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6:07 pm
Fri April 2, 2010

Fast, Vicious Storm Rips Metro KC

Power poles damaged and destroyed by winds in Independence, Mo.
Jana Corrie, kmbc tv

Kansas City, Mo. – Thunderstorm winds raked a goodly portion of the metro region this morning, tipping trucks, tearing roofs and cutting electricity.

Wind blasts were estimated as high as 85 miles an hour, either as straight line or microburst. As many as 20,000 KCP&L customers in Kansas City, Missouri were without power. Another 10,000 rural homes and businesses in Platte County lost electricity.

The storm affected driving, safety and commerce in hundreds of businesses.

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KCUR News
2:45 am
Fri April 2, 2010

"Equality Index" Shows Recession Tough On Metro Blacks

Urban League president Gwendolyn Grant tells the city council the recession has been particularly tough on African-Americans.
Photo courtesy of KCCG, Channel 2.

Kansas City, Mo. – Urban league president Gwen Grant gave the city council an overview of the latest "State of Black Kansas City" study Thursday, and said the recession has been very hard on African-Americans.

The study shows an unemployment rate for blacks 3 times that for whites in Missouri counties, 2 times in Kansas. More blacks than whites were stopped, searched and arrested though when stopped whites were more likely to be carrying contraband. African-American test score averages were five points below the cutoff for college admission.

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KCUR News
6:14 pm
Thu April 1, 2010

Roeder Parole-Eligible At Age 102

Scott Roeder listens as sentence is read in Sedgewick County (Ks) District Court.

Wichita, Kan. – The sentence for the Kansas City man who killed Kansas abortion provider Doctor George Tiller is fifty years in prison at the minimum. The day-long sentencing hearing concluded after sometimes passionate testimony.

52-year-old Scott Roeder took the witness stand to try to mitigate his guilt, appealing for a lesser number of years before he can see a parole board, on a life sentence. Tiller was shot down last year as he attended Sunday worship at his church.

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KCUR News
6:11 pm
Thu April 1, 2010

After 150 Years, Pony Express Legend Gets Another Look

Pony Express Reenactor Justin Rother
Frank Morris KCUR

St. Joseph, Mo. – In 1860 the American west was booming, and the east was boiling. Civil war was at hand. A vast wilderness and high mountains blocked the rich west from the rest of the country. Rail and telegraph lines stopped in St. Joseph.

Cindy Daffron with the Pony Express museum here says that meant it took a month for news reports and government dispatches to cross that information abyss.

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KCUR News
4:34 pm
Wed March 31, 2010

Transit Breakthrough: Retro Style

Bicyclists gather to watch ground breaking for new bridge path.
photo by Dan Verbeck.

Kansas City, Mo. – Work is about to begin retrofitting the Heart of America Bridge for bicyclists and walkers. The $3.4 million job is scheduled to be completed by the fall. For the first time in at least a hundred years, Kansas City will have a bridge usable for non motorized traffic.

Planners picked the bridge over others based on safety, lowest environmental impact and cost. A concrete barrier will separate bikes and pedestrians from traffic.

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KCUR News
1:02 pm
Wed March 31, 2010

Walt Bodine on His Corner of the Great Depression

Looking west from the southwest corner of Linwood and Troost, at night. Shows the LaSalle Hotel and the Bodine Drugs.
photo: courtesy of Missouri Valley Special Collections

Kansas City, Mo. – KCUR's Walt Bodine spent the Great Depression working at his parents' drugstore in Kansas City. That family business placed Walt right in the thick of one of the wildest periods in the city's history. It also launched his broadcasting career... sort of. KCUR's Frank Morris spoke with Walt about that turbulent time, and the store, situated on a once dynamic, now blighted, corner in midtown.

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KC Currents
10:08 am
Tue March 30, 2010

Auto Shop Spans Generations

Kansas City, Mo. – Last month on KC Currents, Wesley Lona talked about his life and history in Kansas City, just after he turned 100 years old. Lona was a mechanic, and founded an automotive business on the Westside more than 65 years ago.

After we aired this interview with Wesley Lona, Susan became curious about visiting the next generation of his automotive shop.

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KCUR News
4:42 pm
Wed March 24, 2010

3 Decades Prison for Attack on Policeman

Kansas City, Mo. – Thirty years in federal prison with no opportunity for parole is the sentence today for a man who engaged in a gun battle with Kansas City Police.

The illegal possession of a gun charge and conviction followed a 2007 traffic check stop near 71st and Myrtle. Evidence showed 24-year-old Ali Akbar Walker started shooting from a car's backseat. Officer Paul Clark was severely wounded.

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KCUR News
4:25 pm
Wed March 24, 2010

Money Restored To Endangered Babies Centers

Kansas City, Mo. – Two Kansas City area nurseries which shelter endangered infants and toddlers will continue operating with state aid. They are included in a dozen around Missouri that were expecting funds-cutoff this week.

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KCUR News
11:53 am
Fri March 19, 2010

Young Activist Moves Local Tea Party Toward Elected Office

Kansas City – While many Tea Party activists went to protest the health care debate in Washington this week, activists in this area are shifting directions. They're moving away from protests and rallies in favor of election campaigns.

The Kansas City Tea Party provides a picture of what some Tea Party activism may look like as the campaign season unfolds.

At the center of the local effort is a 21 year old college student named Andrea Plunkett.

Learning The Basics From Family

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KCUR News
9:10 am
Fri March 19, 2010

Gladstone Man Killed By Police

Riverside, Mo. – More has been learned about the man who was shot to death by police yesterday afternoon in north suburban Riverside. The man killed in a wooded area near Vivion Road and Gateway Drive is identified as Mahir Al-Hakim of Gladstone.

Riverside Police Sergeant Dennis Jones said family members described the 29 year old Al-Hakim as depressive.

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KCUR News
12:01 pm
Tue March 16, 2010

EPA Attempts To Limit Amish And Mennonite Pesticide Use

A sign in Lancaster, PA. Photo courtesy of welcome-to-lancaster-county.com

Rich Hill, Mo. – March is typically when the outdoor planting season starts for Amish and Mennonite farmers in Missouri. But this year, many of these farmers may be exploring ways to farm using more environmentally-conscious methods. KCUR's Alex Smith reports.

This story was produced for KC Currents. To listen on your own schedule, subscribe to the KC Currents Podcast.

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KCUR News
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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KCUR News
5:58 pm
Wed March 10, 2010

Ex-Lawmaker To Grand Jury In Graft Probe

Rod Jetton with reporters at Kansas City's Federal courthouse after grand jury testimony.
kcur photo by dan verbeck

Kansas City, Mo. – Former Missouri House Speaker Rod Jetton spent slightly more than an hour today before a Kansas City federal grand jury investigating graft and political corruption in the statehouse.

Jetton appeared agitated and conceded he is concerned about the probe. He talked with reporters outside the courthouse where the grand jury is considering allegations a bill to screw down the lid on adult entertainment was killed in 2005 in return for a $35 thousand payoff.

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KCUR News
11:51 am
Mon March 1, 2010

Former Councilman And Officer Alvin Brooks On Waldo Rapist

Kansas City, Mo. – Former city councilman Alvin Brooks was appointed to Kansas City's board of Police Commissioners this week by Governor Jay Nixon. Brooks became a police officer in the 1950s, and has since become known as anti-crime activist.

Brooks' appointment comes at a time when a couple of neighborhoods in Kansas City are gripped with fear, and racial tension after a series of rapes. Police think five recent rapes were committed by the same man, a composite drawing is of a heavy-set, bald-headed, African American man with pitted cheeks.

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KCUR News
4:50 pm
Fri February 26, 2010

1950s Police Recruit To Govern Cops

Kansas City, Mo. – One of Kansas City's most recognizable civic activists has been appointed by the Missouri Governor to the city's Board of Police Commissioners: Former policeman, a former member of the city council and mayoral candidate, Alvin Brooks.

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KCUR News
5:20 pm
Wed February 24, 2010

Police Bullets Kill Teen In Stolen SUV

Kansas City – The woman who led Kansas City police on a chase and was shot to death by them late last night was 19 years old and in a stolen SUV.

Jessica Jones was from Kansas City Kansas. Four officers fired handguns at her as she tried to drive out of a dead end street. The police account says the woman had nearly hit a police car to start the chase.

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KCUR News
2:30 am
Wed February 24, 2010

KC Police Shoot, Kill Woman Driver

Kansas City, Mo. – Kansas City Missouri police shot and killed a woman late last night on the city's near west side. Early official accounts suggest officers thought she was going to run over them. It happened in an industrial district between Signal Hill and Southwest Boulevard.

This is the story from police Captain Rich Lockhart.

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KCUR News
5:26 pm
Mon February 22, 2010

Fifth Strike By Kansas City Rapist

Police artist's sketch of Waldo rapes suspect.
Kansas City Police Department sketch. Click to enlarge.

Kansas City, Mo. – A pre-dawn rape today would be the fifth committed by the same man in the center part of Kansas City. Police believe it's the attacker who struck four times within four months.

From what police will reveal, this new scenario was similar to the others around the Waldo district since late September, 2009. Twice the attacker came in through an unlocked door or window, once a sliding patio door.

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KCUR News
5:26 pm
Fri February 19, 2010

Like A Sore Thumb

Kansas City, Mo. – The heavy coat in July was the giveaway to the hidden camera inside a Lees Summit Theater. A Grandview, Mo. man today has been sentenced to two years in federal prison and a $25 thousand fine for copyright infringement, film piracy.

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KCUR News
2:54 pm
Mon February 15, 2010

Valentine's Memories From Around Town

Kansas City, Mo. – Valentine's Day can bring a lot of happiness or a lot of headaches.

KC Currents interns Tim Bridgham and Christina DeVoss heard from KC area residents on their Valentine's Day memories. The good, the bad and the do-overs...though not everyone was willing to share the details.

Playing out these Valentine's memories is the song The Good Ain't Gone, by the local group Rex Hobart and the Misery Boys.

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KCUR News
2:53 pm
Mon February 15, 2010

West Side Business Owner Turns 100

Kansas City, Mo. – Recently, West Side businessman Wesley Lona celebrated his 100th birthday. Lona moved to Kansas City from Oklahoma when he was a young boy and his life spans many eras of the city's history. To hear a few of Wesley Lona's stories, and maybe find out the secret to his longevity, KCUR's Susan Wilson paid a visit to his home, still on the West Side.

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KCUR News
5:09 pm
Fri February 12, 2010

Police Gun Tests Underway In KCK Shooting

Kansas City, Kan. – It's still not clear which law officer fired the shot that killed a Kansas City Kansas man yesterday afternoon. Officers from several jurisdictions were there.

Kansas City, Kansas police say they had no role in the shooting of 18 year old Anthony Clemons. A spokesman says that a federal task force including Kansas City, Missouri narcotics police had chased two cars engaged in a gunfight. And someone in that task force killed Clemons when he aimed gun at them.

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KCUR News
9:11 am
Thu February 11, 2010

Uncommon Payback For Crime

Kansas City, Mo. – A Kansas City dentist gets an airplane in restitution, as the woman who stole from him heads toward prison.

It is one of the odder forfeiture and seizures to pass through Kansas City Federal District Court in several years.

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KCUR News
5:42 pm
Wed February 10, 2010

Booked In Bookmaking Venture

Kansas City, Mo. – A Kansas City North man was charged and pleaded guilty today to operating an illegal gambling operation. 26 year old Michael Badalucco admitted he took bets on sports using a computer server in Costa Rica.

In return for his guilty plea, Badalucco got immunity from testifying against others.

He transferred bets, took in money and paid it out to bettors. The U. S. Attorney says the operation transmitted wagering information between Missouri, Arizona and Costa Rica.

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KCUR News
5:06 pm
Tue February 9, 2010

No Sorrow For Tiller Family

Kansas City, Mo. – The former Kansas City man convicted of killing Kansas abortion doctor George Tiller speaks via Youtube for the first time since his trial.

It's a recorded conversation between Scott Roeder and Iowa anti abortion activist Dave Leach. Roeder was asked if he has sympathy for the family of the man he shot to death in a Wichita church last year, and said--"The fact that George Tiller was involved in the practice that he was, similar to that of a hit man, if you could have sympathy for a hit man's family."

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KCUR News
9:54 am
Tue February 9, 2010

Men Sentenced For Selling Fraudulent IDs

Kansas City, Mo. – A federal judge in Kansas City has sentenced three men for selling fraudulent credentials they claimed would make people immune to the requirements of citizenship.

The men are involved in the "sovereign citizens movement", an ultra-right wing outfit that rejects most federal government authority.

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KCUR News
12:25 pm
Fri February 5, 2010

Training The Trainers: Iraqi Police Learn In Missouri

Kansas City, Mo. – Four executives in charge of training new Iraqi police officers came to Kansas City to see how the job is done in the United States.

The group talked with reporters under two restrictions: No questions about the war or politics.

Three generals and a colonel walked through the Kansas City Police Academy, watching defensive training. One used the word "amazing" to describe the cooperation he's seen between local and federal law agencies.

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KCUR News
1:40 am
Wed February 3, 2010

Bartle Testifies For 'Pay To Play' Grand Jury

State Senator Matt Bartle talks with reporters on the courthouse steps about a bill he sponsored that some say was killed in a \"pay to play\" maneuver.
Video frame courtesy of KMBC, TV-9

Kansas City, Mo. – A federal grand jury investigating whether there is a "pay to play" system in the Missouri legislature heard testimony Tuesday from Lee's Summit Republican Senator Matt Bartle and the chairman of a political committee involved in money transactions that some allege led to the killing of a Bartle bill toughening restrictions on the adult entertainment industry.

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KCUR News
12:03 pm
Tue February 2, 2010

Rural Communities Say Missouri Needs Tougher Anti-Meth Law

St. Louis, Mo. – Missouri has led the nation in the number of methamphetamine labs seized each year since 2001. Now several small towns in the state are attempting to curb the drug's production by making a key ingredient - pseudoephedrine - more difficult to get. Four towns and one county now require a prescription for cold medications such as Advil Cold and Sinus. But as St. Louis Public Radio's Maria Altman reports, some municipal officials say meth labs won't go away until the state passes a prescription-only law.

 

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