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KCUR News
9:43 am
Mon February 26, 2007

KC-MO 4th District Council Race

Kansas City, MO – Both 4th District seats on Kansas City Missouri's city council are also wide open. The at-large seat, in particular, has attracted five candidates and turned into a pretty expensive battle. KCUR's Sylvia Maria Gross takes this look at their campaign messages, and how they're communicating them.

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KCUR News
9:43 am
Mon February 26, 2007

Voters May Need to Check Poll Locations

Sign on the window primary day (February 27, 2007) at the former polling place at Rockhurst College, 54th and Troost Avenue.
(photo credit: Sylvia Maria Gross)

Kansas City, MO – Many Kansas City area voters will be voting in unfamiliar poll locations in Tuesday's elections. Cash-strapped election boards will be operating fewer polling places than in the November general election, leading to some concerns about hurried voters who did not read their mail notifications of the fact showing up at the wrong place to vote.

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KCUR News
9:43 am
Mon February 26, 2007

Mayor Calls for Investigation into Illegal Attacks

Mayoral candidate forum on Up to Date, broadcasting from the Liberty Memorial, February 26, 2007
Laura Spencer, KCUR

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KCUR News
9:12 am
Mon February 26, 2007

Survey Looks at Health Issues of Mexican Immigrants

Kansas City, MO – It's not always easy to get accurate data on how immigrants in the Kansas City area access health care. But that information plays an important role in debates about health and immigration policy, both locally and statewide. University of Missouri organization Alianzas has been collecting surveys, specifically about Mexican immigrants and migrant workers in the region. Health reporter Kelley Weiss talked with an Alianzas coordinator, Katy Fields, about some of the survey results.

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KCUR News
6:13 am
Mon February 26, 2007

Grant to Help Manage Heart Failure

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3:09 am
Mon February 26, 2007

KC CURRENTS 2-25-07

Kansas City, MO – This week, candidates compete in Kansas City's most expensive council race the fourth district. And the first charter school in Kansas City Kansas prepares to open in 2008. Hear about new data on the health concerns of local immigrant communities. Plus, we explore the Latin American influences on poet Langston Hughes.

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KCUR News
2:31 am
Mon February 26, 2007

First Charter School in KCK Prepares for 2008

Kansas City, MO – The Northeast Business Association will open Kansas City Kansas' first charter school in 2008. The KCK School board received six applications for charters and picked just one. The school will be called the Maurice R. Holman Academy of Excellence, named after the association's founder, who passed away last year. KCUR's Ty Chandler spoke to Chiquita Coggs, Executive Director of the Northeast Business Association.

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KCUR News
10:11 am
Fri February 23, 2007

Music Hall Rededication

pictured from left to right: Councilman John Fairfield, Councilman Alvin Brooks, Mayor Kay Barnes, Councilman Chuck Eddy, and City Manager Wayne Cauthen cutting the ribbon at the rededication ceremony.
photo: Laura Spencer/KCUR

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KCUR Arts
10:37 am
Thu February 22, 2007

Dead Man Walking at Avila

Good actors are used to doing homework in preparation for a role. Prior to Avila University Theatre Department's production of Dead Man Walking, KCUR's Steve Walker talked with members of the student cast who prepared by visiting Lansing penitentiary.

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KCUR News
9:43 am
Thu February 22, 2007

Mayoral Candidates Try to Standout

courtesy of KCPT-TV

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KCUR Arts
8:15 am
Thu February 22, 2007

The Story Behind Jose Limon's <I>The Moor's Pavane</I>

Jennifer Scanlon, a master teacher and reconstructor of the Jose Limon repertory.
photo: Laura Spencer/KCUR

Dance has been described as an artform written on the body. And works by choreographers, past and present, are passed through the generations from dancer to dancer.

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KCUR News
10:40 am
Wed February 21, 2007

Cherokees May Vote to Expel Freedmen

Cherokee Freedman Johnny Toomer looks over documents linking him to the tribe.
Frank Morris

Tahlequah, OK – A federal court hearing Wednesday (February 21) pits Native Americans against the descendants of African slaves who were once kept by tribal members. The Cherokee nation has moved to expel those descendants, known as Cherokee Freedmen. The Freedmen argue that their shared heritage and a 140 year old treaty protect their citizenship. KCUR's Frank Morris reports.

Note: This story aired on NPR's Morning Edition, 2/21/07.

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KCUR News
4:23 am
Wed February 21, 2007

Cordish Approaches Affirmative Action Goals for Power & Light District

Kansas City, MO – The company developing the new Power & Light district downtown announced yesterday that it is exceeding city goals for the participation of minority and women-owned businesses. But according to numbers submitted to the city in December, Baltimore-based Cordish Company actually fell short in the area of construction services, and is about on target for professional services. Operations Director Zed Smith says the company expects to exceed contractor participation goals and will not ask the city to waive them.

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KCUR News
11:13 pm
Tue February 20, 2007

Chief Recommends Firing Two Officers Over Mistreatment of Pregnant Woman

Kansas City, MO – Kansas City Missouri's Police Chief fired a jail employee yesterday and recommended terminating two officers who mistreated a pregnant woman during an arrest last year. The Board of Police Commissioners will make a final decision on the officers in a hearing scheduled for next Tuesday. KCUR's Sylvia Maria Gross has more.

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KCUR News
5:33 am
Tue February 20, 2007

Grant Money to Help Reduce Harmful School Bus Emissions

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KCUR Arts
2:33 pm
Mon February 19, 2007

Photos of Kansas City's Black History

When historian Delia Gillis began compiling photographs for a book on Kansas City's African American history, she turned to both local and national archives. But she found some of the most compelling images in her friends' family albums--like this one of Marcheita Bush, reprinted with permission from Kansas City, by Delia Gillis.

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KCUR Arts
1:25 pm
Mon February 19, 2007

Late Night Theatre Closes Its Doors

Cast members of Late Night Theatre?s The Birds (l to r) are Ray Ettinger, De De DeVille, Ron Megee, Bill Pelletier, Jeremy Griffin and Gary Campbell.
courtesy of Late Night

After more than a decade of campy sendups of pop culture - from old television shows to movies - Late Night Theatre closes its doors.

Kansas City, MO – After more than a decade of campy sendups of pop culture - from old television shows to movies - Late Night Theatre closes its doors.

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KCUR News
9:44 am
Mon February 19, 2007

Third and Fifth District Council Hopefuls at NAACP Forum

photo: Sylvia Maria Gross/KCUR

Kansas City, MO – Between term limits and the five council members running for mayor, more than half of the seats on the Kansas City Missouri city council are up for grabs in the upcoming election. On Thursday evening, candidates for the third and fifth district council seats addressed about a hundred people at a forum sponsored by the NAACP and the local chapter of the sorority AKA. KCUR's Sylvia Maria Gross was there.

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Jazz/Blues
9:35 am
Mon February 19, 2007

Marva Whitney: It's Her Thing

KCUR's Chuck Haddix welcomed funk singer Marva Whitney to The Fish Fry, where she talked about her start in Kansas City Kansas and working with the late great James Brown.

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Education
4:29 am
Mon February 19, 2007

Olathe Teacher Finalist for National Teacher of the Year

Students Alex Cole, Alex Parkinson and Anish Patel are rooting for their teacher, Josh Anderson in the Teacher of the Year finals.
Photos by Steve Bell

Olathe, KS –
For the fourth time in the past six years, Olathe Northwest speech drama and forensics teacher Joshua Anderson is one of four finalists for National Teacher of the Year.

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3:25 am
Mon February 19, 2007

KC CURRENTS 2-18-07

Kansas City, MO – Drop in on a forum of candidates for city council in Kansas City Missouri's third and fifth districts. Local historian Delia Gillis compiles a photographic history of black Kansas City. An interview with presidential candidate and New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson. Plus, a visit with funk singer Marva Whitney, a Kansas City Kansas native, who jump-started her career singing with the legendary James Brown.

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KCUR Arts
3:44 pm
Fri February 16, 2007

WEB EXTRA: Jennifer Steinkamp on <I>Wreck of the Dumaru</I>

Wreck of the Dumaru, 2004; computer animation, video projection.
photo: Marcu Leith

A new exhibit of Jennifer Steinkamp's large-scale installations opens tonight (February 16) at the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art. Here, Steinkamp talks about a work with personal significance called Wreck of the Dumaru.

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KCUR News
2:07 am
Fri February 16, 2007

Five Firefighters Injured in Waldo Fire

KCUR News
11:01 pm
Thu February 15, 2007

Top Stories of the Week

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KCUR Arts
10:17 am
Wed February 14, 2007

Producing Artistic Director Peter Altman on Copaken Stage

A collage of posters and programs from the more than 40 year history of the Kansas City Repertory Theatre.
photo: Laura Spencer/KCUR

The Kansas City Repertory Theatre recently opened its second stage, Copaken Stage, in the new H&R Block headquarters at 13th and Walnut. The day before previews began of the current production of Love, Janis, KCUR's Laura Spencer talked about the new chapter in the Rep's history with Producing Artistic Director Peter Altman.

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KCUR News
9:44 am
Wed February 14, 2007

Funkhouser Questions Budget Process

Kansas City, MO – Mayoral candidate Mark Funkhouser is criticizing City Hall for not being more open with the budget process. Funkhouser is the former auditor for Kansas City, Missouri. He says he had hoped to speak at a Finance and Audit Committee meeting yesterday, but no public testimony was taken.

Funkhouser: "I would be asking questions. I would be saying where is the five year forecast. How do we know we're going to sustain these huge additions you made to the budget?"

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KCUR News
4:23 am
Wed February 14, 2007

Helping Native Americans Get Health Care

Trevor Wahwassuck plays in the children's waiting area of the Potawatomi Health Center.
Kelley Weiss

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KCUR News
11:23 pm
Mon February 12, 2007

Tax Incentives Proposed for Filmmakers in Kansas

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KCUR News
9:45 am
Mon February 12, 2007

Media Panel on KC-MO Mayor's Race

Kansas City, MO – KCUR's Ty Chandler spoke to reporters and editors at three of Kansas City's weekly newspapers: Joe Arce, publisher and editor of KCHispanic News, CJ Janovy, editor of the Pitch, and Eric Wesson of the Kansas City Call how they've been covering the election.

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KCUR News
3:20 am
Mon February 12, 2007

Beleaguered Mining Town Succumbs to Federal Buyout

\"Hoppy\" Ray, an 81-year Old Former Miner reminisces about the days when Picher was wild.
Frank Morris

Picher, OK – Like a number of small towns across the Great Plains, Picher, Oklahoma is dying. But Picher hasn't gone without a fight. The mining town in the northeast corner of the state has hung on through labor unrest, economic collapse, and horrible pollution. But within a year or two, a federal buyout will likely finish the town. While some call the buyout a "mercy killing" some people in Picher view it more as a lethal injection of federal cash.

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