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Kansas City, MO – A report is raising questions about the safety of artificial blood, including one tested by KU Hospital. A review of human trials found patients given one of five blood substitutes had a 30 percent greater chance of death and a threefold increase in heart attacks. KU Hospital stocked the blood-substitute Polyheme in local ambulances in 2005 and 2006. Trauma Director Michael Moncure says the report raises questions about the safety of blood substitutes, but that it does not look at the specifics of Polyheme (POLY-HEEM).

Aaron Barnhart

Apr 28, 2008

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Newsmakers and interesting personalities join us in the studios of KCUR for a lively call-in program.

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A Missouri architect, Rocio Romero, talks about how you can build your own designer home from a kit.

Kansas City poet Stanley Banks talks about his life and work.

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Kansas City, MO – Kansas City, Missouri will go smoke free in a little more than a month. Voters narrowly passed the ban earlier this month. The city's current rules prohibit smoking before 9pm in restaurants with liquor licenses, but the new ban will prohibit it in restaurants and bars at all times. Several other cities in the region, including Independence, already have similar smoking bans in place. KCUR's Elana Gordon reports that the transition there took some getting used to.

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Kansas City, MO – There's a place where most of the bad economic trends sweeping the United States are turned upside down. Home values are up, foreclosures and unemployment are down, and gas guzzlers are flying off the lot. Forget about China, we're taking about western Kansas. Kansas has 23 times more oil wells than Saudi Arabia. Record oil prices, coupled with soaring prices for grain, have sparked a dramatic economic reversal in the western part of the state.

Joe Miller

Apr 27, 2008

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Newsmakers and interesting personalities join us in the studios of KCUR for a lively call-in program.

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Kansas City, MO – Mayor Mark Funkhouser delivered his State of the City address yesterday, emphasizing the power of the council and the Kansas City spirit to solve serious problems.

Funkhouser praised the council for having already passed an incentives policy and reining in city spending and outlined ten priorities for the coming year. He admitted that he hadn't been able to deliver on a campaign promise of TIFs for distressed areas

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Food Critics

Apr 24, 2008

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Newsmakers and interesting personalities join us in the studios of KCUR for a lively call-in program.

Bach Aria Soloists

Apr 24, 2008
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For nearly a decade, the Bach Aria Soloists have highlighted some of the arias by the prolific German composer and organist Johann Sebastian Bach.

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Severe Weather

Apr 23, 2008

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Newsmakers and interesting personalities join us in the studios of KCUR for a lively call-in program.

Danish dancer and choreographer Ib Andersen visited Kansas City recently to help stage the Kansas City Ballet's full-length production of Romeo and Juliet.

As most college students prepare for final exams, one class at Park University is inviting the public to their final project. The class is called Acting Beyond Prejudice, and is staging three performances of a play that address how the students share challenges and biases.

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Apr 22, 2008

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Newsmakers and interesting personalities join us in the studios of KCUR for a lively call-in program.

Kansas City, MO – Kansas Governor Kathleen Sebelius has vetoed a bill allowing a patient, her spouse or her family to sue an abortion provider if they believe that provider is violating restrictions on late-term abortions.

A Missouri House passed a bill making it a crime for anyone to physically harm, threaten to harm, withhold financial assistance from, evict, fire, or in any other way coerce a pregnant woman into terminating a pregnancy.

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A new play about the quilters of Gee's Bend is playing this month in Kansas City, and last week, KCUR's Susan Wilson had the chance to talk to the quilters on whose lives the play was based on.

This weekend marked the start of the week-long Jewish holiday of Passover. In some families, preparations for this holiday takes weeks. KCUR's Linda Sher talked with eight members of Yachad, The Travelling Tefillah Band about their childhood memories of Passover.

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Lee's Summit, MO – Historians disagree whether Lee's Summit was named after Civil War General Robert E. Lee or early civic leader Pleasant Lee. But we can probably all agree that today, to steal a line from Walt Bodine, "Lee's Summit is a sudden burst of everything."

Kansas City, MO – Jan Jantzen grew up in a small town in Western Kansas.

I've always been an outdoors kid at heart, Jantzen says. And gave things names - trees and weeds and bushes, even when I didn't know what they were.

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photo: Drew Bolton, Kemper Museum

Kemper Museum Curator Christopher Cook interviews visiting artist Julia Oschatz about her room-sized installation Where Else, comprised of painting, sculpture, and video.

Kansas City, MO – Where Else is on view through July 6 at the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art.

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