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Former Guard Pleads Guilty To Smuggling Cigarettes And Cell Phones Into Jackson County Jail

A former guard at the Jackson County jail has pleaded guilty to corruption charges for taking a bribe to smuggle cigarettes, cell phones and phone chargers into the downtown jail. Twenty-six year old Andre Lamonte Dickerson pleaded guilty to two of the four counts against him. In a deal with the U.S. Attorney's office in Kansas City filed Wednesday, Dickerson admitted to accepting a $500 bribe in June of 2017 "for defendant Dickerson to smuggle two packs of Newport cigarettes, cell phone...

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Too many of Kansas City's children change schools too often.

To truly understand the problem and how it affects our city, reporters spent a year in one classroom.

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KCUR Wins Big In 2018 Regional Edward R. Murrow Awards

KCUR has been awarded six regional Edward R. Murrow Awards this year, the most ever received by the station for its journalistic efforts. The station was also involved with two additional awards through collaborations with KBIA in Columbia, Missouri. The prestigious awards, announced Wednesday, come from the Radio Television Digital News Association , which has honored exceptional works of journalism since 1971.

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KANSAS CITY – Kansas SRS announces sweeping program cuts. News organizations sue Sebelius to open budget meetings to the public. Missouri sees year's budget shortfall projection grow to 152-million.

UCLA Fowler Museum of History. Promised gift of Jay T. Last. Photo by Don Cole.

Art of the Lega: Meaning and Metaphor in Central Africa opened in October at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art.

Associated Press

A 97-year-old woman is the oldest working Kansan. Martha Smith of Vinland, Kan. has been tending the Cole Creek Library for most of the last 67 years. Her great uncle helped found the library in 1859.

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.

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In Kansas, The 'Dark State' Is Still Strong

Government secrecy in Topeka was a big deal at the beginning of this legislative session, but the push for more transparency has stalled.

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Meet The KC Star's New Royals Reporter

What's it like to cover the Kansas City Royals? Maria Torres, who has taken over the Royals beat this season, shares her story.