Kansas City Kansas (KCK)

Kansas City Schools
11:18 am
Fri August 29, 2014

Two Kansas City Area Schools Ranked In News Site's Top 25 List

Sumner Academy of Arts and Science in Kansas City, Kan., ranked as one of The Daily Beast's top schools in the United States.
Credit The Daily Beast

News site The Daily Beast released an extensive review of United States high schools, and two of Kansas City's were ranked as "Doing the Most With the Least."

Out of 25 schools, Sumner Academy of Arts and Science in Kansas City, Kan., and Lincoln College Preparatory Academy in Kansas City, Mo., ranked 17th and 18th, respectively. 

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Health
9:34 am
Fri August 15, 2014

New Bus Route Addresses Health Needs Of KCK Residents

Credit Mike Sherry / The Hale Center for Journalism

It was nearly a decade ago that the Rosedale Development Association, a nonprofit community improvement corporation, identified lack of transportation as a significant barrier for neighborhood residents who wanted better access to medical care, grocery stores and other basic services.

The feedback came via a community-needs survey conducted by a volunteer working with the organization, said Erin Stryka, program manager of the association’s Rosedale Healthy Kids program.

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Health
3:25 pm
Wed March 19, 2014

KCK Mayor Pushes Plan For 'Healthy Campus' Downtown

Alicia Ellingsworth, manager of the Cultivate Kansas City Gibbs Road Farm in Kansas City, Kan., watered some head lettuce Tuesday. One vision for a "healthy campus" near downtown KCK would be for it to have a greenhouse like the one at the farm.
Credit Mike Sherry / Hale Center for Journalism at KCPT

The southern vista from Big Eleven Lake — situated along one of the busiest streets in Kansas City, Kan. — features the crescent roof of a self-service car wash and the clutter of an auto body shop wedged onto a tiny corner lot.

On Tuesday, the litter along the lake’s muddy bank included an empty bottle of peach vodka and a crumpled pack of Pall Malls.

Down the hill was fisherman Alvin Suttington, a KCK native who said the park is a relaxing, convenient amenity for urban families. But, he said, “It would be better if (municipal officials) kept it up better.”

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Up to Date
9:43 am
Wed February 26, 2014

Looking At The State Of KCK And WyCo

Mark Holland has been mayor of Kansas City, Kan., for nearly a year.

It’s been nearly a year since Mark Holland became mayor of Kansas City, Kan., and it’s time to see what influence he’s wielded in the city over that time.

On Wednesday's Up to Date, Mayor Holland joins us in the studio to talk about the city’s economic development, public health programs and other issues.

Guest:

  • Mark Holland, mayor of the unified government of Kansas City, Kan., and Wyandotte County
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Government
7:11 am
Wed February 26, 2014

KCK Mayor's First State Of The Government Address

Mark Holland, mayor of the Unified Government of Wyandotte County and Kansas City, Kan.

The Unified Government of Wyandotte County and Kansas City, Kan., County needs to lower its taxes and drop its mill levy. That was part of the message on Tuesday for Mark Holland in his first term as chief executive of the Unified Government.

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Performance
2:58 pm
Thu January 16, 2014

Linking Past With Present In 'If Da Dirt Could Talk' Performance/Quilt Project

Artist Nedra Bonds shows students a picture of performer Janelle Monae, with assistance from Mrs. Daniels, a Quindaro Elementary School teacher.
Laura Spencer KCUR

Two friends from Kansas City, Kan., are teaming up for a project called If Da Dirt Could Talk. It combines collaborative quilts with a performance in an historic graveyard in old Quindaro.

Quilting to share history

Artist Nedra Bonds started quilting at the age of six. "Yeah, I didn’t have a choice, I come from a family of quilters on both sides," she says. "So this was something that we did, based upon who we were, based on the needs of the family, and we just always have done it."

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KC Currents
9:55 am
Thu September 12, 2013

The Remarkable Transformation Of One Neighborhood In KCK

An Art Squad alleyway mural in St. Peter/Waterway in Kansas City, Kansas.
Suzanne Hogan KCUR

In 2006, an organization called Local Initiatives Support Corporation of Greater Kansas City (LISC) identified six neighborhoods in the Kansas City area to target for improvements: Blue Hills, Douglass-Sumner, Ivanhoe Northwest, Downtown Kansas City, Kan., Scaritt Renaissance and St. Peter/ Waterway.

LISC is a national group that works with local organizations and communities, the Kansas City area initiative was called NeighborhoodsNOW.

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KC Currents
12:07 pm
Fri May 17, 2013

KCK Native Janelle Monae Releases 'Q.U.E.E.N.' Music Video

Performer and KCK native, Janelle Monae, is known for her gender-bending clothing and futuristic soul-meets-funk music. Keeping in her style, Monae just released her latest music video, "Q.U.E.E.N.", featuring neo-soul singer, Erykah Badu.

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Cops & Crime
5:39 pm
Mon May 6, 2013

Condition, Safety Records Probed In Kansas Party Bus Death

It may take a week to ten days to learn how and why a woman fell from a party bus into I-35 traffic near the Kansas-Missouri state line and was killed Saturday night.

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Government
10:23 am
Thu April 25, 2013

5 Things Former Mayor Reardon Is Proud Of Accomplishing

Former Mayor Joe Reardon says there is a lot he is proud of, and a lot that still needs to be done.
Credit Laura Ziegler / KCUR

Wednesday was Joe Reardon’s last day in office.

The popular, 2-term head of the Unified Government of Wyandotte County and Kansas City, Kansas says there were many things he was proud of accomplishing, and a few things he regretted not getting done.

Here are the things he was most proud of:

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Up to Date
10:46 am
Mon April 22, 2013

A Mayoral Summit

Mayors Sly James and Joe Reardon speak with Steve Kraske on Up to Date.
Beth Lipoff/KCUR

It’s the end of an era for one city leader, while events march on for another.

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Government
6:36 pm
Fri March 29, 2013

KCK Mayoral Foes Battle By Substance And Style

Ann Murguia and Mark Holland are Wyandotte County voters' choices for mayor.
Credit Dan Verbeck / KCUR

Wyandotte County voters on Tuesday will decide who holds the reins as Mayor/CEO of Unified Government.

KCUR’s Dan Verbeck has background on two candidates who bring distinctly different approaches to operating the post.

Each serves as a member of the local governing commission, survivors of a spirited primary campaign and election. The candidates appeared to answer questions posed by a panel in a forum at Kansas City Kansas Community College. Appearing in alphabetical order:

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Up to Date
12:10 pm
Fri March 29, 2013

KCK Mayoral Debate

Candidates Mark Holland and Ann Murguia

Join Up to Date at 11 a.m. on Monday, April 1, at the Kansas City, Kan., Main Library, 625 Minnesota Ave., for the final debate of the Kansas City, Kan., mayoral race. Candidates Mark Holland and Ann Murguia will discuss the hot issues of the campaign in a debate moderated by Steve Kraske.

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Headlines
9:47 am
Wed March 13, 2013

Top Of The Morning News : March 13, 2013

Dan Verbeck KCUR

Missouri Senate Passes Tax Overhaul

Over objections from Gov. Jay Nixon, the Missouri Senate has passed a tax overhaul that would cut income taxes by hundreds of millions of dollars annually for residents and businesses. It would also boost sales taxes.

The legislation is promoted by supporters as the most dramatic change to Missouri’s tax policies in decades. It’s prompted by a desire to compete with sweeping income tax cuts in Kansas.

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Government
3:56 pm
Tue March 12, 2013

Kansas City Kansas Mayor Has Texting 'Fun' In Annual Address

Credit Dan Verbeck / KCUR

Kansas City Kansas Mayor and Unified Government CEO  Joe Reardon took the Google Fiber theme to an unexpected place as his annual State of Unified Government became  audience-interactive.

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Weather
7:56 am
Tue February 26, 2013

Elections Still On: Hours Extended, Polling Places Changed

KCUR

Update Tuesday, 7:30 a.m. Due to the weather, polling places have been consolidated in both Wyandotte and Johnson Counties. Find polling places for Wyandotte County here and Johnson County here

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Government
10:53 pm
Sat February 23, 2013

Wyandotte Mayor Candidates Debate Blight, Bureaucracy And Windfall Funds

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On Tuesday, voters in Wyandotte County will narrow the field of candidates for the Mayor/CEO of Unified Government.  The number running will be reduced from five to two, going into the April general election.  KCUR’s Dan Verbeck reports on candidates’ backgrounds and issue-positions that have appeared since the campaign began in earnest only a month ago.

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Business & Tech
4:24 pm
Mon January 28, 2013

GM To Sink $600 Million Into KCK Plant

G.M. C.E.O. Dan Akerson at the Kansas City, Kansas assembly plant revealing plan to invest $600 million in the operation.
Credit Dan Verbeck / KCUR

General Motors has committed to a more than half billion dollar investment into its assembly plant in the Fairfax District of Kansas City, Kansas.

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Headlines
8:22 am
Mon January 28, 2013

Top Of The Morning News: January 28, 2013

The CEO of General Motors will announce details of a major expansion at its Fairfax assembly plant in Kansas City, Kan. Missouri Governor Jay Nixon is slated address education, mental health, and Medicaid in his State of the State address this evening. City leaders in Kansas City will host several public meetings this week, aimed at strengthening arts and culture in the region.

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Health
7:57 am
Fri January 18, 2013

Citywide CPR Effort Aims To Lower Cardiac Arrest Deaths

In the lobby of city hall, Kevin Fogarty (r), a paramedic with KCK's fire department, trains Tania Taylor (l), Clyde Welsh and Terri Rankin (r), from the city's water pollution department, in CPR.
Credit Elana Gordon / KCUR

If a person suddenly collapses, CPR could mean the difference between life and death. That’s the message coming from city and hospital leaders in Kansas City, Kan., who want to train a lot more residents in the lifesaving technique.

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Government
1:17 pm
Wed January 9, 2013

KCK Mayor Will Not Seek Reelection

Joe Reardon's Facebook photo.

The Mayor and CEO of the Unified Government of Wyandotte County and Kansas City, Kansas, Joe Reardon, announced today he would not seek reelection for a third term this spring. In a letter from his office, Reardon said he made the decision based on personal reasons.

“I have a family at home that I love very much. It is important to me that I spend more time with them. My two sons are growing up much too quickly,” he said in his letter, which is posted in full on his Facebook page.

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Government
3:48 pm
Tue December 4, 2012

EPA Administrator 'Surprised' At Kansas Move Benefits

EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson at opening of new regional headquarters in Lenexa, Kan.
Dan Verbeck KCUR

Administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says every aspect explored proves the wisdom of moving the Agency’s regional headquarters to Lenexa, Kansas.

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Cops & Crime
4:35 am
Wed July 4, 2012

Child's Fireworks Death Leaves Lesson Of Vulnerability

The death of a child from fireworks has slipped into recent history, yet it lives on among some who were there in Kansas City, Kansas.

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Environment
5:07 pm
Fri June 29, 2012

Fire Threat Heightened By Heat Trend, Holiday

Johnson County, KS Sheriff Frank Denning to meet with fire chiefs in days before July 4th to plot fire threat remedies.
Dan Verbeck KCUR

With high heat and low humidity, Kansas City metro area communities in two states are more fire conscious than ever in summertime. The imminent splurge of fireworks adds to the threats.

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Splicing Into Google Fiber
2:24 pm
Tue June 26, 2012

Free Wifi For Rosedale?

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Updated June 27, 2012 12:00pm:  Google has rejected Connecting for Good's wifi plan for Rosedale, according to Michael Liimatta.  He was told the idea is "not in their current licensing agreements."  Liimatta says he's still moving forward with the plan for an e-community center.

Google has promised Kansas City speed-of-light internet. The potential for residents, businesses, schools and hospitals, we've been told, is enormous.

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KC Currents
10:51 am
Mon June 18, 2012

Cumbia Is Alive And Well—And Shakin'—In Kansas City

Kontrolando Show performing in 2011.
Marta Rincon

Kontrolando Show is one of 30 local bands, dance groups, and djs, in addition to some national acts, that will be playing at Fiesta KC in Crown Center June 22 - 24, 2012.

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KC Currents
12:52 pm
Mon June 11, 2012

Filling An Empty Shell: What Will Replace The EPA In Downtown KCK?

The EPA Regional Headquarters office building in Downtown Kansas City, Kansas
Suzanne Hogan KCUR

The Environmental Protection Agencies’ Regional Headquarter Offices in downtown Kansas City, Kansas will officially be relocating to a new location this fall.  Their new home?  The former Applebee’s headquarters in Lenexa, Kansas. 

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Headlines
8:08 am
Tue January 3, 2012

Top Of The Morning News: Tuesday, January 3, 2012

An artist's rendering of Hollywood Casino in Kansas City, Kansas. The casino plan to open Friday, February 3.
  • KCK Casino Plans To Open Next Month
  • A Bloody Year In Kansas City
  • Brownback Heads To Iowa To Support Perry
  • K-State Preps For Cotton Bowl

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