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KCUR Newscast
6:06 pm
Tue March 22, 2011

KCUR Evening News 3-22-11

KANSAS CITY, Mo. –

  • Turnout light in important KC MO city election.
  • Republicans call for Investigation of McCaskill.
  • House committee approves Kansas budget plan.
  • Kansas "Healthcare Freedom" plan revived.

     

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    KCUR News
    11:28 am
    Tue March 22, 2011

    "Original Rules" at Nelson-Atkins Museum a Draw for Basketball Fans

    Kansas City, Mo. – The championship game of the N-A-I-A tournament Tuesday will close out the tournament basketball schedule this year for downtown Kansas City. As KCUR's Greg Echlin reports, not only did tournament interest stir up business downtown, but a basketball-related exhibit has captured attention at the Nelson-Atkins Museum.

    "James Naismith's Original Rules of Basketball"
    March 5 - May 29, 2011
    Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art

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    KCUR Newscast
    11:05 pm
    Mon March 21, 2011

    Election Final

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The election board reports that all of the votes are counted in today's Kansas City election, and the city's new mayor will be attorney Sly James. James has defeated Mike Burke.

    In council-member-at-large races the winners are.
    First District at large - Scott Wagner
    Second District Large - Ed Ford
    Third District at Large - Melba Curls
    Fourth District at Large - Jim Glover
    Fifth at Large - Cindy Circo
    Sixth District at Large - Scott Taylor

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    KCUR Newscast
    6:04 pm
    Mon March 21, 2011

    KCUR Evening News 3-21-11

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. –

  • Murder trial opens with 9-1-1-tape of distraught father.
  • Budget bill bogs down in Kansas House committee.
  • Lack of committee quorum sidetracks abortion bills.
  • MoDOT head predicts inability to all get federal funds.

     

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    KCUR News
    4:05 pm
    Mon March 21, 2011

    Outsource Pitch for KC Convention Spots

    Bartle Hall convention center.
    photo courtesy of MoDOT

    KANSAS CITY, MO. – The men and women who do maintenance work at Kansas City's convention buildings are city employees and always have been. That may change, as budget cutters wrestle with ways to save money.

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    Books
    2:42 pm
    Mon March 21, 2011

    A Child's View of the Holocaust

    A granddaughter makes a children's book out of her grandmother's stories.

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The illustrations in the children's book Through Eva's Eyes are from the perspective of a child. Trees tower overhead, shiny black boots are at eye level, and train cars dwarf people. But the subject matter isn't your typical children's fare.

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    KCUR News
    2:15 pm
    Mon March 21, 2011

    Final Kansas City, Missouri Mayor's Debate

    Mike Burke and Sly James at Up to Date's primary debate, February 2011.
    Photo: Michael Crane/KCUR

    Kansas City, Mo. –

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    KCUR News
    11:28 am
    Mon March 21, 2011

    KC Weeklies Weigh In on Mayor's Race

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Sly James and Mike Burke appear to be neck and neck going in to Tuesday's election. For some added perspective, KCUR's Susan B. Wilson sat down with three reporters who have distinct takes on local politics - KC Hispanic News editor and publisher Joe Arce, the Call reporter Eric Wesson and David Martin, of the Pitch.

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    KCUR News
    11:22 am
    Mon March 21, 2011

    Growing Up Phelps

    KCUR News
    10:50 am
    Mon March 21, 2011

    Missouri House Passes Late Abortion Ban

    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The Missouri House passed legislation on Thursday to ban so-called "late term" abortions in the Show-Me State.

    The bill would ban abortions after 20 weeks unless two doctors verify that a fetus is either not viable or is a medical threat to the mother.

    The sponsor, House Majority Floor Leader Tim Jones (R, Eureka), called abortions after 20 weeks a "barbaric practice that puts mothers at risk."

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    KCUR Newscast
    6:11 pm
    Sat March 19, 2011

    Top Stories of the Week

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. –

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    KCUR Newscast
    6:08 pm
    Fri March 18, 2011

    KCUR Evening News 3-18-11

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. –

  • Missouri Legislature starts spring break with no major jobs bill.
  • Kansas House approves revised plan to cut income taxes.
  • St. Pat's Day arrest leads to federal gun charge.

     

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    KCUR News
    10:14 am
    Fri March 18, 2011

    City Council Candidates' Final Push Before Election

    Kansas City, Mo., City Hall.

    Kansas City, Mo. – Pundits are saying the election of Kansas City's mayoral race could be the most important in a generation. But we have what's called a "weak" mayor system here, so almost as important are the 12 city council members. KCUR's Sylvia Maria Gross takes a look at the six at-large races, in which all Kansas Citians vote.

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    Film
    9:56 am
    Fri March 18, 2011

    Walker's Three To See: The Last Lions

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

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    KCUR News
    8:43 pm
    Thu March 17, 2011

    KC Mayoral Candidates Weigh in on City's Health

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The next mayor of Kansas City will be facing a number of tricky public health issues. KCUR's Elana Gordon recently sought out Mike Burke and Sly James to find out what each would do to improve the health of the city and its residents.

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    Kansas City is a place where about one sixth of the population is uninsured, where at least a quarter of all deaths are premature, where one in three residents is obese. But what exactly can a mayor do about any of this?

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    KCUR Newscast
    6:52 pm
    Thu March 17, 2011

    KCUR Evening News3-17-11

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. –

  • Kansas House votes down tax change proposals.
  • Committee trims, advances voter photo-ID bill.
  • Smut shop restrictions stalled in committee.
  • Missouri House passes late-term abortion bill.
  • Jobless benefits languish in Missouri Senate.
  • Kansas City declares "Mike Murphy Day."

     

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    KCUR News
    5:06 pm
    Thu March 17, 2011

    For Mayor: Labor Pro and Con

    Jobs creation is only part of labor interest in mayoral race. Cranes over downtown KC.
    photo by Dan Verbeck

    KANSAS CITY, MO. – Kansas City organized labor has always heavily engaged in the battle for the Mayor's office. The ardor is strong with the election next week. This time there is a division of forces; labor is split between candidates. KCUR's Dan Verbeck was once actively involved in labor as a volunteer shop steward for a broadcaster's union. He no longer has that association. Here is his report on the making of the Mayor via labor.

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    KCUR Newscast
    9:17 am
    Thu March 17, 2011

    KCUR Morning News

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. – A Kansas City man has pleaded no contest to 21 federal charges accusing him of lacing ice cream and soda with sleeping pills, giving the drugs to girls and making pornographic videos of the young victims.

    Missouri Senator Claire McCaskill says she is embarrassed by the recent revelation that she was reimbursed for using a private airplane to attend a political event in 2007.

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    KCUR Newscast
    6:29 pm
    Wed March 16, 2011

    KCUR Evening News3-16-11

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. –

  • Kansas Senate overrules governor, keeps arts commission.
  • Brownback reverses plan to eliminate human rights commission.
  • Committee kills plan to end tuition breaks for undocumented students.
  • Filibuster still blocks Missouri unemployment benefits extension.
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    Opera/Performance
    1:43 pm
    Wed March 16, 2011

    Lyric Opera's General Director Evan Luskin to Retire

    After a quarter century with the Lyric Opera of Kansas City, Evan Luskin, the Lyric's general director, and previously, managing director, plans to retire in 2012.

    Kansas City, Mo. – After a quarter century with the Lyric Opera of Kansas City, Evan Luskin, the Lyric's general director, and previously, managing director, plans to retire in 2012.

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    KCUR Newscast
    9:52 am
    Wed March 16, 2011

    KCUR Morning news 3-16-11

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The Olathe- based medical relief agency that brought aid to Hurricane Katrina victims and to Haiti is sending an advance team to Japan tomorrow.

    The House Budget Committee has quickly wrapped up work on Missouri's state budget for next year.

    The Kansas Senate this afternoon takes up a resolution that could determine the fate of the state arts agency.

    The Kansas House has given first approval to a bill that would cut 35 million dollars out of the current budget.

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    Government
    8:08 am
    Wed March 16, 2011

    Senate Votes on Kansas Arts Commission

    The Kansas Senate on Wednesday afternoon takes up a resolution that could determine the fate of the state arts agency. KCUR's Laura Spencer reports.

    Kansas City, Mo – The Kansas Senate on Wednesday afternoon takes up a resolution that could determine the fate of the Kansas Arts Commission. KCUR's Laura Spencer reports.

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    KCUR Newscast
    6:05 pm
    Tue March 15, 2011

    KCUR Evening News3-15-11

    Kansas City, MO –

  • Kansas House approves more current year spending cuts.
  • Missouri House committee endorses status quo on K-12.
  • Kinzer says committee setback didn't kill immigration bill.
  • Heart to Heart mounts Japan relief effort.

     

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    KCUR News
    5:42 pm
    Tue March 15, 2011

    Olathe World Rescuers to Japan

    Olathe, KS – A metro-based disaster relief group is sending a team to Japan this Thursday to lay groundwork for medical aid. KCUR's Dan Verbeck tells us the operation is far different than what went to Haiti.

    Sophistication and advanced state of Japanese society precludes sending what Heart To Heart International sends to third world nations.

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    KCUR Newscast
    9:21 am
    Tue March 15, 2011

    KCUR Morning News 3-15-11

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Officials at the Wolf Creek nuclear power plant in Burlington, KS are closely watching developments in Japan to see if there are any lessons to be learned from the nuclear disasters occurring there.

    A Kansas House committee has voted against a measure that would clamp down on illegal immigration in the state.

    Metals like aluminum and copper can be attractive items for thieves. A Kansas Senate committee is considering new regulations aimed at combating metal thefts.

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    KCUR Newscast
    9:09 pm
    Mon March 14, 2011

    KCUR Evening News 3-14-11

    Kansas City, Mo. – Sly James Raises More Than Mike Burke in Kansas City's Mayoral Race Both Candidates Make the Other Sick, Literally.

    Kansas House Puts off Voting on Yet Another Round of Spending Cuts

    Missouri Senate Takes Up Right to Work Bill

    Missouri State Representatives Propose Legislation to Stop the Spread of Sharia Law in the Show Me State

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    KCUR News
    3:17 pm
    Mon March 14, 2011

    Generation Rap's 'Granddad' Steps Down

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Jim Nunnelly is stepping down as the coordinator of the Generation Rap radio show, which airs every Saturday morning on Hot 103 Jamz--that's the urban contemporary station KPRS.

    The show started in 1987, and soon after, Nunnelly took on the role of "Granddad." And for the last 12 years, he's supervised while a changing cast of high school students have taken on more and more responsibility for the show.

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    KCUR News
    3:09 pm
    Mon March 14, 2011

    St. Patrick's Day Brings Out Irish Heritage

    Eddie Delahunt raises his glass as he prepares to sing Irish folk music.
    Photo by Angie Jennings.

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    KCUR News
    2:13 pm
    Mon March 14, 2011

    Big Donor Draw Drips Dollars in KC Mayor Quest

    KANSAS CITY, MO. – Barely a week before Kansas City's municipal election the two candidates for mayor are showing the money." Sly James has the bigger campaign coffer.

    One thing that's the same between candidates accounting files: law firms. Both Mike Burke and James' input reports show more lawyers and law firms donating than we have space to mention here.

    Overall, James has taken in a little more than $800 thousand to Burke's 440 thousand. Burke is in debt on his campaign by some $120 thousand whereas Sly James doesn't owe anything.

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    KCUR Newscast
    9:28 am
    Mon March 14, 2011

    KCUR Morning News 3-14-11

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Underfunded public pensions are a national problem, but it is being felt more immediately in Kansas because of Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback's proposal to shift money away from public school classrooms and into teachers' retirement benefits.

    Civil rights groups are opposing a plan to change the Kansas Human Rights Commission.

    Missouri highway crews are on the lookout for potholes on state roads amid the rising and falling temperatures of late winter.

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