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11:08 am
Wed September 3, 2014

8 Fall Festivals To Add To Your Weekends

Fall festivals all over the Kansas City area share themes of harvest, food and fun.
Credit City of Lenexa / Facebook

Fall festival season is upon us, and the Kansas City area is gearing up for a busy couple of months. We've gathered up a few of the many celebrations that focus on local history and harvest time.

Lenexa Spinach Festival, Sept. 6 at Sar-Ko-Par Trails Park in Lenexa, Kan.
History exhibits, craft fair, massive spinach salad, cooking demos

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Going To KC
9:54 am
Wed September 3, 2014

Going To Kansas City: A Place You Have To Find Yourself In

Shane Evans standing in front of his Dream Studio on 31st Street. Evans painted stars on the side of his building, which has become a popular destination for people to have their pictures taken. People catalog the photographs with the hashtag #thatkcstarwall.
Credit Shane Evans

 “Going to Kansas City” is a series that shares the personal stories of how people came to Kansas City — and why they stayed.

Artist Shane Evans first came to Kansas City from New York City in 1993, when he got a job working for Hallmark Cards as an illustrator. He worked at Hallmark for seven years before deciding to leave the company to become an independent artist. Evans travels and works all around the world, but continues to keep Kansas City as his home base.

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Crime
3:46 pm
Tue September 2, 2014

UPDATED: Three Dead, Two Injured In South Kansas City Shooting

file photo
Credit Robert Francis / Flickr--CC

Update, 7:11 a.m., Wednesday:

Police have apprehended a man they say has been positively identified as the suspect in the assaults at a Motel 6 in the Northland. The are continuing to investigate whether there is a link between the suspect and the triple homicide in south Kansas City. 

Update, 8:15 p.m.:  

Police say the shooting may be related to an incident at a northland Motel 6 Tuesday afternoon. The hotel is close to where an SUV taken from the scene of the homicides earlier in the day in south Kansas City was found. 

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Central Standard
2:02 pm
Tue September 2, 2014

Changing Trends In Teaching About Difference

These students act out and witness scenes in KU's Tunnel of Oppression, a program that asks college students to confront uncomfortable social dynamics.
Credit KU / Creative Commons

For the past few decades, American communities have been trying to foster this thing called "multiculturalism." As we continue to debate notions of privilege and perception, how is this experiment going? Are we more empathetic than we used to be? Plus, having "the talk"... about race.

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Development
7:21 am
Mon September 1, 2014

A Vision Of Kemper Arena As A Competitive Video Game Hub

Does the future of Kemper Arena involve competitive video games? Jase Wilson thinks it should.
Credit CC: SA2.5

The future of Kansas City’s Kemper Arena is murky. The city council is considering two proposals. One, from the American Royal, would see it torn down and replaced. The other, from the development company Foutch Brothers, would rehab it as the centerpiece of a youth sports complex. But last week, urban activist Jase Wilson wrote an open letter to the council last week with a novel proposal: Turn the arena into the Midwest’s only arena specifically designed to host competitive video game tournaments.

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Breastfeeding
6:15 am
Mon September 1, 2014

New Missouri Law Loosens Restrictions On Breastfeeding

Breast feeding moms can can now be excused from jury duty, and they can't be charged with indecency laws for breastfeeding in public.
Credit Benjamin Magana/Wikimedia

A new Missouri law shields breastfeeding mothers from indecency charges for nursing their children or pumping in public. Under the law, which went into effect Thursday, breastfeeding mothers also can be excused from jury duty by presenting a doctor’s note.

Anne Biswell, the communications director of the Mother & Child Health Coalition, says the law makes much more sense than and is less ambiguous than the previous statute that required women to exercise “as much discretion as possible.” 

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Tell KCUR
4:58 pm
Fri August 29, 2014

Tell KCUR: What Songs Get Stuck In Your Head?

What songs get stuck in your head? Tweet us your answers with the #TellKCUR hashtag.
Credit File photo / KCUR

Maybe it’s a song about John Jacob Jingleheimer Schmidt or who let the dogs out.

Or perhaps it’s a tune about how we live in such a small, small world.

Whatever the melody, we want to know what earworms you grapple with.

Tell KCUR: What songs get stuck in your head?

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Community
8:49 pm
Thu August 28, 2014

UMKC Students: 'We Are Michael Brown'

University of Missouri-Kansas City students participate in an 'I am Mike Brown' event in response to the police shooting of an unarmed teen in Ferguson, Mo.
Credit Elle Moxley / KCUR

About 150 University of Missouri-Kansas City students marched across campus Thursday evening chanting "hands up, don't shoot" to show support for the unarmed teenager killed by police in Ferguson, Mo., earlier this month.

Seniors Danielle McFadden and Carly Jones organized the event, called "I am Michael Brown," to start a conversation at UMKC about police militarization and racially-motivated violence.

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Up to Date
12:10 pm
Thu August 28, 2014

Why Healthy Forests Matter

Deforestation of tropical forests is happening faster than restoration.
Credit wikimedia commons

National Geographic reports that in the first dozen years of this century the world lost almost 35% more forest canopy than it gained…. and some of the greatest losses have been in tropical forests.

Stuart Davies, a tropical ecologist, explains how these forests are being studied and monitored and what their reduction could mean for the rest of the world.

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Up to Date
10:31 am
Wed August 27, 2014

Gender Wage Gap Persists

Despite many efforts for equality in pay, women still make less money than men.
Credit Sarah Stierch / Flickr-CC

The inequality of pay between men and women isn't a new issue-- and that's the point. Since the wage gap first received lots of publicity years ago, why hasn’t it closed?

On Wednesday's Up to Date, we examine why, on average, women still earn 23 percent less than men and what solutions are in the works.

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Ferguson
2:10 pm
Mon August 25, 2014

Mayor Sly James On Ferguson, Profiling And Diversity

Kansas City, Mo., Mayor Sly James stopped by KCUR to talk about Ferguson and how Kansas City is similar and different from the St. Louis suburb.
Credit Cody Newill / KCUR

In light of protests in Ferguson, Mo., over the police shooting of Michael Brown, Kansas City leaders held a panel Saturday centered around a big question for people of color: What should I do when I am stopped by the police?

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Ferguson
9:21 am
Mon August 25, 2014

Michael Brown Sr. Calls For A Pause To The Protests

Michael Brown Sr., shown here from the rally held a week ago, appealed for peace on the day of his son's funeral.

Originally published on Mon August 25, 2014 2:05 pm

(Updated at 9:12 a.m. Monday, August 25)

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon's spokesman says Nixon will NOT attend Monday's funeral "out of respect for the family, who deserve time to focus on remembering Michael and grieving their loss."

Our previous story:

The parents of Trayvon Martin joined Michael Brown's father on stage Sunday evening in Forest Park, to speak at Better Family Life’s annual Peace Fest.

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Ferguson
9:17 am
Mon August 25, 2014

After Delay, Ferguson-Florissant Schools Open With Enthusiasm

Volunteers for Parents for Peace welcome back students at Ferguson Middle School.

Originally published on Tue August 26, 2014 10:21 pm

 Updated on Monday, Aug. 25.

After a being delayed for more than a week, about 11,000 students in the Ferguson-Florissant School District started their school year today.  

As kids filed into Ferguson Middle School – which is located about two miles from where protesters violently clashed with police – a stream of students, parents and teachers said they were happy to be back in the classroom. 

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Ferguson Shooting
1:01 pm
Sun August 24, 2014

Chris Koster To Host Two-Day Workshop To Discuss Minorities In Police Departments

Chris Koster will host a workshop in Kansas City and St. Louis to discuss increasing the number of minority police officers in police departments.
Credit Attorney General's Office

Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster announced Sunday that he will host a two-day workshop in Kansas City and St. Louis to discuss why so many cities in Missouri have low numbers of minorities in their police departments. Koster said in a release announcing the event that he wanted to talk with police chiefs, school administrators and community leaders to find out why many urban police forces around the state don't reflect the racial makeup of cities they serve. 

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Community
4:08 pm
Sat August 23, 2014

Mayor Sly James, Politicians Offer Young African-American Men Advice On Interacting With Police

Mayor Sly James and other officials offered advice on police interaction to African American men on Saturday.
Credit Ben Palosaari

Politicians, religious leaders and police hosted a town hall meeting Saturday at St. James United Methodist Church to help young African-American men be prepared for one question: What do I do when I am stopped by the police?

The nation and media continue to be focused on what happens next in Ferguson, Mo. after unarmed teen Michael Brown was shot dead by a police officer two weeks ago. Local authorities wanted to take this chance to help avoid a Ferguson in Kansas City.

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Central Standard
2:00 pm
Fri August 22, 2014

Won't You Be My (Online) Neighbor?

A new social media platform that helps people connect with their neighbors has entered into partnerships with Kansas City, Mo., and Kansas City, Kan. Which got us wondering: What happened to a friendly wave across the driveway?

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Central Standard
11:04 am
Fri August 22, 2014

Motorcycle Culture: Separating Myth From Reality

The sound of a motorcycle revving its engine signaled trouble back when the Shangri-Las sang "Leader of the Pack," but the biker image has grown more nuanced since then. This conversation explores the evolving reality of motorcycle culture in Kansas City. 

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Ferguson
7:33 am
Fri August 22, 2014

Police Credit Hard Work For Third Straight Night Of Calm In Ferguson

Roses have been added to the memorial for Michael Brown on Canfield Drive.

Originally published on Fri August 22, 2014 2:16 am

Thursday brought another night of calm to the streets of Ferguson.

One group that numbered about 100 at its peak marched up and down West Florissant Avenue, adding drumbeats to familiar protest chants. But many others just mingled on the sidewalk without any interference from police.

"It's very peaceful tonight," said Evelyn Wellington, who was among the watchers. "The police aren't bothering anybody, nobody's bothering the police, they're allowing us to rally. I love this."

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Tell KCUR
1:54 pm
Thu August 21, 2014

What Kansas City Can Learn From The Ferguson Shooting

Tear gas, shown here streaming in Ferguson, Mo., earlier this week, was one of law enforcement's crowd-control measures amid looting and riots in the wake of the police shooting of an unarmed 18-year-old in the St. Louis suburb.
Credit Frank Morris / KCUR

The shooting of an unarmed man near St. Louis — and the aftermath that has ensued — offers Kansas City broader lessons tied to law enforcement and media coverage.

That’s according to people who responded to our question of the week on the air and via social media: What can Kansas City learn from events in Ferguson?  

“Our police force doesn’t need to arm itself like this is Iraq,” Kansas Citian @OfficialMKoussa answers on Twitter.

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Up to Date
9:00 am
Thu August 21, 2014

Media Critics: What The Ferguson Headlines Say About The Press

Frank Morris has been covering Ferguson for KCUR and NPR.
Credit Frank Morris / KCUR

Covering intense events in the heat of the moment isn’t easy.

On Thursday's Up to Date, we turn a critical eye toward the press in the wake of the events in Ferguson, as the Media Critics join us.

Guests:

  • Derek Donovan, The Kansas City Star
  • Pam Fine, University of Kansas
  • Frank Morris, KCUR
  • Margie Freivogel, news editor for St. Louis Public Radio
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Ferguson
7:40 am
Thu August 21, 2014

A Calm Night In Ferguson

Justice for Mike Brown is Justice for America, according to one of the signs Wednesday night.

Originally published on Thu August 21, 2014 5:53 pm

Hundreds of demonstrators marched up and down West Florissant Avenue on a night in which the most dangerous factor was the heat index. It was the second night in a row of mostly peaceful protest.

As demonstrators made laps up and down the road (remaining in motion in accordance with law enforcement's rule), most of the policing was self-policing.

A handful of demonstrators would yell out to "Keep moving!" or "Get out the streets" when a crowd would gather. And those same demonstrators would admonish journalists for back-ups as well.

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Ferguson
7:54 am
Wed August 20, 2014

Tensions Flare Again, But Police Maintain Peace In Ferguson Overnight

A demonstator lunges at a riot police line in Ferguson Tues. after getting pepper sprayed.
Joseph Leahy / St. Louis Public Radio

Originally published on Wed August 20, 2014 4:30 pm

After more than a week of nightly violence in Ferguson, increased restraint by protestors and police paid off Tuesday night. Though police arrested 47 people and peppered sprayed one man, the night’s demonstrations ended without the use of tear gas, rubber bullets or gunfire.

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Central Standard
5:24 pm
Tue August 19, 2014

Ferguson In Perspective: Race Riots In Midwestern Cities

Police surround an incapacitated man after throwing tear gas into the crowd of protesters, 1968, Kansas City, Mo.
Credit Western Historical Manuscript Collection

  Festering tensions reach a boiling point, erupting into a stand-off between police and the African-American community. This basic scenario has played out in Kansas City, Mo., Lawrence, Kan., St. Louis, Ill. and now Ferguson, Mo.

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Up To Date
5:24 pm
Tue August 19, 2014

The Militarization Of Law Enforcement

The Clay County Sheriff's MRAP (Mine Resistant Ambush Protected) vehicle acquired in April from the Department of Defense.
Credit (Peggy Lowe/KCUR)

Among the many images that have emerged from Ferguson, Missouri, perhaps some of the most arresting are those of law enforcement personnel lined up in riot gear, helmets and vests on with batons at the ready.  And right behind them the sight of an officer atop a military-grade armored vehicle holding a sniper rifle.
 

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Central Standard
3:10 pm
Tue August 19, 2014

Living To Tell The Tale: Missouri River Racers Make It Home

After paddling solo 340 miles down the Missouri River, stopping only briefly to catch the teensiest bit of shut-eye, two competitors in the MR340 share their experiences, from paddling through fog to hallucinating on the water.

Guests:

  • Doug Jennings, organizer and longtime participant
  • Amy Sevcik, first-time competitor
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Central Standard
3:06 pm
Tue August 19, 2014

Beyond The Check Book: An Update On Financial Literacy

With more than 60 percent of Americans admitting to not keeping a basic budget, the Cash Money Crew explores the state of financial literacy, offering tips for teaching young people about money management. 

Guests:

  • Sandi Weaver, financial planner, Financial Security Advisors
  • David Jackson, financial planner, Financial Planning Association of Greater Kansas City
  • Lucas Bucl, financial planner, KHC Wealth Management
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Ferguson
3:01 pm
Tue August 19, 2014

What Kansas City's Past Civil Rights Riots And Ferguson Have In Common

Kansas City residents march on City Hall to protest schools being open during Martin Luther King Jr.'s funeral on April 9, 1968
Western Historical Manuscript Collection

The social unrest in Ferguson, Mo., following the police shooting of Michael Brown has sparked national conversations about issues stemming from racial and socioeconomic tension. But this isn't the first time these issues have reached a fever pitch.

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Ferguson
10:25 am
Tue August 19, 2014

Attorney General To Visit Ferguson As President Questions Police Use of Military Hardware

President Barack Obama addressed issues in Ferguson on Monday.

Originally published on Tue August 19, 2014 2:38 pm

Being careful not to prejudge the case involving the shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown, President Barack Obama appealed to the residents of Ferguson to help restore peace and calm to neighborhood streets shrouded in recent nights by clouds of tear gas, glass shards, bricks and bullet casings. Obama said that he understands the anger of many in the community, but quickly added that violence only undermines rather than advances justice.

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Ferguson Shooting
8:12 am
Tue August 19, 2014

After Cries Of 'Fergustan,' Scrutiny On Military Program

This Mine Resistant Ambush Protected vehicle, or MRAP, was obtained by the Clay County Sheriff's Department in April. Because of it's size, it's housed at the county's highway department, where snow plows and large mowers are parked.
Credit (Peggy Lowe/KCUR)

Police dressed in full combat gear and gas masks, firing rifles directly at protestors as clouds of tear gas drifted up under street lights.

More cops, all in a line, marching behind huge armored tanks. Night sticks in hand, the police pressed protestors back, staying behind shields as people fled.

The images from Ferguson, Mo., last week were startling and cries of “Fergustan” rang from the streets and onto Twitter.

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Ferguson Shooting
7:50 am
Tue August 19, 2014

Tear Gas Flies Again In Ferguson, But Violence Is Reduced

Protesters came close to the police line, but the majority of marchers moved the crowd away.

Originally published on Tue August 19, 2014 7:11 pm

Despite the best efforts of community leaders to keep the crowd in check in Ferguson Monday night, police deployed tear gas, 31 people were arrested and two people were shot.

While there was no curfew in place, police dispersed the crowd shortly before midnight.

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