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Kansas City Gun Store Courts Women Shoppers With 'Nordstrom' Approach

It isn't every day three women in their seventies walk into a gun store. Stephanie Nugent is the rookie, a first-time shooter who before today had never held more than a water gun. Mary Knox is proficient: Two years ago she was "petrified," but overcame arthritic hands and bought her own pistol for self-defense. Then there's Karen Corum, who has long had an interest in shooting and says she has "always been fairly good at it." She got Knox into the shooting sports and the duo now shoots...

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Children's Author Mo Willems Taps Into "A Deep Well of Existential Dread"

As an interactive exhibit of his characters hits Topeka, we chat with the kid-lit celeb about life, comedy and authenticity.

KC Streetcar Authority

A multimodal plan to extend the streetcar line to the riverfront, including a new concept to build a separate bicycle and pedestrian bridge next to the Grand Boulevard viaduct, continues to roll, but without help from Washington.

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Richard Jones, who spent nearly 17 years in prison for a crime he didn’t commit, is getting $1.1 million from the state of Kansas. It’s the first payment made under the state’s new mistaken-conviction statute.

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Former KCTV Channel 5 anchor Karen Fuller has settled her age and discrimination lawsuit against the station’s owner, Meredith Corp.

The settlement was reached just before the case was set to go to trial in federal court in Kansas City, Kansas, next month.

A court filing on Monday said attorneys for the parties had “settled and compromised the claims in this lawsuit” and that the case was being terminated.

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Studies show even children raised by parents with money problems or substance abuse tend to fare better than those routed through a chronically troubled foster care system.

So the federal government wants states to invest more heavily in keeping troubled families safely together.

Washington has promised to match every dollar a state spends on certain family preservation programs. The Kansas Department for Children and Families is suggesting $3.9 million, less than 1 percent of its yearly budget.

After roughly six months as governor, Mike Parson is not only settling into the job — he’s charting out an ambitious policy agenda.

In a wide-ranging interview with St. Louis Public Radio, Parson laid out his priorities. Much of his agenda centers around developing jobs and finding more money for roads and bridges. But it also includes overhauling state programs that already require a lot of money — or have elicited controversy in the past.

U.S. Marshals Service

Kansas City, Kansas, police are investigating after an officer shot and killed a man Sunday night. 

Officers were responding to a call about indecent exposure near Donnelly College on North 18th Street, when they made contact with 46-year-old Richard Johnson at his apartment. 

StoryCorps

StoryCorps' MobileBooth came to Kansas City to collect the stories and memories of residents. This is one in a series of stories KCUR has chosen to highlight.

When Deany and Corbin Goode got a chance to sit down at the StoryCorps Mobile Tour in Kansas City, Corbin got down to business with his questions — and some of them were tough.

Frank Morris / KCUR 89.3

Sales tax collections for the early part of this year’s holiday season are down across Kansas, and that includes Johnson, Wyandotte and Douglas counties. But some local shops are having a great year, by selling experience as well as stuff.

In a lab at George Washington University, painted lady butterflies flutter in mesh houses. This is where assistant professor Arnault Martin and his research group use the new gene-editing technique CRISPR to unlock secrets about the colors and spots on the butterflies’ wings.

CRISPR has allowed them to isolate a precise gene that controls wing appearance, and they can shut it off at will.

It appears to be up to Missouri’s last remaining statewide Democrat – Auditor Nicole Galloway – to investigate the validity of allegations of campaign violations made against outgoing state Attorney General Josh Hawley.

Galloway said Friday that she’ll comply with the request of Missouri Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft, a Republican who initially had been charged with examining a formal complaint filed against Hawley.

The complaint alleges Hawley, also a Republican, used public money to support his Senate bid against Democratic incumbent Claire McCaskill. Hawley defeated McCaskill and will take office in January.

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Mobile Grocer Hopes That Listening To Locals Will Help Fill A Kansas Food Desert

Every Wednesday night, some Wyandotte County residents gather in the back room of a community health center in Kansas City, Kansas. On gridded sheets taped to a whiteboard, sometimes they scribble classic grocery store items — milk, cheese, meat.

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The Search For Solutions To Kansas City's Affordable Housing Problem

Could repairing and refurbishing some of the 18,000 off-market, vacant units in Kansas City, Missouri, help alleviate the city's dearth of affordable housing options?