The Local Show rides along with the police in Johnson County as part of an innovative project to reduce the number of mentally ill heading to our area jails. It’s called the Mental Health Co-Responder Program and it was developed though a partnership between the Johnson County Sheriff’s office, Johnson County Mental Health and the Olathe Police Department. What happens if a mental health worker were to accompany police on some of their calls? Would the outcomes be different?
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From making office products to assembling Boulevard Beer variety packs, Alphapointe provides job opportunities to Americans nationwide who are blind or visually impaired. The year long celebration of their centennial culminates on November 12 when five-time Grammy Award winners The Blind Boys of Alabama will perform at the Midland Theater. For more details, click here.
Alphapointe started in 1911 when a small but determined group of people, led by our founder Catherine Hale, decided that the American dream of an independent and productive life should be attainable for all people, regardless of their ability to see. Dissatisfied with depending on the kindness of family or suffering the prejudices of employers, these capable and enterprising workers formed the Kansas City Association of Blind Workers and began making straw brooms in a cramped warehouse.
Today, Alphapointe is the largest employer of people who are blind in the state of Missouri and the only provider of the education and rehabilitation services necessary for people who are blind to live, work and be independent.
The new President of the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum, Bob Kendrick, sits down with Randy Mason to discuss what is next for this special museum, including the Buck O’Neil Centennial Celebration and plans for the MLB’s 2012 All-Star Game in Kansas City.
Life hasn’t been so good for the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum since Buck’s passing five years ago. The facility in the 18th and Vine Jazz District has gone through financial and leadership struggles. This spring, the musuem’s board picked Bob Kendrick to to take over the museum in hopes of drawing in new fans and turning a profit.
Hallmark, Marion Labs, H&R Block, Cerner and American Century. These are but a few examples of the entrepreneurial successes that began in Kansas City. Now Google has picked Kansas City as the starting point for revolutionizing how we use the internet and for spawning a new generation of innovation and entrepreneurship.
Recently, the UMKC Bloch School earned the highest ranking as the world’s top academic site for innovation management research.
The Local Show will be exploring how Kansas City will be embracing this new technology and examining the innovators.
While we were busy with the KCPT membership drive last week, Kansas City Mayor Sly James was busy saving America’s urban cities.
More than a dozen U.S. Mayors rolled into town along with political and thought leaders from around the country. They were convening at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts for the CityAge Summit on The New American City.
Kansas City is only the third place, and the first U.S. city, where CityAge has held a summit. The first two have been in Canada.
The Kansas City event wound up attracting more than 550 people from 259 organizations and 73 cities. Producer Justin Bond eavesdropped on some of the sights and sounds of the two-day convention that included a nod to Kansas City’s musical heritage.
A recent front page story in the Kansas City Star says momentum now seems unstoppable for a new Kansas City airport to be built four miles south of its current location. The problem, the story reports, is the three terminal design of the current facility which is outmoded, expensive to maintain and requires according to the story just as many security screeners as all of three New York City airports combined
Nick Haines sits down with Mark VanLoh, Director of Aviation for the Kansas City Aviation Department, to discuss potential changes at the airport and to preview what travelers should expect this holiday.
Ryan Maybee is a restaurateur with expertise in the fields of wine, spirits and mixology. To him, the craft of bartending is more than just making a drink. Rather, he believes bartending is a true skill akin to the professionalism of chefs and their culinary educations. This belief in bartending as an art form has been the basis for his career and educational pursuits in the beverage industry.
In 2007, Maybee turned his vast knowledge and experience into a comprehensive consulting business. He launched RoundTable Marketing and Consulting, which specializes in wine list and cocktail menu development, staff training, and restaurant and bar consultation. Later that year, RoundTable partnered with beverage industry expert, Doug Frost, to create the Greater Kansas City Bartending Competition. The annual competition showcases some of the most talented bartenders in Kansas City and serves as a benefit for a local charity, the HALO Foundation.
In 2009, he opened Manifesto, a small, speakeasy like bar focusing on classically inspired cocktails using all fresh and homemade ingredients. In a short time, the bar has already received overwhelming local and national attention by being noticed in The New York Times, Esquire, and winning Small Wonder Bar of the Year 2010 by Nightclub & Bar Magazine.
The Rieger Hotel opened in 1915 and was home to many travelling salesmen, railroad workers, and passersby during Kansas City’s formative years. The three-story brick building has a long, rich history and much of the décor, including the tile floor and the bathroom fixtures remain original. It was originally owned by Alexander Rieger, the son of Jacob Rieger, who was the founder of J. Rieger & Co. Whiskey. J. Rieger & Co. operated out of Kansas City’s West Bottoms neighborhood, also known as “The Wettest Block in the World”, from 1877 to 1919. The whiskey distribution company became one of the largest in the country before Prohibition and the Volstead Act put an end to their success. But the Rieger name lived on here at the hotel, and in 2010 The Rieger Hotel Grill & Exchange brought back that classic name and identity. It’s our goal to honor the history of the Rieger name while adding a new and lasting landmark restaurant to Kansas City’s culinary landscape.
Recipe for The Pendergast:
1/2 ounce Bénédictine
3/4 ounce Sweet Vermouth
1 1/2 ounces Bourbon
Couple dashes of Angostura Bitters
Pour over ice. Stir to chill. Pour into glass. Zest with a lemon. Enjoy.
Visitors heading out to the Overland Park Arboretum are now greeted by a big surprise: a ticket charge. After more than two decades as a free attraction, the 300-acre outdoor venue just-off of 179th street and 69 Highway is now charging $3 dollars to enter and a buck for kids.
Thanks in part to the controversy over a bronze statue of a topless woman, last year was the best ever for the arboretum which is trying to get visitors to think of them as MORE than just a park. Joining us on The Local Show is the Chair of the Friends of the Arboretum Dennis Patton.
The 2012 Summer Olympics start July 27 in London and Kansas City can be proud to play a big hand in the the almost month long global sporting event.
You may not know this, but London’s Olympic Stadium is designed by Populous, the sports architecture firm, with its world headquarters in the River Market right here in Kansas City. More than a hundred architects with Populous, which changed its name from HOK Sport in 2009, worked on the stadium design. The company has offices in London and around the world.
We sat down with Populous Senior Principal Scott Radecic to talk about how this local sports architecture firm is playing such an integral part in the London games and innovative sports venues around the globe.
Anyone who has experienced the death of a pet knows how heartbreaking that can be. But for some, the loss of a dog or a cat can be so emotionally wrenching it actually affects their physical and mental health.
The tale of a middle-aged woman so devastated by her dog’s death that she had to be put on a life support system is just one extreme example. But pet owners who even months after a loss still have trouble eating and sleeping are common and in Kansas City mental health professionals say they are increasingly treating patients for chronic depression brought on by the death of a pet. At the Struan Center in south Kansas City psychologist Dr. Raphael Smith runs a regular pet grief group therapy session. KCPT and producer Justin Bond got a rare opportunity to take its cameras inside to witness a recent meeting.