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Davis Launches Campaign For Kansas’ 2nd District Congressional Seat

Paul Davis kicked off his campaign for Kansas’ 2 nd District seat in Congress by calling Washington broken and criticizing a culture there that quashes bipartisanship. “No matter what party you affiliate with, no matter who you voted for in the 2016 presidential election, Washington is not working for you,” said Davis, who served as the top Democrat in the Kansas House and narrowly lost a bid to unseat Gov. Sam Brownback in the 2014 election.

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KC Drinks And Happy Hours

What's in a local restaurant's "church basement coffee"? How can you make frozen drinks without a blender? Those answers, plus the Food Critics on the best happy hours in town.

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Missouri NAACP Issues Travel Advisory, Urges ‘Extreme Caution’

Michelle Tyrene Johnson scrolls back to a Facebook post she made in July with news about the national NAACP supporting a travel advisory in a single state for the first time. “My comment with this is: ‘I have always had the policy that I don't travel in Missouri at night unless I'm on I-70 because parts of the state are just that openly racist,’” she says

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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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The Unicorn Theatre is staging Neil LaBute's play, "The Shape of Things," which turns the typical love story on its ear.

Organizers are calling it Kansas City's largest visual arts event. It's the first weekend of Open Studios, focusing on the work of artists in the downtown corridor.

Kansas City, MO – This weekend marks the first of two weekends of Open Studios - where the works of more than 200 artists can be seen in their homes, studios, galleries, artist co-ops, and other locations across the metropolitan area. KCUR's Laura Spencer reports.

The Grand Nude Show continues through October 19, 11 am - 4 pm at the Hobbs Building in the West Bottoms.

By the mid-1940s, Kansas City's largest industry behind livestock and grain...was garment-making.

Kansas City, MO – It's estimated at the height of Kansas City's garment district, between six and eight thousand people worked in factories and warehouses between 6th and 10th streets along Broadway - - making coats, suits, dresses and children's wear. A new museum chronicles the rise and fall of this industry in Kansas City. KCUR's Laura Spencer reports.

Johnson County, KS – A group of Johnson County voters who favor increased education funding in Kansas is throwing its support behind Democrat Kathleen Sebelius. But Republican Tim Shallenburger says, when it comes to voting records on education, Sebelius doesn't make the grade. Kansas Public Radio's Peter Hancock has this report.

At Johnson County Community College, a six-week class on the history of the broadway musical combines lecture, videos, and recordings to show how musical theatre has provided a soundtrack for America.

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Can Jackson County Fix Its Jail?

County legislators Crystal Williams and Dan Tarwater discuss what it might take to turn things around at the ailing detention facility.