12:39 pm
Fri November 21, 2014

Eric Holder Urges Peace As Ferguson Grand Jury Prepares Indictment Decision

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder in a video urging peace leading up to a Ferguson grand jury decision about whether to indict the officer who shot Michael Brown.
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Attorney General Eric Holder asked police across the nation to prepare appropriately Friday for demonstrations tied to Ferguson, Mo. 

The warning comes as the public expects a grand jury decision on whether to indict Officer Darren Wilson for the shooting of Michael Brown.

In a video post by the Justice Department, Holder said that protests are most effective when they're nonviolent.

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8:44 am
Thu November 13, 2014

NPR, KCUR To Make Changes To Broadcast Clock

NPR and KCUR will be making small changes to the broadcast clock used for timing in newsmagazines like Morning Edition and All Things Considered.
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If you are a regular listener to Morning Edition and All Things Considered, you might note some small changes in the show next week.

NPR, in partnership with member stations like KCUR, is reformatting the broadcast clocks that are used as a template to track the timing of the stories, interviews and newscasts that air each day. The changes go into effect Monday.

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1:04 pm
Thu October 30, 2014

UPDATE: Plane Crashes Into Building Near Mid-Continent Airport

A Beechcraft 200 King Air crashed into the side of a FlightSafety International building shortly before 10 a.m.

Originally published on Fri October 31, 2014 2:42 pm

Update at 11:44 on 10/31/14

The NTSB has begun its work to recover the victims of the crash. 

NPR audio update at 5:00pm:

Four people died this morning as the result of a fiery crash at Mid-Continent Airport. Aileen LeBlanc from member station KMUW reports.

KMUW audio update at 3:52pm:

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1:04 pm
Mon September 8, 2014

KCUR To Air Ferguson Special Featuring NPR's Michel Martin

NPR's Michel Martin and the Rev. Willis Johnson welcome the St. Louis crowd to "Beyond Ferguson: A Community Conversation."
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On Tuesday from 10 a.m. to noon, KCUR will broadcast Beyond Ferguson: A Community Conversation moderated by NPR's Michele Martin. 

In late August, St. Louis Public Radio invited community leaders to participate in a conversation about race, law enforcement and more following the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo.

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Ferguson Shooting
10:57 am
Mon August 18, 2014

What It Is Like Reporting On The Ground In Ferguson

Masked protesters stand in the streets of Ferguson, Mo., which has been a center of unrest since the police shooting of an unarmed black teenager.
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Gov. Jay Nixon has ordered the National Guard to help restore order in Ferguson, Mo., as protests and sometimes violent confrontations continue.

KCUR's Frank Morris is reporting from Ferguson, and talked with us about his experience there.

Interview highlights:

On whether media coverage has accurately reflected the reality in Ferguson

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10:05 am
Wed August 6, 2014

KCUR To Add New Programs, Local News To Weekend Schedule

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KCUR-FM will add three new programs to the broadcast schedule and expand local news coverage through the weekend with newscasts and feature reporting during Weekend Edition

The decision was based on results from extensive research, including an audience survey commissioned by KCUR in early 2014. The changes will go into effect Aug. 9

Sound Opinions from public radio station WBEZ in Chicago will air Saturdays at 2 p.m., and public radio favorite Radiolab will air Saturdays at 3 p.m.

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7:45 am
Wed July 16, 2014

Chillicothe Man Won’t Face Third Murder Trial

Mark Woodworth won't face a third trial.
Credit Department of Corrections

A Chillicothe man twice convicted of the same murder will not stand trial for a third time.

Mark Woodworth was convicted in two trials of the 1990 murder of Cathy Robertson and injuring her husband as the two slept. Both convictions were eventually vacated by the state supreme court.

And on Tuesday, the 24-year-long legal saga appeared to come to an end a special prosecutor said Woodworth wouldn’t go before a jury again, and the charges against him have been dropped.

Woodworth’s attorney Robert Ramsey says it’s the vindication his client has long been looking for.

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7:53 am
Wed July 2, 2014

Arbitrator Orders Diocese Of St. Joseph-Kansas City To Pay Victims $1.1 Million

Credit An arbitrator ordered the diocese to pay victims $1.1 million.

In a ruling just made public, arbitrator Hollis Hanover ordered that the Catholic Archdiocese of Kansas City -St. Joseph wasn’t doing everything it should have to protect children from sexual abuse. He also ordered the Archdiocese to pay the victims $1.1 million.

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Up to Date
10:00 am
Mon April 14, 2014

JCC Shootings: How The Community Is Responding

Two people were shot dead Sunday at the Jewish Community Center. A third was shot nearby at Village Shalom.
Credit Laura Ziegler / KCUR

Communities in the Kansas City metropolitan area are in shocked mourning after multiple shootings left three people dead Sunday afternoon.

On Monday's Up to Date, we talk with a local man who was at the Jewish Community Center when two people were shot about what it was like to be in the lockdown there. We also check in with KCUR's Laura Ziegler to get the latest on the alleged shooter and talk with a local pastor about how the community is responding to the deaths.


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Up to Date
10:43 am
Fri March 21, 2014

Treading Carefully When Covering Hate Groups

Protests like the ones Fred Phelps led are designed to get media attention.
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Fred Phelps has been a lightning rod of controversy for decades. The late head of the Westboro Baptist Church, who famously picketed funerals of American soldiers and LGBT people, died Wednesday.

On Friday's Up to Date, we discuss the quandary media organizations have faced: How do you decide when events like this are truly newsworthy and when you’re just giving hate groups free publicity?


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Central Standard
4:00 pm
Wed February 5, 2014

The Missouri River Crisis: Falling Water Levels Causes Concern

The Missouri River levels are critically low. If the problem is not resolved soon, area utilities, levees and bridges could be in serious crisis . Today we discuss the effects of dropping water levels and the multimillion dollar expenditure needed to remedy the issue.


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Central Standard
12:33 pm
Thu January 9, 2014

Examining The State Of The Death Penalty In Missouri

Before November 2013, the state of Missouri had executed two inmates over the past six years. Then, near the end of the year, two inmates were executed within three weeks of each other, and both executions used a controversial new drug protocol.

Critics question the way the state is carrying out executions, including the way the state obtains its lethal drugs. With courts still considering critical legal issues as another execution date nears, will the Department of Corrections keep pressing ahead?

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8:17 am
Tue January 7, 2014

Number Of Deaths On Kansas Roads Reaches Record Low

The number of Fatalities on Kansas roads has reached an all-time low. The Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT) says there were 344 fatalities on the state's roads last year.

The number of deaths on Kansas roads has fallen significantly in the last decade or so. There were more than 500 deaths in 2002.

"I really think that there's a lot of factors that are contributing," says Steven Buckley, safety engineer with KDOT.

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6:31 am
Mon January 6, 2014

As Frigid Weather Rolls In, Service Agencies Reach Out

In answer to the bitter cold, a Kansas City Salvation Army team that deals with the camp-living homeless will be out for the next three nights. The numbers served are small, but the services are life-saving.

On a Summer night, relief volunteers see about a hundred people in the makeshift camps. Numbers dwindle to 30 or 60 a night when the harshest winter hits.

Sean Tyson runs emergency and disaster aid for the Salvation Army, which brings clothing and warm food to people in woods along the Missouri River and its bridges and West Bottoms.

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9:29 am
Fri January 3, 2014

R. Crosby Kemper Jr. Dies At 86

Kemper Jr. displayed a lifelong passion for the arts.
Credit Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art

Kansas City banker and philanthropist, R. Crosby Kemper Jr. has died at the age of 86.

Kemper was best known for leading Kansas City-based UMB Financial Corp. He died Thursday in Indian Wells, Calif.

His son R. Crosby Kemper III says he was there enjoying the great weather over the holidays.

Kemper Jr. was born in Kansas City on Feb. 22, 1927 to R. Crosby Kemper Sr. and Enid Jackson Kemper. He worked in banking for more than 50 years, starting at his father's City National Bank as a night transit clerk and eventually becoming president in 1959.

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Up To Date
1:32 pm
Tue December 31, 2013

What's In Store For 2014?

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Happy New Year! Or is it? What will it take for the Kansas City metro area to have a joyful 2014?

On Thursday's Up to Date, Steve Kraske asks members of KCPT's Ruckus to gaze into their crystal ball for the answers. From how well local leaders are doing, to the prospects for landing the GOP National Convention, to whether the Chiefs can go all the way, we examine how people, issues and events are shaping up for the year ahead.

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11:17 am
Tue December 31, 2013

KCUR.org's Most-Viewed Stories From 2013

In 2013, Kansas' Flint Hills were considered one of the top iconic drives in the United States by Smarter Travel.
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The Maryville rape case story, originally reported by KCUR in July, topped our most-viewed web content list by a landslide this year. The case garnered national attention this fall after the Kansas City Star's story was picked up by the aggregator news site, Gawker. Also near the top was the merger between Chinese company, SoftBank Corp., and Kansas City's own Sprint Corp. 

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8:22 am
Sat December 28, 2013

KCUR's Top Stories Of 2013

Broken gas main triggers disastrous Plaza fire

Witnesses said the explosion shook their homes and businesses blocks away, and spawned flames more vicious than an ordinary fire. And as they feared, there were people inside JJ's Restaurant when it exploded. Fifteen were injured and one died in the blast and fire that resulted when an excavating contractor broke a gas line. In addition to lawsuits, the fire prompted an ongoing debate on how companies and cities should prepare for and respond to natural gas leaks.

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11:28 am
Sat December 21, 2013

Top Stories Of The Week

KCI Public Vote Group Falls Short, Tries Again

A neighborhoods-based group that wants a public vote on the future of KCI Airport came up almost 600 short of enough signatures to get their measure on the ballot. John Murphy said “Friends of KCI” hasn't given up yet. They have about a week to come up with the additional signatures.“Friends of KCI” is concerned that building a new airport terminal might take funding away from infrastructure and basic services.

Petition Drive Asks State To End School District

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8:28 am
Sat December 14, 2013

Top Stories Of The Week

Turmoil, lawsuit over possible unaccredited KC schools transfers

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9:15 am
Sat December 7, 2013

Top Stories Of The Week

Concussion lawsuit filed against KC Chiefs

Five former Chiefs players sued the team over the long-term effects of football field concussions. Attorney Kenneth McClain said his clients won't get much relief under an earlier NFL settlement. McClain adds that the suit is possible because of a particular provision of Missouri law and that it is possible the St. Louis Rams will face a similar lawsuit

Sporting KC prepares for MLS soccer championship game

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8:56 am
Sat November 30, 2013

Top Stories Of The Week

Court deals heavy blow to red-light cameras.

On the day the city council was to vote on changes to save Kansas City's red-light-cameras from one court decision, a second decision cast doubt on whether that could be done,

The ruling says running a red light is a moving violation and you can't ticket a driver for such a based on a photo of the rear of the vehicle.

GOP makes it official: Convention is KC possibility

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8:04 am
Sat November 23, 2013

Top Stories Of The Week

Phase II streetcar expansion corridor defined

The city council approved further study of three extension routes for the downtown streetcar system.

The proposed extensions are two eastward branches (Independence Avenue and in the 31st Street-Linwood corridor) and a south extension as far as Waldo. Consultants hope for 50 percent federal funding.

Corinthian Hall KC Museum, collection could change hands

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6:00 pm
Mon November 18, 2013

Get Out Your Camera, The Word Of The Year Is 'Selfie'

KCUR staffers, in all their selfie glory.
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The word of the year, according to Oxford Dictionaries, is selfie. The company announced the 2013 selection on Monday in a press release.

According to the release, selfie can be tracked to 2002, where it was used in an Australian online forum.

Oxford claims the word's linguistic productivity is already evident by numerous spin-offs, like welfie (workout selfie) and drelfie (drunk selfie).

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7:35 am
Sat November 16, 2013

Top Stories Of The Week

Missouri to honor same-sex joint income tax returns

Gov. Jay Nixon announced Thursday that Missouri would honor joint tax returns of same-sex couples who married in states where those marriages are recognized.

Republican leadership in Jefferson City expressed outrage, accusing Nixon of ignoring the state constitution and the will of the voters.

Nixon calls for truce with Kansas on economic border war

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7:26 am
Sat November 9, 2013

Top Stories Of The Week

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The Chiefs made it nine in a row. Kansas City won a big convention. And Jackson County turned down the idea of a sales tax for medical research. Those are some of the stories we revisit on KCUR's Saturday News Review.

Sales tax proposals soundly defeated

Eighty-four percent of Jackson Countians who voted Tuesday voted against a half-cent sales tax for medical research.

The “vote no” campaign on the Jackson County tax measure was so strong that Mayor Cannon Ross said it also defeated a Blue Springs sales tax measure for a community center and parks projects.

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7:05 am
Sat November 2, 2013

Top Stories Of The Week

Former Missouri Congressman Ike Skelton died this week. He was 81.
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A school funding lawsuit by Shawnee Mission District parents survived a dismissal attempt. Kansas City bought four streetcars. And former Congressman Ike Skelton died. KCUR's Steve Bell recaps those and other top stories of the week on the KCUR Saturday News Review.

Long-time Missouri Congressman Ike Skelton dies

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7:05 am
Sat October 26, 2013

Top Stories Of The Week

The Chiefs were number one. And the Kansas City, Missouri School District got another accreditation disappointment. KCUR's Steve Bell recaps on those and other top stories of the week on the KCUR Saturday News Review.

KC schools lose out on accreditation bid

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Central Standard
10:00 am
Tue October 22, 2013

The Connection Between Sexual Assault And Online Bullying

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Sexual assault used to be such a taboo issue that it wasn’t even covered by the media. Those affected by sexual assault would often hide in shame, but as it has becomes more public, young people are flocking to their Facebook and Twitter accounts to call names and take sides.

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7:08 am
Sat October 19, 2013

Top Stories Of The Week

The Chiefs set a record. Phill Kline indefinitely lost his Kansas law license. And a Maryville rape case got national attention, thanks to Kansas City reporters. KCUR's Steve Bell looks back at those and other top stories on this week's Saturday News Review.

Special prosecutor to reopen Maryville teen rape case

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