KANSAS CITY, MO – The head of Kansas City's municipal jail says that Mayor Mark Funkhouser's proposal to close the institution could also eliminate unique services for drug addicts and the mentally ill. The mayor has said the facility costs the city almost $5 million a year.
KANSAS CITY, MO – If you eat a steak or burger today, chances are one of five big beef packing companies had something to do with it. This time last year those companies were all U.S.-owned. But Brazilian-based JBS, has bought, or announced plans to buy, three of the five, capturing the attention of industry analysts like Steve Kay.
"They've executed a stunning coup d'etat in the meat packing industry. They've come out of nowhere to turn the structure of the industry on its head," Kay said.
Kansas City artist Hector Casanova is an illustrator, artist and creates comic books. KCUR's Sylvia Maria Gross stopped by his studio in the West Bottoms to learn more about how he constructs the stories he tells in comic book form.
KANSAS CITY, MO – The Kansas Supreme Court on Tuesday refused to validate the state's new law placing limits on picketing at funerals. Senator John Vratil of Leawood, chair of the Kansas Senate Judicial Committee, talked with KCUR's Steve Bell about that decision and a call by a Johnson County grand jury for changes in the state law allowing grand juryies to be summoned by petition. (3 min 12 sec)
KANSAS CITY, MO – Former Sprint Nextel Executive Gary Forsee took over as President of the University of Missouri last month. He spoke with KCUR's Elana Gordon. Forsee says he's experienced a high learning curve during his first weeks on the job. He also says UMKC's position as Kansas City's only public university is important for both the region and the university system. (5 min 8 sec)
KANSAS CITY, MO – An organization called Breathe Easy KC kicked off its campaign on Tuesday to support the smoking ban on the April ballot in Kansas City, Missouri. The proposal would prohibit smoking from enclosed workspaces and public places, like bars and restaurants. Former City Councilman and Mayor ProTem (and Breathe Easy KC Co-Chair) Alvin Brooks says he was on the council in 2004 when a previous smoking ordinance was approved.
Mila Vigdorova and Korey Ireland met at a tango marathon in Holland. The couple now teaches tango in Kansas City.
By Alex Smith
KANSAS CITY, MO – While growing up in Moscow, Mila Vigdorova studied classical dance. It wasn't until a trip to the United States that she fell in love with tango. Meanwhile, in Kansas City, composer Korey Ireland discovered tango at a performance by the local band Tango Lorca.
KANSAS CITY, MO – Kansas City School Board member Bill Eddy thinks it might be time for a big shake-up. Eddy, who's been an at-large member since 2004, has decided not to run again - leaving his opponent Airick Leonard West to run against a handful of write-in candidates.
KANSAS CITY, MO – Kansas City Police seized over 20 pounds of marijuana and made over 70 arrests in a statewide narcotics bust last week. Police agencies across 38 states carried out similar operations to highlight the importance local narcotics efforts. A major funding source to fight narcotics comes from the federal Byrn Grant. Law enforcement officials worry that congress is going to cut the grant program. Kansas City Police Chief Jim Corwin says the police department relies on the federal funding for its local drug operations.
KANSAS CITY, MO – More than 100 people gathered at the Kauffman Center over the weekend to weigh in on the potential creation of a national biobank. The National Institutes of Health and other federal health agencies are looking at creating a database with the medical information from half a million people. They say collecting people's genetic, environmental and lifestyle information over the course of several years could lead to important research on diseases like diabetes, cancer, and heart disease.
Art Sinsabaugh has long been admired by photographers, scholars and historians, but he's not as well known outside those circles. An exhibition at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art called American Horizons: The Photographs of Art Sinsabaugh tries to shine a new light on the photographer.
CONCEPTUAL PLAY includes works by Stanton Fernald (a graphic designer at KU Medical Center) and Jack Rees (an architectural designer). Rees says the show is "about the interface between the world and our navigation of it." Here, he describes how his work fits into the idea of play.
Every year, the Coterie Theatre holds a showcase for students enrolled in their Master Acting classes. This year, the students perform a play by a Kansas City playwright that addresses the hot button political issue of guns in America.
By Steve Walker
Kansas City, MO – In 1991, the University of Iowa campus was devastated when an immigrant graduate student shot and killed 5 students and then himself.
KANSAS CITY, MO – Walt and Laura meet with City Auditor Gary White and Kansas City Star Reporter Dave Helling to talk about the proposed budget. Listeners share opinions on what they feel should be Kansas City's top priorities. Also, hear more about the challenges facing the city council as expenditures are expected to rise.
Two neighboring Kansas City museums are each offering major photography shows this spring focusing on American culture and landscape. Kemper Museum curator Christopher Cook and Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art photography curator Keith Davis discuss photographers Art Sinsabaugh and Stephen Shore and where the subject of their work intersects.