Kansas City, MO – A Missouri gay and lesbian rights organization is applauding Governor Matt Blunt and the Missouri Legislature for taking homosexual behavior off the state list of sex crimes. KCUR's Steve Bell reports.
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"PROMO" (for the Personal Rights of Missourians) lauds the sex offender bill Governor Blunt signed Monday because it eliminates language in the old law that made all practicing gays and lesbians criminals. Julie Brueggemann says PROMO saw the push for a Jessica's law as an opportunity.
On the east side of the Bloch Building on Tuesday, a crew reinstalled Alexander Calder's sculpture called Tom's Cubicle. It's just one of the changes underway on the grounds of the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art.
Kansas City, MO – Tyrone Flowers was shot three times. Once in the hand. Once in his leg. And the third and final bullet went through his neck, nicking his spinal cord, leaving him paralyzed from the neck down. Perhaps this was the worse thing that could have happened to Flowers, who spent his childhood in foster homes, juvenile detention centers, mental health hospitals and cemented basements in houses he could never call home.
By Delores Jones, Sylvia Maria Gross and Laura Ziegler
Kansas City, MO – A Catholic Church music director is fired because of his sexuality; National Catholic Reporter editor Tom Roberts talks about the relationship between the church and homosexuality. Tyrone Flowers tells the story of being shot and paralyzed, and how his experiences inspired him to found Higher M-Pact, a program for high-risk youth. Plus, Spanish radio stations abandon Tejano music in favor of Mexican regional and Caribbean.
Kansas City, MO – Prosecutor surprised by court document release. Young pleads guilty of abetting Manard escape. Talent kicks off reelection campaign. Johnson County Republican running with Democrat Sebelius. Petition sponsors challenge Carnahan decision. District to argue that charter funding law is unconstitutional. Layoffs at Union Station. Moore to replace Baird as Royals GM.
This weekend, the Bach Aria Soloists present a premiere, which combines classical music with modern dance.
By Laura Spencer
Kansas City, MO – The Bach Aria Soloists is dedicated to presenting the arias from Johann Sebastian Bach's cantata collection, as well as his solo and chamber music. This weekend, they'll branch out into new territory with a collaboration that combines classical music with modern dance.
St. Louis, MO – The Missouri River touches millions of people across seven states. When water is plentiful, its benefits are often taken for granted. But when it's not life becomes a struggle to fulfill the most basic needs.
In the final part of our series, Kevin Lavery shows us what happens when the tap runs dry in one small river town.
St. Louis, MO – On their journey up the Missouri River, Lewis and Clark took detailed notes about the natural environment. Their descriptions of big bison and fragile flowers became a scientific primer for countless expeditions that followed. America saw little need to protect its wildlife 200 years ago. Today, the Missouri River is a whirlpool of environmental politics. In part two of our series, Kevin Lavery reports on how river communities co-exist with nature.
Kansas City, MO – It's hot . . . it's fast . . . it's the 8th annual ALMA Awards scheduled to air next Monday . . . June 5th . . . on ABC. The ALMA awards were created by David Chavez of Olathe, Kansas . . . to honor Hispanic artists in film, TV and music. The show is part Oscars, part Emmys, and part Grammys of Latin entertainment. And the buzz around it is loud, especially loud now that Desperate Housewives superstar Eva Longoria has signed on as host.
Kansas City, MO – Summer break for many Kansas Citians means family vacations and going to summer camp. In the midst of a mumps outbreak health officials recommend a few tips to prevent catching or spreading the virus this summer. KCUR's Kelley Weiss reports.
Kansas City, MO – Last week, we discussed the case of Michael Todd, a 14-year old African American boy declared brain dead from a gunshot wound. His family disputed the University of Kansas Hospital doctor's diagnosis and went to court to prevent the hospital from removing their son from life support.
By Delores Jones, Laura Ziegler, and Sylvia Maria Gross
Kansas City, MO – The Kansas City, Missouri School Board selects Anthony Amato to head KC schools, in a process open to the public. Producers Sarah and David Chavez, of Olathe, discuss the National Council of La Raza's ALMA Awards for Latino entertainers. (Pictured are Desperate Housewives' Eva Longoria and NCLR's Janet Murguia). Plus, comedian Bill Cosby at Penn Valley Community College, and listener responses to last week's interview on medical ethics.
St. Louis, MO – Earlier this month, the state of Missouri failed to stop the Army Corps of Engineers from conducting a spring rise on the Missouri River. Environmentalists say the rise was needed to help the endangered pallid sturgeon. Missouri argued it would flood its cities and farms.
Kevin Lavery recently traveled to North Dakota to see the upstream side of the issue. In the first part of the series, Kevin Lavery explores how the river shapes the economy.
Kansas City, MO – A fifth candidate has joined the pool of finalists for Kansas City Missouri superintendent. Community members met and interviewed all five at a public forum at Paseo Academy last night. KCUR's Sylvia Maria Gross reports.
Kansas City, MO – Two proposed constitutional amendment have been barred from the November ballot in Missouri. The Secretary of State Robin Carnahan rejected the two petitions proposing restrictions on the use of eminent domain and an annual spending cap for the sate government. Secretary of State's spokesman Mike Seitz says state law requires petitions to be separated by county and numbers and supporters failed to follow the procedure.
For the past several months, the Metropolitan Ensemble Theatre has been gearing up for a script-in-hand reading of a new play called Whitehorse. The journey a play makes before it reaches a staged production can be a long one, so for a young playwright (Jakob Holder) and a young theatre company, a reading can present a real opportunity.
Kansas City, MO – The four candidates for Kansas City Missouri school superintendent will answer the community's questions at forums this evening and be interviewed by the board tomorrow morning. Bernard Taylor's last day is June 30th, the school board hopes to decide on a new superintendent tomorrow. KCUR's Sylvia Maria Gross has more.