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KCUR News
5:14 am
Tue December 12, 2006

Kansas Ranks High in Emergency Preparedness

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Jazz/Blues
11:06 am
Mon December 11, 2006

1986 Interview with Jay McShann

Jay "Hootie" McShann tells the story of how he first came to Kansas City, and put together his first band.

Kansas City, MO – Jay McShann said he discovered the blues as a young man, listening to the radio and records by Bessie Smith and James P. Johnson. He was a self-taught pianist - he just picked out the songs he heard on the family piano.

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Government
10:29 am
Mon December 11, 2006

Texas Demographer Steve Murdock

Kansas City, MO – Steve Murdock became the first official demographer for the state of Texas in 2001. He uses population projections to advise the state government of Texas, and other states too, on everything from public education and health care to budget planning and economic growth. Texas is one of four states that are majority minority - where the combined population of all non-white groups is more than 50%, and Murdock says pretty soon, the whole country will look like Texas.

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2:40 am
Mon December 11, 2006

StoryCorps in KC: Myra Taylor and Pearl Thuston-Brown

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Jazz/Blues
9:45 am
Fri December 8, 2006

Remembering Jay McShann

Legendary jazz and blues musician Jay "Hootie" McShann died Thursday, December 7 at the age of 90. A pianist, vocalist, composer and big band leader in the 1930s and 40s, McShann was one of the last of a generation who helped create the Kansas City style.

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KCUR News
4:26 am
Fri December 8, 2006

UMKC Research Targets Drug Addiction

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KCUR News
3:58 am
Fri December 8, 2006

Top Stories of the Week

Kansas City, MO –
Appleby found guilty as charged in Ali Kemp murder.
Governor, PSC chairman blast Ameren over long power outage.
Sebelius, Blunt, Cleaver move up in party positions.
White House Medal of Freedom to Buck O'Neal.
Jazz giant McShann who put the blues in K.C. jazz dies.

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KCUR Arts
3:37 pm
Thu December 7, 2006

Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing at the Coterie

Missy Koonce (as Mother) and Steven Eubank (as Peter)
photo: Coterie Theatre

Author Judy Blume's Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing is a classic story about sibling rivalry and family relationships - issues that often come to the forefront around the holidays. The Coterie brings the work to the stage this holiday season.

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Jazz/Blues
12:39 pm
Wed December 6, 2006

WEB EXTRA: Ahmad Alaadeen on Jay McShann

Photo courtesy of the Marr Sound Archives, UMKC

Saxophonist Ahmad Alaadeen grew up down the street from Jay McShann. Here, Alaadeen tells a story from his childhood about walking down the street, disobeying his mother to hear McShann play.

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Jazz/Blues
10:56 am
Wed December 6, 2006

WEB EXTRA: Myra Taylor on Jay McShann

Photo courtesy of the Marr Sound Archives, UMKC

Vocalist Myra Taylor also performed in Kansas City in the 1930s and 40s. Here, Taylor tells a story about attending a ceremony at the Jazz Hall of Fame in Tulsa (where McShann received the Lifetime Achievement Award).

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KCUR Arts
10:50 am
Wed December 6, 2006

A Christmas Carol in Spanish

Though the Kansas City Repertory Theatre's A Christmas Carol is a long-established Kansas City tradition, there is a new way to experience the show that will be of interest to Spanish-speaking audiences.

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Jazz/Blues
10:44 am
Wed December 6, 2006

WEB EXTRA: Chuck Haddix on Jay McShann

Historian Chuck Haddix is the co-author with Frank Driggs of Kansas City Jazz: From Ragtime to Bebop: A History. Here, Haddix talks about how McShann will be remembered.

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KCUR News
5:20 am
Tue December 5, 2006

Medical Examiner's Office Staff Leaving

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2:41 am
Tue December 5, 2006

StoryCorps in KC: Delbert Stone and his daughters

Kansas City, MO – At StoryCorps recording booths across the country, friends and loved ones interview each other about their lives. Each Wednesday during Morning Edition, we'll bring you a story recorded at the MobileBooth in Kansas City. Rebecca Leonard and Stephanie Zale brought their father Delbert Stone. Here, Stephanie recalls a time nearly 40 years ago when their family learned a life lesson about love.

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KCUR Arts
9:47 am
Mon December 4, 2006

African-inspired Fabric Art at the Culture House Gallery

Bega kwa Bega or Shoulder to Shoulder is a group exhibit of fabric artists featuring Nedra Bonds, Sherry Whetstone McCall and Charlotte Hill O'Neal. It'll be on display until January 26 at the African American History and Culture House at UMKC.

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KCUR News
6:30 am
Mon December 4, 2006

Commission Will Pick Prosecutor Finalists

Kansas City, MO – The process to pick the next Jackson County prosecutor has been established. KCUR's Maria Carter reports.

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KCUR News
4:42 am
Mon December 4, 2006

Expansion of the Minuteman Project

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3:34 am
Mon December 4, 2006

KC CURRENTS 12-3-06

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KCUR News
12:24 am
Mon December 4, 2006

Missouri State Senator Elect Jolie Justus

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KCUR News
11:18 pm
Sun December 3, 2006

New Medicaid Rules Create Backlog in Kansas

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KCUR News
11:16 pm
Sun December 3, 2006

National WWI Museum Draws Praise

The Natioanl WWI Museaum opened Saturday.
Frank Morris

Kansas City, MO – World War One was a cataclysm that destroyed the old world order, killed at least 9 million combatants, and vaulted the United States into world prominence.
But the conflict, with its horrific trench warfare and weapons of mass destruction, has been largely overshadowed by World War Two.
The hard lessons of the Great War' are now on display at the National World War I Museum in Kansas City.

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KCUR News
3:57 am
Sat December 2, 2006

Top Stories of the Week

Kansas City, MO –

Faulty wiring blamed for fire that killed ten in Missouri group home.
Storm misses K.C., causes massive power outage in St. Louis.
New Liberty Memorial WWI museum opens to the public.
Onalfo to coach Wizards, new home to be announced soon.
Expanded K.C. smoking ban sent back to committee.

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KCUR News
4:34 am
Thu November 30, 2006

Medicaid Enrollment Drops with New Citizenship Requirements

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KCUR News
2:56 am
Tue November 28, 2006

Missouri Rx Plan Helps Pay for Drugs

Kansas City, MO – The Missouri Department of Social Services is accepting more low-income seniors and disabled Missourians into a prescription drug program to help cover out-of-pocket expenses. KCUR's Kelley Weiss reports.

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Currently 165,000 people are enrolled in the Missouri Prescription Drug Plan, which supplements gaps in Medicare drug coverage.

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KCUR News
2:15 am
Fri November 24, 2006

Kansas City's Ida McBeth releases "Live on the Vine"

T. Michael Stanley (913) 341-7229

Kansas City, MO – Singer Ida McBeth has been a fixture on the Kansas City music scene for more than thirty years, getting her first professional job before she even was out of high school. Today she releases "Live on the Vine" her fourth CD. KCUR's Lee Ingalls sat down with McBeth to talk about her life in blues, jazz, soul and funk - and her affection for what she calls "nice nasty songs."

More information: Ida McBeth's website

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KCUR News
6:12 am
Wed November 22, 2006

Corkins Out Dale Dennis In as KS Ed Commissioner

Commissioner Bob Corkins champions charter schools and science standards accepting \"intelligent design.\"
KS Dept. of Education photo

Kansas City, MO – In a special session convened with one day's notice, the Kansas Board of Education took the action its members had speculated was the subject of the secretively-themed meeting. Department of Education spokesperson Cynthia Williams announced the resignation of Commissioner of Education Bob Corkins.

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Books
10:25 am
Mon November 20, 2006

Mbembe Milton Smith Remembered

Kansas City poet Mbembe Milton Smith would have been 60 years old this month. He had written four books of poetry before he took his life at the age of 36. Two of Smith's early books were published by UMKC's Bkmk Press, which is re-releasing a copy of his Selected Poems in honor of his birthday.

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KCUR News
6:54 am
Mon November 20, 2006

Funkhouser Enters Mayor's Race

Kansas City, MO – Another person with strong ties to local government is joining the race for Kansas City mayor. KCUR's Maria Carter reports.

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Mark Funkhouser retired as city auditor on Friday, and today he announced he's looking for another job at city hall mayor. Funkhouser has been a critic of Kansas City's growing debt, much of that for downtown development. He says the city needs to be a better job of providing basic city services and stop focusing on large projects aimed at making the city world class.

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KCUR News
6:22 am
Mon November 20, 2006

Saint Luke's Building Women's Centers

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