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2:26 am
Fri October 17, 2008

Local Debaters Discuss Presidential Debates

Kansas City, MO – During this hour, hear about specific debate techniques employed by the candidates. Find out the ways in which political debates differ from academic debates, and listen to local pros weigh in on whether presidential debates should be considered debates at all.

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KCUR News
11:50 pm
Thu October 16, 2008

Credit Crisis Delays Sewer Expansion

Kansas City, MO – Like local governments around the country, Kansas City relies on municipal bonds to finance major projects, like improvements to its water and sewer system. And with the current credit freeze, the city's waiting for a better market to issue 200 million dollars worth of water bonds. And after that, it needs to borrow 80 million more for urgent sewer upgrades. As KC Currents' Sylvia Maria Gross reports, there are parts of the city which been waiting a long time for basic services.

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KCUR News
11:37 pm
Thu October 16, 2008

Council Approves Defense Plant Plan

Artist's conception of the planned $500 million defense plant. Click on this image for a larger view.
Rendering courtesy Planned Industrial Expansion Authority.

Kansas City, MO – First-stage plans for a new $500 million plant to build non-nuclear parts for America's nuclear weapons cleared the Kansas City city council Thursday afternoon.

The facility, in the Richards-Gebaur area, would replace the Honeywell plant on Bannister road, which the government is abandoning as outmoded. Terry Riley, whose Planning and Zoning committee advanced the measure yesterday said a vote against the plant won't stop the nation from making nuclear weapons, but a vote for it can do a lot for Kansas City.

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Music
11:53 am
Thu October 16, 2008

Gamelan Genta Kasturi at la Esquina

Jeffrey Ruckman and Patrick Alonzo Conway in la Esquina, Urban Culture Project.
photo: Laura Spencer, KCUR

Gamelan is the orchestral tradition of Indonesia and incorporates bronze gongs, metallophones, cymbals, bamboo flutes, fiddles, and drums. The region's first gamelan orchestra, Gamelan Genta Kasturi got its start five years ago and it's based in Kansas City. The group performs traditional and contemporary Balinese music and dance this weekend.

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KCUR Newscast
9:49 am
Thu October 16, 2008

KCUR Morning Newscast 10-16-08

Kansas City, MO – A group opposing Kansas City's light rail initiative sued the city council yesterday, calling for the question to be removed from the ballot.

For the second week in a row, opponents outnumbered supporters yesterday at city council hearings on building a new $500 million defense plant to replace one on Bannister Road that is to be closed.

The Board of Utilities in Kansas City, Kansas, has begun its own investigation of felony charges against its chief administrative officer and a consultant.

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Theater/Performance
9:16 am
Thu October 16, 2008

Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts Expected to Open in 2011

There's been a lot of progress at the site of the $405 million Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts since the 2006 groundbreaking. It's scheduled to open in fall 2011.

Kansas City, MO – Isaac Franco, project principal for Moshe Safdie and Associates, says the Center for the Performing Arts is expected to open in 2011. Franco says it's a complicated project. With a 1600 seat symphony hall, and an 1800 seat proscenium theatre, they want to open when the structures and the acoustics are ready.

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KCUR Newscast
5:31 am
Thu October 16, 2008

KCUR Evening Newscast 10-16-08

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KCUR News
12:06 am
Thu October 16, 2008

Area Health Leaders Step Up Efforts For Health Reform

Kansas City, MO – Leaders from regional hospitals, insurance companies, and other health care organizations are stepping up their efforts to improve the nation's health care system. KCUR's Elana Gordon reports.

Bill Bruning of the Mid-America Coalition on Health Care says area stakeholders share a general goal when it comes to health reform.

Bruning: There's no question - there must be basic health care coverage - and I don't think America at large disagrees with that as well.

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KCUR Arts
11:08 am
Wed October 15, 2008

British Designer Turns Gallery in Bloch Building into Laboratory

Michael Cross and Julie Matthias, Flood, Milan, 2005.

Take an everyday object, like a table or a bookshelf, get rid of what you know and start again. In a new installation at the Bloch Building, British designer Michael Cross uses this approach, where even the floor defies convention.

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KCUR Newscast
10:12 am
Wed October 15, 2008

KCUR Morning Newscast 10-15-08

Kansas City, MO – Kansas Republican Senator Pat Roberts' criticism of Democratic challenger Jim Slattery as a millionaire Washington lobbyist brought a new counterattack from Slattery Tuesday.

Democratic Congresswoman Nancy Boyda and Republican challenger Lynn Jenkins continued to spar over spending and tax issues during their debate last night.

A Boeing strike that is affecting about 750 Machinists union workers in Wichita appears likely to continue well into November and possibly longer.

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KCUR News
9:43 am
Wed October 15, 2008

Defense Plant Plan Sent To Full Council

School board member Duane Kelly was one of dozens of peace activists who objected to the building of a plant that makes parts for nuclear weapons. He said he was speaking as a private citizen.
Photo courtesy of KCCG, Channel 2.

Kansas City, MO – For the second week in a row, opponents outnumbered supporters yesterday at city council hearings on building a new $500 million defense plant to replace one on Bannister Road that is to be closed.

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KCUR Newscast
6:09 am
Wed October 15, 2008

KCUR Evening Newscast 10-15-08

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KCUR News
5:20 am
Wed October 15, 2008

Funereal Forecast Faces KC Commerce

Tom Hoenig, President of Federal Reserve Bank of KC speaks to Chamber on 09 outlook
KCUR photo by Dan Verbeck

Kansas City, Mo. – A dark economic forecast for 2009 has been delivered to the Greater Kansas City Area Chamber of Commerce.

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KCUR News
11:55 pm
Tue October 14, 2008

City Council Sued Over Light Rail Ballot Proposal

Kansas City, MO – Opponents to Kansas City's light rail proposal filed a lawsuit against the city council today. The suit alleges the council violated the city charter by rushing the issue onto the ballot for the November election. KCUR's Sylvia Maria Gross reports.

Committee for Sensible Transit member Patrick Tuohey filed the lawsuit. He says the city council called the light rail proposal an emergency measure in order to rush it onto the ballot.

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KCUR Newscast
10:51 am
Tue October 14, 2008

KCUR Morning Newscast 10-14-08

Kansas City, MO – Missouri Auditor Susan Montee has released two audits examining the vaccinations of both adults and school children across the state.

Republican attorney general candidate Michael Gibbons is trying to raise doubts about whether his opponent has been tough on crime.

It's well-known that family income and education play an important role in the health of children. A new study looks at how big the effect is.

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KCUR Newscast
6:21 am
Tue October 14, 2008

KCUR Evening Newscast

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KCUR News
11:51 pm
Mon October 13, 2008

Nixon, Hulshof Differ On Urban Education

Democrat Jay Nixon (left) and his Republican opponent in the Missouri Governor's race, Kenny Hulshof.
KCUR photo.

Kansas City, MO – Both Democrat for Governor Jay Nixon and Republican Kenny Hulshof would create more Missouri college scholarships. But Republican Hulshof also proposes making scholarships available for students in the troubled Kansas City and St. Louis school districts. Democrat Nixon says these scholarships amount to vouchers that would drain off precious dollars from the districts.

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Kemper ARTcasts
12:24 pm
Mon October 13, 2008

Kemper ARTcast 4: Interview with Anthony Lepore, Part 1

In the first part of this conversation, artist Anthony Lepore talks to Kemper Museum curator Christopher Cook, and describes his personal interactions and relationships with his subjects. This marks the artist's first solo museum exhibition, Anthony Lepore: Restoration.

Kansas City, MO – Anthony Lepore Restoration October 3, 2008-January 4, 2009 Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art

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KCUR Newscast
10:16 am
Mon October 13, 2008

KCUR Morning Newscast 10-13-08

Kansas City, MO – Kansas City law firm says its investigation shows a larger than expected number of cancer cases in Cameron.

Breast cancer is on the decline in Missouri.

A Springfield-area man comes home to a strange sight -- a box attached to a small parachute stuck in a tree in his yard. Local authorities couldn't explain the box, which has the words Space Data on it.

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KCUR Newscast
5:15 am
Mon October 13, 2008

KCUR Evening Newscast

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KCUR News
4:44 am
Mon October 13, 2008

Church Leaders Start Anti-Violence Movement

Kansas City, MO – Last month, thousands of people gathered on the east side of Kansas City to rally against violence. The month of August had seen a record number of homicides, and some church leaders say they are going to start working together on the problem.

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KCUR News
2:35 am
Mon October 13, 2008

Kansas City Hurt By Credit Crunch

Kansas City, MO – City and other local governments have been put in their own credit crunch by the crisis on Wall Street. They can't find anyone to buy their municipal bonds. That's how cities normally pay for everything from sewer upgrades to a new city hall. But the market has dried up, and Kansas City, for one, has put tens of millions of dollars of water projects on hold as it waits for the municipal bond market to shake out. KCUR's Maria Carter reports.

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KCUR News
11:58 pm
Sun October 12, 2008

Mo. Breast Cancer Rates Decline, But Racial Disparities Continue

Kansas City, MO – Breast Cancer is on the decline in Missouri. But while the gap is narrowing between African Americans and Whites for overall cancer diagnoses, the mortality rate for African Americans with breast cancer remains higher. That's according to new information from the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services. KCUR's Elana Gordon reports.

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Kemper ARTcasts
1:36 pm
Sun October 12, 2008

Kemper ARTcast 4: Interview with Anthony Lepore, Part 2

Kemper Curator Christopher Cook and artist Anthony Lepore continue their conversation about Lepore's approach to photography and interactions with his subjects.

Kansas City, MO – Anthony Lepore Restoration October 3, 2008-January 4, 2009 Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art

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KCUR Newscast
6:06 am
Sat October 11, 2008

Top Stories of the Week

Kansas City, MO –

  • "Precious Doe" killer found guilty of first degree murder
  • Flawed voter registrations frustrate Jackson County board
  • Nixon and Hulshof clash on vouchers, health care plans
  • Biden in Liberty: "Attacks seek to take focus off economy"
  • KU launches campaign against obscene football chant
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    Food and Drink
    10:15 am
    Fri October 10, 2008

    The Food Critics Dish About Comfort Food

    Listen in for great restaurant suggestions from The Food Critics and listeners plus a discussion about where to comfort your belly with warm cold weather food.

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    KCUR Newscast
    9:34 am
    Fri October 10, 2008

    KCUR Morning Newscast 10-10-08

    Kansas City, MO – In a speech at Liberty's William Jewell College, Democratic Vice Presidential candidate Joseph Biden ridicule's the latest Republican mortgage rescue plan.


    There was more bantering and sparring in yesterday's second Missouri gubernatorial debate, but Kenny Hulshof and Jay Nixon kept it good-natured. One area where they didn't agree was health care.

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    KCUR Newscast
    5:34 am
    Fri October 10, 2008

    KCUR Evening Newscast 10-10-08

    Kansas City, MO –

  • Richard Davis has been sentenced to death in the 2006 sex-torture killing of Marsha Spicer.
  • Democratic vice presidential candidate Joe Biden campaigned in Springfield today.
  • Former KC mayor Kay Barnes debated an empty chair at KCPT after Congressman Sam Graves declined to appear.
  • A Ft. Riley soldier who sued the Army alleging religious discrimination is withdrawing his suit.
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    KCUR Arts
    10:04 am
    Thu October 9, 2008

    Night of the Living Dead Marks the First of Coterie at Night Series

    When the zombie film Night of the Living Dead was released in 1968, it was harshly criticized for its graphic and bloody content. But in later years, its influence led to its registration with the National Film Registry of the Library of Congress. (photos by J. Robert Schraeder/Coterie Theatre)

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