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10:29 am
Mon July 30, 2007

Irish Museum Settles in to Union Station

Alex Smith / KCUR

On Saint Patrick's Day, the Irish Museum and Cultural Center held its grand opening in the lower level of Union Station. The museum joins institutions such as the Saint Patrick's Day parade and the Irish Fest in teaching the culture and history of Irish Americans in Kansas City.

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9:55 am
Mon July 30, 2007

Jackson County Budget $7 Million Short

Kansas City, MO – Jackson County Executive Mike Sanders says the county is facing a $7.3 million budget shortfall in 2008, and but there's another concern what to do when county funds run dry sometime next month. KCUR's Maria Carter reports.

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3:40 am
Mon July 30, 2007

Columnist Lewis Diuguid discusses <i>Discovering the Real America</i>

Kansas City, MO – Lewis Diuguid's columns have been a mainstay in the Kansas City Star for more than twenty years. He often explores race, diversity and community issues. But feedback from readers, and it wasn't all positive, inspired him to go beyond the limitations of his weekly column and write a book.

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KCUR News
5:02 am
Sat July 28, 2007

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3:54 am
Fri July 27, 2007

Democratic Contenders Address Urban League in St. Louis

St. Louis, MO – The leading Democratic presidential contenders spoke at the National Urban League Conference in St. Louis earlier today (Friday, July 27).

The candidates addressed a variety of topics including mandatory early childhood education, raising the minimum wage, and the Iraq war.

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KCUR Arts
2:36 pm
Thu July 26, 2007

KC Fringe Festival Returns for Third Year

When the Kansas City Fringe Festival started in 2005, many people were clueless about what, exactly, a festival involving fringe was. In two years, the event has grown out of its infancy phase into four days of storytelling, music, dance, film, and performance for families and mature audiences alike.

Steve Walker – KC Fringe Festival, July 26 - 29.

For a complete schedule, check here.

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Visual Arts
12:15 pm
Thu July 26, 2007

'Kansas City Snapshot' Examines Daily Life

Photographer Mike Sinclair taking a photo of the alligator house on Independence Avenue.
photo: Laura Spencer/KCUR

Kansas City Snapshot is a project created by the local chapter of the American Institute of Architects to celebrate the organization's 150th anniversary. As discussions continue about the future of the metropolitan area - from downtown Kansas City to Metcalf Avenue - organizers say this "yearlong experiment" could provide an opportunity to take a look at where we are now...and how we live, work and play.

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KCUR Arts
3:03 pm
Wed July 25, 2007

WEB EXTRA: An Interview with Reed Kroloff

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.

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KCUR News
3:59 am
Wed July 25, 2007

EPA Files Suit against Chemcentral

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.

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KCUR News
3:51 am
Wed July 25, 2007

KC Council Moves Closer to Ending Cauthen's Contract

City Manager Wayne Cauthen

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.

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Film
12:09 pm
Mon July 23, 2007

Documentary on Tribal Burial Grounds on Missouri River

A new film examines the struggle between Tribal Nations and the US Army Corps of Engineers in the development of the Missouri River since 1927.

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Film
10:38 am
Mon July 23, 2007

<i>Got Breast?</i>

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.

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12:37 am
Mon July 23, 2007

New Jackson County Circuit Court Judge Brian Wimes

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.

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11:58 pm
Sun July 22, 2007

Local Entrepreneur Analyzes Smartphone Applications

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11:27 pm
Sun July 22, 2007

High School Students Try College Life

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.

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6:46 am
Sat July 21, 2007

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10:31 am
Fri July 20, 2007

Sprint Center On Schedule for October Opening

City Manager Wayne Cauthen points out a Sprint Arena construction detail to Councilman John Sharp.
Photos by Steve Bell

Kansas City, MO – Kansas City's mayor, city manager and council members donned hard-hats Thursday to get a look at progress on Sprint Arena. They were joined by representatives of the media.

Arena General Manager Brenda Tinnen welcomed the group, assuring them that all is on schedule for an opening the second week in October.

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KCUR News
6:51 am
Fri July 20, 2007

Health Record Bill Stresses Patient Privacy

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2:15 am
Fri July 20, 2007

Property Tax Town Hall Draws a Crowd

Property owners line up to ask a question at the town hall meeting with Kansas City Mayor Mark Funkhouser and Jackson County Executive Mike Sanders at the Leedy-Voulkos Art Center in the Crossroads.
photo: Laura Spencer/KCUR

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.

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KCUR Arts
12:20 pm
Thu July 19, 2007

Summer Camp Provides a New Twist on Shakespeare

Though the Heart of America Shakespeare Festival's production of Romeo and Juliet recently closed, the mission of the Festival continues throughout the summer, including Camp Shakespeare.

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Jazz/Blues
11:31 am
Thu July 19, 2007

New Jazz with Lee Ingalls: Gazarek, Cohen, Cox, Hiromi

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.

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KCUR News
9:51 am
Thu July 19, 2007

Town Hall Scheduled to Address Rising Property Taxes

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.

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4:07 am
Thu July 19, 2007

KC Council Creates Vacant Building Taskforce

Kansas City, MO – The Kansas City Council is taking a look at what to do with vacant buildings. KCUR's Maria Carter reports.

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10:33 am
Wed July 18, 2007

US Secretary of Labor says Education is Key

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.

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10:28 am
Wed July 18, 2007

Kids Experience Farm Life at Freedom Schools

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.

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7:37 am
Wed July 18, 2007

Chastain Tours Light Rail Line

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.

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12:32 am
Wed July 18, 2007

Missourians Getting More Abortions, Many Out of State

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10:34 am
Mon July 16, 2007

Olathe Considers Museum Proposal

Kansas City, MO – The Olathe City Council will hear public testimony tonight on plans to bring several museums to the area by Bass Pro Shops. KCUR's Maria Carter reports.

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Government
1:40 am
Mon July 16, 2007

Judge Ronnie White Leaves Missouri Supreme Court

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11:28 pm
Sun July 15, 2007

Kansas City's Bid for International Trade

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