<![CDATA[Local News | The Kansas City Star & KansasCity.com]]> http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/ en-us Wed, 21 Jan 2015 22:59:13 CST http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss McClatchy Interactive's Escenic Wed, 21 Jan 2015 22:59:13 CST Local 60 Gorilla gives birth at Kansas City Zoo http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/article22388316.html#storylink=rss The baby Western lowland gorilla born on Memorial Day is the first gorilla birth in Kansas City since 1975.

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Tue, 26 May 2015 13:54:00 CDT http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/article22388316.html
Olathe’s Vanya Shivashankar is the only five-time competitor at this year’s national spelling bee http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/article22384908.html#storylink=rss Bee watchers consider Vanya, an eighth-grader at California Trail Middle School, a top contender. Her sister, Kavya, won the 2009 Scripps National Spelling Bee. The 13-year-old Vanya is one of four top spellers from the Kansas City area in the competition.

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Kansas City automotive program drives students to higher learning http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/article22385076.html#storylink=rss For five years, the Minddrive nonprofit program has put high-schoolers to work solving mechanical challenges, such as electric cars. For some in the alternative education program, that’s kick-started their path toward college.

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Lee’s Summit woman killed in traffic crash near Lone Jack http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/article22331355.html#storylink=rss The accident involved a tractor trailer and passenger car on U.S. 50.

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Tue, 26 May 2015 09:14:53 CDT http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/article22331355.html
Lanes reopen on southbound I-35 at Cambridge Circle http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/article22360560.html#storylink=rss Commuters who take Interstate 35 south out of downtown Kansas City are advised to find an alternate route for Tuesday’s rush hour. An emergency joint repair on the southbound I-35 bridge near the Cambridge Circle will close the center and left lane for several hours,

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Tue, 26 May 2015 14:38:32 CDT http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/article22360560.html
Missing Paola man’s remains are pulled from Kansas lake 23 years later http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/article22337841.html#storylink=rss A car pulled from a Miami County lake last week contained the remains of a man missing since 1992, authorities said. An autopsy identified him as Fremont O’Berg, a resident of rural Paola, Kan., who vanished more than 23 years ago. The 1981 Chevrolet Citation found in Hillsdale Lake had been registered to him.

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Tue, 26 May 2015 10:22:25 CDT

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Indian Americans dominate the National Spelling Bee, and face abuse on social media http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/article22345743.html#storylink=rss In much the same way that Kenyan runners have owned the Boston Marathon, Indian American kids such as Olathe’s Kavya Shivashankar have placed a stranglehold on the Scripps National Spelling Bee, winning it now for seven years in a row and all but four of the last 15 years. And ugliness has been aimed at champions on social media.

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Tue, 26 May 2015 11:39:10 CDT

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Army begins training for the next war, which may be much different — and bigger http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/article22344495.html#storylink=rss For more than a decade, troops at Fort Riley have been schooled in counterinsurgency. But after a pair of mission-specific wars, the training needed to fight full-scale, more conventional battles has suffered, Army leaders contend. So Fort Riley is putting soldiers back into big tanks and simulating wars on a scale grander than Iraq or Afghanistan.

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Tue, 26 May 2015 11:27:42 CDT

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Long-deferred Medal of Honor to be awarded posthumously to World War I soldier http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/article22245150.html#storylink=rss Henry Johnson, a member of an all-black Army unit in World War I, will posthumously receive the Medal of Honor in a June 2 ceremony at the White House, fulfilling the wishes of Johnson’s admirers, including several in Kansas City.

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More sites in Kansas to offer free summer meals http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/article22327341.html#storylink=rss Click to Continue »]]> Tue, 26 May 2015 09:51:05 CDT The Associated Press]]> http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/article22327341.html Memorial Day weekend attracts 25,000 to the National World War I Museum and Memorial http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/article22228098.html#storylink=rss Events on Monday at the Liberty Memorial included a public Memorial Day ceremony and a replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C. More than 100 bricks in the memorial’s Walk of Honor were dedicated during the somber yet celebratory ceremony.

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Mon, 25 May 2015 18:00:17 CDT

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Chronic clutter fills many homes, and sometimes it can even be dangerous http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/article22192980.html#storylink=rss Countless Americans fall somewhere on the “clutter-hoarding scale” created by the Institute for Challenging Disorganization. The first level requires no professional help to clean up, but level five requires teams of professionals. Clutter made the news this month when it played a role in two Kansas City area house fires.

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Mon, 25 May 2015 16:14:09 CDT

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More storms take aim at KC, bringing threat of damaging winds, hail http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/article22178349.html#storylink=rss A cluster of thunderstorms could bring severe weather to the Kansas City area Monday evening through Tuesday morning, according to the National Weather Service. Chances for showers and thunderstorms will continue throughout the week, but severe weather is not likely to return until Saturday.

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Touching Memorial Day images shared on social media http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/article22229655.html#storylink=rss Touching Memorial Day images on social channels include a photograph from 2011 of an eagle perched on a tombstone in a cemetery at Minnesota’s Fort Snelling, which was shared again Monday after a column by a Minneapolis Star Tribune columnist.

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TheChat: Gov. Jay Nixon to launch construction of new state mental hospital http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/the-buzz/article22370142.html#storylink=rss And...GOP leaders in Kansas begin to crack the whip on the need to wrap up the session

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Tue, 26 May 2015 23:08:00 CDT

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U.S. Rep. James Clyburn of South Carolina dismisses idea of ‘post-racial’ era http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/the-buzz/article22400802.html#storylink=rss In a visit to Kansas City, South Carolina congressman James Clyburn, the House Democrats’ No. 3 leader, said that the idea that the country is in a post-racial era is flat wrong. He said racial tensions are too ingrained in the American conscience.

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Tue, 26 May 2015 22:14:07 CDT

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Photo gallery: Star Shots, best photos from May 26 http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/article22401138.html#storylink=rss Click to Continue »]]> Tue, 26 May 2015 22:19:00 CDT http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/article22401138.html Twenty-one summer photos that will make you wish you were a kid again http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/eyewitness/article22380501.html#storylink=rss Click to Continue »]]> Tue, 26 May 2015 17:55:56 CDT http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/eyewitness/article22380501.html Creating a voice: Teen radio show provides students opportunity to grow, nurture relationships http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/community/816/article22386519.html#storylink=rss At 8 a.m. every Saturday since Dec. 12, 1987, Generation Rap has aired for an uninterrupted on KPRS. Teens discuss topics ranging from peer pressure to prom tips; politics to crime; things that are pertinent to their demographic. Student producers book guests, research topics of discussions and write and distribute weekly news releases detailing that week’s show.

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Tue, 26 May 2015 18:39:02 CDT

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Pens Across the Northland program forges cross-generational links with ink http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/community/816-north/article22387173.html#storylink=rss As part of Pens Across the Northland, fifth-graders from St. Patrick School exchanged correspondence with a group of seniors in the Northland Shepherd’s Center’s Learning & Laughter club, giving the seniors a chance to recount their experiences and memories and connecting the 10- and 11-year-olds with an older generation. The pen pals met face-to-face at a party May 13.

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Tue, 26 May 2015 18:45:35 CDT

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Mahaffie Stagecoach in Olathe offers hands-on history http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/community/joco-913/article22379325.html#storylink=rss The stone house at the Mahaffie site appeared in 1865, the beginning of what is now a field trip favorite for area schoolkids. So come along for the vittles, the stagecoach ride and even a 19th-century funeral.

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Twins run and run and run and run and run in the family http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/community/joco-913/overland-park-leawood/article22387059.html#storylink=rss Four sets of twins gathered recently at Bill Waisner’s Overland Park home. A fifth set of fraternal twins are no longer living.

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Blue Valley grads help decode tricky hospital hallways http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/community/joco-913/article22386906.html#storylink=rss A group of students affiliated with the Center for Advanced Professional Studies program have developed an app called Swipe that will help people navigate the hallways of Children’s Mercy Hospital.

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Tue, 26 May 2015 18:42:49 CDT

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Denise Snodell: Floating between paper and pixel http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/community/joco-913/joco-opinion/article22386546.html#storylink=rss One particular sunrise, my husband dashed outside to retrieve our newspaper. But it wasn’t there.

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Tue, 26 May 2015 18:39:15 CDT

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Snarky in the Suburbs: Free at last, free at last! Room mother duties are a thing of the past http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/community/joco-913/joco-opinion/article22386441.html#storylink=rss As your child leaves elementary school behind, there’s also freedom for you, as in you no longer have to be involved in the day-to-day management of your kid’s classroom life.

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Tue, 26 May 2015 18:38:07 CDT

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Shawnee firehouse honors memory of fallen hero John B. Glaser http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/community/joco-913/shawnee-lenexa/article22385967.html#storylink=rss “John will always be a part of Shawnee” says Fire Chief John Mattox as a fire station is named in memory of the firefighter who died in the line of duty five years ago.

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Plan for improvements to Johnson County parks would need 1.34 mill levy increase to be fully funded by 2030 http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/community/joco-913/article22385577.html#storylink=rss A plan to make 4,400 acres of undeveloped park land accessible to the public and to improve existing parks would cost about $255.6 million, according to Johnson County’s Park and Recreation District.

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Tue, 26 May 2015 18:32:02 CDT

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Expo to address driving concerns for older adults http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/community/816/article22337280.html#storylink=rss Older adults and family members will learn about transportation options and driver safety at the “Get up and Go: Older Adult Driving Expo” from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. next Wednesday in the Regnier Center at the University of Kansas Edwards Campus, 12610 Quivira Road. The event is free and open to the community. Registration is not necessary.

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Johnson County Commission hears 20-year priorities for library system http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/community/joco-913/article22384731.html#storylink=rss Among the items on a wish list are new librarby branches in Monticello and the Stilwell area, bigger ones in De Soto, Lenexa and Spring Hill and a new center for sorting and transporting items. To fully fund the expansion in the 20-year time frame, a 1.15 mill increase would be needed, raising $269 million over that period.

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Editorial: Johnson County has plenty at stake in Topeka http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/community/joco-913/joco-opinion/article22384455.html#storylink=rss Johnson County’s residents, school leaders, business executives and elected officials have good reasons to scrutinize the decisions made by Kansas legislators as the 2015 session nears an end.

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