Kansas City, MO – Missouri and Illinois are the latest states proposing to raise hundreds of millions of dollars selling part or all of their student loan program to raise money higher education. Student groups warn that borrowers could face harsher repayment terms, and that the move shrinks the pool of potential lenders for college loans if they do. KCUR's Frank Morris reports.
Kansas City, MO – The Kansas City, Missouri Health commission met with representatives from hospitals, community groups, and churches to develop a plan on how to improve the health of Kansas City. Last year, these groups identified areas that needed more work like preventative care, tobacco use, and mental health services. These priorities are part of Kansas City's Community Health Improvement Plan, approved earlier this year by the City Council.
Daniel Handler, also known as Lemony Snicket, is the author of a series of children's novels called A Series of Unfortunate Events. There are 12 books in the series so far, detailing the adventures and misfortunes of the three Baudelaire orphans. The series has gained a following with young readers, as well as adults.
Kansas City based musician Shane Borth plays a number of instruments, but his primary ones are violin and viola (he's a violist for the Des Moines Symphony). This weekend, Borth will collaborate with the ensemble of artists called Quixotic Performance Fusion in an improvisational piece, and here, gives a sample.
Kansas City, MO – On the eve of the vote on improvements to Kauffman and Arrowhead stadiums. The Detroit Tigers beat the K.C. Royals 3 to 1. Two stadium issues are on tomorrow's ballot. One is a 25-year 3/3 cent sales tax for general stadium improvements, the other a use tax on goods bought out of state by Jackson County businesses for a rolling roof.
Kansas City, MO – State Senator Victor Callahan says it was a grassroots movement in his district that led him to introduce Senate Bill 602, which would allow the change upon approval by the Independence district and voters in the area served by the seven schools.
Kansas City, MO – The US Senate considers federal immigration laws, we consider the effect of one law on local families and hear from some of the 2000 demonstrators at an immigrants' rights rally in Kansas City Kansas. Missouri legislators consider a ban on contraceptives at public health clinics. Financial planner David Jackson gives some advice on investing. And, we remember Tony Aguirre, who coached young people in Kansas City for 60 years.
Kansas City, KS – In cities around the country, people have been rallying in opposition to an immigration reform plan, and emphasizing the importance of immigrants to the US work force. Thousands rallied in Kansas City Kansas, Friday morning. Michael Leahy was there and asked the protestors what brought them out.
Kansas City, MO – The U.S. Supreme Court has announced it will hear arguments on the constitutionality of the Kansas capital punishment law again. The first hearing, with an even-numbered court one justice short, resulted in a tie vote. Kansas Attorney General Phill Kline is hoping new appointees to the court will swing the next decision to favor the state. The case centers about the law's provision that if evidence for and against the death penalty are equal a jury must vote for death.
Kansas City, MO – Jackson County is launching a new program to encourage more county workers to ride the bus. KCUR's Maria Carter reports. - - - - - One benefit of working for the Jackson county government is a free parking space downtown. That costs the county some 60 dollars each month per employee, but a new program would give county workers an alternative to driving to work, taking the bus for free. County Executive Katherine Shields says the program would save both employees and the county money.
Kansas City, MO – About 11-thousand people are on Missouri's public registry of sex offenders. The list includes rapists and pedophiles, but it also lists thousands of people who have never even been accused of committing a sex crime. For these citizens, being listed on the registry can be a catastrophic, unexpected, and long lasting burden. The Missouri Supreme Court could rule as early as today on the registry's constitutionality. KCUR's Frank Morris has the story.
A new production at the Unicorn Theatre gives a look at the tradition of black women's church hats. Later, Delores Jones stops by the shop of Lessie McClendon who has been making and selling hand-made hats for 50 years.