Kansas City, MO – This week, the two candidates for governor of Kansas both came out in support of a state policy making English the official language. State Senator Jim Barnett, the Republican candidate, told the Lawrence Journal World that he thought many Kansans feel that English is slowly being minimized. A spokesperson for Governor Kathleen Sebelius said she respects the heritage of all Kansans, but believes it would be easier to communicate in school and business, if English were the official language.
Kansas City, MO – University of Kansas students talk about growing up in the communities that surround meat-processing plants. Kansas City Star editor Charles Coulter discusses his new book Take Up the Black Man's Burden. And, a new mural (pictured) shows the history of Minnesota Avenue in Kansas City Kansas. Plus, community opinions on the future of the Black Archives of Mid America.
An exhibition at the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art pushes the boundaries of ceramic art. Here, artist Elissa Armstrong talks about all i want (pictured at left), which she calls the antithesis of deerdust.
Kansas City, MO – The Missouri Attorney General's office dissolved the Black Archives of Mid-America in January after it failed to file paperwork as a non-profit. Attorney General Jay Nixon held a public forum to get input on the future of the Black Archives. KCUR's Maria Carter was there and has this report.
Kansas City, MO – Community activist Clay Chastain turned in a petition in hopes of getting a light rail measure on the November ballot, but as KCUR's Maria Carter reports Chastain will face a tight timeline to make that happen.
Kansas City, MO – Kansas City, Missouri will soon start using more biodiesel in city vehicles. KCUR's Maria Carter reports.
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The city has been using B20, a mix of regular diesel with 20 percent biodiesel, in its trucks and heavy machinery. Now, the city is expanding a pilot program using a half-and-half mixture of biodiesel to all fleet vehicles. Gerry Calk manages the city's fleet. He says with the high price of oil, the city will save money from the switch.
Kansas City, MO – Overland Park residents will get a chance to voice their opinions on the proposed budget for 2007. KCUR's Maria Carter reports.
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The $251 million budget represents an 11 percent increase over Overland Park's current budget. The extra money will go to add nine police positions, a property inspector, and some 30 positions for a community center, slated to open next fall. Budget Director Gena McDonald says those new positions are a response to citizen surveys.
Kansas City, MO – Terror threat snarls airports Bartle fends off Johnson Senate challenge Sanders trounces Wheeler for County Exec Kansas City charter revised but term limits stay Kansas moderates: "Iintelligent design, opt-in must go." Justice Nuss apologizes for lapse in judgment. Red light cams are in, the Theater League is out.
Kansas City,MO – A $13.4 million renovation of the Music Hall launched last month. And when the work is finished next year, officials say it's likely the venue will be marketed and booked by a national firm in partnership with the nonprofit Starlight Theatre Association. The issue is expected to come before the Kansas City Council today (August 9)for a vote, as KCUR's Laura Spencer reports.
Kansas City, MO – The race for Jackson County Executive lasted late into the night with County Prosecutor Mike Sanders accepting the Democratic nomination. His opponent, State Senator Charles Wheeler, says he will wait for final election results before conceding defeat. KCUR's Maria Carter reports.
Kansas City, MO – Voters will see ballot initiatives on stem cell research and minimum wage this November, but two other initiatives didn't have enough petition signatures to make the ballot. KCUR's Kelley Weiss reports.
Kansas City, MO – Today, Missouri voters got their first chance to use the state's new voting machines, installed as part of the Help America Vote Act of 2002. People had the choice of using either a scan voting device, which uses paper ballots, or an electronic touch screen voting system. The new machines replaced punch card ballots, which had been in use since 1976.
KCUR's Anthony Tao talked with voters as they exited two polling places in Kansas City.
Kansas City, MO – President Harry Truman desegregated the armed forces in the summer of 1948. Historians agree that this was a significant advance for civil rights, but debate how important it actually was. A recent discussion of Truman's executive order took place at the Gem Theater in Kansas City. KCUR's Bill Anderson was there and filed this report.
Kansas City, MO – This week, cities across the region are looking at ways to protect people from pit bulls; Kansas City, Missouri Animal Control Acting Director Leslie Forsberg talks about the issue, as well as park-goers in Overland Park. Hear profiles of the two top Democratic candidates for Jackson County Executive: State Senator Charles Wheeler and Prosecutor Mike Sanders. A look back at President Harry Truman's role in the civil rights movement. And two perspectives on the African influence in Latin America.
Jackson County Prosecutor Mike Sanders speaks with a supporter at a fundraising event at his campaign headquarters. Sanders is running against State Senator Charles Wheeler in the Democratic primary for the post of Jackson County Executive.
Kansas City, MO – Moderates gain in Kansas Board of Ed races. Conservative senator Barnett will face Sebeliuis. Praeger, Thornburg repel conservative challenges. Chuck Ahner to run against Dennis Moore. Second suit alleges MO photo-ID law unconstitutional. Council argues, passes Bartle art project. Inductees announced for College Hoops Hall.
Kansas City, MO – Incumbent Matt Bartle may have set a freshman senator record for sponsoring bills including proposals to ban SCNT stem cell research, make abortion illegal, and bar Planned Parenthood instructors and materials from sex ed classes.
Bartle: If those stands result in my being turned out and somebody else replacing me, I'll be able to look back and confidently say, Hey, I didn't let them bully me into abandoning positions that I know my constituents support.
The Kansas City Actors Theatre or K-CAT continues productions of Lanford Wilson's Talley plays with the recent addition of the final play in the trilogy: Talley and Son.
By Laura Spencer
Kansas City, MO – The plays about the Talley family of Lebanon, Missouri are performed in rotating repertory, and each is set on or around Independence Day: Talley's Folly, and Talley and Son in 1944, and Fifth of July in 1977. KCUR?s Laura Spencer recently talked to Talley and Son director Risa Brainin about the production.
July 31, 2006 – This years Kansas State School Board elections are being more closely watched than ever. Usually overlooked during the last days of summer, primary elections - particularly for the school board - don't draw much attention. But that was before evolution and intelligent design, or sex education, or the controversial new commissioner of education put a spotlight on Kansas schools. Now, the conservative majority that some say has made Kansas a punchline for night-time talk shows could be voted out of power.
Kansas City, MO – Missouri State Auditor Claire McCaskill is leaving the post to run for the U.S. Senate. Two Democrats and five Republicans are vying for the seat. Tomorrow (August 4), a look at the crowded Republican primary. Today (August 3), we meet the Democrats. As KCUR's Frank Morris reports, the race is in some ways a contest of opposites.
Kansas City, MO – The Kansas City Council today approved a just over a million dollar one percent for art project outside the Bartle Hall Convention Center. The vote was not unanimous, and came after a special presentation by the artist during the council's business session. KCUR's Laura Spencer reports.