Kansas City, MO – On April 10, thousands of people gathered at Ilus Davis Park near City Hall to advocate for immigration reform that includes some kind of legalization for undocumented immigrants. A week later, a rally against illegal immigration drew several hundred people to Mill Creek Park, next to the Country Club Plaza. Many of the protestors there said they support legal immigration, but think existing laws are not being enforced by the government. Sylvia Maria Gross has more.
Kansas City, MO – Kansas City area teens are reporting they are less optimistic about their futures and feel like community leaders aren't listening to them. According to this year's Kauffman Teen Survey , teens are ten percent less hopeful they'll be successful than last year. A University of Missouri senior and a research analyst from the Partnership for Children shared ideas on how to encourage and support Kansas City teens. KCUR's Kelley Weiss reports.
Kansas City, MO – Relations between the black community and UMKC - both on and off-campus - are in crisis. That's the opinion of Don Matthews the director of the Black Studies Department at UMKC. He says UMKC suffers from institutional racism. Matthews told Laura Ziegler that it shows up in the few black faculty as well as the negative view of the University within Kansas City's black community.
By Delores Jones, Sylvia Maria Gross, Laura Ziegler
Kansas City, MO – We celebrate one year of KC Currents, and talk to our theme song composer, MC and hip hop artist Approach (pictured at left with Delores Jones). Plus, voices from a rally against illegal immigration, and Professor Don Matthews discusses UMKC's relationship with black Kansas City. Also, Coalition for Justice in the Maquiladoras Director Martha Ojeda talks about the impact of NAFTA and immigration policy on Mexican factories.
Kansas City, MO – Medical convention to focus on improving care for sexual assault victims. Missouri lawmakers move forward with Kansas City regional transit plan. Kline to argue Kansas death penalty to U.S. Supreme Court. Riverton High School students to face hearing today. BTK serial killer gets extra privileges for good behavior.
Two-time Newbery Medal award-winner Lois Lowry started writing professionally in her mid-30s, and has written over 20 books for young adults, including A Summer to Die, Gathering Blue and The Giver. Her latest novel Gossamer continues some of the themes in her earlier works, exploring the idea of memory and dreams.
(Lois Lowry appears Monday at the Reading Reptile and Tuesday at the Kansas City Public Library, check the Reading Reptile for details)
Kansas City, MO – An investigation into out of court conversations about the Kansas school finance case by Senators and a Supreme Court justice widened this afternoon. House Speaker Doug Mays says he is likely to convene a special committee to look into the matter. Earlier, legislators said Attorney General Phill Kline is conducting an investigation. Justice Lawton Nuss took him off the school funding case yesterday after a reporter asked about reports that a justice had improperly discussed court business with legislators at lunch.
Celtic musician Roger Landes returned to Kansas City in April to perform with musician Chipper Thompson. Their collaboration includes a wide range of musical styles from Scotland, Ireland, the Middle East, and the Appalachians - on the stringed instrument called the bouzouki. Here, Landes and Thompson talk about the first song on their CD called Janissary Stomp.
The Partnership for Children earlier this week released results from a Kauffman Teen Survey of nearly 8000 middle and high school students in the metropolitan area. Those surveyed reported a general lack of optimism. But, some local teens are taking their personal experiences and turning them into plays or short monologues for the Coterie Theatre's Young Playwrights' Festival.
This weekend, the UMKC Conservatory of Music concludes its yearlong 100th anniversary celebration. The institution is a training ground for the next generation of performers - in opera, dance, and orchestra - but growing enrollment has exceeded the capacity of the Conservatory's rehearsal, classroom, and performance space. Dean Randy Pembrook talked to KCUR's Laura Spencer earlier this week about the history and the future of the Conservatory.
Kansas City, MO – A report from Monday's immigrants' rights rally in Kansas City, Missouri. And immigration lawyer Hsiang Lin Lee talks about the local Chinese community. A local family commemorates Passover. Glenn Rice and Lewis Diuguid of the Kansas City Star discuss the use of the n-word in popular culture. Plus, writer Stacey Tolbert discusses Not My Size; her play about women and their body images, and a documentary-in-progress called Got Breast?
Kansas City, MO – Some members of the House of Representatives have been distancing themselves from the immigration enforcement bill passed in December. One provision of the bill makes being undocumented in the US a felony and criminalizes aid to illegal immigrants. Our regular contributor Angela Cervantes was born and raised in Topeka, Kansas. Some aspects of the House immigration bill remind her of her own childhood.
Kansas City, MO – With its frequent use in rap lyrics, movies and even as a greeting among some young African Americans, the N-word seems to have reached new levels of acceptance in mainstream American culture. On Saturday, the Kansas City Association of Black Journalists will host a forum with reporters, academics and hip hop artists entitled "The N-Word, have we really come that far?".
Kansas City, MO – Passover celebrates the journey of the Jewish people out of slavery in Egypt. A special text called The Haggadah organizes the Seder meal through rituals such as dipping parsley in salt water to symbolize the tears of suffering. The evening progresses through prayers and song and ends with the celebration of freedom. Laura Ziegler visited the home of John and Debbie Starr -- who invited family and friends for their Seder -- and prepared this audio postcard.
Kansas City, MO – Felony charges for sextuplets hoax Independence, Kansas girl faked abduction Latinos rally for immigrants' rights Missouri Senate backs Medicaid Fraud bill Missouri House would limit higher ed funding Kansas Board of Ed puts abstinence on hold Performing Arts Center announces groundbreaking (click the mp3 icon to listen
Kansas City, MO – A Grain Valley couple who lied about having sextuplets to con people out of money and gifts now face felony charges. Kris and Sarah Everson admitted mid-week that their claim they had six critically ill infants was a lie. Today prosecutors charged them both with stealing by deceit, a felony punishable by up to seven years in prison. Prosecutor Mike Sanders said the Eversons collected a verified $3500 in cash from a local charity and the manufacturing plant from where Kris Everson worked.
Kansas City, MO – MO educators concerned over House vote to cap higher ed funding, tuition increases. MO House overwhelmingly approves eminent domain restrictions. Group calls MO TABOR initiative "Hancock on steroids." Stem cell opponents appeal decision upholding ballot language. FBI reportedly investigating MO lobbyists. Authorities puzzled over teenager's 15-hour disappearance. Grain Valley couple apologizes for sextuplet scam.
Orrick, MO – Mike Hartwick was buried Friday, April 14 in Liberty, Missouri. The 36 year old Army Warrant Officer died April 1, 2006 near Baghdad, when Iraqi fighters shot down his helicopter killing him and his co-pilot Captain Tim Moshier. Planners expect more than 12-hundred people at Hartwick's service, far more than live in his hometown of Orrick, Missouri.
Kansas City, MO – Congressman Dennis Moore talks about immigration reform. Financial columnist and regular Day to Day contributor Michelle Singletary discusses how she became interested in money. Missouri proposes to sell part of its student loan program to support higher education. Plus, hear about Bollywood movies in Overland Park, and a series of films about jazz at the Kansas City Filmmakers' Jubilee.
Kansas City, MO – Missouri and Illinois are the latest states proposing to raise hundreds of millions of dollars selling part or all of their student loan program to raise money higher education. Student groups warn that borrowers could face harsher repayment terms, and that the move shrinks the pool of potential lenders for college loans if they do. KCUR's Frank Morris reports.
Kansas City, MO – The Kansas City, Missouri Health commission met with representatives from hospitals, community groups, and churches to develop a plan on how to improve the health of Kansas City. Last year, these groups identified areas that needed more work like preventative care, tobacco use, and mental health services. These priorities are part of Kansas City's Community Health Improvement Plan, approved earlier this year by the City Council.