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Colyer Names Former Education Commissioner To New Kansas Commerce Department Job

Lt. Gov. Jeff Colyer continues to shape top levels of Kansas government amid anticipation that the U.S. Senate may soon confirm Gov. Sam Brownback for an ambassadorship at the State Department. Although Colyer made the selection, Brownback — who may have just weeks left as governor — issued a news release Tuesday announcing that former Kansas education commissioner Diane DeBacker will serve as education liaison and adviser to the Governor’s Office.

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'Flyover' Kansas Features Subtle, Sometimes Stark Beauty

Two local sisters-in-law took a year to visit every state park in Kansas and found — from hoodoos to Flint Hills — the Sunflower State has plenty to offer outdoor enthusiasts.

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At Independence's Vaile Mansion, Visitors Have Themselves A Scandalous Victorian Christmas

The hulking, richly ornate Vaile Mansion , designed by famed architect Asa Beebe Cross , sits alone on a postage stamp of its former grounds in a mostly working-class residential neighborhood in Independence. It looks more like a rip in time and space than a wonderland of Victorian Christmas cheer.

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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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What are the smells of KC, both past and present? We explore the rich tapestry of Kansas City scents, good and bad, and how they affect our experience of a place.