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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.