The summer travel season is all but over for most of us. What did you do on your summer vacation?
By Bill Anderson, Program Director
Wilson, Kansas – KCUR staffers traveled to Thailand, Poland, Hawaii, Italy, and the Czech Republic...the Czech Republic, ahem, sort of. KCUR's Savvy Traveler and Program Director Bill Anderson explains.
The Czech Fest takes place each year during the last weekend in July in Wilson, Kansas.
KANSAS CITY – Some filing fees in Missouri's courts will increase this week. Associate circuit cases will climb by $8, circuit cases by $10 and appellate cases by $20. The hike won't cover rising court costs but instead will directly fund legal aid programs in Missouri. K-C-U-R's Matt Hackworth reports on a program for the needy that was in jeopardy and the effort that saved it.
Kansas City, Missouri – It's the arts roundup, the audio guide to the arts. This week, a celebration of traditional acoustic music at theKansas State Fiddling and Picking Championships in Lawrence, and a popular opera returns to the stage.
Kansas City, MO – Business groups blame Missouri's tax and legal systems for the heavy job losses during the recent recession. But representatives of companies that made cuts say other factors were to blame.
This week, a documentary about jazz musician Jimmy Scott's struggle with loss and redemption, and a community theatre takes on a controversial play about gay marriage.
As part of its monthly Indy Film Showcase, the Kansas City Filmmakers Jubilee presents Jimmy Scott: If You Only Knew on Thursday, August 14. 6:15 PM, filmmaker dialogue, Westport Coffeehouse. 7:30 PM, screening and Q&A, Tivoli Cinemas at Manor Square.
KANSAS CITY – Former Overland Park city council member and law professor Kris Kobach is running for Congress in Kansas' third district, the seat held by Dennis Moore. Kobach is a former White House fellow and advisor to Attorney General John Ashcroft. K-C-U-R's Matt Hackworth spoke with Kansas University political science professor Allen Cigler about Kobach's campaign:
Kansas City, MO – Pro football's highest honor will be bestowed upon former Kansas City Chiefs head coach Hank Stram this weekend. While recently traveling to Stram's home in Louisiana, KCUR's Greg Echlin gathered some thoughts from Stram.
Kansas City, MO – Researchers at the Marr Sound Archives of the UMKC Library have created a web site allowing visitors to relive the days of "rural music" network radio, "live" from Kansas City. The Brush Creek Follies was, in its day, the number two radio show of its type in the nation. After 50 years, its old recordings and former performers Kit and Kay still retain their charm.
KANSAS CITY – The start of the school year is a little more than a month away. While teachers are gearing up for another year in the classroom, a new survey shows what they'll bring home in pay is lower in Kansas and Missouri than other states. K-C-U-R's Matt Hackworth spoke with Janet Bass, of the American federation of Teachers, about her group's salary survey that puts Kansas and Missouri among the lowest-paying states in the nation:
TOPEKA – Budget problems at the state of Kansas are trickling down to the local level, and nowhere is that more true than the city of Topeka. Faced with cutbacks in state spending, and the closure of the Menninger (MEN-in-gurr) psychiatric hospital, local officials say they're now dealing with a crisis in mental health care. Kansas Public Radio's Peter Hancock explains.
Kansas City, Missouri – It's been a busy week for MAST, the Metropolitan Ambulances Trust. MAST now operates its ambulances independently, where it once provided oversight of a private contractor. That change and questions about its financial security prompted an audit of MAST by the city of Kansas City. KCUR's Matt Hackworth reports.
Kansas City, MO – Thousands of fans -- many adorned in capes, hats and those trademark thick circle glasses -- crowded into bookstores across the globe, and here in Kansas City, for the midnight release of "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix." Although the the fifth book in author J.K. Rowling's series is already a bestseller, many are questioning whether Harry Potter has lost his magic. KCUR's Ashley Powell reports.