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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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Odd Jobs
10:01 am
Mon June 20, 2011

Handling Snakes and Rescuing Unusual Pets

Dana Savorelli and a capuchin monkey. Photo by Sylvia Maria Gross / KCUR.

The long days of summer are here, and at least some kids are splashing in creeks, looking for frogs and snakes. But how many will turn that curiosity about animals into a career? 

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KCUR News
5:21 pm
Tue June 14, 2011

GM Boosts Fairfax by 20 Million

Is car the star? Kansas Governor Sam Brownback at podium of Fairfax Plant. Buick LaCrosse in foreground.
photo by dan verbeck

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KCUR News
12:46 am
Thu June 2, 2011

City Reveals Gain from Applebee's Move

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Gradually, details become available on the twelve-million dollars worth of incentives given to Applebee's in luring its headquarters across the state line to Kansas City, Missouri.

City hall's portion was a well-kept secret. Council finance chair Jan Marcason noted in introducing a pair of ordinances that at last the city could disclose what a mysterious "Project Neighborhood" was all about.

It was about issuing aboput a million and a half dollars worth of Chapter 100 bonds.

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KCUR News
11:07 am
Tue May 31, 2011

Kansas Test Market for New Tobacco Product

SALINA, Ks. – The World Health Organization has designated today as "World No Tobacco Day." It's a day to highlight that tobacco is responsible for killing one in every ten adults worldwide. But as health officials are trying to discourage tobacco use, Kansas Public Radio's Bryan Thompson reports that tobacco companies are test marketing a new form of their product in Kansas.

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KCUR News
11:16 am
Tue May 17, 2011

Also-Ran City Scores

KC, MO Mayor Sly James, U.S. Rep. Emmanuel Cleaver, KCP&L CEO Mike Cesser ( l to r.) greet Google venture.
photo by dan verbeck

KANSAS CITY, MO. – There is still currency in being second for a highly sought prize. Proof is in the reaction of Kansas City, Missouri to being second city in the nation to put in Google's test-run of ultra high speed broadband internet service.

With engineering studies underway over how to deploy hundreds of miles of optic cables in first-choice Kansas City, Kansas, word comes the city's counterpart in Missouri is number two in line.

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Central Standard
12:00 pm
Thu May 12, 2011

Virtual Desktop Computers

David Shaughnessy

Today’s show includes a segment on how Boulevard Brewing Company deployed virtual desktop computers throughout its brewhouses.

A virtual desktop computer is like a conventional computer, with a monitor, keyboard, and other peripherals. But the computer unit itself (the part that stores files and runs programs) isn’t located near the peripherals. Instead, it’s housed in a data center. This allows computer hardware to be used more efficiently, because one server computer in a data center can function as several “virtual machines.”

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Central Standard
12:00 pm
Thu May 12, 2011

Virtual Desktop Computers

David Shaughnessy

Today’s show includes a segment on how Boulevard Brewing Company deployed virtual desktop computers throughout its brewhouses.

A virtual desktop computer is like a conventional computer, with a monitor, keyboard, and other peripherals. But the computer unit itself (the part that stores files and runs programs) isn’t located near the peripherals. Instead, it’s housed in a data center. This allows computer hardware to be used more efficiently, because one server computer in a data center can function as several “virtual machines.”

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KCUR News
10:06 am
Fri April 22, 2011

New City Era, Faces, Jobs

Mayor-Elect Sly James in midst of his new City Council at City Hall.
photo by Dan Verbeck

KANSAS CITY, MO. – Incoming Kansas City Mayor Sly James is shaking up the structure of committees which feed business to the City Council. It may not seem important to the average person, but KCUR's Dan Verbeck reports James intends the maneuver to better help the city operate.

Here's an example, Economic Development is one committee, Finance is another.

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KCUR News
11:27 am
Mon April 4, 2011

Why Did Google Choose KCK?

The Kansas City Kansas library will be connected for free to Google's high-speed fiber-optic network. Photo by Sylvia Maria Gross / KCUR.

Kansas City, Ks. – One mayor threw himself into Lake Superior. One city changed its name to Google for a month. But all to no avail. Google has announced its first coveted high-speed fiber-optic network will be built in a city that didn't do any flashy publicity stunts, but beat out 11 hundred competitors. But what does this high-tech marriage mean for Google, and for KCK?

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KCUR News
1:20 pm
Wed March 30, 2011

Google to Make KCK Fastest Internet

Announcement was made in the auditorium at Wyandotte High School. Photo: Dan Verbeck / KCUR.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Google has picked Kansas City, Kansas as the location for its first ultra high-speed fiber project.

Google unveiled their plan a year ago to build and study the use of ultra-high speed broadband networks in a small number of cities across the country. More than 1,100 communities submitted applications.

Google has committed to providing 1 gigabit per second fiber straight to homes and businesses at a competitive price in KCK. This is 100 times faster than most broadband connections speeds.

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KCUR News
10:57 am
Wed March 30, 2011

KCK Getting Googled

Google internet access chief Kevin Lo fields questions outside Wyandotte H.S.
photo by Dan Verbeck

Kansas City, KS – From among 1100 cities in the country and a fierce competition, Google chooses Kansas City Kansas for first test-run of its ultra high speed fiber internet access. The word brought out the Kansas Governor and hundreds of curious people.

Business leaders swelled with pride at news the system would be coming next year. With internet speeds a hundred times faster than current broadband.

Educators were delighted. Schools will get the service for free.

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KCUR News
4:05 pm
Mon March 21, 2011

Outsource Pitch for KC Convention Spots

Bartle Hall convention center.
photo courtesy of MoDOT

KANSAS CITY, MO. – The men and women who do maintenance work at Kansas City's convention buildings are city employees and always have been. That may change, as budget cutters wrestle with ways to save money.

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KCUR News
5:13 pm
Tue March 1, 2011

Funeral Home Closing Sealed

KANSAS CITY, MO. – A Jackson County Circuit Court Judge today finds it would be a public risk if a Westport funeral home stays open.

He lifted a stay of an earlier order allowing Marts Memorial Services to stay open during an investigation. KCUR's Dan Verbeck reports it will close March 11th.

A report to Judge Dale Youngs said bodies were stored without proper refrigeration, advance funeral payments had vanished and records were missing.

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KCUR News
1:41 pm
Fri February 25, 2011

Union Station Announces Funding Boost for Science City

Kansas City, Mo. – Union Station today will announce a more than $1 million dollar grant from the Burns & McDonnell Foundation for long-awaited improvements at Science City.

This marks the largest investment in Science City since its opening in 1999. Burns & McDonnell Chairman, President and CEO Greg Graves says it's also the largest grant to date by the Kansas City-based engineering and architectural company's foundation.

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KCUR News
10:03 am
Thu February 10, 2011

Missouri Invests In Bacteria Research; Hope For Expansion, Jobs Downtown

Kansas City, Missouri – A company that manufactures so-called "good bacteria" is expanding in Kansas City, thanks to $1.4 million in incentives from the state of Missouri and Kansas City.

The company, SCD Probiotics, has been granted tax credits, tax abatements, and low interest loans that will enable it to expand at its current facility in the Paseo West district.

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KCUR News
4:55 pm
Wed February 9, 2011

Crown Center Splash: Aquarium Set

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – A $15 Million Aquarium is destined for Crown Center and it's planned for opening Spring of 2012.

It'll be called "Sea Life Kansas City at Crown Center", to be built on the first floor of Hall's and onto parts of the second.

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KCUR News
5:33 pm
Tue February 8, 2011

Brick and Mortar Glory for KCK

Unified Government Mayor Joe Reardon paints glowing economic picture.

Kansas City, KS – In a time when job creation is paramount for much of the metro region, the Mayor of Kansas City Kansas and Wyandotte County speaks of 300 million dollars begun in commercial construction last year. Mayor Joseph Reardon was delivering his state of the Unified Government summation today.

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KCUR News
12:22 pm
Mon January 24, 2011

New Study: Business Not Affected By Smoking Ban

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Kansas City's smoking ban has had little, if any, impact on business at area eating and drinking establishments. That's according to a new study, which looked at sales data before and after the ban was enacted in 2008.

John Taurus, an economics professor at the University of Illinois-Chicago, coauthored the study. He says any changes in sales that did take place were related to the overall economic climate.

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KCUR News
3:41 pm
Fri January 21, 2011

Business Borrowing Boost Seen

EDC President Jeff Kazmarek.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Times have been discouraging for the Kansas City agency charged with keeping old and luring new business. Until a recent trend appeared to surface. It was noticed this week in the business session of the Kansas City Council.

City Council Chambers didn't exactly burst into sweetness and light, but you could almost feel a glow as Jeff Kazmarek laid out his report.

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KCUR News
4:48 pm
Tue January 18, 2011

Ford Takes Missouri Offer; $400 Million Buildup Seen

Agreement between Ford and Missouri, witnessed by Gov. Jay Nixon.(click to enlarge)
photo by dan verbeck

Kansas City, Mo. – People who depend upon the Ford Claycomo Plant had encouraging words today from the automaker and Missouri's Governor. The number of full-time jobs won't change and the plant will make a $400 million expansion with help from the State.

Ensuring jobs, there will be a new vehicle made at Claycomo, although the company will say neither what it will be nor when production will start. The F-Series truck will still be made there.

Ford pledges to keep full-time jobs for 3,750 men and women.

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KCUR News
4:52 pm
Tue December 28, 2010

Down Decade for KC Jobs

Kansas City, Mo. – The Kansas City region is 40th worst in one aspect of the top hundred job markets over the last decade. A New York study of the last ten years shows the local market dropped 23 thousand factory jobs.

As a yardstick, the top hundred markets lost nearly 3 and a half million manufacturing jobs over the last ten years.

The most severe loss was Los Angeles, twelve times worse than Kansas City region.

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KCUR News
5:00 pm
Tue December 21, 2010

Wind is Up at KCI

Governor Jay Nixon answers questions posed by Steve Kraske on KCUR's \"Up to Date\".
photo by Stephen Steigman

Kansas City, MO – A wind-power turbine assembly operation is moving to the KCI Intermodal BusinessCentre. Missouri Governor Jay Nixon revealed more about it on KCUR's Up To Date .

It's called Nordic Windpower USA. It will move headquarters from Berkeley California to the BusinesCentre and its assembly plant from Idaho to existing space at the airport. The Governor says it'll mean about 200 jobs. The Kansas City Business Journal says it'll be more like 175.

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KCUR News
5:39 pm
Mon November 1, 2010

Ford Seemg Set to Play Claycomo Card

kcur photo.

Kansas City, MO – Encouragement came today for workers at the Claycomo Ford Plant, though there's no "done deal." The Missouri Department of Economic Development has confirmed that Ford has applied for the $150 million ten year tax credit package the Missouri Legislature passed this summer.

Curiously, neither Ford nor anyone in the state administration is willing to say much of anything about the application.

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KCUR News
9:53 am
Thu October 14, 2010

Trapped Chilean Miners Rescued by Kansas Company's Plan

Lawrence, KS – A Kansas-based company has been playing a big role in the rescue of 33 miners trapped a half-mile beneath the ground in Chile.

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KCUR News
5:16 pm
Wed October 6, 2010

American Airlines Brings Back Furloughed TWA Employees

photo: courtesy of blogs.dallasobserver.com

St. Louis, MO – American Airlines has plans to bring back 545 former TWA flight attendants.

TWA merged with American Airlines in 2001 and many of those former TWA workers were laid off following 9-11.

In 2007 Missouri Senator Claire McCaskill was instrumental in fighting to extend recall rights to former TWA employees, should American start hiring again.

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KC Currents
12:43 pm
Mon October 4, 2010

Djanggi: A Cameroonian Approach to Collective Finance

Kansas City, MO – With the financial system still in turmoil, there's a very traditional alternative to loans that some Kansas Citians are using. Djanggi has its roots in the African country of Cameroon. There's similar practices in other parts of Africa and the Caribbean.

A djanggi group consists of people usually of the same sex, age and income level, who pool money together. Say there's a group of 10 people, and each member gives $100 to the pool every month. Then each month, one person takes home the $1000 pot.

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KCUR News
4:02 pm
Tue September 28, 2010

Missouri Gaming Commission Discusses Casino Proposals

St. Louis, MO – The Missouri Gaming Commission says its decision to award a new casino license will hinge on the result of an economic impact study. St. Louis Public radio's Adam Allington reports that the commission held hearings on two applications in St. Louis today (Tues).

Two of the four casino applications before the commission are located in the St. Louis region, both within three miles of each other, but under different governing authorities.

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