Kansas City, MO – Democratic Governor Kathleen Sebelius and Congressman Dennis Moore on Thursday to celebrate one of the biggest land deals in Kansas history. They gathered at the old Sunflower Army Ammunition site south of Desoto between Lawrence and Olathe, to officially break ground on a 15 square mile housing, commercial, educational and recreational development. KCUR's Frank Morris reports.
Monroe, LA – More than a half million people displaced by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita remain in hotels, motels, and shelters. New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin crisscrossed the state this week visiting evacuees still staying in Red Cross shelters. One of his stops was at the Community Residential Center in Monroe, Louisiana. The mayor took questions from evacuees and encouraged people to come home to New Orleans. K-C-U-R'S Maria Carter was there and has this report.
This week, a one-actor show chronicles the triumphs and tragedies of President Harry Truman; Friends of Chamber Music continues its 30th anniversary season; and a tap-dancing duo takes to the stage at the Blue Room.
Kansas City, MO – Recent data from the Kauffman Foundation shows that minority-owned businesses have grown substantially since the 1980s. However, they are disproportionately in no-growth and low-growth sectors. Kauffman Foundation President Carl Schramm addresses the disparity. And Kansas City Urban League President Gwendolyn Grant speaks about the newly formed program which provides resources, coaching and opportunities to minority entrepreneurs.
Kansas City, MO – Kansas City's murder rate for 2005 climbed into the upper 90s last week - surpassing last year's total of 91. Last week the City Council unanimously passed a resolution to research the causes. City Councilman Alvin Brooks talks about the Violent Crimes Commission and the soaring homicide rate.
Kansas City, MO – The YMCA adjacent from the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum will be renovated in honor of Kansas City's most famous Negro Leagues baseball player Buck O'Neill, who is taking part in renovations. The building is listed in the National Register of Historic Places - it's where talks took place in 1914 leading to the creation of the first black baseball league in the United States.
Kansas City, MO – Bobby Seale was the chairman and co-founder, along with Huey Newton, of the Black Panther Party, an organization formed in 1966 to guard against police brutality in black neighborhoods and provide social services. Last week, he was the keynote speaker at Tent State University, a group formed by UMKC students to protest against some of the University's practices.
Kansas City, MO – Aaron Medina fell off a two-story icy scaffolding while building a new hotel at Lake of the Ozarks. Because he was not an official employee, the construction company denied him compensation. Last week, the Carpenter's District Council and El Centro, a family services organization, organized a meeting in Kansas City, Kansas to deal with what they're calling the misclassification of workers.
Kansas City, MO – Missouri's demand for pharmacists ranks 6th in the nation. Missouri studies economic impact of highway projects. Investigators continue searching for bodies in the rubble of a devastating Lawrence apartment fire. Testimony continues tomorrow in the trial of a Newton, Kansas, couple accused of abusing mentally ill patients.
New Orleans, LA – With power and water back on in parts of New Orleans, people there are scratching their way back toward normalcy. KCUR's Maria Carter visited the French Quarter recently and found people struggling to come to grips with their new economic realities.
For pictures, and more stories, check Maria Carter's blog.
Kansas City, MO – KC-MO city council commision on increasing murder rate. EPA grant to Negro Leagues Musuem to create Buck O'Neill Center at the Paseo YMCA. Bobby Seale speaks at UMKC. KC Urban League President Gwendolyn Grant on the Urban Entrepreneur Partnership Centers. An interview from February of the late playwright August Wilson.
The face of jazz music on KCUR will change after this weekend. The long running program Just Jazz will end.
By Laura Ziegler
Kansas City, MO – The face of jazz music on KCUR will change after this weekend. The long running program Just Jazz will end. Laura Ziegler has this look back at the show and the hosts who made it unique.
The late artist Lester Goldman's installation piece Issachar's Surveillance recently went on display in a new exhibit at the Epsten Gallery at Village Shalom. In a video that accompanies the exhibit, Goldman tells fellow artist Warren Rosser the story behind the name.
August Wilson, the acclaimed Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright, who died October 2nd, was known for his plays depicting African-American life. New Letters on the Air host Angela Elam talked to Wilson in 2002.
This week, Kansas City's one percent for art program issued a call for artists for the Kansas City Power and Light District, with a budget of three hundred thousand dollars. Last month, it was a request for artwork for the new Sprint Center arena complex with a budget of 1 million, three hundred twenty-five thousand dollars. With the flurry of development in downtown Kansas City, an estimated three million dollars will be spent on public artwork.
Kansas City, MO – The Al-Shawi Cafe in Kansas City's historic northeast neighborhood is where Iraqi men come to talk and joke, watch Iraqi news programs, discuss current events, and drink tea. The cafe serves as a cultural crossroads. It sees a daily ebb of patrons ranging from those curious about Iraqi culture to Iraqis living in Kansas City coming to find one another.
Kansas City, MO – Nineteen-year-old Gary Eye and 20-year-old Steven Sandstrom are accused of killing William McCay last March because he was black. The two metro men could face the death penalty for what prosecutors say was a murder motivated by race.
Kansas City, MO – Missouri utility regulators studying natural gas price hikes. New audit shows Missouri could be spending less on Medicaid. Midwest economic index hits lowest level since September 2001, economist says.
Monroe, LA – After Hurricana Katrina hit the Gulf Coast, many residents of New Orleans and the surrounding area were told it would be as long as a year before they could move back. The Red Cross responded by setting up its only long term shelter in the northeast Louisiana town of Monroe. KCUR's Maria Carter took a tour of the shelter in Monroe and has this report.
Kansas City, MO – Two men indicted for a race-based murder, an Iraqi cafe in the Northeast neighborhood, former Missouri State Representative Lloyd Daniel, The Coterie Theater's The Watsons go to Birmingham, adapted and directed by film-maker Kevin Willmott. And Peruvian musician Susana Baca had moved to New Orleans only a month ago to find the connections between African American and Afro-Peruvian music.
Eldon, Missouri – They come from as far away as Europe, sometimes giving up much more lucrative, certainly less painful, careers, to learn old-school professional wrestling from a legend in the sport, "Handsome" Harley Race. At the Harley Race Wrestling Academy in Eldon, Missouri, Race draws wannabe wrestlers.
Years before the first of her 76 appearances on the Tonight Show with Johnny Carson - years before there was a Tonight Show with Johnny Carson - vocalist Marilyn Maye was learning the art of putting across a song from someone she heard mostly on the radio: Frank Sinatra.
Kansas City, MO – Michael Barrera, president and CEO of the US Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, speaks about helping Latino neighborhoods develop economically and socially. Born in Kansas City, he returned recently to headline the National Association of Latino Community Asset Builders National Conference.
Kansas City, MO – When Kansas City announced plans to renovate Union Station in the late 1990's the most frequently suggested use was as a railroad museum. Finally, that railroad exhibit has arrived. KCUR's Steve Bell takes you on a quick audio tour of the new attractions.