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KCUR News
6:47 am
Fri June 8, 2007

Top Stories of the Week

Kansas City, MO –

Whirlwind search, arrest too late to save Overland Park teen.

Anschutz to manage both Sprint, Kemper arenas.

Court reverses ruling that sidelined Missouri executions.

Schlozman to Senate panel: "I didn't cross the line."

Reservist punished for wearing uniform to war demonstration.

Cass County nixes minor-league hockey arena.

Deal sends Green to Miami Dolphins.

MOHELA sale referendum withdrawn.

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KCUR News
3:25 am
Fri June 8, 2007

KC Girlfriends Book Club

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.

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KCUR Arts
3:27 pm
Thu June 7, 2007

<I>Up to Date</I>: Walking Through the Bloch Building

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.

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.

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KCUR News
11:18 pm
Wed June 6, 2007

Police Arrest Suspect in Kelsey Smith Murder Case

This undated photo provided by the family shows missing Overland Park, Kan., teen Kelsey Smith.
photo: AP

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.

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KCUR Arts
1:01 pm
Wed June 6, 2007

Festival of New Musicals Puts Spotlight on New Works

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.

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KCUR News
11:35 pm
Mon June 4, 2007

Blogger Helps Release Lewis "Scooter" Libby Letters

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12:26 am
Mon June 4, 2007

KC CURRENTS 6-3-2007

Kansas City, MO – Store owners and shoppers bid farewell to Bannister Mall. An Army Reservist discusses the lack of support for women coming back from Iraq. Plus, Sumner Academy graduates rack up a record number of scholarships and a local program assists people in buying a home.

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KCUR News
12:21 am
Mon June 4, 2007

KCK School District Doubles Scholarship Awards

Kansas City, MO – Going to college is expensive, but some recent grads from Kansas City, Kansas have a whole lot of help. The Sumner Academy of Arts and Sciences'class of 2007 made district history when it racked up four million dollars in scholarships. KCUR's Ty Chandler talked with Principal Mary Viveros on the phone this week about how they made it happen.

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KCUR News
12:14 am
Mon June 4, 2007

Program Helps Homebuyers Avoid Pitfalls

Kansas City, MO – Housing sales were booming all over the country, until recently. Many people who had never owned a home had their first opportunity to buy one. But an increase in risky mortgages and predatory lending practices have meant some of those folks couldn't keep up with the payments, and found themselves at risk of losing their houses.

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KCUR News
11:31 pm
Sun June 3, 2007

Women Reservists: Support Systems, Culture and Gender in the Army

Christina Vasquez Case

Kansas City, MO – Many Iraq War veterans report mental health problems stemming from the traumatic events of combat. But, female reservists coming home have a particular challenge - there are not many support groups for reservists and even a smaller network of other women soldiers. Christina Vasquez Case, is a Lt. Col. in the Missouri Army National Guard. Health Reporter Kelley Weiss talked with Vazquez Case about the challenges she's faced in 30 years of service.

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KCUR News
11:24 pm
Sun June 3, 2007

Bannister Mall Shuts Doors

Sylvia Maria Gross / KCUR

Kansas City, MO – Bannister Mall in South Kansas City officially shut its doors last week after 27 years in business. But while the final remaining tenants packed up, customers still streamed through the mall for some final goodbyes and last-minute sales. KCUR's Sylvia Maria Gross reports.

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KCUR Arts
8:27 am
Sat June 2, 2007

School's Out in Harveyville, Kansas

Harveyville resident Robert Chacon with some prom friends, Miss Vendetta, Miss Vex and Miss Cherry.
Photo Credit: Nikol Lohr

Harveyville, Kansas, is a small town and getting smaller: There are only about 250 residents, and most are elderly. But after an artist bought an abandoned school to live in two years ago, there are some colorful new faces in town.

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KCUR News
12:06 am
Sat June 2, 2007

Top Stories of the Week

KCUR News
6:47 am
Fri June 1, 2007

Proposed Arena for Belton: Voters Decide Tuesday

Kansas City, MO – Next Tuesday (June 5), the voters of Cass County will choose whether or not to approve a half-cent sales tax that, if passed, would fund the construction of a 5,500-seat arena. The proposed cost of the arena, which would be built in Belton, is 50 million dollars. KCUR's Greg Echlin has more.

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Jazz/Blues
8:40 am
Thu May 31, 2007

Kansas City's Ida McBeth

Versatile singer Ida McBeth has been serving up jazz, blues, soul and funk to Kansas City audiences for 30 years. Note: Ida McBeth kicks off MAAA's Live in the Crossroads series on June 1, 7 - 9 pm at 2018 Baltimore.

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KCUR News
3:33 am
Wed May 30, 2007

UMKC Conservatory Dean Takes a Bow

UMKC Conservatory of Music and Dance Dean Randall Pembrook

Kansas City, MO – The Conservatory of Music and Dance is considered one of the university's most successful academic programs. And during his tenure as Dean, Randy Pembrook oversaw a significant increase in faculty and student enrollment, arts partnerships, and a name change for the school to emphasize both music and dance.

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KCUR News
6:54 am
Tue May 29, 2007

Reaction to Failure of Missouri Factory Farm Bill

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KCUR News
6:50 am
Tue May 29, 2007

Reaction to Defeat of Missouri Farm Bill

Kansas City, MO – Farm activists succeeded in killing a Missouri bill this past legislative session they said would take control away from local farmers and put it in the hands of corporate agriculture. KCUR's Laura Ziegler has more on the bill and the reaction to its defeat.

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KCUR News
4:33 am
Tue May 29, 2007

World War II Veteran Roque Riojas

Sylvia Maria Gross / KCUR

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1:16 am
Tue May 29, 2007

KC CURRENTS 5-27-2007

Kansas City, MO – World War II veteran Roque Riojas of Kansas City Kansas shares memories of the war. Kansas filmmaker Kevin Willmott discusses the implications of PBS filmmaker Ken Burns' decision to re-edit the upcoming series about World War II, to include the voices of Latino and Native American veterans. And the KC Girlfriends Book Club brings together women who've recently moved to the Kansas City area.

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KCUR News
12:56 am
Tue May 29, 2007

Race and Representation in Documentary Film

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KCUR Arts
12:28 pm
Sun May 27, 2007

Tango Mixing KC and Argentine Musicians

Beau Bledsoe has invited Hector Del Curto to Kansas City several times to perform with his group. Bledsoe just released an album, Ole Che, where they perform together on many of the tracks. Bledsoe, Harshbarger and del Curto came to KCUR recently to talk about their histories with tango. Del Curto performs with Tango Lorca in Kansas City on June 3, 2007.

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KCUR News
4:12 am
Sat May 26, 2007

Top Stories of the Week

Kansas City, MO –

Final Kauffman plans keep the scoreboard, drop the amphitheater.
No fix likely for Missouri minimum wage law glitch.
Doctors urge governor not to sign Missouri midwife bill.
Blunt signs bill authorizing sale of student loan assets.
Sebelius vetoes restraints on KU Hospital affiliation with St. Luke's.
Kansas legislature lets Sebelius veto of late-term abortion reporting measure stand.
Disaster aid expanded for demolished Greensburg businesses.

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KCUR News
5:17 am
Fri May 25, 2007

Malpractice Coverage Expanded for Pro Bono Health Care

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KCUR Arts
3:51 pm
Thu May 24, 2007

Director Stephen Rothman on <I>Under Midwestern Stars</I>

photo: courtesy of the Kansas City Repertory Theatre

The Kansas City Repertory Theatre's current production is a world premiere of Esther Blumenfeld's Under Midwestern Stars. And it marks the debut at the Rep for veteran director Steven Rothman.

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KCUR Arts
12:05 pm
Thu May 24, 2007

New Project Wall at Artspace

Senior Audra Brandt created a new work for the H&R Block Artspace Project Wall, "I Cannot Help Eating This," a parody of David Shrigley's previous Project Wall, "You Cannot Help Looking at This."
courtesy of the Kansas City Art Institute

The Project Wall at the H&R Bloch Artspace at the Kansas City Art Institute is a large scale billboard on the side of the building at 43rd and Walnut. It's a visible site for temporary public art projects by regional and national artists.

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KCUR Arts
9:44 am
Wed May 23, 2007

St. Louis Munchkin

photo: Tom Weber/KWMU

As movie stars go, the actors who played Munchkins in "The Wizard of Oz" were not all that prolific.

For many, it was their only shot in Hollywood.

St. Louis, MO – As movie stars go, the actors who played Munchkins in "The Wizard of Oz" were not all that prolific.

For many, it was their only shot in Hollywood.

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KCUR News
6:38 am
Tue May 22, 2007

HPV Vaccines for Low-Income Women

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KCUR News
10:59 am
Mon May 21, 2007

Space Conflicts at KCI Airport Taxi Facility

Taxi drivers play chess in the facility while they wait for their numbers to be called.
Hayley Salvo / KCUR.

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4:54 am
Mon May 21, 2007

KC CURRENTS 5-20-2007

Kansas City, MO – New perspectives on a recent controversy over a facility for cab drivers at Kansas City International Airport. Plus, health experts, clergy and families discuss the prevalence of asthma in Kansas City's black community. And a visit to New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, and a story of a boy and his hero, baseball's homerun champion Hank Aaron.

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