Westwood, KS – Nanotax is a broken down, reformulated version of a commonly used cancer drug. KU researchers say it lacks many of the unwanted side effects of chemotherapy. Phase I clinical trials of the drug officially begin this week at KU hospital's new Cancer Center in Westwood, Kansas. Deputy Director, Karen Kelley, says the trial represents KU's first bench to bedside project.
Kansas City, Mo. – Prisons aren't quite as full as they have been around the country for the first half of this year. The Missouri court system claims the state is lone in the nation with a prison decline over 18 months. Numbers purport to come from a double attack on the phenomenon of repeat offenders, showing a dramatic 2.9 percent prison force decline in fiscal 2006.
Kansas City, MO – About a hundred Kansas City, Missouri teachers packed the board conference room at district headquarters yesterday evening. They were protesting the upcoming termination of their contract on June 30th.
CIAFULLO: They need to know that this is the worst time to have a labor dispute in this community.
Kansas City, MO – A group of young people, mostly teens, is involved with an urban restoration project in Kansas City, MO. The project is named for the scripture that inspired it: "Matthew 25."
Jeff Buscher, campus minister at William Jewell College, is supervising the renovations at four homes in the urban core. Buscher heads the Matthew 25 project, aided by cooperation from the city, the Local Investment Corporation and the Community Cadet Club.
Kansas City, MO. – Kansas City's Mayor recalls a campaign pledge to get rid of 90 percent of steel plates covering streets. There is a way to go.
With city council action in place, as taken last week, the show of a crane and trucks could have been called 'gilding the lily.' But Mayor Mark Funkhouser wanted to make the point. He and councilman Russ Johnson had hardhats on to help maneuver plates off the asphalt at 25th and Troost in a news conference/ photo opportunity.
Kansas City, MO – This morning, a new magazine about race debuts in the Kansas City Star, and eleven other newspapers across the country. Rise Up is the brainchild of Janice Ellis, the former mayoral candidate who headed the non-profit Partnership for Children.
Kansas City, MO – A Jackson County judge has ruled that Kansas City's voter approved smoking ban will take effect tomorrow. It prohibits smoking in all bars and restaurants. It was scheduled to go into effect earlier this month, but a group of local bar and restaurant owners filed a lawsuit against the city. The group's attorney, Jonathan Sternberg, says the ban's exclusion of casino gaming floors is unconstitutional.
Prairie Village, KS – About 100 caregivers in Johnson County are urging the state to protect services for people with disabilities. They're part of a statewide campaign that the Service Employees International Union launched earlier this week. Christopher Glenn says the state may not pay contracted caregivers, like him, for the total number of hours of care that a person with disabilities actually needs.