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9:47 am
Wed May 7, 2014

The Latest On The Lyft Situation In Kansas City

Lyft members attach a hot pink mustache to the front of their car so passengers can easily identify them on the street.
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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. 

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Community
8:15 am
Wed May 7, 2014

Dying Doctor And Woodworker Forge Tight Bond While Building Coffin

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."

Building his own casket

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Up To Date
9:00 am
Tue May 6, 2014

How Human Sex Life Compares To The Birds And The Bees

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The publisher of Nature's Nether Regions begins the book summary this way: "What’s the easiest way to tell species apart? Check their genitals."

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Up To Date
9:00 am
Tue May 6, 2014

Public Transportation: Trends And Challenges

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A new era in public transportation is underway in Kansas City with the construction of the downtown streetcar system, but will the future needs of aging baby boomers and mobile millennials be met? 

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Tell KCUR
4:30 pm
Mon May 5, 2014

Tell KCUR: How Are You Like Your Mother?

What about your mother do you see in yourself? Tweet us your answer with the #TellKCUR hashtag.
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 Maybe you inherited your mother’s chin or singing voice.

Perhaps you picked up her talent for chess, her calm frame of mind — or her hot temper?

Help KCUR celebrate Mother's Day. We're collecting motherhood messages and we're wondering what about your mother you see in yourself.

Tell KCUR: How are you like your mother?

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Central Standard
4:00 pm
Mon May 5, 2014

Graduation Anxiety

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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.

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JCC Shootings
2:31 pm
Mon May 5, 2014

In The Wake Of Tragedy, Overland Park JCC Flooded With Condolences

Cards have flooded the Jewish Community Center in Overland Park, Kan., since the April 13 attack that took the lives of three people.
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In the weeks since a gunman shot and killed three people at Jewish facilities in Overland Park, Kan., hundreds of cards, letters and other expressions of sympathy have poured in.

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:

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Up To Date
9:00 am
Mon May 5, 2014

Kansas City's World War I Monuments

James J. Heiman is the author of Voices in Bronze and Stone: Kansas City's World War I Monuments and Memorials
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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.

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James J. Heiman is the author of Voices In Bronze and Stone: Kansas City's World War I Monuments and Memorials.

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Community
5:57 pm
Fri May 2, 2014

Conservative Advocacy Group Draws Protesters To Downtown Kansas City

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."
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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.

On Friday, protesters gathered across the street for a Stand Up to ALEC event.

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Beyond Our Borders
6:06 am
Fri May 2, 2014

Walt Disney's Role In Transforming Troost

A view looking west to Troost from the Laugh-O-Gram Studio at 31st and Forest, Kansas City, Mo.
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An attempt to breathe life into a building near Troost Avenue with ties to Walt Disney could help erase the corridor’s stigma as a key dividing line in Kansas City, says Butch Rigby.

Rigby, chairman of the non-profit Thank you Walt Disney, is behind an effort to revitalize Laugh-O-Gram Studio, which is just east of 31st Street and Troost.

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Central Standard
4:02 pm
Thu May 1, 2014

Library Offers Seeds To Check Out And Return

If you check out tomato seeds from the Kansas City Public Library, you'll have to pull new seeds out from the tomatoes you harvest and return them at the end of the season.
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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.

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Central Standard
4:00 pm
Wed April 30, 2014

The Shrinking Population In Kansas

Kansas is in the midst of a net population decline, most of this population loss comes from rural counties.
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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.

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Up to Date
9:00 am
Wed April 30, 2014

Ethics Professors: Crime And Punishment

The Ethics Professors return to talk about crime and punishment.
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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.

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Community
9:22 am
Tue April 29, 2014

After Tulips Bloom, Rockhurst University Puts Bulbs Up For Taking

Tulips bloom along the edge of the Rockhurst University campus.
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Rockhurst University planted 33,000 tulips as part of the Tulips on Troost program this year. Now that the blankets of flowers are finished blooming, the university is giving the tulip bulbs away.

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Central Standard
9:51 am
Mon April 28, 2014

How Does Yelp Affect Restaurants?

A place setting at The Rieger.
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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? 

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Community
1:52 pm
Fri April 25, 2014

Kansas Ranks Among The 'Nerdiest' States

Kansas joins other western states as the most nerdy, according to the real estate blog, Estately.
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Kansas is among the "nerdiest" states, according to a playful new report from the real estate blog, Estately.

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:

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Community
7:50 am
Fri April 25, 2014

Charges Filed In Gas Station Shooting That Left Boy Paralyzed

Dontae Jeffferson, charged in shooting that left man dead, his son paralyzed.
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A 27-year-old Kansas City man faces multiple charges including first-degree murder in a gas station shooting that left a man dead and his ten-year-old son paralyzed.

At a Thursday news conference, Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker was visibly moved by the police work that led to the arrest of Dontae Jefferson.

"I asked you for heroes to step up and step forward and help solve this case ... help us bring this family justicen... and that happened," the prosecutor said.

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Tell KCUR
4:25 pm
Thu April 24, 2014

Kansas Citians Call For Off-Hours Transit Options To Reduce Drinking And Driving

What services do you think are needed to curb drunk driving in Kansas City? Join the conversation online by tweeting your answer with the #TellKCUR hashtag.
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If Kansas City wants to get serious about reducing drunk driving, it needs to invest in more late-night and weekend public transportation services.

That’s according to your responses to our on-air and online question of the week.

We asked: What services should be provided to curb drinking and driving in Kansas City?

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Central Standard
2:33 pm
Thu April 24, 2014

Drinking And Driving: Culture, Infrastructure And The Law

Kansas City weighs in on getting home safely after nights out and about, possibly spent drinking.
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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?

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Community
9:14 am
Thu April 24, 2014

Employees In Kansas City Start Work Earlier Than Most Of The U.S.

Workers in Kansas City get to work earlier than most of their counterparts across the U.S.
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People who are employed in Kansas City, Mo., start work earlier than the majority of the United States — at around 7:51 a.m.

That's considerably earlier than our counterparts in New York, who go in around 8:24 a.m., and our neighbors in Lawrence, Kan., who get to work around 8:15 a.m.

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Central Standard
3:23 pm
Wed April 23, 2014

Shopping Mall Closures And What They Mean For Our Cityscape

Bannister Mall, pictured here, was legendary in the rise and fall of the local shopping mall.
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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. 

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Community
12:43 pm
Wed April 23, 2014

JJ's Restaurant Plans Return To West Plaza

JJ’s restaurant will re-open across the street from its former location on the Country Club Plaza, which was destroyed by an explosion on Feb. 19, 2013.

The new location will be in the lobby of the Plaza Vista building at 960 W. 48th Place and feature a large patio.

Plaza Vista is home to the Polsinelli law firm and opened in November 2013. The area has been in construction since 2005, much of it was part of the failed West Edge project. 

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Community
12:39 pm
Wed April 23, 2014

What Is The Difference Between A Hate Crime And An Act Of Terrorism?

A federal hate crimes charge is expected against the suspect in the April 13 shootings at Jewish facilities in Kansas.
Credit Laura Ziegler / KCUR

In the wake of shootings that took the lives of three people April 13 at Jewish facilities in Johnson County, Kan., we have been wondering about what constitutes a hate crime and how that differs from acts of terrorism.

On the KCUR program Central Standard,  host Gina Kaufmann explored the differences with professors Jessica Hodge and Steve Dilks from the University of Missouri-Kansas City.

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Up to Date
9:00 am
Wed April 23, 2014

How Organizations Are Engaging Our Community

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.
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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.

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Central Standard
12:18 pm
Tue April 22, 2014

The Psychology Of Hatred And What Defines A Hate Crime

Experts agree that hate is a bitter potion (Adriaen Brouwer, The Bitter Potion at the Stadel, Frankfurt).
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In the aftermath of the shootings at the Jewish Community Center and Village Shalom on April 13, a suspect has been charged with murder and hate crime charges will likely be filed against him.

As that question looms, Central Standard inquires into the nature of the word hate — its psychological underpinnings, as well as the definition of hate crime in our legal code. 

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JCC Shootings
9:53 am
Tue April 22, 2014

Mayor In Ozarks Resigns After Connections To JCC Shooting Suspect Surface

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. 

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Tell KCUR
7:35 am
Tue April 22, 2014

Tell KCUR: What Services Should Be Provided To Curb Drinking And Driving?

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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? 

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Community
4:02 pm
Mon April 21, 2014

Federal Transportation Dollars Boost Infrastructure And Transit

Runners help celebrate opening a bridge across Brush Creek, the final project of a $50 million federal infrastructure grant.
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It was a backslapping moment for federal and local officials Monday morning as they celebrated the end of a $50 million federal transit and infrastructure grant.

A group of runners broke through a green crepe paper ribbon on a pedestrian bridge over Brush Creek, a block east of Troost and just north of Volker in Kansas City, Mo.

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Up to Date
9:00 am
Mon April 21, 2014

Parents, Teens & Money

Dr. Wes Crenshaw joins us to discuss how to teach teens the value of money.
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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.

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Community
1:54 pm
Fri April 18, 2014

Prosecutor Names Suspect In Kansas City Highway Shootings

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.
Credit Laura Spencer / KCUR

Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker announced charges Friday against a man tied to recent highway shootings in the Kansas City metropolitan area.

The afternoon announcement revealed Mohammed Whitaker, 27, of Grandview, Mo., faces 18 felony counts, including class A and class B felonies related to shooting into a vehicle.

The charges stem from a series of at least a dozen shootings on Kansas City area highways. Three people have been hurt as a result.

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