Danelle Myer owns a small vegetable farm and like many other small farmers, she’s passionate about the kind of operation she wants to grow: a small, local business.
Myer’s farm just outside Logan, Iowa, sits in the middle of true farm country. Thousands of acres of row crops make up the landscape. Her vegetable farm is almost out of place, even though Myer is a native – she grew up on her family’s conventional farm, a quarter-acre of which she has turned into One Farm.
The American Civil Liberties Union says in a letter that it's ready to go to court over a voter registration law in Kansas.
The law requires people registering to vote for the first time in Kansas to prove their citizenship with a document such as a birth certificate. More than 12,000 voter registration applications have been put on hold because of that requirement.
Doug Bonney is with the ACLU of Kansas and Western Missouri. He says the law, which was strongly championed by Secretary of State Kris Kobach, puts unnecessary hurdles in front of voters.
The very first World Choral Fest was held last month in Dublin, Ireland, and it was the brainchild of a Kansas City choir director.
Tracy Resseguie heads the choir program at Staley High School in the North Kansas City School district. He thinks that the World Choral Fest may have been the first time that singers from several different parts of the world rehearsed and performed together in a concert like this.
It’s been more than 18 years since KCI had a deadly jet crash. But the crash of a jet at SFO in San Fransisco, Calif. last month is still fresh in the minds of the KCI airport firefighting crew.
Right next to KCI on the former TWA overhaul base, there is a boneyard of old planes, parts of them on pavement. One is an engineless 727 jet and airport Fire Chief Matt Mauer has just had a special crash truck spray it down with fire suppressing foam.
Comprehensive immigration reform is critical to sustaining the Midwest's role as a global leader in agriculture. That's the message from U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack.
Vilsack told St. Louis Public Radio Monday that moving forward with the immigration reform plan recently passed by the U.S. Senate is key to retaining international talent that comes to this country to study in the plant sciences.
It’s almost back to school time, and that means worrying about getting the right school supplies, remembering a locker combination and, if you’re a teenager, figuring out how you fit in the dating scene.
On Tuesday's Up to Date, we talk with psychologist Wes Crenshaw and teen experts Kendra Schwartz and Josie Myers about how teens might find real love in high school, while swimming in a sea of hormones, hook-ups and angst.
Budgets, common core, accreditation and aspirations for the year will be some of the topics of our conversation. Superintendents Jim Hinson from the Shawnee Mission School District and Stephen Green from Kansas City Public Schools join in a discussion of the pressing issues facing our schools and taking questions and comments from the community.
Being a police officer is about many things: patrolling a beat, helping other officers maintain order, and sometimes, providing extra security to visiting dignitaries.
Kansas City, Mo., police officer Nicole Wright returns to speak with Steve Kraske about what it's like to work be part of the special security detail at the NAACP national convention for the organization’s chairman, Roslyn M. Brock and what the mood was there when they heard the verdict of the Trayvon Martin-George Zimmerman case.
Tyson Foods, Inc., announced this week that it would soon suspend purchases of cattle that had been treated with a controversial drug, citing animal welfare concerns.
But many in the industry wonder if the real reason is not about cattle, but rather the battle for sales in other countries, where using drugs for meat production is banned.
“I really do think this is more a marketing ploy from Tyson to raise some awareness so they can garner some export business from our overseas export partners,” said Dan Norcini, an independent commodities broker.
The work of iconic Mexican artists Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera is on display this summer at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. They’re part of an exhibit called Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera and Masterpieces of Modern Mexico.
Kahlo and Rivera are known not only for their paintings, but for their tempestuous marriage, which sometimes influenced their art.
Everyone's got an opinion on what that media's doing right-- and what it's doing wrong. On Monday's Up to Date, we talk with a few experts from the trenches about recent headlines: Derek Donovan, public editor at The Kansas City Star, Peggy Lowe of Harvest Public Media, and Pam Fine, Knight Chair & professor of journalism at the University of Kansas all weigh in on the topics.
Ford put another 900 workers on the Claycomo line. And challengers of Kansas City's downtown streetcar system were rebuffed by another court. KCUR's Steve Bell looks back at those and other top stories.
One hundred fifty years ago the country was midway through the Civil War, and back then, Second Baptist Church was a mission known as a "Stragglers Camp" located on the south banks of the Missouri River.
These days, the church at 3620 E. 39th Street is reaching out to deal with crime and a high unemployment rate, and it's about to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King, Jr.'s March on Washington.
The senior pastors of Second Baptist have enjoyed long tenures.Over the last 150 years, the church has been led by just eight head preachers.
In the heartfelt and pithy Canadian film Still Mine, James Cromwell and Genevieve Bujold portray a couple in their eighties who are struggling with issues both physical and bureaucratic.
While he is building a smaller house for them on their vast New Brunswick acreage and being besieged with local governmental red tape, she is slowly slipping into mental incapacity. It’s as if his obsession with finishing the house is a planned strategy to hold his grief at bay.
Gov. Jay Nixon toured parts of flood-ravaged south-central Missouri Thursday following days of heavy rains, which damaged dozens of homes and killed a young boy and his mother.
The Governor praised the work of local organizations in their response efforts, including the Red Cross, whose Waynesville shelter housed 27 people Wednesday night. Nixon has called upon the Missouri National Guard for security and traffic control, as numerous streets have been closed, including sections of I-44 earlier this week.
In a little less than two months, Kansans will be able to begin shopping for individual health insurance plans through the new, online marketplace called the exchange. Most of the plans will be sold by three companies.
According to Kansas Insurance Commissioner Sandy Praeger, they'll be the same three companies that provide the bulk of health insurance in Kansas now: Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas, Blue Cross of Kansas City, and Coventry.
They’re small insects, flitting from flower to flower, and most people don’t give them a second look. But honeybees are vitally important to agriculture, pollinating seeds and crops, mostly fruits, vegetables and nuts.
Medical, business and educational leaders have spelled out what Jackson County residents would get if a tax issue is put on the November ballot and gains voter approval to enhance health research and medical care.
If the county legislature and voters approve, a half-cent sales tax would raise $40 million a year.
Funds would be divided between Children's Mercy and St. Luke’s Hospitals and UMKC. It’s designed to attract top medical researchers to translate new findings into treatment, diagnosis and prevention of diseases.
Looking to take off with a fun activity this weekend? Brian McTavish floats some options for you on the Weekend To-Do List.
Great Midwest Balloon Fest (50 hot air balloons in flight), 4 to 11 p.m. Friday, 1 to 11 p.m. Saturday at the Great Mall of the Great Plains, I-35 and 151st, Olathe, Kan. Admission: $10; $5 ages 6 to 12
When most of us think about death, we assume our bodies will take the traditional route of being cremated or buried. This is not always the case, as author Bess Lovejoy points out in her new book,Rest In Pieces released in March 2013.
On this encore edition of Central Standard, host Suzanne Hogan talks with Lovejoy about the journeys famous corpses took before being laid to rest, because not every story ends with a death.
Playwright William Inge, the Independence, Kan. native who went on to win a Pulitzer and an Oscar, would have turned 100 this year. To honor that birthday, Kansas City Actors Theatre is staging Picnic, set in the 1950s in small town Kansas. The rehearsal process has revealed that it's a play much deeper and darker than the company originally believed.
Kansas City seems to be building its way to an economic recovery. Take, for instance, Cerner's proposed redevelopment of the property that formerly housed Bannister Mall -- with office buildings that could potentially house 15,000 new jobs.