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Kansas City Police Chief Darryl Forté Announces Retirement

Kansas City Chief of Police Darryl Forté announced Wednesday morning that he is retiring, effective May 20, 2017. The city's first African-American police chief, Forté made the announcement in a Twitter post.

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Central Standard

How 'Y'all' Spread Beyond The South

Have you noticed that more and more people are saying "y'all"? A look at why the word has spread beyond its Southern roots ... and how some Kansas Citians have adopted it.

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'Cherishing The Exceptions': KC Scientist Scott Hawley On The Beauty Of Genetics

Geneticist Scott Hawley has a way with words — especially when it comes to explaining science to non-scientists. For example, he remembers the connections he made the first time he saw "Star Wars " when he was in graduate school.

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Up To Date

Kansas' Current Financial Plight 'Breaks My Heart,' Says Sebelius

The former Secretary of Health and Human Services also warns Washington Republicans about being so quick to replace Obamacare with a plan that is different from what they promised voters.

Kansas City, MO – KCUR's look at the nature of leadership is part of our Network KC coverage of the issue.

Kansas City, MO – Rudolph Giuliani and other key Republicans campaign for Missouri and Kansas candidates. Republican National Committee to invest in tv ads for Adam Taff. Kansas candidates for insurance commissioner accuse each other of being beholden to organizations with vested interests. Half of Missouri counties don't combat domestic violence.

Kansas City, MO – A jury this morning in Olathe resumes deliberations in the trial of accused serial killer John Robinson, new campaign expense reports show the candidates in the Kansas governor's race are running the most expensive campaigns in state history, and Republican Jim Talent and Democrat Jean Carnahan are back on the campaign trail.

Kansas City, MO – KCUR's look at the nature of leadership is part of our Network KC coverage of the issue.

Kansas City, MO – KCUR's look at the nature of leadership is part of our Network KC coverage of the issue.

Kansas City, MO – KCUR's look at the nature of leadership is part of our Network KC coverage of the issue.

KANSAS CITY – Jury begins deliberation in serial murder case, family files suit over Kansas City police shooting, and Missouri now has a statewide amber alert system.

KANSAS CITY – MAP scores show performance gap between African-American and White elementary students, candidate debates continue as election day approaches, and some city boards may face scrutiny after not submitting audit information.

Should Kansas City Keep Its Municipal Prison?

Oct 16, 2002

So many people go to the Municipal Corrections Institution because they couldn't post bond that some call it the "debtors' prison."

Young traffic offenders are incarcerated alongside convicted felons. Following staff cuts MCI became so overcrowded that 16 convicted violent offenders had to be released in August.

The City Auditor says a city shouldn't be in the prison business at all.

KCUR's Steve Bell visited the jail and talked with various city officials who have a stake in what will become of the facility.

Financial troubles continue to plague Kansas and Missouri. Arts and cultural organizations are starting to feel the pinch.

Lawrence, Kansas – Financial troubles continue to plague Kansas and Missouri. Arts and cultural organizations are starting to feel the pinch. As KCUR?s Laura Spencer reports?a museum in Lawrence has just closed to the public.

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