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9:01 am
Wed October 16, 2002

Should Kansas City Keep Its Municipal Prison?

So many people go to the Municipal Corrections Institution because they couldn't post bond that some call it the "debtors' prison."

Young traffic offenders are incarcerated alongside convicted felons. Following staff cuts MCI became so overcrowded that 16 convicted violent offenders had to be released in August.

The City Auditor says a city shouldn't be in the prison business at all.

KCUR's Steve Bell visited the jail and talked with various city officials who have a stake in what will become of the facility.

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KCUR Arts
3:23 pm
Tue October 15, 2002

Budget cuts hit the arts

Anthropology Museum at Spooner Hall, University of Kansas, Lawrence

Financial troubles continue to plague Kansas and Missouri. Arts and cultural organizations are starting to feel the pinch.

Lawrence, Kansas – Financial troubles continue to plague Kansas and Missouri. Arts and cultural organizations are starting to feel the pinch. As KCUR?s Laura Spencer reports?a museum in Lawrence has just closed to the public.

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KCUR Arts
10:11 am
Tue October 15, 2002

Power in the Game of Love

Director and writer Neil LaBute
Salon

The Unicorn Theatre is staging Neil LaBute's play, "The Shape of Things," which turns the typical love story on its ear.

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KCUR Arts
12:04 pm
Thu October 10, 2002

Open Studios 2002

Organizers are calling it Kansas City's largest visual arts event. It's the first weekend of Open Studios, focusing on the work of artists in the downtown corridor.

Kansas City, MO – This weekend marks the first of two weekends of Open Studios - where the works of more than 200 artists can be seen in their homes, studios, galleries, artist co-ops, and other locations across the metropolitan area. KCUR's Laura Spencer reports.

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KCUR Arts
10:48 am
Wed October 9, 2002

The Grand Nude Show 2002 Prospectus

The Grand Nude Show continues through October 19, 11 am - 4 pm at the Hobbs Building in the West Bottoms.

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KCUR Arts
12:08 pm
Tue October 8, 2002

Historic Garment District Museum opens in downtown Kansas City

Former designer Ann Brownfield describing Kansas City fashions at the opening of the Historic Garment District Museum.

By the mid-1940s, Kansas City's largest industry behind livestock and grain...was garment-making.

Kansas City, MO – It's estimated at the height of Kansas City's garment district, between six and eight thousand people worked in factories and warehouses between 6th and 10th streets along Broadway - - making coats, suits, dresses and children's wear. A new museum chronicles the rise and fall of this industry in Kansas City. KCUR's Laura Spencer reports.

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3:22 pm
Fri September 27, 2002

Jo Co Group Endorses Sebelius for Gov.

Johnson County, KS – A group of Johnson County voters who favor increased education funding in Kansas is throwing its support behind Democrat Kathleen Sebelius. But Republican Tim Shallenburger says, when it comes to voting records on education, Sebelius doesn't make the grade. Kansas Public Radio's Peter Hancock has this report.

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KCUR Arts
1:06 pm
Mon September 23, 2002

History of the Broadway Musical

At Johnson County Community College, a six-week class on the history of the broadway musical combines lecture, videos, and recordings to show how musical theatre has provided a soundtrack for America.

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KCUR News
2:15 pm
Tue September 17, 2002

Candidates Take Shape In Debate

WICHITA – The two major-party candidates for governor in Kansas have started sharpening their attacks on one another. Republican Tim Shallenburger and Democrat Kathleen Sebelius are now challenging each other's records on issues like taxes, education and crime.
Kansas Public Radio's Peter Hancock has been following the campaigns and files this report.

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KCUR Arts
9:32 am
Fri September 13, 2002

One-actor play opens the season at the Missouri Repertory Theatre

Actor Michael Sidney Fosberg in Incognito.

Actor Michael Sidney Fosberg is performing in a one-actor play about his own life called Incognito.

Kansas City, MO – Actor Michael Sidney Fosberg caught the acting bug at a young age; he remembers being cast to play the role of Shakespeare in a grade school production. But, after 20 years of professional acting in Los Angeles and Chicago, he's now performing in a one-actor play about his own life called Incognito, which opens the season at the Missouri Repertory Theatre.

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People
9:25 am
Fri September 13, 2002

A Profile In Caring

Missouri and Kansas both continue to struggle with lagging tax revenue. The money trickling into Jefferson City and Topeka is so far off of estimates that both states are re-tooling approved budgets and cutting programs.

In Missouri, foster care is carrying a heavy load of the state's budget cuts. Foster cases handled by state-contracted agencies are being shifted back to state control, sometimes tripling the case load of social workers.

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KCUR News
2:42 pm
Wed September 11, 2002

A New Longview

Lee's Summit – Longview Farm was built for Kansas City lumber baron R.A. Long before World War I. Developer David Gale would preserve some of the old buildings as part of his planned commercial-residential community development. Preservationists say it's probably now or never. But will the development look wonderful now, but cause a traffic problem later?

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KCUR News
8:30 am
Wed September 11, 2002

Grandparents As Parents

Kansas City, MO – Kids in the US today are 30% more likely to be raised by their grandparents than they were 10 years ago. KCUR's Ashley Powell reports on the growing trend and it's effect on grandparents, grandchildren and lawmakers alike.

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People
10:02 am
Tue September 10, 2002

9-11, In The City And In The Country

A Gallup poll reveals 40 percent of Americans expressed some fear of a terrorist attack, and minorities were almost three times as likely to be very worried about an attack.

But now, KCUR's Frank Morris found - from the conservative white farming area to almost exclusively minority neighborhoods - people are now largely unafraid of terrorism, though for largely different reasons.

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Sports
9:29 am
Tue September 10, 2002

Mayberry In Seattle?

KANSAS CITY – After a series in Kansas City over the weekend, time is running out on the Seattle Mariners. Not only in their hopes of winning the American League West, but of locking up a top prospect from Kansas City to a contract. KCUR's Greg Echlin explains...

KCUR News
1:59 pm
Mon September 9, 2002

It's OK To Laugh Again

Kansas City – Though Americans were being told to get back to normal after 9-11, there weren't many clues how to do that. Nearly a year later, in a Kansas City comedy club, KCUR's Steve Walker finds that it may be OK to laugh again.

KCUR News
1:53 pm
Mon September 9, 2002

Challenges Of Student Reservists

KANSAS CITY – Since September the 11th, almost 35,000 Americans have left normal jobs and donned military uniforms as reservists. A full one-third of them, 12 thousand troops, are college students. For these students, serving in the reserve comes with an added sacrifice. KCUR's Matt Hackworth reports there's no federal law to protect students from penalties if they're called up to serve in the reserves

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KCUR Arts
2:48 pm
Thu September 5, 2002

It's OK to Laugh Again

Though Americans were being told to get back to normal after 9-11, there weren't many clues how to do that. Nearly a year later, in a Kansas City comedy club, KCUR's Steve Walker finds that it may be OK to laugh again.

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KCUR Arts
10:53 am
Thu September 5, 2002

Big and Beautiful opens at the H&R Block Artspace

Deanna Dikeman

Missouri Artist Deanna Dikeman's photograph "Leaving and Waving" depicts an elderly couple, her parents, standing in a driveway waving goodbye. It's part of a new exhibit in Kansas City called Big and Beautiful.

Kansas City, Missouri – A new exhibit at the H and R Block Artspace called Big and Beautiful features the work of national and regional women artists. As KCUR?s Laura Spencer reports, a new Project Wall on the outside of the gallery reflects the themes inside the exhibit.

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10:14 am
Thu September 5, 2002

Jeremy Reaches Alaska

Kansas City, MO – KCUR's Morning Edition host Jeremy Cate moved away from Kansas City recently to take a new job as program director at KDLG in Dillingham, Alaska - - the sockeye salmon capital of the world. Read about his latest adventure.

1:58 pm
Tue September 3, 2002

Calming the Waters

TOPEKA – Tim Shallenburger, the Republican candidate for governor in Kansas, will try to heal the split in his party when he meets today with incumbent Governor Bill Graves. Shallenburger, a conservative, hopes to get the endorsement of Graves, who's from the moderate wing of the party. Meanwhile, Democrat Kathleen Sebelius is working hard to attract moderate Republicans to her campaign, and many are already pledging their support. Kansas Public Radio's Peter Hancock has this report.

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KCUR News
1:44 pm
Fri August 30, 2002

Pellow's Dream Almost Snuffed By Baseball Strike

KANSAS CITY – KCUR Sports reporter Greg Echlin brings us the story of Kit Pellow, an Olathe native who couldn't let his Major League dream die.

KCUR Arts
10:20 am
Wed August 28, 2002

Musical Model of an Epileptic Seizure

Epilepsy affects as many as 2.8 million Americans. In a rare collaboration, researchers have composed a musical model of an epileptic seizure.

Kansas City, Missouri – The seizure disorder known as epilepsy affects as many as 2.8 million Americans. In a rare collaboration, researchers at the University of Kansas Music Department have composed a musical model of an epileptic seizure. It's based on Mozart's Symphony Number 40 and, as KCUR's Steve Walker reports, may topple some barriers to understanding the disease.

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KCUR Arts
9:56 am
Wed August 28, 2002

Till Freiwald at the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art

Till Freiwald, Untitled, 2002; watercolor on paper, 30 1/4 x 21 3/4 inches; Courtesy of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York, NY, photo: John Berens, NY

Belgium-based artist Till Freiwald paints portraits from memory, not photographs.

Kansas City, Missouri – Belgium-based artist Till Freiwald paints portraits from memory, not photographs. As KCUR's Laura Spencer reports, Till Freiwald's first solo exhibition in the United States opened last month at the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art. His portraits remain on display though October 6, 2002.

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KCUR News
11:08 am
Tue August 27, 2002

Fighting Crime Online

Kansas City – The state of Kansas has won an award for KCJIS, its computer communications system for courts, prosecutors and law enforcement agencies.

Find links to some of the state agencies' sites below.

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