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8:38 pm
Mon July 15, 2013

Recommendations For The Future Of Arts And Culture In KC

From left to right: Co-chairs Sean Kelley and Pat Jordan, and Chair Mike Burke at the Kansas City Public Library Plaza branch, July 15, 2013.
Credit Laura Spencer / KCUR

Kansas City, Mo. started a collaborative process in January 2013 when the public was invited to a series of brainstorming sessions to map out the city’s role in arts and culture. Top recommendations were announced on Monday.

The draft report, revealed in the auditorium at the Kansas City Public Library's Plaza branch, includes 10 goals, with strategies based on public input and subcommittees of the Mayor’s Task Force for the Arts.

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Up To Date
6:00 pm
Mon July 15, 2013

Oil And America's Foreign Relations

Jay Hakes' book, published in 2008
Credit Jay Hakes / JayHakes.com

 America has had a long and complicated history with foreign oil, with a specific impact on our political relationships abroad.

Tuesday on Up To Date, we're joined by Jay Hakes to discuss the role that oil has played in our foreign relations. He’s an energy analyst and director of the Carter Presidential Library and Museum and the author of a book about what freedom from foreign oil can do for our country. 

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Government
9:47 am
Fri July 12, 2013

KC Council Will Wait On Traffic Lights

A city council committee set a hot button issue aside to cool for another week. The debate is over the city turning off 37 traffic lights in east-central Kansas City which by federal standards are no longer needed.

Traffic light changes stopped for one week

Some area residents did not agree with the city manager that four-way stop signs would be safer at intersections that were near schools. And a resolution to turn 23 of the 37 back on was introduced.

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Government
9:59 am
Thu July 11, 2013

Charter Commission Takes As Long As Needed

Mayor Sly James gave marching orders to his Kansas City Charter Review Commission at its first meeting.
Credit Dan Verbeck / KCUR

The commission assigned the job of deciding whether the City Charter for Kansas City, Mo. needs change heard an admonition Wednesday from a longtime civic activist.

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Government
9:02 am
Thu July 11, 2013

Gov. Nixon Signs New Laws For Veterans

Mo. Gov. Jay Nixon signed seven bills into law on Wednesday to support veterans and their families.
Credit Marshall Griffin / St. Louis Public Radio

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon signed several pieces of legislation on Wednesday aimed to benefit veterans and their families on a tour that included stops at Cape Giardeau and Springfield.  

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Government
9:32 am
Wed July 10, 2013

Kansas Board Of Education Requests Funding Increase

The Kansas State Board of Education will be asking lawmakers to increase school funding by more than $600 million in the coming fiscal year. That would be an increase of more than 20 percent. That decision came at a meeting in Topeka Tuesday.

The board members voted 7-3 to make the request for increased funding. More than $400 million would go to the base state aid per student that is paid to districts. The money would also increase funding for professional development and school lunch programs.

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Government
9:22 am
Wed July 10, 2013

Nixon Signs Legislation Dealing With Children, Dismisses Call For Session On School Transfers

UPI/Bill Greenblatt

Originally published on Wed July 10, 2013 8:51 am

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has signed legislation allowing parents more time to give up newborns, requiring screening for a heart defect and dealing with mandatory reporters of child abuse.

Nixon held a bill signing ceremony Tuesday at St. Louis Children's Hospital. In front of dozens of doctors and child advocates, the Democratic governor signed a bill that he said will close a loophole for child abuse reporting.

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Government
9:20 am
Wed July 10, 2013

New Kansas Arts Commission Gives First Grants To 8 Organizations

The Culture House in Olathe is one of eight arts organizations to receive arts funding from the Kansas Creative Arts Industries Commission (CAIC). They presented 'The Wizard of Oz' in July.
Credit courtesy of The Culture House

Eight arts groups, including one in Olathe, will receive funding from the Kansas Creative Arts Industries Commission. This marks the first round of grants from the organization that rose from the ashes of the former state arts agency.

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Government
10:29 am
Tue July 9, 2013

Leadership Shake Up At Kansas City Museum

The Kansas City Museum is housed in Corinthian Hall.
Susan B. Wilson KCUR

Update, 11:30 a.m.: "We are unchanged in our commitment in working with the city and our management contract to deliver programming for Kansas City Museum, both at Corinthian Hall and elsewhere," said Jerry Baber, chief financial officer of Union Station. "Our operation isn't changing, associated with the Kansas City Museum. Our relationship with the city isn't changing. This is strictly just an employment issue."

Denise Morrison, director of collections and curatorial services at Union Station, will step in as the museum's interim house director.

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Government
3:31 pm
Fri July 5, 2013

Missouri Gun Control Veto Raises Pro And Con Cries

Credit Dan Verbeck / KCUR

Missouri’s Democratic Governor and the Republican led legislature are again nose-to-nose and toe-to-toe over gun control.

Gov. Jay Nixon has vetoed what supporters of the bill call one of the most gun friendly in the country.

Local reaction was swift and heated.

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Government
9:06 am
Wed July 3, 2013

McCaskill Denounces Missouri Lawmakers Failure To Pass Transportation Bill

U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill, a Democrat from Missouri, criticized state lawmakers Tuesday for failing to pass a transportation bill, while previewing federal legislation to improve the nation’s infrastructure. 

McCaskill called the state’s $600 million construction budget to oversee 33,000 miles of roadways a “recipe for disaster.”

“We cannot have a strong economy in Missouri if we do not have an ongoing commitment to investing in our highways, our bridges, and even our lochs and dams, and projects on our great rivers,” McCaskill said.

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Government
8:29 am
Wed July 3, 2013

Democratic Senator Criticizes Kan. Regents Appointments

A Democratic state senator from Topeka says Gov. Sam Brownback is packing the Kansas Board of Regents with too many Republicans.

State law requires that no more than five of the nine regents belong to the same political party. The senator says Brownback's recent appointments violate the spirit of that law.

Senate Democratic Leader Anthony Hensley said this week that the governor is skirting the rules because one of the new appointees changed his registration from Republican to unaffiliated in February.

Brownback says Hensley’s criticism is not accurate.

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Government
9:18 am
Tue July 2, 2013

Missouri Legislators Got $730K In Gifts From Lobbyists During Session

With May's lobbying numbers in, and Missouri's legislative session completely behind us, we now have a complete picture of Missouri's lobbying system.

With the final tally, legislators took in $731,000 from lobbyists hoping to gain influence. All of this took place in just five months.

May's findings

As usual, the vast majority of May's lobbyist spending went to groups instead of individual legislators. Lobbyists spent about $70,000 on groups and committees, which don't disclose the recipients.

A few noteworthy gifts in May:

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Government
9:14 am
Tue July 2, 2013

Nixon Signs Bill Blocking Scanning Of Documents For Driver's Licenses

Perhaps in an effort to put an end to an ongoing political battle over the practice, Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has signed legislation blocking the state Department of Revenue from scanning and storing documents required to get a driver's license.

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Up In The Air
7:38 am
Tue July 2, 2013

Who Decides The Future Of KCI?

Kansas City International Airport proposes to replace the current three-terminal layout with a new single terminal
Credit Landrum & Brown / Kansas City Aviation Department

Kansas City International Airport is looking at a potentially major change-- tearing down the current three terminals and moving to a single, new terminal.  

The one terminal idea came to a head in 2008 when the Master Plan called for a new, central terminal south of the current airport.  That came just 4 years after the airport wrapped up nearly $260 million in renovations.

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Up to Date
10:41 pm
Sun June 30, 2013

'Marijuanamerica'

From the crackdowns on the drug in the 1950s and ’60s to its legalization for recreational use in two states last year, marijuana has a complicated past in America.

Some have called marijuana legalization the next big civil rights issue. Colorado and Washington have officially said it’s okay, and 19 other states allow it to be used for medical reasons.

But some big debates about the drug certainly persist. What exactly are the health consequences of using marijuana? What kind of impact is it having on our society? Should we be banning it or legalizing it in more states?

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Up to Date
10:53 am
Fri June 28, 2013

Missouri Secretary Of State Advocates For Ethics Changes

Missouri Secretary of State Jason Kander is the nation's youngest statewide elected official.
Credit Missouri Secretary of State's Office

The campaign money's flowing in Missouri. Or could you say "gushing?"

On Thursday June 27, Attorney General Chris Koster, an early favorite to become the next governor of Missouri, picked up $25,000 from a Kansas City law firm and $12,500 more from an eastern Missouri labor union.

The day before, state Auditor Tom Schweich picked up $10,000 from a St. Louis area business owner.

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Government
8:42 am
Fri June 28, 2013

Judge Quashes Subpoenas Served To Nixon Administration Over Document Scanning

One day after a Missouri House committee issued subpoenas to several members of Democratic Governor Jay Nixon's administration, a Cole County judge has issued a preliminary order blocking the subpoenas.

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Up to Date
10:14 am
Thu June 27, 2013

The Ethics Professors: Government & Privacy

The story of Edward Snowden conjures of images of Cold War politics, such as Spy vs. Spy.
Credit Terry Robinson/Flickr-CC

Should the government be able to access your telephone records? Are the actions of the NSA any worse than companies like Google that constantly mine our information? 

On Thursday's Up to Date, the Ethics Professors, Wayne Vaught and Clancy Martin, join Steve Kraske to discuss what boundaries the government has crossed and where to draw the line. They also explore the gray area of immigration reform.  

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Government
8:16 am
Thu June 27, 2013

What The DOMA Ruling Means For Missouri

A constitutional law professor at Washington University in St. Louis says the US Supreme Court’s decision Wednesday that struck down the federal Defense of Marriage Act will have little impact on Missouri’s same-sex marriage ban.

Greg Magarian says states make laws about marriage, such as the legal age for marriage and legal benefits. That’s not the territory of the federal government.

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Government
2:33 am
Thu June 27, 2013

Council Committees Accept Development Deals

Kansas City, Missouri wins the latest round in the economic “border wars.” by regaining a company that started on the Missouri side, but moved to Leawood.

A. B. May Company will be moving its headquarters to a former “big box” retail building at 50th and I-435 in Eastern Kansas City. The Economic Development Committee endorsed property tax abatement to offset May's payments on the $12 million in bonds the city will issue.

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Government
4:39 pm
Wed June 26, 2013

Joy, Tears In KC At DOMA Provision Defeat

Caron Hankins said she was more subdued than her marriage partner at right, Dayna Deck, when they learned of the Supreme Court ruling.
Credit Dan Verbeck / KCUR

As the Supreme Court has allowed federal benefits to same sex couples married in states where those unions are allowed by law, there is no legal change in Missouri or Kansas.

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Central Standard
6:45 pm
Tue June 25, 2013

Supreme Court Rules On Voting Rights Act

Credit Wallyg / Flickr -- Creative Commons

The Supreme Court ruled 5-4 that section 4 of the 1965 Voting Rights Act is unconstitutional.  Section 4 is the part of the bill requiring certain states, mostly in the south, to get federal approval for changes to voting regulations.  Professor Allan Rostron provides an initial reaction and potential implication to this ruling.

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Government
8:09 am
Tue June 25, 2013

Kan. Looks At Ways To Reduce Childhood Poverty, Including Relationship Training

A task force looking for ways to reduce childhood poverty in Kansas wrapped up a series of meetings Monday. The governor appointed group discussed three so-called "pathways out of poverty," which include ways to improve education, get more Kansans working and strengthen families.

The committee was told that in 2011 around 19 percent of Kansas kids lived in poverty, and they’re hoping that focusing on some key areas can reduce that.

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Up to Date
6:00 pm
Mon June 24, 2013

Why You're More Likely To Get A Ticket In Mission, Kan.

Mission Mayor Laura McConwell joins Steve Kraske to talk about the city's traffic ticket policies.
Credit missionks.org

  If you're driving through Mission, Kan., make sure that your seatbelt is fastened, you're not talking on your cell phone and you come to a complete stop. This suburb hands out more traffic tickets than they have residents. You've been warned. 

On Tuesday's Up to Date, Steve Kraske talks with Mayor Laura McConwell about why the traffic ticket count is so high and why traffic enforcement is such a priority in the town. 

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Government
9:27 am
Mon June 24, 2013

KanCare Quarterly Report Submitted

The state of Kansas has submitted its first quarterly update on KanCare to the federal government. 

The federal waiver that gives Kansas the authority to experiment with its Medicaid program by privatizing the entire system requires a progress report four times a year. 

The first report covers the period from January first through March 31st.  It shows that a total of more than 344,000 Kansans enrolled in KanCare during the first three months.  At the end of March, however, there were fewer than 324,000 still enrolled—a drop of more than 20,000 people. 

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Government
4:17 pm
Thu June 20, 2013

Border Blockage Seen Key To Immigration Law Change

As the U.S. Senate wrestles with immigration law changes, Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach says the measures are doomed to fail without real border security.

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Government
5:26 am
Thu June 20, 2013

Charter Change Commission Considers KC Government Options

Kansas City Charter Review Commission members Andrea Bough and Quinton Lucas begin work.
Credit Dan Verbeck / KCUR

A Commission that will look for ways to change the foundation of how Kansas City Government operates has met just once and the opening session, Wednesday, heard wide ranging  recommendations that spread from finance to setup of Council Districts.

The first assurance came from Mayor Sly James who appointed the 13 member commission. He said he would not be looking over their shoulders. If the operating  charter needs change, he'll ask for proof when recommendations are written.

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Government
2:58 am
Thu June 20, 2013

Audit: 'Session Contract Cost Legitimate MBE Companies Millions'

A city audit of the repurposing of the old Richards Gebaur air force base concludes that a company owned by a Port Authority attorney should never have been certified as a qualified minority contractor.

The audit also concludes that the 2007 certification of William Session's TWS Technical Services kept legitimate minority contractors from bidding on more than $10 million worth of work.

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Up to Date
6:00 pm
Wed June 19, 2013

Divided Opinions Dominate Immigration Talks

Thursday's Up to Date focuses on immigration.
Credit Loretta Prencipe/ Flickr-CC

A new Kansas statute requires proof of citizenship before voting in an election for the first time. The controversial legislation has many people divided. 

 This hour, Kris Kobach, known for his influence on immigration law, and author Alvaro Vargas Llosa join Steve Kraske to discuss policy and reform.  

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