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The Missouri River Is Now Primed For Catastrophic Spring Floods

The threat of major new flooding on the Missouri River is receding this week, but the stage is set for further disaster as the usual spring flood season dawns in the coming weeks. Last week's flooding left billions of dollars of destruction in its wake. “This is just a prelude of what’s to come. I can only remember one other flood in early spring like this,” said Bob Baker, who has been farming in the river bottoms just west of Weston, Missouri, all his life. “I think we’re in for a long summer.”

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The first pieces of Terminal A came down Monday as officials broke ground on a new, $1.5 billion terminal at Kansas City International airport.

Kansas City Mayor Sly James delivered the first few blows to the old building before a crowd of hundreds.

He told the group that in 2023, when the new terminal is set to open, visitors will be greeted by a new Kansas City — one drastically different from when he entered office eight years ago.

“We used to be known as a city that would never miss an opportunity to miss an opportunity. That is no longer the case,” James said.

Chris Neal / for the Kansas News Service

There’s a way to shave thousands of dollars off the cost of a bachelor’s degree that’s more reliable than applying for dozens of scholarships and hoping one of them comes through.

Community college.

Kansas has 19 of them, and each year thousands of students transfer from those schools to the state’s public universities. But there are hurdles. We’ll get to that below.

Julie Denesha / KCUR 89.3

For 15 years, travelers in each of the three terminals at the Kansas City International Airport have walked on the sparkly deep blue art installation "Polarities" by New York artists Andrew Ginzel and Kristin Jones. Parking garage customers have stared up at stair-tower installations by various artists.

Family structures—and farms themselves—are much more complicated than they used to be. Today, farm transition and land transfer are now among the hardest conversations families face. (This story was  produced in collaboration with The New Food Economy.)

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Hundreds of people packed an Olathe, Kansas, church on Sunday afternoon to hear from newly elected Rep. Sharice Davids at a town hall.

Davids had promised regular town halls during her campaign for the 1st Congressional District against former Rep. Kevin Yoder. People want to interact with their representatives, she said.

“Not just to hear from their representative but to be able to ask the questions and voice their opinions and their ideas and their concerns,” Davids said after Sunday's event.

Julie Denesha / KCUR 89.3

Some of the pieces in Clarissa Knighten's jewelry lines are over the top, and she knows it. But over-the-top is good for a couple of things: the runway, which she’ll hit during Kansas City Fashion Week, and temporarily taking on a new persona.

"Sometimes — I know from battling depression and bulimia — you have to step out of who you normally are, change things up," Knighten says.

Martin Diggs

In 1998, Stroud’s received the first James Beard Foundation Award in Kansas City for its pan-fried chicken, touted as an “American Classic.” Since then, Kansas City chefs have been putting their own classic take on this classic meat, from pairing fried chicken with waffles to cooking a wood-fired chicken and serving it with a spicy salsa verde.

Chicken dishes are aplenty in Kansas City, and Central Standard’s food critics came prepared with their top picks from around the area.

The fallout — and fascination — continue from the massive college admissions scandal.

Luke X. Martin / KCUR 89.3

When it comes to acting ill, Diane Bulan is a veteran.

"I've been sick for quite some time," jokes Bulan, a perfectly healthy Kansas City actor who has worked as a "standardized patient" for about 15 years.

Kansas City Police Department

A federal judge has thrown out a lawsuit brought by a black teenager and his mother against the Kansas City Police Department after he was arrested and detained for three weeks for a crime he didn’t commit.

U.S. District Judge Greg Kays ruled on Thursday that the police were entitled to qualified immunity and granted the department’s and individual officers’ motion for summary judgment.

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Strawberry Hill Maintains Identity Despite Gentrification

Brunch spots, dive bars and a health-food coop peacefully co-exist with a diverse, historic neighborhood.

Kansas Congresswoman Sharice Davids On Her First Months In Washington

The freshman lawmaker says "it's as busy as I thought it might be, but experiencing it is a whole different thing."