Kansas City, MO – Alvin Brooks talks about life after City Hall and reviving the Ad Hoc Group Against Crime. Plus, we examine the controversy over Mayor Mark Funkhouser's appointment of member of the Minuteman Project to the Parks and Rec Board of Commissioners, and we visit a local record label that produces Indian classical music albums.
Kansas City, MO – Former councilman and police officer Alvin Brooks' long career of public service ended last month, but that doesn't mean he has any plans to stop serving the public. One of the first things on his agenda: revive the Ad Hoc Group Against Crime. KCUR's Ty Chandler talked to Brooks in the studio this week about his reflections on the Mayor's race, and why retirement is out of the question.
African-American modern dancer and choreographer Alvin Ailey died nearly 20 years ago. But, until recently, his personal collection of photographs, costume sketches, stage notes and letters had not viewed by the public.
Funkhouser sticks with park board appointee despite furor. Council committee gives green light to red-light cam bidding. Amid officer shootings police may return to two-in-a-car partnering. Kline addresses abortion foes' convention in Kansas City. Wyandotte County prepares for gaming election.
Kansas City, MO – Kansas City Missouri's city council voted 9 to 3 to condemn one of the mayor's appointments to the Parks Board yesterday because of her affiliation with the anti-illegal immigrant Minuteman Project. Mayor Mark Funkhouser said Northland neighborhood leader Frances Semler has offered to resign, but he's standing by his decision for now. KCUR's Sylvia Maria Gross reports.
Kansas City, MO – The new appointees to Kansas City's Park Commission were sworn in yesterday, despite concerns about a new commissioner who is a member of the Minuteman Civil Defense Corps, an organization that targets illegal immigrants. The Mayor has defended his selection of the Northland Neighborhood leader Frances Semler. KCUR's Sylvia Maria Gross has more.
This Friday (June 15) marks the opening of the 8th Annual Avenue of the Arts, an exhibition of temporary public artwork along Central Street in downtown Kansas City, Missouri. The artists in this year's event range from professors at the University of Kansas to children's bookstore owners. KCUR's Laura Spencer reports.
Kansas City, MO – Kansas City Missouri's city council is settling into a new term. One member who's keeping very busy is the fifth district's Terry Riley, who's also president of the National Black Caucus of Local Elected Officials. He spoke over the phone to KCUR's Ty Chandler recently about some of his advocacy at the national level, and ideas he's bringing back to Kansas City.
Kansas City, MO – Kansas City Missouri Mayor Mark Funkhouser made a new economic development policy for the city a key campaign issue. He created a task force made up of citizens and council members who will work on a new policy over the next few months. KCUR's Sylvia Maria Gross spoke to the mayor in our studio last week about some issues that haven't been widely addressed.
Kansas City, MO – This week, a discussion of the new city council term with Mayor Mark Funkhouser and 5th district council member Terry Riley. Some US senior citizens are moving to Mexico, and older women consider the HPV vaccine. Plus, the competitive BBQ team The Immigrant Smokers.
It's been a decade since Frank Gehry's Guggenheim Museum opened in Bilbao, Spain. Since that time, art museum expansion has boomed. And critics are calling the Bloch Building - which opened to the public on June 9 - the best new museum in a generation.
Kansas City, MO – Kansas City Mayor Mark Funkhouser says the new Board of Parks and Recreation Commissioners will help end decades of division in the city. KCUR's Maria Carter reports.
The Kansas City Parks Board got a makeover. It's more diverse, has more women, and lacks even one white man. Mayor Funkhouser says parks are often considered to be one Kansas City's jewels, but they've also divided the City.
Kansas City, MO – KCUR-FM won Radio Station of the Year, and top honors in two categories, including talk show and feature reporting, when the Heart of America journalism awards were handed out Saturday, June 9, 2007.
The contest was sponsored by the Kansas City Press Club and honored writers and photographers at large and small papers and radio and television stations across the Midwest.
Radio Radio News Program Second Place: Sylvia Maria Gross, KCUR-FM, "KC Currents."
Kansas City, MO – After 8 years of planning and construction, the $200 million dollar renovation and expansion project at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art is complete. And the final piece, the new Steven Holl-designed Bloch Building, opened to the public on Saturday, June 9. KCUR's Laura Spencer reports.
In 2005, Kansas City resident Laura Lloyd wrote a letter to the editor of The Kansas City Star. Lloyd said about the Bloch Building: "their awkward size and lack of grace is a source of dismay to more than a few Kansas Citians." Here's what she says now after taking a look inside.
Kansas City, MO – (Laura Lloyd's letter to the editor, The Kansas City Star, January 28, 2005)
Kansas City, MO – The social networking website MySpace has turned over the names of registered sex offenders in Missouri to the state highway patrol.
Missouri Attorney General Jay Nixon asked the company for the names of all sex offenders signed up with the site last month. The spokesperson for Nixon's office, John Fougere, says this is part of the state's crackdown on registered sex offenders.
Kansas City, MO – There are dozens of book clubs around the Kansas City area catering to various interests. Even if that doesn't peak yours, it does seem that adults have a little more trouble making friends then we did as children. KCUR's Ty Chandler visits the KC Girlfriends Bookclub, a group started by women new to Kansas City.
Up to Date's Steve Kraske recently toured the new Bloch Building addition of the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art with museum director Mark Wilson.
By Elana Gordon (editor)
Kansas City, MO – The walkthrough of the Bloch Building includes a glimpse into a room of landscape paintings, Wilson's throughts about detail versus ornament in the museum, and conversations about a photography in the Hallmark Collection.
Kansas City, MO – Charges will be filed this morning (Thursday) in the killing of 18 year old Kelsey Smith of Olathe, whose body was found near Longview Lake yesterday (Wednesday). KCUR's Steve Bell reports.
The announcement came shortly before midnight last night, from Overland Park Police Chief John Douglass, who was joined by representatives of FBI other area police forces, the FBI and prosecutors.
A year after last summer's Festival of New Musicals, Theater League and the Kansas City theater community are set to do it all again. Three of last year's readings went on to full productions and, as KCUR's Steve Walker reports, this year's festival spotlights four new works that hope to follow in those shows' footsteps.