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'Wild' Writer Promises Kansas City Tales Of Triumph Over Domestic Abuse

Cheryl Strayed knows the power of a story and that repetition ups the voltage. Strayed is best known for her 2012 memoir “ Wild ” — made into a movie of the same name — about her solo hike up the West Coast of the United States, and her more recent advice column and podcast “ Dear Sugar .” Speaking engagements are a natural extension of Strayed’s writing, and she speaks to the same audiences she writes to: environmental groups, outdoor and wilderness groups, grief groups, and those who...

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For 60 years, Spanish Gardens has been making taco sauce in Kansas City, Kansas.

You can find the smooth, bright red sauce in grocery stores across the Midwest, in glass jars embossed with the company's logo.

But that custom touch may be gone a few months from now if Spanish Gardens switches from its glass jar producer in China to one in the United States.

Tariffs imposed on a host of Chinese products, including glass jars, have forced the company to look elsewhere for its containers.

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For 60 years, Spanish Gardens has been making taco sauce in Kansas City, Kansas.

You can find the smooth, bright red sauce in grocery stores across the Midwest, in glass jars embossed with the company's logo.

But that custom touch may be gone a few months from now if Spanish Gardens switches from its glass jar producer in China to one in the United States.

Tariffs imposed on a host of Chinese products, including glass jars, have forced the company to look elsewhere for its containers.

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.

"What was it like being the only woman in most of your classes?" Michelle Bertuglia-Haley asked her mother, Lynn Bertuglia.

In the 1970s, it was uncommon for engineering programs in U.S. colleges to accept women. But the University of Kansas did, so Bertuglia decided to give it a shot.

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National Science Foundation Awards MU $5.2 Million Grant

Oct 19, 2018
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The National Science Foundation has awarded the University of Missouri a $5.2 million grant to establish the Advancing Research and its Impact on Society center, or ARIS center.

NSF spokesperson Rob Margetta said the intent of funding the ARIS center is to advance public knowledge of scientific research in order to create a well-informed citizenry and to keep the U.S. at the top of the worldwide innovation chain. The foundation funds projects that reach beyond the institution into the local communities and advances development in science, technology, engineering and math.

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Governor Mike Parson has proclaimed Oct. 19 as Buckle Up Phone Down Day in Missouri.

The Missouri Coalition for Roadway Safety reports texting increases the risk of car crashes by 50 percent.

MODOT spokesperson Matt Hiebert was part of a team promoting the campaign on the MU campus Friday. He said by being out in the community and sharing the Buckle Up Phone Down campaign, drivers will hopefully take the challenge to be safer on the roads. 

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CHESTERFIELD — The former chief financial officer at Columbia Public Schools has admitted to stealing thousands of dollars from band boosters at a suburban St. Louis high school.

The Columbia Daily-Tribune reports that Anna Munson pleaded guilty Thursday in St. Louis County District Court to receiving stolen property.