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KCUR News
9:17 am
Tue September 6, 2011

Gunman Said, "Drive." But Not Where.

KANSAS CITY, MO. – A woman, with a gun-waving man perched on the hood of her car, took a different method to help police capture him. She drove into Kansas City police headquarters.

The woman was driving on 71 highway around noon when a man dancing in traffic forced her to stop near 29th street. As police tell it, the man climbed over the bumper and grill, pointed a gun at the windshield and shouted for her to drive.

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Three Books...
8:51 am
Tue September 6, 2011

What's In Store: 3 Tales Of A Terrifying Future

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Originally published on Mon January 2, 2012 8:53 pm

When I was a kid, I assumed that in the future things would get better and better until we were all driving flying cars and playing badminton with space aliens on top of 500-story buildings. Frankly, I kind of counted on this happening. But now I don't assume that we'll just keep going up anymore.

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KCUR Newscast
6:03 pm
Mon September 5, 2011

KCUR Evening News 9-5-11

KANSAS CITY, Mo. –

  • Johnson County megachurch loses building to foreclosure.
  • Search dogs fail to find missing Kansas City man.
  • Customer robbed at bank's midtown depository.
  • MO Legislature convenes Tuesday.
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    KCUR Newscast
    9:43 am
    Mon September 5, 2011

    KCUR Morning News 9-5-11

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Kansas City's weekend community center programs for young people will continue through the end of the month, designed to counter mobs on the Country Club Plaza. They were prompted by a shooting-induced riot of some 500 last month.

    Congress returns to Washington this week. One of the unfinished issues they could start working on is reauthorizing No Child Left Behind.

    Missouri lawmakers return to the State Capitol this week for a special legislative session.

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    Books
    3:11 pm
    Sun September 4, 2011

    Keeping Yourself In A Relationship

    A new book explores how individuals can hold on to their identities while being part of a couple.

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    KCUR Newscast
    6:57 pm
    Sat September 3, 2011

    Top Stories of the Week

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. –

  • KC school board names Green interim superintendent.
  • Report faults Diocese in handling of abuse complaints.
  • Polsinelli Shughart announces new site: West Edge.
  • Anti-nukes group drops ballot measure lawsuit.
  • 500 new jobs coming at Burns and McDonnell.
  • Kansas arts supporters pitch for funding again.
  • McCaskill : "Billions in wasted in Afghanistan, Iraq."
  • Texas A&M announces exit from Big 12 Conference.

     

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    KCUR Newscast
    6:09 pm
    Fri September 2, 2011

    KCUR Evening News 9-2-11

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. –

  • Environmental groups disappointed at Bannister schedule.
  • Zoo tax group takes Northland counties to court.
  • Southwest High locked down after fights; 4 arrested.
  • Several Shawnee schools affected by search for car thief.
  • Area health departments issue crypto-prevention advice.
  • Cowtown Ballroom/Vanguard founder Atan Plesser dies.

     

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    Zoo Tax
    4:36 pm
    Fri September 2, 2011

    Zoo Tax Quest to Suburban Courts

    KANSAS CITY, MO. – Judges in Platte and Cass Counties this afternoon have been asked to order a Kansas City Zoo tax issue put on the November ballot.

    Commissioners in the two suburban counties opted not to vote to honor initiative petitions to set a Fall vote on the one-eighth-cent sales tax.

    Platte County's Presiding Commissioner Jason Brown was quoted earlier, saying another tax would be a burden on residents.

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    KCUR News
    3:10 pm
    Fri September 2, 2011

    Preventing Pool-Associated Stomach Bug

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Area health departments are reminding people about ways to avoid cryptosporidium, a contagious intestinal parasite, this Labor Day weekend. Crypto is spread by contact with the stool of an infected person and can live for days in treated pool water.

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    KCUR Newscast
    10:31 am
    Fri September 2, 2011

    KCUR Morning news 9-2-11

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. – A Kansas City law firm says the Roman Catholic Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph failed to follow its own policies and procedures in responding to sexual abuse claims against priests.

    The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services has severed its contract with an Indiana-based company hired to screen Medicaid recipients for home-based care.

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    Music
    9:09 am
    Fri September 2, 2011

    Cowtown Ballroom Co-Founder Stan Plesser Dies at 79

    Vanguard Coffee House flyer

    The early 1970s Kansas City music venue Cowtown Ballroom will be inducted into the Missouri Music Hall of Fame Saturday night in St. Joseph. But one of its founders won't be there. Stan Plesser died on Thursday.

    Kansas City, Mo. – Stan Plesser was raised in New York, and moved to Kansas City to attend high school.

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    KCUR News
    1:41 am
    Fri September 2, 2011

    Council Eases Liquor License Law

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Nobody contends that Kansas City doesn't have enough liquor stores. But as negotiations with Trader Joe's proved, grocers don't want to invest in a location where they can't sell liquor.

    And councilman Michael Brooks says it isn't just a lack of grocery stores:"Not only is there a food desert, but ther's a convenience store desert in both the third and fifth districts. I can go from my house to downtown and not have anyplace I can stop and get coffee."

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    KCUR Newscast
    6:12 pm
    Thu September 1, 2011

    KCUR Evening News 9-1-11

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. –

  • Graves report says diocese didn't follow own policies.
  • New suit filed against diocese on day of report release.
  • Liquor ordinance change aims to draw grocers to midtown.
  • Complaints end contract for Missouri Medicaid screener.
  • Police announce location of new East Partrol HQ.
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    KCUR News
    3:54 pm
    Thu September 1, 2011

    Lifting the Veil on Insurance Rates in Missouri

    HHS Region 7 Director Judy Baker holds new insurance rate forms that companies in Missouri will now have to submit.
    Photo by Elana Gordon/KCUR

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Health insurance companies in Missouri are about to come under a lot more scrutiny for unexplained rate increases. Missouri is one of only two states in the country where rates aren't examined or reported. KCUR's Elana Gordon has the details on a new federal rule aimed at changing that.

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    Pat Tomek worries about the rising costs of health insurance. The self-employed 58-year-old says he doesn't have a lot of money to spare.

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    Film
    1:37 pm
    Thu September 1, 2011

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

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

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    Visual Arts
    9:55 am
    Thu September 1, 2011

    An Architectural Response to Demolition of West Edge

    The unfinished West Edge project.
    courtesy of Safdie Architects

    There are two Moshe Safdie-designed projects in Kansas City: the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, slated to open September 16th; and West Edge, an office and hotel complex near the Country Club Plaza that's been plagued with problems. A construction dispute, bankruptcy, and changes in ownership stalled the project for nearly three years.

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    KCUR Newscast
    9:22 am
    Thu September 1, 2011

    KCUR Morning News 9-1-11

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Kansas City, Missouri has a new interim school superintendent to replace Dr. John Covington who resigned one week ago to take a more lucrative job in Michigan.

    After a four hour surveillance and search of a Northland motel, police arrested one of two men suspected in what was believed a home invasion and kidnapping.

    Missouri Governor Jay Nixon is urging Missouri lawmakers to pass numerous tax credit proposals during the upcoming special session.

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    KCUR News
    2:40 am
    Thu September 1, 2011

    KC School Board Picks Interim Superintendent

    Dr. Steve Green accepts the position of interim superintendent of Kansas City, Missouri schools.
    Photo and audio clip courtesy of KMBC, TV-9.

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Kansas City, Missouri has a new interim school superintendent to replace Dr. John Covington who resigned one week ago to take a more lucrative job in Michigan.

    The board was under pressure to act quickly - with the state commissioner of education in town and a review of its accreditation status looming. But there is little doubt that the interim superintendent is qualified.

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    KCUR Newscast
    6:11 pm
    Wed August 31, 2011

    KCUR Evening News 8-31-11

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. –

  • Kidnapping victim found, police search motel.
  • 500 new local jobs coming at Burns and McDonnell.
  • Texas A&M confirms rumors, will leave the Big-12.
  • Kauffman's Stephen Green named interim superintendent.
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    KCUR News
    3:16 pm
    Wed August 31, 2011

    No Denying, New Jobs Pay Well

    Burns-McDonnell employees learn of a thousand new-hire colleagues at company HQ in Kansas City.(Click to enlarge.)
    photo by dan verbeck

    KANSAS CITY, MO. – Kansas City Mayor Sly James has called for more higher paying jobs for the city. Today he got the pledge of them. Burns & McDonnell engineers and architects will add a thousand jobs, 500 of them locally, between now and 2013.

    The new jobs will be added to current work force of three thousand at the employee owned firm.

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    Government
    1:43 pm
    Wed August 31, 2011

    Arts Advocates Renew Call to Restore Arts Funding

    Arts advocates are renewing their call for the governor and Legislature to restore state funding to the Kansas Arts Commission.

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    Health
    11:27 pm
    Tue August 30, 2011

    Kansas Signs Deal to Develop New Medicaid Eligibility System

    TOPEKA, Ks. – The state of Kansas is working on a new way to determine who is eligible for Medicaid and other assistance programs.

    A company will develop a new eligibility system for medical, food and cash assistance programs. Applications will be submitted electronically, and the system will double-check the information.

    Andy Allison, with the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, says the new process will be faster and more efficient.

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    KCUR News
    10:49 pm
    Tue August 30, 2011

    Fighting the Rise of Teen Heroin Use in St. Louis

    ST. LOUIS, Mo. – In the 1980s it killed John Belushi. In the 1990s it killed actor River Phoenix. And now, a very potent form of it is killing young people...It's heroin.

    Last week, a man got sentenced to life in prison for selling it, almost half pure, to teens in Kansas City suburbs. Johnson County officials have also reported a rise in teen heroin use in recent years.

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    KCUR Newscast
    6:09 pm
    Tue August 30, 2011

    KCUR Evening News 8-30-11

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. –

  • Judge orders Kansas to pay Planned Parenthood.
  • School board meets again on replacing Covington.
  • Covington could earn 50% more in Michigan job.
  • Kansas hires firm to create automated elegibility system.
  • Missouri groups complain about eligibility screening company.
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    Music
    11:36 am
    Tue August 30, 2011

    Jazz Pianist and Singer Pearl Thuston Brown Dies at 84

    Pearl Thuston Brown, circa 1960.

    An Elder Stateswoman of Kansas City Jazz, singer and pianist Pearl Thuston Brown, died on Monday, August 29 at the age of 84. Thuston Brown was a professional musician for 60 years - including 30 of those years on the road.

    Kansas City, Mo. – Thuston Brown was born in Kansas City, Mo., and raised in Kansas City, Kan. Her father (and siblings) played piano, so she got an early start at the age of six.

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    KCUR Newscast
    9:31 am
    Tue August 30, 2011

    KCUR Morning News 8-30-11

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. – A former Kansas City priest faces a seventh lawsuit accusing him of sexual abuse.

    Topeka police arrested a suspect in the shooting death of a man. The shooting was reported late last night.

    Missouri Governor Jay Nixon says the state will continue to have the resources to assist in the tornado clean-up in Joplin, despite the federal government freezing some funds as it deals with the immediate need following Hurricane Irene.

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    KCUR Newscast
    6:08 pm
    Mon August 29, 2011

    KCUR Evening News 8-29-11

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. –

  • Man survives wall collapse at Ft. Leavenworth.
  • Hearing on anti-nukes measure postponed.
  • KC school board meets with Covington.
  • McCaskill says no threat to Joplin funds.
  • Koster goes after Richmond dog breeder.
  • Death sentence for man who killed four.

     

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    KCUR News
    5:42 pm
    Mon August 29, 2011

    Falling Prison Wall Buries Workman

    Army medic PVT Jeremy Warren of Liberty, MO. helped free man buried by falling brick and concrete. (site in left background at Ft. Leavenworth) Click to enlarge.
    photos by Dan Verbeck.

    Fort Leavenworth, KS. – The tallest reaches of an old prison wall at Fort Leavenworth collapsed today, sending tons of brick, mortar and fresh concrete onto a workman three stories below. The man survived. .

    Post Engineer Bill Waugh says the worker was doing concrete finishing when the mass ripped off the side of the former cell block at the former U. S. Army Disciplinary Barracks. The man, who worked for a private contractor, was nearly buried.

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    KCUR News
    5:15 pm
    Mon August 29, 2011

    New Vision for KC Development

    Abortion
    3:28 pm
    Mon August 29, 2011

    Late Abortion and Other Missouri Laws Take Effect

    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Most of the new laws passed by the Missouri General Assembly this year officially took effect over the weekend. St. Louis Public Radio's Marshall Griffin reports they include the controversial ban on late abortions that Governor Jay Nixon allowed to become law without his signature.

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    The new law bans abortions on fetuses after 20 weeks unless the woman's life is in danger or the pregnancy poses a severe risk of bodily impairment.

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