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KCUR News
3:04 am
Wed November 1, 2006

Blue Activists in Red States

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KCUR News
10:32 am
Tue October 31, 2006

Gardner Debates Annexing Intermodal Site

A map of the proposed intermodal development near Gardner.
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KCUR News
3:39 am
Tue October 31, 2006

Four Candidates in MO Auditor Race

The front-runners: Democrat Susan Montee and Republican Sandra Thomas.
Campaign photos

Kansas City, MO – With current auditor Claire McCaskill bowing out to run for the Senate, the race features a Republican and a Democrat who say they can conduct the office in a nonpartisan manner and a Libertarian and a Progressive who say only someone from a third party can do that.

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KCUR News
3:33 am
Tue October 31, 2006

Considering Ballot Question to Protect Stem Cell Research

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12:01 am
Tue October 31, 2006

KC CURRENTS 10-29-06

Kansas City, MO – A short show this week: Missouri Senator Jim Talent campaigned in Kansas City this week, specifically reaching out to black voters in the metro area. Across the state, St. Louis Post-Dispatch columnist Sylvester Brown Jr. wrote in September that McCaskill, and the Democratic party in general, have not done much to engage African American communities. Soon after the column came out, McCaskill's campaign approached him for a meeting.

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KCUR News
11:15 pm
Mon October 30, 2006

Black Voters and the Missouri Senate Race

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KCUR Arts
2:14 pm
Mon October 30, 2006

Regional Art at New H&R Block Headquarters

Blown art glass from Vernon Brejcha's "FenceLine."
photo: Laura Spencer/KCUR

Two years after groundbreaking, a grand opening was held Tuesday (10/24/06) for the new $138 million H&R Block headquarters at 13th and Main in downtown Kansas City.

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KCUR News
4:54 am
Mon October 30, 2006

Counties Offer Discount Drug Card

Kansas City, MO – A new discount prescription drug card is available to Kansas residents in Johnson and Wyandotte Counties. KCUR's Kelley Weiss reports.

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KCUR News
1:42 am
Sun October 29, 2006

Missouri Democrats Try to Match GOP in Hi-tech Ground War

Kansas City, MO – The Ground Game has always been a key part of the election cycle, and in recent years Republicans have taken it to new levels using advanced, data mining methods to locate hard to find voters, and to approach them with the issues they care about most. Now, Missouri Democrats, fueled by money pouring in for the US Senate election, are trying to match Republicans' high-tech get out the vote efforts.

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KCUR News
2:56 am
Sat October 28, 2006

Top Stories of the Week

Kansas City, MO –

Kline ads, campaign financing under fire.
K.C. Star challenges Talent ad as deceptive.
Amendment 2 opponents demonstrate at Stowers.
Student loan agency board chair resigns over asset sale.
$4 Wal-Mart prescriptions to Missouri, Kansas.
Chastain says goodbye... again.

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KCUR News
3:33 am
Fri October 27, 2006

Amendment 2 Foes Picket Stowers Institute

Rally leader Jeannie Burlsworth addresses the \"No On Amendment 2\" rally at the Stowers Institute.
Steve Bell

Kansas City, MO – The Stowers Institute campus in Kansas City saw the largest demonstration in its history Thursday when about 300 foes of Missouri Amendment 2 assembled at the corner of Volker and Rockhill. KCUR's Steve Bell was there and filed this report.

The demonstrators called the Stem-Cell Research Protection Amendment "deceptive" and decried the use of human embryos as unethical.

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Corrections
9:15 am
Thu October 26, 2006

Correction: Kansas Attorney General Ad

A story in this morning's newscast made reference to "charges" of sexual harassment against Johnson County District Attorney Paul Morrison, who is the Democratic candidate for Kansas Attorney General. A former employee sued Morrison twice in federal court and both cases were dismissed. The allegations should, in fact, be referred to not as criminal "charges" but as "claims."

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KCUR News
9:51 am
Tue October 24, 2006

StoryCorps in KC: Jay Jackson and Jeremy "Miles" Jackson

Photo: Ryan Murdock/StoryCorps
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KCUR News
1:45 am
Tue October 24, 2006

KC Star Disputes Talent Ad

Kansas City – Senator Jim Talent's campaign for reelection has been running TV spots which appear to attribute biting criticism of his opponent State Auditor Clair McCaskill to the Kansas City Star. The Star says the ads are misleading and wants them off the air. KCUR's Frank Morris reports.

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KCUR News
1:45 am
Tue October 24, 2006

Talent Campaigns in Kansas City's Black Communities

Missouri Senator Jim Talent and the Black Agenda Group's Richard Tolbert.

Kansas City, MO – Missouri Senator Jim Talent addressed some 200 people at an African Americans for Talent event at the Marriot Country Club Plaza last night. Earlier in the evening, he was joined by Senator Kit Bond at a forum organized by the Black Agenda Group. KCUR's Sylvia Maria Gross reports.

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10:39 am
Mon October 23, 2006

KC CURRENTS 10-22-06

Kansas City, MO – Local contractor Gill Construction, Co. is finally paid nine years after work is completed on museums at 18th and Vine;J oe Miller's new book Cross-X: A Turbulent, Triumphant Season with an Inner-City Debate Squad, about Central High School's team; psychiatrist Catherine Steiner-Adair talks about eating disorders across different cultures.

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KCUR News
12:41 am
Mon October 23, 2006

Kansas City to Pay Gill Construction for Work at 18th&Vine

Kansas City, MO – The Kansas City Missouri City Council agreed on Thursday to pay a local contractor for the work he did on the 18th and Vine museums almost ten years ago. Rick Gill ran a successful construction business, and had won several awards from minority and Hispanic contractors associations. But his company fell apart over the past decade, while he's tried to get the city, or the authority it established, to pay up.

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KCUR News
12:34 am
Mon October 23, 2006

Book Chronicles Success of Urban Debaters

KCUR News
12:07 am
Sat October 21, 2006

Top Stories of the Week

Kansas City, MO –

Missouri voter photo ID law ruled unconstitutional.
Missouri death penalty remains in limbo.
IRS service center blends old and new.
Liberty Memorial asks city to double subsidy.
Talent-McCaskill debate turns personal.
Former Kansas Republican AGs back Democrat Morrison.

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KCUR News
6:12 am
Thu October 19, 2006

Last Debate for Missouri Senatorial Candidates

Kansas City, MO – The candidates in perhaps the most fiercely contested US Senate race in this turbulent year squared off last night (Wednesday) in Kansas City. KCUR's Frank Morris reports that Republican incumbent Jim Talent took every opportunity to raise questions about Democratic challenger Claire McCaskill's husband's business holdings, while the Democrat accused the incumbent of dragging down the tone of the campaign, and renewed calls change in Washington.

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People
12:51 am
Thu October 19, 2006

Final Words as KC Currents Host

Kansas City, MO – Sunday, October 15, 2006 was the final episode of KC Currents hosted by Delores Jones. She's had to leave the show becuase of other commitments. Delores will still be contributing occasional features and essays to the show. Here, she shares thoughts about hosting KC Currents and her current plans.

At right, some links to some of Delores' memorable interviews and features on KC Currents.

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KCUR News
9:22 am
Wed October 18, 2006

Mo. Health Premium Rise Outpaces Wages

Health care costs fOR 1991, 2000, and projected for 2009. Data from Barron's, HCFA, Paine Webber.
Graphic from horizon.unc.edu

Kansas City, MO – A group that promotes a national solution to the rising cost of health care has released a study that says the cost of health insurance in Missouri has increased at three times the pace of income increases over the past six years. Ron Pollack of Families USA says that's only half of the story.

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KCUR News
10:57 am
Tue October 17, 2006

Voices from Buck O'Neil's Memorial Service

Missouri Congressman Emanuel Cleaver remembers Buck O'Neil.
Photo by Laura Ziegler
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11:52 pm
Mon October 16, 2006

KC CURRENTS 10-17-06

Ida McBeth performs at Buck O'Neil's memorial service.

Kansas City, MO – Baseball Hall-of-Famers Joe Morgan and Ernie Banks remember the man who paved the way for them -- Buck O'Neil. Hear also from Congressman Emanuel Cleaver, documentary film-maker Ken Burns and an original composition by Danny Cox, performed at O'Neil's memorial service. Plus, a controversial new immigration law class is slated for next semester at UMKC law school. And a local minority contractor is suing Kansas City and the museum authority at 18th and Vine for unpaid work he did nearly ten years ago.

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KCUR News
11:15 pm
Mon October 16, 2006

Contractor Sues City and 18th & Vine

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KCUR News
10:06 am
Mon October 16, 2006

New Immigration Law Class at UMKC

Kansas City, MO – University of Missouri Kansas City law professor Kris Kobach argues nationally for stricter enforcement of immigration laws. He's slated to teach a course in immigration law for the first time next semester, but many local immigration lawyers think his experience and perspective make him an inappropriate choice for the subject. KCUR's Sylvia Maria Gross reports.

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KCUR News
9:56 am
Mon October 16, 2006

Voter Photo ID Law Thrown Out

Kansas City – Missouri Democrats are celebrating a state Supreme Court ruling blocking a photo ID law they say would have disenfranchised thousands. State Republicans call today's ruling an attack on free elections.

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KCUR News
5:11 am
Mon October 16, 2006

IRS Center Opens

U.S. Senator Kit Bond prepares to cut the ribbon at the dedication ceremony for the new IRS campus.

Kansas City, MO – A new Internal Revenue Service facility near Union Station is part of a consolidation plan, reducing the number of places where tax forms are processed. KCUR's Maria Carter reports.

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KCUR News
4:38 am
Mon October 16, 2006

IRS Opens Center Near Union Station

Kansas City, MO – The Internal Revenue Service is set to open a new facility in Kansas City. KCUR's Maria Carter reports.

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