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KCUR News
2:51 am
Fri March 14, 2008

Jail Director Reacts To Funkhouser's Proposed Budget

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.

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KCUR Newscast
10:08 am
Thu March 13, 2008

KCUR Morning Newscast 3-13-08

KANSAS CITY, MO –
KCUR Morning Headlines (3 min 45 sec)

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KCUR News
5:48 am
Thu March 13, 2008

Brazilian Company Plans to Buy Major U.S. Beef Packers

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.

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KCUR Newscast
5:01 am
Thu March 13, 2008

KCUR Evening Newscast 3-13-08

KANSAS CITY, MO –
KCUR Evening Headlines (1 min 48 sec)

  • The budget continued to dominate today's Kansas City Council meetings with no new suggestions as to what to cut to meet an expected $78 million shortfall, but with additional red flags mentioned.
  • Former Kansas Attorney General Paul Morrison commented today on the two attorneys Phill Kline appointed yesterday to investigate allegations of criminal misconduct.
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Books
12:04 pm
Wed March 12, 2008

Constructing a Comic Book: Hector Casanova

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.

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KCUR News
9:40 am
Wed March 12, 2008

Funkhouser Proposes Privatizing Zoo and Jail

Kansas City, MO – Kansas City Mayor Mark Funkhouser has proposed privatizing the city jail, laying off some 220 city workers, and cutting off funds to the Zoo.

Funkhouser says he's trying to head off a looming budget crisis. He says that absent decisive action now, the city would face emergency cuts in coming months.

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KCUR Newscast
5:03 am
Wed March 12, 2008

KCUR Evening Newscast 3-12-08

KANSAS CITY, MO –
KCUR Evening Headlines (1 min 48 sec)

  • Mayor Mark Funkhouser delivered his proposed budget to a city council committee today and held a news conference for reporters to ask questions about the proposal.
  • The next step in Aquila's fight to save a power plant it built in Cass County without zoning approval comes not from the utility, but from the Missouri Public Service Commission.
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KCUR News
2:49 am
Wed March 12, 2008

Kansas Supreme Court Rejects Funeral Picketing Law

Kansas State Senator John Vratil (R), Leawood

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.
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KCUR Newscast
11:21 pm
Tue March 11, 2008

KCUR Morning Newscast 3-12-08

KANSAS CITY, MO –
KCUR Morning Headlines (3 min 46 sec)

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KCUR Newscast
9:40 am
Tue March 11, 2008

KCUR Morning Newscast 3-11-08

KANSAS CITY, MO –
KCUR Morning Headlines (3 min 29 sec)

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KCUR Newscast
5:10 am
Tue March 11, 2008

KCUR Evening Newscast 3-11-08

KANSAS CITY, MO –
KCUR Evening Headlines (1 min 48 sec)

  • The Kansas Supreme Court ruled the new funeral picketing law unconstitutional today, faulting a clause that required the court to approve the law before it could take effect.
  • Missouri State Board of Education member Stan Archie shared more thoughts on the problems of the Kansas City School District.
  • Breathe-Easy KC kicked off its campaign today to support the smoking ban on the April Kansas City, Missouri ballot.
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KCUR News
1:58 am
Tue March 11, 2008

Forsee Starts As New UM System President

UM System President, Gary Forsee, visits UMKC.
Photo by Elana Gordon

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.
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KCUR News
11:31 pm
Mon March 10, 2008

Local Organization Campaigns for Smoking Ban

Speakers at the Breathe Easy KC Campaign Kickoff event
photo: Laura Spencer, KCUR

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.

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Performance
12:51 pm
Mon March 10, 2008

Tango Looks for a Place in Kansas City

Mila Vigdorova and Korey Ireland met at a tango marathon in Holland. The couple now teaches tango in Kansas City.

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.

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KCUR Newscast
10:38 am
Mon March 10, 2008

KCUR Morning Newscast 3-10-08

KANSAS CITY, MO –
KCUR Morning Headlines (3 min 11 sec)

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KCUR Newscast
5:12 am
Mon March 10, 2008

KCUR Evening Newscast 3-10-08

KANSAS CITY, MO –
KCUR Evening Headlines (1 min 49 sec)

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KCUR News
12:04 am
Mon March 10, 2008

High School Students Compete in Robotics

KCUR News
11:27 pm
Sun March 9, 2008

School Board Member Rethinks District Governance

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.

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KCUR News
11:22 pm
Sun March 9, 2008

Federal Grant Funds Statewide Drug Busts

Kansas City Police held a press conference about the statewide drug bust that resulted in more than 70 arrests.
Photo by Elana Gordon.

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.

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KCUR News
11:00 pm
Sun March 9, 2008

National Biobank Discussed at Town Forum

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.

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KCUR Newscast
10:41 am
Sat March 8, 2008

Top Stories of the Week

Kansas City, MO –
Top Stories of Week (March 3-March 7)

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KCUR Arts
2:39 pm
Fri March 7, 2008

Photographer Art Sinsabaugh at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art

Keith Davis, Curator of Photography at the Nelson-Atkins, stands next to Sinsabaugh's banquet camera.
photo: Laura Spencer/KCUR

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.

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KCUR Arts
2:08 pm
Fri March 7, 2008

WEB EXTRA: Jack Rees on Conceptual Play

A projected image of a centipede by Stanton Fernald in Conceptual Play, Greenlease Gallery
photo: Laura Spencer

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.

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KCUR Newscast
5:04 am
Fri March 7, 2008

KCUR Evening Newscast 3-7-08

KANSAS CITY, MO –
KCUR Evening Headlines (1 min 48 sec)

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KCUR Newscast
3:20 am
Fri March 7, 2008

KCUR Morning Newscast 3-7-08

KANSAS CITY, MO –
KCUR Morning Headlines (3 min 45 sec)

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KCUR Arts
2:16 pm
Thu March 6, 2008

Gunplay Explores Both Sides of Guns in America at the Coterie

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.

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.

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KCUR Newscast
10:26 am
Thu March 6, 2008

KCUR Morning Newscast 3-6-08

KANSAS CITY, MO –
KCUR Morning Headlines (3 min 30 sec)

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KCUR Newscast
5:09 am
Thu March 6, 2008

KCUR Evening Newscast 3-6-08

KANSAS CITY, MO –
KCUR Evening Headlines (1 min 47 sec)

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City Budget
3:18 am
Thu March 6, 2008

Listeners Comment on City Budget

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.

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Kemper ARTcasts
2:22 pm
Wed March 5, 2008

Kemper ARTcast 2: Double Exposure, Part 1

Stephen Shore, Ginger Shore, Causeway Inn, Tampa, Florida, November 17, 1977, 1977

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.

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