Kansas City, MO – In 2002, 29 year old Eric O'Brien murdered Tim Smotherland. The two men had been involved in a relationship for four years. When Smotherland decided he wanted to end the relationship, O'Brien shot him, and then killed himself.
Kansas City, MO – A Kansas state representative introduced a bill on Tuesday to repeal the law that allows undocumented immigrants who live in Kansas to pay in-state tuition. The law passed in 2004, and 221 students are now enrolled in Kansas colleges and universities under its provisions. Sylvia Maria Gross reports.
Musician and artist Loren Pickford is a veteran of jazz scenes in Los Angeles, Boston, and Paris. Pickford lived in New Orleans from 1990 to 2005, and here shares the story of his first day in the Big Easy.
By Laura Spencer
Kansas City, MO – Pickford and his wife, Sheila, relocated from New Orleans to Kansas City, Missouri after Hurricane Katrina.
Kansas City, MO – The roof costs come on top of a proposed sales tax for renovations and repairs at Truman Sports Complex. A 25-year use tax for the roof would raise $225 million, the Jackson County Legislature was told today. In addition to $575 million in renovations, the proposed 25-year leases with the Chiefs and Royals would require the city, county and state to pay a total of $212 million for maintenance. The teams will pay a total of $100 million and cover cost overruns.
This week, a new jazz festival in the Crossroads features Kansas City artists, as well as a recent transplant from New Orleans. Also, for the first time since its founding in 1964, the Kansas City Repertory Theatre presents A Raisin in the Sun.
Kansas City, MO – Indecency on television has been a hot topic for the past couple of years. The Federal Communications has held hearings, and various proposals have been kicked around Congress to change how the cable industry does business. On Tuesday, Kansas Congressman Dennis Moore and other area legislators urged parents to use controls to restrict what programs their kids can watch. Moore said it's a parent's responsibility to supervise what's on T-V.
Kansas City, MO – It's become almost a cliche to comment on the growth of the Latino community in every part of the United States - including the Kansas City area. But few can accurately answer the question - how big is this community? And what are its characteristics?
Kansas City, MO – Five African American members of Sheet Metal Workers Number 2 are suing their union in federal court for race discrimination. They're alleging they've been passed over fpr construction jobs over the last five years. During this period, Kansas City has enjoyed a tremendous building boom. Minority leaders have been at odds with city officials and the construction industry as to whether jobs have been fairly distributed.
This week, the American Heartland Theatre stages what's considered to be one of the funniest plays of the last twenty-five years, gallery owner Sherry Leedy celebrates twenty years in the Crossroads, and local choreographers perform their works in a showcase at the Folly.
Kansas City, MO – A few years ago, even preservationists predicted the Hotel President would never open for business again. Those predictions were proven wrong, as civic leaders celebrated the rebirth of the historic hotel, and what they say may be the dawn of a new era in the downtown Kansas City. KCUR's Frank Morris reports.
Kansas City filmmaker Gary Huggins joined Up to Date host Steve Kraske recently to discuss the film First Date. It's been selected for this year's Sundance Film Festival and the Clermont-Ferrand Short Film Festival in France.
Kansas City, MO – Leaders of the Kansas House of Representatives have disbanded the Corrections and Juvenile Justice Committee to increase the efficiency of the House. Speaker Doug Mays says the committee produced too many bills, bogging down Judiciary Committee. But some black and Latino leaders say that the committee was addressing issues that are important to their communities. Last year, the committee drafted the bill that made racial profiling illegal in the state of Kansas.
When Sonie Ruffin was 4 years old her grandmother handed her a piece of fabric, needle and thread and told her to go sew something. Little did Ruffin know that her childhood sewing assignment would change the course of her life.