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.
Daniel Handler, also known as Lemony Snicket, is the author of a series of children's novels called A Series of Unfortunate Events. There are 12 books in the series so far, detailing the adventures and misfortunes of the three Baudelaire orphans. The series has gained a following with young readers, as well as adults.
Kansas City based musician Shane Borth plays a number of instruments, but his primary ones are violin and viola (he's a violist for the Des Moines Symphony). This weekend, Borth will collaborate with the ensemble of artists called Quixotic Performance Fusion in an improvisational piece, and here, gives a sample.
Kansas City, MO – On the eve of the vote on improvements to Kauffman and Arrowhead stadiums. The Detroit Tigers beat the K.C. Royals 3 to 1. Two stadium issues are on tomorrow's ballot. One is a 25-year 3/3 cent sales tax for general stadium improvements, the other a use tax on goods bought out of state by Jackson County businesses for a rolling roof.
Kansas City, MO – State Senator Victor Callahan says it was a grassroots movement in his district that led him to introduce Senate Bill 602, which would allow the change upon approval by the Independence district and voters in the area served by the seven schools.