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9:40 am
Wed October 16, 2013

Kansas Board Of Education Reviews Snack Rules

The Kansas Board of Education Tuesday reviewed new federal rules on food sales in schools slated to take effect next year. The healthy snack requirements govern the kinds of food items that can be sold to students during the school day.

Kansas already has requirements in place that in many cases meet or exceed the new federal rules. Cheryl Johnson, director of child nutrition and wellness at the Kansas Department of Education,  told the board that much of the work in Kansas will be creating exemptions for certain activities, such as fundraising bake sales in schools.

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Government
8:33 am
Tue October 15, 2013

Gov. Nixon Changes Plans, Halts Execution Using Controversial Drug

Gov. Jay Nixon has halted the first lethal injection execution scheduled to use the drug propofol.
Credit Veronique Lacapra / KWMU

On Friday, Gov. Jay Nixon postponed the execution of an inmate that was set for later this month. That execution was going to be carried out using propofol, a common anesthetic that has never been used in a lethal injection before. So why the change in plans?

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Government
9:38 pm
Mon October 14, 2013

Board Votes, Again, To Sever KC Museum Ties With Union Station

The Kansas City Museum at Corinthian Hall in 2005.
Credit Scutter / Creative Commons

The Kansas City Museum Advisory Board on Monday approved a plan recommending the Kansas City Museum separate from Union Station. The board meeting opened with a Sunshine Law training. The last time the board voted on this issue, the city attorney’s office said it violated the state’s open meetings law.

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Government
5:48 pm
Mon October 14, 2013

Mayor James Favors Stronger-Mayor-Council Governance

Sly James as he appeared in his first meeting with City Charter Reviewers in July 2013.
Credit Dan Verbeck / KCUR

Clarification: Originally reported that the Mayor favored the current mayor-council form of government, he  suggested  adding powers to the elected post.

Kansas City Mayor Sly James told members of his hand-picked Charter Review Commission he hopes they keep a type of mayor-council-manager form of local government but strengthen powers of a mayor.

The Mayor also said he would listen to suggested change.

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Government
4:04 pm
Thu October 10, 2013

Native Land Adjacent To Lawrence, Kan. Under Scrutiny

Lawrence leaders aim to meet with counterparts in the Delaware Tribe of Oklahoma to learn plans for land that borders the city.

Mayor Mike Dever says a tribal intermediary never mentioned the word "casino" for the 90 acres recently purchased along I-70 and north of city limits, what Dever calls some of the most fertile farmland in the region.

Dever had informal talks with an unnamed third party interested in Native American affairs.

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Government
11:31 pm
Wed October 9, 2013

Committees Move On Pit Bulls, Bannister Redevelopment

The city of Kansas City, Mo. has received a grant to pay for spaying or neutering more than 800 pit bulls.  But at least for now, the free service will apply only in two zip codes.

Pit bull and pit bull mix owners in Kansas City have a choice: spay or neuter the dogs or pay a breeder's fee. Deletta Dean of the city's department of neighborhoods and housing services told a city council committee that a grant from PetSmart Charities would provide $100,000 for spay and neuter services in the 64130 and 64132 zip codes.

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Government
3:46 pm
Wed October 9, 2013

Missouri Lawmakers Block Sale Of E-15 Gasoline

Missouri gas stations will not be selling E-15 anytime soon. A joint House-Senate committee voted Wednesday to reject a rule change sought by the State Agriculture Department that would have allowed sales of fuel containing 15 percent ethanol.

Republican Sen. Eric Schmitt of St. Louis County chairs the committee. He says their vote had nothing to do with their opinion on increasing ethanol use in Missouri.

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Up to Date
12:54 pm
Wed October 9, 2013

Government Shutdown: Update With Rep. Cleaver

U.S. Rep. Emanuel Cleaver joins Steve Kraske on Up to Date to take a look at the latest with the government shutdown.

U.S. Rep. Emanuel Cleaver (D, MO-5) joins Steve Kraske to give an update on what happening with the federal government shutdown and the impending debt ceiling issue.

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Up to Date
9:45 am
Wed October 9, 2013

Barack Obama: Race & Politics In The Age of Fracture

Steve Kraske talks with University of Pennsylvania professor Thomas Sugrue about how Barack Obama's education and racial background laid the groundwork for much of his approach on current political issues.
Credit Christopher Dilts / Obama for America

If you want to stir the pot of controversy, adding a dash of race and a pinch of politics is a sure way to spice up the discussion.

On Wednesday's Up to Date, we discuss how President Obama seems to straddle both political and racial divides and why understanding that tension is crucial to navigating the fractious issues that dominate today’s legislative landscape.

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Government
8:32 am
Wed October 9, 2013

Tea Party's Milton Wolf To Challenge U.S. Senator Roberts

Milton Wolf is challenging U.S. Senator Pat Roberts in the Republican primary in Kansas.
Credit Frank Morris / KCUR

A Leawood physician who is a distant cousin of President Barack Obama is challenging Kansas Sen. Pat Roberts in the Republican primary. Milton Wolf is taking on the incumbent with strong support from Tea Party conservatives.   

Wolf’s first campaign event filled a large ballroom in south Overland Park, Kan. Tuesday evening. It featured live performers and a slick biographical video.   

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Government
7:28 am
Wed October 9, 2013

Mo. Supreme Court Hears Case Involving Second Injury Fund

(via Flickr/david_shane)

Originally published on Wed October 9, 2013 11:52 am

Missouri's long-ailing Second Injury Fund is at the center of a lawsuit heard Tuesday before the State Supreme Court.

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Government
5:40 pm
Tue October 8, 2013

Overland Park Voters OK Sales Tax Extension

An initial vote count appears to show Overland Park, Kan. voters have approved extending a 1/8 cent sales tax for 10 years, financing street repair and construction.

Unofficial returns on the mail-in ballot show some 33,000 ballots cast with 72 percent approving it.   Nearly $70 million will have been collected when the current tax expires in 2014. 

“We keep this money all segregated to make sure we spend the entire amount  on specifically what we told them we would use it for," says Carl Gerlach, mayor of Overland Park.

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Government
10:08 am
Tue October 8, 2013

Mo. Lawmakers Mulling Rule Change For Ethanol Use

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Originally published on Mon October 7, 2013 5:44 pm

The Missouri Department of Agriculture is proposing a rule change that would allow more ethanol to be blended into gasoline sold in the Show-Me State.

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Government
7:44 am
Tue October 8, 2013

Governor Nixon: Europe Won't Block Missouri Executions

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Originally published on Mon October 7, 2013 3:18 pm

Governor Jay Nixon said Missouri will be moving forward with two executions later this year, in spite of objections from the American Civil Liberties Union and the European Union.

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Government
7:33 am
Mon October 7, 2013

Kan. Court Efficiency Group Looks At How To Fill Budget Gap

The Kansas court system is facing a multi-million dollar deficit next fiscal year. An advisory group formed to help bridge that gap is meeting for the first time Monday in Topeka.

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Government
4:51 pm
Fri October 4, 2013

Kansas State Workers Paid By Feds Sent Home Without Pay

Credit accesskansas.org

Another 263  people who work for national guard units in Kansas but are paid by federal programs, got  confirmation as late as October 4 that their paychecks have been stopped.

They join 772 others notified earlier to stay home without pay.

First it was soldiers and airmen of Kansas National Guard. 

Sharon Watson of the Adjutant General’s Office  says the latest are federally-funded state employees, sometimes more than one in a household.

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KC Currents
11:35 am
Fri October 4, 2013

Measuring The Impact Of Food Stamp Cuts

Kansas’ new rules for food stamp recipients require them to work or participate in a job training program if they are able-bodied and have no dependents. They’re actually federal requirements that were in effect from 1997 until 2009, but were waived across the country when the recent recession hit.  

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Government
6:33 am
Fri October 4, 2013

Mo. National Guard Ready For Emergencies Despite Furloughs

The federal government shutdown has now hit the Missouri National Guard.

Late Wednesday, the Guard furloughed nearly a thousand of their 1,400 federal technicians considered to be non-essential. Spokeswoman, Major Tammy Spicer, says the technicians include both civilian and uniformed staff.

"Full-time federal technicians do a variety of jobs across the state, anything from clerical, to mechanical, to aviation related," Spicer said.

Just over 400 federal technicians considered essential remain on duty. Meanwhile, weekend drills have also been called off.

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Harvest Public Media
1:43 pm
Wed October 2, 2013

Government Shutdown Crimps Some Food Inspections

Credit rick / Flickr--CC

Consumers can rest assured that even with the government shutdown that went into effect on Tuesday, all of the meat, poultry and eggs bought from the grocery store will be inspected as usual by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

But that’s not necessarily the case for other foods -- like cheese, produce and boxes of cereal. Inspections for these products fall under the purview of the Food and Drug Administration, which had to furlough 45 percent of its staff on Tuesday.

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Central Standard
9:30 am
Wed October 2, 2013

Sister Cities: Kansas City's Distant Relatives

Look familiar? This is La Giralda in Seville, Spain, the structure after which the tower in the Country Club Plaza is modeled. Seville is one of Kansas City's sister cities.
Credit Cayetano / Flickr - CC

Most cities and towns have a sister city--another place across the globe that they’ve established a relationship with. The concept of Sister Cities, or twin towns originated after World War II to create cultural and commercial ties between communities internationally. Kansas City has 13 sister cities. Morelia, Mexico just recently renewed its agreement with KC, making it Kansas City’s third Mexican sister. Other international sisters include Seville, Spain, Kurashiki, Japan, Port Harcourt, Nigeria, and more.

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Government
8:34 am
Wed October 2, 2013

Mo. Education Leader: Transfer Law Cripples Unaccredited Schools

The Joint Committee on Education meets at the Mo. Capitol on Oct. 1, 2013.
Credit Marshall Griffin / St. Louis Public Radio

A joint House-Senate committee heard testimony Tuesday on the effects of Missouri's school transfer law, which allows students from unaccredited K-12 schools to transfer to nearby accredited districts.

The 5 1/2-hour hearing kicked off with Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE)Commissioner Chris Nicastro telling the committee of the dire situation facing the state's unaccredited school districts.

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Government
6:53 am
Wed October 2, 2013

Mo. Head Start Programs Brace For Impact Of Shutdown

Head Start, a federally funded pre-K program for low-income children, had already been hit by a 5.3 percent sequestration budget cut. In the Kansas City metropolitan area, 200 Head Start slots were eliminated in Missouri and 50 more in Kansas.

On Tuesday, due to the government shutdown, 23 Head Start programs in 11 states, with fiscal years beginning October 1, were told to close.

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Government
9:35 pm
Tue October 1, 2013

Shutdown Hits America’s First Line of Attack, Whiteman AFB

Shoppers packed U.S. military commissaries, like this one at Whiteman AFB on Tuesday. The government shutdown closed the stores indefinitely as of Tuesday night.
Frank Morris KCUR

The government shutdown forced hundreds of thousands of civilian employees to go home early Tuesday, including thousands in the military installations around Kansas City. Fort Leavenworth and Fort Riley in central Kan., and Whiteman Air Force Base near Knob Noster, Mo., all furloughed technicians and workers. 

Shutdown expected to take toll on Whiteman

At Whiteman Air Force Base, B-2 stealth bombers based here soar like giant evil bats over the facility almost every day.

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Government
11:56 am
Tue October 1, 2013

Government Shutdown Closes Truman Library And Museum

The Harry S. Truman Museum and Library is closed today.
Credit Edward Stojakovic / Flickr.com

There are an estimated 27,500 federal employees in the Kansas City metropolitan area. And Tuesday, with the shutdown of the federal government, some of those workers are furloughed.

Michael Devine, the director of the Harry S. Truman Library and Museum in Independence, Mo., was at work Tuesday morning with other staffers, shutting down the facility. This included changing outgoing email and voice messages.

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Up to Date
10:52 am
Tue October 1, 2013

Shutdown: What Does It Mean For You?

U.S. Rep. Kevin Yoder (R, KS-3) visited the office of U.S. Rep. Emanuel Cleaver (D, MO-5) on Tuesday to discuss the Federal Government's partial shutdown with Steve Kraske.

When the country woke up Tuesday morning, it found a partially-shutdown federal government That meant 800,000 workers furloughed, services curtailed, national parks closed, the EPA virtually shuttered and much more. 

On Tuesday's Up to Date we talk with Congressmen Emanuel Cleaver and Kevin Yoder about the latest negotiations between Republicans and Democrats and between factions within the Republican Party.

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Central Standard
9:04 am
Tue October 1, 2013

How Will The Government Shutdown Impact Kansas City?

Bolling Federal Building in downtown Kansas City.
Credit Sydney Llewellyn / KCUR

The federal government of the United States has shutdown.  But, how long will the country go without money budgeted to run its government?

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KC Currents
11:39 am
Fri September 27, 2013

21,000 Potential Kansas Voters In Limbo

Tens of thousands of people in Kansas have their voter registrations on hold. That means their votes won’t count until they get the situation resolved.

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Government
7:30 am
Fri September 27, 2013

Mo. House Committee Kicks Off Series Of Medicaid Hearings

A series of hearings by state lawmakers into Missouri's Medicaid system has begun.

The interim House Committee on Medicaid Transformation spent much of the Thursday looking at proposed changes in Arkansas and Iowa, which would include expanding access to private health insurers and rewarding healthy behavior.  

Sidney Watson is a law professor at St. Louis University who also advocates for improved access to Medicaid. She told the committee more about the waiver Iowa is seeking from the federal government.

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Government
9:16 am
Thu September 26, 2013

House Committee Wants Detailed University Budgets

Members of a Missouri House interim committee tasked with improving government efficiency complained Wednesday about not having access to the full budgets of any of the state's universities.

The committee was examining the Department of Higher Education. Republican committee member Kathie Conway of St. Charles says the department's annual budget requests to the Governor's office do not contain line-by-line expense requests she says the committee needs to do its job.

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Up to Date
11:18 am
Wed September 25, 2013

Sen. Claire McCaskill On The Government Shutdown

Senator Claire McCaskill, D-MO, speaks to gasoline prices outside a K.C. Shell station.
Credit Dan Verbeck / KCUR

Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill has spoken out against Sen. Ted Cruz's filibuster opposing a healthcare reform bill. 

On Wednesday's Up to Date, McCaskill joins Steve Kraske to talk about Sen. Cruz's filibuster, the latest developments on the government shutdown and its effects on Missouri voters. 

Guest:

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