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12:00 pm
Fri April 4, 2014

Middle Of The Map Fest Hits Kansas City With Music, Technology And More

Ferociously pounding the drums with her feet Molly Gene, of One Whoaman Band, performs at the fourth annual Middle of the Map festival.
Julie Denesha KCUR

On Thursday night at the Westport Saloon in Kansas City, Mo., a circle of men holding bottles of beer surrounded Molly Gene wearing fishnet stockings and cowboy boots as she ferociously pounded her custom set of foot drums. Gene, of her so-called ‘One Whoaman Band,’ was in town for the 4th annual Middle of the Map Fest. 

As The Star's Tim Finn puts it, "There are at least 100 good reasons to attend Ink's Middle of the Map Fest this weekend." Out of 120 bands in the lineup - 100 are performing at the festival for the first time.

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Kansas Statehouse
8:24 am
Fri April 4, 2014

Kansas Senate Advances Education Funding Bill

The Kansas Senate has advanced a plan to respond to a state Supreme Court ruling on education funding.

The court said lawmakers created inequalities between school districts by cutting certain types of education funds. The bill would shift money into funds aimed at reducing those disparities. Dollars would be moved from school transportation as well as other areas of the budget.

Sen. Ty Masterson, an Andover Republican, said they are prioritizing spending.

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Government
8:08 am
Fri April 4, 2014

Kansas City Council Moves To Replace 19th Century Sewer Pipe

Sewer pipe dated 1874 was recently dug up near the Kansas City, Mo., City Hall.
Credit City of Kansas City, Mo.

The Kansas City city council was in an infrastructure-improving mood Thursday — some of its very old infrastructure.  The city council took several steps toward replacing crumbling sewer and water lines.

The full council gave its approval to rehabilitation of sewer lines around 22nd and Paseo. Infrastructure chair Russ Johnson emphasized how old they were.

"That was constructed in 1890," he said. "It's time to rehab it.”

The other council members agreed, and approved spending $1.48 million in existing bond money to do the job.

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Arts & Culture
8:05 am
Fri April 4, 2014

Take A Sneak Peek Of The New King Tut Exhibit At Union Station

"The Discovery of King Tut" displays a replica of Tutankhamun's golden mask. It's a representation of the king as everlasting, and not a portrait.
Laura Spencer KCUR

The Egyptian pharaoh Tutankhamun, or King Tut, has been a subject of fascination ever since his tomb was discovered in 1922. The young king, who died at the age of 19, and his golden treasures have inspired films, fashion, music, travel and exhibitions. The Discovery of King Tut, has toured 20 cities since 2008, and it makes its first stop in North America at Union Station on Friday.

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Arts and Culture
7:40 am
Fri April 4, 2014

WATCH: Toy Museum Staff Tackle Daunting Task Of Packing Up Giant Dollhouse

The stately Coleman dollhouse is taken apart to make way for renovations at The National Museum of Toys and Miniatures.
Julie Denesha KCUR

The National Museum of Toys and Miniatures in Kansas City, Mo., houses one of the largest toy collections on public display in the United States. In January, the museum closed its doors for a yearlong renovation, but the work inside continues. 

One of the star attractions of the collection is the Coleman dollhouse. The largest dollhouse in the museum's collection, it measures 9 feet tall and 8 feet wide and once belonged to the wealthy Coleman family from Lebanon, Pa.

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Up To Date
7:39 am
Fri April 4, 2014

Live From The Royals Home Opener

The Royals play the White Sox in their home opener.
Credit Beth Lipoff / KCUR

  

    

Last year was arguably the best year for the Kansas City Royals in recent memory - 86 wins put the boys in blue above .500, but just short of the playoffs.

For this hour of Up to Date we take you out to the ballpark for the Royal’s home opener and Steve Kraske introduces you to some of the people who keep the team running.
 

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Up To Date
3:14 pm
Thu April 3, 2014

Ethics Professors: Who Should Get Organ Donations?

UNOS works to advance organ availability and transplantation.
Credit United Network for Organ Sharing

In the Midwest, the supply of organs for patients who need transplants to live is relatively strong.  But, that’s not the case in many locations across the country.

Currently, donated organs are distributed through local and regional networks, but there is talk of changing that system to one that basically puts everyone on equal footing.

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Tell KCUR
3:13 pm
Thu April 3, 2014

Royals Fans Are Cautiously Optimistic About 2014 Season

The 2014 baseball season is giving the Kansas City Royals and fans a reason to look up on Friday, the day of the team's home opener.
Credit Beth Lipoff / KCUR

 

Social media in Kansas City is abuzz this week with excitement over the Royals’ home opener on Friday.

Diehard fans are swapping predictions on Twitter for the new season via #Royals, #BeRoyalKC, #Royalsnation and other hashtags.

After the success of 2013’s season, KCUR’s Greg Echlin reports that players have high hopes for this season.

Fans do, too, according to our informal Tell KCUR poll on social media this week.

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Community
3:01 pm
Thu April 3, 2014

KCUR And KCPT Announce Regional Public Media Collaboration

Credit Courtesy / KCPT

KCUR and Kansas City public television station KCPT announced a news collaboration on Thursday.

The collaboration is not a merger, the two public media stations said in a statement, but rather a pooling of resources and a commitment to partner on reporting and engagement projects.

The initial focus will be on health and agriculture reporting, along with a Kansas City launch of the Public Insight Network (PIN), a nationwide database that helps connect journalists to sources. 

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Up To Date
12:37 pm
Thu April 3, 2014

The Weekend To-Do List: April 4-6, 2014

More than 120 bands will be playing this weekend for Ink's Middle of the Map Fest.
Credit middleofthemapfest.com

Wash away the recent rainy weather with Brian McTavish's Weekend To-Do List for April 4-6.

Ink's Middle of the Map Fest Music festival with more that 120 bands at six venues.  Thursday, Friday, Saturday. Gary Numan performs at 11 p.m. Thursday at Ernie Biggs Piano Bar. Country Club Plaza and Westport area. Tickets: $55 three-day-pass

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Kansas City Royals
7:48 am
Thu April 3, 2014

On The Eve Of The Royals Home Opener, Fans Have High Hopes

The Kansas City Royals play their home opener Friday at Kauffman Stadium.
Credit Wikimedia Commons - CC

With the series finale set in Detroit for Thursday afternoon, the Kansas City Royals will head home afterward and play their home opener Friday afternoon at Kauffman Stadium.

Coming off the success of last season, the Royals have high hopes this season. Not only on the field but, at the gate as well.

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Arts & Culture
7:38 am
Thu April 3, 2014

Development Of A Regional Cultural Plan Underway

Over the last decade, an estimated $1.57 billion has been invested in arts, cultural and entertainment infrastructure. This includes the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, which opened in 2011.
Credit courtesy: Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts

Plans are in the works to create a regional cultural plan to establish a shared vision for the Kansas City metro.

In recent years, Kansas City has gained a national reputation as a "culturally rich metropolis." In the five-county metro area, including Kansas and Missouri, there are over 6,000 artists, writers and performers, 250 arts and cultural non-profits, and 360 for-profits. 

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Community
4:00 pm
Wed April 2, 2014

Where Women Entrepreneurs Can Find Support in Kansas City

The Kauffman Foundation held a Global Women's Summit in 2011 where women entrepreneurs gathered to network and get advice on growing their businesses.
Credit Kauffman Foundation

A recent Forbes.com article headline touted “11 Reasons 2014 Will Be A Breakout Year For Women Entrepreneurs.” 

And, indeed, the statistics are looking good.

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History
2:19 pm
Wed April 2, 2014

Scientists Discover Remnants Of St. Louis' French Colonial Past

A piece of tin-enameled ceramic found at what archaeologists say is the site of a former French colony in St. Louis.
Steph Zimmerman St. Louis Public Radio

Originally published on Wed April 2, 2014 12:04 pm

Archaeologists in St. Louis are ecstatic over what they say is an astonishing discovery in a most unlikely place.

Under a highway overpass just south of the city's famed arch, researchers have uncovered the first evidence of French settlement there 250 years ago. The findings will help shed new light on how settlers lived in the city back then.

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Community
1:07 pm
Wed April 2, 2014

Kansas City Makes Latest Cut For Republican National Convention

Credit Photoguyinmo / Flickr-CC

Kansas City made the next cut in the running for the 2016 Republican National Convention, the GOP announced Wednesday.

Denver, Las Vegas, Cincinnati and Cleveland are also still contenders for the convention. Pheonix and Columbus were eliminated.

Shortly after the announcement, Kansas City, Mo. Mayor Sly James said the city would have no problem accommodating the expected 40 thousand conventioneers.

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Arts & Culture
11:57 am
Wed April 2, 2014

Four Penetrating Documentaries Highlighted At 2014 Kansas City FilmFest

Writer and cultural critic Gore Vidal in "Gore Vidal: United States of Amnesia," spotlighted at 2014 Kansas City FilmFest.
Credit Courtesy gorevidaldocumentary.com

Film festival curators work diligently to give audiences an eclectic menu with as much breadth and depth as possible. The 2014 edition of the Kansas City FilmFest offers dozens of experimental, animated, and even “Afrofuturist” short films, as well as narrative comedies and dramas hoping to generate buzz. But from the offerings previewed by this writer, the strength of this year’s festival rests on its documentaries.

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Up to Date
11:00 am
Wed April 2, 2014

How Corporate Giants Are Dominating Online Commerce

Robert McChesney is the author of Digital Disconnect: How Capitalism is Turning the Internet Against Democracy.

You can post just about anything you want on the internet, but when it comes to e-commerce, the online world is dominated by a few major players.

On Wednesday's Up to Date, we examine the corporate giants that control the online marketplace and discuss how consumers might revolt against their monopolies.

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Up to Date
11:00 am
Wed April 2, 2014

A Day In The Life Of An Average Pakistani

Haroon Ullah is the author of The Bargain From the Bazaar: A Family's Day of Reckoning in Lahore.

Haroon Ullah knows the pace and color of daily life in Pakistan and the delicate balance between secular and religious culture.

On Wednesday's Up to Date, we talk with him about the struggles of an ordinary middle-class family just trying to live life in a region that's seen constant upheaval.

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Arts & Culture
9:38 am
Wed April 2, 2014

Teen Poets Compete In 'Louder Than A Bomb'

A semifinal competition in March at the American Jazz Museum in Kansas City, Mo.
Credit courtesy: Louder Than A Bomb-KC

The spoken word competition called Louder Than A Bomb, named after the Public Enemy song, started in Chicago, Ill. in 2001. It's now considered one of the largest youth poetry festivals.

Cities across the country, including Kansas City, are launching their own Louder Than A Bomb programs.

A program bridging divides in Kansas City

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Health
7:58 am
Wed April 2, 2014

After ACA Deadline, Still No Break For Kansas City Health Navigators

The deadline for open enrollment in Affordable Care Act insurance has passed, but enrollment helpers in the Kansas City area won’t get a vacation just yet.

During Monday’s website problems, insurance navigators and counselors were asking enrollees to come back – either later in the week or next week – after the enrollment deadline.

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Kansas Statehouse
7:49 am
Wed April 2, 2014

Kansas House Committee Advances Prairie Chicken Bill

A mounted pair of lesser prairie chickens on display in the Kansas Statehouse.
Credit Stephen Koranda / Kansas Public Radio

Kansas House committee has advanced a bill aimed at bucking federal regulation of the lesser prairie chicken. It was announced last week that the federal government would list the bird as a threatened species.

The bill says federal rules and policies surrounding the lesser prairie chicken have no effect in Kansas.

Washington Republican and chairwoman of the Kansas House Ag Committee, Sharon Schwartz, says the bill makes a statement. She says state and regional conservation plans would be better than federal regulation, which could hurt industry.

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Government
5:44 am
Wed April 2, 2014

Johnson County Election Results

Results below are for contested races only.  All those running unopposed won.

Leawood

Council Member - Ward 3

  • Tom Robinett  58.2%
  • James M. Stephens 40.9%

Mission

Mayor

  • Steven Schowengerdt  50.5%
  • David Shepard 49.4%

Council Member - Ward 1

  • Steven Lucas 55.6%
  • Jay A. Meyer 43.8%

Council Member - Ward 2 

  • Arcie Rothrock 56.3%
  • William J. Vandenberg, III 43.8%

Council Member - Ward 4 

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Community
5:26 am
Wed April 2, 2014

New Kansas City Store Serves Up Midwestern Pride

Raygun owner and founder Mike Draper cracks himself up a little bit in his new Kansas City store.
Credit Frank Morris / KCUR

It’s not hard to find stores catering to people proud of their schools or sports teams, but a shop opening this week in Kansas City, Mo., called Raygun, is all about a perennial underdog: the Midwest.

Owner Mike Draper is from Iowa, and this will be his first store outside his home state.

Like a lot of Midwesterners, Draper left home when he could, but came back to take part in a big shift he sees taking place in the Midwestern self-image.   

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Beyond Our Borders
1:45 pm
Tue April 1, 2014

What Matters To One Of Kansas City’s Oldest Neighborhood Groups

Les Cline, president of the 49/63 Neighborhood Coalition
Credit Alyson Raletz / KCUR

Les Cline is highly aware of a street in Kansas City that dissects the 49/63 neighborhood in Kansas City — Troost Avenue.

But it’s just the name of a street, says Cline, president of the 49/63 Neighborhood Coalition.

“There’s no wall or fence or force field running down Troost,” Cline says. 

Founded in 1971, the coalition’s borders run from 49th to 63rd streets, and Paseo to Oak. Brush up on the neighborhood in this profile on 49-63.  

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Up to Date
10:36 am
Tue April 1, 2014

One Journalist's Bleak Forecast Of America's Landscape

George Packer is the author of The Unwinding: An Inner History of the New America.

If you look at America through journalist George Packer’s eyes, you’ll see a landscape where familiar staples of society, such as Social Security and privacy, are disappearing in a country-wide decline in civilization.

On Tuesday's Up to Date, we talk with the National Book Award winner about his latest book, why he sees such a bleak picture for the country and how we might make it to the light at the end of the tunnel.

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Up to Date
10:33 am
Tue April 1, 2014

Promoting The Arts In The Urban Core

Aaron Dworkin is the founder of Sphinx in Detroit.
Credit sphinxmusic.org

The Musical Bridges program at the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music aims to give more arts opportunities to young people in the urban core of the city.

On Tuesday's Up to Date, we talk with a MacArthur Fellow who's done a similar thing in Detroit.

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Beyond Our Borders
9:36 am
Tue April 1, 2014

Kansas City's 49-63 Coalition Unites Residents On Both Sides Of Troost

A home in one of the neighborhoods that are part of the 49-63 coalition.
Credit Courtesy / 49-63 Neighborhood Coaltion

Right off the bat, you know one thing about everyone who’s part of the 49-63 neighborhood coalition  — a collective of residential associations in Kansas City, Mo. They all  live between 49th and 63rd Streets.

It’s their east–west borders that may be most interesting, however. Those lines are Paseo and Oak.

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Government
8:56 am
Tue April 1, 2014

Public Vote On Kansas City Charter Changes Vote Set For Next Tuesday

Next Tuesday, Kansas Citians will decide whether to make changes to the city charter. The city council has submitted voters three charter-revision ballot questions. Most city council members hope one of them will “warm up” voters attitudes on city elections.

Question 3 would move the city Mayor-Council primary election from late February to early April. And the city general election would move from late March to Early June.

The thinking is: “better weather equals better turnout.”

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Missouri Statehouse
8:01 am
Tue April 1, 2014

Breast-Feeding Protection Bill, Sponsored By Ailing Lawmaker, Sent To Gov. Nixon

State Rep. Rory Ellinger, D-University City

Originally published on Mon March 31, 2014 8:40 pm

  Legislation to expand legal protections in Missouri for breast-feeding moms is on its way to Gov. Jay Nixon.

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Community
5:55 am
Tue April 1, 2014

Going To Kansas City: Crying Allowed

Natalie Skadra takes a snap of her shoes as she relaxes in Arrowhead Stadium after running her first 5K.
Credit Courtesy / Natalie Skadra

  Eds note: This is the first in an ongoing series called “Going to Kansas City” in which we share the personal stories of how people came to Kansas City — and why they stayed.

"I don't think it really hit me until the day we left," says Natalie Skadra of her move from Durham, N.C., to Kansas City in 2006. "I cried. Like tears that I don't normally cry. It was a very difficult, painful move."

But things have changed since that day more than seven years ago.

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