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Kansas Political Party Officials Say Move To Fall Local Elections Offers Benefits

The 2017 Kansas election is officially in the books, as counties finished most of the work finalizing their results Thursday. This was the first election since local races were moved to the fall, and voter turnout was up in many areas. Shawnee County saw turnout of around 19 percent, a jump of about 5 percentage points compared to recent local elections.

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The 'Dark State' Of Kansas Government

Journalists and former state Rep. John Rubin reflect on a tradition within the state government of secrecy and resistance to public disclosure.

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Mayor Sly James Slams GOP Tax Proposals As 'Crippling' To Redevelopment

Mayor James came out swinging today against Republican tax reform proposals being considered in Washington, saying they would “cripple” vital city redevelopment and infrastructure efforts including the planned new terminal at Kansas City International Airport. “We need an agenda to revitalize and restore the infrastructure of our cities, not cripple future investment in our urban centers,” James said in a press release.

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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.

Candidates Take Shape In Debate

Sep 17, 2002

WICHITA – The two major-party candidates for governor in Kansas have started sharpening their attacks on one another. Republican Tim Shallenburger and Democrat Kathleen Sebelius are now challenging each other's records on issues like taxes, education and crime.
Kansas Public Radio's Peter Hancock has been following the campaigns and files this report.

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Meet The McFadden Brothers

Lonnie and Ronnie McFadden are horn players, singers and tap dancers. They learned how to tap from their father, and they've just received a 2017 Living Legends award. Hear their story.