This week marks the annual Design Week for the local chapter of the American Institute of Architects. And the architecture community says as a new landscape takes shape in downtown Kansas City, they'd like to increase the level of dialogue about what makes good design.
Kansas City, MO – Missouri voters rejected a constitutional amendment that increased the state's tobacco tax. KCUR's Sylvia Maria Gross has more.
Income from the tax, which added 80 cents to the price of a cigarette pack, would have helped funded Medicaid, healthcare for uninsured and smoking education programs. American Heart Association spokesman Kevin Walker says health care organizations need to continue to educate Missourians.
Kansas City, MO – A plan to build youth soccer fields failed in Johnson County. KCUR's Maria Carter reports.
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The bond issue would have built 24 fields in south Overland Park. Supporters of the measure claim Johnson County needs more fields and the tournament quality fields would have attracted out of town tournaments. Wayne Flaughty heads Home Owners Against Soccer Welfare. He says the measure was about the Wizards, not about kids.
Kansas City, MO – The Senate Seat of incumbent Republican Jim Talent will be turned over to Democratic challenger Claire McCaskill, but the state's nine incumbent house members all faired better, declaring victory over there rivals. KCUR's Maria Carter reports.
Overland Park, Kansas – Congressman Moore told jubilant supporters at the Ritz Charles Hotel in Overland Park on election night now that democrats control the House, he would be in a better position to get things done in Washington. As the second ranking member of the House Budget Committee, he said, he can devote his attention to bringing down the federal debt. Moore also said the wave of Kansas Republicans who defected to the democratic party reflects the more moderate impulses of the electorate.
Kansas City, MO – A small group of Middle Eastern college students were in Liberty this week to observe US politics up close. They're from Lebanon and the United Arab Emirates, a country which holds its first local elections next month. The exchange was organized by a British journal called the Oxford International Review, which has a partnership with William Jewell Collge. KCUR's Sylvia Maria Gross followed them to the polls this morning to hear their reactions.
Kansas City, MO – Not just voters but petitioners are also crowding the polls on Election Day. Many local candidates and their supporters are out, armed with pens and clipboards, gathering signatures to secure names on future ballots. KCUR's Hayley Salvo visited two polling places in Kansas City and brings us this audio postcard.
Note: this story originally aired on Memorial Day, 2006. The Museum opens on December 2, 2006. Ralph Applebaum is the exhibition designer of the Liberty Memorial Museum, which is carved out of a space underneath the memorial's tower. To listen to an extended interview on Up to Date, listen here: here
Kansas City, MO – Starting today, some Kansas City residents will get the chance to tell city officials what they think about how the city is being run. KCUR's Maria Carter reports.
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The annual citizen survey is given to some 8-thousand randomly selected Kansas City households. The survey polls citizens on city services like parks, public safety, and infrastructure. City auditor Mark Funkhouser says the survey helps gage how well city government is doing.
Kansas City, MO – On November 7, voters in Kansas City will decide whether to approve Question 2, which calls for a $975 Million dollar light-rail transit system. This is the seventh light-rail proposal put forward in the last nine years by activist and former Kansas City resident Clay Chastain. Some local transit advocates say the measure could harm existing transit services. KCUR's Lee Ingalls reports.
Kansas City, MO – In a recent interview with the Kansas City Star, 5th district Congressman Emanuel Cleaver, who's also up for re-election, said the Senate race will be determined by the African American turnout in Kansas City and St. Louis. For 46 years, the black political club Freedom Incorporated has made endorsements and helped get out the vote--the organization now covers 90 polling sites in Kansas City's 12 primarily African American wards.
Bush stumps for Talent, Ryun. Kline gets abortion records. Stephan joins call for Kline funding audit. Urban League study: minorities trailing in metro. Supermarkets, Kansas counties offer prescription discounts. Shields announces for mayor, Citizens Association backs Glover.
Kansas City, MO – He's easy to spot. In his freshly pressed suit and smart green tie, Jacob Turk doesn't look like the other men gathered around the small plastic McDonald's table. Turk looks like a man running for congress, but he's as new to the game as his opponent is seasoned.
Kansas City, MO – Many people support the idea of giving a raise to workers making the minimum wage, especially those trying to support families on $5.15 an hour. But some economists say that while raising the minimum wage would help most low-wage workers, it would cause serious hardship for others.
Kansas City – Many people support the idea of giving a raise to workers making the minimum wage, especially those trying to support families on $5.15 an hour. But some economists say that while raising the minimum wage would help most low-wage workers, it would cause serious hardship for others.