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KCUR News
5:24 am
Wed October 3, 2007

First TIF Advances Since New Policy

Kansas City, MO – The Kansas City council will soon vote on the first TIF project since the new economic development policy was put in place. KCUR's Maria Carter has more.

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Andrews McMeel Universal wants to renovate the nearly century old Boley building downtown for some 19 million dollars. The publisher of Doonesbury and other comic strips is seeking 4-point-8 million dollars in Tax increment financing. The Finance department's Dan Begunu says the new policy helped guide talks between the city and developer.

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KCUR News
11:21 pm
Tue October 2, 2007

Anti-Abortion Groups Seek Grand Jury

Kansas City, MO – A coalition of anti-abortion groups is circulating a petition to convene another grand jury in Johnson County. In most states, it's the role of the judge to call a grand jury. But in Kansas, there's also the petition option. KCUR's Maria Carter reports.

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Performance
11:18 am
Tue October 2, 2007

Harriman-Jewell Series Founder Celebrates Milestone

Note: This is an extended version. When more than 200 guests gathered in September for a party celebrating Richard Harriman's 75th birthday, conversation at the event focused as much on the performing arts series Harriman founded in 1965, now called the Harriman-Jewell Series.

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KCUR Arts
2:11 pm
Mon October 1, 2007

Kansas City Artists Discuss Future Priorities

More than 5 thousand people in the Kansas City metropolitan area identify themselves as artists, including musicians, writers, actors and filmmakers. A diverse group of about 125 artists gathered over the weekend at the Leedy-Voulkos Art Center to discuss their priorities, the future of the arts in Kansas City and the role a nationwide program can play, as KCUR's Laura Spencer reports.

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KCUR News
9:20 am
Mon October 1, 2007

Mental Health, Story Four: From the Streets to Jail and Back Again

Sgt. John Bryant, left, found Barut in crisis on Troost Avenue in June and transported him to a nearby hospital to get treatment for his mental illness.
Kelley Weiss/KCUR

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KCUR News
12:49 am
Mon October 1, 2007

Mental Health, Story Five: The Future

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KCUR News
12:03 am
Mon October 1, 2007

Mental Health, Story Five: The Future

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KCUR News
12:02 am
Mon October 1, 2007

Mental Health, Story Five: The Future

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KCUR News
11:46 pm
Sun September 30, 2007

Changing Perceptions of Wyandotte County

Kansas City, KS – People from around the region discuss changing perceptions of Kansas City Kansas, and its relationship with Kansas City Missouri, including former Mayor Carol Marinovich and Kansas State Senator David Haley. KCUR's Sylvia Maria Gross visited the Village West development in Western Wyandotte County, and downtown Kansas City Kansas.

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Jazz/Blues
8:06 am
Sun September 30, 2007

Eldar's Re-Imagination

Sony Classical

The pre-teen prodigy that wowed audiences in the late 90s is back with a new release that demonstrates his expanding concept of jazz piano.

Kansas City, MO – Eldar Djangirov wowed jazz audiences in Kansas City as pre-teen prodigy in the late 90s. Now 20, the Russian-born pianist is turning heads again with his third album.

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Jazz/Blues
12:38 pm
Fri September 28, 2007

Eldar Returns to Kansas City

Eldar Djangirov was 10 years old when his parents emigrated to America and settled in the Kansas City suburb of Prairie Village, Kan.
Photo by Crackerfarm

The Russian-born jazz piano prodigy returns to his former home for a pair of concerts.

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Headlines
6:46 am
Fri September 28, 2007

Top Stories of the Week

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KCUR News
2:52 am
Thu September 27, 2007

Diocese Settles Sexual Abuse Case

Kansas City, MO – The Diocese of Kansas City and St Louis will pay 225-thousand dollars to an Independence man allegedly abused as an alter boy in the early 1970s. The case is one of the first of many considered under a new interpretation of Missouri's statute of limitations.

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KCUR News
11:24 pm
Wed September 26, 2007

CORRECTION: Diocese Settles Sexual Abuse Case

Kansas City, MO – The Diocese of Kansas City and Joseph settled the lawsuit out of court for $225,000 not the $250,000 originally reported.

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KCUR News
12:04 am
Wed September 26, 2007

Several Area Churches Join National Sanctuary Movement

Laurie Anderson of the Presbyterian Church of Stanley addresses the group.
Sylvia Maria Gross / KCUR

Kansas City, MO – About a half-dozen churches in the area have pledged to support, and potentially shelter, illegal immigrants in danger of being deported. They're joining coalitions in several cities across the country in what's being called the New Sanctuary Movement. KCUR's Sylvia Maria Gross reports.

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KCUR Arts
12:52 pm
Mon September 24, 2007

Aaron Douglas: From Topeka to Harlem

A traveling retrospective called Aaron Douglas: African American Modernist opened recently at the Spencer Museum of Art in Lawrence. The exhibition includes more than 90 of Douglas' book illustrations, paintings and murals.

Lawrence, KS – For pictures of the new exhibition and mural, check .

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KCUR News
6:12 am
Mon September 24, 2007

Union Strike Could Idle Other Plants

Kansas City, MO – The United Auto Workers strike against G-M could start to affect other workers in the region. KCUR's Maria Carter explains.

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KCUR News
6:10 am
Mon September 24, 2007

Fairfax Workers Go on Strike

Kansas City, MO – Failed contract negotiations have ground work to a halt at the General Motors plant in Kansas City and around the country. KCUR's Maria Carter reports.

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KCUR News
3:39 am
Mon September 24, 2007

Independence Superintendent Jim Hinson Discusses School Transfer Plan

Kansas City, MO – Kansas City district officials issued a statement on Thursday that they were ready to start meeting with Independence to help parents understand the implications of the upcoming election. When KCUR's Sylvia Maria Gross spoke to Independence Superintendent Jim Hinson on Friday, he said that he hadn't yet been contacted about setting up a meeting. But he did discuss the district's currents plans, in case the transfer is approved by voters in November.

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KCUR News
12:20 am
Mon September 24, 2007

Students and Parents Discuss Possible School Transfer

Independence, MO – Seven schools are at the center of a tug-of-war between Kansas City and Independence. Six of the schools are located in western Independence, and one is in Sugar Creek, but since the 1950's, they've been part of Kansas City Missouri's school district. Originally, residents of that area voted to join Kansas City's schools, instead of Independence, but for at least 25 years, some have wanted to switch over.

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KCUR News
7:09 am
Sat September 22, 2007

Top Stories of the Week

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KCUR Arts
2:27 pm
Fri September 21, 2007

Charlotte Street Foundation Looks Ahead at 10

Deanna Dikeman & Nate Fors in front of a collaborative work (not completed in this photo) at Paragraph gallery, 23 E. 12th Street, Kansas City, Mo.

The Charlotte Street Foundation got its start in Kansas City 10 years ago. And since that time, the organization has distributed more than $350,000 to 60 emerging and established artists, created artist studio spaces and new galleries in the urban core...and it continues to expand its reach, as KCUR's Laura Spencer reports.

Kansas City, MO – For related photos, check here.

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Jazz/Blues
9:38 am
Fri September 21, 2007

New Jazz with Lee Ingalls: Satchmo, Gatschet, Alaadeen, O'Neal, Eldar

ASR Records

Up to Date host Steve Kraske welcomes KCUR morning news anchor and Up to Date jazz critic Lee Ingalls for their regular discussion of the latest jazz. This time around, jazz with Kansas City connections and Louis Armstrong, captured in concert at the 1958 Monterey Jazz Festival.

Kansas City, MO – New releases featured in this month's jazz update:

"Live at the Monterey Jazz Festival" - Louis Armstrong and The All-Stars (Monterey Jazz Fest)

"Step Lightly" - Charles Gatschet

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KCUR News
6:49 am
Thu September 20, 2007

Council Approves TIF Task Force Recommendations

Kansas City, MO – The full Kansas City, Missouri city council passed the recommendations of the mayor's task force on economic development at its Thursday afternoon legislative session.

Councilwoman Deb Herman, whose Finance and Audit Committee gave the plan final approval for a council vote, presented the measure, thanked the task force, and turned the floor over to Mayor Mark Funkhouser.

Funkhouser's comments were brief: "This has been a long time coming, and it's a good thing."

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KCUR Arts
1:41 pm
Wed September 19, 2007

<I>Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?</I>

It's not often that a theater company wraps its season around one theme but this summer, Actors Theatre KC tackled the subject of marriage. As KCUR's Steve Walker reports, no one's debating that the theater's third take on marriage will be its most lacerating.

Kansas City, Missouri – Actors Theatre KC presents Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? by Edward Albee. The play runs from September 21st until October 21st.

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KCUR News
3:16 am
Mon September 17, 2007

Mexican Americans and World War II

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KCUR News
9:26 am
Fri September 14, 2007

Mental Health, Story Three: Living in Squalor

Peggye Mosley, has chronic depression and is a resident of a group home in Eastern Kansas City. She says her first group home living experience was terrible but she says she is happier now at her current home.
Kelley Weiss/KCUR

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KCUR News
8:53 am
Fri September 14, 2007

Mental Health, Story Three: Living in Squalor

Peggye Mosley, has chronic depression and is a resident of a group home in Eastern Kansas City. She says her first group home living experience was terrible but she says she is happier now at her current home.
Kelley Weiss/KCUR

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KCUR News
9:29 am
Thu September 13, 2007

Mental Health, Story Two: Who's In Charge?

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Jazz/Blues
8:54 am
Thu September 13, 2007

American Jazz Museum celebrates 10 years

The American Jazz Museum kicks off three days of events to mark its first decade.

The American Jazz Museum kicks off a three-day celebration of it 10th anniversary today. The museum first opened to public in 1997. Events include a symposium tonight on the history of the 18th and Vine historic district and series of performances by local and national acts. on Friday the museum holds its annual gala fundraiser at the Gem Theater.

The sold-out concert is headlined by singer Patti LaBelle and the Dizzy Gillespie All Star Big Band.

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