There's a new kid in town, and Kansas City government officials are concerned about its unconventional arrival.
Lyft, a San Francisco-based transportation network company that connects people through a mobile app, started business in the area on April 24. Users request a ride and they are matched with a driver from the Lyft community.
Local woodworker and artist Peter Warren met Dr. Jeff Piehler, a retired thoracic surgeon, at an art opening some years ago. But last year, the doctor came to visit Warren at his studio with an unusual request.
“He came to me and said ‘what do you think about building a casket?’” Warren said. "I told him I was fine with that."
Spring is the season of change. Many high school seniors are preparing to leave the familiar to experience the independence that comes with university life. College seniors are expected to go out into the "real world" and take on new responsibilities. On today's Central Standard, psychologist Bruce Liese guides both students and parents through the uncertainties of this transitional period.
Jacob Schreiber, President and CEO of the Jewish Community Center said a number of the written expressions are displayed on a bulletin board in the center’s lobby. Some of the expressions of sympathy include:
Everyone is familiar with the National World War I Monument in Kansas City, but there are others.
On Monday, we'll hear the stories behind some of the most prominent WWI monuments and memorials in Kansas City. James J. Heiman the author of Voices In the Bronze and Stone: Kansas City's World War I Monuments and Memorials joins us.
James J. Heiman is the author of Voices In Bronze and Stone: Kansas City's World War I Monuments and Memorials.
Protestors, like disabled veteran Sara Campbell (at right), held signs across the street from ALEC's meeting in Kansas City, Mo. Chuck and Tina Tribble (left, and center) planned to stay until the meeting "broke for dinner."
American Legislative Exchange Council, also known as ALEC, hosted two days of meetings on May 1 - 2, with about 600 legislative leaders at the Downtown Marriott in Kansas City, Mo. The council is a conservative advocacy group.
There’s a new resource in town for Kansas City gardeners: a seed library. Starting this spring at the Ruiz branch of the Kansas City Public Library, anyone with a library card can check out seeds for typical garden plants, from cilantro to tomatoes. At the end of the season, patrons return the seeds they harvest from the plants they grow.
While the population of the United States continues to grow, new census reports show that more people are moving out of Kansas than are moving in. According to the census reports, Kansas lost more than 10,000 people between 2010 and 2013. This population decrease is most acute in the rural counties of Kansas.
On Wednesday's Central Standard we explore why Kansas is shrinking, what impact this will have on the state and what actions are being taken to reverse the trend.
With suspects in custody for both the highway and Jewish Community Center shootings, many communities in the metro area are waiting to see how justice will be served.
On Wednesday's Up to Date, the Ethics Professors return to mull over the ethical questions surrounding crime and punishment. We also look at the recent case of a man who was imprisoned 15 years after his sentencing due to a clerical error.
Online restaurant reviews on sites like Yelp and Urban Spoon have become an integral part of the restaurant industry today. Central Standard host Gina Kaufmann explores the credibility of these user reviews. Do they change the way chefs and restaurant staff manage their business?
The blog ranks Kansas as the 12th nerdiest state based on an analysis of interests listed in Facebook profiles. To determine each state's ranking, Estately tallied the percentage of people who mentioned the nerdy things listed below, then ranked the cities on a per capita basis:
In recent years, we've heard a lot more about texting and driving than we have about drinking and driving. But drunk driving is still prevalent. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, alcohol-impaired car crashes account for nearly one-third of all traffic-related deaths in the United States.
As spring revelry leads to late nights out, Central Standard asks whether Kansas Citians are making plans to get home safely, and if not, why not?
Shopping malls across the city and across the nation are closing their doors or re-imagining their futures. With the recent closure of Metro North and a meeting called to gather community input on redevelopment possibilities for Metcalf South, Central Standard convened local experts to look back on the significance of the shopping mall, in our city and in our lives.
Every government, non-profit or business has to find some way to gauge what a community needs or wants from them. But how do you figure it out?
On Wednesday's Up to Date, we talk about what community engagement means to a local government official and a director of community engagement at a non-profit. We also take a look at how they talk with community members and how the information they get helps shape their organizations’ budgets, programs and other critical functions.
The mayor of a small town in the Ozarks has resigned after making racist comments and revealing he was once friends with the man accused of killing three people at two Jewish facilities in Overland Park, Kan., on April 13.
Ozarks Public Radio reports that Marionville Mayor Dan Clevenger said he would resign Monday after four of five aldermen voted to impeach him.
Drinking and driving gets a lot of media attention. Radio, television and print advertising have raised awareness of the problem. There are even social media sites that post DUI checkpoints in the region. Despite all the attention drunk drivers are still on the road, and being caught at an alarming rate.
We want to know your ideas on how to combat driving under the influence.
Tell KCUR:What services should be provided to curb drinking and driving in metro Kansas City?
Every parent these days hears it from their children: “I want a new smartphone” or “We have to get a new tablet—I’ll just die without one.” But how do you teach kids to value how expensive it is to keep up with the Joneses?
On Monday's Up to Date, psychologist Wes Crenshaw joins us to talk about teen entitlement and how you can help your kids learn the value of money. We discuss how to explain the difference between needs and wants and how to get your teen thinking on the same page as you when it comes to the next upgrade.
Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker announces charges Friday against a 27-year-old suspect tied to recent highway shootings in Kansas City. The announcement took place at the Kansas City Emergency Operations Center.