Reed Kroloff visited Kansas City recently to participate in a forum organized by the AIA KC called Time to Work.
The outgoing dean of the Tulane University School of Architecture and former editor-in-chief of Architecture magazine, Kroloff arrived in New Orleans a year before Hurricane Katrina and played a role in citywide planning and rebuilding efforts. Here, he talks about the impact of the hurricane on his life and work.
Kansas City, MO – The Enivronmental Protection Agency has filed a civil complaint against the company whose Kansas City distribution plant exploded in February. The EPA maintains Chemcentral violated federal laws before the explosion, failing to identify hazardous substances and maintain a safe facility. George Hess is a senior specialist for EPA's Region 7 office. He says the EPA action is justified because the fire could have been prevented.
Kansas City, MO – The Kansas City council came one step closer to terminating the city manager Wayne Cauthen's contract, but that move does not mean Cauthen will be losing his job. Instead, Mayor Mark Funkhouser says he wants to end the contract so it can be renegotiated to better serve the council's current objectives.
Poet Stacey Tolbert and filmmaker Annie Walsh decided to interview a diverse group of women about their feelings about their chests. They spoke to KCUR's Delores Jones in 2006 about the film, which will be screened on Wednesday.
Kansas City, MO – Brian Wimes has spent the last 6 years on the 10th floor of the Jackson County Courthouse, helping first time drug offenders stay clean, as the Drug Court Commissioner. But now he's moving down two floors to an even bigger bench. He'll be the Judge who will lead Division 18 in the 16th Circuit Court. KCUR's Ty Chandler stopped by his chambers recently.
Kansas City, MO – Some Kansas City teenagers went off to college a little early this summer. They've spent the last two weeks in Lawrence at the University of Kansas. Their time on campus introduced them to a new place and a new way of thinking about their future. KCUR's Ty Chandler has this report from the KU Senior Academy.
Kansas City, MO – Property owners Thursday night voiced their concerns about rising taxes to Kansas City Mayor Mark Funkhouser and Jackson County Executive Mike Sanders at a town hall meeting at the Leedy Voulkos Art Center in the Crossroads Arts District. KCUR's Laura Spencer reports.
Up to Date host Steve Kraske welcomes KCUR morning news anchor and Up to Date jazz critic Lee Ingalls for their regular discussion of the latest jazz. This segment features new music outstanding female jazz artists: Sarah Gazarek, Anat Cohen, Deborah Cox, and Hiromi.
Kansas City, MO – Note: this segment has been edited to comply with current music webcasting restrictions.
Kansas City, MO – A town hall meeting tonight in Kansas City takes on the topic of rising property taxes. In recent years, as Jackson County reassessed property values, property owners have seen a steep increase in taxes and the Crossroads Arts District, pioneered by artists, has been hit hard. Jeff Becker is the executive director of the Arts Incubator on 18th Street, which provides low-cost studio spaces to artists. Becker says so far, his landlord has not passed the increases on, but he thinks it's only a matter of time.
Kansas City, MO – Education is the key to keeping the Kansas City economy healthy. That's according to U-S Secretary of Labor Elaine Chao. She was in town for a conference that brought some 36-hundred educators and workforce specialists to Kansas City. Chao says in the coming decade engineers, teachers, and nurses will be in short supply.
Kansas City, MO – Nearly 2000 inner-city kids participating in summer Freedom Schools gathered at the American Royal this week. From making ice cream in a bag to roping steer and milking cows, students in the program learned hands on about life on the farm. KCUR's Hayley Salvo has this audio postcard.
Kansas City, MO – Community activist Clay Chastain took city council members and transportation and parks officials on a tour of the voter-approved light rail line. KCUR's Maria Carter went on the tour and has this report.
Kansas in final five for National Bio-Agro-Defense facility. Ag-groups win out, Missouri out of race for agro-terror research site. Capital murder charges against Hall in Kelsey Smith abduction. Kline faulted for rightist political link on official web site. UMKC pays a million, will investigate sexual harassment charges.
Kansas City, MO – A Senate committee has given the go ahead to some 2-and-a-half million dollars to study light rail in Kansas City. The House and the Senate still need to approve the bill before the city sees in money, but as KCUR's Maria Carter reports the author of the city's light rail plan says the study is a diversion.
Kansas City, MO – UMKC officials have spoken out on a sexual harassment suit involving two psychology professors. Yesterday, chancellor Guy Bailey told The Kansas City Star that due to staff shortages and interim and departing personnel, no thorough investigation had ever been conducted. He promised an investigation, and today affirmative action director Grace Hernandez talked about it.
Kansas City, MO – Wireless Internet is now available at Kansas City's Country Club Plaza and the Legends at Village West.
At the Plaza, the internet service will be provided through 11 rooftop radios. It will work best for users who want to connect to the internet outside Time Warner says the wireless internet may not work once users step inside.
Damon Porter, spokesperson for Time Warner Cable, says the company needed to charge for the Plaza's Wi-Fi service because of higher construction costs.