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Harvest Public Media
8:24 am
Wed August 14, 2013

My Farm Roots: Winning Respect

Danelle Myer grew up on a conventional farm, but now runs a small, local vegetable farm outside Logan, Iowa.
Credit Amy Mayer / Harvest Public Media

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.

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Education
12:27 am
Wed August 14, 2013

KC Superintendent Expects Accreditation Return

Credit Kansas City< Missouri School Disrict

Kansas City, Missouri's superintendent of schools expects to break some good news to the community later this month.

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People
9:27 pm
Tue August 13, 2013

As Founding Nuns Age, Operation Breakthrough Looks Forward

Sister Berta Sailer, left, will not retire right now. Sister Carita Bussanmas had a bad fall recently and may not be able to come back to Operation Breakthrough to work.
Credit Laura Ziegler / KCUR

For more than three decades, the two nuns who’ve run Operation Breakthrough at 31st and Troost have provided mostly single moms the freedom to work.          

In the beginning, Sister Berta Sailer and Sister Carita Bussanmas had an informal arrangement to watch a handful of kids whose mothers could not afford child care.

Today, Operation Breakthrough has an $8 million budget, cares for more than 500 kids, and offers a medical and dental clinic, food and clothes pantry, social workers and therapists.

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Government
3:43 pm
Tue August 13, 2013

ACLU Ready to File Lawsuit Over Kan. Voter Registration Law

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.

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Visual Arts
2:15 pm
Tue August 13, 2013

From The Twin Cities To KC: A New Executive Director For Charlotte Street Foundation

Charlotte Street Foundation's new executive director Julie Gordon Dalgleish and Kate Hackman, who transitions from co-director to the new position of artistic director.
Credit Sabrina Staires / Courtesy of Charlotte Street Foundation

Charlotte Street Foundation today announced its new executive director: Julie Gordon Dalgleish, a 30-year veteran of arts and cultural organizations and foundations.

The search started in 2012 after Charlotte Street's founder and co-director David Hughes announced he'd step down.

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KC Current
2:12 pm
Tue August 13, 2013

World Choral Fest Grows From Kansas City Roots

Singers from Canada, Ireland and Kansas City rehearsed and performed together at the World Choral Fest in Dublin.
Credit Photo courtesy of Tracy Ressigue

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. 

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Community
8:41 am
Tue August 13, 2013

For KCI Rescue Teams, Training Is Key To Preparation For A Plane Crash

KCI firefighters practice extinguishing a plane fire at KCI airport.
Credit KCI ARFF

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.

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Agriculture
8:08 am
Tue August 13, 2013

Vilsack: Immigration Reform Critical For Midwest

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.

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Economy
7:54 am
Tue August 13, 2013

Topeka To Host 2015 Horseshoe World Tournament

Topeka narrowly beat out Charleston, S.C. to host the 2015 tournament.
Credit Proudfood / WikiCommons

Topeka narrowly beat out Charleston, West Virginia to be named as the home for the 2015 World Horseshoe Pitching Championship. The event will be held in July 2015 at the Kansas Expocentre.

Jeffrey Alderman, with the organization Visit Topeka, says the event is a big economic opportunity. He says the competition could draw more than 1,500 participants, known as horseshoe pitchers.

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Up to Date
6:00 pm
Mon August 12, 2013

Parents, Teens & High School Dating

Psychologist Wes Crenshaw talks with Steve Kraske about teen relationships.
Credit Jeff Weston/Flickr-CC

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.

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Central Standard
5:07 pm
Mon August 12, 2013

Back To School With KCMO And Shawnee Mission Superintendents

Jim Hinson and Stephen Green (L to R)
Credit Shawnee Mission School District and Kansas City Public Schools

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.

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Headlines
3:38 pm
Mon August 12, 2013

Gov. Nixon Weighs In On State Fair Rodeo Clown

Gov. Jay Nixon says he is heartened by the response of both Republicans and Democrats to the controversial rodeo clown act this weekend at the Missouri State Fair.

Nixon condemned a rodeo clown who impersonated President Obama, while an announcer asked the crowd if they wanted to see Obama get run down by a bull.

Speaking in Cape Girardeau, Nixon said the performance did not reflect the values of Missourians or the state fair.

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KC Currents
12:36 pm
Mon August 12, 2013

St. Louis Students Forge Their Futures In The Galapagos

Maricruz Jaramillo (standing) and Samoa Asigau wait for their ride back to the Charles Darwin Research Station after an early morning of catching birds in an agricultural area on Santa Cruz Island.
Credit Véronique La Capra / St. Louis Public Radio

Charles Darwin revolutionized science. His theory of evolution was based on careful observations of birds and other wildlife in places like the Galapagos Islands.

One thing that has been really slow to evolve is the gender mix in science. Men still dominate many scientific fields, just like they did in Darwin’s day, more than 150 years ago.

But gradually, more women are breaking in. I met up with two young women scientists in ― where else? ― the Galapagos. Here are their stories.

Maricruz Jaramillo fulfills a dream

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90-Mile View
11:50 am
Mon August 12, 2013

90-Mile View: Nicole Wright

Nicole Wright is a Kansas City, Mo., police officer.
Credit Danie Alexander / KCUR-FM

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.

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Harvest Public Media
7:50 am
Mon August 12, 2013

Tyson Foods Suspends Use Of Controversial Drug

A pen at a feedlot in central Kansas that houses 30,000 cattle. Feedlots are where cattle are “finished” before slaughter.
Credit Peggy Lowe / Harvest Public Media

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.

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Government
5:00 am
Mon August 12, 2013

Commuter Landscape Changes In Southeast Kansas City Suburb

Credit GoogleEarth

Drivers navigating the heavily commuted interchange of Highways 350 and I-470 Monday morning will find a different landscape than they encountered  just before the weekend. 

Heavy concrete chippers spent the last two-and-a-half days taking down bridge decks.

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KC Currents
4:56 am
Mon August 12, 2013

Kansas City Creative Couples: Rexroth & Skidmore

Ayla Rexroth and Clayton Skidmore together transformed the basement of an apartment building into an underground art space.
Julie Denesha KCUR

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.

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Up to Date
12:00 pm
Sun August 11, 2013

The Media Critics, August 12, 2013

The Media Critics discuss how news organizations covered different stories.
Credit The Kansas City Star

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. 

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Headlines
7:05 am
Sat August 10, 2013

Top Stories Of The Week

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.

Judges reject streetcar tax challenge

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Up to Date
11:42 am
Fri August 9, 2013

Up To Date's Indie, Foreign & Doc Critics' 'Three To See,' August 9-11

Fruitvale Station is on Cynthia Haines' list this weekend.

Looking for a great film to see the weekend of August 9-11?  Up to Date's indie, documentary and foreign film critics share their three favorites showing on area screens. Cynthia Haines: 

  • 20 Feet From Stardom
  • Fruitvale Station
  • Mud

 Steve Walker: 

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Up to Date
9:56 am
Fri August 9, 2013

Kansas City's First Black Baptist Church Marks 150 Year Anniversary

Kansas City's Second Baptist Church celebrates its 150th anniversary this year. The church was founded on the banks of the Missouri River in 1863.
Credit Second Baptist Church

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.

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Film
9:00 am
Fri August 9, 2013

Film Review: 'Still Mine' Explores A Marriage Struggling With Bureaucracy And Dementia

In 'Still Mine,' James Cromwell and Genevieve Bujold play a strong couple whose bond is challenged.
Credit Courtesy Samuel Goldwyn Films

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.

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Government
7:09 am
Fri August 9, 2013

Gov. Nixon Visits Flood-Ravaged South-Central Missouri

Credit: Waynesville Pulaski County Flood Emergency Facebook Page

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.

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Health
6:14 am
Fri August 9, 2013

Kansas Gears Up For Health Insurance Exchange

Kansas Insurance Commissioner Sandy Praeger
KHI News Service

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.

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Visual Arts
5:00 am
Fri August 9, 2013

Artist Creates 'Haven' For Honeybees

Bees fly in and out of Jarrett Mellenbruch's Haven sculpture, a working beehive above the Ewing and Muriel Kauffman Memorial Garden.
Julie Denesha KCUR

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.

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Health
3:24 pm
Thu August 8, 2013

Proposed Jackson County Sales Tax Hike Would Boost Medical Research

Dr. John Spertus describes types of research expected from proposed health research institute.
Credit Dan Verbeck / KCUR

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.

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Up to Date
11:45 am
Thu August 8, 2013

The Weekend To-Do List: August 9-11, 2013

Great Midwest Balloon Fest takes place Aug. 9 and 10 at the Great Mall of the Great Plains.
Credit Tim Hamilton/Flickr-CC

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

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Central Standard
9:20 am
Thu August 8, 2013

The Fascinating Fates Of 4 Famous Corpses

Credit Simon & Schuster

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.

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Performance
7:32 am
Thu August 8, 2013

Kansas City Actors Theatre Hosts 'Picnic' To Celebrate William Inge's 100th Birthday

Actors (from left) Phillip Shinn, Kathleen Warfel, Kathy Kane, Jennifer Mays, Melinda McCrary, Mackenzie Goodwin and Chris Roady in the KCAT production of 'Picnic.'
Credit Brian Paulette / Kansas City Actors Theatre

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.  

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Up to Date
6:00 pm
Wed August 7, 2013

Construction Projects Growing In KC

Cerner's redevelopment of the old Bannister Mall may bring 15,000 jobs to the area.
Credit Mike Kalasnik/Flickr-CC

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. 

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