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KCUR News
6:41 am
Fri August 31, 2007

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KCUR News
12:39 am
Fri August 31, 2007

TIF Ordinance Drafted, to Committee

Kansas City, MO – Less than 24 hours after a Kansas City task force on tax increment financing finished its last public hearing, its recommendations were wending the way through the city council as a proposed tax-break policy ordinance.

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KCUR News
9:17 am
Thu August 30, 2007

Governor Spells out Plans to Enforce Immigration Laws

Kansas City, MO – Missouri Governor Matt Blunt this week empowered state troopers and the Department of Economic Development to help enforce federal immigration law. Blunt described the new strategy in Kansas City yesterday. KCUR's Sylvia Maria Gross has more.

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KCUR Arts
9:02 am
Thu August 30, 2007

Nelson-Atkins Acquires Work by Harlem Renaissance Artist Aaron Douglas

Aspects of Negro Life: An Idyll of the Deep South (study), late 1930s. Tempera on paper, 9.75" x 42"

A native of Topeka, Kansas, artist Aaron Douglas has been described as "the father of black American art." KCUR's Laura Spencer reports on the first work by Douglas to be added to the collection of the Nelson-Atkins Museum.

Kansas City, MO – A native of Topeka, Kansas, artist Aaron Douglas has been described as "the father of black American art." KCUR's Laura Spencer reports on the first work by Douglas to be added to the collection of the Nelson-Atkins Museum.

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KCUR News
9:12 am
Wed August 29, 2007

TIF Taskforce Finalizes Report

Kansas City, MO – The Economic Development Taskforce finished its work last night, finalizing recommendations for a TIF policy. The policy recommendations include a point system that taskforce members say they hope balances business development with quality of life issues. KCUR's Maria Carter reports.

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KCUR News
6:15 am
Wed August 29, 2007

Independence School Board Puts Secession on Ballot

Kansas City, Missouri – The march toward the secession of seven Kansas City Missouri public schools continues. The Independence school board voted Tuesday to put a plan to annex the seven schools on the November ballot. Superintendent and board member Dr. Jim Henson said a school district has the duty to be responsive to its community.

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KCUR News
3:15 am
Wed August 29, 2007

Sixteen Arrested in Drug Bust

Kansas City, Kansas – Authorities say the drugs, mostly marijuana and cocaine, came into the area from Mexico. Some 22 people were named in an indictment and authorities are still seeking the rest of the remaining defendants. U-S attorney Eric Melgren says officers seized more than a million dollars in cash and his office is going after some 12 million dollars more in assets.

Melgren: Because one of our goals is to deny drug traffickers the profits of their illegal activities.

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KCUR News
4:12 am
Tue August 28, 2007

McCaskill Proposes Reform for Doctors and Drug Reps

Kansas City, MO – Pharmaceutical companies spend billions of dollars a year to market their wares to medical doctors. Senator Claire McCaskill says those efforts should be disclosed to the public. KCUR's Frank Morris reports.

Senator McCaskill says drug companies spend some 19 billion dollars a year, marketing their products to medical doctors. She wants to force companies to disclose those gifts.

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KCUR News
6:12 am
Mon August 27, 2007

Funkhouser Supports TIF Taskforce

Kansas City, MO – An economic development taskforce is expected to reveal its policy recommendation for Kansas City later this week. Mayor Mark Funkhouser appointed the taskforce after taking office.

Mark Funkhouser: "I'm optimistic that the policy they recommend will be a very good one for this city. It's a policy we need. It will help guide future development. It will be a rulebook for developers and city leaders. "

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KCUR News
3:14 am
Mon August 27, 2007

KC-MO Blocks Vote on Independence School Secession

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KCUR News
6:48 am
Sat August 25, 2007

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Performance
2:06 pm
Fri August 24, 2007

Everlasting Universe

Civic Opera's Artistic Director Andy Anderson, and composer John Mueter at a recent rehearsal of Everlasting Universe.
Laura Spencer/KCUR

The Civic Opera Theater of Kansas City presented two new works recently, including a world premiere called Everlasting Universe exploring the relationship between the early Romantic poets Byron and Shelley.

Kansas City, MO – The Civic Opera Theater of Kansas City presented two new works recently, including a world premiere called Everlasting Universe exploring the relationship between the early Romantic poets Byron and Shelley.

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Jazz/Blues
12:07 pm
Fri August 24, 2007

Snuff Jazz puts 'beyond' in Jazz and Beyond concert series

Kansas City jazz unit brings free improv to the Jazz and Beyond series weekend. Special guests include Jeffery Ruckma, Patrick Alonzo Conway and the All Souls Hand Bell Choir.

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KCUR Arts
10:33 am
Wed August 22, 2007

<I>Pig Farm</I> Pungent Kick-off to Fall Theater Season

Chris Nielsen and Corrie Van Ausdal as Tom and Tina in Pig Farm.
photo: Matthew Collins

The downtown performing arts scene gets a shot of caffeine this week with the opening of a play about farmers, pigs and government bureaucracy.

Kansas City, Missouri – The downtown performing arts scene gets a shot of caffeine this week with the opening of a play about farmers, pigs and government bureaucracy. As KCUR's Steve Walker reports, the Greg Kotis play Pig Farm makes for a pungent kick-off to the fall theater season.

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KCUR News
1:49 am
Wed August 22, 2007

Bill Cosby Discusses KC Men's Conference

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KCUR News
1:07 am
Wed August 22, 2007

$2.5 Million Kauffman Grant for Conservatory

Kanas City, MO – A $2.5 million grant from the Muriel McBrien Kauffman Foundation will kick off a needed expansion of facilities at UMKC's Conservatory of Music and Dance. The grant will be used to seed the fund for a $40 million expansion of White Hall, the on-campus performing arts center.

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KCUR News
2:09 am
Tue August 21, 2007

Lawyer Ready to Challenge School Secession

Kansas City, MO – Jackson County election officials are validating signatures on a petition drive aimed at moving for seven Kansas City Missouri schools to the Independence School District.

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KCUR News
2:12 am
Sun August 19, 2007

Bill Cosby Discusses Upcoming Men's Conference

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KCUR News
1:35 am
Sun August 19, 2007

Questions for 'Ask a Mexican' Columnist

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KCUR News
4:19 am
Sat August 18, 2007

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4:50 am
Fri August 17, 2007

ATA Wants Opinions on Light Rail

Kansas City, MO – A recent engineering report called into question the financing and engineering of a voter approved light rail plan. The Area Transportation Area is gathering suggestions from the public in an effort to create what they call a workable plan. KCUR's Maria Carter has more.

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KCUR News
2:14 am
Fri August 17, 2007

Johnson County Commissioners Endorse Jails Expansions

Olathe, KS – The Johnson County Commission passed a $735 million spending plan for the next fiscal year on Thursday. Legislative chair Annabeth Surbaugh says the issue that makes the coming year's Johnson County budget different from this year's is its focus on public safety.

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KCUR Arts
10:05 am
Wed August 15, 2007

The Barn Players Presents <I>The Long Christmas Ride Home</I>

One of Kansas City's oldest community theatre groups is The Barn Players, which has been staging plays and musicals since 1955. With the recent introduction of an alternative series, the troupe is bringing cutting edge works to audiences.

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KCUR News
12:41 am
Wed August 15, 2007

Jo Co Jails Needs May Trump Education

Johnson County Corrections Director Betsy Gillespie at the juvenile detention center. Regulations prohibited photographing inmates.
Photos by Steve Bell

Olathe, KS – Johnson County has the reputation of having some of the best correctional facilities in the nation.

They are jails, to be sure, with the ever- present lattice-work of bars and sounds of heavy steel doors closing. But the New Century Correctional Facility at Gardner and the Juvenile Detention Center in Olathe are modern, well equipped and, given what they are, fairly pleasant places.

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KCUR News
4:59 am
Mon August 13, 2007

Heat Dangerous for Ill and Elderly

Kansas City, MO – Health officials are warning the extreme heat can be dangerous, already contributing to two deaths in the area. KCUR's Maria Carter has more.

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Rising mercury indicates a rising health threat, especially for the elderly, infants, and those with a chronic illness. That's the word from the Kansas City Missouri Health Department. Spokesman Jeff Hershberger says the most important thing to do is stay out of the heat, but if a person must be outside, they should take some precautions.

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2:33 pm
Sun August 12, 2007

A New Take on Grafitti in the Northeast

In another corner of Kansas City's third district, James Elementary School is trying out an interesting solution to the area's increasing graffiti problem.

Administrators decided to allow graffiti artists to come and paint a mural on one of the school's walls with the hope that neighborhood youth would respect the painting enough to leave it alone. KCUR's Jennifer Galt has more on this new approach to graffiti.

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Books
2:31 pm
Sun August 12, 2007

Children's Book Author Writes the Way Kids Talk

Derrick Barnes saw himself as a poet when he was in college, and tried his hand at writing a sex column while he was there. He later moved back to Kansas City, his hometown, and began writing for Hallmark. All of these experiences came together in his most recent book.

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KCUR News
4:13 am
Sun August 12, 2007

Exoduster Descendents Reconnect in KCK

Kansas City, Kansas – It's something like a family reunion, mixed with an academic conference. About a hundred people gathered this week at the Woodlands Turf Club in Kansas City Kansas to share their enthusiasm for Kansas history - specifically the history of black colonies and communities created by the exodusters who came up from Texas in the late 19th century.

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KCUR News
11:48 pm
Sat August 11, 2007

Shopping in KC-MO's Third District

Kansas City, MO – In March, UMKC urban planning professor Robyne Turner helped launch Viable Third. It's a project in which she and co-founder Airick Leonard West pledged, for one year, to do all their shopping exclusively in Kansas City's Third Council District. The idea is to draw attention what's already there and what the third district is lacking. KCUR's Maria Carter recently went along with Turner on some errands, looking for a kitchen faucet, power tools, and a good meal.

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7:12 am
Sat August 11, 2007

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