Kansas City, MO – Kansas City Missouri's city council laid the groundwork for new regulations for rental housing yesterday. The city manager now has 60 days to design a licensing program for landlords, which could involve property inspections. KCUR's Sylvia Maria Gross has more.
Kansas City, MO – Kansas Attorney General Paul Morrison has ended an investigation launched by former state Attorney General Phill Kline. Morrison yesterday said the inquiry produced no evidence of wrong doing by at Planned Parenthood clinic in Overland Park. Peter Brownlee, President and CEO of Planned Parenthood of Kansas and Mid-Missouri says he was not surprised to be completely exonerated by Morrison.
Brownlee: From the beginning we have said that this was nothing more than a fishing expedition conducted by a political zealot.
Twice a year, a custom designed, giant "billboard" for art goes up in downtown Kansas City. The latest edition commissioned for the Art in the Loop's ARTWall is called "Social Climber" by Kansas City based artist Marcus Cain. KCUR's Laura Spencer talked to Cain about the work, which for him looms large.
Rhyme Records records Bengali and North Indian artists who perform around the world. When Pro Ghosh moved to Kansas City from upstate New York to work for Sprint, he brought the idea for creating an Indian music record label with him.
It's not often that a mistake turns a fitness instructor into an entrepreneur. But that's just what happened when Colombian native Beto Perez created the new work-out system Zumba.
By Hayley Salvo
Kansas City, MO – Now with hundreds of instructors, the Latin-inspired exercise class is trying to spread a message of music and health. KCUR's Hayley Salvo tells us how one Kansas City couple is teaching Zumba around the corner and around the world.
Broadway composers Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty have collaborated for more than 20 years, writing Seussical, Ragtime and other award-winning musicals. This weekend marks the world premiere at the Coterie of an Ahrens & Flaherty work called Twice Upon A Time: The Lorax and The Emperor's New Clothes - Dr. Seuss and Hans Christian Andersen.
Weston, MO – Missouri Governor Matt Blunt stopped at the Iatan plant under construction near Weston Monday. Blunt was there to sign an energy bill, creating renewable energy targets for utilities. Utility companies will be asked to meet a four percent renewable energy goal by 2012 and 11 percent by 2020. Governor Blunt says renewable energy is important for more than just the environment.
Kansas City, MO – When cattle rancher Gordon Philip left his native Scotland nearly a half a century ago for the heartland of America, he didn't intend to go to an urban place, but the city sort of came to him. KCUR's Ty Chandler stopped by his Northland ranch recently, where Philip reflected on the changes to his once rural community.
Kansas City, Kansas – The Kansas City Center for Urban Agriculture held it's second Bi-Annual Urban Farms Tour this weekend (June 24, 2007). Earlier this week, KCUR's Lee Ingalls visited one of the 11 farms on the tour and prepared this report.
Kansas City, MO – This week, visit a couple of different types of urban farms in the metro area. And, young religious leaders from around the country study interfaith relations here in Kansas City. Plus, Wyandotte County votes on gambling, and a new kind of aerobics based on Latin music.
Kansas City, Kansas – Wyandotte County voters are about to decide on two separate gaming proposals. One would allow a "destination" casino somewhere in the county, complete with hotels and convention facilities. The other would allow a "slots"-only casino at the Woodlands paramutual dog and horse racetrack. Many say without the added attraction the Woodlands will eventually fold.
Kansas City, MO – City officials and Union Station continue negotiations over a new management contract for the Kansas City Museum in the city's Northeast. The previous contract expired in April and was extended for six months so disputes could be resolved. The city's Finance and Audit Committee meets today (Wednesday) and is expected to discuss the contract. Councilwoman Deb Hermann chairs the committee and says they're close to reaching an agreement.
Kansas City, MO – Kansas City Mayor Mark Funkhouser announced today he won't accept the free use of a Honda Civic hybrid car. A local Honda dealership had offered the car until the end of Funkhouser's term in office. Funkhouser stated last week it was legal under state and city ordinances and wouldn't cost taxpayers. But ethics professors and others said it creates a public perception problem when an elected official accepts free goods and services. Funkhouser says he's ready to move on.
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.