Kansas City, MO – A Missouri budget that cuts more than 90-thousand people off of Medicaid is on Governor Matt Blunt's budget. The debate over Medicaid cuts this year has opened a moral schism, between service providers, patients and activists who deplore the cuts as cruel, and the governor who defends them as being morally correct.
This week, two theatrical productions (at the Lied Center in Lawrence and the Unicorn Theatre in Kansas City) take a look at issues of race and culture, justice and healing.
By Laura Spencer
Kansas City, Missouri – It?s the arts roundup, the audio guide to the arts. This week, two theatrical productions take a look at issues of race and culture, justice and healing. KCUR?s Laura Spencer reports.
The SSION, a bizarre, arty, Kansas City punk rock band changes its style and line up and gets ready to release another album. And a new play takes an unapologetically twisted look at 175 years of Kansas City History.
Kansas City, MO – The SSION, a bizarre, arty, Kansas City punk rock band chantes it's style and line up and gets ready to relese another album. And a new play takes an unapologetically twisted look at 175 years of Kansas City History.
Kansas City, MO – The Missouri Senate is set to debate its plan for overhauling the state's formula for funding public schools. A Kansas state attorney asks the state Supreme Court to ignore a filing by school districts to reject the legislature's school finance plan and force legislators to approve more than $800 million a year in additional funding. Records show the 2004 property taxes on a car wash owned by Rep. Emanuel Cleaver have not been paid.
Kansas City – The IRS figures about 100 million tax payers will be eligible for refunds this year. Almost one in eight will likely speed up the process, with a Refund Anticipation Loan. A class action law suit against the nation's largest tax preparer, H&R Block alleges, tricked customers into buying these high priced loans. But some consumer advocates say Block has become a model for openness in marketing refund anticipation loans. KCUR's Frank Morris of reports.
Theatre Communications Group is a national organization that advises and supports non-profit professional theatres across the country. Here, Executive Director Ben Cameron talks about the state of the arts today.
Kansas City – Missouri House is debating a bill cutting more than 100-thousand lower income children, parents, elderly and disabled people off the state subsidized health insurance. The cuts were initially proposed by Governor Matt Blunt, and amplified by the state Senate. As part of our series Critical Condition a check up on public health care in two states, KCUR's Frank Morris has this overview of the Medicaid cuts proposed in Missouri.
Kansas City, Missouri – The Kansas Senate is poised to vote on an $11.3 billion compromise state budget. Missouri Repulicans are fast-tracking legislation to authorize many of Governor Matt Blunt's proposed cuts to Medicaid. Missouri's unemployment jumped a half of a percent in February, while Kansas saw a slight decrease compared with last year.
Kansas City, Kansas – One of the men running for CEO of the Unified Government of Kansas City Kansas and Wyandotte County will take over after decade long, successful reign of Carol Marinovich. Former State Representative Rick Rehorn, and Unified Government Commissioner Joe Reardon appeared on KCUR's Up to Date today. KCUR's Frank Morris has this look at the race.
It's the arts roundup, the audio guide to the arts. This week, a film about at-risk girls in the juvenile justice system, a children's literature festival, and the anniversary of a local design studio.
This week, film director John Waters talks about turning the movie Hairspray into a hit Broadway musical...and a small theatre group presents the Kansas City premiere of a work by a controversial contemporary English playwright.
Filmmaker John Waters grew up in Baltimore in the 1950s and began making silent 8mm and 16mm films in the mid 1960s, screened in rented church halls and attended by underground audiences who heard of the films by word-of-mouth and leaflets. His first success: the 1972 film Pink Flamingos starring Divine.
Hairspray opened Tuesday, March 29 at the Music Hall and runs through April 10, 2005.
Kansas City, MO – President George W Bush hosts the leaders of Mexico and Canada tomorrow to discuss further integrating North America's economy, which has been losing ground to Asian manufacturers. To ease congestion at the border, Mexico hopes to open its first foreign-based customs facility smack in the middle of the continent-- in Kansas City. KCUR's Sylvia Maria Gross spoke to Mexican and Kansas City officials who are promoting the city's role in facilitating international trade
This week, a legendary Film Seminar comes to the Kansas City area; a Chicago-based art collective Lucky Pierre re-enacts final meal requests of death row prisoners at Grand Arts, and the role of political activism in the 21st century takes center stage.