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