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9:53 am
Mon May 8, 2006

Academy aims to attract minorities to nursing

Kansas City, MO – The University of Missouri Kansas City Nursing School is offering a nursing academy to attract more minorities to the field. The program's goal is to give students a head-start into a nursing career and bring more diversity to the workforce. KCUR's Kelley Weiss reports.

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6:11 am
Mon May 8, 2006

McCaskill Harkens Back to Truman for Accountability Plan

Democratic Senate candidate Claire McCaskill delivers a speech on national security at the square in downtown Independence in front of a statue of President and former Missouri Senator Harry Truman.
(Photo by Maria Carter)

Independence, MO – Senate candidate Claire McCaskill stopped in Independence to unveil her national security platform. The Democrat called for more accountability of military contractors and a plan to begin moving U-S troops out of Iraq. KCUR's Maria Carter reports.

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Yesterday was Harry Truman's birthday, and state auditor Claire McCaskill stopped at the hometown of her fellow Democrat to outline her national security agenda and borrow one of Truman's major accomplishments as a Senator .

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Headlines
11:29 pm
Fri May 5, 2006

KCUR Weekly News Review

Kansas City, MO –
Top KCUR News Stories of the Week Kansas City Latinos join in national demonstrations
Eminent domain bills pass in Missouri, Kansas
Sex Offender laws: different fates in different states
Kansas funeral picketing bill stalls
Kansas school funding still at deadlock
MOHELA plan fails legislature, Blunt will push on
Petitions in on stem cell initiative

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6:05 am
Fri May 5, 2006

Kansas School Finance Package Stalls

Topeka, Kansas – Negotiations over a school finance package appear to be at an impasse in the Kansas Legislature. The conference committee on school finance did not yet Thursday afternoon, and currently there are no future meetings scheduled. Kansas Statehouse Reporter Peter Hancock has more.

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KCUR News
1:12 am
Fri May 5, 2006

Confucius Institute Opens

Chinese Consul General Xu Jinzhong, Vice Minister of Education Wu Qidi, KU Chancellor Robert Hemenway and Kansas Govenor Kathleen Sebelius celebrate opening of Institute.
Frank Morris

Kansas City, MO – The Confucius Institute, on KU's Edwards Campus, is one of the first links in what the Chinese government hopes will be a globe spanning chain of institutes to promoting Chinese language and culture.

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2:42 am
Thu May 4, 2006

Kansas Reports First Cases of Measles in Six Years

Kansas City, MO – The Kansas Health Department has reported the first cases of measles in Kansas. The measles virus is highly contagious, even more so than the mumps. KCUR's Kelley Weiss reports.

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9:58 am
Tue May 2, 2006

Taskforce to consider electronic health insurance cards

Kansas City, MO – A governor's appointed taskforce in Kansas wants to develop electronic health insurance ID cards to help streamline the administrative process of filing insurance claims. KCUR's Kelley Weiss reports.

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Headlines
9:05 am
Mon May 1, 2006

KCUR's Top News Stories

Kansas City, MO – Kansas City braces for immigrants' rights protest. Community health center opens in Lexington. Kansas House to take up school finance debate. National Republican group creates Web site mocking Missouri state Auditor Claire McCaskill. Kansas Senator Sam Brownback supports Bush's decision to investigate price gouging. Former Missouri Senator John Danforth slams G.O.P. tactics on gay marriage.

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Visual Arts
8:20 am
Mon May 1, 2006

Artist Wilbur Niewald Wins Guggenheim

Wilbur Niewald works on an etching at Loose Park. He's returned to this grove of pine trees for the past three years (notice the worn spot).
photo: Laura Spencer/KCUR

Artist Wilbur Niewald, professor emeritus of painting at the Kansas City Art Institute, began his year-long Guggenheim Fellowship on May 1.

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KCUR News
7:24 am
Mon May 1, 2006

Midwestern Businesses Brace for Immigrant Worker Boycott

Some Hispanic Leaders expect little business today on Kansas City's South West Boulevard, but some restaurants will be open.
(Photo by Frank Morris)

Kansas City, MO – Today thousands will demonstrate in cities from LA to Dodge City for more rights for foreign born workers. The rallies and boycott will force dozens of huge meatpacking houses to close. And even though the rally in Kansas City won't be until 4:00, a number of shops are shutting down. KCUR's Frank Morris reports.

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7:18 am
Mon May 1, 2006

College vouchers for Missouri?

Missouri Representative Carl Bearden advocates higher-education spending with more focus on grants direct to students.
Missouri House photo

Kansas City, MO – This year's session of the Missouri Legislature may have seen the beginnings of a major change in the way the state finances its colleges and universities. House-originated caps on higher education funding and tuition did not survive in the Senate, but the passage of a bill offering college vouchers to most state high school graduates with a C+ or above average did. And that could be a step toward more sweeping changes proposed by a St. Louis Representative. KCUR'S Steve Bell reports.

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7:00 am
Mon May 1, 2006

Hundreds Rally for Immigrants' Rights

Protestors duck under umbrellas as a light afternoon rain begins to fall. (Photo by Maria Carter)
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People
5:56 am
Mon May 1, 2006

KC Sudanese go to Darfur rally in DC

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Theater/Performance
12:49 pm
Sun April 30, 2006

Ferdinand the Bull

Michael Dragen as Ferdinand in the Coterie Theatre's production of Ferdinand the Bull
photo: Coterie Theatre

A new production at the Coterie Theatre brings the story of Ferdinand the Bull to the stage in a bilingual Flamenco-flavored musical.

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Financial Planning
4:52 am
Sun April 30, 2006

David Jackson: Planning for Retirement

Kansas City, MO – In the fifth of a six part series on financial planning, David Jackson talks about pensions and planning for retirement. David Jackson is a financial planner for Waddell & Reed and writes a regular column for the Kansas City Call.

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Headlines
12:01 am
Sat April 29, 2006

Top KCUR Stories of the Week

Kansas City, MO –
Kansas re-argues death penalty case at Supreme Court.
Appeals court calls for new hearing on Missouri death penalty decision.
Kansas Senate passes $466 million school plan.
Investigations proliferate in Nuss Fuss.
Sebelius fined same as Kline for campaign error.
Senate kills higher ed caps, okays college vouchers.
UMKC flunks diversity audit.

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KCUR Arts
2:23 pm
Fri April 28, 2006

Arts Roundup, April 28

William Kentridge \"Untitled,\" drawing for \"History of the Main Complaint\" (video), 1996
Courtesy: Marian Goodman Gallery, New York

This week, the Unicorn Theatre unveils the world premiere of a new play by Kansas City writer Ron Simonian, and the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art concludes its New Media series with films critiquing apartheid.

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Headlines
12:03 am
Fri April 28, 2006

KCUR Friday News & Business Report

Kansas City, MO – Daniel Porter, convicted of kidnapping his own children and refusing to tell authorities where they are, received an additional sentence of 38 years in prison today. Porter, of Independence, had already been sentenced to ten years on a firearms charge and three years for parole violation. Today's sentence was for the kidnapping. Porter still hasn't told what happened to the children, offering various accounts including that he sold them, killed them and that they had become part of a pornography ring.

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Headlines
10:42 am
Thu April 27, 2006

Top KCUR Stories

Kansas City, MO – Missouri lawmaker calls KCPD's skyrocketing lobbying costs a waste of taxpayers' money. Audit finds racism at UMKC. Kansas legislature tries to find common ground on school financing amidst Supreme Court justice controversy. Missouri senators approve bill cracking down on illegal immigration; House gives first-round approval to bill requiring all official proceedings be conducted in English. Four convicted in telemarketing scam.

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KCUR News
1:27 am
Thu April 27, 2006

A Preview of the New Bloch Building

Kansas – The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art held a regional media briefing Thursday, April 27 (2006) to discuss the $360 million campus transformation plan with nearly 20 reporters from Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, and Colorado. It marked the first group media tour of the inside and outside of the Stephen Holl designed Bloch Building, the new addition along the museum's east lawn. KCUR's Laura Spencer reports.
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KCUR Arts
1:13 pm
Mon April 24, 2006

Hip Hop Artist Approach

MC and hip hop artist Approach talks about his influences, the creative process, the local hip hop scene and more. Delores puts Approach on the spot as he freestyles an exclusive KC Currents rap.

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Books
10:09 am
Mon April 24, 2006

Lois Lowry Reads from Gossamer

Two time Newbery Medal award winner Lois Lowry 's latest novel is called Gossamer. In this story's fictional world, creatures called Thin One and Littlest bestow dreams. Here Lowry reads an excerpt.

Kansas City, MO – Here Lowry reads an excerpt from the end of the book when the creature called Littlest is going home at the end of the night.

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Immigration
8:35 am
Mon April 24, 2006

Rally Against Illegal Immigration

Joyce Mucci of the Mid America Immigration Reform Coalition organized the No Amnesty Rally.

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.

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People
1:56 am
Mon April 24, 2006

Interview with Martha Ojeda

People
1:06 am
Mon April 24, 2006

KC Teen Health Survey

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.

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KCUR News
12:51 am
Mon April 24, 2006

UMKC and Black Kansas City

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.

Ziegler also spoke to UMKC Provost Bruce Bubacz.

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12:47 am
Mon April 24, 2006

KC CURRENTS 4-23-06

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.

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Headlines
11:15 pm
Sun April 23, 2006

Latest Headlines

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.

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KCUR Arts
1:54 pm
Sun April 23, 2006

An Interview with Lois Lowry

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)

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Headlines
7:29 am
Fri April 21, 2006

Latest News from KCUR

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.

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