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KCUR News
11:27 pm
Mon January 15, 2007

BET's American Gangster

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KCUR News
10:41 am
Sat January 13, 2007

Secret Santa dies at age 58.

January 13th , 2007 – Secret Santa, a.k.a. Larry Stewart, decided last November to reveal his identity when a tabloid newspaper threatened to "out" him and cancer threatened to take his life. For the last 26 years, he'd given over a million dollars in cash to those he enountered on the street, or at disaster areas around the nation. KCUR's Laura Ziegler has this remembrance.

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KCUR News
1:15 am
Sat January 13, 2007

Top Stories of the Week

Kansas City's \"Secret Santa\" Larry Stewart, who died Friday at age 58, gave away more than $1.3 million.
Photo by Laura Ziegler

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KCUR News
5:03 am
Fri January 12, 2007

Web Site to Compare Prescription Drug Prices

Kansas City, MO – Missouri is extending its Missouri Prescription Drug Plan so consumers can use an online site to find the best drug prices. KCUR's Kelley Weiss reports.

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Jazz/Blues
3:28 pm
Wed January 10, 2007

Kansas City Jazz Musician Russ Long's Final Recording

Kansas City jazz musician Russ Long died of heart failure on New Years Eve, a few weeks after releasing a CD of original compositions covering more than 4 decades.

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Books
10:25 am
Mon January 8, 2007

The Power of Langston Hughes

Photo of Langston Hughes is courtesy of the Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division, Carl Van Vechten Collection.

The Metropolitan Ensemble Theatre will present the free performance of some of the Semple stories, and a selection of Hughes' poetry at the Kansas City Public Library on Sunday, January 14th at the Plaza Branch (SOLD OUT, check for waiting list) and Thursday, January 18th at the Central Library. The shows are part a series of script-in-hand performances at the library this year.

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KCUR News
9:58 am
Mon January 8, 2007

Train Museum Streetcar Sparks Memories of Light Rail Past

Harold Ambrosius revisited the controls of #551 at Union Station.
Photo by Steve Bell

Kansas City, MO –
On a dead-end spur of track outside Union Station stands the Kansas City Railroad Museum's latest addition, a 1947 model streetcar. Freshly painted, pale yellow and black "number 551" looks more sleek and modern than her 60 years. But she is a cosmetically restored shell. With no functioning motor, number 551 had to be pushed into place by human being power. But devotees talk about the way the streetcars sounded...

Recording

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KCUR News
6:13 am
Mon January 8, 2007

Jackson County Wants Out of Jail Matrix

Kansas City, MO – Jackson County has taken action to remove the county's jail from a court order limiting inmate population. KCUR's Maria Carter reports.

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Headlines
11:58 pm
Sun January 7, 2007

KC CURRENTS 1-7-06

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KCUR News
11:11 pm
Sun January 7, 2007

Doctor Walter Peterson Remembered

Kansas City, MO – Dr. Walter R. Peterson died on December 20th. Dr.W.R. as many called him, was a surgeon and one of the guiding forces behind the creation of the Doctors' Clinic, a multispecialty health center at 25th and Brooklyn. It was one of the first, if not the first, all-African American health clinics in the country. KCUR's Laura Ziegler has this remembrance.

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People
11:21 pm
Sat January 6, 2007

Bill Cosby at Penn Valley Community College

Kansas City, MO – Bill Cosby was at Penn Valley Community College on Tuesday, May 23, 2006. He addressed more than 1000 people in two separate sessions about personal responsibility and parenting. The crowd included some white families, but the majority were African American. Kansas City Resident Tanya Titus brought her son Darius to see the man behind Fat Albert.

Mayor Kay Barnes presented Cosby with the key to the city, and Missouri State Representative Sharon Saunders Brooks read a proclamation with a personal twist.

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People
11:20 pm
Sat January 6, 2007

Michael Eric Dyson on MLK, Bill Cosby, and More

Kansas City, MO – Communities throughout the Kansas City area will join the rest of the country this week celebrating the life of one of our era's most outstanding leaders; Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Reverend Michael Eric Dyson believes it is also important to humanize the great leader. Dr. Dyson, an author and professor of religious studies at University of Pennsylvania, says the faulty parts of Dr. King's behavior connect him to today's troubled youth.

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KCUR News
2:03 am
Sat January 6, 2007

Top Stories of the Week

Kansas City, MO –
Feds indict councilwoman, ex-county exex for mortgage fraud.
Former county legislator charged with perjury over loan to judge.
New Jackson County Executive Sanders promises change.
Missouri legislature convenes 2007 session.
Kansas City still the underdog after Penguins pitch.
Johnson named to Kansas Supreme Court.
Wittig and Lake convictions overturned.

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KCUR News
10:08 am
Fri January 5, 2007

Shields Faces Federal Charges

Kansas City, MO – Former Jackson County Executive Katheryn Shields and her husband Phil Cardarella are facing one count each of federal wire fraud and conspiracy over a deal to sell their Kansas City home. The couple claims the charges are just politics, but the U-S attorney says they knowingly were involved in a real estate scheme using fake documents and false information. KCUR's Maria Carter reports.

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KCUR Arts
12:44 pm
Thu January 4, 2007

World Premieres of Two One-Act Plays

A new production company, Tara Lane Productions, presents two plays exploring generational differences and the meaning of life at the Just Off Broadway Theatre.

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KCUR News
9:40 am
Tue January 2, 2007

Jackson County Under New Leadership

Jackson County Prosecutor Mike Sanders takes the stage to declare victory in the race Jackson County Executive.
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Kansas City, MO – Jackson County has a new leader. Last night, Mike Sanders took the oath to become County executive, replacing Katheryn Shields. In his inauguration speech, Sanders laid out his agenda for the coming year. KCUR's Maria Carter was there and has this report.

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KCUR News
3:13 am
Tue January 2, 2007

Few Realize Costs of Long Term Care

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KCUR News
7:24 am
Fri December 29, 2006

Top Stories of 2006

KCUR News
5:24 am
Thu December 28, 2006

Web Site to Track Hospital Infection Rates

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KCUR News
5:23 am
Thu December 28, 2006

Prosecutor Names Temporary Replacement

Jackson County Prosecutor Mike Sanders takes the stage to declare victory in the race Jackson County Executive.
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Kansas City, MO – Jackson County Prosecutor Mike Sanders has named his temporary replacement. KCUR's Maria Carter reports.

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KCUR Arts
3:50 pm
Wed December 27, 2006

<I>Remembering the Future</I> at the Kemper

Clive Smith, 5x5 (5 days a week for 5 weeks with Lauri), 2004; oil on wood panel, 50 x 50 inches; Collection of the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Museum Purchase, Enid and Crosby Kemper and William T. Kemper Acquisition Fund, 2004.14

An exhibition at the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art asks viewers to reflect on themes of memory, loss, and time.


Note: Find out more about composer Mara Gibson here.

Kansas City, MO – Remembering the Future, Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, November 17, 2006 -January 28, 2007

Wednesday, December 27

1:00-3:00 p.m.

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2:40 am
Mon December 25, 2006

StoryCorps in KC: George Sakoulas and Kristy Nerstheimer

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 since September, we've brought you a story recorded at the MobileBooth in Kansas City. Today will be final story in our local series. Kristy Nerstheimer brought her father George Sakoulas whose parents emigrated from Greece and settled in Kansas City. Here George shares some experiences during the Depression.

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KCUR News
1:41 am
Sun December 24, 2006

Hunger in the Kansas City Community

Kansas City, MO – In 2006, a study entitled Hunger in America gave a detailed analysis of who the hungry were in our community and who was utalizing the resources of Harvesters Community Food Network. The data were surprising. 43% of the recipients of Harvesters were children, 48% were families in which at least one member was working, and 36% lived in suburban or rural areas.

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KCUR News
5:27 am
Sat December 23, 2006

Top Stories of the Week

Kansas City, MO –

Senators work to reverse Missouri stem cell decision.

Kansas City remembers Chiefs founder Lamar Hunt.

Intentional wiring short could have caused Anderson fire.

MOHELA sale proposal could prompt special session.

Blunt moves to curb abuse, neglect in group homes.

Kline charges against Wichita abortion provider dismissed.

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KCUR News
11:34 pm
Wed December 20, 2006

This I Believe: Elizabeth Uppman

Kansas City, MO – I dreamed I talked to God in a parking lot. I approached him as he walked to his car: Excuse me, sir? I was wondering if I could ask you a question.

Certainly, he said. He looked tweedy, like Sean Connery playing a professor. He opened the hatch of his station wagon.

My little boy was three-and-a-half when he died last fall.

Yes, I know, he said softly.

Will I see him again? A lump rose in my throat.

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KCUR News
11:31 pm
Wed December 20, 2006

This I Believe: Karen Bishop

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KCUR News
5:31 am
Wed December 20, 2006

MO Governor Considers Special Session

Kansas City, MO – Missouri Governor Matt Blunt says he considering calling a special session to help expedite a plan for the state's student loan agency. Blunt's administration and MOHELA have agreed to transfer 350-million dollars to the state, most of which would go pay for construction at the Missouri's universities and colleges. The deal still needs legislative approval, and the governor's spokeswoman Jessica Robinson says a special session is one way to get a quick vote on the measure.

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KCUR News
9:35 am
Tue December 19, 2006

Rising Health Costs in Kansas Outpace Income

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KCUR News
7:42 am
Tue December 19, 2006

Blunt Orders Changes in Mental Health Care

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