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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

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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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2:51 am
Mon February 12, 2007

KC CURRENTS 2-11-07

Kansas City, MO – On this week's show, we sort through the dozen candidates in Kansas City's mayor's race with journalists from the Kansas City Call, KC Hispanic News and the Pitch. As the Kansas City Missouri school district considers implementing K-8 schools, hear the opinions of local parents and an expert studying similar schools in Philadelphia. Plus, Rabbi Morris Margolies talks about the Dead Sea Scrolls, now on display at Union Station.

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KCUR News
12:43 am
Mon February 12, 2007

Parents and Expert Weigh in on K-8 Schools

KCUR News
1:19 am
Sat February 10, 2007

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KCUR News
1:13 am
Sat February 10, 2007

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KCUR Arts
8:59 am
Fri February 9, 2007

Secret Lives of Losers

The UMKC Theater Department is exhibiting a healthy commitment to new, original works with what it calls its Festival of N.O.W.

Kansas City, MO – The UMKC Theater Department is exhibiting a healthy commitment to new, original works with what it calls its Festival of N.O.W. As KCUR's Steve Walker reports, its latest offering is set in the Midwest and features the kind of young characters the festival hopes to draw.

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KCUR Arts
8:28 am
Thu February 8, 2007

Beasts

"Untitled" Tammy Kennedy Taxidermic Hartebeest, Scotch Tape 2007
photo: Laura Spencer/KCUR

Animals and ways of perception have been the topics of exhibitions in recent months in area galleries. From Cryptozoology at the H&R Block Artspace to the new exhibit at Grand Arts exploring the sense of smell. The Greenlease Gallery at Rockhurst University continues this trend in an invitational group exhibition called Beasts.

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KCUR News
5:59 am
Thu February 8, 2007

Tuberculosis Cases Reported in Homeless Shelter

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KCUR News
3:57 am
Thu February 8, 2007

Chemical Plant Catches Fire

The Red Cross set up cots in the gym at North Kansas City High School.
(Sylvia Maria Gross, KCUR)

Kansas City, MO – A black cloud of smoke loomed over Kansas City, the result of the fire at Chemcentral. What sparked the fire at the chemical plant is still unknown. Firefighters quickly arrived at the scene but had to pull back after noticing nearby rail tankers filled with flammable liquid were steaming. Fire Chief Smokey Dyer calls the situation potentially dangerous.

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KCUR News
8:41 am
Wed February 7, 2007

Kansas City Preparing for Pandemic Flu

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Biosecurity
10:37 am
Mon February 5, 2007

Roberts Talks About Kansas Biosecurity Center

Sen. Pat Roberts, the former Chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee and member of the Agriculture Committee, says biosecurity is a national concern and that Kansas is a natural place to put it front and center.

The proposed National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility, or NBAF, as it's known in Washington, will replace the aging lab on Plum Island, near New York. That lab has been the premier biosecurity facility to date.

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KCUR News
5:07 am
Mon February 5, 2007

Dead Sea Scrolls Exhibit Opens in Kansas City

Fragment of one Dead Sea Scroll
Israel Antiquities Authority

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KCUR News
12:47 am
Mon February 5, 2007

Bruce R Watkins Center Often Empty

Kansas City, MO – The founders of the Bruce R Watkins Cultural Heritage Center had high expectations of what the center would mean to Kansas City. Their goal was to create a place to commemorate African American achievements and culture. They named it after a local pioneer: Kansas City's first black city councilman, Bruce R Watkins. But 18 years later, has it lived up to their goal?

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KCUR News
12:43 am
Mon February 5, 2007

KC-MO Police Ignore Pregnant Woman's Pleas

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11:16 pm
Sun February 4, 2007

KC CURRENTS 2-5-07

Kansas City, MO – Kansas City Missouri's police chief responds to a widely-circulated video that shows two officers ignoring a woman's repeated pleas for medical help. Hear a Latino perspective on the candidates on the upcoming presidential election and Kenyan Nobel Prize Laureate Wangari Maathai comes home, in a sense, to Atchison, Kansas. Plus, a conversation with children's book author Christopher Paul Curtis.

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KCUR Arts
3:35 pm
Fri February 2, 2007

Mayoral Candidates Court Creative Class

Dolphin Gallery owner John O'Brien
photo: Laura Spencer/KCUR

The 12 candidates running for mayor of Kansas City Mayor have courted business leaders, neighborhood activists and different geographical parts of the city...but at least two of them are actively pursuing a constituency often by-passed in politics: artists, the creative class. KCUR's Laura Spencer has the story.

Mayoral Candidates Court Creative Class

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KCUR Arts
1:09 pm
Fri February 2, 2007

Art Openings and a Closing on First Fridays

Whoop Dee Doo curators (l to r): Jaimie Warren, Matt Roche, and Jori Sackin (not pictured, Chloe Schempf.
photo: Laura Spencer/KCUR

It's a first Friday in the Crossroads Arts District when galleries host openings, and restaurants and other businesses stay open late.

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KCUR News
7:01 am
Fri February 2, 2007

Top Stories of the Week

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Lawsuit, videotape prompt suspension of two K.C. police officers.
Cross-state health partnership irks Kansas lawmakers.
Kansas campus repairs: Turnpike fees or property taxes?
New Jackson County budget cuts jobs.
Royals call for million-dollar "instant video" system.
Chiefs' pioneer Jack Steadman retires at 78.

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