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KCUR News
5:14 pm
Fri August 26, 2011

KC School Chief Hired to New Job

KANSAS CITY, MO. – Outgoing Kansas City School Superintendent John Covington will not be lured back. He's taken another job. At mid afternoon Michigan hired Covington to lead a new system for failing schools.

Covington announced Wednesday he was leaving the Kansas City post because he was victim of unfair treatment by the President of the Kansas City Board of Education.

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Theater/Performance
12:39 pm
Fri August 26, 2011

Todd Bolender Center for Dance & Creativity Opens Its Doors

Jacques d'Amboise, former principal dancer of the New York City Ballet and colleague of Todd Bolender, and Kimberly Cowen, Kansas City Ballet company dancer, cut the ribbon to open the Todd Bolender Center for Dance & Creativity.
photo: Laura Spencer/KCUR

On Friday morning, under a grand white tent, hundreds gathered to mark the official opening of the Kansas City Ballet's new home.

Kansas City, Mo. – On Friday morning, under a grand white tent, hundreds gathered to mark the official opening of the Kansas City Ballet's new home.

A former coal-fired power plant for Union Station is now called the Todd Bolender Center for Dance & Creativity.

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KCUR News
10:22 am
Fri August 26, 2011

State Housing Commission Approves Plan to Reduce Homelessness

Francie Broderick directs Places for People, a mental health provider in St. Louis, and has been pushing for the new tax credit policy the housing commission adopted this week.
Photo by Elana Gordon/KCUR

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Missouri's housing development commission wants to make things a little easier for state residents who are homeless. It's approved a tax incentive program aimed at providing more long term housing. KCUR's Elana Gordon reports.

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KCUR Newscast
9:43 am
Fri August 26, 2011

KCUR Morning News 8-26-11

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Superintendent John Covington reaffirmed his intention to leave the Kansas City Missouri school district yesterday, while board members were calling for him to stay.

The Missouri Education Commission had been working with the outgoing superintendent to improve Kansas City Schools' rating from "provisional." The head of that commission sees Covington's departure as a setback.

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KCUR News
1:25 am
Fri August 26, 2011

Council Blocks Nuke Parts Ballot Measure

The Botts Road Honewell defense plant, Construction is more than 1/3 completed.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – There'll be no vote on no nukes for a south Kansas City defense plant. The city council has voted not to honor a petition drive by the group "Peace Planters."

The initiative, if passed by the voters, would prohibit the manufacture of nuclear weapons parts at a plant being built for that purpose at Highway 50 and Botts Road. The new facility is to replace the Bannister Road Honeywell plant.

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KCUR Newscast
6:13 pm
Thu August 25, 2011

KCUR Evening News 8-25-11

KANSAS CITY, Mo. –

  • School Board asks Covington to reconsider, not resign.
  • Resigned board member says problems involve micromanaging.
  • KC District accreditation threatened by latest rift.
  • Council endorses location change on Plaza higha-rise.
  • Higwoods backs down on another Plaza change.

     

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    KCUR News
    5:36 pm
    Thu August 25, 2011

    Missouri Education Commission Says KCMO School Accreditation At Risk

    Missouri Education Commissioner Chris Nicastro

    Kansas City, Mo. – Twenty-four hours of furor and uncertainty over Kansas City schools continues. KCUR's Dan Verbeck reports the Kansas City Missouri School District's accreditation and local control may be at stake.

    "Not impossible!" Words of Missouri's Education Commissioner that Kansas City schools might lose accreditation next month, due in large part to upheaval from Wednesday night's resignation of Superintendent John Covington.

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    Visual Arts
    2:59 pm
    Thu August 25, 2011

    Temporary Artwork Generates Discussion about Economic Policy

    Artist John Salvest looks at the diagram for "IOU/USA" in Memorial Hill/Penn Valley Park.
    photo: Laura Spencer/KCUR

    On the grassy lawn near the Federal Reserve Bank in Kansas City, trucks are hauling cargo shipping containers to be unloaded and stacked into a towering, temporary sculpture. One hundred and five containers, piled almost seven stories high, will spell out IOU on one side and USA on the other. It's a nod to this country's increasing federal budget and foreign trade deficits.

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    KCUR News
    10:19 am
    Thu August 25, 2011

    School Board Tries to Win Back Superintendent

    School board President Airick Leonard West, flanked by members Crispin Rea (left) and Joseph Jackson (right). Photo by Sylvia Maria Gross/KCUR.

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Kansas City school board members are still hoping to convince John Covington to remain as superintendent, even while he's reiterated his intent to leave. And parents and observers are still reeling from his surprise resignation Wednesday.

    While school board members deliberated on how to proceed, parent leader Jamekia Kendrix said that now, more than ever, the community needs to be involved in the education of the district's students.

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    KCUR Newscast
    9:54 am
    Thu August 25, 2011

    KCUR Morning News 8-25-11

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Cerner has released its plans for two office buildings in Kansas City Kansas. The Kansas City Star reports the office park will be built over the next four years in the Village West area.

    Kansas City Missouri school Superintendent John Covington submitted his resignation yesterday, after a two-year tenure in which he closed almost half the district's schools.

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    KCUR Newscast
    6:08 pm
    Wed August 24, 2011

    KCUR Evening News 8-24-11

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. –

  • Sales tax for KC zoo qualifies for Clay County ballot.
  • Friends of Plaza accepts language re: office building site.
  • Missouri court considering teachers stand on "Facebook law."
  • Neighborhood evacuated for evaluation of old military device.
  • KC police investigate serial early morning arsons.
  • Racy photo sends golf team to the clubhouse.

     

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    Film
    1:36 pm
    Wed August 24, 2011

    Walker's Three to See: <i>The Whistleblower</i>

    KCUR Arts Reporter Steve Walker shares his top movie picks of the week.

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    KCUR News
    12:39 pm
    Wed August 24, 2011

    KCMO School Superintendent Submits Resignation

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Kansas City Missouri school Superintendent John Covington submitted his resignation Wednesday, after a two-year tenure in which he closed about half the district's schools. Board member Arthur Benson also resigned.

    School board president Airick Leonard West announced Covington's resignation at the beginning of Wednesday night's board meeting. Benson says Covington gave his reasons for resigning in a closed session with the board. The board has not yet accepted the resignation.

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    Visual Arts
    12:32 pm
    Wed August 24, 2011

    Visitors Vote on Scumak to Add to NAMA's Collection

    Museum visitors Joan Newell, Jennifer Baxter, and Rachel Newell after voting for their favorite Scumaks.
    photo: Laura Spencer/KCUR

    Acquiring new art for a museum's permanent collection can be a complex, and sometimes political process. When the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art found out they'd be able to keep three of New York-based artist Roxy Paine's Scumak sculptures, they decided to open up the decision to the public.

    Kansas City, Mo. – Acquiring new art for a museum's permanent collection can be a complex, and sometimes political process.

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    KCUR Newscast
    10:07 am
    Wed August 24, 2011

    KCUR Morning News 8-24-11

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Education groups in Missouri say they are confident they can strike a deal with lawmakers to settle confusion over a new state law governing how students and teachers interact using social media such as Facebook.

    The federal government should pay 100 percent of the cost of flood damage in Missouri. That's according to some members of the Missouri Senate.

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    Film
    8:00 am
    Wed August 24, 2011

    Walker's Three to See:<i>The Devil's Double</i>

    KCUR Arts Reporter Steve Walker shares his top movie picks of the week.

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    KCUR Newscast
    6:14 pm
    Tue August 23, 2011

    KCUR Evening News 8-23-11

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. –

  • Only pockets of power outages remain after 3 storms.
  • Power failures, afternoon heat still close area schools.
  • KC municipal judge investigated over residency requirement.
  • Teachers groups ask special session to fix "Facebook law."
  • Listen for more stories.

     

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    KCUR News
    5:55 pm
    Tue August 23, 2011

    Fewer Missourians Lighting Up

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. – A recent survey finds fewer adults in Missouri are lighting up. KCUR's Elana Gordon has the details.

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    KCUR News
    4:33 pm
    Tue August 23, 2011

    Power Losses Flicker Away

    KANSAS CITY, MO. – In the Kansas City region, nearly everyone losing power from three vicious windstorms the past five days is back with fans, air conditioning and working refrigerators. KCP&L doubled its workforce with outside help to restore most of 238 thousand homes and businesses.

    The last remaining pocket of about 50 addresses is where work is concentrated now, along and north of Independence avenue in the Pendleton Heights neighborhood.

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    KCUR Newscast
    10:16 am
    Tue August 23, 2011

    KCUR Morning News 8-23-11

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Congresswoman Lynn Jenkins, a Republican from the 2nd District, hopes Congress will be able to reach compromise on some important issues when lawmakers return to Washington in September.

    Missouri lawmakers will return to Jefferson City the day after Labor Day (Sept. 6th) to begin their special session.

    A proposed settlement has been reached in a lawsuit by Missouri residents against LegalZoom, an online vendor of legal forms and documents.

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    KCUR Newscast
    6:08 pm
    Mon August 22, 2011

    KCUR Evening News 8-22-11

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. –

  • KCP&L crews still working to restore power to thousands.
  • Nixon sets Sept. 6 date for special legislative session.
  • Helpful bosses victimized by Johnaon County scam.
  • University of MO Columbia enrollment sets several records.
  • Scholarship founded to honor pilot in air show crash.
  • Two firefighters injured battling south KC house fire.

     

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    KCUR News
    4:40 pm
    Mon August 22, 2011

    MU Bulges Despite Tuition Hikes

    Student recreation complex on MU-Columbia campus, will serve record numbers.
    photo by schooldesign.com

    Columbia, MO – As fall classes open today at University of Missouri's Columbia campus, enrollment has set a series of records.

    Overall enrollment is 33,318 students, a number that is 4.1 percent higher than last fall. There have never been as many Hispanic or black students and the freshman class is also at a record high.

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    KCUR News
    1:41 pm
    Mon August 22, 2011

    What IS that? Tiny Wind Turbine off of I-435

    Windjet 5, a silent but eye-catching model of energy efficiency, rotates next to I-435 in Overland Park. Photo by Susan B. Wilson/KCUR.

    KANSAS CITY, KS – Driving through Overland Park on the southern end of the I- 435 loop, KCUR's Susan B. Wilson noticed a large rotating object protruding into the sky. Curious, she took the highway exit and brings you this story about the Windjet 5, a small wind turbine that is showing Johnson County what the future of sustainable building design might look like. And sounds like.

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    KCUR News
    1:30 pm
    Mon August 22, 2011

    The Johnson County Sun Sets for Good

    KANSAS CITY, MO – For over 60 years, the Johnson County Sun covered suburban news. But on Tuesday, August 16, its parent company, NPG Co., told the staff of 20 that the paper would be coming to an end.

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    KCUR News
    12:00 pm
    Mon August 22, 2011

    New Curfew Prompts Debate about Parenting, Violence

    The shooting took place at 47th and Wyandotte, KCMO. Photo courtesy of flickr user Old Shoe Woman.

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    KCUR News
    10:14 am
    Mon August 22, 2011

    Mourners Remember Local Troops Killed in Afghanistan Chinook Crash

    Liesen Wonderlich (center) with her mother, sister and twin babies. Photo by Sylvia Maria Gross / KCUR.

    OLATHE, Ks. – A national tragedy was brought very close home this week when the remains of several of the soldiers killed when a Chinook helicopter was shot down in Afghanistan returned to the area.

    30 Americans and eight Afghanis were on board and they all died. It was the single largest loss of US troops since the war began in Afghanistan almost ten years ago. And five of the 38 people who died in that helicopter crash had a connection to this region.

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    KCUR Newscast
    9:49 am
    Mon August 22, 2011

    KCUR Morning News 8-22-11

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. – A new report from the Missouri state auditor says Gov. Jay Nixon did not follow the Missouri Constitution when he withheld $170 million from the current budget to help fund disaster relief.

    The Kansas City Ballet today kicks off a two-week celebration of its new home in the Crossroads, the $32 million dollar Todd Bolender Center for Dance & Creativity.

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    KCUR Newscast
    5:33 pm
    Sat August 20, 2011

    Top Stories of the Week

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. –

  • Plaza gunshots trigger tougher KC youth curfew.
  • Highwoods backs down on Plaza high-rise plan.
  • Council committee sidetracks Chastain rail election.
  • KC e-tax election requirement suit dismissed.
  • No federal funding for de-funded Kansas arts.
  • Property taxes increased in 3 Jo Co suburbs.
  • Hard times close the Johnson County Sun.
  • Bubba Starling takes $7.5 million Royals deal.

     

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    KCUR Newscast
    6:11 pm
    Fri August 19, 2011

    KCUR Evening News 8-20-11

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. –

  • City lists detention centers for violators of new curfew.
  • Community centers try to move kids from flash mobbing.
  • Thousands still without power after Thursday storm.
  • Missouri State Fair reopens after power failure closing.
  • Council-favored rail plan gets $652,000 for study.
  • Teachers sue over Missouri social media law.
  • Chiefs #1 draft pick injured in locker room fight?

     

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    Theater/Performance
    1:59 pm
    Fri August 19, 2011

    Kansas City Ballet Celebrates New Home

    Todd Bolender Center for Dance & Creativity
    image: courtesy of BNIM

    On Monday, the Kansas City Ballet kicks off a two-week celebration of its new home in the Crossroads, the $32 million Todd Bolender Center for Dance & Creativity.

    Kansas City, Mo. – On Monday, the Kansas City Ballet kicks off a two-week celebration of its home in the Crossroads, the $32 million Todd Bolender Center for Dance & Creativity.

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