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7:29 am
Sat March 11, 2006

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Kansas City, MO – Top Stories of the week:
2015 Superbowl hinges on rolling roof.
Kansas school plan falters, gaming bill emerges.
Kansas immigrant tuition breaks survive.
Method of chosing justices won't change.
Kline task force to look at hospital billing.
Bartle sex offender bill panned by prosecutors.
Esme Tseng pleads guilty to mother's stabbing.
East Village ready for tax breaks.
Graves resigns as U.S. Attorney.

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Headlines
8:04 am
Fri March 10, 2006

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U.S. Attorney for Western Missouri Todd Graves pictured at a recent press conference told staff members he will resign.
(Photo by Michael Leahy)

Kansas City, MO – The Missouri House passes legislation restoring limited Medicaid benefits for the working disabled.

A constitutional amendment that would have changed the way Kansas Supreme Court justices are appointed has failed to get through the state Senate.

Todd Graves, U.S. Attorney for Western Missouri, will announce his resignation today.

Kansas Attorney General Phill Kline announced yesterday that he will launch an inquiry into the billing practices of not-for profit hospitals.

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Headlines
6:44 am
Fri March 10, 2006

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KCUR Arts
2:34 pm
Thu March 9, 2006

Arts Roundup, March 10

Bassist Milt Abel
Photo: Dan White

In this week's arts roundup, photographer Dan White pays homage to some of Kansas City's jazz greats, and the play Angels in America returns to the area for the first time in a decade.

Kansas City, Missouri – Angels in America at the Jewish Community Center's Lewis and Shirley White Theatre continues through March 12.

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KCUR Arts
3:06 pm
Wed March 8, 2006

The Photography of Gordon Parks

Photographer, filmmaker, writer, and composer Gordon Parks died on Tuesday in New York at the age of 93. At the Spencer Museum of Art at the University of Kansas in Lawrence, an exhibit of his photographs went on display last month.

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KCUR Arts
9:51 am
Tue March 7, 2006

Nelson-Atkins Arts Educator Retires

Here, an artist's rendering envisioned a typical classroom in the Ford Learning Center, which opened to the public in 2005. Total museum classroom space nearly tripled with the opening of the new facility.
SNEARY '01 LYNN.

The longtime Director of Educational Affairs at the Nelson-Atkins Museum Ann Brubaker retired on Friday, March 3 after 27 years.

Kansas City, MO – During Brubaker?s tenure, she expanded community outreach, quadrupled the educational staff, and planned and oversaw the opening of the Ford Learning Center. She told KCUR's Laura Spencer what it was like to work at the Nelson-Atkins Museum in the late 1970s.

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KCUR Arts
3:06 pm
Mon March 6, 2006

Marching Cobras

photo by Sara Zuniga

Willie Arthur Smith and Kansas City's Marching Cobras; catch them at the St. Patrick's Day parade downtown on March 17th.

Kansas City, MO – The Marching Cobras have been marching for 37 years and across continents. There are about 150 members, many of whom have grown up with the Cobras. KC Currents host Delores Jones caught up with Willie Smith and his drill team recently at Kemper Arena, where they performed at the half-time show for Kansas City's arena football team, the Brigade.

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KCUR Arts
12:33 pm
Mon March 6, 2006

Decoupage and Tulips on Troost Avenue

Durwin Rice owns a decoupage store on Troost. As part of his plan to fill the avenue with tulips, he's organizing a group of children and adults to march in Saturday's St. Patrick's Day parade in Brookside holding big paper tulips.

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KCUR Arts
11:54 am
Mon March 6, 2006

Culture and Movie Critics

KC Currents host Delores Jones comments on the difference between her reaction to 50 Cent's Get Rich or Die Trying and that of a white critic sitting next to her at the theater. What role do culture and race play in judging films?

Kansas City, MO – KC Currents host Delores Jones comments on the difference between her reaction to 50 Cent's Get Rich or Die Trying and that of a white critic sitting next to her at the theater. What role do culture and race play in judging films?

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KCUR News
8:56 am
Mon March 6, 2006

Reaction to Buck O'Neil's Exclusion from Baseball Hall of Fame

Kansas City, MO – Across the country, reaction has been strong to the news that Buck O'Neil was not inducted this week into the Baseball Hall of Fame. On February 27 in Tampa, Florida, the commissioner of baseball announced the results of a special committee looking at Negro Leagues and pre-Negro Leagues players from 1860 to 1960.

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KCUR News
1:05 am
Mon March 6, 2006

Reaction to Buck O'Neil's Exclusion from Baseball Hall of Fame

Kansas City, MO – Across the country, reaction has been strong to the news that Buck O'Neil was not inducted this week into the Baseball Hall of Fame. On February 27 in Tampa, Florida, the commissioner of baseball announced the results of a special committee looking at Negro Leagues and pre-Negro Leagues players from 1860 to 1960.

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12:06 am
Mon March 6, 2006

KC CURRENTS 3-5-06

Kansas City, MO – Local and national reaction to Buck O'Neil's exclusion from the Baseball Hall of Fame. And how does culture effect how we judge films--hear from film critic Cynthia Haines. Plus, beautifying Troost Avenue with tulips, a tribute to conga player Ray Barretto and a visit with the Marching Cobras drill team.

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KCUR Arts
8:52 am
Fri March 3, 2006

Arts Roundup, March 3

Kansas City Repertory Theatre presents Hank Williams: Lost Highway by Randal Myler and Mark Harelik, February 25-March 19
Tim Fuller

This week, the Kansas City Repertory Theatre follows the rise and fall of musical legend Hank Williams and exhibit openings at the Tracy Arts Park, a new hub for the arts just east of the Crossroads. (For a First Fridays map, check here )

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Headlines
5:33 am
Fri March 3, 2006

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Kansas City, MO – Kansas school funding plans in both the House and Senate seemed to be falling apart as legislators began to fret over possible revenue shortfalls in future years. A House committee indefinitely postponed action on their version of the bill, 40 conservative legislators declared both plans fiscally irresponsible, and House Majority Leader Clay Aurand offered his own proposal which would force local governments to pay the majority of any increase.

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KCUR Arts
1:37 pm
Thu March 2, 2006

BCR Celebrates Folk Musics

a gaida (what BCR refers to as "goatbag")

Kansas City's BCR describes itself as an afro-nuclear wavabilly funk swing reggae turska band. Longtime member Dr. Thomas Aber is featured in BCR's next performance playing a number of instruments, including a Turkish clarinet, shepherd's pipes, and goatbags.

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8:36 am
Mon February 27, 2006

Children Celebrate the Black American Cowboy

East Elementary fourth-graders Tayjeaunna House and Mynika Lucas

Elementary school children present the legacy of African American cowboys in Missouri.

Kansas City, MO – Schools throughout the region celebrate black history this month with special assemblies dedicated to historical figures, music and dance. At East Elementary, in the Kansas City Missouri public school district, music teacher Joanna Boyd Richards decided to commemorate black history with an unusual choice: cowboy music.

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People
12:07 am
Mon February 27, 2006

What Whites and Blacks Should Know About Each Other

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Headlines
11:46 pm
Sun February 26, 2006

KC Boys and Girls Clubs Lawsuit

Kansas City, MO – Earlier this month, a Jackson County jury found that the Kansas City Boys and Girls Clubs had illegally fired a Vice President when she complained that some recent hiring decisions were racist. The organization was ordered to pay a total of 550 thousand dollars to Tameka Bryant, and President David Smith was personally fined 60 thousand dollars. The Boys and Girls Club questioned the jury's finding and says it stands behind Smith's employment decisions.

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11:22 pm
Sun February 26, 2006

KC CURRENTS 2-26-06

Kansas City, MO – We examine a case involving discrimination at Kansas City's Boys and Girls Clubs. Author Jim Myers discusses what whites and blacks think about each other, but never say. Kansas City health professionals respond to the high incidence of breast cancer in African Americans. Former Surgeon General Joycelyn Elders weighs in on the issue on a national level. Jazz vocalist Myra Taylor celebrates her 89th birthday. And, East Elementary School students honor African American cowboys in Missouri.

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KCUR News
11:41 pm
Thu February 23, 2006

African American Cancer Disparities

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KCUR Arts
1:48 pm
Thu February 23, 2006

Arts Roundup, February 24

This week, The Kansas City Ballet explores the music and attitude of the Beat generation, and a Lawrence based filmmaker's CSA: Confederate States of America, a mockumentary about slavery as an accepted practice in modern America, comes to Kansas City.

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Headlines
6:50 am
Thu February 23, 2006

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Kansas City, MO – The Kansas City Council stayed late this evening, to discuss filling the vacant 4th District council seat. The full council was unable to arrive at a tie-breaking method or agree on a specific date for its next vote. Though the council couldn't decide, George Blackwood will be the next councilman. The other finalist, Janice Ellis, withdrew her name from nomination.

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Jazz/Blues
11:45 am
Wed February 22, 2006

The Wild Woman of Kansas City: Myra Taylor

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Vocalist Myra Taylor is a veteran of the original Kansas City swing sound and started out singing and dancing in the early 1930s on 18th and Vine. Throughout her long career, she's shared the stage with Jay McShann, Sarah Vaughan, Nat "King" Cole, and many others. Taylor continues to perform in her hometown often as part of the quartet known as the Wild Women of Kansas City. Myra Taylor turns 89 on Friday, February 24.

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KCUR News
3:17 am
Wed February 22, 2006

Keeping Holidays Traditional

Kansas City, MO – Back in the 1950s when Missouri Rep. Mike Cunningham was growing up, he says holidays weren't just another day of the week. They were special days - a time for family and friends. But things have changed, he says, and he wants to do something about it.

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KCUR Arts
9:54 am
Tue February 21, 2006

Local Artists React to Sprint Center Commission

Kansas City's One Percent for Art Program sets aside one percent of construction costs to city buildings for public art. With the boom in downtown development, an estimated 3 million dollars will be spent on art. Last week, an advisory panel recommended New York based artist Chris Doyle to create work outside the Sprint Center arena. And local artists say they're not happy about major commissions getting outsourced.

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1:47 pm
Mon February 20, 2006

Troost Avenue Blues

Singer/Actor Danny Cox

Singing the blues about living on the violent and forgotten side of Troost Avenue.

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11:09 am
Mon February 20, 2006

Abstinence Encouraged with Hip Hop

Urban Youth Leadership's new play "Blood Money" promotes abstinence with hip hop.

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Food & Drink
3:21 am
Mon February 20, 2006

Cooking with the Papikians: Baku Eggplant

Kansas City, MO – Igor and Karina Papikian are both of Armenian and Russian descent. When they were forced to leave their home in Baku, the capital of Azerbaijan, in 1990 they weren't accepted in either Armenia or Russia. So, they decided to come to the United States. They ended up in Kansas City a place they'd only read about in a Theodore Dreiser novel. Linda Sher spent an evening with the Papikians and their daughter Ana, to learn about their journey, their life and their cooking.

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Performance
1:41 am
Mon February 20, 2006

Raymore Woman Faces Deportation

11:16 pm
Sun February 19, 2006

KC CURRENTS 2-19-06

Kansas City, MO – An appeals court decides Raymore resident Myrna Dick should be deported to Mexico. Christian youth group Urban Youth Leadership uses hip hop to promote abstinence to teenage boys. Also, learn to cook an Armenian eggplant dish from Igor and Karina Papikian and get down with the authors of the Troost Avenue Blues, Roger Coleman and Danny Cox.

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