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10:34 am
Thu July 12, 2007

Decision on KC Crossroads Delayed

Kansas City, MO – Update: The City Council delayed the decision this week (July 18); it's expected to be resolved next week.

Good news and bad news this week for the owners of Crossroads KC, the music venue behind Grinders on 18th Street.

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KCUR News
10:28 am
Thu July 12, 2007

Starlight Dedicates Final Stage of Improvements

Kansas City, MO – Over the past seven years, Starlight Theatre has completed about $23 million in improvements. The organization's executives, board of directors and city officials today will dedicate major upgrades, which mark the final stage of construction funded by the $15.25 million Future Generations Campaign. Starlight's President and Executive Producer Bob Rohlf says this phase includes changes along the theatre's north side, including expanded green space, and two new group pavilions.

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KCUR Arts
8:48 am
Thu July 12, 2007

Retirement Approaches for Producing Artistic Director Peter Altman

Kansas City Repertory Theatre's Producing Artistic Director Peter Altman
courtesy of the Kansas City Repertory Theatre

In its more than 40 year history, the Kansas City Repertory Theatre has only had three artistic leaders: founder Dr. Patricia McIlrath, George Keathley, and Peter Altman. At the end of this month, after seven seasons as producing artistic director, Altman will retire. In a recent conversation with KCUR's Laura Spencer, Altman takes a look back at some of the highlights and reflects on the joy of presenting a new play.

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KCUR News
10:39 am
Wed July 11, 2007

Public Forum Considers Payday Loans

Kansas City, MO – Right now, new payday loan businesses in Kansas City, Missouri are prevented from opening. The moratorium is temporary, but the city council is looking at whether to place permanent restrictions on the businesses. KCUR's Maria Carter attended a public forum last night and has this report.

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KCUR Arts
11:17 am
Tue July 10, 2007

Risk: At-Risk Girls Behind the Camera

Girls filming during a party scene.
photo: Laura Spencer/KCUR

Short films created by area teenagers - ranging from gritty modern stories to a don't-do-drugs public service announcement - will be screened Wednesday as the finale of a summer program for at-risk girls.

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KCUR News
10:43 am
Tue July 10, 2007

Challenges Remain for Kansas Bioscience Authority

Kansas City, MO – Governor Kathleen Sebelius told stakeholders in the Kansas Bioscience Authority yesterday that the public/ private partnership is a unique model nationally. But she says challenges remain for the authority to achieve its goals. More from Laura Ziegler.

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The Governor said that every state in the country is looking to the the future of the biosciences as a panacea for economic woes.

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KCUR News
11:38 pm
Mon July 9, 2007

Charges Filed Against Edwin Hall

Kansas City, MO – Charges of capital murder, rape and aggravated sodomy were filed against Edwin Hall yesterday. Hall is charged with abducting and killing 19-year-old Kelsey Smith. Brian Burgess of the Johnson County District Attorney's office explained how yesterday's filings make it possible to seek the death penalty in the case.

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KCUR Arts
2:57 pm
Mon July 9, 2007

New Letters on the Air: Denise Low Starts as Kansas Poet Laureate

Denise Low, second poet laureate of Kansas, recognizes the work of the first poet laureate, Jonathan Holden. Lowe also discusses her plans for the office with New Letters on the Air host Angela Elam.

Kansas City, MO – To listen on your own schedule, subscribe to the New Letters on the Air Podcast.

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Jazz/Blues
11:35 am
Mon July 9, 2007

New American Jazz Museum Director

The new executive director of the American Jazz Museum settled in to his office last week. Greg Carroll is a percussionist and a longtime jazz educator who most recently served as director of education for the International Association for Jazz Education, one of world's premier jazz organizations.

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KCUR News
4:54 am
Mon July 9, 2007

Medicare Summit

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KCUR News
11:41 pm
Sun July 8, 2007

Smoking Ban on the Horizon for Kansas City

Kansas City, MO – Kansas City restaurants and bars are a bit closer to being smoke-free after Lenexa recently approved a smoking ban. Kansas City is required to impose a smoking ban if 85 percent of nearby suburbs also have a ban. Right now about 70 percent of the suburbs have made smoking in bars and restaurants illegal.

Matt Shatto, Lenexa assistant city administrator, says the city looked at the reaction to smoking bans in Overland Park and Lawrence before deciding to move forward.

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KCUR Arts
11:30 am
Sun July 8, 2007

Cultural Tourism to 18th and Vine

Anita Dixon has been working in tourism for almost 15 years as president of the Cultural Convention and Visitors Services. She spoke to KCUR's Sylvia Maria Gross about cultural tourism in Kansas City in the offices of the Black Chamber of Commerce, just down the street from the American Jazz Museum.

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KCUR News
3:01 am
Sat July 7, 2007

Top Stories of the Week

Kansas City, MO –

Flooding inundates Osawattamie, oil spill at Coffeyville.

Missouri Healthnet still controversial as Medicaid replacement.

Missouri retirees state income tax break goes into effect.

Blunt signs bills on secret executioners, abortion clinic regulation.

"Castle Doctrine" allows deadly force against intruders.

Independence prepares for arena, hockey franchise.

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KCUR Arts
11:19 am
Thu July 5, 2007

<I>Forty-five Minutes Until Good-bye</I> at la Esquina

A new performance piece reunites two members of the now-defunct experimental theatre company called Evaporated Milk Society. KCUR's Laura Spencer takes a look at their collaboration called Forty-five Minutes Until Good-bye.

Kansas City, MO – From the Forty-five Minutes Until Good-bye website:

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KCUR News
4:46 am
Thu July 5, 2007

Social Security Tax Cut

Kansas City, MO – Many Missouri seniors will soon be getting a tax cut. Missouri Governor Matt Blunt toured the state today to sign a bill to cut taxes on social security benefits. KCUR's Maria Carter reports.

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Some 220,000 Missourians will see their tax bills decrease this year. The tax cut will be phased in over 6 years and will cost the state some $150 million each year when fully implemented. Governor Blunt says the change will bring Missouri into line with the majority of other states.

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KCUR News
11:26 pm
Wed July 4, 2007

Blood Supply Decline

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KCUR News
2:57 am
Tue July 3, 2007

Blunt Signs Healthnet Bill in Kansas City

Kansas City, MO – Governor Matt Blunt traveled the state Tuesday for ceremonial signings of the Health Net bill to replace Missouri Medicaid. Blunt chose the Cleaver family center YMCA on Troost for one ceremony, citing its fitness and day care centers as symbolic of what he called the focus of the new system.

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KCUR Arts
1:24 pm
Mon July 2, 2007

Bollywood Singer Performs in KC

India's massive film industry, known as Bollywood, has become known around the world for its elaborate movie musicals. Characters in your typical Bollywood film might burst into song at any time or place, thanks to the old trick of lip-synching to pre-recorded music. In India, it's not just the film actors who become famous, but the singers, known as playback singers, who perform the songs.

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4:47 am
Mon July 2, 2007

KC CURRENTS 7-1-2007

Kansas City, MO – Kansas City, Missouri looks to change the way it regulates rental properties. Historian Delia Gillis discusses her photographic of Kansas City's African American communities. And Bollywood singer Shreya Ghoshal performs at UMKC.

To listen on your own schedule, subscribe to the KC Currents Podcast .

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People
1:51 pm
Sun July 1, 2007

Grandma Layton's Drawings

Elizabeth "Grandma" Layton

The late artist Elizabeth "Grandma" Layton, a native of Wellsville, Kansas, was self-taught and took her first drawing class late in life.

Lawrence, KS – Author and journalist Don Lambert helped bring Layton's work to national attention and spoke recently to Kansas Public Radio's Laura Lorson about the importance of Elizabeth "Grandma" Layton's life and art.

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KCUR News
5:19 am
Sat June 30, 2007

Top Stories of the Week

Kansas City, MO –

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KCUR Arts
2:51 pm
Fri June 29, 2007

New Letters on the Air: Outgoing Kansas Poet Laureate Jonathan Holden

Kansas Poet Laureate Jonathan Holden

Today, Jonathan Holden ends his two-year term as the first Poet Laureate of Kansas. To mark his final day, New Letters on the Air host Angela Elam presents this snapshot.

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KCUR Arts
1:52 pm
Thu June 28, 2007

Summer Musical at the Coterie

Photo: Marianne Kilroy/Digital Labrador

The Coterie Theatre's summer musical, Twice Upon a Time, combines the work of two giants of children's literature: Dr. Seuss and Hans Christian Andersen.

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KCUR News
10:30 am
Thu June 28, 2007

Charges Filed Against Abortion Provider

KCUR Arts
9:29 am
Thu June 28, 2007

WEB EXTRA: A Song from <I>Forty-five Minutes Until Good-bye</I>

Forty-five Minutes Until Good-bye is a whimsical macabre musical about two women who host a series of funerals. It features theater artists (and former Evaporated Milk Society members) Laura Frank and Allison Waters and an original music score by composer Jeffrey Ruckman. Here, Laura and Allison sing an excerpt from the climax of the production: a burial at sea.

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KCUR News
7:31 am
Thu June 28, 2007

KC-MO Begins Planning New Landlord Regulations

Kansas City, MO – Kansas City Missouri's city council laid the groundwork for new regulations for rental housing yesterday. The city manager now has 60 days to design a licensing program for landlords, which could involve property inspections. KCUR's Sylvia Maria Gross has more.

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KCUR News
6:52 am
Thu June 28, 2007

Stowers Stem Cell Research on Hold

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KCUR News
1:14 am
Thu June 28, 2007

Stowers Puts Expansion on Hold

Stowers Institute for Medical Research at 1000 East 50th Street
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