In the wake of the school shooting in Newtown, both Kansas and Missouri passed measures which would allow teachers to carry guns. As the new school year approaches, Sam Zeff spoke with district leaders about changes in school security which include spending millions of dollars on reconstruction, technology and training. Amid concerns over liability coverage, only West Plains in Missouri has agreed to allow armed teachers.
Former Kansas City Star TV Critic Aaron Barnhart and Historian Diane Eickhoff have teamed up to write The Big Divide: A Travel Guide to Historic and Civil War Sites in the Missouri-Kansas Border Region. KCPT’s Angee Simmons sat down with the authors to get to the heart of their fascination with these historical sites. With 130 attractions mentioned in the book, readers get a guided tour of each state’s historical museums and monuments.
This is the tale of two eyes and the man who made them. Bud Turntine is a board-certified ocularist who creates prosthetic eyes for patients out of his nondescript office in Shawnee, Kan. When you think of prosthetic eyes, images of round, glass eyeballs may come to mind. Indeed, fake eyes used to be made of glass – over 60 years ago. Now, they are made from acrylic. Quite a bit of work, and artistry, goes into creating an ocular prosthesis and one area man, Bud Turntine, an aspiring artist in his youth, turned his talents into a 30-year career of creating what he calls ‘wearable art’. Health desk reporter Todd Feeback takes us into his world as he creates eyes for two very different patients.