Kansas City, Missouri – President George Bush recently appointed Kansas City Attorney Gerald Reynolds to head the U.S. Civil Rights Commission. The advisory panel has been led for just over half its 47-year existence by the combative Mary Frances Berry. With Reynolds, the Commission's leadership takes a hard turn to the right, but his supporters contend, toward more open discourse. Meanwhile, local civil rights advocates are still waiting to meet the new Chairman. KCUR's Frank Morris reports.
Kansas City, MO – The Kansas City based design and engineering firm, HNTB has launched a new subsidiary in what they consider a growth industry: homeland security. They've hired retired Army General Barry McCaffrey to run the subsidiary. McCaffrey, who sat down with KCUR's Frank Morris, at HNTB's downtown Kansas City headquarters, says it's easy to identify counterterrorism job opportunities.
This week, the first one-person exhibition in the region of the photography and video work of Shirin Nestat, a new exhibit by Kansas City painter Dean Mitchell, and the UMKC Theatre Department unveils an original show with a circus theme that's been a year in the making.
Kansas City, MO – The Kansas City City Council is expected to vote on a proposed smoking ban today. Critics of the proposal say it will stifle business. Backers dispute this claim and say a smoking ban is long overdue. KCUR's Maria Carter has this report.
This week, a new video installation inspired by a moment in spring...and a dance about one woman's experience with Alzheimer's.
By Laura Spencer
Kansas City, Missouri – This week, a new video installation by artist Rebecca Dolan evokes a moment in spring...and a dance choreographed by the Storling Dance Theater about one woman's experience with Alzheimer's.
This week, two shows revive old and risque art forms: cabaret and burlesque.
By Steve Walker and Laura Spencer
It?s the arts roundup, the audio guide to the arts. This week?two shows revive old and risque art forms: cabaret, and burlesque. First, a cabaret act called alacartoona that calls itself modern actually channels pre-world war II Europe, as KCUR?s Steve Walker reports.
Kansas City – Students at Kansas City's Northeast High School speak a total of more than 47 different languages. Still the school is able to forge a functional student community and several of the groups are achieving above school norms. Teacher Jan Stapinski and her students speak of the challenges, how it is working and why Stapinski is unusually suited to the multilingual challenge.
It's the arts roundup, the audio guide to the arts. This week a new solo show for a prolific Kansas City artist...and the Lyric Opera mounts an American opera that it originally presented the year it debuted.
Kansas City, MO – Former Kansas City mayor and city councilman Emanuel Cleaver will represent Missouri's 5th district in the United States Congress next year. He defeated political newcomer Jeanne Patterson by 37,000 votes. When the results came in late last night, Cleaver was still smarting from the blows of the campaign. KCUR's Sylvia Maria Gross reports.
During this year's bitter and at times vitriolic election campaigns, political artwork has been on the rise across the nation. Two new politically charged exhibits at the Dolphin Gallery in the Crossroads Art District...use humor and satire to deflect some of the negativity.
Independence, MO – Republican volunteers across the country hit the streets over the last few days as part of a nationwide 72-hour taskforce. In Jackson County, Republican supporters called voters one last time and handed out pamphlets. KCUR's Maria Carter has this audio postcard of two volunteers walking door-to-door in Independence today.
Kansas City, Missouri – Young and old voters on the East Side of Kansas City are pouring into the polls. They're getting some help from Freedom Inc, the African American political organization that is backing Democratic candidates. Sylvia Maria Gross, KCUR News.
Kansas City – Blunt wins governor chair, Republicans also maintain control of Missouri House and Senate. Bistate and charter amendment fail. Highway amendment passes. Other victors: Cleaver, Moore, Graves, Ryun,Bond, Brownback, Kinder, Carnahan, Steelman
Kansas City, Missouri – Missouri's 5th district congressional race between Reverend Emanuel Cleaver and Jeanne Patterson has been a bitter, expensive battle. Former mayor and city councilman Emanuel Cleaver has not always been quick to respond to Patterson's accusations of ethical misconduct. Cleaver says he hadn't planned to run for office again, but felt compelled by a need to restore civility to public office. A week before the election, KCUR's Sylvia Maria Gross catches up with Cleaver as he shifts his campaign into high gear.
Kansas City, Missouri – In the tight battle for Missouri's 5th congressional district, political novice Jeanne Patterson has proven an enthusiastic campaigner. She's poured 3 million dollars of her own money into the effort, and is working hard to develop a public image based on her experience as a mother and at Cerner, the health technology firm her husband founded. Running against former mayor and city councilman Emanuel Cleaver, Patterson has built HER name recognition ad by ad. KCUR's Sylvia Maria Gross follows along as Patterson introduces herself to area residents in person.
3rd district, Kansas – Dennis Moore is trying to hold on to his seat in the 3rd Congressional district in Kansas for a fourth term. The race in this district - encompassing Johnson, Wyandotte, and part of Douglas County - is always very close, and this year is no exception. KCUR's Laura Ziegler has this profile.
3rd district, Kansas – The Third Congressional District of Kansas is one of the most closely watched congressional races in the country with Republicans hoping to unseat 3-term incumbent Dennis Moore. Challenger Kris Kobach has attempted to use issues of terrorism, taxes, and morality to suggest Dennis Moore is out of step with Kansas consituents. Laura Ziegler has this profile.
Kansas City, Missouri – The Bi-State II proposal asks voters in the metropolitan area to approve a quarter cent sales tax for up to 15 years. The 1.2 billion dollars in proceeds will be split evenly between area arts groups and stadium renovations at Arrowhead and Kauffman.
This week, it's Black Mondays with a new film noir series at the Kansas City Public Library's Film Vault...and in a new exhibit at Johnson County Community College Gallery of Art, five artists reflect on the costs of war.
By Laura Spencer
Kansas City, MO – This week, it's Black Mondays with a new film noir series at the Kansas City Public Library's Film Vault...and in a new exhibit at Johnson County Community College Gallery of Art, five artists reflect on the costs of war. KCUR's Laura Spencer reports.