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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?"
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.
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.
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.