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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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2:43 am
Mon November 20, 2006

StoryCorps in KC: Frances Robinson and Cynthia Robinson

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11:38 pm
Sun November 19, 2006

KC CURRENTS 11-19-06

Kansas City, MO – Members of the Missouri House of Representatives and immigrants rights supporters discuss immigration legislation in Missouri next year. Hear about the military's recruitment of illegal immigrants. And, Kansas City poet Mbembe Milton Smith is remembered 24 years after his untimely death. Plus, Miguel "Mambo" DeLeon, leader of El Mambo Orquestra, talks about latin music in Ohio and Kansas City.

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KCUR News
11:32 pm
Sun November 19, 2006

Missouri House Report on Immigration Reform

Kansas City, MO – A Special Committee of the Missouri House of Representatives spent the summer holding hearings around the state on immigration reform. The committee issued a report on October 24. About a week and a half ago, committee members saw the final version of the group, all 10 Republicans signed the report, but all six Democrats refused. What got the most attention were a few comments about a link between immigration and legalized abortion. KCUR's Sylvia Maria Gross reports.

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KCUR Arts
2:05 pm
Fri November 17, 2006

Lisa Sanditz at the Kemper

Lisa Sanditz, Subtropolis, 2006 acrylic on canvas; 57 x 77 in. Collection of Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Museum Purchase made possible by a gift from the Kemper Foundations

The Midwest - the area of the country stretching between the East and the West coasts - has long been considered a "flyover zone." An exhibition of vivid landscapes at the Kemper Museum of Art takes a look at this "underappreciated and unexplored" territory.

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Books
10:00 am
Fri November 17, 2006

WEB EXTRA: Illustrator Loren Long

Here, Loren Long reads his "Note to the Reader" from The Little Engine that Could.

Kansas City, MO – From Loren Long's "Note to the Reader"

from The Little Engine that Could:

She would start with a soft whisper . . . I think I can, I think I can, I think I can. Slowly her voice would grow . . . I think I can, I think I can, I think I can. Until finally with a resolute confidence, she'd read . . . I think I can, I think I can, I think I can.

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KCUR News
9:53 am
Fri November 17, 2006

Kansas City's Secret Santa Revealed

Kansas City's Secret Santa, a.k.a. Larry Stewart, is famous for handing out big bills around the country.

Kansas City, MO – Secret Santa, a.k.a. Larry Stewart, has made a fortune in the communications business in Kansas City. He Told KCUR's Laura Ziegler he began life in poverty. It was the goodness of a cook, at a Mississippi diner, that was responsible for his commitment to becoming Secret Santa.

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6:48 am
Fri November 17, 2006

Top Stories of the Week

Kansas City, MO –

Ailing Secret Santa reveals identity.
Recounts fail to change Kansas House picture.
Lynn vows to continue O'Connor positions.
Pro Soccer loses Overland Park council support.
Missouri lawmakers blame abortion, liberal policies for illegal immigration.
More Kansas schools failing AYP.
Cost of Kansas' delayed campus repairs jumps.

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KCUR News
5:59 am
Fri November 17, 2006

Union Pacific Appeals Ruling on Birth Control Coverage

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KCUR News
5:50 am
Fri November 17, 2006

Group Wants KS to Raise Minimum Wage

Kansas City, MO – Kansas currently has the lowest state minimum wage in the country, but advocates for the poor and disabled are hoping to change that in the coming legislative session. KCUR's Maria Carter reports.

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KCUR News
10:00 am
Thu November 16, 2006

Ex Employee Sues Health Department and Director

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KCUR Arts
1:16 pm
Wed November 15, 2006

Retail Hell

This week, a young local playwright - not yet out of college - unveils his latest work. It's a play that skewers a world everyone participates in, especially during the holiday season: the retail industry.

Kansas City, MO – This week, a young local playwright - not yet out of college - unveils his latest work. It's a play that skewers a world everyone participates in, especially during the holiday season: the retail industry. KCUR's Steve Walker reports.

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KCUR News
5:48 am
Wed November 15, 2006

Ex Employee Sues Health Department and Director

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KCUR News
5:48 am
Wed November 15, 2006

Ex Employee Sues Health Department and Director

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KCUR News
5:48 am
Wed November 15, 2006

Ex Employee Sues Health Department and Director

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KCUR News
5:48 am
Wed November 15, 2006

Ex Employee Sues Health Department and Director

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KCUR News
5:48 am
Wed November 15, 2006

Ex Employee Sues Health Department and Director

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KCUR News
5:29 am
Wed November 15, 2006

Safety Group Pushes for Stricter Seatbelt Laws

Kansas City, MO – A Missouri safety group hopes to get a stricter seatbelt law on the books. The Missouri Safety Council wants officers to be able to stop vehicles when drivers and passengers clearly are not wearing seatbelts. Under current state law, seatbelt violations are only secondary offenses, so the vehicle has to be pulled over first for another offense. The Safety Council's Dale Findlay says when other states have enacted similar laws they've seen seatbelt usage climb.

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KCUR News
10:12 am
Tue November 14, 2006

MO House Report Links Abortion to Illegal Immigration

Kansas City, MO – Democrats on a special Missouri House committee on immigration have refused the sign the final report, because they say some of its assertions never came up during hearings. The committee held a series of forums throughout Missouri over the summer and released the report at the end of last week. KCUR's Sylvia Maria Gross has more.

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KCUR News
4:45 am
Tue November 14, 2006

Annual Medicare Drug Enrollment Begins

Kansas City – Starting today people enrolled in the Medicare prescription drug program can make changes to their benefits. This is the first chance Kansas Citians have to update their plans since the Medicare Part D program launched last year. KCUR's Kelley Weiss reports.

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2:14 am
Tue November 14, 2006

StoryCorps in KC: Opal Dockery and Michael Spaw

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 from the MobileBooth in Kansas City. Michael Spaw brought his friend Opal Dockery who reflects back on her life on her 98th birthday.

Storycorps in Kansas City is sponsored by the William T. Kemper Foundation, Commerce Bank, Trustee.

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Jazz/Blues
1:01 pm
Mon November 13, 2006

A Conversation with the Interim Director of the American Jazz Museum

American Jazz Museum Interim Executive Director Carol Rhodes Dyson has been on the job since former Executive Director Juanita Moore left in September. Rhodes Dyson grew up in Kansas City, just blocks away from the museum.

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KCUR News
5:25 am
Mon November 13, 2006

KU Hospital Using Automated Lab

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