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Central Standard
5:47 pm
Wed January 25, 2012

Computer Guys: Who Controls the Net?

Last Wednesday, you might have headed to Wikipedia to look up Marlon Brando, the currency in Guam, or (random Wikipedia page). We’re not gonna ask. But, that Wednesday, visitors found a blackout protest, asking them to to imagine a world without free knowledge.

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Tracking NBAF
3:24 pm
Wed January 25, 2012

Study Outlines Economic Impact Of NBAF Lab

A new report says NBAF -- the National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility -- could create 1300 jobs during the construction phase alone.

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Business & Tech
6:53 pm
Mon January 23, 2012

Brownback Withholds Bioscience Funds

Governor Sam Brownback is withholding the payment of $22 million to the Kansas Bioscience Authority – that's about 2/3 of the agency's state funding.

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Up to Date
2:12 pm
Mon January 23, 2012

The Techsperts: Cut Your Cable TV?

Roku 2 Internet TV box

A recent study shows that 9% of U.S. cable subscribers dropped their cable TV subscription in 2011. Why? Perhaps some of them did so because of the economy, but more did so because they're able to get their favorite TV shows through the Internet - on their schedule.

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Central Standard
1:59 pm
Mon January 23, 2012

Financial Advice: Post-Holiday Financial Blues

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After all the presents are exchanged in December, there’s always one more in the mail waiting for you in January -- your credit card bill. On Monday’s Central Standard, hear some strategies that work for managing your holiday debt.

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Business & Tech
12:18 pm
Mon January 23, 2012

Incubator Planned For Small-Time Contractors On Prospect

The community development corporation Blue Hills Community Services has been working to rebuild the Blue Hills neighborhood for the past 38 years.  And they've just begun construction on their latest project:  a $3 million energy-efficient renovation of a building at 50th and Prospect.

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Central Standard
4:00 pm
Mon January 9, 2012

Leadership And Risk Taking In Tough Economic Times

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Starting a business in tough financial times can be a smart move . . . if it's worth the risk.

So, what makes a venture worth the gamble? How do you tell a good risk from a poor one?

Harvard Business School professor and Kansas native Robert Kaplan joined Tuesday's Central Standard for a discussion on leadership and risk.

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Up to Date
10:25 am
Thu January 5, 2012

The Future Of Aerospace In Wichita

The first Boeing KC-767 aerial refueling tanker for Italy awaits production modifications at the Boeing-Wichita Modification Center.
Boeing

Will 2,100 aerospace workers find other jobs in Wichita once Boeing closes its plant next year?

Thursday at 11:40 a.m. on Up to Date: Steve Kraske talks with Wichita Mayor Carl Brewer about Wednesday's big news that Boeing is pulling out of city after nearly 85 years.

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Central Standard
11:05 pm
Mon January 2, 2012

Forecasting Social Media for 2012

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Tweeting, Facebooking, Tumbling... What's next? Where is social media headed in 2012?

On Tuesday's Central Standard, we'll discuss social media in unique angles, for business, news and entertainment.

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Up to Date
7:17 pm
Mon January 2, 2012

The Media Critics: Happy News Year!

Michele Bachmann holds a press conference following an appearance at Jubilee Family Church in Oskaloosa
Jason Noble, Des Moines Register

It’s easy to lose interest in political campaigns, but it’s the news media’s responsibility to make it interesting – and get it right.

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Central Standard
9:41 am
Wed December 21, 2011

The Gift of Tax Advice

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in this episode of Central Standard, a gift that every household needs for 2012  – good tax advice. We'll be join today be Elaine Smith, Enrolled Agent and Master Tax Advisor for H&R Bloch, with tips for wrapping up 2011 right – with advice for your charitable contributions, IRAs, and that receipt and bank statement filing system you’ve been meaning to start.

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Business & Tech
8:22 am
Tue December 20, 2011

Kansas Congressman Says Boeing Plans To Move Refueling Tanker

Mike Pompeo represents Kansas' 4th Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives.
Courtesty of the U.S. House of Representatives

Kansas Congressman Mike Pompeo said Boeing has no intention of completing its Air Force tanker work in Wichita.

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Up to Date
10:03 pm
Sun December 18, 2011

Kansas City Area Development In 2011

The Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts opened in September 2011.

Whether it's the opening of a beacon of the performing arts, a shopping mall revived from near death, a business fleeing one side of the state for the other, or a law firm's attempt to build a new office structure on the Country Club Plaza, it's been a busy year in development across the Kansas City region.

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Up To Date
11:00 am
Thu December 15, 2011

Repurposing Brings New Life To Old Buildings

King Louie West bowling alley in Overland Park, Kan.

When it comes to shuttered and abandoned buildings, the terms “adaptive reuse” and “repurposing” are being heard more and more.  Whether talking about the numerous facilities sitting unused within the Kansas City Missouri School District or on iconic building like King Louie West in Overland Park, finding new uses for old sites seems to make good sense for buyers and sellers alike.

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Business & Tech
10:00 am
Mon December 12, 2011

Tech Jobs: The Ticket to the Easy Life?

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In this episode of Central Standard, we ask if all IT jobs are handsomely paid and future-proof.

Let's take a look at some common myths and important realities of the IT industry with the Computer Guys. Plus, we'll hear from local IT recruiters about where growth is happening here in Kansas City.

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Technology
2:36 pm
Wed December 7, 2011

The Techsperts' 2011 Holiday Gift Guide

The holidays are all about tradition, and one of our very favorites is unveiling the Techsperts' Holiday Gift Guide. Wondering what to get the geek in your family who's already got everything? From know-it-all to noob, this list's got something for everyone.

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Technology
10:35 am
Wed December 7, 2011

The Techsperts: Technology News & Holiday Gift Giving Guide

The "iCADE" - an iPad Arcade Cabinet.

The tablet computer is one of the most popular tech gifts this holiday season, and according to a new survey, within three years, there will be 89.5 million tablet owners in the United States. That's right: nearly one in three web-connected Americans will own one.

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MARKETING
12:00 am
Tue December 6, 2011

Multicultural Marketing

Nicholas Segura

 The U.S. has long been known as a melting pot of different races and cultures. But the diversity within our country isn’t always reflected in the TV commercials, billboards, and other forms of advertising that are ubiquitous. Hispanic people represent more than 10% of the population in the U.S. But according to our guest Nicholas Segura, only about 5% of advertising spending targets the Hispanic market.

GUEST:
Nicholas Segura, 385 Agency

Business
4:00 pm
Mon December 5, 2011

Freed Employees Make More Money (For Your Company, That Is)

If people can be free to act in the best interest of their company, the results will be tremendous, says business school professor Isaac Getz.

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Food Deserts
11:22 am
Mon November 21, 2011

Planting New Grocery Stores In Rural Food Deserts

Onaga Country Market Store Manager Jane McClain gets ready for the store's opening in December. Photo by Sylvia Maria Gross/KCUR.

Onaga, KS – Last December, the only grocery store in Onaga burned down. Onaga is a town of about 700 in northeast Kansas, surrounded by cattle ranches, corn and wheat farms. But suddenly, there was no place to buy groceries for 25 miles in any direction.

People in town found their routines changed dramatically. Althea Sender, for example, is 86 years old, lives alone and doesn't drive long distances.

"You're baking - you know - or fixing something and you need something. Well, you can't just run down to the store and get it," Sender says.

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Food Deserts
9:54 am
Mon November 21, 2011

K-State Program Supports Rural Groceries

Manhattan, Ks. – According to a survey done by Kansas State University, one third of all small-town stores closed just in the past three years. It's partly because rural populations are dwindling and mom and pop markets aren't able to compete with large chains.

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On Strike
5:24 pm
Mon October 10, 2011

KC Defense Contractor Struck

Kansas City, MO. – Pickets are out, union machinists went on strike today at the Honeywell Plant on Bannister Road in southeast Kansas City. Neither side will agree on reasons for the labor action.

Members of local 778 of the International Association of Machinists walked out after a weekend vote on a contract proposal from the company. Union sources say the strike vote followed rejection of the proposal.

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Central Standard
12:00 pm
Mon October 10, 2011

Computer Guys: Patent Law

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There's a lot more to that One-Click buying button you see on Amazon.com than just easier online shopping. Behind the scenes, lawsuits rage and those who develop new technology scramble for patents. For this show, the Computer Guys, George Costelle and Thos. O'Brian, stop by and are bringing along Jim Kernell, a Patent/IP attorney.

 

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Business
5:31 pm
Tue October 4, 2011

Pledge of Ford Billion Touted

Ex UAW local 249 president Jim Stouffer predicts local passage of pact with Ford Motor at Claycomo, Mo. Plant.
Photo by Dan Verbeck.

Claycomo, MO. – Ford Motor is about to invest $1.1 Billion into the Claycomo, Mo. assembly plant and add 16 hundred jobs over the next four years, according to Missouri's Governor. A former United Auto Workers Union local head expects the negotiated package to pass when members vote at a later date.

Word began filtering out of Detroit at mid-day about the plan to upgrade and expand and add jobs at the plant where one line produces trucks, another SUV's.

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KC Currents
2:39 pm
Mon September 19, 2011

Housing Designed for Grandparents Raising Grandchildren

Robert More and his granddaughter.
Sylvia Maria Gross KCUR

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Central Standard
1:00 pm
Mon September 19, 2011

Using Technology To Travel

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If you have a smartphone, it probably goes everywhere with you… but, what if you’re leaving the country? Can you charge your iPad in Costa Rica? And much will your mobile phone company charge for roaming in Malaysia? Join the Computer Guys as they search for the best ways to avoid technology snafus on your travels abroad.

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KCUR News
1:41 pm
Mon August 22, 2011

What IS that? Tiny Wind Turbine off of I-435

Windjet 5, a silent but eye-catching model of energy efficiency, rotates next to I-435 in Overland Park. Photo by Susan B. Wilson/KCUR.

KANSAS CITY, KS – Driving through Overland Park on the southern end of the I- 435 loop, KCUR's Susan B. Wilson noticed a large rotating object protruding into the sky. Curious, she took the highway exit and brings you this story about the Windjet 5, a small wind turbine that is showing Johnson County what the future of sustainable building design might look like. And sounds like.

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Central Standard
12:00 pm
Mon August 15, 2011

Computer Guys: The True Cost of a Computer Virus

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Today on the show, we ask the Computer Guys to tell us everything they know about how we can protect ourselves from a computer virus, and exactly how much that should cost. Is free antivirus software more expensive than the paid version? Where can you get a reliable rating of the various anti-virus products, and what devices need protecting? Is there an anti-virus pill you can take?

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KCUR News
1:49 am
Mon July 25, 2011

KBA Board Meets At Innovative Research Center; New Investments Will Be Announced

Kansas City, Missouri – A spokesman for Kansas Bioscience Authority says the state- funded agency will be meeting at the Venture Accelerator - one of the new buildings at the Kansas Bioscience Park, in Olathe. Sherlyn Manson says the board plans to make an announcement Monday or Tuesday morning about new investments in human and animal health start-ups.

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New Grocery Stores
11:58 am
Mon July 18, 2011

The Story Behind The Two Buck Chuck

Two Trader Joe's fans at the store opening on Ward Parkway early Friday morning sport Hawaiian shirts and corks from the store's wine bottles. Photo by Sylvia Maria Gross/KCUR.
Photo by Sylvia Maria Gross/KCUR.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Many bargain-hunting foodies in Kansas City are rejoicing this weekend. The grocery store chain Trader Joe's has finally opened its doors in two locations: Ward Parkway Mall and on 119th Street in Leawood. For ten years, local customers have been begging the company to open a store here.

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