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Caring eye doctors head overseas to provide visionary outreach

Several groups in Kansas City send out medical staffers to help patients in Third World countries. Some are faith-based groups; others work through the medical community. Follow along as one group treks to a small town in mountainous Haiti where in a short span of time they make a big difference in local lives.

Kansas City Maker Faire makes its mark with inventors, fans

The Kansas City Maker Faire — a collection of inventors, innovations and ideas — returns for the fifth year this weekend to Union Station. It’s the Midwest STEM-centric Coachella, a sort of science fair on steroids with exhibits featuring sophisticated robots and 3-D printers, all locally made by tinkerers driven more often by a sense of “what if” and a little “why not.”

Caring eye doctors head overseas to provide visionary outreach

Several groups in Kansas City send out medical staffers to help patients in Third World countries. Some are faith-based groups; others work through the medical community. Follow along as one group treks to a small town in mountainous Haiti where in a short span of time they make a big difference in local lives.

Caring eye doctors head overseas to provide visionary outreach

Several groups in Kansas City send out medical staffers to help patients in Third World countries. Some are faith-based groups; others work through the medical community. Follow along as one group treks to a small town in mountainous Haiti where in a short span of time they make a big difference in local lives.

Kansas City Maker Faire makes its mark with inventors, fans

The Kansas City Maker Faire — a collection of inventors, innovations and ideas — returns for the fifth year this weekend to Union Station. It’s the Midwest STEM-centric Coachella, a sort of science fair on steroids with exhibits featuring sophisticated robots and 3-D printers, all locally made by tinkerers driven more often by a sense of “what if” and a little “why not.”

Caring eye doctors head overseas to provide visionary outreach

Several groups in Kansas City send out medical staffers to help patients in Third World countries. Some are faith-based groups; others work through the medical community. Follow along as one group treks to a small town in mountainous Haiti where in a short span of time they make a big difference in local lives.

Severe poverty affects brain size, researchers find

Study examined large sample of mostly white kids whose mothers were much more educated than the general public

University of Wisconsin-Madison group says poverty affects parts of the brain tied to self-control, attention, planning

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Irony hides in Republican doom and gloom

The establishment types of Democrats and Republicans would do well to acquaint themselves with the state of the nation as the average American experiences it. The biggest indicator of our problems, the one that Republican candidates tend to only nod at, is that the U.S. is the fourth worst in the world for income inequality, right behind Chile, Mexico and Turkey.

From the summer splendor comes an uplifting study in green

With no particular destination in mind, we set off — my two daughters and I, with a family friend driving — for an unscripted tour of the countryside in the current fullness of the growing season. Most striking of all was the verdancy of the land itself.

Irony hides in Republican doom and gloom

The establishment types of Democrats and Republicans would do well to acquaint themselves with the state of the nation as the average American experiences it. The biggest indicator of our problems, the one that Republican candidates tend to only nod at, is that the U.S. is the fourth worst in the world for income inequality, right behind Chile, Mexico and Turkey.

From the summer splendor comes an uplifting study in green

With no particular destination in mind, we set off — my two daughters and I, with a family friend driving — for an unscripted tour of the countryside in the current fullness of the growing season. Most striking of all was the verdancy of the land itself.

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Missouri GOP makes scholarship ban for students brought into country illegally a priority of veto session

When the Missouri General Assembly returns to the Capitol on Sept. 16, lawmakers will debate a bill vetoed earlier this year by Gov. Jay Nixon that would ban students whose parents entered the country without legal permission from being eligible for the state’s A+ Scholarship Program. “I can’t rationalize in my head why we would reward somebody who is breaking the law,” says state Rep. Scott Fitzpatrick, a Shell Knob Republican.