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1:59 pm
Fri August 18, 2006

WEB EXTRA: Artist Elissa Armstrong

Artist Elissa Armstrong at the Kemper Museum, standing next to deerdust, 2006.
Photo: Laura Spencer/KCUR

An exhibition at the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art pushes the boundaries of ceramic art. Here, artist Elissa Armstrong talks about all i want (pictured at left), which she calls the antithesis of deerdust.

Kansas City, MO – Elissa Armstrong: Objects of Innocence and Experience at the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art

July 7 - October 1, 2006

ELISSA ARMSTRONG

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KCUR News
8:36 am
Fri August 18, 2006

Hundreds Turn Out to Support Black Archives

Kansas City, MO – The Missouri Attorney General's office dissolved the Black Archives of Mid-America in January after it failed to file paperwork as a non-profit. Attorney General Jay Nixon held a public forum to get input on the future of the Black Archives. KCUR's Maria Carter was there and has this report.

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KCUR Arts
2:36 pm
Thu August 17, 2006

New Mural Chronicles Minnesota Avenue

Sumner High School Senior J'Hlesa Richardson works on the mural Avenue Chronicles
Laura Spencer/KCUR

Drive down Minnesota Avenue in downtown Kansas City, Kansas and you'll see a number of brightly colored murals depicting the culture and history of the city.

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KCUR Arts
11:31 am
Wed August 16, 2006

Citywide Festival of Playwrights

If you're a theatre fan who finds two acts and an intermission awfully long, you're the perfect audience for a theatre event opening this weekend in Lawrence: the Citywide Festival of Playwrights.

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KCUR News
5:28 am
Wed August 16, 2006

Light Rail Petition Heads to City Council

Kansas City, MO – Community activist Clay Chastain turned in a petition in hopes of getting a light rail measure on the November ballot, but as KCUR's Maria Carter reports Chastain will face a tight timeline to make that happen.

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KCUR News
4:26 am
Tue August 15, 2006

More Biodiesel in City Vehicles

Kansas City, MO – Kansas City, Missouri will soon start using more biodiesel in city vehicles. KCUR's Maria Carter reports.

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The city has been using B20, a mix of regular diesel with 20 percent biodiesel, in its trucks and heavy machinery. Now, the city is expanding a pilot program using a half-and-half mixture of biodiesel to all fleet vehicles. Gerry Calk manages the city's fleet. He says with the high price of oil, the city will save money from the switch.

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KCUR Arts
10:55 am
Mon August 14, 2006

Polynesian Dances at Ethnic Enrichment Festival

Kona Winds will be performing Saturday, August 12, at 8pm in Swope Park as part of the 27th annual Ethnic Enrichment Festival.

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12:55 am
Mon August 14, 2006

KC CURRENTS 8-13-06

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KCUR News
12:39 am
Mon August 14, 2006

Public Hearings on Black Archives of Mid America

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12:06 am
Mon August 14, 2006

Overland Park Budget Gets Public Hearing

Kansas City, MO – Overland Park residents will get a chance to voice their opinions on the proposed budget for 2007. KCUR's Maria Carter reports.

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The $251 million budget represents an 11 percent increase over Overland Park's current budget. The extra money will go to add nine police positions, a property inspector, and some 30 positions for a community center, slated to open next fall. Budget Director Gena McDonald says those new positions are a response to citizen surveys.

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KCUR News
12:14 am
Sat August 12, 2006

Top Stories of the Week

Kansas City, MO –
Terror threat snarls airports
Bartle fends off Johnson Senate challenge
Sanders trounces Wheeler for County Exec
Kansas City charter revised but term limits stay
Kansas moderates: "Iintelligent design, opt-in must go."
Justice Nuss apologizes for lapse in judgment.
Red light cams are in, the Theater League is out.

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KCUR News
10:03 am
Wed August 9, 2006

Future of Broadway Productions at the Music Hall

Kansas City,MO – A $13.4 million renovation of the Music Hall launched last month. And when the work is finished next year, officials say it's likely the venue will be marketed and booked by a national firm in partnership with the nonprofit Starlight Theatre Association. The issue is expected to come before the Kansas City Council today (August 9)for a vote, as KCUR's Laura Spencer reports.

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4:35 am
Wed August 9, 2006

Sanders Wins County Executive Race

Jackson County Prosecutor Mike Sanders takes the stage to declare victory in the race Jackson County Executive.

Kansas City, MO – The race for Jackson County Executive lasted late into the night with County Prosecutor Mike Sanders accepting the Democratic nomination. His opponent, State Senator Charles Wheeler, says he will wait for final election results before conceding defeat. KCUR's Maria Carter reports.

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KCUR Arts
10:45 am
Tue August 8, 2006

Sculpture Field Features STRETCH

Express, 2004. Steel, Glass Tubing, Cast Glass 12'4" x 18' x 9'
Photo: Laura Spencer, KCUR

A nearly 2-acre empty field of grass near the corner of 44th and Main has been transformed into a Sculpture Field.


To hear STRETCH talk about his works, and for a slideshow, check here.

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4:37 am
Tue August 8, 2006

Stem Cell and Wage Ballot Initiatives Approved, Others Stalled

Kansas City, MO – Voters will see ballot initiatives on stem cell research and minimum wage this November, but two other initiatives didn't have enough petition signatures to make the ballot. KCUR's Kelley Weiss reports.

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2:09 am
Tue August 8, 2006

Missourians React to New Voting Machines

Kansas City, MO – Today, Missouri voters got their first chance to use the state's new voting machines, installed as part of the Help America Vote Act of 2002. People had the choice of using either a scan voting device, which uses paper ballots, or an electronic touch screen voting system. The new machines replaced punch card ballots, which had been in use since 1976.

KCUR's Anthony Tao talked with voters as they exited two polling places in Kansas City.

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People
10:54 am
Mon August 7, 2006

Truman and the Desegregation of the Military

Kansas City, MO – President Harry Truman desegregated the armed forces in the summer of 1948. Historians agree that this was a significant advance for civil rights, but debate how important it actually was. A recent discussion of Truman's executive order took place at the Gem Theater in Kansas City. KCUR's Bill Anderson was there and filed this report.

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10:41 am
Mon August 7, 2006

KC CURRENTS 8-6-06

Kansas City, MO – This week, cities across the region are looking at ways to protect people from pit bulls; Kansas City, Missouri Animal Control Acting Director Leslie Forsberg talks about the issue, as well as park-goers in Overland Park. Hear profiles of the two top Democratic candidates for Jackson County Executive: State Senator Charles Wheeler and Prosecutor Mike Sanders. A look back at President Harry Truman's role in the civil rights movement. And two perspectives on the African influence in Latin America.

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2:19 am
Mon August 7, 2006

County Executive Race Focuses on Personalities

Jackson County Prosecutor Mike Sanders speaks with a supporter at a fundraising event at his campaign headquarters. Sanders is running against State Senator Charles Wheeler in the Democratic primary for the post of Jackson County Executive.

Photo by Maria Carter
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11:00 pm
Sun August 6, 2006

Pit Bull Restrictions

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Headlines
10:30 am
Sat August 5, 2006

Top Stories of the Week

Kansas City, MO –
Moderates gain in Kansas Board of Ed races.
Conservative senator Barnett will face Sebeliuis.
Praeger, Thornburg repel conservative challenges.
Chuck Ahner to run against Dennis Moore.
Second suit alleges MO photo-ID law unconstitutional.
Council argues, passes Bartle art project.
Inductees announced for College Hoops Hall.

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KCUR News
12:26 am
Sat August 5, 2006

Ideas Contrast in Mo. 8th District Senate Race

Matt Bartle, Bob Johnson and Reed Chambers II, candidates in the Republican Missouri 8th District Senate primary.
Photos from the Missouri Senate, Missouri House and the Kansas City Star

Kansas City, MO – Incumbent Matt Bartle may have set a freshman senator record for sponsoring bills including proposals to ban SCNT stem cell research, make abortion illegal, and bar Planned Parenthood instructors and materials from sex ed classes.

Bartle:
If those stands result in my being turned out and somebody else replacing me, I'll be able to look back and confidently say, Hey, I didn't let them bully me into abandoning positions that I know my constituents support.

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KCUR Arts
11:28 am
Fri August 4, 2006

A Director's Take on Talley and Son

Director Risa Brainin

The Kansas City Actors Theatre or K-CAT continues productions of Lanford Wilson's Talley plays with the recent addition of the final play in the trilogy: Talley and Son.

Kansas City, MO – The plays about the Talley family of Lebanon, Missouri are performed in rotating repertory, and each is set on or around Independence Day: Talley's Folly, and Talley and Son in 1944, and Fifth of July in 1977. KCUR?s Laura Spencer recently talked to Talley and Son director Risa Brainin about the production.

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Education
12:11 am
Fri August 4, 2006

Kansas School Board Primaries tomorrow

July 31, 2006 –
This years Kansas State School Board elections are being more closely watched than ever. Usually overlooked during the last days of summer, primary elections - particularly for the school board - don't draw much attention. But that was before evolution and intelligent design, or sex education, or the controversial new commissioner of education put a spotlight on Kansas schools.
Now, the conservative majority that some say has made Kansas a punchline for night-time talk shows could be voted out of power.

 

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5:39 am
Thu August 3, 2006

Missouri State Auditor's Race: Democratic Candidates

Kansas City, MO – Missouri State Auditor Claire McCaskill is leaving the post to run for the U.S. Senate. Two Democrats and five Republicans are vying for the seat. Tomorrow (August 4), a look at the crowded Republican primary. Today (August 3), we meet the Democrats. As KCUR's Frank Morris reports, the race is in some ways a contest of opposites.

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2:08 am
Thu August 3, 2006

City Council Approves Jun Kaneko's <i>Water Plaza<i>

Kansas City, MO – The Kansas City Council today approved a just over a million dollar one percent for art project outside the Bartle Hall Convention Center. The vote was not unanimous, and came after a special presentation by the artist during the council's business session. KCUR's Laura Spencer reports.

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2:02 am
Thu August 3, 2006

Kansas City Council Debates One Percent for Art

Jun Kaneko's Water Plaza

Kansas City, MO – The Kansas City Council is expected to vote today (August 3) on Omaha-based sculptor Jun Kaneko's One Percent for Art project for the Bartle Hall Convention Center. The work called Water Plaza was chosen by an artist selection panel, and approved by the Municipal Art Commission. But the last step in the selection process is approval by the City Council and some councilmembers have doubts. KCUR's Laura Spencer reports.

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Theater/Performance
8:59 am
Tue August 1, 2006

Lyric Opera Camp

Lyric Opera campers during a vocal warm-up.
Photo: Laura Spencer, KCUR

For the past 14 years, the Lyric Opera of Kansas City has hosted elementary to high school-aged kids for its two-week opera camp.

Kansas City, MO – For the past 14 years, the Lyric Opera of Kansas City has hosted elementary to high school-aged kids for its two-week opera camp. As KCUR's Steve Walker reports, this year's campers are working on an opera with significance to one of the camp's special guests.

Pinocchio will be presented on Friday, August 4, 2006 at 2:30 pm at the Lyric Theatre.

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KCUR Arts
2:34 pm
Mon July 31, 2006

Artists Reinvent Mexican Loteria Cards

Maria Vasquez Boyd's El Diablo

Maria Vasquez Boyd is the featured artist - she told KCUR's Sylvia Maria Gross about the two images she chose to paint: el diablo and la dama -- the devil and the lady.

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12:45 am
Mon July 31, 2006

KC CURRENTS 7-30-06

Kansas City, MO – Staff and students at UMKC mourn the shooting death of classmate Nathan Buie, Jr. last weekend (vigil pictured at left). Hear from students, and Minority Student Affairs Director Catherine Kironde and Assistant Director Keishanda Dees-Burnett. And painter Maria Vasquez Boyd talks about Full Deck - La Loteria, opening next weekend at Mattie Rhodes Art Gallery. For the show, local and national artists reinvent a deck of cards for the Loteria, a traditional Mexican bingo game.

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