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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A growing network of Catholic schools across the country has developed a new model for educating low-income Latino students, or, for that matter, low-income kids from any background. At the 11 Cristo Rey schools around the country, students attend classes four days a week. One day a week, they work entry-level positions at local businesses and corporations. The money they earn goes towards their tuition.
This week, the Coterie Theatre travels back to colonial times to examine the cause and consequence of a literal witch hunt; Paul Mesner Puppets collaborates with musicians and improvises for a puppet show version of Vivaldi's Four Seasons; and a film series delves into the psyche.
Kansas City, MO – Jane Flynn, a hard nosed preservationist, historian and humanitarian, died January 26, 2006 after a short illness. As KCUR's Frank Morris reports, Flynn leaves a legacy, not just of historic buildings left standing, but of community strengthened and lives restored.
Kansas City, MO – The Kansas City Chiefs and Royals signed new leases. Jackson County legislators approved putting a pair of tax issues on the April ballot to pay for a rolling roof and stadium upgrades, keeping the teams in town for another generation. KCUR's Maria Carter reports.
Lorraine Hansberry's A Raisin in the Sun premiered in 1959, and it was the first drama by an African American woman produced on Broadway. Hansberry grew up in Chicago. KCUR's Laura Spencer talks with director Lou Bellamy about the Kansas City Repertory Theatre's production of A Raisin in the Sun.
Kansas City, MO – In 2002, 29 year old Eric O'Brien murdered Tim Smotherland. The two men had been involved in a relationship for four years. When Smotherland decided he wanted to end the relationship, O'Brien shot him, and then killed himself.