Jefferson City, MO – Governor Jay Nixon and the Republican-led general assembly pledged late last year to work together during the 2009 legislative session, which ended on Friday. Both sides came away with wins, especially when their interests coincided, as with the economic development bill. But both entities lost on some key issues as well. KWMU's Marshall Griffin reports.
Local experts and authors of America's Best BBQ: 100 Recipes from America's Best Smokehouses, Pits, Shacks, Rib Joints Roadhouses, and Restaurants, join us to talk about the array of recipes and flavors they've encountered on their BBQ-themed travels throughout the nation. We've also included a couple of recipes!
Last weekend, a Kansas City Art Institute student completed his senior year in a way that makes grueling final exams look like child's play. Jason Dixon spent 24 straight hours recreating famous solo performance pieces.
A new dance piece, titled "Gates Bar-B-Que Suite," pays tribute to a Kansas City barbecue restaurant.
By Laura Spencer
Kansas City, MO – A new dance piece pays tribute to a Kansas City barbecue restaurant. Titled "Gates Bar-B-Que Suite," the work pairs an original composition by jazz artist Bobby Watson with the choreography of Wylliams/Henry Contemporary Dance Company co-founder and artistic director Mary Pat Henry.
Kansas City, MO – The city council was confronted with a 362-page ordinance yesterday - one that would change the zoning laws of the entire city.
Planning and Zoning chair Terry Riley said the massive document will update zoning provisions that date back as far as the 1930s, focus more on mixed-use development and make it easier for businesses to negotiate the zoning maze.
City Planning and Development Director Tom Coyle reassured the council, "If you were zoned residential before the update, you will be zoned residential after."
"Cowtown Ballroom...Sweet Jesus" is a documentary film about Cowtown Ballroom, a legendary concert venue in Kansas City, Missouri. It was only open for 38 months, but in its short life span established an incredible musical heritage.
By Up to Date, May 14, 2009
Kansas City , Mo. – Cowtown Ballroom: Sweet Jesus is a documentary film about Cowtown Ballroom, a legendary concert venue in Kansas City, Missouri.
Kansas City, MO – In college sports, Division II schools, like Emporia State and Central Missouri, will begin play in the NCAA baseball tournament Thursday. They're hoping to reach the Division II World Series, which this year will be held outside Raleigh, North Carolina.
Soon there might be a day when those schools will play in the Division II World Series close to home. KCUR's Greg Echlin explains.
Kansas City, Mo. – Kansas City Congressman Emmanuel Cleaver brought confirmation of federal program money to the foundation for jazz musicians and ended by defending his belief in what critics call government waste. KCUR's Dan Verbeck reports.
Jefferson City, MO – State lawmakers have until Friday to reach a compromise on healthcare expansion, after the Missouri House passed its plan last night.
The House bill covers about 20-thousand Missourians who simply cannot get insurance. The Senate's version, which closely mirrors the plan proposed by Governor Jay Nixon, expands Medicaid eligibility to cover an additional 35-thousand low-income, working parents.
Columbia Democrat Mary Still says the House's version will drain the state's high-risk insurance pool.
Kansas City, MO – Five students at Riverview elementary in Shawnee have been confirmed to have the swine flu.
Missouri lawmakers will try again to reach a compromise on healthcare expansion after the state Senate last night passed their plan - one that differs greatly from the plan sought by Governor Jay Nixon and the state Senate.
The Missouri House has killed a wide-ranging education bill.
Kansas City, MO – Five students at the same school in Shawnee have confirmed cases of swine flu.
Kansas City Congressman Emmanuel Cleaver confirmed yesterday federal money is headed to the historic Mutual Musicians foundations and ended by defending his belief in what critics call government waste.
Kansas City officials are promoting a recent plan to make the city more bicycle friendly.
Steve Kraske welcomes author Tobias Wolff to talk about Old School, his novel about a teenage boy who feels awkward and out of place at an elite New England prep school in the 1960s. The book is this year's Big Read selection at area libraries.
Kansas City, MO – According to a recent report from the Commerce Department, unemployment rates for artists have risen even more rapidly than the rates for U.S. workers as a whole. That doesn't surprise architect Ryan Townsend. He was recently laid off, just one of many Kansas City architects who've been directly affected by a dramatic drop in architectural billings, which reached their lowest point in 13 years this January.
Kansas City, MO – Earlier this year, the City Council cut the budget for the Kansas City Area Transportation Authority by 7 million dollars. They cited a declining sales tax. The KCATA is raising bus fares, and last year, voters extended a 3/8th cent sales tax for transit. But even so, officials said bus service would be reduced on 25 routes. That is, unless they could secure funds from the state of Missouri.
Overland Park, Kansas – Nearly 50 percent more workers in Johnson County are without jobs today than they were this time last year. The increase in unemployment is still well below the national average of 8.9%,and lower than that of neighboring Wyandotte County. But the job base in Johnson County historically has been high wage and highly skilled, and most are accustomed to job security.
Kansas City, MO – Kansas confirmed four more local swine flu cases yesterday, bringing the total to 22 in the state. The Department of Health and Environment said in a news release that the latest cases involve one adult and one child in Johnson County and two children in Wyandotte County. Missouri has confirmed ten cases of the H1-N1 virus, with four more considered probable.
Kansas City hopes a consultant will help it fix the city's construction management program.
Kansas City, MO – Knitting has become a growing trend among younger women. But KCUR's Susan Wilson recently heard about a group that brings together women of all ages, and even an occasional guy, to knit for strangers. That's what it's all about for the Knitting and Crochet Ministry of Saint James Catholic Church. The group has about a dozen regular members, who meet twice a month at the church in midtown. Many of their handicrafts are handed out at the bus stop nearby at 39th and Troost.