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12:01 am
Tue May 30, 2006

Anthony Amato is Top Pick to Head KC-MO Schools

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11:41 pm
Mon May 29, 2006

KC CURRENTS 5-28-06

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.

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KCUR News
3:55 am
Mon May 29, 2006

Low River Levels Hurt Economy

Ft. Stevenson State Park Manager Dick Messerly stands near a wooden boat dock now left high and dry. This part of Lake Sakakawea has been dry since 2003.
(Photo courtesy of KWMU)

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.

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KCUR News
12:04 am
Sat May 27, 2006

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10:05 am
Fri May 26, 2006

Fifth Candidate Joins Finalists for KC-MO Superintendent

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.

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KCUR News
1:52 am
Fri May 26, 2006

Carnahan Bars Amendments from Ballots

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.

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Performance
2:31 pm
Thu May 25, 2006

Metropolitan Ensemble Theatre Presents 'Whitehorse'

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.

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KCUR News
10:36 am
Thu May 25, 2006

KC-MO Interviews Finalists for Superintendent

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.

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KCUR News
5:55 am
Thu May 25, 2006

Children's Mercy Hospital Expanding

Kansas City, MO – Children's Mercy Hospital is building another location to help reach patients across the Kansas City area. KCUR's Kelley Weiss reports.

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KCUR News
5:17 am
Thu May 25, 2006

MO Gets $1.9 Million to Prepare for Flu

Kansas City, MO – Local and state health agencies in Missouri will receive $1.9 million to come up with plans to respond to a flu pandemic. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is funding planning efforts. Mary Kay Hager of the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services says right now there is no threat in this country from the bird flu but the money will help the department prepare.

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KCUR News
5:31 am
Wed May 24, 2006

Minimum Wage a Political Issue in 2006 Elections?

Kansas City, MO – Former U.S. Senator and vice presidential candidate John Edwards met with local union leaders to roll out a campaign for increasing Missouri's minimum wage. The proposed ballot measure would raise the state's minimum wage more than a dollar to $6.50 an hour and link the wage to inflation. KCUR's Maria Carter reports.

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KCUR News
5:55 am
Tue May 23, 2006

KS Aids Grandparents Raising Kids

Kansas City, MO – Some 34,000 children in Kansas are being raised by their grandparents. That's according to the U-S census bureau. Now, some grandparents in Kansas will get a little extra money to help raise their grandchildren. KCUR's Maria Carter reports.

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KCUR News
2:25 am
Mon May 22, 2006

Interpreters help clarify healthcare

Luis Solis, left, fills out a release form for surgery on Monday, May 1 at Truman Medical Centers. Megan Thompson, a surgical resident, and Rita Garcia, an interpreter, help Solis understand the risks of the surgery. (photo by Kelley Weiss)

Kansas City, MO – Every day in Kansas City immigrants get sick or hurt but often they face a barrier in getting health care. Many of them don't speak English. The federal government requires hospitals to provide interpreters. But the service is expensive and finding interpreters and paying their salaries can present a challenge for area hospitals. KCUR's Kelley Weiss reports.

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Headlines
12:54 am
Mon May 22, 2006

KC Mother Brings Cosby to Town

Kansas City, Missouri – Mandy Brown felt her 14-year old daughter's murder was a senseless act of violence. In the intervening 25 years, she has become increasingly concerned about the lack of responsibility and self-respect among black youth.

So when she heard Bill Cosby was sponsoring town hall meetings, called "Call Out's," in which he brought counselors and other experts together with community members, she started trying to get Cosby's people to bring a "Call Out" to Kansas City.

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KCUR News
8:02 am
Fri May 19, 2006

Top Stories of the Week

Kansas City, MO –
Second Diagnosis Ends Life Support Battle.
Kline Appeals Ruling on Reporting Teen Sex.
Carnahan: Election Boards Worried About Photo ID Law.
Sebelius, Blunt differ on Bush border plan.
Roberts: No Civil Liberties If You're Dead.
State of the City Message: Momentum is Back.

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KCUR News
1:29 am
Fri May 19, 2006

Spring Rise Underway, Battle Continues

Aaron Deloney uses telemetry equipment to close in on a sturgeon in the Missouri River.
(Photo by Frank Morris)
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Music
1:15 pm
Thu May 18, 2006

Web Extra: Wanda Jackson talks about the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

A campaign is underway to induct Rockabilly Queen Wanda Jackson into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Here, Jackson shares her thoughts about it.

Kansas City, MO – A campaign is underway to induct Rockabilly Queen Wanda Jackson into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Here, Jackson shares her thoughts about it.

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KCUR Arts
12:36 pm
Thu May 18, 2006

An Interview with Wanda Jackson

Wanda Jackson has been called the Queen of Rock 'n' Roll, the First Lady of Rockabilly, and the Original Riot Grrl.

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KCUR News
8:06 am
Thu May 18, 2006

Mayor Calls for Voters to Approve Stem Cell Amendment

Kansas City Mayor Kay Barnes delivers her State of the City address. The Mayor called for support of an amendment to the Missouri constitution to ensure the legality of federally approved stem cell research in the state.
(Photo by Maria Carter)

Kansas City, MO – Mayor Kay Barnes says Kansas City is in the middle of a turn around but must continue its growth in the biosciences field. KCUR's Maria Carter reports.

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KCUR News
1:37 am
Thu May 18, 2006

KC's Growing Role in Global Health

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KCUR News
11:35 pm
Tue May 16, 2006

Hearing to determine outcome for teenager declared brain dead

Kansas City, MO – The University of Kansas Hospital declared 14-year old Michael Todd brain dead last week. But, the hospital and family cannot agree on whether the boy should have continued treatment so a judge will decide the outcome in court next week. KCUR's Kelley Weiss reports.

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KCUR News
11:33 pm
Tue May 16, 2006

New Saturn Good Sign for KCK Plant

General Motors unveils the Saturn Aura that will soon be rolling off the assembly line at the Kansas City, Kanas plant. The company hopes the new model will help revitalize the Saturn brand.
(Photo by Maria Carter)

Kansas City, KS – General Motors will produce a new mid-sized sedan at its plant in Kansas City, Kansas. The struggling automaker is in the process of closing down 12 plants, but company insiders say the new Saturn Aura is a good sign for the Fairfax plant.

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Health
2:01 am
Mon May 15, 2006

Summer could slow down the mumps

Kansas City, MO – Many of the mumps cases in Kansas are in Douglas County and the University of Kansas has reported more than 150 cases. Centers for Disease Control representatives have been in Lawrence studying the campus outbreak and are anticipating how the summer break will impact the spread of the virus. KCUR's Kelley Weiss reports.

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KCUR News
11:37 pm
Sun May 14, 2006

Mixed-Use Development to Replace Mission Mall

Backhoes start demolition of Mission Center Mall in Mission, KS. The mall will be replaced by a 17-acre mixed-use development with a hotel, restaurants, and some 350 condos.
(Photo by Maria Carter)

Mission, KS – The area around Shawnee mission Parkway and Roe will have a new look in a few years. The 20-year-old mission center mall will be torn down and replaced by mixed-use development. KCUR's Maria Carter reports.

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Headlines
11:27 pm
Fri May 12, 2006

The Week's Top KCUR Stories

Kansas City, MO –
Top Stories of the Week Photo ID, No Straight Tickets for Missouri Voters.
Kansas Passes School Finance Plan.
Commission Complaint Against Justice Nuss.
Jessica's Laws in Kansas, Missouri.
Missouri Legislators Lift Contribution Caps.

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KCUR Arts
10:44 am
Fri May 12, 2006

Young Artists Perform with the Kansas City Symphony

Hannah Kim, one of the winners of the Kansas City Symphony's Young Artist Competition (YAC).
Photo: Laura Spencer

Each year, the Kansas City Symphony holds a Young Artist Competition, a concerto competition that's open to seventh to twelfth grade instrumentalists in the metropolitan area.

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KCUR Arts
8:34 am
Fri May 12, 2006

Arts Roundup, May 12

This week, the Kansas City Ballet stages a set of solos, including one by the mother of modern dance Isadora Duncan, Musical Theater Heritage brings the enchanted musical Brigadoon to the stage, and Wylliams/Henry Dance Theatre presents the work of five choreographers, including its two founders.

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4:23 am
Fri May 12, 2006

EPA Grants Help Clean Up Richards-Gebaur

Kansas City, MO – The Environmental Protection Agency is giving Kansas City's Port Authority money to start clean up at Richards-Gebaur Air Force Base. The EPA is issuing $400,000 in Brownfield grants to clean up the 1,400 acre site, so it can be developed into an international trade center. U.S. Representative and former Kansas City Mayor Emmanuel Cleaver says moves to establish a freight facility was not always popular with neighbors but is important to the local economy.

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4:16 am
Fri May 12, 2006

MARC Studies Southern Connection Between Kansas and Missouri

Kansas City, MO – A study will examine transportation needs in and between Johnson County, Kansas and Cass County, Missouri. KCUR's Maria Carter reports.

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