Urban Neighborhoods Initiative, Evan Connell
The Urban Neighborhood Initiative was founded last year as part of the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce's Big Five ideas to improve life in the metro. UNI will focus on the area between 22nd and 52nd Streets, from Troost Avenue to Highway 71. We visit one of the neighborhoods, Manheim Park, to hear about the revitalization already underway. And we meet UNI's new executive director, Dianne Cleaver.
Kansas Lawmakers React To School Finance Ruling
When a state court ruled earlier this month that Kansas needs to increase its funding for schools, budget-cutting lawmakers reacted with anger. And the recommendations were more or less ignored by the governor. Hear details from state government reporter Andy Marso, who has been covering the school funding issue for the Topeka Capital-Journal.
Governor Sam Brownback has two objectives for his overhaul of Medicaid in Kansas. First, save money. And second, improve the care delivered to the 380,000 Kansans who depend on the program. But how realistic is it to think that the governor's KanCare program can achieve both of those goals? This week, we continue Kansas Public Radio's series on the privatization of Medicaid in Kansas.
Kansas City native Evan S. Connell died this month at the age of 88. Connell was probably best known locally for his two novels, Mrs. Bridge and Mr. Bridge, about a fictional well-to-do Kansas City family. In 1989, former New Letters on the Air host Rebekah Presson Mosby talked to Connell on the set of the film, Mr. & Mrs. Bridge, on location in Kansas City.