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Kansas City's Inaugural Jazz And Heritage Festival Comes With Blessings — And Lessons

Kansas City's inaugural Jazz and Heritage Festival accomplished something rarely seen in town: A genuinely diverse crowd of people enjoying themselves. For three days over the Memorial Day weekend, that audience was perhaps most diverse in its musical tastes. People paid respect to the Tony Bennett and Nat King Cole-style standard jazz as rendered by Queen Bey — who said she was surprised that a hundred or so people had come to the Gem Theater at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, thanking them for...

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Hickman Mills students face a lot of challenges, but one of the biggest is moving schools during the academic year. KCUR contributor Barbara Shelly immersed herself in the district for a year.

Frank Deford, NPR's Longtime Philosopher Of Sports, Dies At 78

Updated at 4:11 p.m. ET Through nearly four decades, at least five presidential administrations and seemingly countless Super Bowls and World Series, NPR listeners could depend on at least one thing in the ever-unpredictable world of athletics: Frank Deford. A mainstay on Morning Edition , the Hall of Fame sportswriter was public radio's scholar of sports for some 37 years before hanging up his cleats earlier this year. Deford died Sunday at the age of 78 at his home in Key West, Fla., his...

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KANSAS CITY – Aquila bond rating dropped to "junk." Attorney General to challenge Wyandotte County and Edwardsville Sunday liquor sales. Judge lets libel convictions stand for publisher and editor who alleged carol Marinovich did not live in Wyandotte County.

KANSAS CITY – Phill Kline declares victory in Kansas Attorney General race.

A bit of Broadway's history arrived in Kansas City recently with Barbara Cook's one-woman show at the Folly Theater.

Kansas City, MO – The concert, part of the Harriman Arts Program of William Jewell College, featured several Stephen Sondheim tunes, as well as a few he wished he'd written. At the master class Cook conducted the next day, she passed on to local singers a few lessons from her 50 year career. KCUR's Steve Walker reports.

Kansas City – Johnson County delays count of provisional ballots in Kline-Biggs race for Attorney General. Kansas City Missouri budget cuts will be somewhat offset by G.O. bonds passed Tuesday... but bigger cuts must come next year.

Kansas City, MO – Kline vs. Biggs race depends on provisional ballot count. Democrats lose control of Missouri House. Holden won't delay seating of Talent in U.S. Senate.

Kansas City, MO – Voter turnout may exceed expectations. No problems reported yet in closely-watched St. Louis precincts. Graves may make more Kansas Budget cuts before January. Kansas City Missouri Parks reported littered with restrooms in disrepair.

KANSAS CITY – Races tighten as election nears. Missouri Lt. Governor calls for changes in seniors' prescription drug law. Kansas Citian Berkibile to Missouri Energy Policy Commission. Robinson's fate in jury's hands. Thornburgh predicts average election turnout.

Kansas City, MO – Jurors in the John Robinson trial enter into the penalty phase, and the Kansas City region is attracting some high profile guests as election day approaches.

Kansas City, MO – Jurors in the John Robinson trial enter into the penalty phase, and the Kansas City region is attracting some high profile guests as election day approaches.

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Kicking Off Summer Grilling Season

We hear about interesting things to throw on the grill (romaine lettuce, eggs in their shells). Don't feel like cooking? KCUR's Food Critics search out the best grilled dishes on local menus.

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John Scofield's Life Of Guitar Glory

From Charles Mingus to John Medeski, he has jammed with jazz greats from the past and present. This weekend Scofield will play at the first Kansas City Jazz & Heritage Festival.