Kansas City, MO – Back in the 1950s when Missouri Rep. Mike Cunningham was growing up, he says holidays weren't just another day of the week. They were special days - a time for family and friends. But things have changed, he says, and he wants to do something about it.
Kansas City's One Percent for Art Program sets aside one percent of construction costs to city buildings for public art. With the boom in downtown development, an estimated 3 million dollars will be spent on art. Last week, an advisory panel recommended New York based artist Chris Doyle to create work outside the Sprint Center arena. And local artists say they're not happy about major commissions getting outsourced.
Kansas City, MO – Igor and Karina Papikian are both of Armenian and Russian descent. When they were forced to leave their home in Baku, the capital of Azerbaijan, in 1990 they weren't accepted in either Armenia or Russia. So, they decided to come to the United States. They ended up in Kansas City a place they'd only read about in a Theodore Dreiser novel. Linda Sher spent an evening with the Papikians and their daughter Ana, to learn about their journey, their life and their cooking.
Kansas City, MO – An appeals court decides Raymore resident Myrna Dick should be deported to Mexico. Christian youth group Urban Youth Leadership uses hip hop to promote abstinence to teenage boys. Also, learn to cook an Armenian eggplant dish from Igor and Karina Papikian and get down with the authors of the Troost Avenue Blues, Roger Coleman and Danny Cox.
Kansas City, MO – Selection committee narrows field of candidates for Sprint Center Art to one. Union Station pitches National Archives in $13 million plan to house Central Plains archives. Kansas Congressman Jerry Moran seeks to push back Medicare prescription drug coverage deadline.
Kansas City, MO – Computer literacy is quickly becoming a necessity of modern life. But for children growing up without a computer in the home, it's hard to gain the ease and skill with technology that's necessary to compete. In what's called the digital divide - Black and Latino children around the country are less likely to have computers and access to the internet than white children.
Kansas City, MO – Doctor Warren Johnson of Swope Health Services talks about the Healthy Steps for Young Children program. Former White House advisor Keith Boykin talks about being black and gay in the US today. Lewis Walker discusses the coming Black Family Technology Awareness Week. New research reveals the contributions of Negro League baseball players to the sport. Plus, a remembrance of KC jazz-man Milt Abel.
Jazz bassist and vocalist Milt Abel - part of Kansas City's jazz scene for five decades - died on February 3, 2006 after a long illness. Abel grew up in Philadelphia, where he learned to play the stand-up bass, baritone horn, and trombone as a teenager.
By Laura Spencer
Kansas City, MO – KCUR?s Laura Spencer talked to some of the musicans he played with over the years in Kansas City and others who say his musicial talent will not be forgotten.
This week, a new original musical called Pulling it Off from Thin Air Theatrics, a new original theatre company at Just Off Broadway, and a film by Iranian born filmmaker Shirin Nestat expresses freedom in the midst of repression at the Nelson-Atkins.
Kansas City, MO – As final preparations are made for funeral services for Coretta Scott-King in Atlanta, police there are bracing for some unwelcome guests from Topeka.
Fred Phelps, and his Westboro Baptist Church has long exploited such public events for their virulent, anti-gay demonstrations. Law makers in more than a dozen state capitols are taking steps to neutralize the protests, but the controversial preacher argues that would take away his First Amendment rights. KCUR'S Frank Morris reports.
Kansas City, MO – In memory of Coretta Scott King, former KC First Lady Dianne Cleaver talks about the challenges of being the wife of a preacher and politician. KC-MO police representatives explain how they handle suspects who are abusing substances or have mental health problems. Bus fares go up. Historian Aram Goudsouzian on Wilt Chamberlain's legacy at KU. Plus, painter Anthony Ramos, and a Kansas City Kansas student heads to LA for the Grammys.
Kansas City Kansas teenager Alexander Bailey will perform at the Grammy Awards pre- and post-parties with 28 other top high school musicians from around the country in the Gibson/ Baldwin Grammy Jazz Band.
Kansas City, MO – On Wednesday, the basic bus fare in Kansas City went up a quarter, to a dollar twenty-five. Express route fares increased to 2 dollars and 50 cents and reduced fares went up from 50 to 60 cents. Michael Leahy hit the streets that day to see how people were reacting to having to dig in their pockets for the extra change.
Kansas City, MO – At least 156 people have died while in police custody in the United States following the use of a Taser, according to The Kansas City Star. Tasers or stun guns are used by law enforcement to tranquilize a suspect by shocking the nervous system. Last Saturday, Kansas City Missouri police used a stun gun to subdue a man who later died in a police holding cell. Witnesses say that 32-year-old Karl Marshall of Overland Park, Kansas was high on PCP and cocaine when police tried arresting him.
Kansas City, MO – Coretta Scott King, who died last Monday, was known as the strong, solid woman who stood behind Reverend Martin Luther King Jr., in life and after his assassination. Reverend Jesse Jackson described her as the glue that kept Dr. King's home and movement intact. To find out about being the wife of a preacher and activist, we turned to Dianne Cleaver, known by most people as the wife of 5th district Congressman Emanuel Cleaver. He was the first African American mayor of Kansas City and a long time civil rights activist.
Kansas City, MO – Basketball icon Wilt Chamberlain's final game at the University of Kansas was in 1958 against in-state rival, Kansas State University. The Jayhawks trounced K-State, which at the time was the top-ranked team in the nation, 61 to 44. Chamberlain led his team to victory in that game, but he had already announced that he was planning to turn professional before graduation. It was an unprecedented decision at that time.
Kansas City, MO – New poll shows Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius ahead of Republican rivals. Missouri cuts down on meth lab seizures in 2005. Kansas high school student faces felony charges for threatening teacher.
Painter Anthony Ramos has shows at the American Jazz Museum and the Bruce R Watkins Cultural Center. He was in Kansas City recently for a series of talks around the city and spoke to KC Currents host Delores Jones.