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11:16 pm
Thu February 16, 2006

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Kansas City, MO – Selection committee narrows field of candidates for Sprint Center Art to one. Union Station pitches National Archives in $13 million plan to house Central Plains archives. Kansas Congressman Jerry Moran seeks to push back Medicare prescription drug coverage deadline.

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KCUR Arts
10:36 am
Thu February 16, 2006

Music Exchange Shuts its Doors

This week was the last one for a Kansas City counter cultural institution. The Music Exchange in Westport closed Wednesday after 26 years of business.

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People
12:08 am
Mon February 13, 2006

Interview with Gay Activist Keith Boykin

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People
12:07 am
Mon February 13, 2006

Black Family Technology Awareness Week

Kansas City, MO – Computer literacy is quickly becoming a necessity of modern life. But for children growing up without a computer in the home, it's hard to gain the ease and skill with technology that's necessary to compete. In what's called the digital divide - Black and Latino children around the country are less likely to have computers and access to the internet than white children.

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12:00 am
Mon February 13, 2006

KC CURRENTS 2-12-06

Kansas City, MO – Doctor Warren Johnson of Swope Health Services talks about the Healthy Steps for Young Children program. Former White House advisor Keith Boykin talks about being black and gay in the US today. Lewis Walker discusses the coming Black Family Technology Awareness Week. New research reveals the contributions of Negro League baseball players to the sport. Plus, a remembrance of KC jazz-man Milt Abel.

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Sports
11:28 pm
Sun February 12, 2006

Negro Leagues probed for Hall of Famers

Kansas City Monarch Buck O'neil
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Jazz/Blues
8:37 am
Sun February 12, 2006

Remembering Milt Abel

Bettye Miller (on piano) and Milt Abel (on bass)
Photo: Marr Sound Archives

Jazz bassist and vocalist Milt Abel - part of Kansas City's jazz scene for five decades - died on February 3, 2006 after a long illness. Abel grew up in Philadelphia, where he learned to play the stand-up bass, baritone horn, and trombone as a teenager.

Kansas City, MO – KCUR?s Laura Spencer talked to some of the musicans he played with over the years in Kansas City and others who say his musicial talent will not be forgotten.

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KCUR Arts
2:31 pm
Thu February 9, 2006

Arts Roundup, February 10

Shirin Neshat, Turbulent, 1998. Video projection and laser discs. Dimensions variable. Collection Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, gift of Susan and Lewis Manilow. Photo Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago. Photos by James Isberner.

This week, a new original musical called Pulling it Off from Thin Air Theatrics, a new original theatre company at Just Off Broadway, and a film by Iranian born filmmaker Shirin Nestat expresses freedom in the midst of repression at the Nelson-Atkins.

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People
11:20 am
Thu February 9, 2006

Up to Date: Sprint Center Artist Finalists Down to Two

Sprint Center, expected to open in 2007

On the February 8th edition of Up to Date, host Steve Kraske talked to Porter Arneill, the public art administrator for the Municipal Art Commission.

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KCUR News
2:32 am
Thu February 9, 2006

Healthy Step national director visits Kansas City

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KCUR Arts
1:19 pm
Tue February 7, 2006

A Feminist Perspective on Pin-Ups

Thin-Up Girl Aimee
Nicole Caulfield, 2003

According to art historian Maria Elena Buszek, an assistant professor of art history at the Kansas City Art Institute, a new generation of feminists is remaking the pin-up.

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People
12:00 pm
Tue February 7, 2006

Lawmakers Look to Spare Funerals from Fred Phelps

Fred Phelps points to the first newspaper ad run by the Westboro Baptist Church.
Frank Morris KCUR

Kansas City, MO – As final preparations are made for funeral services for Coretta Scott-King in Atlanta, police there are bracing for some unwelcome guests from Topeka.

Fred Phelps, and his Westboro Baptist Church has long exploited such public events for their virulent, anti-gay demonstrations. Law makers in more than a dozen state capitols are taking steps to neutralize the protests, but the controversial preacher argues that would take away his First Amendment rights. KCUR'S Frank Morris reports.

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11:03 pm
Mon February 6, 2006

KC CURRENTS 2-5-06

Kansas City, MO – In memory of Coretta Scott King, former KC First Lady Dianne Cleaver talks about the challenges of being the wife of a preacher and politician. KC-MO police representatives explain how they handle suspects who are abusing substances or have mental health problems. Bus fares go up. Historian Aram Goudsouzian on Wilt Chamberlain's legacy at KU. Plus, painter Anthony Ramos, and a Kansas City Kansas student heads to LA for the Grammys.

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3:16 pm
Mon February 6, 2006

KCK Teen Performs at Grammys

Kansas City Kansas teenager Alexander Bailey will perform at the Grammy Awards pre- and post-parties with 28 other top high school musicians from around the country in the Gibson/ Baldwin Grammy Jazz Band.

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People
3:56 am
Mon February 6, 2006

Bus Fares Up, Riders talk

Kansas City, MO – On Wednesday, the basic bus fare in Kansas City went up a quarter, to a dollar twenty-five. Express route fares increased to 2 dollars and 50 cents and reduced fares went up from 50 to 60 cents. Michael Leahy hit the streets that day to see how people were reacting to having to dig in their pockets for the extra change.

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Cops & Crime
3:29 am
Mon February 6, 2006

KCPD Crisis Intervention Team

Kansas City, MO – At least 156 people have died while in police custody in the United States following the use of a Taser, according to The Kansas City Star. Tasers or stun guns are used by law enforcement to tranquilize a suspect by shocking the nervous system. Last Saturday, Kansas City Missouri police used a stun gun to subdue a man who later died in a police holding cell. Witnesses say that 32-year-old Karl Marshall of Overland Park, Kansas was high on PCP and cocaine when police tried arresting him.

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People
3:25 am
Mon February 6, 2006

Dianne Cleaver Interview

Kansas City, MO – Coretta Scott King, who died last Monday, was known as the strong, solid woman who stood behind Reverend Martin Luther King Jr., in life and after his assassination. Reverend Jesse Jackson described her as the glue that kept Dr. King's home and movement intact. To find out about being the wife of a preacher and activist, we turned to Dianne Cleaver, known by most people as the wife of 5th district Congressman Emanuel Cleaver. He was the first African American mayor of Kansas City and a long time civil rights activist.

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Sports
3:21 am
Mon February 6, 2006

Wilt Chamberlain's Legacy at KU

Kansas City, MO – Basketball icon Wilt Chamberlain's final game at the University of Kansas was in 1958 against in-state rival, Kansas State University. The Jayhawks trounced K-State, which at the time was the top-ranked team in the nation, 61 to 44. Chamberlain led his team to victory in that game, but he had already announced that he was planning to turn professional before graduation. It was an unprecedented decision at that time.

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Headlines
11:26 pm
Sun February 5, 2006

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Kansas City, MO – New poll shows Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius ahead of Republican rivals. Missouri cuts down on meth lab seizures in 2005. Kansas high school student faces felony charges for threatening teacher.

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Jazz/Blues
8:13 am
Fri February 3, 2006

Artist Anthony Ramos Interview

Anthony Ramos

Painter Anthony Ramos has shows at the American Jazz Museum and the Bruce R Watkins Cultural Center. He was in Kansas City recently for a series of talks around the city and spoke to KC Currents host Delores Jones.

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KCUR News
4:01 am
Fri February 3, 2006

Governors Promise to Cooperate on Economic Growth

Maria Carter
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KCUR News
3:58 am
Fri February 3, 2006

Flock of Dodos

Randy Olsen at premiere of Flock of Dodos
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Headlines
11:20 pm
Thu February 2, 2006

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Kansas City, MO – Kansas Supreme Court temporarily blocks Kline's access to abortion clinic records. Johnson County mulls sales tax proposal.

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KCUR Arts
1:30 pm
Thu February 2, 2006

Arts Roundup, February 3

Coats, 1950s/1960s/designer
Deanna Dikeman

This week, a dance performance Society for Contemporary Photography where clothing plays a major role, and students at the Kansas City Art Institute respond to a summer in Italy.

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KCUR Arts
12:31 pm
Mon January 30, 2006

Kansas Arts Program Gains National Recognition

Heather French, Advanced Dental Studio 2005
Photos by Bev West

Last week, Lawrence based Van Go Mobile Arts Inc. received the Coming Up Taller award at a ceremony in Washington, D.C. KCUR's Laura Spencer talked to executive director Lynne Greene.

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10:45 am
Mon January 30, 2006

KC CURRENTS 1-29-06

Kansas City, MO – This week, a conversation with National Council of La Raza President Janet Murguia. Sister Vickie Perkins discusses the new Cristo Rey school. Also, local businessman Tanveer Papa describes his pilgrimage to Mecca, novelist Sherman Alexie talks about addressing urban Native American issues in his work, and a report from Latino USA on the legacy of Chicano leader Cesar Chavez.

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People
4:03 am
Mon January 30, 2006

Janet Murguia on Latino Youth

National Council of La Raza President Janet Murguia
Source: www.kckps.org

Kansas City, MO – It's been two years since Kansas City Kansas native Janet Murguia was named president and CEO of the National Council of La Raza, a leading Latino civil rights organization. She was in town on Friday to address young people at a leadership conference at UMKC. Sylvia Maria Gross asked her about some current challenges in educating Latino youth, both locally and nationally.

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Education
2:05 am
Mon January 30, 2006

Cristo Rey Puts Students to Work for Education

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People
2:01 am
Mon January 30, 2006

From Mecca to Missouri: A Kansas Citian's Return

The Grand Mosque in Mecca, Saudi Arabia.
BAZUKI MUHAMMAD/REUTERS
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Headlines
11:22 pm
Sun January 29, 2006

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Kansas City, MO – Kansas Republicans and Democrats at odds over report's findings on state of the economy. Report accuses Kansas City Power and Light of violating permit limits.

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