In The Aftermath Of Shootings In Overland Park

The day after a harrowing series of shootings at the Jewish Community Center and Village Shalom, Central Standard convenes community leaders to take the first steps toward healing and understanding. Do we find answers in spirituality? Ethics? Shared humanity and friendship? Tune in for this half-hour segment to hear how Kansas City's communities are responding to a tragic act of targeted violence.

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Tell KCUR
4:01 pm
Mon April 14, 2014

Tell KCUR: What Do You Say To Kids After A Community Tragedy?

Tell KCUR: What do you say to kids after a community tragedy? Tweet your answer with the #TellKCUR hashtag.
Credit KCUR

Sunday’s shootings at Jewish centers in Johnson County raise a lot of questions for law enforcement and the victims’ families.  

But as the news continues to pick up more local, national and even international attention,  the shootings may prompt questions from little ones.

We want to know how you’re explaining the recent shootings to them.

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Central Standard
3:41 pm
Mon April 14, 2014

Brown V. Board Of Education: 60 Years Later

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As of next month 60 years will have passed since Brown v. Board of Education took place in Topeka, Kan. The landmark case ruled that "separate but equal" was in fact unequal, and all public schools began the desegregation process.

On today's Central Standard, host Gina Kaufmann discusses the history of education in the state of Kansas and why Topeka was the ideal setting for this case.

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Community
7:49 am
Mon April 14, 2014

Shootings At Johnson County Jewish Facilities Have Global Impact

Shootings took place on Sunday at the Jewish Community Center and Village Shalom retirement home (pictured) in Overland Park, Kan.
Credit Laura Spencer / KCUR

Shootings at the Jewish Community Center and Village Shalom retirement home in Overland Park, Kan. became international news overnight as new details about the tragedy emerged.

Authorities have been learning about the racist and anti-Semitic ideology of the suspect, Frazier Glenn Cross Jr., who hate-group trackers have been following for years.

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Community
4:02 pm
Sun April 13, 2014

UPDATED: Victims, Suspect Identified In Overland Park Shootings

On Monday, police tape was still wrapped around a parking lot at Village Shalom in Overland Park, Kan. to keep visitors out of the crime scene.
Credit Laura Spencer / KCUR

Updated 10:47 a.m.:

Frazier Glenn Cross, the suspect in Sunday's shootings, is being held at the Johnson County Detention Center without bond. Kristi Bergeron, of the District Attorney's Office in Johnson County said he will not be arraigned Monday.

He will face both federal and state charges.

Updated 10:36 a.m.:

The Children's Center for the Visually Impaired released this statement:

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History
3:49 pm
Fri April 11, 2014

The History Of Troost

For decades, Troost Avenue has symbolized racial separation, income disparity and vast differences in home value as well as frequency of crime. But it's only a street. And at one time, it happened to be quite a prosperous street.

Hosted by Monroe Dodd, this discussion explores the specific decisions, both national and local, that laid the groundwork for Troost's transformation into a major metropolitan divide. Personal stories from a longtime resident contribute to this conversation.  

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Tell KCUR
2:36 pm
Fri April 11, 2014

The Many Reasons Kansas City Powers KCUR

KCUR volunteers filled this white board with "Power KCUR" messages all week in our green room, which served as command central throughout the membership drive.
Alyson Raletz KCUR

It’s pledge drive week at KCUR.

That means asking the public to support Kansas City’s public radio station, but it also involves a celebration of KCUR and its members.

All week, we asked, “Why do you power KCUR?” online, on the air and via social media.  

Your fired back your favorite news and talk shows.

You cited all of the “driveway moments” from features on local and national news.

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Community
5:44 am
Fri April 11, 2014

Malted Milk Balls End 'Great Ape Escape' At Kansas City Zoo

Kansas City Zoo visitors were locked up indoors for an hour Thursday while seven chimpanzees ran free outdoors in an area accessible only to zoo personnel.

Zoo Director Randy Wisthoff told TV-9 the chimps using a tree branch for a ladder was an example of primate intelligence and strength.

"Chimps are so much stronger than humans that they can go up in a tree and pull on something long enough and pull a piece of log off, that's apparently what happened," he said.

Beyond Our Borders
5:30 am
Fri April 11, 2014

Tulips On Troost Still Blooming, But Efforts Are Dying Out

The Tulips on Troost program has struggled in recent years, but streets near Rockhurst University reflect the school's continuing participation in the program.
Julie Denesha KCUR

When the first blankets of tulips bloomed along Troost Avenue as part of the Tulips on Troost street beautification program, national, even international press paid attention.

But the program was never supposed to be just about flowers. It was also an effort to reimagine Troost, which for years has been thought of as an economic and racial dividing line.

Today, the program is all but defunct, lacking funds and human capital to keep it alive.

Driving north along Troost from 75th street, there aren't many signs of tulips. 

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Community
9:29 am
Thu April 10, 2014

Kansas City Police Investigate More Reports Of Highway Shootings

Police say there might be as many as 20 victims in the spree of highway shootings around the Kansas City area.

Captain Tye Grant says since the shootings have been widely publicized, a number of people have come forward who think they may have been involved in a similar incident.

Police are now looking into 20 possible shootings on area highways, but Grant emphasizes the number is extremely fluid.

“Because honestly that is changing so much by the time I give it to you and the time you report it, it’s going to change," says Grant.

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Up to Date
9:00 am
Thu April 10, 2014

A Look Into Kansas City's Past

John Simonson is the author of Kansas City 1940: A Watershed Year.

1940 was a pivotal year for Kansas City. Tom Pendergast’s rule through corruption and debauchery had crumbled, leaving the new local government to reform a city hungry for jazz and liquor.

On Thursday's Up to Date, we examine how Kansas City was different in the World War II era. On the way, we take a look at how the “Paris of the Plains” changed from a den of iniquity to the city we know today.

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Central Standard
4:26 pm
Wed April 9, 2014

The Missouri River Environment And The Pallid Sturgeon

Credit Kevin Saff / Flickr/CC

The Missouri River is a significant natural resource for our community. It is a place for recreation and enjoyment, and it provides farmers with water for their crops. The "Big Muddy" is also home to a diverse ecosystem, including the pallid sturgeon. On today's Central Standard, we discuss the history of the Missouri River, its wildlife and efforts to protect it.

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Central Standard
1:24 pm
Mon April 7, 2014

Nature In The City: Spring 2014

American White Pelican
Credit Ken Chan / Flickr / Creative Commons

Spring has arrived in the Midwest and there are many wonders of nature to explore in our area. On today's Central Standard, our Kansas City nature experts discuss spring peeper and western chorus frogs, bald eagles, peregrine falcons, plus some natural features that really shine in the spring.

Also, our experts suggest ideal locations in and around Kansas City to enjoy the new season's natural beauties.

Below are some great spots to explore nature and see wildlife in the spring:

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Tell KCUR
4:39 pm
Fri April 4, 2014

Why Do You Power KCUR?

Why do you power KCUR? Tweet us your answer with the #PowerKCUR hashtag.
Credit KCUR

Listeners have many reasons for supporting KCUR, Kansas City’s public media radio station.

Members tell us they power KCUR because they love the reporting. And they tell us about how they feel connected to the Kansas City community when they listen to KCUR.

As we celebrate KCUR this week during the station’s spring pledge drive, we want to know: Why do you power KCUR?

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Beyond Our Borders
12:22 pm
Fri April 4, 2014

We Want Your Photos Of Awesome Things East Of Troost

This plate at a popular breakfast spot on Troost Avenue is featured on KCUR's new Tumblr, Awesome Things East of Troost.
Credit Alyson Raletz / KCUR

We’re finding lots of cool things on and east of Troost Avenue in Kansas City. And we know you are, too.

As KCUR continues its look at Troost as a dividing line in Kansas City — part of our Beyond Our Borders project  — we’re posting photos of our cool finds on a new Tumblr site called Awesome Things East of Troost.

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Up To Date
3:14 pm
Thu April 3, 2014

Ethics Professors: Who Should Get Organ Donations?

UNOS works to advance organ availability and transplantation.
Credit United Network for Organ Sharing

In the Midwest, the supply of organs for patients who need transplants to live is relatively strong.  But, that’s not the case in many locations across the country.

Currently, donated organs are distributed through local and regional networks, but there is talk of changing that system to one that basically puts everyone on equal footing.

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Community
3:01 pm
Thu April 3, 2014

KCUR And KCPT Announce Regional Public Media Collaboration

Credit Courtesy / KCPT

KCUR and Kansas City public television station KCPT announced a news collaboration on Thursday.

The collaboration is not a merger, the two public media stations said in a statement, but rather a pooling of resources and a commitment to partner on reporting and engagement projects.

The initial focus will be on health and agriculture reporting, along with a Kansas City launch of the Public Insight Network (PIN), a nationwide database that helps connect journalists to sources. 

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Central Standard
12:58 pm
Thu April 3, 2014

Middle Of The Map Fest Kickoff

Middle of the Map Fest starts tonight with the music portion in Westport. The festival will continue with forum next weekend and wrap up with film April 16-20. On today's Central Standard, a Middle of the Map Fest co-founder discusses what to expect from local and national musicians in Kansas City this weekend. Plus, KCUR's Laura Ziegler is here with Royals predictions for this week's Tell KCUR.

Guest:

  • Chris Haghirian, co-founder of Middle of the Map Fest
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Community
4:00 pm
Wed April 2, 2014

Where Women Entrepreneurs Can Find Support in Kansas City

The Kauffman Foundation held a Global Women's Summit in 2011 where women entrepreneurs gathered to network and get advice on growing their businesses.
Credit Kauffman Foundation

A recent Forbes.com article headline touted “11 Reasons 2014 Will Be A Breakout Year For Women Entrepreneurs.” 

And, indeed, the statistics are looking good.

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Community
1:07 pm
Wed April 2, 2014

Kansas City Makes Latest Cut For Republican National Convention

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Kansas City made the next cut in the running for the 2016 Republican National Convention, the GOP announced Wednesday.

Denver, Las Vegas, Cincinnati and Cleveland are also still contenders for the convention. Pheonix and Columbus were eliminated.

Shortly after the announcement, Kansas City, Mo. Mayor Sly James said the city would have no problem accommodating the expected 40 thousand conventioneers.

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Community
5:26 am
Wed April 2, 2014

New Kansas City Store Serves Up Midwestern Pride

Raygun owner and founder Mike Draper cracks himself up a little bit in his new Kansas City store.
Credit Frank Morris / KCUR

It’s not hard to find stores catering to people proud of their schools or sports teams, but a shop opening this week in Kansas City, Mo., called Raygun, is all about a perennial underdog: the Midwest.

Owner Mike Draper is from Iowa, and this will be his first store outside his home state.

Like a lot of Midwesterners, Draper left home when he could, but came back to take part in a big shift he sees taking place in the Midwestern self-image.   

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Beyond Our Borders
1:45 pm
Tue April 1, 2014

What Matters To One Of Kansas City’s Oldest Neighborhood Groups

Les Cline, president of the 49/63 Neighborhood Coalition
Credit Alyson Raletz / KCUR

Les Cline is highly aware of a street in Kansas City that dissects the 49/63 neighborhood in Kansas City — Troost Avenue.

But it’s just the name of a street, says Cline, president of the 49/63 Neighborhood Coalition.

“There’s no wall or fence or force field running down Troost,” Cline says. 

Founded in 1971, the coalition’s borders run from 49th to 63rd streets, and Paseo to Oak. Brush up on the neighborhood in this profile on 49-63.  

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Beyond Our Borders
9:36 am
Tue April 1, 2014

Kansas City's 49-63 Coalition Unites Residents On Both Sides Of Troost

A home in one of the neighborhoods that are part of the 49-63 coalition.
Credit Courtesy / 49-63 Neighborhood Coaltion

Right off the bat, you know one thing about everyone who’s part of the 49-63 neighborhood coalition  — a collective of residential associations in Kansas City, Mo. They all  live between 49th and 63rd Streets.

It’s their east–west borders that may be most interesting, however. Those lines are Paseo and Oak.

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Community
5:55 am
Tue April 1, 2014

Going To Kansas City: Crying Allowed

Natalie Skadra takes a snap of her shoes as she relaxes in Arrowhead Stadium after running her first 5K.
Credit Courtesy / Natalie Skadra

  Eds note: This is the first in an ongoing series called “Going to Kansas City” in which we share the personal stories of how people came to Kansas City — and why they stayed.

"I don't think it really hit me until the day we left," says Natalie Skadra of her move from Durham, N.C., to Kansas City in 2006. "I cried. Like tears that I don't normally cry. It was a very difficult, painful move."

But things have changed since that day more than seven years ago.

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Beyond Our Borders
7:30 am
Mon March 31, 2014

Life East Of Troost Through The Eyes Of 5 Kansas Citians

Mary Williams Neal
Credit Alyson Raletz / KCUR

As KCUR begins its in-depth look at how Troost Avenue divides Kansas City, we wanted to talk to people about their perceptions of the area east of the thoroughfare.  

We spent some time east of Troost this month, asking about the realities and misconceptions of life near one of Kansas City’s most prominent racial and economic dividing lines.

Here are some of the highlights of what we heard back:

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Community
5:23 pm
Fri March 28, 2014

KCUR Is Coming Soon To A Neighborhood Near You

KCUR's Up To Date Host Steve Kraske, left, leads a discussion with members of the 49/63 neighborhood during a March community listening session at Rockhurst University.
Alyson Raletz KCUR

KCUR wants to turn the tables and listen to listeners for a change.

But we’ll need your help.

We want feedback from community members to drive our content as we examine how geographic borders affect our daily lives in Kansas City in our yearlong “Beyond Our Borders” project.

We’re looking for partners to help us host community listening sessions that we’re conducting to help us reach Kansas Citians on their own turf.

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Community
7:47 am
Fri March 28, 2014

Children’s Mercy Hospital Recognized By LGBT Organization

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 The nation’s largest education and advocacy group for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community has recognized Children’s Mercy Hospital for its progressive policies toward LGBT patients, employees, and families.

The Human Rights Campaign will honor Children’s Mercy in Kansas City, Mo., with the Human Rights Campaign Corporate Equality Award.

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