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Arts & Culture
3:16 pm
Wed December 10, 2014

Kansas City's New Director Of Creative Services Names Her Top Three Priorities

Megan Crigger has been appointed the first Director of Creative Services for Kansas City, Mo. She starts on January 5.
Credit courtesy of Artist INC.

Kansas City, Mo., officials announced the first director of creative services Wednesday. 

Megan Crigger is an arts professional with nearly 20 years of experience in Austin, Texas. Most recently, she served as that city's cultural arts division manager with a focus on tourism, arts and culture. 

"Things that are my priority so align with what Kansas City is focused on that it just feels like a great natural fit," Crigger says. 

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Business & Tech
4:21 pm
Tue August 6, 2013

Job Market Slightly More Rosy At Home Than Around U.S.

Credit Photo Credit Purdue University

The Kansas City labor market deviates from the federal jobs picture in significant ways. That’s according to local and national reports released on August 2.     

Unemployment locally stayed stuck at 6.6 percent, where it’s been for some months, according to the Workforce Report by the Mid-America Regional Council.

The U.S. Department of Labor reported a slight drop in unemployment in July, but analysts were quick to point out most of the new jobs were either low paying or part-time.

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Central Standard
3:57 pm
Wed July 10, 2013

KC's Fringe Festival Brings the Obscure Into the Spotlight

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It's no secret that the arts community is Kansas City is vibrant and dynamic, but like any arts community it takes a lot of work to get a play or musical, visual exhibit, fashion show or performance to get in front of the general public. As Cheryl Kimmi, Founder of Kansas City Fringe Festival put it, artists have to put their work through a lot of testing before a theater or museum will consider hosting it. 

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Up to Date
12:10 pm
Tue July 2, 2013

Kansas City Pools and Water Parks

The Schlitterbahn Waterpark in Overland, Kan.
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Where are some of your favorite places to cool off in the summer?

On Tuesday's Up to Date, hear about some of the Kansas City area's most popular pools and water parks. Learn what makes these facilities operate on a day-to-day basis. Plus, guidelines how to stay safe in the water. 

Cherie Sage is the Safe Kids Kansas coordinator. 

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Up to Date
9:57 am
Thu May 30, 2013

Opinion Columnist Yael Abouhalkah On KCI Terminal Proposal, Mayor James

Plans call for KCI's Terminal A to be replaced with a single terminal.
Credit Kansas City Aviation Department

If you want to get people talking, just say three words: new airport terminal.

It seems that everyone's an expert on airport design and plans. After all, many of us fly through Kansas City International Airport.

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Central Standard
2:47 pm
Thu May 23, 2013

After The Recession, What The Housing Market In KC Looks Like

The latest report from the Kansas City Regional Association of Realtors suggests that the average sales price of an existing home is up 15 percent from a year ago, and the average sales price of a new home is up about 16 percent from December 2011.  On the other hand 4% of homes currently on the market are in foreclosure.  As the housing market begins to recover from the Recession, those buying and selling houses are facing different issues. Mary Hutchison, a Kansas City relator and Mike Cash, Senior Loan Officer at a1 Mortgage talk about this shift on this Central Standard. 

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4:25 pm
Wed April 17, 2013

Despite Uncommon Weather Pattern, KC Area Tornado Watch Cancelled

Tornadoes are likely to develop in a storm system set to hit the Kansas City area Wednesday night.
Credit National Weather Service

6:50 pm update: National Weather Service cancels tornado watches for most of the Kansas City metro area. A watch remains in effect in Linn and Miami counties.

A storm system is developing over the Kansas City region that is more likely than not to produce tornadoes.

By reckoning of forecasters, the gathering of forces is unusual. 

Super-cells had already formed and fallen apart in areas of east central Missouri by mid-afternoon.

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Up to Date
10:32 am
Fri April 12, 2013

Two KC Artists Earn Prestigious Guggenheim Fellowships

Lemon shake-up in Strong City, Kan.
Mike Sinclair

Two Kansas Citians were announced yesterday as winners of this year's very prestigious Guggenheim Fellowships.

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1:57 pm
Tue March 19, 2013

KC State Of The City Speech Overshadowed By On-Stage Disruption

Police run inside to apprehend the man who disrupted the address.
Laura Ziegler KCUR

As Mayor Sly James delivered a predictable State of the City address at the Gem Theater Tuesday morning, Derron Black, 31, stormed the podium from backstage, pushed the mayor out of the way, and screamed obscenities into the microphone.

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4:19 pm
Fri March 15, 2013

[VIDEO] Eddie Delahunt Performs 'The Wild Colonial Boy'

Dublin-born Irish singer Eddie Delahunt.
Julie Denesha KCUR

Dublin-born Irish musician Eddie Delahunt, has lived in Kansas City since 1989. His first St. Patrick's Day celebration in Kansas City took him by surprise. "The Kelly green was everywhere and I went, 'Oh my gosh, what is this?' I was in shock." Delahunt said.

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12:55 pm
Fri March 15, 2013

[VIDEO] Annual St. Pat’s Senior Ball Held In Kansas City

Katie Morris, Irish Dancer.
Julie Denesha KCUR

St. Patrick's Day is a cultural and religious holiday that takes place every March 17 – and it’s been embraced widely in America by descendants of Irish immigrants. Kansas City's celebration began early this year with the annual St. Pat’s Senior Ball.

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Central Standard Friday
4:28 pm
Thu March 14, 2013

Irish History in Kansas City

As St. Patrick's Day approaches next week, the 'Kiss Me I'm Irish' t-shirts are getting pulled out of the closets and shamrocks will plaster the city. Kansas City has a special relationship with Irish culture that goes hand in hand with the city's narrative.

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Central Standard
9:36 am
Thu March 14, 2013

Stargazing in KC

Looking up at the sky is something we do everyday; maybe to check the weather, see if the sun is poking out and you need a jacket, and for some, to discover more about the universe we live in.

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8:05 am
Tue March 12, 2013

Fate Of North Kansas City Hospital In Dispute

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A legal battle over the possible fate of North Kansas City Hospital is escalating in court today. The hospital is asking a judge this afternoon to block the city’s recent appointments of four new members to the hospital’s board.  They worry the move would unevenly ‘pack the board,’ while a broader dispute over the hospital’s ownership plays out in court.

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Central Standard
9:47 am
Thu February 28, 2013

NOVA Project To Reduce Violence In KC

Like any metropolitan city, crime and violence are unfortunately a reality of life in Kansas City. Recently, the KCPD joined forces with many across the metro to organize the NOVA project, an initiative to combat gang violence in Kansas City.

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1:41 pm
Thu February 21, 2013

Snow Day! An Update From Kansas City Officials

Up to Date senior producer (right) Stephen Steigman helps get show host Steve Kraske (behind wheel) unstuck and into the parking lot at KCUR.
Credit Frank Morris / KCUR

You know it's bad when the host of Up to Date needs a push into the parking lot at KCUR.

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Central Standard Friday
6:28 pm
Fri February 8, 2013

Romantic Restaurants Of KC

Credit The American restaurant, one romantic spot several callers mentioned as their favorite. Photo from www.kansastravel.org

With Valentine's Day approaching, the restaurant industry is gearing up to flirt with taste buds and create romance at the table. On the most romantic day of the year can create a lot of pressure to choose the right restaurant to enjoy a great meal with a loved one, so today on Central Standard Fridays, The Food Critics talk about the most romantic dining spots in Kansas City.

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Up to Date
6:00 pm
Fri February 1, 2013

Remembering Adele Hall

Courtesy: Hallmark Card, Inc.

This past weekend, hundreds of Kansas Citians paid their respects to the family of community leader Adele Hall, who died January 26 at age 81.

On Monday's Up to Date, we'll be talking about memories of Adele Hall and speaking with people whose lives were affected by her work in the community.

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Central Standard
9:41 am
Thu January 31, 2013

Immigration Policy In Kansas City

Immigration reform is a hot topic for legislators nationwide, and this week both President Obama and a bipartisan group of senators proposed changes to immigration policy. In a city located in the dead center of the country, it might seem illegal immigration is not the biggest issue facing Kansas City, but that is not the case.

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Central Standard
6:51 pm
Wed January 30, 2013

Improving The Arts In Kansas City

For the first time in 15 years, Kansas City, Mo. is examining its arts-related policies through Mayor Sly James' Task Force for the Arts. This task force is composed of important political members from the city and a variety of artists and advocates for the arts in Kansas City. The task force launched the Envision Arts & Culture KC campaign Monday night, which is the first step in trying to make the arts a more prominent and meaningful part of life in Kansas City.

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Up to Date
10:27 am
Mon January 28, 2013

Health Care Foundation President Steve Roling

Steve Rolling, President & CEO of the Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City

Steve Roling is stepping down from the Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City. He's led the foundation since it was created in 2002

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12:03 pm
Fri January 11, 2013

Evan S. Connell, Author And KC Native, Dies At 88

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The author of the minimalist novels "Mrs. Bridge" and "Mr. Bridge" died Wednesday in his home in Santa Fe, N.M.
Mike Waller, a nephew by marriage, confirmed the death. Mr. Connell, the only son of a physician, grew up in Kansas City, Mo., and moved West as a young man. His interests also traveled. His acclaimed and best-selling first novel, "Mrs.
10:27 am
Fri January 11, 2013

MLS Picks Livestrong Sporting For All-Star Game

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For the second straight year, this area will showcase a major all-star event.

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Up to Date
11:45 am
Thu January 10, 2013

The Weekend To-Do List: January 10-13, 2013

Looking for something to do for the weekend of January 10-13, 2013? Brian McTavish has some great ideas as he returns with the Weekend To-Do List.

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Up to Date
10:01 am
Fri December 21, 2012

Best Music of 2012

'Weekend Blues' from The Caves' 'Duplexiaville' is one of Michael Byars' favorite tunes of 2012

There's no doubt that much of Kansas City's creativity is embodied in its local music scene.

Friday on Up to Date, Steve Kraske welcomes the return of the Local Music Show​, during which our music experts Chris HaghirianBill Brownlee and Michael Byars will check out some of the best music - local and international - of 2012.

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9:45 am
Thu December 20, 2012

Topic Of Mayors' Letter: Gun Violence

The gun that was used in the Newtown, Conn. shootings.
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Kansas City Mayor Sly James is among the latest to sign a letter being sent the President and Congress. The subject: gun and ammunition control.

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9:35 am
Thu December 20, 2012

Gusting Winds Cause Difficulties For Drivers

Driver off the side of I-70.
Bill Anderson KCUR

Wind speed was one of the chief concerns Thursday morning as the first real snow of the season pummeled parts of the region.

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9:25 am
Thu December 20, 2012

KCMO Snow Plow Crews At The Ready

Towplow speeds snow removal. Brine treatment precedes plowing,
Photo courtesy of MoDot

The Kansas City metropolitan area started gearing up yesterday for the season's first winter storm. One to three inches of snow was forecast for the area overnight.

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7:18 pm
Tue December 18, 2012

Council: 'Cliff A Threat To KC Economy, Services'

Julie Denesha KCUR

As the President and Republican Congressional leaders continue to butt heads in Washington, the “fiscal cliff” and its 10 percent across-the-board spending cuts loom.

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Visual Arts
5:00 am
Tue November 20, 2012

Bronze Installation Inspired By Idea: 'Look Up, Look Down, Look All Around'

Michael Wickerson's nine-panel bronze installation is near the front entrance at the South Branch Library in Kansas City, Kan.
Laura Spencer KCUR

At the new South Branch Library in the Argentine district in Kansas City, Kan., nine 700-lb. bronze panels flank the entrance, some with images of vertical stacks of library books.

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