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KCUR News
7:31 am
Thu June 28, 2007

KC-MO Begins Planning New Landlord Regulations

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.

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KCUR News
6:52 am
Thu June 28, 2007

Stowers Stem Cell Research on Hold

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KCUR News
1:14 am
Thu June 28, 2007

Stowers Puts Expansion on Hold

Stowers Institute for Medical Research at 1000 East 50th Street
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KCUR News
10:59 am
Wed June 27, 2007

Planned Parenthood Cleared by Morrison

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.

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KCUR News
10:45 am
Tue June 26, 2007

Wyandotte County Approves Gaming

Kansas City, MO – Wyandotte County voters overwhelmingly approved two gambling measures. KCUR's Maria Carter has more.

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KCUR Arts
10:24 am
Tue June 26, 2007

Marcus Cain's "Social Climber"

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.

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Music
9:02 am
Tue June 26, 2007

Indian Classical Record Label in Overland Park

Banani Ghosh is a singer featured on Rhyme Records.

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.

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KCUR Arts
3:59 pm
Mon June 25, 2007

Zumba Exercise Class Hits Kansas City

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.

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.

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KCUR Arts
2:38 pm
Mon June 25, 2007

WEB EXTRA: An Interview with Lynn Ahrens

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.

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KCUR News
10:46 am
Mon June 25, 2007

Blunt Touts Voluntary Renewable Energy Goals

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.

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KCUR News
9:54 am
Mon June 25, 2007

City Creeps Up to Northland Ranch

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.

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KCUR News
9:53 am
Mon June 25, 2007

Joe Jennings' J-14 Enterprises Inc.

Joe Jennings (right) with student volunteers.
Lee Ingalls / KCUR

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.

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1:47 am
Mon June 25, 2007

KC CURRENTS 6-24-07

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.

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KCUR News
12:01 am
Mon June 25, 2007

National Interfaith Academies Convene in Kansas City

Kansas City, MO – The organization Religions for Peace-USA has brought together the very first Interfaith Academies at St. Paul School of Theology on Truman Road. Rapidly changing demographics throughout the United States are requiring religious leaders to relate with faith systems that might be very different, or even conflict with their own.

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KCUR News
3:17 am
Sat June 23, 2007

Top Stories of the Week

Kansas City, MO –

Roofers charged with illegal immigrant scheme.

Funkhouser puts free Honda plans in reverse.

KU Med Center announces $800 million research plan.

Wrecking ball moves closer to Indian Springs.

Wyandotte County to vote on casinos Tuesday.

Rose gets 10 years for fatal Lawrence fire.

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KCUR News
10:36 am
Thu June 21, 2007

Wyandotte County Gaming Vote June 26

Fans watch the greyhounds run at the Woodlands. Can slots remedy waning attendance?
Photo courtesy the Woodlands

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.

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KCUR News
3:03 am
Wed June 20, 2007

Kansas City Museum Talks Continue

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.

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KCUR News
6:10 am
Tue June 19, 2007

HPV Grant Money Increase

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KCUR News
4:14 am
Tue June 19, 2007

Beer: from Birth to the Bottle

Kansas City, Mo – Hear from Boulevard Brewery's Alex Rodriguez about how beer is made, from birth to the bottle.

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KCUR News
1:46 am
Tue June 19, 2007

Kansas City Mayor Declines Hybrid Car

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.

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KCUR News
9:13 am
Mon June 18, 2007

Scorecard Ranks State Health Systems

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KCUR News
6:11 am
Mon June 18, 2007

KU Plans $800 million Bioscience Expansion

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1:20 am
Mon June 18, 2007

KC CURRENTS 6-17-2007

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.

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KCUR News
12:39 am
Mon June 18, 2007

Community Weighs in on KC-MO Parks Controversy

Sylvia Maria Gross / KCUR

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KCUR News
11:58 pm
Sun June 17, 2007

Alvin Brooks Revives the Ad Hoc Group Against Crime

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.

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Visual Arts
8:37 am
Fri June 15, 2007

Finding...Alvin Ailey

An image of Alvin Ailey near the entrance to the exhibit
photo: Laura Spencer/KCUR

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.

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Headlines
7:19 am
Fri June 15, 2007

Top Stories of the Week

Kansas City, MO –

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.

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KCUR News
2:55 am
Fri June 15, 2007

New American Masterwork at the Nelson-Atkins

Jasper Cropsey?s painting, The Backwoods of America (1858), is on display in the Rotunda of the Nelson-Atkins Building on loan from the Crystal Bridges Museum of Art.
Photo: courtesy of the Nelson-Atkins blog

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KCUR News
2:18 am
Fri June 15, 2007

KC-MO Council Rebukes Mayor on Parks Appointment

Leaders from Latino, African American, Jewish and labor organizations protest the mayor's appointment of a Minuteman organizer to the Parks Commission.
Sylvia Maria Gross / KCUR

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.

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KCUR News
1:10 am
Fri June 15, 2007

Statewide Increase in Brain Injuries

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