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.
This week, a film made in New Zealand premieres at the Glenwood Theatre; the Spencer museum encourages visitors to lounge on inflatable sofas; and Paul Mesner Puppets team up with the Civic Opera for the production of The Mikado.
KANSAS CITY – Kansas House and Senate leaders agree amendment banning gay marriage should include civil unions; Missouri aims to boost enforcement of its parental consent law; Kansas City hears four options on how to better shape ambulance service.
This week, a new exhibition at the Kemper Museum is both Victorian and bizarre; the William Inge Theater Festival continues; and a Storyteller Celebration hits Kansas City.
By Steve Walker and Sara Lerner
Kansas City, MO – This week, Amy Cutler has a new exhibit at the Kemper Museum; the William Inge Theater Festival honors legendary playwright and director Arthur Laurents; plus, storytellers flood Kansas City for the 5th annual Storyteller Celebration at Maple Woods Community College.
This week, the eighth annual Kansas City Filmmaker's Jubilee Film Festival kicks off a week of events; and the Diavalo Dance Theatre uses acrobatics, gymnastics, and creative dance in their performance called "DreamCatcher," at the Lied Center.
By Sara Lerner
Kansas City, MO – This week, the eighth annual Kansas City Filmmaker's Jubilee Film Festival kicks off a week of events; and the Diavalo Dance Theatre uses acrobatics, gymnastics, and creative dance in their performance called "DreamCatcher," at the Lied Center.
Kansas City, MO – Largest Kansas National Guard alert of the war includes Kansas City units. McCaskill agrees with Republicans: Holden could have released school funds sooner. Mays kills Kansas tuition bill for illegal immigrants. Block unveils design for downtown headquarters.
This week, Kansas city, Kansas teenagers perform poetry; the UMKC Theatre Department does Henry V; and a burlesque group sings and dances at the Hurricane.
By Sara Lerner
Kansas City, MO – The Urban Transcendence Poetry Project performs at the Just Off Broadway Theatre as part of a week-long event for Culture Under Fire; The Rushin' Roulettes, a local burlesque troupe, perform at the Hurricane; and the UMKC Theatre Department concludes this season with Henry V.
Kansas City – Holden releases the rest of witheld education funds. Republicans claim it proves weak collections are a thing of the past. DC office wants to cut up to $75 million a year from Kansas Medicaid.
Kansas City – Missouri house passes budget bill that outspends Holden's education plan. Consultant says MAST suffered from poor financial planning. Wyandottes appeal casino closing to federal judge tomorrow.
KANSAS CITY – Kansas City voters will be asked tomorrow if the city's council should be allowed to issue more than $300 million in municipal bonds. Most of the bonds would go to a growing backlog of deferred maintenance projects, as K-C-U-R's Matt Hackworth reports.
Kansas City's long list of crumbling streets, bridges and facilities would cost three-quarters of a billion dollars to repair. Most people agree repairs need to happen, the question is just how to pay for it. Not everyone thinks municipal bonds are the answer.