Overland Park

Technology
7:44 am
Mon November 10, 2014

Overland Park To Get Cellphone Signal Boosters On Street Poles

These antennas on the tops of street poles in Overland Park are meant to boost cellphone signal coverage.
Credit Courtesy photo / The City of Overland Park, Kan.

People who live in Overland Park, Kan., should be getting more reliable cellphone signals by year’s end, thanks to some inconspicuous antenna installations. 

Chicago-based telecommunications contractor Extenet Systems installed a handful of cone-like cellphone signal boosters on top of light poles throughout Overland Park.

Overland Park Public Works city traffic engineer Brian Shields says that the additions are a good alternative to building large cellular towers.

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Heartland Health Monitor
4:39 pm
Tue August 19, 2014

Expanded Overland Park Regional Medical Center Opens

U.S. Sen. Jerry Moran, a Kansas Republican, speaks at a ribbon-cutting for Overland Park Regional Medical Center's expansion.
Credit KCUR

U.S. Sen. Jerry Moran on Tuesday helped celebrate the opening of a new patient tower and emergency department at Overland Park Regional Medical Center.

The Kansas Republican, from Manhattan, Kan., praised local leaders for coming together to complete the project. He then took a jab at Congress' inability to do the same.

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Up to Date
9:00 am
Fri May 9, 2014

Finding Fresh Products In The Farmers' Market

Eighteen-year-old Michelle Sullivan helps a customer at her family's fresh vegetable and flower stall.
Beth Lipoff/KCUR

It's the season for farm-fresh local produce, and one of the popular spots in the Kansas City metro area is the Overland Park Farmers' Market.

On Friday's Up to Date, we take a trip to that market and talk with vendors ages 18 to 80 about what they’re selling and why they’ve chosen this particular spot to sell their wares.

The vendors and market-goers:

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Community
7:49 am
Mon April 14, 2014

Shootings At Johnson County Jewish Facilities Have Global Impact

Shootings took place on Sunday at the Jewish Community Center and Village Shalom retirement home (pictured) in Overland Park, Kan.
Credit Laura Spencer / KCUR

Shootings at the Jewish Community Center and Village Shalom retirement home in Overland Park, Kan. became international news overnight as new details about the tragedy emerged.

Authorities have been learning about the racist and anti-Semitic ideology of the suspect, Frazier Glenn Cross Jr., who hate-group trackers have been following for years.

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Community
4:02 pm
Sun April 13, 2014

UPDATED: Victims, Suspect Identified In Overland Park Shootings

On Monday, police tape was still wrapped around a parking lot at Village Shalom in Overland Park, Kan. to keep visitors out of the crime scene.
Credit Laura Spencer / KCUR

Updated 10:47 a.m.:

Frazier Glenn Cross, the suspect in Sunday's shootings, is being held at the Johnson County Detention Center without bond. Kristi Bergeron, of the District Attorney's Office in Johnson County said he will not be arraigned Monday.

He will face both federal and state charges.

Updated 10:36 a.m.:

The Children's Center for the Visually Impaired released this statement:

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Government
5:40 pm
Tue October 8, 2013

Overland Park Voters OK Sales Tax Extension

An initial vote count appears to show Overland Park, Kan. voters have approved extending a 1/8 cent sales tax for 10 years, financing street repair and construction.

Unofficial returns on the mail-in ballot show some 33,000 ballots cast with 72 percent approving it.   Nearly $70 million will have been collected when the current tax expires in 2014. 

“We keep this money all segregated to make sure we spend the entire amount  on specifically what we told them we would use it for," says Carl Gerlach, mayor of Overland Park.

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Weather
4:59 pm
Wed February 27, 2013

Roof Snow Pack Forces Macy's Evacuation, Close In Overland Park

Snow heavy enough to do this to a Kansas City apple tree was magnified thousands of times on store roof before evacuation.
Credit Dan Verbeck / KCUR

Macy’s store at Metcalf South Shopping Center will stay closed for repair after emergency evacuation today.

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Government
4:15 pm
Thu January 10, 2013

Prairiefire Breaks Ground In Overland Park

A museum will feature traveling exhibitions from the American Museum of Natural History.
Rees Masilionis Turley Architecture LLC

City and state officials were on hand Thursday to lift the shovels during a ceremonial groundbreaking for Prairiefire, a new Overland Park development at 135th Street between Nall and Lamar. The site includes a natural history museum.

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Visual Arts
11:15 am
Mon November 5, 2012

Controversy In A Sculpture Garden

"Accept or Reject" by artist Yu Chang.
Julie Denesha KCUR

The 300-acre Overland Park Arboretum and Botanical Gardens garnered national attention in recent months over a bronze statue titled "Accept or Reject." The work, by Chinese artist Yu Chang, depicts a headless, bare-breasted woman holding a camera, pointing it at herself.

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Up to Date
5:24 pm
Thu October 4, 2012

Kansas City, Overland Park Mayors Talk Regional Cooperation

Kansas City, Missouri Mayor Sly James

Kansas and Missouri say they’d like to work together, but they keep poaching each other’s businesses.

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People
5:15 pm
Mon May 28, 2012

Overland Park Soldier Casualty Is Memorial Day Focus

Abby Knapp holds daughter Kinsley, waiting for coffin of SGT Michael Knapp, husband, father.
Dan Verbeck KCUR

For an Overland Park family and their friends, this Memorial Day is marked with the freshest of wounds.

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Visual Arts
12:03 pm
Thu May 24, 2012

Art Generates Controversy In Johnson County

"Accept or Reject" by Yu Chang

Prompted by a recent visit to the Overland Park Arboretum and Botanical Gardens with her family, an area resident has started circulating a petition to remove one of the sculptures. The work is called "Accept or Reject" (note: a brass plaque also lists the title as "Choice") by sculptor 余畅 Yu Chang, an artist who also reportedly directs the Guangzhou Sculpture Academy. Overland Park officials say that, at this time, there are no plans to remove it from the Arboretum.

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Cops & Crime
6:02 pm
Mon May 14, 2012

Body Found In Overland Park Creek After 6-Day Search

Overland Park, KS. firefighters after recovering body from creek.
Jason Rhodes Overland Park Fire Department

The body of a man has been found this afternoon in Indian Creek in Overland Park, Kan.

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Missing
4:51 pm
Wed May 9, 2012

Clothing Found In Overland Park Creek Points To Missing Man

Captain Tim Lynch, Overland Park, Kan. Police Department briefs searchers.
Jason Rhodes Overland Park Fire Department

Searchers today found disturbing evidence along Indian Creek in Overland Park, Kansas as they spent a third day looking for a missing man.

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Cops & Crime
4:48 pm
Tue May 8, 2012

Search Of Kansas Flood Waters Still Underway For Missing Man

Searchers move downstream from Overland Park, Kansas, searching for missing man.
Jason Rhodes Overland Park Fire Department

There is not a trace of  the Overland Park man missing since he left home Sunday, saying he wanted to look at flood waters of Indian Creek, according to police.

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Breaking
12:30 am
Thu December 22, 2011

Missing College Student Found, Was Not Abducted

The 19 year old  Johnson County Community College  student  missing since  Friday,  December 16th , has been found   unharmed,  five days after her disappearance from the University of Kansas-Edwards campus in Overland Park.  Police say Aisha Khan had not been abducted.

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Cops & Crime
4:43 pm
Tue December 20, 2011

A Turn To Old Fashioned Police Work For Missing Student

Aisha Khan before her Dec. 16th disappearance.
file photo KCUR

Leads have thinned into the second and third tier variety as police in Overland Park and Olathe try, for a fourth day, to learn what happened to Aisha Khan. Investigators are questioning classmates, teachers and friends of the 19 year old  Johnson County Community College student.

The married student who lives in Olathe with her husband of five months was last  believed   studying  in an outside alcove  at the K.U. Edwards Campus where she had  a semester final test she never  took. She vanished about an hour before the noon class last Friday.

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Cops & Crime
8:52 pm
Mon December 19, 2011

Heightened Search For Missing Student

Overland Park, Ks. Police Chief John Douglass details search for student, saying he is using resources as "if it was an abduction."
KMBC-TV

It’s been three days since a 19-year-old married college student went missing in Overland Park, and police have  scoured several square miles looking for Aisha Kahn. The woman had called her sister complaining of a man harassing her.
 
A reward has been increased, and the FBI has extended the search.

The Johnson County Community College student hasn’t been seen since last Friday near the KU Edwards  campus where she took classes. A backpack, books and a cell phone were found. Overland Park Police Chief John Douglass updated reporters this afternoon.

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overland park fire
4:58 pm
Fri December 9, 2011

Man Escapes Multi Alarm Overland Park Fire, Dog Rescued

 A fire this afternoon in Overland Park townhouses was caused by flammables stored too close to a water heater. Investigators say the cause was obvious.

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KCUR News
12:04 pm
Mon April 5, 2010

Overland Park Annexation Opponents Plan Appeal

Kansas City, Mo. – Opponents say they'll appeal the decision to approve Overland Park's annexation of 8 square miles of semi-rural land.

A Johnson County District Court last week ruled neither the city nor Johnson County did anything illegal by annexing the land.

But Norman Pishner a member of a committee that campaigned vigorously against the annexation, says opponents believe they can prove residents were denied due process.

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