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DeVos Touts ‘Holistic Look’ At Higher Education During JCCC Visit

U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos touted the importance of making higher education accessible Thursday while on a whirlwind tour of vocational classrooms at Johnson County Community College. The highly orchestrated two-hour visit included stops to view spaces used for teaching automotive, electrical, welding, nursing and culinary programs. The stop was part of a six-state tour in which DeVos has traveled to public and private schools, highlighting themes ranging from services for...

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Climate Refugees

Wildfires out west, tropical storms and floods. We hear from people who have personal connections to climate devastation in Florida and Texas.

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KCUR Awarded $500K To Create Kansas Public Media News Collaboration

Thanks to an infusion of national funding, the Kansas News Service — led by KCUR 89.3 — will expand its reporting network with public media stations across the state. The Corporation for Public Broadcasting this week announced $502,327 in funding for public radio stations serving Kansas to collaborate on local news coverage and improve news-gathering efficiency. The grant is part of $3.3 million awarded nationally for the creation of five regional journalism operations. KCUR heads the Kansas...

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In 2002, the Overland Park Convention Center opened ...with more than 60 sculptures and paintings created by regional artists.

US Poet Laureate Billy Collins has been called the most popular poet in America.

College enrollment is on the rise. As college admissions departments accepts more students, housing officials have to find a place for them to live.

Sometimes that means building a new facility, on land that used to be part of a residential neighborhood. One South Kansas City technical school is looking to build housing for its students.

KCUR's Matt Hackworth reports that not everybody in the school's neighborhood is welcoming the idea of student housing with open arms.

KANSAS CITY – Health Midwest not finished with sales agreement before first hearing. Senator Jean Carnahan says, "Thank you." United Way may extend fund drive.

Kansas City – Hearings start tonight on the sale of Health Midwest to HCA, a deal that would spawn a new 800-million dollar foundation. Overland Park celebrates the opening of it's new convention center.

KANSAS CITY – Fitch reduces Aquila bond status to "junk." Kansas Attorney General to challenge Wyandotte County and Edwardsville Sunday liquor sales. Judge lets libel convictions stand for publishers who alleged Mayor Carol Marinovich did not live in Wyandotte County.

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.

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After Chasing Thousands Of Them, Reed Timmer Knows No Two Storms Are Alike

Having tracked bad weather since before he could drive, the meteorologist and extreme storm chaser says "it's the periods between storms that I don't really know what to do with myself."