This week, a Lawrence-based theater troupe stages 10 plays by area writers clocking in at 10 minutes or less; and 100 year old French dolls, and their jewelry, furniture, and clothes, go on display at the Toy and Miniature Museum.
Kansas City, MO – KCUR's Steve Bell talks with Kansas City Mayor Kay Barnes and Coalition Against Arena Taxes treasurer Russ Purvis about the proposed Sprint Center arena and the tax that would support it.
Kansas City – The policies they support are very similar, but otherwise Jamie Metzl and Emmanuel Cleaver, the two candidates for the Democratic nomination in Missouri's fifth district, could hardly be more different.
Kansas City, MO – For the first time in 20 years a sitting Missouri governor has a challenger from his own party. Steve Bell went on the campaign trail with Democratic Governor Bob Holden and his challenger State Auditor Claire McCaskill... and filed this report July 19th.
This week, the Coterie Theatre transforms a troubled Broadway musical into a world premiere production for young audiences and a painter covers most of the Lewis and Clark Trail in Missouri and paints landscapes the expeditioners might have seen.
KANSAS CITY – Forty years ago this summer, civil rights activists descended on the sweltering American South for a massive voter registration drive aimed at African-Americans. Many workers in the movement were college students, whose job was to spur the voting effort by teaching classes on literacy, Black history and civil rights. The classes became known as Freedom Schools, a large part of what's now called the Freedom Summer of 1964. Today, some social activists have resurrected the Freedom School idea, as KCUR's Matt Hackworth reports.
KANSAS CITY – More than 75-hundred households in Kansas City benefit from the Section 8 housing program. The federal plan provides vouchers to help low-income residents pay rent in privately-owned apartment complexes. It's an expensive program, and Congress voted to limit funding for Section 8. As K-C-U-R's Matt Hackworth reports, rent will soon become more expensive for potentially thousands of Kansas City residents.
Polly Apfelbaum retrospective goes up at the Kemper, 'Little Bastard' closes at Westport Coffee House.
A retrospective of the work of an artist featured this month on the cover of 'Art in America' magazine goes up, or rather down, at the Kemper Museum, play about the last days of James Dean finishes at the Westport Coffee House.
KANSAS CITY – Swing voters in rural Missouri could decide the presidential contest in this bellwether state, and play a key roll in deciding over all outcome of the election. But these voters are not easy to peg. KCUR's Laura Ziegler traveled across Missouri, stopping rural stores, restaurants and gun clubs talking to the voters President Bush and Senator Kerry are trying to reach.
Clinton Lake, Kansas – The restoration of Quindaro Kansas ruins Juneteenth celebrations in Kansas City, Lawrence and Topeka, a Chautauqua with interpreters who portray Frederick Douglas and John Brown a tour of Underground Railroad sites in Douglas county: these upcoming events recall bleeding Kansas, abolitionists and fugitive slaves. KCUR's Steve Bell went digging for a glimpse of the underground railroad and filed this report.
KANSAS CITY – Ashcroft speaks in KC, says gun crime control is working. First court ruling on Kansas Republican primary set for Friday. Sprint will cut 550 more area jobs. Bass Pro Shops commits to Independence complex.
Kansas City, MO – After a five-year legal battle, Stephen Grace became the first blind handler to qualify in AKC sheep herding competition last year. A year later, he and his dog Keiko are ready to enter competition again, and hope to advance to the next level.
KANSAS CITY – Kansas City's chamber of commerce is endorsing a plan for a new, bi-state sales tax. The last bi-state tax was the first such levy in the nation, and was used to re-model Union Station. The latest bi-state plan has been contentious, pitting cities against suburban communities and sports groups against arts interests. K-C-U-R's Matt Hackworth reports.
ST. JOSEPH, Mo. – An estimated nine million American children go to school hungry every day, and it can be a major impediment to a child's education Hunger can lead to behavior problems and chronic illnesses. For many kids, their school's lunchroom is their best - sometimes only - source of nutritional meals. Matt Hackworth reports on new efforts in America's heartland to extend that schoolhouse nourishment to the homes of hungry children.
Kansas City is poised to re-structure its ambulance service. The City's council will soon decide what system will replace MAST ambulance. The ambulance service faces audit reports of mismanagement, and operated for some time at a deficit. Kansas City leaders hope changes in structure will improve MAST's financial picture but emergency room physicians are anxious to see how the changes may impact service. K-C-U-R's Matt Hackworth reports.
KANSAS CITY – Yesterday, a group of Kansas City area politicians and representatives from the local Jewish community met with Israeli Ambassador Daniel Ayalon. Ambassador Ayalon is Israel's representative to the United States, and he spoke with KCUR's Matt Hackworth during a visit to the Truman Presidential Museum and Library.