Kansas City. MO – In the late 80s and early 90s Ossco Bolton was the leader of a gang called the South Side Posse. The group initially came together to record rap songs, but the gang's musical aspirations stopped and the members got caught up in street violence. By 1993 Ossco had been shot three times and decided to become a mentor. He helped police and youth find ways to stop the violence. Ossco is now a trained mediator who has helped feuding families solve their conflicts.
Kansas City, MO – The University of Missouri Board of Curators met behind closed doors for more than five hours today, but would only say they did not reach a decision or take any votes. Spokesman Joe Moore declined to comment on whether the choice of a UMKC permanent chancellor was involved. The chairman of the search committee, Jeff Gerling, says the group has provided System President Elson Floyd with the names of at least 3 finalists.
Kansas City, MO – Kansas Supreme Court judge blasts efforts by state legislators to pass an amendment limiting judicial authority. Governor Matt Blunt and State Auditor Claire McCaskill meet to discuss dispute over state records. Tighter retail retrictions take effect in Missouri to limit sale of cold remedies that can be used to make methamphetamine.
Tenderloin is a nice cut of meat, a notoriously decadent section of San Francisco, and one of the best rock and roll bands that ever came out of Kansas City. The band is staging a reunion Saturday night. Also, the R&B musical From My Hometown at the American Heartland Theatre tells the story of three young men who make their way to Harlem to audition at the Apollo Theatre.
Kansas City, MO – Kansas City Police Chief Jim Corwin says two officers accused of misusing a Taser on a handcuffed man should be fired. A conservative Kansas legislator seeks to review a policy that allows gays and lesbians to adopt children in state custody. A benefit concert is planned for the widow of a man who was killed while trying to stop a purse-snatcher in Olathe.
Artist Bill Rakocy studied at the Kansas City Art Institute in the 1940s and 50s, and modeled for Thomas Hart Benton. For this mural, he posed for two of the top figures over the doorway of this mural. Here, Rakocy remembers when he first met Benton.
Kansas City, MO – A federal judge in Topeka dismissed a suit against the state of Kansas over a law allowing undocumented immigrants to receive in-state tuition discounts at state universities and colleges. Out-of-state students sued the state earlier this year, arguing that the law is unconstitutional. Earlier in this year on KC Currents, we heard from the lawyers on either side of this case. Although the judge threw out the case, KCUR's Sylvia Maria Gross reports that the battle is likely to continue.
Kansas City, MO – So far 61 people have been murdered in Kansas City this year, 14 more than the same time last year. Police say the spike isn't like one in the early 1990s, when gang vengeance played an obvious role; they blame the violence on widespread sociological issues. The Mayor, City Manager and Police Chief say they're committed to taking a holistic approach to curb it. Some neighborhood activists aren't convinced. KCUR's Frank Morris reports.
It's the arts roundup, the audio guide to the arts. Summerfest presents its 15th season of summer chamber music, and Mo-Kan Comics Conspiracy celebrates Star Wars, graphic novels, and the history of comics.
Kansas City, MO – Kansas senators plan to take another run at a constitutional amendment to limit judicial powers as legislators return for Day 12 in a special legislative session. Missouri business development director Randa Hayes is suspended without pay amid allegations of a criminal past in Illinois. Kansas City's homicide count climbs to 61, compared to 45 slayings at the same time next year.
Kansas City, Missouri – By any measure Missouri's foster care system faces a series of daunting challenges. Applicants are down, funding is stagnant, costs are up, adoption rates have hit a five year low, subsidies are being cut and hardly a month passes without another headline detailing some abuse or neglect.
Kansas City, MO – The Department of Homeland Security has given a year-long extension to the Jefferson City teenager who was to be deported to Costa Rica on Tuesday. 19-year-old Marie Gonzalez's parents, however, must leave the country next week. KCUR's Sylvia Maria Gross reports.
Kansas City, MO – Truman Medical Center announced substantial cuts in services. Faced with escalating costs and Medicaid cuts, the hospital board has decided to turn away 15,000 non-emergency patients who are not residents of Kansas City, Missouri or Jackson County unless they can pay 25% in advance or are covered by insurance. TMC will also end a pharmacy discount program and all adult dental services. KCUR's Steve Bell reports on what the cuts mean and who will end up hurting.
Kansas City, MO – In LaVeda Davis' family, drill teams are a tradition. She learned the rhythms and routines on her mom's team. As a mother, she started her own. Instead of cheering for a school, the Gateway High Steppers are a community team with more than 70 dancers and drummers who range in age between 3 and 17 years. KCUR's Sylvia Maria Gross recorded this audio postcard in a church basement in Kansas City, Kansas.
Kansas City, MO – Some 24-thousand low income Missouri parents who had Medicaid insurance coverage yesterday, woke up this morning uninsured, as a new round of Medicaid cuts took effect. The cuts will throw more of the burden for treating indigent patients onto public hospitals. Some activists in Kansas City want to make sure those institutions shoulder that load and have launched a push to codify the responsibility its members say hospitals have to treat the poor.
This week, a graffiti art show where the artists paint directly on the gallery walls; after 10 years, The Get Up Kids are performing their last shows this weekend; and the two brothers behind a Tony-nominated Broadway musical are putting their newest project together at The Coterie Theatre.
Kansas City, MO – Dick Kurtenbach, who has lead the ACLU of Kansas and Western Missouri for 20 years, retired Thursday. Under his leadership the ACLU fought to allow the Ku Klux Klan to broadcast on public access TV, to let Nancy Cruzan die, and recently for the rights of rural Missouri high school students to t-shirts bearing gay rights slogans. Now Kurtenbach says one of the biggest civil liberties issues facing the country, is the push to diminish the judiciary.
Kansas City, MO – When Uzziel Pecina began his band, people told him, "Well, it's better than nothing." Now, after 13 years, the Trio Aztlan just released a second album, called Peor es Nada - Spanish for better than nothing. KCUR's Sylvia Maria Gross spoke with Uzziel Pecina and Jose Sustaita of Trio Aztlan.
Trio Aztlan performs every Saturday night at Manny's Restaurant on Southwest Boulevard.
The Get Up Kids have been together for a decade, but now the band is breaking up. The five members of the band grew up in the Kansas City area and say it's fitting to play their final shows where they got their start.
The Get Up Kids play their last shows in Lawrence and Kansas City this weekend.
Kansas City, MO – At news time, the Kansas Senate and House were still more than $20 million apart on what they would offer in response to a court order for more school funding. House leaders were still trying to force amending any proposal to be contingent on an amendment to limit court powers. As the chambers argued on, Attorney General Phill Kline asked the Kansas Supreme Court to extend the deadline.