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Skeptical Justices Could Force Lawmakers Back To Topeka To Boost School Funding Again

If districts suing the state get their way, the Kansas Legislature could be back in Topeka within weeks to add another half a billion dollars to school budgets in time for the coming academic year. The districts hope the Kansas Supreme Court will also tell the state to phase in hundreds of millions beyond that in the years to come.

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SPECIAL PROJECT

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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What Jackson County Prosecutor's Record Says About How She Will Approach Greitens Case

On a bitter cold January day in 2014, Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker met a crowd of cameras, microphones and shouting reporters on the steps of the Nodaway County Courthouse in Maryville, Missouri. The story had been raging for months about why a hometown football player had been charged with raping an underage girl – and why charges were mysteriously dropped – in a case that made international headlines.

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Kansas City, MO – A jury this morning in Olathe resumes deliberations in the trial of accused serial killer John Robinson, new campaign expense reports show the candidates in the Kansas governor's race are running the most expensive campaigns in state history, and Republican Jim Talent and Democrat Jean Carnahan are back on the campaign trail.

Kansas City, MO – KCUR's look at the nature of leadership is part of our Network KC coverage of the issue.

Kansas City, MO – KCUR's look at the nature of leadership is part of our Network KC coverage of the issue.

Kansas City, MO – KCUR's look at the nature of leadership is part of our Network KC coverage of the issue.

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.

Salon

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.

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