4:16 pm
Fri July 25, 2014

Kansas Officials Suspend Future Foster Placements With TFI After Child's Death

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.

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Visual Arts
10:04 am
Thu September 19, 2013

KCUR At The Plaza Art Fair

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!

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Thank YOU.
3:00 pm
Fri April 26, 2013

Spring Membership Drive: It's A Wrap!

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.

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9:27 pm
Wed April 17, 2013

Thursday: Live Coverage Of Memorial Service In Boston

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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.

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Walt Bodine
12:18 am
Thu March 28, 2013

Kansas Citians React To Loss Of Legendary Broadcaster

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.

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2:13 pm
Mon December 31, 2012

Holiday On-Air Schedule: New Year's Day


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!

Election 2012
7:21 pm
Thu October 11, 2012

NPR Live Chat: The VP Debate

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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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Up To Date
2:31 pm
Mon October 8, 2012

KCUR Program Earns Award For Religion Reporting

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  • Up To Date's award-winning Religion Roundtable on the afterlife.

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.

Station News
4:30 pm
Tue September 11, 2012

Former KCUR General Manager Named CPB Chairman

Patty Cahill.

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.

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3:30 pm
Thu August 23, 2012

Kobach Files Federal Immigration Lawsuit

Kansas secretary of state Kris Kobach.

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.

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10:05 am
Wed August 8, 2012

Election Results Roundup

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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.

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12th Street Jump
10:35 am
Fri June 22, 2012

2012 Summer & Fall Schedule

Celebrate drummer Philly Joe Jones with 12th Street Jump at midnight on July 14.

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.

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8:58 am
Thu May 17, 2012

UMKC Selects New KCUR General Manager

Nico Leone, newly-appointed KCUR GM.

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.

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Thank You, Walt
5:00 am
Fri April 27, 2012

One More Broadcast For A Living Legend

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.

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Night Tides
1:28 pm
Sun February 5, 2012

Game Day 2012

Missouri Statehouse
8:59 am
Tue January 17, 2012

Nixon's State Of The State On KCUR


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. 

12:27 pm
Tue August 17, 2010

Missouri Purges Data from Hospital Infection Records


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.

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10:14 am
Tue August 10, 2010

Millions In Federal Money Coming To Missouri And Kansas For Education, Health Care

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.

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7:40 am
Fri August 6, 2010

Nixon Outlines Rural High Speed Broadband Expansion

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.

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6:41 am
Wed August 4, 2010

Blunt beats Purgason, prepares to battle Carnahan

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.

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6:34 am
Wed August 4, 2010

Yoder Wins Kansas Republican 3rd District Primary

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.

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6:31 am
Wed August 4, 2010

Kobach Wins GOP Primary For Kansas Secretary Of State

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.

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6:27 am
Wed August 4, 2010

Moran Squeezes Past Tiahrt, Looks Forward To Johnston

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.

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2:36 pm
Wed July 28, 2010

Missouri's Child Well-Being Rank Improves, Kansas' Holds Steady

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.

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9:54 am
Tue July 27, 2010

McCaskill Points to Human Error and Mismanagement for Misplaced Bodies

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.

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KCUR Health
9:59 am
Tue July 20, 2010

Lawsuit Challenging Missouri Ballot Measure Dropped

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.

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5:32 am
Mon July 19, 2010

MoDOT Posts I-470/I-435 Detours

Kansas City, MO – KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Engineers at the Missouri Department of Transportation closed the westbound I-470 interchange to westbound I-435, as well as northbound Route 71 to westbound I-435 at 3 Trails Crossing yesterday. The damage from a sink hole at that location has expanded, making it necessary to immediately close the roadway.

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11:53 am
Mon June 28, 2010

Live Video Of Elena Kagan Confirmation Hearing

Kansas City, MO –

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5:26 pm
Fri June 11, 2010

It's Official: Autism Coverage To Be Mandated In Missouri

Springfield, Missouri – For families of children with Autism Spectrum Disorders, it's been a long time coming. Missouri Governor Jay Nixon has signed into law a bill that requires insurance companies regulated by the state to provide coverage to children with autism. KSMU's Jennifer Moore attended the bill-signing press conference in Springfield yesterday and has this report.


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10:28 am
Tue March 16, 2010

Synthetic Marijuana Ban Moves Forward in Missouri House, Senate

Jefferson City, Mo. – The Missouri House gave initial approval Monday to a ban on a widely available chemical that attempts to mimic the effects of marijuana. The measure would ban synthetic compounds that are sprayed on dried herbs and flowers to give users a marijuana-like high.

House members rejected an amendment legalizing medical marijuana in the state. An amendment to require prescriptions for a decongestant used to make methamphetamine also was rejected.

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