Kansas City,MO – A $13.4 million renovation of the Music Hall launched last month. And when the work is finished next year, officials say it's likely the venue will be marketed and booked by a national firm in partnership with the nonprofit Starlight Theatre Association. The issue is expected to come before the Kansas City Council today (August 9)for a vote, as KCUR's Laura Spencer reports.
Kansas City, MO – The race for Jackson County Executive lasted late into the night with County Prosecutor Mike Sanders accepting the Democratic nomination. His opponent, State Senator Charles Wheeler, says he will wait for final election results before conceding defeat. KCUR's Maria Carter reports.
Kansas City, MO – Voters will see ballot initiatives on stem cell research and minimum wage this November, but two other initiatives didn't have enough petition signatures to make the ballot. KCUR's Kelley Weiss reports.
Kansas City, MO – Today, Missouri voters got their first chance to use the state's new voting machines, installed as part of the Help America Vote Act of 2002. People had the choice of using either a scan voting device, which uses paper ballots, or an electronic touch screen voting system. The new machines replaced punch card ballots, which had been in use since 1976.
KCUR's Anthony Tao talked with voters as they exited two polling places in Kansas City.
Kansas City, MO – President Harry Truman desegregated the armed forces in the summer of 1948. Historians agree that this was a significant advance for civil rights, but debate how important it actually was. A recent discussion of Truman's executive order took place at the Gem Theater in Kansas City. KCUR's Bill Anderson was there and filed this report.
Kansas City, MO – This week, cities across the region are looking at ways to protect people from pit bulls; Kansas City, Missouri Animal Control Acting Director Leslie Forsberg talks about the issue, as well as park-goers in Overland Park. Hear profiles of the two top Democratic candidates for Jackson County Executive: State Senator Charles Wheeler and Prosecutor Mike Sanders. A look back at President Harry Truman's role in the civil rights movement. And two perspectives on the African influence in Latin America.
Jackson County Prosecutor Mike Sanders speaks with a supporter at a fundraising event at his campaign headquarters. Sanders is running against State Senator Charles Wheeler in the Democratic primary for the post of Jackson County Executive.
Kansas City, MO – Moderates gain in Kansas Board of Ed races. Conservative senator Barnett will face Sebeliuis. Praeger, Thornburg repel conservative challenges. Chuck Ahner to run against Dennis Moore. Second suit alleges MO photo-ID law unconstitutional. Council argues, passes Bartle art project. Inductees announced for College Hoops Hall.
Kansas City, MO – Incumbent Matt Bartle may have set a freshman senator record for sponsoring bills including proposals to ban SCNT stem cell research, make abortion illegal, and bar Planned Parenthood instructors and materials from sex ed classes.
Bartle: If those stands result in my being turned out and somebody else replacing me, I'll be able to look back and confidently say, Hey, I didn't let them bully me into abandoning positions that I know my constituents support.
The Kansas City Actors Theatre or K-CAT continues productions of Lanford Wilson's Talley plays with the recent addition of the final play in the trilogy: Talley and Son.
By Laura Spencer
Kansas City, MO – The plays about the Talley family of Lebanon, Missouri are performed in rotating repertory, and each is set on or around Independence Day: Talley's Folly, and Talley and Son in 1944, and Fifth of July in 1977. KCUR?s Laura Spencer recently talked to Talley and Son director Risa Brainin about the production.
July 31, 2006 – This years Kansas State School Board elections are being more closely watched than ever. Usually overlooked during the last days of summer, primary elections - particularly for the school board - don't draw much attention. But that was before evolution and intelligent design, or sex education, or the controversial new commissioner of education put a spotlight on Kansas schools. Now, the conservative majority that some say has made Kansas a punchline for night-time talk shows could be voted out of power.
Kansas City, MO – Missouri State Auditor Claire McCaskill is leaving the post to run for the U.S. Senate. Two Democrats and five Republicans are vying for the seat. Tomorrow (August 4), a look at the crowded Republican primary. Today (August 3), we meet the Democrats. As KCUR's Frank Morris reports, the race is in some ways a contest of opposites.
Kansas City, MO – The Kansas City Council today approved a just over a million dollar one percent for art project outside the Bartle Hall Convention Center. The vote was not unanimous, and came after a special presentation by the artist during the council's business session. KCUR's Laura Spencer reports.
Kansas City, MO – The Kansas City Council is expected to vote today (August 3) on Omaha-based sculptor Jun Kaneko's One Percent for Art project for the Bartle Hall Convention Center. The work called Water Plaza was chosen by an artist selection panel, and approved by the Municipal Art Commission. But the last step in the selection process is approval by the City Council and some councilmembers have doubts. KCUR's Laura Spencer reports.
Kansas City, MO – For the past 14 years, the Lyric Opera of Kansas City has hosted elementary to high school-aged kids for its two-week opera camp. As KCUR's Steve Walker reports, this year's campers are working on an opera with significance to one of the camp's special guests.
Pinocchio will be presented on Friday, August 4, 2006 at 2:30 pm at the Lyric Theatre.
Kansas City, MO – Staff and students at UMKC mourn the shooting death of classmate Nathan Buie, Jr. last weekend (vigil pictured at left). Hear from students, and Minority Student Affairs Director Catherine Kironde and Assistant Director Keishanda Dees-Burnett. And painter Maria Vasquez Boyd talks about Full Deck - La Loteria, opening next weekend at Mattie Rhodes Art Gallery. For the show, local and national artists reinvent a deck of cards for the Loteria, a traditional Mexican bingo game.
Kansas City, MO – City officials met yesterday (Thursday, July 27) to celebrate the beginning of the renovation of the Music Hall. The $13.4 million construction project started earlier this week with demolition work. KCUR's Laura Spencer reports.
Tonight (Thursday) marks the start of the second annual KC Fringe Festival - four days of theatre, dance, film, spoken word, performance art, and more in the Crossroads Arts District and downtown Kansas City. KCUR's Laura Spencer gives us a sampling of this year's offerings. (check here for a complete schedule)
Kansas City – The Baseball Hall of Fame induction ceremonies this Sunday (July 30) in Cooperstown, New York will have a strong Kansas City flavor. Though Buck O'Neil, the Chairman of the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum, isn't among the 17 figures from the Negro Leagues and Pre-Negro Leagues going into the Hall, he'll be there to honor those who will. KCUR's Greg Echlin has more.
Stanley and Janet Banks present Some Funk From Him & Some Funk From Her at the Central Library on Sunday (July 30) as part of this year's KC Fringe Festival, which begins on Thursday (July 27). They spoke to arts reporter Laura Spencer.
Kansas City, MO – A number of stories on KC Currents have addressed health problems that disproportionately effect people of color: heart disease, AIDS, diabetes, depression and others. Tommy Amico looks at these statistics every say, as HIV/AIDS resource coordinator for US Department of Health and Human Services Region VII, which is headquartered here in Kansas City.