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11:45 am
Tue July 28, 2009

Preliminary Hearing For Scott Roeder Begins Today

Kansas City, MO – Scott Roeder, the man accused of killing Dr. George Tiller in Wichita two months ago may enter a plea in court today. KCUR's Frank Morris reports.

Tiller was one of the few doctors in the country who provided abortions in the last months of pregnancy, and a long-time target of abortion foes.

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11:36 am
Tue July 28, 2009

Truman Library Forum Challenges 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell'

Major General Vance Coleman
Alex Smith

Independence, MO – Monday was the 61st anniversary of Harry Truman signing executive order 9981, which racial integrated the US military. A forum at the Truman Library used the occasion to draw attention to what some say is a similar civil rights battle. KCUR's Alex Smith went to Independence, Missouri to find out more.

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10:11 am
Tue July 28, 2009

Ex-Wife, Friends React To Roeder's Day In Court

Kansas City , Mo. – Scott Roeder will be back in a Wichita court today for a preliminary hearing. District Attorney Nola Foulson and attorneys for Roeder will present evidence in an attempt to persuade the judge to go forward with the trial. Roeder is suspected of shooting Dr. George Tiller, the controversial doctor who performed late-term abortions, in the lobby of his church on Sunday, May 31st.

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11:46 am
Mon July 27, 2009

A Conversation With Scott Roeder's Ex-Wife

Kansas City, MO – The man suspected of gunning down abortion Dr. George Tiller in his Wichita church in late May will have a preliminary hearing on Tuesday. Since his arrest, Scott Roeder has said from his jail cell in Witchita he's "being treated like a criminal," and that similar anti-abortion violence is in the works. The Department of Justice confirms it has increased security around abortion providers and clinics cross the country, but officials will not discuss the details.

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11:24 am
Mon July 27, 2009

KCMO Officials Oppose State Control Of Police Department

Kansas City, MO – Kansas City Mayor Mark Funkhouser and the Kansas City Police governing board are on record opposing giving up state control of the department.

Both Kansas City and St. Louis police departments are controlled by boards appointed by the governor. The St. Louis mayor has been pressing for local control. But not Funkhouser, who told the commission last Friday the department has improved in performance the last decade.

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11:43 am
Wed July 22, 2009

$7.3 Million Awarded To Sexually Abused Boy

Kansas City, MO – A Jackson County judge ruled in favor of a boy who was allegedly sexually abused by a woman old enough to be his mother and awarded a total of $7.3 million in damages.

It all started when 13-year old Lewis Heacker took a job babysitting for Jessica Wright, who was at the time in her late thirties.

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1:22 pm
Tue July 21, 2009

Random Murder Victims An Anomaly: Mayor Adamant

Kansas City, Mo. – Kansas City's mayor wants to dispel the notion that his is a murderous city. He met with reporters after two women were killed over the weekend in random gunfire, unintended targets. KCUR's Dan Verbeck reports.

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5:25 pm
Mon July 20, 2009

War Memorial To South Vietnamese & American Soldiers

Wichita Kansas – Arlington Cemetery, the World War II Memorial and more than 50,000 names forever etched into the Vietnam Wall all testify to the ultimate sacrifice paid by countless Americans. Now imagine there's no home country for these memorials. That's the reality for South Vietnamese ex-patriots.

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10:08 am
Mon July 20, 2009

Local Pilot Honored For WWII Service

Prairie Village, KS – Back in 1944, Marjorie Rees did not consider herself a trailblazer. But President Barack Obama now respectfully disagrees. This month, the President signed a bill honoring Rees and the other surviving Women Air Force Service Pilots, called WASPs. The WASPS were the first women to fly military aircraft, serving their country between 1942 and 1944 during World War II.

Rees and the WASPS will soon receive the highest civilian honor, the Congressional Gold medal, in a ceremony in Washington.

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KCUR News
10:06 pm
Fri July 17, 2009

KC Police Divert Staff To Monitor Mounting Numbers Of Red Light Cameras

Kansas City, MO – Starting on Friday July 17, 2009, cameras started catching red light runners at two more Kansas City intersections. By the end of the month, the city will have installed a total of 30 red light cameras. Question is, are the cameras stopping people for running red lights, and it that's the case, are they generating enough money to pay for themselves? It's a little more complicated than you might think, as KCUR Intern Bill Gallo reports.

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12:56 pm
Mon July 13, 2009

New Report Links Immigration To Labor Statistics In Midwest

Kansas City, MO – A new report sponsored by the Chicago Council on Global Affairs documents the growth of recent Mexican immigration in the Midwest, and the effect that immigration on the labor pool. The report's author, Rob Paral, was in town a few weeks ago to talk about the effects of this report on immigration reform. KCUR's Sylvia Maria Gross spoke to Paral about a report that includes data on Missouri but excludes Kansas.

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10:46 am
Mon July 13, 2009

Conflicted Reponse To Missouri Highway Adopted By Neo-Nazis

Kansas City, MO – The Kansas City Jewish Community Relations Bureau is working with the office of Springfield, Missouri representative Sara Lampe to send a message that Southwest, Missouri does not embrace white separatists.

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7:18 pm
Thu July 9, 2009

City Council Voices Opposition To Toxic Waste Storage

Aerial View of Federal Complex on Bannister Road.
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Kansas City, Missouri – With a chorus of "not in our backyard," the city council passed a resolution Thursday against storing toxic waste at the Federal Complex on Bannister Road.

During session council members said they weren't notified by the U.S. Department of Energy that Kansas City was on the shortlist of places to house the nation's waste mercury.

Rather, they found out after opening their morning papers.

Councilman John Sharp was at best confused by the fact Kansas City could become the Yucca Mountain of mercury storage.

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3:29 pm
Wed July 8, 2009

Years, Weather Take Toll: Bridge Down

Sugar Creek, MO – Ten thousand drivers a day will have to find another way to cross the Missouri river until at least mid July. The northbound span of M-291 is considered too dangerous. KCUR's Dan Verbeck was there, on the metro's east side, shortly before the 60 year old bridge was closed July 7th.

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1:37 pm
Mon July 6, 2009

Urban Garden Teaches Youth New Skills

Kansas City, MO – Gardeners in Kansas City are transforming blighted buildings and weed-filled lots into tiny urban farms. Urban agriculture projects often try to address hunger and teach city dwellers new skills. One example of this movement is Troostwood Gardens - it was started ten years ago on a corner lot donated by Rockhurst University near 52nd and Paseo. KCUR's Susan B. Wilson recently stopped by for a visit.

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4:51 pm
Thu July 2, 2009

Chemical Detected In NW Missouri Soil, Officials Say Levels Not Hazardous

Kansas City, MO – Environmental officials have announced that sludge from a St. Joseph Tannery does not in fact pose any public health hazard. A recent lawsuit had alleged a link between several brain tumors in area residents and the tannery sludge.

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1:37 pm
Mon June 29, 2009

Journalist Compares Reporting In Uganda To KC

Rodney Muhumuza at his desk in the features department of the Kansas City Star. Photo by Sylvia Maria Gross/KCUR.

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1:36 pm
Mon June 29, 2009

KU Veterans Take Advantage Of New Benefits

Lawrence, KS – Soldiers returning from war often find the shift to civilian life to a be difficult one, but the support of fellow veterans as well government programs like the GI Bill can help ease that transition. The federal government has recently passed a major expansion of GI education benefits and it's likely this new expansion will have a big impact on the lives of vets. Alex Smith traveled to Lawrence, Kansas to talk with Daniel Parker who helped push for the new benefits.

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2:21 pm
Fri June 26, 2009

Wheeew! Keeping On The Cooling

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2:28 pm
Wed June 24, 2009

Death Dealing Apparatus May Go Idle

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11:48 am
Tue June 23, 2009

Area Under Heat Advisory

Kansas City – Area health departments are urging people to drink lots of water and not spend too much time in the sun. They're also working with various places - like libraries - to open public centers where people can go and cool off during the day.

Gay Hall is with the Wyandotte County Health Department, and says workers there are also busy responding to phone calls about the elderly.

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10:16 am
Tue June 23, 2009

Advice For Ozone Alert Days

Kansas City, MO – The Mid America Regional Council advises residents take precautions on Ozone Alert days, when ground level ozone concentrations hit unhealthy levels. It's a problem commonly known as smog.

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10:12 am
Tue June 23, 2009

Tips For Managing The Heat

Kansas City, MO – The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has the following tips for managing the heat and avoiding heat related illnesses.
 

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9:52 am
Tue June 23, 2009

Signs Of Heat Illness

Kansas City, MO – The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advises the two worst types of heat-related illness are heat exhaustion and heat stroke.

Warning signs of heat exhaustion can include:

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8:17 am
Tue June 23, 2009

Cooling Centers

Kansas City, MO – Communities across the metro have opened cooling centers, places where those without air conditioning can go to get out of the heat. For more information call the United Way at 2-1-1.

MISSOURIClay County, MO

Kansas City:
Salvation Army Northland (816) 452-5663 4300 NE Parvin Road, Kansas City, MO 64117 M-SU 8am-5pm Cold drinks and snacks available.

Jackson County, MO

Grandview:
Salvation Army Grandview (816) 966-8300 6111 E 129th St, Grandview, MO M-Su 8am-5pm Cold drinks and snacks available.

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8:38 am
Mon June 22, 2009

Local Radio Host Follows Iranian Elections

Kansas City, MO – Thousands of protesters with green armbands filled the streets of Iran this week. People were responding to the June 12th presidential election, in which the incumbent Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was declared the winner against opposition leader Mir Hussein Mousavi. In Kansas City some young people planned to gather on the Plaza Sunday morning to show solidarity with the people protesting in the streets of Tehran.

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8:38 am
Mon June 22, 2009

EPA Administrator Takes A Close Look At Kansas City

Kansas City – Administrator Lisa Jackson's trip to Kansas City is mainly promotional, meant to encourage citizens to take more individual responsibility for cleaning up the environment. But, there the agency is taking a close look at the Kansas City area both as a place with problems to be solved, and as one that could stand as a national model.

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2:47 pm
Fri June 19, 2009

My Two Cents: Vlad Rangotchev

Overland Park, KS – Vlad Rangotchev didn't expect to fall in to his current career path. He was just breaking into the graphic design field, when a car accident and the loss of his job set him on a different course.

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12:29 pm
Thu June 18, 2009

Johnson Count Park Board Approves Plan To Decrease Deer with Guns, Bows, and Arrows

Lenexa, Kansas – After testimony from dozens of angry Johnson County residents, the Park Board voted unanimously to approve a report that recommends sharpshooters and archers be used to cull the deer population in Shawnee Mission Park. Officials say there are roughly four hundred deer in park, eight times more than the park can sustain.

Many residents have testified that they think it would be immoral to carry out a controlled hunt to limit the deer population in Shawnee Mission Park. Others say it isn't necessary.

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