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1:30 pm
Mon June 1, 2009

FBI Investigates Merriam Connection To Tiller Murder

Kansas City, KS – Charges are expected to be filed Monday in the shooting death of late-term abortion provider Doctor George Tiller. Scott Roeder was arrested in Johnson County, Kansas and was expected to be taken to Wichita for questioning in the investigation. Members of an FBI task force hovered around a Merriam house Sunday night believed to be connected to Roeder. KCUR's Dan Verbeck reports.

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KCUR News
12:47 pm
Mon June 1, 2009

National Spelling Champion Kavya Shivashankar

Kansas City, MO – Olathe eighth grader Kavya Shivashankar was the last speller standing on Thursday night's final round on the Scripps National Spelling Bee. She used a signature technique that she's known for, writing each letter of the word with her finger on her palm.

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KCUR News
11:58 am
Mon June 1, 2009

Tiller Murder Prompts Extra Security

Salina, KS – The murder of a Dr. George Tiller has other abortion providers on their guard. More from Kansas Public Radio's Bryan Thompson.

Dr. George Tiller was shot and killed while ushering at the church he attended in Wichita. The shooting leaves other abortion providers concerned that they too could be targeted.

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KCUR News
11:57 am
Mon June 1, 2009

Kansas Right To Life Condemns Tiller Murder

Kansas City , Mo. – Kansas is among the majority of states that has a ban on abortions performed after 21 weeks. Mary Kay Culp, Executive Director of Kansans for Life, says the ban isn't very well enforced, and the group's been paying extra attention to the issue since a jury recently acquitted Dr. George Tiller in a case challenging his use of second opinions.

But Culp says Sunday's killing is inconsistent with the way Kansans for Life operates.

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KCUR News
11:34 am
Mon June 1, 2009

Tiller's Clinic Closed; AG Orders Increased Security For Abortion Clinics And Doctors

Wichita, KS; Washington, DC – Attorney General Eric Holder has ordered increased security for some abortion clinics and doctors in response to the murder of Dr. George Tiller. Tiller, a late-term abortion provider, was gunned down during services yesterday at his Wichita church.

Police have said all early indications showed the shooter acted alone. The suspect, Scott Roeder, is in jail. He was taken into custody in the Kansas City suburb of Merriam, Kansas, and brought to Wichita late yesterday.

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KCUR News
11:20 am
Fri May 29, 2009

So Many Victims: Difficult To Count

Kansas City, Mo. – A thousand or more victims. KCUR has learned the human labor-trafficking case cited by a Kansas City federal grand jury is far larger than earlier believed. Dan Verbeck has more of the story.

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KCUR News
12:10 am
Tue May 26, 2009

Remembering African Americans' Service In The Great World War

Kansas City, MO – UMKC Pellom McDaniels discusses the contributions of African American soldiers who served in World War I, including a man from Kansas City who was the last soldier killed during the Great War. McDaniels has organized an exhibit called They Came to Fight: African Americans and the Great World War, on display through June 20th, at UMKC's African American Culture House.

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KCUR News
1:40 pm
Thu May 21, 2009

KC Pools, Spraygrounds To Open On Time

Funding has been restored for Kansas City's 12 summer \"spraygrounds,\" wading pools and other summer recreation programs.
Photo courtesy of the K.C. Convention and Visitors Association.

Kansas City, MO – Wading pools and spraygrounds in Kansas City, Missouri will open on schedule this year, after a city council committee restored $250,000 the city manager withheld from the Parks Department budget.

Last Friday, a little over a week before the city's wading pools were set to open, the city manager's office put a freeze on the funding that would operate those facilities, "sprayground" play areas and the Night Hoops and Night Kicks youth programs.

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KCUR News
6:49 pm
Thu May 14, 2009

City May Get Tough On Underage Drinking

Kansas City, MO – Concerns about underage drinking have prompted the Kansas City city council to consider redefining the term "minor in possession."

Kansas City, Missouri has an ordinance prohibiting persons under 21 from "possessing" alchohol, which now means police must see a young person with a container of the beverage.

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KCUR News
12:24 pm
Sun May 10, 2009

Knitting Club Makes Scarves For Strangers

Kansas City, MO – Knitting has become a growing trend among younger women. But KCUR's Susan Wilson recently heard about a group that brings together women of all ages, and even an occasional guy, to knit for strangers. That's what it's all about for the Knitting and Crochet Ministry of Saint James Catholic Church. The group has about a dozen regular members, who meet twice a month at the church in midtown. Many of their handicrafts are handed out at the bus stop nearby at 39th and Troost.

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KCUR News
3:55 pm
Fri May 8, 2009

Traffic-Death Leap Leads To Arrest Sweep

Enroute to jail, a Blue Springs man is among more than two hundred caught in a police and sheriffs' office warrant sweep.
kcur photo by dan verbeck (click to enlarge)

Kansas City, Mo. – Over four days of early May, Kansas City Police and counterparts from suburbs and area sheriffs departments rounded up more than two hundred suspected or convicted drunk drivers. Enforcers operated from warrants that had languished for months. The driving force was an 71 percent increase in Kansas City traffic fatalities in the last year. KCUR's Dan Verbeck followed the sweep and has an account.

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People
12:47 pm
Thu May 7, 2009

Actor Jamie Farr

A visit with actor Jamie Farr, best known for his role as Corporal Max Klinger on the long-running TV series M*A*S*H.

Kansas City , Mo. – Jamie Farr is in town performing the lead role in The New Theatre's production of Don't Dress for Dinner. Up to Date's Steve Kraske talks with Farr about his many years of acting and how he landed his regular spot on the 1970s hit TV show.

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KCUR News
11:13 am
Sun May 3, 2009

Northeast Area To Dealers, Hookers: 'Stay Out'

Neighborhood leader Will Royster says a \"stay out\" program for parolees can end prostitution and drug dealing problems along Independence Avenue.

Kansas City, MO – A consortium of neighborhood organizations says SOAP and SODA can eliminate drug traffic and prostitution in the Northeast area. And their plan goes to the Kansas City City Council Floor on Thursday.

SOAP and SODA stand for "stay out of areas of prostitution" and "stay out of drug areas." Those are the orders the neighborhood groups would have parole officers give to their charges with conviction records in the two critical areas -- thus ending the revolving door of jail... out of jail... back on the block.

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KCUR News
9:41 pm
Mon April 27, 2009

Out Of Jail: Out Of Work?

Once incarcerated, all are back in the workforce: Beyond the Conviction founder Patrick Danley, Michael Jackson, Bernard Bryant, Billy McKinney, Lowell Sommers and Byron McKinney. (Right click to enlarge)
Photos by Steve Bell.

Kansas City, MO – Billy McKinney speaks with gallows humor about a newly-released convict's quest for a job: "I got more applications in Kansas City than the people that make the applications. You know, I'm serious. And every place I done went, I've had people tear up applications after I filled them out. I was peeking around the corner and they tore 'em up."

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KCUR News
5:26 pm
Mon April 27, 2009

KCP&L Substation Generates Opposition On Westside

KCP&L originally planned to lease space at the DST Business Park for the new substation. Photo by Sylvia Maria Gross/KCUR.

Kansas City, MO – Residents say the highways and railroads cutting through the neighborhood are just the beginning of the area's environmental problems. So when Kansas City Power & Light recently unveiled plans for a new electrical substation on the Westside, some residents started mounting opposition. The plan was narrowly approved by the City Plan Commission this week and should go before the City Council, but KCP&L says it will take a step back and talk to neighborhood residents. KCUR's Sylvia Maria Gross recently went by to find out more.

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5:23 pm
Mon April 27, 2009

Flood Pressure Rockets Blocks From Parkville Wall

Thousand pound blocks ejected from Parkville hillside by water pressure. (click to enlarge)
kcur photo by Dan Verbeck.

Parkville, Mo. – Chief among April 27th flash flood damage in Platte County was destruction of more than a hundred feet of retaining wall, ripping loose from a sixty foot tall hillside. KCUR'S Dan Verbeck reports.

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2:58 pm
Mon April 27, 2009

Out Of Jail: Out Of Work?

Once incarcerated, all are back in the workforce: Beyond the Conviction founder Patrick Danley, Michael Jackson, Bernard Bryant, Billy McKinney, Lowell Sommers and Byron McKinney. (Right click to enlarge)
Photos by Steve Bell.

Kansas City, MO – Billy McKinney speaks with gallows humor about a newly-released convict's quest for a job: "I got more applications in Kansas City than the people that make the applications. You know, I'm serious. And every place I done went, I've had people tear up applications after I filled them out. I was peeking around the corner and they tore 'em up."

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KCUR News
9:17 am
Mon April 27, 2009

Iraqi Families Meet Local Vets

Kansas City, MO – Imagine having to leave your home, job, friends and family to escape the collapse of your community because of war? That's the situation for an estimated 4.7 million Iraqis, many of whom have left for Syria and Jordan. In 2007, the U.S. government began a resettlement program to relocate Iraqi refugees to this country. Approximately, 15,000 Iraqi refugees have come to the United States. Around 90 Iraqi families have been resettled in the Kansas City area. Members of the Iraqi community estimate around 700 Iraqis live here now.

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People
8:37 am
Thu April 23, 2009

Comedian Jason Sudeikis

Jason Sudeikis, who grew up in Overland Park is best known for his appearances on Saturday Night Live impersonating George W. Bush, Joe Biden, and for brief appearances on NBC's 30 Rock.

Kansas City , Mo. – Jason Sudeikis, who grew up in Overland Park is best known for his appearances on Saturday Night Live impersonating George W. Bush, Joe Biden, and for brief appearances on NBC's 30 Rock.

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KCUR News
10:25 am
Mon April 20, 2009

Grandview Newspaper Expanding Circulation

The owners and staff of the Jackson County Advocate. Photo by Alex Smith / KCUR.

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KCUR News
4:44 am
Mon April 20, 2009

Lesser Known DUI's Get Spotlight

Sgt Dan Graves, KCPD, after giving drug sweep assignments.
kcur photo by dan verbeck

Kansas City, Mo. – Twice as many people have been killed in Kansas City traffic wrecks this year compared with last and drug impaired drivers are nearly as common as drunken ones. Police choose the 20th day of the fourth month, four-twenty, to key on cannabis behind the wheel . KCUR's Dan Verbeck reports:

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KCUR News
4:20 am
Thu March 19, 2009

One Gifted Teacher, One Willing Student: 'I Can READ'

Alferd Williams, 71, clutches one more gift book at school where he is a third grade student.
kcur photo by dan verbeck

St. Joseph, Mo. – Extended Audio:

Listen to Alferd Williams having an extended conversation with KCUR's Dan Verbeck about his challenges and joy.

Listen to teacher Alesia Hamilton talk further about their joint venture in learning.

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KCUR News
5:23 am
Mon March 16, 2009

Southeast Kansas City Reacts To Vacant Homes

Kansas City, MO – Foreclosures have spread throughout the Kansas City metro area over the past six months - into central Lee's Summit, north of Independence, and parts of Johnson County. In Wyandotte County, the foreclosure rate has risen dramatically in the past few months. But the biggest total number of foreclosures are still in the eastern part of Kansas City Missouri, around Swope Parkway, and then southeast in the Hickman Mills and Ruskin Heights areas.

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KCUR News
10:36 am
Mon March 9, 2009

St. Louis Civil Rights Pioneer Looks Back On Long Career

Former US Commissioner of Civil Rights Frankie Muse Freeman

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KCUR News
4:24 am
Fri March 6, 2009

New Chapter For Financially Broken

KCUR News
1:08 am
Thu March 5, 2009

Tapes Inconclusive In Fire Truck Fatality

Kansas City, MO – The Kansas City Fire Department has released tapes of radio communications involved in an accident in which a 7 year old boy was struck and killed by a fire truck near ninth and Euclid. Some had questioned whether the fire truck's siren was activated when it struck the boy.

Was the siren blaring when Obarimomoya Nkani, seven, stepped in front of the fire truck and died?

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People
12:50 pm
Wed March 4, 2009

Savvy Traveler Rudy Maxa

It's an excellent time to travel. Deals are everywhere. Fewer people are traveling, creating great deals at hotels and airlines.

Kansas City , Mo. – Rudy Maxa, known to millions of public radio listeners as "The Savvy Traveler" talks with Up to Date host Steve Kraske about international travel deals in this down economy.

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KCUR News
1:51 am
Sun March 1, 2009

Regional Jail Gains Momentum

Municipal Correctional Institution (MCI)

Kansas City, MO – For more than a century, Kansas City has operated its own municipal jail. That may soon change. City and county officials are close to reaching a final agreement to shut down the jail and move inmates to the county facility. Local leaders say the plan marks a positive step towards creating a more efficient and effective regional system. But, as KCUR's Elana Gordon reports, some are skeptical.

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