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If you are a regular listener to Morning Edition and All Things Considered, you might note some small changes in the show next week.

NPR, in partnership with member stations like KCUR, is reformatting the broadcast clocks that are used as a template to track the timing of the stories, interviews and newscasts that air each day. The changes go into effect Monday.

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KCUR and KCPT's Hale Center for Journalism partnered to bring you live digital coverage of the 2014 midterm elections in Kansas and Missouri through a live blog.

Below is our compete live blog from beginning to end, just in case you want to live election night 2014 all over again.

St. Louis Public Radio

On Tuesday from 10 a.m. to noon, KCUR will broadcast Beyond Ferguson: A Community Conversation moderated by NPR's Michele Martin. 

In late August, St. Louis Public Radio invited community leaders to participate in a conversation about race, law enforcement and more following the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo.


KCUR-FM will add three new programs to the broadcast schedule and expand local news coverage through the weekend with newscasts and feature reporting during Weekend Edition

The decision was based on results from extensive research, including an audience survey commissioned by KCUR in early 2014. The changes will go into effect Aug. 9

Sound Opinions from public radio station WBEZ in Chicago will air Saturdays at 2 p.m., and public radio favorite Radiolab will air Saturdays at 3 p.m.

Kansas welfare officials said Friday that they have suspended placing foster children with TFI Family Services, pending investigation of the death Thursday of an infant left in a hot car in Wichita.

TFI formerly contracted with the Kansas Department for Children and Families to provide foster services and continues to have foster homes as a subcontractor to the state's current lead foster care contractors, KVC Behavioral Healthcare of Olathe and St. Francis Community Services of Salina.

KCUR At The Plaza Art Fair

Sep 19, 2013

Join KCUR this Friday, September 20 through Sunday, September 22 at the Plaza Art Fair! We're staffing a booth with KCPT Public Television 19 in the Experience ArtsKC section, located on Broadway between 47th Street and Nichols Rd.

Throughout the weekend, stop by and visit!

Our Spring Membership Drive has come to a successful end. We raised more than $330,000!

We want to extend a big THANK YOU to everyone who made a donation. You make KCUR possible.

We also want to thank everyone who answered phones, provided food and went on-air. 

Without generous support we wouldn't be able to continue bringing you local and national news, music and cultural programming.

Creative Commons

Join us at 10 am Thursday when KCUR will carry NPR's live coverage of the memorial service for the victims of the Boston Marathon bombings.

KCUR received many emails, online comments, phone calls, tweets and Facebook comments in the wake of the death of legendary journalist Walt Bodine last Sunday. Bodine was 92, and for 72 years he was a beloved Kansas City mainstay. His journalistic integrity and conversational skills made a huge impact on his listeners and on the Kansas City community.

A memorial service, a celebration of Bodine's amazing life, is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m., Saturday, March 30, 2013, at Unity Temple on the Plaza, 707 W. 47th St., Kansas City, Mo.


Central Standard and Up To Date have the New Year's holiday off.

In their places, KCUR will air The Capitol Steps at 10 a.m. and Wits from Minnesota Public Radio at 11 a.m.

Happy New Year!

NPR Live Chat: The VP Debate

Oct 11, 2012
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NPR will host a live chat during the Thursday night debate between Vice President Joe Biden and Romney running mate Paul Ryan.

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KCUR's Up To Date took home Second Place for Radio or Podcast Religion Report of the Year at the Religion Newswriters Association's 2012 awards.

Brian Ellison, Stephen Steigman and Danie Alexander accepted the award for their Religion Roundtable on the afterlife, which originally aired in June 2011.

You can listen to their award-winning episode at the "Listen" link above.

Patty Cahill, who retired from her post as KCUR's General Manager this year after 25 years with the station, was named chairman of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting Tuesday.

Kansas secretary of state Kris Kobach filed a federal lawsuit Thursday against the Obama administration's plan to stop the deportation of young illegal immigrants who are willing to work.

Election Results Roundup

Aug 8, 2012
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Mo. Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder beat out challenger Brad Lager. Conservative U.S. Rep. Todd Akin will face Democratic incumbent Claire McCaskill in the November race for Missouri's Senate seat.

2012 Summer & Fall Schedule

Jun 22, 2012

Jazz luminaries from Charlie Parker to Hank Jones, Arturo Sandoval to the Boswell Sisters will be celebrated this Summer and Fall on 12th Street Jump, public radio’s jazz, blues and comedy jam.

Recorded live! in Kansas City, where Count Basie, Charlie Parker, Big Joe Turner and other jazz greats got their starts, 12th Street Jump is broadcast weekly on twenty public radio stations around the country, as well as every Saturday night at midnight on 89.3FM KCUR, the home of 12th Street Jump.

Nico Leone, from KDHX in St. Louis, has been named the new General Manager of KCUR. He will take over for KCUR's longtime general manager Patricia Cahill on August 1.

The final Walt Bodine Show was heard Friday, April 27th, celebrating 72 years of originality and honesty across print, TV and radio platforms, as pioneering journalist Walt Bodine retires from KCUR.

Game Day 2012

Feb 5, 2012
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Missouri Governor Jay Nixon will give his fourth State of the State address tonight, during which he's expected to outline his plan for making more budget cuts without raising taxes. 

KCUR will carry the speech from Nixon, who's running for reelection this year, live beginning at 7 p.m. Coverage will include both the Governor’s speech and the Republican response. 


Jefferson City, MO – Missouri's health department says it's purged infection rate data for hospitals statewide. The move is drawing complaints from consumers who say it frustrates their efforts to adequately assess hospital performance.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports state officials believe the deleted material from 2005 through 2008 costs too much to maintain and is too sensitive for the public to examine for more than a year.

Springfield, Missouri – As kids get ready to stuff their backpacks with school supplies and head into to a new school year, their teachers and administrators might be getting some financial relief from the federal government.

The U.S. House has passed a $26 billion jobs bill to protect 300,000 teachers and other nonfederal government workers from layoffs.

Kansas City, MO – Governor Jay Nixon outlined a $49 million federal award yesterday to expand rural high speed broadband access.

The state of Missouri is partnering with Big River Telephone Co., Finally Broadband, and Socket Telecom to bring the last mile of fiber optic line to rural homes, businesses, and hospitals.

In the race to replace retiring Missouri Senator Kit Bond, Roy Blunt, a congressman from southwest Missouri, won a nine-way Republican Senate primary over tea party contender Chuck Purgason. Blunt had 71 percent of the vote to Purgason's 13 percent. But Purgason says the race was worth the effort.

Kansas State Rep. Kevin Yoder of Overland Park won the Republican primary in the 3rd Congressional District. That covers all of Johnson and Wyandotte counties and the eastern portion of Douglas County, including parts of Lawrence.

Yoder, the House Appropriation Committee chairman, defeated eight other Republicans yesterday. His closest challenger was former state House member Patricia Lightner of Olathe.

A law professor who helped draft Arizona's new immigration statute won the Republican primary for Kansas secretary of state.

Kris Kobach defeated two other GOP candidates Tuesday- Shawnee County Election Commissioner Elizabeth Ensley of Topeka and former chief executive officer of the National Association of Government Contractors J.R. Claeys of Salina.

Kobach had linked illegal immigration to voter fraud. Because of his immigration work critics question whether he will be a full-time secretary of state.

With most of the votes counted, Kansas Congressman Jerry Moran had just shy of 50 percent to overcome Representative Todd Tiahrt's 45 percent. Two minor candidates split the rest.

"I'm honored by your enthusiasm," said Moran. "Let's take this enthusiasm and take it to November and restore America."

Only a few thousand votes separated the candidates at the end. Moran goes into November facing Democratic primary winner Lisa Johnston who is a dean at Baker University. Kansas has not elected a Democrat to the Senate since 1932.

Kansas City, MO – Missouri improved and Kansas held steady in a survey of child well-being in the annual Kid's Count report. The study looks at child poverty, teen pregnancy, high school graduation rates, and other measures.

Missouri ranked 31st among all states, up from 33rd last year.

Kansas was ranked 13th overall, and held on to that status. The number of Kansas children, however, in families at or below the federal poverty level went up 25 percent.

Columbia, MO – US Senator Claire McCaskill says the misplacement of hundreds, and possibly thousands of buried military personnel at Arlington National Cemetery. McCaskill says fixing the mismanagement that has caused the problem at Arlington National Cemetery will be easy. The challenge lies in the more emotional questions.

Jefferson City, MO – The people who challenged a Missouri ballot measure on health care have decided not to appeal a judge's decision dismissing their lawsuit. Attorney Chip Gentry says his clients don't plan to take the case to the Missouri Supreme Court.

Last week a circuit court judge rejected a lawsuit seeking to strike the proposal from the Aug. 3rd ballot. The lawsuit claimed legislators violated the state constitution in the way they drafted the measure.