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KCUR News
1:01 am
Sat July 22, 2006

Top Stories of the Week

Buck O'Neil becomes the oldest ever paid professional baseball player at 94.
AP Photo

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.

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KCUR News
2:38 am
Fri July 21, 2006

UMKC To Launch Life Science Institute

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.

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KCUR News
12:49 am
Fri July 21, 2006

Riverfront Plans: Housing, Retail and a Showcase Park

Another view of the redesigned park. The platform in the foreground would allow people to walk out over the water when the river is at flood stage.

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.

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Weather
9:05 am
Tue July 18, 2006

Heat Tips

Kansas City, MO – The Kansas City Health Department has issued a heat advisory that will remain in effect for the rest of the summer. The following are some tips to avoid heat related illnesses.

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KCUR News
7:04 am
Tue July 18, 2006

Shawnee Planning for Bioscience District

Kansas City, MO – Another Johnson County city is vying for a bioscience development to promote life science research and commercial products. KCUR's Kelley Weiss reports.

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KCUR News
2:43 am
Mon July 17, 2006

Local Rabbi Discusses the Dead Sea Scrolls

Image from the Library of Congress.
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People
2:10 am
Mon July 17, 2006

Topeka Honors All-Female Mariachi Estrella

12:29 am
Mon July 17, 2006

KC CURRENTS 7-16-06

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Cops & Crime
11:32 pm
Sun July 16, 2006

Results from KC-MO Violent Crime Commission

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.

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KCUR News
6:55 am
Fri July 14, 2006

Top Stories of the Week

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.

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KCUR News
4:11 am
Fri July 14, 2006

Bill Eases Restrictions for Groups Buying Health Insuance

Missouri Governor Matt Blunt signs a bill at All Star Awards and Ad Specialties in Kansas City. The legislation lets business groups with 50 members work together to negotiate for health insurance.

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.

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KCUR Arts
3:22 pm
Thu July 13, 2006

Kansas City's First Crossroads Musical Theater Festival

A rehearsal of Too Good to Be True, directed by Amy Coady, and musical direction by Molly Jessup
photo: Steve Walker, KCUR

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.

Kansas City, MO – 2006 Crossroads Musical Theater Festival Schedule:

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KCUR Arts
9:12 am
Thu July 13, 2006

Remembering Actress Elizabeth Robbins

Mark Robbins and Elizabeth Robbins in the Unicorn Theatre's production of Edward Albee's THE GOAT, OR WHO IS SYLVIA?. Courtesy of Unicorn Theatre, Kansas City, Missouri.
Photo: Cynthia Levin

One of Kansas City's most prominent actresses, Elizabeth Robbins, died on Tuesday (July 12) of cancer. She was 51. KCUR's Laura Spencer has this rememberance.

Kansas City, Missouri – Funeral Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday, July 13, 2006 at Visitation Church, 5141 Main St. The visitation will be at 10 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to Kansas City Actors Theatre 30 W. Pershing Road, Suite 850, Kansas City, MO 64108.


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KCUR News
6:07 am
Thu July 13, 2006

Olathe Could Get K-State Bioscience Center

Olathe, KS – City and county officials unveiled a plan yesterday to bring a research university and bioscience development to Olathe. KCUR's Maria Carter reports.

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KCUR News
11:16 pm
Wed July 12, 2006

More Charges in Videotaped Torture and Death

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.

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KCUR News
10:59 am
Wed July 12, 2006

Attorney: "Missouri can't post sex offenders' pictures."

Attorney Arthur Benson II was also lawyer for the plaintiffs in Kansas City's school desegregation case.
KU web photo

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.

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KCUR News
10:44 am
Wed July 12, 2006

Missouri Commission Calls for More Road Money by 2011

Missouri's currently prolific road repairs could slacken by 2011.
Image from MoDOT
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KCUR News
11:18 pm
Tue July 11, 2006

Committee Discusses Fund for the Arts

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.

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KCUR News
5:07 am
Tue July 11, 2006

Pregnancy Crisis Centers Get Tax Credits

Kansas City, MO – The governor toured Missouri signing legislation giving tax credits for donations to pregnancy crisis centers. KCUR's Maria Carter reports.

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KCUR News
10:41 am
Mon July 10, 2006

KC-MO Schools Superintendent Interviews for Deputy

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.

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KCUR Arts
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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