Kansas City, MO – Record breaking power outage in St. Louis. Gays and lesbians gain with Missouri foster parent rules. Missouri photo Voter ID goes to court. Abortion for prisoners ruled a right. Berkley Park renewal includes transition neighborhood. New life science initiatives for suburbs, UMKC. Buck goes to bat at 94.
Kansas City, MO – The University of Missouri-Kansas City announced its plans today to develop a niche in Kansas City's growing life science research field. KCUR's Kelley Weiss reports.
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Today UMKC announced plans to build a new life science institute that officials say will bring a unique research program to Kansas City. The institute will focus on translational research, which takes basic science discoveries and applies them towards therapeutic products and services.
Kansas City, MO – The plans for are completed for a new riverfront mixed-use development surrounding a redesigned Richard Berkley riverfront park. The Kansas City Port Authority unveiled the plans Thursday: a park with space for festivals and an amphitheater for events, surrounded by a neighborhood with residences, shops and offices. Berkley, for whom the park is named, would end up with the city's largest monument to a former mayor.
Kansas City, MO – When last year's homicide rate rose dramatically, from 91 killings in 2004 to 127 in 2005, the Kansas City, Missouri City Council convened a committee to examine a wide range of data and programs related to violent crime in the city. Meanwhile, the homicide rate is back down this year, there have been 42 murders this year, as of Friday. The commission made recommendations to the City Council on June 29, and submitted a final report. To discuss its findings, mayor pro tem and city councilman Alvin Brooks joins us now.
Kansas City, MO – K-State plans bioscience campus in Olathe. Blunt signs bills on malpractice rates, eminent domain, group insurance, tax credits for pregnancy center gifts. GOP lawmakers want end to fee office patronage. Blunt may call special session for Medicaid disabled benefits. Appleby attorneys want confession thrown out. Young gets 21 months in dog-crate escape. More charges filed in sex-torture murders. Missouri executions still in limbo.
Kansas City, MO – Missouri Governor Matt Blunt stopped in Kansas City, wrapping up more than two weeks of touring the state to sign various bills into law. The legislation on whcih Blunt put his official stamp will make it easier for businesses to join together and negotiate for health insurance. KCUR's Maria Carter reports.
This weekend marks the premiere of Kansas City's first Crossroads Musical Theater Festival. As Steve Walker reports, musical theatre fans could find among the 7 brand new works the next Broadway hit. Listen here to some excerpts.
By Steve Walker
Kansas City, MO – 2006 Crossroads Musical Theater Festival Schedule:
Independence, MO – Richard Davis of Independence appeared in a Jackson County court to face additional charges in the death and sexual torture of Marsha Spicer. Twenty two of the charges involve Michelle Ricci, whose charred remains were found near Liberty in May. Davis is not charged in that murder. KCUR Maria Carter was in Independence and has this report.
Kansas City, MO – Attorney Arthur Benson, who won a Missouri Supreme Court decision saying sex offenders convicted before the sex offender registry was created can't be required to register says he is watching to see how the state reacts to the decision.
The court ruled that though the state can't force an offender to register retroactively, it can publish information about previous convictions or guilty pleas.
Kansas City, MO – With the growth of the arts scene in Kansas City, arts officials say there's a need for more public funding to sustain the arts - what they describe as the "powerful engine" of the local economy. An arts committee was created last month by Kansas City Mayor Kay Barnes as a means of continuing a dialogue. KCUR's Laura Spencer attended the first meeting yesterday (July 11) and has this report.
Kansas City, MO – Anthony Amato plans to meet with middle and elementary school principals during his first full week as Kansas City Missouri schools superintendent. He says he's already begun meeting with high school principals, study test scores and interviewing for his top administrative positions. KCUR's Sylvia Maria Gross has more.
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.
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.
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.
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.