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.
KANSAS CITY – The Missouri Legislature continues its special session, Kansas Gas Service submits rate hike request to state commission, and Donnelly Community College and UMKC enter into joint effort to help students.
This week, indie band Starflyer 59 , an award-winning poet, and a musical about a group of creative down-on-their-luck men.
This week, a band on an indie label with one of the most dedicated fan bases, an award-winning poet reads from his work, and a musical about a group of down-on-their-luck men who come up with a creative idea to raise money. KCUR?s Laura Spencer and Steve Walker report.
Kansas City, MO – As the Missouri legislature enters a special session, House Speaker Catherine Hanaway explains the Republican position on budgets for mental health, medical care, social services, and education... both in terms of basic philosophy and in view of federal funds promised under the bush administration's tax cut bill.
This week, it's the 6th consecutive annual Topeka Jazz Festival...and a club is trying to get young and old acoustic musicians to get out and jam.
Kansas City, MO – This week, it's the 6th consecutive annual Topeka Jazz Festival and the Northland Acoustic Pickers Club is trying to get young and old acoustic musicians to get out and jam this weekend at Wabash BBQ.