When thousands of federal employees are being forced to go without a paycheck indefinitely because of inaction in Congress, is it really ethical for members of Congress to keep accepting their own paychecks?
On Thursday's Up to Date, the Ethics Professors join us to discuss that and other issues of murky morals. Should we consider signing up for healthcare part of a civic duty to lower medical costs for everyone? And how should we set a limit when it comes to the cost and scope of treatment?
"All large political doctrines are rich in difficult problems — problems that are quite above the average citizen's reach. And that is not strange, since they are also above the reach of the ablest minds in the country; after all the fuss and all the talk, not one of those doctrines has been conclusively proven to be the right one and the best." ~ Mark Twain
More than 20,000 people in Kansas have their voter registrations on hold, which means their vote won't count until the situation is resolved. About 80 percent of these stalled registrations happened at driver’s license offices and stem from a new law requiring people to show proof of citizenship when they register to vote.
One of the budgetary battles going on in Congress at the moment is what to do with the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). The current focus on funding the government and its programs has pushed other issues like immigration reform off the front page.
Should lawmakers withhold funding from the University of Kansas if the school doesn’t fire a professor over a highly controversial tweet? Professor David Guth blasted the National Rifle Association on Twitter in the wake of the Navy Yard shooting on Twitter, and now many are calling for accountability.
In the first part of Tuesday's Up to Date, we discuss just how far employers can go when their employees make charged statements on social media.
When St. Paul’s School of Theology moved to Johnson County, Kansas last year, it left a beautiful, 19-acre campus in Northeast Kansas City, Mo. vacant. Now, the campus could become home to recovering prostitutes, drug and alcohol addicts, and at-risk boys.
The city would have to rezone the area, and some neighbors aren’t happy. They believe a proposal to put a group of social service agencies on the campus will damage the neighborhood’s image and possibly jeopardize their safety.
St. Peter/Waterway is one of six communities targeted by Greater Kansas City Local Initiative Support Corporation (LISC) in 2006 as part of their NeighborhoodsNOW program.
City planner and former Vice-Chair of the Planning Commission of the Unified Government of Wyandotte County Daniel Serda and Micah Kubic, Senior Program Officer of Greater Kansas City LISC talk about what makes a neighborhood sustainable and how to go about developing one.
Kansas City is known as a “weak mayor” town. That’s no slight on Mayor Sly James, it’s the way the city charter sets up our government, where the mayor is a glorified city council member, and the city manager really runs the town. Since June, citizens in the Charter Review Commission has been meeting to make recommendations to revise the charter. Two major issues are the role of the mayor and the composition of the city council.
If you were to imagine a man in your mind's eye, what would he look like? What would he sound like? How would he act? In Western culture, the idea of a man provokes thoughts of ruggedness, strength, leadership-- someone unemotional, but powerful. While some of these characteristics are true, they could not apply to every man. But are they altogether outdated, or even false?
"When life hands you lemons, make lemonade." So goes the saying, but when your life is milk, lots of milk, what do you do?
On this edition of 90-Mile View, dairyman Eric Neill tells Steve Kraske how things are going on the farm, including getting ready to bring new "ladies" into the herd. Then Eric's partner, and wife, Julie has been busy exploring other options for the dairy's daily production. When life hands you milk . . .
One hundred fifty-seven years ago Thursday the Arabia, a steamboat traveling the Missouri River westward from St. Louis, sank. The actual event was relatively minor, the only casualty was an mule that was tied to the deck — all 130 passengers were able to make it ashore safely.
Choosing to have a family and determining its size are highly personal, sometimes painful decisions that has consequences for your finances, health, and happiness. Up To Date is partnering with PRI’s The World for its series exploring family planning options from around the globe.
On Friday morning at Paseo Academy, Kansas City Public Schools Superintendent Stephen Green made a big announcement about the district's accreditation status. It had leaped more than 40 points in the new state assessment system. KCUR’s Maria Carter was there and talked to us about what happened.
Hellen Cook's disappearance came to our attention during our last conversation with The Benton County Enterprise publisher James White.
On this edition of 90-Mile View, James is back with the rest of Hellen's story: who she was beyond the headlines and what her family is doing to improve the process of finding lost loved ones in the future.
What's it like to leap off tall buildings in a single bound?
In the second part of Monday's Up to Date, we talk with base-jumper Alastair Macartney about Monday morning's jump off of Kansas City's Liberty Memorial, why he chose this profession and find out whether he looks down before he takes the plunge.
Exercise is generally supposed to make you feel better, but one running club effort is aiming a little bit higher.
In the second part of Thursday's Up to Date, we take a look at how Anne Mahlum's Back On My Feet running clubs for homeless people are changing the way we look at those who live on the street and how they see themselves.