Hospitals across the country are buying up the practices of independent doctors and making them employees. The hospitals lock in billions of dollars in revenue and referrals and patients bills rise. A three-part series, plus an interactive map of hospital/clinic locations in Kansas City.
A little girl suffered for six years after the state of Missouri apparently believed she could be safely returned to her mothers care. And the public is left to wonder how that decision could have possibly been made.
Randy and Denise Thomas built a good life together. But nine years ago, Randy began to change. He became forgetful and uncaring. The eventual diagnosis: a degenerative brain disease. Now Denise struggles with the question of whether to place her 63-year-old husband in nursing care. Its a decision that will confront more and more Americans.
For the first time in more than 50 years, the Kansas City Zoo will feature an exhibit full of penguins. Four different species will inhabit the zoo's new $15 million exhibit its most expensive undertaking yet.
Pundits have been writing Americas small-town obituaries for decades, yet towns hang on for reasons that seem hazy from a distance. So a Kansas City Star reporter spent much of the year in a small Kansas town to see what keeps small towns going in 2013. What he discovered included poultry swaps, volunteer fire fighters and coffee at the BP.