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The Hopes And Hazards Of The 15-Story Water Slide

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Kansas City now boasts the world's tallest water slide. At 15 stories high, the slide had been postponed multiple times. Now, the slide is attracting thrill-seekers and naysayers alike.

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Tale Of Two Billboards: An Ozark Town's Struggle To Unseat Hate

Monday, May 12, 2014

In Harrison, Ark., residents troubled by the area's reputation as a hate group hotbed are working hard to make the town more inclusive. White supremacists say the effort amounts to "white genocide."

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For Two Ozarks Communities, A Stark Contrast In Culture

Monday, May 12, 2014

The hilly, rural Ozarks have a history of attracting white supremacists, but the area's strong live-and-let-live ethic has taken a modern turn in an Arkansas town where a large gay community thrives.

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PBS Documentary Examines Ruben Salazar's Life And Death

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

The death of journalist Ruben Salazar was a catalyst for the nascent Chicano-rights movement. It is still at the center of deeply held belief that he was purposely killed by LA law enforcement.

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Kansas Town Destroyed By Tornado Spreads Blame For Lack Of Growth

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

After seven years, Greensburg is stuck at half its pre-tornado population, and has few prospects for growth. Some blame trends decimating many farm towns — others point to the new green initiative.

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Suspected Kansas Shooter Had Ties To KKK

Monday, April 14, 2014

The man suspected of killing three people at a Jewish community center and retirement home is a white supremacist formerly of the Ku Klux Klan. As Frank Morris of KCUR reports, 73-year-old Frazier Glen Cross once ran a paramilitary camp in North Carolina. Cross may have been planning the shooting for months.

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Federal Plan To Save Prairie Chickens Ruffles State Feathers

Wednesday, April 09, 2014

The federal government just listed the lesser prairie chicken as a threatened species, but states are pushing back hard, saying that restrictions could negatively impact a number of industries.

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From Love To Murder To UFOs, A Dark 'Serenade' To Kansas

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Nashville-based songwriter Chuck Mead has stories for days about the home state he left behind. "Kansas can be scary sometimes," he says.

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Fred Phelps, Head Of Westboro Baptist Church, Dies

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Fred Phelps, anti-gay activist and patriarch of the Westboro Baptist Church, has died at age 84. Frank Morris of KCUR reports on the interesting past of one of the most reviled men in America.

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States Fight California's Chicken Cage Law. But It's Really About Bacon

Friday, March 07, 2014

Six state attorneys general are suing California over its law on how hens are housed. Among those most worried: Pig farmers who fear the state will push through sweeping changes on pig stalls next.

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Pets Or Livestock? A Moral Divide Over Horse Slaughter

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Horse slaughter is banned in the U.S., but thousands of American horses are shipped to Canada and Mexico for slaughter every year. Investors argue restarting the practice in the U.S. would be better for business and offer a more humane end for horses that are neglected under the current model.

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Wells Are Running Dry In Parts Of Kansas

Tuesday, August 06, 2013

New pumping and irrigation systems made it easy for farmers to extract billions of gallons of water from the High Plains Aquifer. But now, parts of the aquifer are dried out, prompting a debate over how to preserve what once seemed to be an almost inexhaustible resource.

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Virus Targets Baby Pigs

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

A disease sweeping U.S. hog farms will likely kill hundreds of thousands of piglets. There's no cure for Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea Virus, and it's cropped up in at least 13 states. Hog farmers, already reeling from high feed costs, will take a hit, and the virus could eventually push pork prices higher.

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Farmers Twisting In The Wind Without New Farm Bill

Thursday, June 27, 2013

It's wheat harvest season in Kansas, but also a busy time for federal Farm Service Agency workers there who are up against a deadline to figure a controversial subsidy called "direct payments". The farm bill governs almost all agricultural policy, and has direct bearing on both those endeavors. It would modify crop insurance subsidies and end direct payments. But there is no farm bill. The House has failed two years running to pass one, leaving farmers in limbo. Fortunately for farmers, it's a position they've grown quite accustomed to.

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Twinkies' Return Is Mostly Sweet News For Kansas Town

Monday, May 27, 2013

Emporia, Kan., was hit pretty hard when the Hostess snack cake plant shut down last year. The company that bought Hostess' business is going to fire its ovens back up, but there will be half as many jobs and they will be nonunion. Still, the news sparked an ecstatic response in this beleaguered town.

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Cities Turn Sewage Into 'Black Gold' For Local Farms

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Cities are finding beneficial and lucrative ways to dispose of solid waste, while also helping farmers. But a lot of sewage still ends up in landfills or being processed at big, industrial incinerators.

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After Years Of Struggle, Veteran Chooses To End His Life

Sunday, April 07, 2013

Paralyzed by a bullet in Iraq, Tomas Young has only seen his health deteriorate since he returned home. In February, Young announced he was going to remove his feeding tube and stop taking the nearly 100 pills a day. "I decided that I was no longer going to watch myself deteriorate," he says.

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Ag Department Warns Budget Cuts Will Affect Food Inspectors

Thursday, February 28, 2013

The secretary of Agriculture says if the sequester cuts go into effect, he'll have to furlough food safety inspectors. What would that mean for food companies and consumers?

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Some In Mo. Still Back Rep. Akin Despite Comments

Sunday, September 02, 2012

Todd Akin now trails Sen. Claire McCaskill in the U.S. Senate race, and the GOP establishment is pressing the Republican to quit the contest. But one expert says the controversy will help the congressman more than it hurts him.

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Tornado Survivors Hope to Find Missing Among the Living

Friday, May 27, 2011

There are more than 200 people still missing in Joplin, Missouri, the town hit by a massive tornado on Sunday. That number is down from the original 1500 persons listed in the wake of the destruction, but the death toll on Thursday was at 126, with more than 900 injured. City officials have been working around the clock to locate people or identify bodies in a temporary morgue. Amidst the rubble, there have been miracles — a grandmother found on her porch. But family members across the U.S. still waiting for a sign from loved ones are starting to worry that time is running out.

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