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12:57 am
Mon May 7, 2007

Immigrants' Families and MO State Senator Discuss Proposed Bills

Participants at the rally watched videos about the effects of immigration raids and detentions on communities around the country.
Sylvia Maria Gross / KCUR

Kansas City, MO – On Tuesday (May 1,2007), immigrant families and their supporters marched from Kansas City's West Side to Washington Square Park near Crown Center. The protest was in conjunction with rallies around the country for immigrants' rights and came about a year after much larger gatherings here and elsewhere. But KCUR's Sylvia Maria Gross reports this years' participants were more focused on specific federal and state legislation.

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KCUR News
12:35 am
Mon May 7, 2007

NJROTC Brings Home Honors

The Shawnee Mission North NJROTC drill team ranks number one in the nation.
Photo by Steve Bell

Kansas City, MO – The line of crisp white shirts and dark navy trousers and service caps is accented by the lively colors of ribbons earned and the gleam of freshly polished black shoes. The 118 cadets of the Shawnee Mission North Junior Navy ROTC unit are lined up in the field house for their annual inspection. And they have a substantial reputation to protect.

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KCUR News
3:50 am
Sat May 5, 2007

Top Stories of the Week

Kansas City, MO –

Shooter kills two, injures six at Ward Parkway Mall.
Funkhouser, nine new K.C. council members sworn in.
K.C. Council postpones Anschutz Kemper contract, Red Bridge expansion.
Kansas Legislature passes $12 billion spending budget.
Conservatives decry Kansas spending as "courting financial crisis."
Moderates blast budget "provisos" on abortion records, KU Hospital affiliation.
Kansas City ranked 20th worst for air pollution.

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KCUR Arts
12:31 pm
Fri May 4, 2007

<I>Mufaro's Beautiful Daughters</I> at the Coterie

photo: Laura Spencer/KCUR

The old adage: Beauty is in the eye of the beholder runs through a new production at the Coterie Theatre, Mufaro's Beautiful Daughters.

Kansas City, MO – Mufaro's Beautiful Daughters

an African Tale, by John Steptoe at the

Coterie Theatre, April 17 - May 20, 2007.

Adapted by Karen Abbott from the Caldecott Honor Book and Reading Rainbow Book


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KCUR News
12:37 am
Thu May 3, 2007

US Attorney Scandal Tied to Missouri Voter ID Law

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KCUR Arts
3:41 pm
Wed May 2, 2007

<I>Putting the U Back in Curator</I> at the Kemper

Born 1910 in Wilkes-Barre, PA Died 1962 in New York, NY untitled, ca. 1957 oil paint on canvas 27 3/8 x 37 1/8 inches Bebe and Crosby Kemper Collection Gift of the William T. Kemper Charitable Trust 1999.14
Franz Kline

On television shows like American Idol, the audience picks the winner. A new exhibition-in-progress at the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art engages museum patrons in the same way, by allowing them to choose what hangs on the walls.

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KCUR News
10:39 am
Wed May 2, 2007

Funkhouser Vows to Improve City Services

Kansas City, MO – Kansas City's new mayor and city council were sworn in to office this morning at city hall. Before launching in to his priorities for the city in his inaugural address, Mayor Mark Funkhouser promised that his family would come first. KCUR's Sylvia Maria Gross has more.

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Kansas City Mayor Mark Funkhouser praised the new council members' commitment to public service and said he looked forward to working with them.

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KCUR News
10:23 am
Wed May 2, 2007

Local Immigration Rally Draws Hundreds of Supporters

Participants at the rally watched videos about the effects of immigration raids and detentions on communities around the country.
Sylvia Maria Gross / KCUR

Kansas City, MO – Immigrant families and their supporters marched from Kansas City's West Side to Washington Square Park near Crown Center yesterday in conjunction with rallies around the country for immigrants' rights. KCUR's Sylvia Maria Gross reports that about 500 people from around the region attended, compared to several thousand at last year's largest local rally.

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Performance
12:07 pm
Tue May 1, 2007

A World Premiere of Carmen at the Kansas City Ballet

The Kansas City Ballet's Kimberly Cowen as Carmen.
photo: Laura Spencer/KCUR

One of the foremost authorities in Spanish dance is in Kansas City helping stage flamenco choreography for the Kansas City Ballet's world premiere of Carmen, choreographed by artistic director William Whitener.

Kansas City, MO – SPRING PERFORMANCE 2007
May 3-6, Lyric Theatre (11th & Central)

Thursday, May 3, 7:30 p.m.
Friday, May 4, 8:00 p.m.
Saturday, May 5, 2:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.
Sunday, May 6, 2:00 p.m.

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KCUR News
5:33 am
Tue May 1, 2007

Air Quality Report Gives KC Low Marks

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KCUR News
3:23 am
Tue May 1, 2007

Mayor Mark Funkhouser's Inaugural Address

A full house at the city council chamber gives Mayor Mark Funkhouser and the new city council a standing ovation.
Sylvia Maria Gross / KCUR.

14 minutes

Kansas City, MO – Listen to the full audio of Kansas City, Missouri Mayor Mark Funkhouser's inaugural address, delivered this morning (May 1, 2007) at City Hall directly following his swearing-in as mayor.

INAUGURAL ADDRESS OF THE HONORABLE MAYOR MARK FUNKHOUSER
Council Chamber
City Hall
Kansas City, Missouri
Tuesday, May 1, 2007

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People
8:41 am
Mon April 30, 2007

High School Student Competes in National Poetry Competition

Michael T. Brown is reading poems by Langston Hughes and Walt Whitman for this years' national Poetry Out Loud recitation competition. The winner receives a $20,000 college scholarship.

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KCUR News
8:20 am
Mon April 30, 2007

Three Dead at Kansas City Mall Shooting

Kansas City, MO – Three people died at a mall in Kansas City after a gunman opened fire, apparently targeting victims at random. KCUR's Frank Morris reports.

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KCUR News
7:51 am
Mon April 30, 2007

Police Tapes Tell Mall Shooting Story

David Logsdon, gunned down by police at the Ward Parkway Shopping Center after two customers were shot dead and six more wounded.
Police Photo

Kansas City, MO – Police identified the man officers gunned down at the Ward Parkway mall as David Logsdon, 51. They believe he killed a neighbor he was feuding with, shot and wounded an officer who stopped him and confiscated one weapon and, according to Police Sergeant John Jackson, headed for the Target Store where he formerly worked with the intent of wreaking havoc.

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12:02 am
Mon April 30, 2007

KC CURRENTS 4-29-2007

Kansas City, MO – KC-MO schools are reorganized into kindergarten through eighth grade buildings. Examine the effect of some rap music's stop snitching messages on Kansas City crime. The KC-MO city council passed a controversial affirmative action plan for city construction projects. Plus, a local high school student recites poetry in a national competition judged by Garrison Keillor.

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KCUR News
11:29 pm
Sun April 29, 2007

KC-MO School District Reorganization

Kansas City, MO – The Kansas City Missouri school board approved a major reorganization of the district's schools this week. Past proposals for consolidation are thought to have cost Bernard Taylor, the previous superintendent, his job. But the board selected Superintendent Anthony Amato on the basis of his bold ideas, and most of the board signed on to his vision for the city's public schools.

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KCUR News
11:26 pm
Sun April 29, 2007

Last-Minute Affirmative Action Ordinance Passes

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KCUR News
11:25 pm
Sun April 29, 2007

Stop Snitching Messages in Rap Music

Kansas City, MO – Since radio shock jock Don Imus used degrading terms to describe the Rutgers Women's Basketball Team, the focus has turned to hip hop and its often misogynistic and sexist lyrics. Everyone from Oprah to the NAACP have demanded rappers to clean up their lyrics, but there is another message some hip hop artists send that could be even more damaging.

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KCUR News
2:46 am
Sat April 28, 2007

Top Stories of the Week

Kansas City, MO –

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KCUR News
10:39 am
Fri April 27, 2007

Aladdin Hotel Slated to Reopen

Kansas City, MO – The Aladdin Hotel is set to reopen in downtown Kansas City next week. The eight decade old hotel has been closed for the past three years, but will reopen next week after a 19 million dollar renovation. General manager Fred Frye says he expects guests to include business travelers as well as those in town for conventions at the nearby bartle hall.

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KCUR News
6:37 am
Fri April 27, 2007

New Kansas City Council Takes Shape

Kansas City, MO – The Kansas City Council started to take shape today as mayor elect Mark Funkhouser appointed committee chairs and members. KCUR's Maria Carter reports.

Longtime state representative and incumbent councilmember Bill Skaggs will step up to be mayor pro tem. Mark Funkhouser says Skaggs will perform more than just a ceremonial role.

FUNKHOUSER

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KCUR Arts
1:31 pm
Thu April 26, 2007

WEB EXTRA: An Interview with James Still

James Still

Two very different venues - an edgy theatre company and a local high school - are presenting the works of James Still. Still is a renowned playwright who also writes for children's television and feature films. KCUR's Steve Walker talked to Still about his Kansas roots and the appeal of his stories to a wide audience.

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Performance
11:57 am
Thu April 26, 2007

Playwright James Still's Works in Two Kansas City Venues

Nathan Darrow (left) and Karen Errington (right) in Iron Kisses.
photo courtesy of the Unicorn Theatre

This weekend, the voice of a writer with deep Kansas roots, James Still, will be heard in two very different Kansas City theater venues.

Kansas City, MO – Olathe South High School, Secret History of the Future, April 26 - 28, 7:30 pm.

Unicorn Theatre presents Iron Kisses, April 27 - May 20 (previews April 25 and 26).

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KCUR News
10:46 am
Thu April 26, 2007

KC-MO School Board Approves Major Reorganization

Kansas City, MO – The Kansas City Missouri school board voted 5 to 2 to approve the superintendent's reorganization plan of the district's schools. Starting in the fall, the district will implement universal pre-kindergarten, and most middle schools will be phased out in favor of a kindergarten to eighth grade configuration. KCUR's Sylvia Maria Gross has more.

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KCUR News
10:38 am
Thu April 26, 2007

KC-MO Operations Committee Considers Affirmative Action Plan

Kansas City, MO – In a final meeting of Kansas City's Operations Committee today, council members recommended passing affirmative action goals for all city construction projects. The ordinance would require all contractors to have an overall workforce comprised of 10 percent minorities and 2 percent women. KCUR's Sylvia Maria Gross has more.

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KCUR News
9:03 am
Thu April 26, 2007

Kansas City Museum Stays Open During Contract Negotiations

Kansas City, MO – The City of Kansas City and Union Station officials announced yesterday (Wednesday) the Kansas City Museum at Corinthian Hall would stay open while a new contract is negotiated. KCUR's Laura Spencer reports.

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10:58 am
Tue April 24, 2007

KC CURRENTS 4-15-2007

Kansas City, MO – A local gang leader converts to Christianity under a hail of bullets. A new photography show by Chester Higgins, Jr. displays images of spirituality in the African diaspora. And Ken Burns' new PBS documentary on World War II is causing a stir among Latino Veterans.

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KCUR News
8:44 am
Tue April 24, 2007

House Takes Up Funding for Kansas City Museum

Kansas City, MO – A bill in the Missouri House that would prevent Union Station from using funds generated by a museum tax had a committee hearing today (Tuesday). Representative John Burnett, of Gladstone, says he filed the bill at the request of residents of the Northeast who were concerned about the upkeep of the Kansas City Museum, currently managed by Union Station. Burnett says the bill is intended as a clarification for the tax, which generates $1.4 million a year.

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KCUR News
2:04 am
Tue April 24, 2007

Officials Call for Building Regional Jail

Kansas City, MO – Local leaders put in another push for building a regional jail in Jackson County. KCUR's Maria Carter reports.

One of Jackson County Executive Mike Sanders's top priorities has been to build a jail that could house prisoners from the county and local cities and towns. Today (Monday), he met with Republican Sam Graves, who represents parts of Eastern Jackson County in the US house. Sanders says some 18 cities and towns in the county are already paying to house prisoners elsewhere.

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