Frank Morris appears in the following:
Wednesday, August 20, 2014
The EPA wants to "clarify" the scope of its oversight of water under the Clean Water Act. Big farm groups like the American Farm Bureau Federation call this a power grab that would place every ditch and mud puddle under federal regulation, forcing farmers to get permits for small trenches around the farm.
Monday, August 18, 2014
Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has signed an executive order sending the National Guard to Ferguson. And because of the unrest, schools are closed Monday. They were to have opened last week.
Sunday, August 17, 2014
Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon declared a state of emergency in Ferguson on Saturday and enforced a five-hour curfew. The night ended with tear gas and arrests of some protesters.
Tuesday, July 15, 2014
Russell Stover has a long history, a large distribution network and loyal U.S. customers — the world's largest chocolate market. Lindt specializes in higher-end brands like Ghirardelli and Lindor.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.