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9:13 am
Mon July 10, 2006

Granada Returns to KCK

Theatre-goers in the lobby at the Screenland Granada on opening day.
Photo: Laura Spencer, KCUR

It's been nearly 20 years since the Granada Theatre in downtown Kansas City, Kansas screened a first run-film.

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KCUR News
2:39 am
Mon July 10, 2006

GOP Lawmakers Call for Fee Office Overhaul

Kansas City, MO – Republican lawmakers unveiled a plan in Kansas City to overhaul the state fee offices.

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12:19 am
Mon July 10, 2006

KC CURRENTS 7-9-06

Kansas City, MO – The new Kansas City Missouri schools superintendent, Anthony Amato, shares his plans for the district. PREP-KC executive director Susan Wally talks about private donations to school districts on both sides of the state line, including from the Bill and Melinda Gates foundation. Plus, the new Screenland Granada opens in a renovated old movie house in Kansas City Kansas, and is trying to draw Spanish-speaking audiences. And fabric artist Sonie Ruffin (pictured at left) tells some of the stories behind her quilts.

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KCUR News
12:06 am
Mon July 10, 2006

Interview with KC-MO Superintendent Anthony Amato

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Business & Tech
11:06 pm
Sun July 9, 2006

PREP-KC Coordinates Private Donations to Public Schools

KCUR Arts
1:51 pm
Sun July 9, 2006

Quilt Artist Sonie Ruffin's Journey

Sonie Ruffin's totebag.

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.

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KCUR News
12:27 am
Sat July 8, 2006

Top Stories of the Week

Kansas City, MO –
New school superintendent debuts.
Senators refuse to testify before House Committee.
Blunt signs ethanol mandate.
Double funeral protest protection for Missouri.
MU ponders Lay endowment.
Sprint Center wins NCAA tourneys.

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KCUR News
1:07 am
Wed July 5, 2006

Negro Leagues Baseball Conference in KC

Kansas City, MO – July 2006 marks the 100th anniversary of Satchel Paige, one of the great players of the Negro Leagues. Scholars from across the country gather this week (July 6 - July 9, 2006) to discuss the history. KCUR's Greg Echlin has more.

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KCUR Arts
8:00 am
Mon July 3, 2006

Diversity in Heart of America Shakespeare Festival

The Heart of America Shakespeare Festival's 14th season is now underway at Southmoreland Park with its annual presentation of the dramas, comedies, and tragedies of William Shakespeare. This year, the festival is staging King Henry the Fifth, with Nathan Darrow as the young English King preparing to wage war with France.

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Government
11:58 pm
Sun July 2, 2006

MO House Committee on Immigration Holds KC Forum

Kansas City, MO – In April, the Missouri House of Representatives assigned a special committee to research the effect of illegal immigration on the state. In early June, state officials told the committee that state services haven't seen much impact, but the picture in Kansas City is different. On Thursday, more than a dozen Kansas City officials and community leaders testified before the committee during a day-long forum at Penn Valley Community College. KCUR's Sylvia Maria Gross was there.

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11:51 pm
Sun July 2, 2006

KC CURRENTS 7-2-06

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Obituaries
11:43 pm
Sun July 2, 2006

Judge Cordell Meeks, Jr. Dies

Kansas City, MO – Judge Cordell Meeks, Jr. died suddenly at his home this week. He was 63. Meeks, a 26-year veteran of the Wyandotte County District Court, was respected by his colleagues and friends not only as a prodigious member of the bench, but also as a generous contributor of time and talent to many civic causes. With us to talk about the legacy of Cordell Meeks is Nick Tomasic, District Attorney for Wyandotte County for 32 years.

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Business & Tech
11:24 pm
Sun July 2, 2006

Financial Planner David Jackson on Estate Planning

Kansas City, MO – David Jackson discusses estate planning in the final segment of a 6-part series on achieving financial independence. Jackson is a Certified Financial Planner with Waddell and Reed and a columnist for the Kansas City Call.

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Sports
11:16 pm
Sun July 2, 2006

Watching Last World Cup Games in KC

Kansas City, MO – The World Cup in Germany is winding its way down to the finals. Some Kansas Citians are glued to ESPN, and even more, to Univision. Soccer fans and other people connected to some of the countries left in the competition are gathering in places around town to watch the games. Sylvia Maria Gross gives us a rundown.

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KCUR News
9:21 am
Fri June 30, 2006

KC-MO Police Chief Weighs in on Immigration

Kansas City, MO – Kansas City Missouri Police Chief Jim Corwin says that police involvement in immigration enforcement would damage their ability to fight crime. Corwin told the Missouri Special Committee on Immigration Reform yesterday that the department is trying to build trust within immigrant communities. KCUR's Sylvia Maria Gross has more.

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KCUR News
6:32 am
Fri June 30, 2006

Top Stories of the Week

Kansas City, MO –
High court upholds Kansas death penalty.

Missouri executions on hold after court rules.

Sex offender stings survive court test.

Elks leader dies, 9 survive in Clinton building collapse.

Missouri board okays stadium improvement tax credits.

Task force recommends K.C. red-light cameras.

Chief balks at policing immigration.

Booster seats required for Missouri, Kansas kids.

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KCUR Arts
10:52 am
Thu June 29, 2006

New Musical Tells Story of Pinocchio

photo: The Coterie Theatre

This week, the Coterie Theatre hosts the world premiere of a new musical based on the Pinocchio story. (Read Steve Walker's review in Theater Mania here )

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KCUR News
3:41 am
Thu June 29, 2006

Blunt Signs Booster Seat Bill

Kansas City, MO – Missouri parents soon will have to put most children in booster seats until they are eight. That's under a new bill Governor Matt Blunt signed yesterday in Kansas City. KCUR's Maria Carter reports.

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KCUR News
1:05 am
Thu June 29, 2006

McCaskill Proposes Immigration Crackdown on Businesses

Democratic Senate candidate Claire McCaskill talks with a supporter after a press conference on immigration in Kansas City. McCaskill called for tougher penalties and stepping up enforcement against businesses hiring illegal workers.
(Maria Carter, KCUR)

Kansas City, MO – Democratic Senate candidate Claire McCaskill criticized incumbent Senator Jim Talent's stance on immigration during a stop in Kansas City. McCaskill alleges Talent has too many ties with big agriculture companies and called for him to support more enforcement and penalties against employers who hire illegal immigrants. McCaskill calls Talent and other Republcans stance on illegal immigration disingenuous.

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KCUR Arts
3:17 pm
Wed June 28, 2006

WEB EXTRA: Two Inaugural Exhibitions for the Bloch Building

Edouard Manet, French (1832-1883). The Croquet Party (La Partie de Croquet), 1871. Oil on canvas, 18 x 28 ? inches. Collection of Marion and Henry Bloch.

Museum officials announced today (June 28, 2006) that the new Bloch Building at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art will open in June 2007. The two inaugural exhibitions include Impressionist paintings from the collection of Marion and Henry Bloch, and an exhibit of 19th-century photographs from Hallmark Photographic Collection, acquired by the museum in January. Here, Keith Davis, Curator of Photography, and Henry Bloch, Chairman of the Board of Trustees, give an overview of the exhibitions.

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KCUR News
3:36 am
Wed June 28, 2006

Blunt Gives Go Ahead to Regional Transit Bill

Kansas City, MO – Missouri Governor Matt Blunt signed a bill authorizing six Kansas City area counties to work together to develop a regional transit system. The bill allows the counties to set up a planning commission and, with voter approval, levy a sales tax of up to half a cent to pay for any transit plan. Mid-America Regional Council executive director David Warm says getting this bill signed is only the first step.

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KCUR News
3:33 am
Wed June 28, 2006

New Bill Lets 16-Year-Olds Give Blood

Kansas City, MO – Missouri will join ten other states, including Kansas, allowing 16-year olds to donate blood with permission from a parent. Currently, a person must be at least 17 to donate blood. Jay Menitove, executive director of the Community Blood Center, says in Kansas City 10 to 15 percent of blood donations already come from high school students.

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KCUR News
1:34 am
Wed June 28, 2006

Legislators Try to Block Stadium Tax Credits

Kansas City, MO – Two rural Missouri legislators are trying to head off the $50 million in state tax credits designed to subsidize stadium improvements at Kauffman and Arrowhead. Senator Frank Barnitz and Representative Wes Shoemeyer accuse Governor Blunt and his faithful circumventing the legislature, sending the plan direct to the Missouri Development Finance Board.

Senator Barnitz:
The voters have said time and time again through the legislature that they did not sports stadiums receiving financial aid.

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KCUR News
1:24 am
Wed June 28, 2006

Opening Scheduled for Bloch Building

Marc F. Wilson, Menefee D. & Mary Louise Blackwell Director CEO of the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art
photo: Laura Spencer/KCUR
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People
11:25 pm
Mon June 26, 2006

Local Families Adopt Abroad

Kansas City, MO – Families for Adoption, an international and domestic adoption ministry at the Pleasant Valley Baptist Church in Liberty recently held a roundtable for people interested in adopting children from another country. We heard about it, and thought it would be an opportunity to take our own look at the subject. KCUR's Laura Ziegler spoke to some adoption experts, and dropped in on some parents with kids who come from other countries.

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KCUR News
11:06 pm
Mon June 26, 2006

Committee Says "Yes" to Red Light Cams

Karl Zobrist, chair of the red-light cameras task force: \"They have to be for public safety, not revenue production.\"

Kansas City, MO – The matter of cameras at traffic lights in Kansas City is now in the hands of the City Council. After studying the matter, the mayor's task force gave the traffic cams a favorable report yesterday. Chairman Karl Zobrist said the majority of the citizens who came to the public hearings support the cameras.

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KCUR News
9:23 am
Mon June 26, 2006

Kansas and Missouri Dispute Interstate Birthplace

Author Dan McNichol takes a break from the cross country trip to commemorate the Interstate's 50th anniversary. He's driving his 51 Hudson Pacer in the convoy.
Frank Morris
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World Cup
2:23 am
Mon June 26, 2006

KU Professor Robert Rodriguez on the World Cup

Kansas City, MO – With the World Cup on in Germany this month, we become aware of how important soccer is in so many cultures around the world. It's also becoming an essential part of suburban youth culture in the United States. But do young American soccer players become fans of the US team? And now that the US is out of the competition, are they following other country's soccer teams?

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12:27 am
Mon June 26, 2006

KC CURRENTS 6-25-06

Kansas City, MO – This week, a look at local families who are adopting children from abroad. Plus, Kansas City Wizards fans react to the United States' loss in the World Cup (at left, Wizards forward Eddie Johnson), and KU professor Robert Rodriguez analyzes soccer culture in the suburbs of Kansas City and around the world. Also, DC Bellamy talks about the Kansas City Kansas Street Blues Festival.

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KCUR News
11:35 pm
Fri June 23, 2006

Top Stories of the Week

Kansas City, MO –
Kansas Supreme Court mulls schools proposal
Missouri school suit trial date set
Court rules against Blunt Medicaid Cuts
Blunt task force to address patient abuse
Stowers expansion planning restarts
Wichita homicide prompts call for unborn victims law

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