KCK to tobacco retailers: Stop selling to minors, or else….

By Debra DeCoster Tobacco retailers in Kansas City, Kansas, have been put on alert: You can’t sell tobacco products to anyone under the age of 21. Now they know their employees can be brought to court and slapped with a fine if they don’t comply. Thanks to a $15,000 grant from the American Heart Association…

KCK’s cold-weather shelter is ready for its second winter

Last year, as a snowstorm raged and as temperatures dropped below 20 degrees, Sean T. struggled to find a warm place to stay the night in Kansas City, Kansas. He was looking for the cold weather shelter at Bridge of Hope Community Church, but weariness overcame him. He sat down to rest.
“The next thing I knew, I had passed out…

Healthy Campus project for downtown moves ahead

Wyandotte County’s Unified Board of Commissioners recently approved a resolution that brings the proposed downtown “Healthy Campus” closer to reality.
The measure, approved with a 9-1 vote during the Commission’s November 30 meeting, allows the Unified Government to use up to $2 million to buy land at 10th Street and Minnesota Avenue in Kansas City, Kansas.

$1.6 million KU grant will reduce violence and improve health in KCK

By Debra DeCoster   Gunshots sounded in Dola Gabriel’s Kansas City, Kansas, neighborhood at 3 a.m. on a Wednesday last year.  Upon hearing the rapid fire of bullets, Gabriel, senior research assistant for KU Center for Community Health and Development, rolled out of her bed and onto the floor, hoping that the bullets wouldn’t slam…