Monica Sandreczki http://kcur.org en Maryville Rape Prosecutor Contradicts Earlier Statement http://kcur.org/post/maryville-rape-prosecutor-contradicts-earlier-statement <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A Missouri county prosecutor under fire for dropping charges in a controversial rape case is blaming the failure on the victims’ refusal to testify, contradicting an earlier statement.</span></p><p>Nodaway County prosecutor Robert Rice issued a press release Tuesday, defending his actions on insufficient evidence because “the state's witnesses refused to cooperate and invoked their Fifth Amendment privilege to not testify.”</p> Wed, 16 Oct 2013 12:39:06 +0000 Peggy Lowe & Monica Sandreczki 45264 at http://kcur.org Maryville Rape Prosecutor Contradicts Earlier Statement What's Showing In Independent, Foreign & Documentary Film, Oct. 4 - 7 http://kcur.org/post/whats-showing-independent-foreign-documentary-film-oct-4-7 <p>A playboy weighs his expectations of love against his relationship to pornography, a voice coach competes to make it big doing voice-overs, plus a hospital staff endures the chaotic hours at Dallas&#39; Parkland Hospital the day John F. Kennedy was assassinated.</p><p>On Friday&#39;s <a href="http://www.kcur.org/date" target="_blank">Up to Date</a>, our indie, foreign and documentary film critics take a look at the films playing on the silver screen in Kansas City this week.</p> Thu, 03 Oct 2013 21:00:00 +0000 Steve Kraske & Monica Sandreczki 44560 at http://kcur.org What's Showing In Independent, Foreign & Documentary Film, Oct. 4 - 7 Answering Questions On Kan. And Mo.'s New Health Insurance Marketplaces http://kcur.org/post/answering-questions-kan-and-mos-new-health-insurance-marketplaces <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Whether or not you agree with the Affordable Care Act politically, you might be wondering what your health insurance options will be under this new law, particularly if you don&#39;t get insurance from your employer.</span></p><p>Jessica Hembree, program officer at the Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City, and<strong> </strong>Sandy Praeger, Kansas insurance commissioner, join us to answer questions about the new health insurance marketplaces in Kansas and Missouri.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 27 Sep 2013 17:16:35 +0000 Sylvia Maria Gross & Monica Sandreczki 44272 at http://kcur.org Answering Questions On Kan. And Mo.'s New Health Insurance Marketplaces Sen. Claire McCaskill On The Government Shutdown http://kcur.org/post/sen-claire-mccaskill-government-shutdown <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Missouri </span><strong style="line-height: 1.5;">Sen. Claire McCaskill</strong><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> has spoken out against Sen. Ted Cruz's filibuster opposing a healthcare reform bill.&nbsp;</span></p><p>On Wednesday's&nbsp;<a href="http://kcur.org/programs/date"><em>Up to Date</em></a>, McCaskill joins Steve Kraske to talk about Sen. Cruz's filibuster, the latest developments on the government shutdown and its effects on Missouri voters.&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Guest:</strong></p> Wed, 25 Sep 2013 16:18:25 +0000 Steve Kraske & Monica Sandreczki 44189 at http://kcur.org Sen. Claire McCaskill On The Government Shutdown Your Guide To The Kansas City Charter Review http://kcur.org/post/your-guide-kansas-city-charter-review <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Kansas City is known as a “weak mayor” town. That’s no slight on Mayor Sly James, it’s the way the city charter sets up our government, where the mayor is a glorified city council member, and the city manager really runs the town. It's also called a council-manager system.</span></p> Fri, 13 Sep 2013 17:05:53 +0000 Sylvia Maria Gross & Monica Sandreczki 43556 at http://kcur.org Kansas City School District Scraps Plan For Waldo Wal-Mart http://kcur.org/post/kansas-city-school-district-scraps-plan-waldo-wal-mart <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Kansas City School board sided with many in the community and turned down a proposal to put in a Wal-Mart Neighborhood Market in Waldo.</span></p><p>A crowd of 125 people gathered at Southwest Early College Campus for a town hall.&nbsp; Cheers came after the school board vice-chair Crispin Rea announced the board’s decision against the grocery store.</p><p>Wal-Marts plan included knocking down Bingham Middle School, building the new store, and parking.&nbsp; Other plans included green space and a soccer field.</p> Fri, 06 Sep 2013 12:34:31 +0000 Monica Sandreczki 43203 at http://kcur.org Kansas City Retro Soul And Funk Compilation Released http://kcur.org/post/kansas-city-retro-soul-and-funk-compilation-released <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">This month, the Chicago-based&nbsp;</span>Numero<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;Group </span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">released a compilation of funk and soul songs originally put out by Kansas City record label, Forte, in the late </span>1960s<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> and '</span>70s<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> —</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp; <em>Eccentric Soul: The Forte Label</em> came out this week on vinyl and CD.</span></p> Thu, 05 Sep 2013 15:03:03 +0000 Sylvia Maria Gross & Monica Sandreczki 43095 at http://kcur.org Kansas City Retro Soul And Funk Compilation Released Uzazi Village, Self-Realization Fellowship, Medicine Museum http://kcur.org/post/uzazi-village-self-realization-fellowship-medicine-museum <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><a href="http://kcur.org/post/kc-group-fights-breast-feeding-disparities-education-support">KC Group Fights Breast-Feeding Disparities With Education, Support</a></p> Wed, 04 Sep 2013 17:58:51 +0000 Susan B. Wilson, Sylvia Maria Gross, Alex Smith & Monica Sandreczki 43020 at http://kcur.org Uzazi Village, Self-Realization Fellowship, Medicine Museum KC Group Fights Breast-Feeding Disparities With Education, Support http://kcur.org/post/kc-group-fights-breast-feeding-disparities-education-support <p><span style="line-height:150%">It’s widely accepted that breast-feeding is the best way to feed an infant. But in some communities, breast-feeding has fallen out of favor. Nationally, only about 60 percent of African-American women attempt to nurse their babies. And many of them stop within the first three months. But breast-fed babies are less likely to die of SIDS or develop asthma and obesity later in life — health issues that occur most often in African-Americans. In Kansas City, Mo. Tue, 03 Sep 2013 18:06:57 +0000 Monica Sandreczki 42947 at http://kcur.org KC Group Fights Breast-Feeding Disparities With Education, Support 4 Things You Should Know About The KCI Decision http://kcur.org/post/4-things-you-should-know-about-kci-decision <p>Dave Helling of the <em>Kansas City Star</em> has been covering the potential overhaul of KCI. KCUR’s Susan Wilson sat down with Helling and had these four takeaways:</p><p><strong>1. Taxpayers will not bear the weight of the $1.2 billion price tag.</strong></p> Mon, 26 Aug 2013 21:44:28 +0000 Susan B. Wilson & Monica Sandreczki 38120 at http://kcur.org 4 Things You Should Know About The KCI Decision KCPS Achievement, Black Israelites, Kosher BBQ http://kcur.org/post/kcps-achievement-black-israelites-kosher-bbq <h1 itemprop="name" style="margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 28px; vertical-align: baseline; clear: left; line-height: 30px; font-family: Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif;">&nbsp;</h1><p><a href="http://kcur.org/post/kansas-city-school-district-celebrates-good-evaluation" style="font-size: 1.357em;">Kansas City School District Celebrates Good Evaluation</a></p> Mon, 26 Aug 2013 21:37:05 +0000 Sylvia Maria Gross, Susan B. Wilson, Alex Smith & Monica Sandreczki 42596 at http://kcur.org KCPS Achievement, Black Israelites, Kosher BBQ What Royster's Case Tells Us About Voter Fraud In Kansas City http://kcur.org/post/what-roysters-case-tells-us-about-voter-fraud-kansas-city <p>In June, a Kansas City couple pleaded guilty to voter fraud in the 2010 Democratic primary. Even in a low-turnout primary for a state legislature seat, two votes would normally be a drop in a bucket. But in this race, John Joseph Rizzo defeated Will Royster by a margin of one vote. Rizzo went on to win the election and was re-elected to the seat in 2012. The couple voted in a district where they didn’t live and are Rizzo’s aunt and uncle, which further complicated the situation. Tue, 20 Aug 2013 18:06:33 +0000 Sylvia Maria Gross & Monica Sandreczki 42209 at http://kcur.org Mo. Voter Fraud, Operation Breakthrough, KC Creative Couples http://kcur.org/post/mo-voter-fraud-operation-breakthrough-kc-creative-couples <p></p><p><a href="http://www.kcur.org/post/what-roysters-case-tells-us-about-voter-fraud-kansas-city"><span style="line-height: 1.5;">What Will Royster's Case Tells Us About Voter Fraud In Kansas City</span></a></p> Mon, 19 Aug 2013 17:38:37 +0000 Sylvia Maria Gross, Susan B. Wilson, Alex Smith & Monica Sandreczki 42199 at http://kcur.org Mo. Voter Fraud, Operation Breakthrough, KC Creative Couples Kansas City Museum, Oz Memorabilia, KC Creative Couples http://kcur.org/post/kansas-city-museum-oz-memorabilia-kc-creative-couples <p></p><p><a href="http://www.kcur.org/post/union-station-issues-statement-museum-agreement-city">Union Station Issues Statement On Museum Agreement With City</a></p> Tue, 13 Aug 2013 18:59:56 +0000 Sylvia Maria Gross, Susan B. Wilson, Alex Smith & Monica Sandreczki 41839 at http://kcur.org Kansas City Museum, Oz Memorabilia, KC Creative Couples Sexual Assault, Rape Culture And Missouri State Law http://kcur.org/post/sexual-assault-rape-culture-and-missouri-state-law <p></p><p><a href="http://kcur.org/post/why-was-maryville-rape-case-dropped">The Maryville rape case</a> leaves us with a lot of questions – the main one being: why was the case dropped? And, perhaps more importantly, why do similar cases keep happening all over the country?&nbsp;</p><p>For a better understanding of the issue, <em>KC Currents' </em>Susan Wilson talked with Dr. Kimberly Lonsway, Director of Research at End Violence Against Women International.</p><p><strong>INTERVIEW HIGHLIGHTS:</strong></p><p><em>On myths surrounding rape and sexual assault:</em></p> Wed, 07 Aug 2013 18:06:47 +0000 Susan B. Wilson & Monica Sandreczki 41520 at http://kcur.org Diocese Monitors Abuse, Tech-y Genealogy, KC Creative Couples http://kcur.org/post/diocese-monitors-abuse-tech-y-genealogy-kc-creative-couples <p></p><p></p><p><a href="http://www.kcur.org/post/can-ombudsman-help-save-kansas-city-st-joe-diocese">Can An Ombudsman Save The KC-St. Joe Diocese?</a></p> Mon, 05 Aug 2013 22:05:01 +0000 Sylvia Maria Gross, Susan B. Wilson, Alex Smith, Ryan Schuessler & Monica Sandreczki 41433 at http://kcur.org Diocese Monitors Abuse, Tech-y Genealogy, KC Creative Couples Women In Soccer, Paseo YMCA, KC Creative Couples http://kcur.org/post/women-soccer-paseo-ymca-kc-creative-couples <p></p><p><a href="http://kcur.org/post/president-obama-visits-ucm-lauds-college-cost-cut-program">President Obama Visits UCM, Lauds Missouri College Cost Cut Program</a></p><p>A western Missouri-based educational program was the lure to bring President Obama to speak in Warrensburg last week. The President said so, directly, in his address at the University of Central Missouri. Hear from&nbsp;some originators of what's known as the Missouri Innovation Campus.</p> Wed, 31 Jul 2013 21:42:27 +0000 Sylvia Maria Gross, Susan B. Wilson, Alex Smith, Ryan Schuessler & Monica Sandreczki 41021 at http://kcur.org Women In Soccer, Paseo YMCA, KC Creative Couples 1993 Floods, Atheist & Agnostic Camp, Extraordinary Black Missourians http://kcur.org/post/1993-floods-atheist-agnostic-camp-extraordinary-black-missourians <p></p><p><a href="http://kcur.org/post/20-years-later-look-back-floods-1993" style="line-height: 1.5;">Twenty Years Later: A Look Back At The Floods Of 1993</a></p> Mon, 22 Jul 2013 17:30:46 +0000 Sylvia Maria Gross, Susan B. Wilson, Alex Smith, Suzanne Hogan, Ryan Schuessler & Monica Sandreczki 40615 at http://kcur.org 1993 Floods, Atheist & Agnostic Camp, Extraordinary Black Missourians Paddlefish Caviar, Frida & Diego, Rural Librarian http://kcur.org/post/paddlefish-caviar-frida-diego-rural-librarian <p></p><p><a href="http://kcur.org/post/kc-regional-health-assessment-finds-rising-rates-obesity-poverty">KC Regional Health Assessment Finds Rising Rates of Obesity, Poverty</a></p><p>Since 2000, poverty in the metro area has increased by 75 percent. A quarter of the population is currently uninsured or on Medicaid.&nbsp; And the number of elderly people in the area will double in the next three decades. Those are just a few of findings in a new regional health assessment produced by the Mid-America Regional Council.</p> Mon, 15 Jul 2013 18:56:18 +0000 Sylvia Maria Gross, Susan B. Wilson, Alex Smith, Monica Sandreczki & Ryan Schuessler 40201 at http://kcur.org Paddlefish Caviar, Frida & Diego, Rural Librarian Looking At The Maryville Rape Case http://kcur.org/post/looking-maryville-rape-case <p></p><p>Cases involving teen sexual assault have been on the national radar lately, and one town in the Kansas City area is under that microscope.&nbsp;</p><p> Mon, 15 Jul 2013 15:43:44 +0000 Beth Lipoff, Steve Kraske, Monica Sandreczki & Peggy Lowe 40204 at http://kcur.org Looking At The Maryville Rape Case Why Was The Maryville Rape Case Dropped? http://kcur.org/post/why-was-maryville-rape-case-dropped <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The first thing Daisy Coleman remembers is her surprise that she was still alive.</span></p><p>“I was just like, I thought I was dead at first,” she said.</p><p>An incoherent Coleman, then 14, crawled to the front door of her family’s home in Maryville, Mo. It was a Sunday morning, Jan. 8, 2012, 5 a.m. Her younger brother, Tristin, and mother, Melinda, heard a thumping and at first thought it was their dogs trying to come in.</p> Thu, 11 Jul 2013 11:26:37 +0000 Peggy Lowe & Monica Sandreczki 39975 at http://kcur.org Why Was The Maryville Rape Case Dropped? Treece, Kan., Fast Pitch Softball, Grand Marquis http://kcur.org/post/treece-kan-fast-pitch-softball-grand-marquis <p></p><p><a href="http://kcur.org/post/who-decides-future-kci?nopop=1">Kansas City International Airport Weighs Proposed Changes</a></p><p>Kansas City International Airport is looking at a potentially major change: tearing down the current three terminals and moving to a single, new terminal on the site of the current terminal A. The one terminal idea came to a head in 2008 when the Master Plan called for a new, central terminal south of the current airport. That came just four years after the airport wrapped up nearly $260 million in renovations.</p> Mon, 08 Jul 2013 17:17:07 +0000 Sylvia Maria Gross, Susan B. Wilson, Alex Smith, Ryan Schuessler & Monica Sandreczki 39758 at http://kcur.org Treece, Kan., Fast Pitch Softball, Grand Marquis Abortion Lawsuit, Sprint Deal, Gordon Parks School http://kcur.org/post/abortion-lawsuit-sprint-deal-gordon-parks-school <p></p><p><a href="http://kcur.org/post/planned-parenthood-sues-kan-over-free-speech-violation">Planned Parenthood Sues Kan. Over Free Speech Violation</a></p><p>This month, two different lawsuits were filed in Kansas over a new state abortion law. But the lawsuit that Planned Parenthood of Kansas and Mid-Missouri filed on June 20&nbsp;isn’t about the freedom to perform abortions. It’s about freedom of speech.&nbsp;</p><p><a href="http://kcur.org/post/4-things-you-should-know-about-sprint-softbank-deal">4 Things You Should Know About The Sprint-SoftBank Deal</a></p> Mon, 01 Jul 2013 20:59:46 +0000 Sylvia Maria Gross, Susan B. Wilson, Alex Smith, Ryan Schuessler & Monica Sandreczki 39409 at http://kcur.org Abortion Lawsuit, Sprint Deal, Gordon Parks School KC Shopping, Wiccans on Solstice, Bloodstone http://kcur.org/post/kc-shopping-wiccans-solstice-bloodstone <p></p><p> Tue, 25 Jun 2013 19:04:26 +0000 Sylvia Maria Gross, Susan B. Wilson, Alex Smith, Ryan Schuessler & Monica Sandreczki 39034 at http://kcur.org KC Shopping, Wiccans on Solstice, Bloodstone Downtown Resurrection, Harvey Girls, Audio Theater Festival http://kcur.org/post/downtown-resurrection-harvey-girls-audio-theater-festival <p></p><p></p><p> Mon, 17 Jun 2013 21:50:14 +0000 Sylvia Maria Gross, Susan B. Wilson, Alex Smith, Ryan Schuessler & Monica Sandreczki 38687 at http://kcur.org Downtown Resurrection, Harvey Girls, Audio Theater Festival Right To Farm, Estate Sale Photos, Betse Ellis http://kcur.org/post/right-farm-estate-sale-photos-betse-ellis <p></p><p> Mon, 10 Jun 2013 16:15:56 +0000 Sylvia Maria Gross, Susan B. Wilson, Alex Smith, Ryan Schuessler & Monica Sandreczki 38247 at http://kcur.org Right To Farm, Estate Sale Photos, Betse Ellis Spelling Bee Sisters, Streetcar Update, Blues Singer Cassie Taylor http://kcur.org/post/spelling-bee-sisters-streetcar-update-blues-singer-cassie-taylor <p></p><p> Tue, 04 Jun 2013 15:46:02 +0000 Sylvia Maria Gross, Susan B. Wilson, Alex Smith, Ryan Schuessler & Monica Sandreczki 37854 at http://kcur.org Spelling Bee Sisters, Streetcar Update, Blues Singer Cassie Taylor Cell Phone Warning, Clay Studio, Barista Champ http://kcur.org/post/cell-phone-warning-clay-studio-barista-champ <p><a href="http://ksmu.org/article/joplin-optimistic-recovery-anxious-help-moore-ok-60686" style="line-height: 1.5;">Joplin Optimistic In Recovery, Anxious To Help In Moore, OK</a></p><p>Last week’s massive tornado in Moore, Oklahoma came almost exactly two years after another EF-5 tornado ripped through Joplin, killing 161 people.&nbsp; Wednesday marked that anniversary, and the city was greeted with near perfect weather.&nbsp; Thousands came out that day to honor the lives of those lost, and reflect upon the continuing recovery effort.</p><p></p><p></p> Wed, 29 May 2013 15:41:04 +0000 Sylvia Maria Gross, Susan B. Wilson, Alex Smith, Suzanne Hogan & Monica Sandreczki 37508 at http://kcur.org Cell Phone Warning, Clay Studio, Barista Champ Kansas City Local Wins World Barista Championships http://kcur.org/post/kansas-city-local-wins-world-barista-championships <p><strong>Updated May 28 10:45 a.m. Licata&nbsp;Takes Home Gold</strong></p><p>Pete Licata, Kansas City local and Quality Assurance Manager of Parisi Artisan Coffee, who had won the US Barista Championship in April, went on to snag first place at the <a href="http://sprudge.com/pete-licata-is-your-2013-world-barista-champion.html" target="_blank">World Barista Championship this weekend</a>&nbsp;in Melbourne, Australia. He topped more than 50 competitors, using coffee roasted at Parisi.&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>The original post begins here:</p> Sun, 26 May 2013 17:01:00 +0000 Susan B. Wilson & Monica Sandreczki 37332 at http://kcur.org Kansas City Local Wins World Barista Championships Johnson County Mosque, Class Of 2013, Janelle Monae http://kcur.org/post/johnson-county-mosque-class-2013-janelle-monae <p></p><p></p><p> Mon, 20 May 2013 21:48:13 +0000 Sylvia Maria Gross, Susan B. Wilson, Alex Smith, Suzanne Hogan & Monica Sandreczki 37071 at http://kcur.org Johnson County Mosque, Class Of 2013, Janelle Monae