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KCUR News
2:57 pm
Sun December 11, 2005

New Program to Train Women and Minorities in Construction Jobs

Kansas City, MO – Minority and women construction workers have claimed over the past year that they have been left out of the downtown building boom. And a recent city survey backs up that claim.

Now the city, local unions, and construction companies are joining forces to prepare more women and minorities for jobs in the construction industry. KCUR's Maria Carter reports.

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KCUR News
11:32 am
Sun December 11, 2005

New Grocery Store on the East Side

Kansas City, MO – A new grocery store opens on Blue Parkway, along with a spa, a florist and a couple of fast food restaurants. We take a visit, and Swope Community Builders CEO Kelvin Simmons talks about this and other new developments on the East Side.

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KCUR News
6:31 pm
Fri December 9, 2005

Interview with Temple Grandin

Kansas City, MO – Temple Grandin has probably done more than anyone in the country to help people understand what autism is. Grandin has high functioning autism, sometimes called Aspergers Syndrome, or an autism spectrum disorder.

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KCUR Arts
12:53 pm
Fri December 9, 2005

Arts Roundup, December 9

This week, a showcase for emerging composers at UMKC, and the debut season of Kansas City Actors Theatre opens with a play that's been described as a comedy of domestic misadventure.

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KCUR Arts
10:42 am
Fri December 9, 2005

Arts Roundup, December 9

This week, a showcase for emerging composers at UMKC, and the debut season of Kansas City Actors Theatre opens with a play that's been described as a comedy of domestic misadventure.

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KCUR News
9:31 pm
Thu December 8, 2005

Governor Blunt Restructures Hispanic Affairs Commission

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KCUR News
2:38 pm
Mon December 5, 2005

Prosecutor to seek death penalty in Precious Doe case

Kansas City, MO – After what some in the prosecutor's office say was a difficult decision, Jackson County Prosecutor Mike Sanders decided what penalty he would seek for the murder of toddler Erica Green, known for fours years in Kansas City as Precious Doe.

KCUR's Maria Carter has more.

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11:18 am
Mon December 5, 2005

KC CURRENTS 12-4-05

Kansas City, MO – A controversial series of t-shirts are pulled from the shelves in some Kansas City stores. But parents and community activists want a stronger reaction from the owners. Jackson County Prosecutor Mike Sanders calls for the death penalty for "Precious Doe"'s stepfather. Also, a series of sandblasted metal cutout figures at 10th and Main honor area bus commuters, and the legacy of Rosa Parks is commemorated by the Kansas City Area Transportation Authority with a new bus.

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Headlines
11:11 am
Mon December 5, 2005

Top Stories

Kansas City, MO – U.S. Supreme Court to hear Kansas death penalty case Wednesday. Federal judge throws out first-degree murder conviction of Missouri man.

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KCUR News
8:14 am
Sun December 4, 2005

Rosa Parks Bus Unveiled at Kansas City Commemoration

Kansas City, MO – At a ceremony to honor civil rights pioneer Rosa Parks last week, Kansas City Area Transportation Authority officials unveiled a new Rosa Parks bus.

The bus features large photographs of Parks on one side and displays a large photograph of Rayford Harris, one of the first five African-American bus drivers hired in Kansas City in 1960 along with his fellow drivers, on the other side.

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KCUR News
12:39 pm
Sat December 3, 2005

Community Activists Protest Drug-Related Clothing

Kansas City, MO – Local activists in Kansas City have protested several Harold Pener stores this past week for what they call T-shirts with drug-related images, like snowmen which also represent cocaine. Attorneys representing Kellogg and Keebler companies have joined the fight as well, challenging T-shirt designs with Tony the Tiger.

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Headlines
11:40 am
Thu December 1, 2005

Top Stories

Kansas City, MO – Report shows overwhelming majority of Missouri fire departments have not registered with the state's fire marshal. Alvin Brooks to run for mayor in 2007.

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KCUR Arts
8:39 am
Thu December 1, 2005

Arts Roundup, December 2

This week, a puppet theatre troupe amiably tweaks The Nutcracker, artist George Hughes talks about fusing paint, family photos and found objects in his artwork, and a new series of sculptures unveiled downtown this week celebrates real people, holding on, and riding the bus.

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KCUR Arts
12:29 pm
Wed November 30, 2005

An Interview with Hamza Walker

The New York Times has called Chicago based curator Hamza Walker one of the seven most influential curators in the country. Walker visited Kansas City recently for the opening of the 2005 Charlotte Street Awards Exhibition at Johnson County Community College.

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8:31 pm
Tue November 29, 2005

KC CURRENTS 11-27-05

Kansas City, MO – A remembrance of Rosa Kemp, long-time regional administrator of the the Women's Bureau at the Department of Labor. Tony Botello talks about local news (complete with dirty pictures and offensive jokes) on his blog www.tonyskansascity.com. An international Thanksgiving celebration at Donnelly College. New Orleans poet Mona Lisa Saloy reads her work at UMKC's African American History and Culture House.

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KCUR News
3:11 pm
Mon November 28, 2005

Local Students Celebrate a Multicultural Thanksgiving

Kansas City, MO – People from Argentina, Afghanistan, Vietnam, Sudan and Pakistan gathered this Thanksgiving at Donnelly College in Kansas City, Kansas to continue its annual Thanks-and-Giving celebration. Natives, newcomers at table again, students from around the world shared with dishes from their home country and traditions that gave the celebration a novel personal touch.

Host Delores Jones reports from the event.

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KCUR News
3:10 pm
Mon November 28, 2005

Meet the Blogger Next Door

Kansas City, MO – At first glance it's a website filled with dirty pictures and racist jokes. But Tony's Kansas City also happens to be one of the most complete collections of local news stories on the internet. The man behind it is Tony Botello. He is a freelance writer and his blog is somewhere between a hobby and an addiction.

It is where he spends hours a day commentating on stories from Kansas City newspapers, TV and radio stations, and other local blogs.

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KCUR News
12:38 pm
Mon November 28, 2005

The legacy of Rose Kemp

Kansas City, MO – Women's advocate Rose Kemp died over the weekend at the age of 72. Born in Kansas City Kansas, Kemp was regional administrator for the Women's Bureau at the Department of Labor for twenty-two years. But for 40 years, she led initiatives in Kansas City designed to bring women together, and help them succeed in the workplace.

Former UMKC Women's Center director Ruth Margolin told KCUR's Sylvia Maria Gross about her friend and collaborator Rose Kemp.

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9:06 am
Mon November 28, 2005

Reading by Displaced Poet Mona Lisa Saloy

Mona Lisa Saloy's poetry has been recognized for capturing the street idioms and cultures of her native city, New Orleans. " Red Beans and Ricely Yours" is a celebration of the vibrant history, street culture and color of her hometown.

Kansas City, MO – Mona Lisa Saloy was one of many residents displaced by Hurricane Katrina. The poet and folklorist visited Kansas City recently and read at the African American History and Culture House on the campus of UMKC.

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KCUR Arts
12:03 pm
Wed November 23, 2005

Arts Roundup, November 25

ORIGINAL AIR DATE: 11/25/05
This week, the campy classic Valley of the Dolls returns to Late Night Theatre for a 10 year celebration, and the avant garde jazz group called the Malachy Papers releases a new CD.

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KCUR Arts
9:01 am
Wed November 23, 2005

Remembering Lester Goldman

fiberglass, fabric/quilt, gourds, automobile lacquer 102" x 94" x 37"
Lester Goldman, 2005

Friends, family, and colleagues will remember the late artist and Kansas City Art Institute professor Lester Goldman at a memorial service this weekend.

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KCUR News
9:32 am
Tue November 22, 2005

Women's Advocate Rose Kemp Dies

Kansas City, MO – Women's advocate Rose Kemp died over the weekend at the age of 72. Born in Kansas City Kansas, Kemp was regional administrator for the Women's Bureau at the Department of Labor for twenty-two years. But for 40 years, she led initiatives in Kansas City designed to bring women together, and help them succeed in the workplace. Former UMKC Women's Center director Ruth Margolin told KCUR's Sylvia Maria Gross about her friend and collaborator Rose Kemp.

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KCUR Arts
3:51 pm
Mon November 21, 2005

Metaphysical Art by Ghanaian Painter

Artist George Hughes grew up in Ghana, where he first studied the great masters. In his artwork, Hughes fuses paint, family photos, and found objects to create paintings, sculptures, and performance art.

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KCUR News
2:35 pm
Mon November 21, 2005

Update from the Commission on Violent Crime

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Books
11:44 am
Mon November 21, 2005

What's Up with Dads and Porkchop Sandwiches?

Angela Cervantes is one of two Kansas City writers featured in the recently released Chicken Soup for the Latino Soul. Her story included in the collection is about her father and his compadres. Here's Angela Cervantes reading What's Up with Dads and Porkchop Sandwiches?

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10:52 am
Mon November 21, 2005

KC CURRENTS 11-20-05

Kansas City, MO – An update on the progress of Kansas City, Missouri's Commission on Violent Crime from the commission chair, Stacey Daniels-Young. Bike along with Kenneth Walker, founder of the "Major Taylor Flaming Sprokets", a group of African American cyclists. Also, an interview with Ghanaian painter George Hughes, the history of the Kansas City Latino Writers Collective and an interview with Angela Cervantes.

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KCUR News
11:52 pm
Sun November 20, 2005

Spinning across Kansas City

Kansas City, MO – Major Taylor Flaming Sprokets, are a group of African American cyclists in the urban core of Kansas City. Kenneth Walker become active in the cycling community the last few years and leads the troop of generally ten riders through different corners and roads of Kansas City. To his knowledge such a group has not existed in Kansas City in his lifetime. Delores Jones joined the Sprokets on a recent ride.

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KCUR Arts
2:36 pm
Thu November 17, 2005

Arts Roundup, November 18

This week, a reading at The Writer's Place for the Kansas City Latino Writers Collective, and the story of a shy mouse named Stuart Little, also a lover of adventure, opens at the Coterie Theatre.

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KCUR News
5:04 pm
Wed November 16, 2005

Kansas Board of Education gripped with controversy, dissension

Chairman Steve Abrams, left, votes to adopt new science standards while Education Commissioner Bob Corkins monitors the vote during a recent meeting of the Kansas Board of Education.
Charlie Riedel / AP
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Music
2:56 pm
Mon November 14, 2005

Mexican Rockers Molotov

Molotov is a Mexican metal/hip-hop band formed in 1995. Their music is in a mixture of Spanish and English, rapped by Tito Fuentes.

Kansas City, MO – One of Mexico?s most notorious rock bands have released Con Todo Respeto ? with all due respect - which just won a Latin Grammy for best rock album. The album is tribute to bands like the Beastie Boys and the Clash. They also include a version of Gil Scott Heron?s The Revolution will not be Televised ? which they say applies to Mexico as well as the US.

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