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KCUR News
9:07 pm
Tue November 2, 2010

Senate Hopeful Robin Carnahan Tours State to Rally Support

St. Louis, MO – Missouri's much-anticipated contest for the United States Senate is almost over. As St. Louis Public Radio's Adam Allington reports, Democrat Robin Carnahan is still touring the state to rally support for her campaign.

Carnahan cast her vote early this morning at her polling place near Forest Park, in St. Louis. She then took off for rallies in Kansas City and Columbia.

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KCUR News
1:53 pm
Mon November 1, 2010

Implications Of Kansas Secretary Of State Race Don't Seem To Be Exciting Interest

Johnson County, Kansas – The race for Kansas Secretary of State has been referred to many times this election season as one of the most important races on the Kansas ticket.

That's because Kris Kobach, nationally recognized for his role in a controversial anti-immigration law in Arizona, says if he wins, he will have the Secretary's office more aggressively take on law enforcement responsibilities to respond to widespread voter fraud.

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KCUR News
1:21 pm
Mon November 1, 2010

Yoder Formidable Candidate In Kansas Third District

Johnson County, Kansas – If Democrat Stephene Moore wins in the Kansas 3rd Congressional District on November 2nd, she would be the first spouse in history to succeed a living incumbent.

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KCUR News
1:59 am
Fri October 29, 2010

Stimulus Improved KC Infrastructure, Services

The distribution of federal stimulus grants to the city (click to enlarge)
Graphic from K.C., MO web site.

Kansas City, MO – Councilwoman Sharon Sanders-Brooks introduced the accounting of stimulus fund spending by saying,..."it was important to inform our constituents of how the city of Kansas City has used the stimulus funding. If you listen to commercials that are running currently, you would think that nothing has occurred with the stimulus program... and we here in the city have another story to tell."

That story is one of $183 million in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act grants for the city and its partners.

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KCUR News
11:52 am
Thu October 28, 2010

Kansas City Gets Federal Weatherization Grant

Kansas City, MO – With federal stimulus dollars becoming an endangered species, Kansas City gets a big performance-based addition to its housing weatherization program.

The council housing committee was told yesterday that a lot more money is coming. The council just has to accept the grant and designate the money for homes that need weatherizing. The city is being rewarded for quick completion of 95 percent of the work involved in the first stimulus grant.

Pat McNamara of the Housing department explained the largest of two packages.

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KCUR News
9:50 am
Thu October 28, 2010

Brownback vs. The Affordable Care Act

Salina, KS – The Affordable Care Act the new law that overhauls the way health insurance is provided in the U.S. has surfaced as an issue in the Kansas gubernatorial race.

Republican nominee Sam Brownback has assailed the plan as outrageously expensive, and burdensome to average Kansans. But a prominent health care economist says the reasoning and documentation Brownback uses to attack the Act doesn't come close to adding up.

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KCUR News
5:34 pm
Wed October 27, 2010

November 2 Ballot Questions, Propositions, and Constitutional Amendments

Kansas City, MO – Listen to this broadcast of Up to Date here.

Puppy mills, the earning tax and voting rights for the mentally ill. Depending on which state you live in, one or more of these things will be on your ballot when you vote next week.

But with confusing legislative language, it can be tough to understand what these ballot initiatives will actually do.

Missouri Ballot Issues:

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KCUR News
4:08 pm
Tue October 26, 2010

Missouri Election Officials Expect 51 Percent Turnout

Jefferson City, MO – Missouri election officials are predicting 51 percent of Missouri voters will cast ballots in the general election next Tuesday. Laura Egerdal with the Secretary of State's office says that number is about average for a non-presidential election year. But she also warns that long lines are possible late in the day.

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KCUR News
2:52 pm
Tue October 26, 2010

Nixon Stumps for Senate Hopeful Robin Carnahan

Jefferson City, MO – Missouri Governor Jay Nixon made a rare campaign appearance Monday for fellow Democrat Robin Carnahan (Secretary of State, running for US Senate) at an event near Kansas City (Excelsior Springs). The governor has been mostly avoiding the campaign trail this year, which he suggests can also be a winning strategy. St. Louis Public Radio's Marshall Griffin explains.

Nixon says he can best help Democrats running for office by doing his job as governor.

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KCUR News
2:48 pm
Tue October 26, 2010

Ad Checkup: Missouri Prop A & Prop B

YES! on Proposition B television ad.

Kansas City, MO – As the airwaves fill up with ads for candidates from the Statehouse to the U.S. Senate, at least a few minutes of airtime are to the two controversial ballot initiatives on the Missouri ballot.

KCUR's Brian Ellison joined us to examine some of the claims these ads made.

Yes on Prop A

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KCUR News
2:25 pm
Tue October 26, 2010

Kansans To Vote On Voting Rights of Kansans with Mental Illnesses

Kansas City, KS – Right now, the Kansas legislature has the authority to prohibit someone with a mental illness from voting. Next Tuesday, voters will decide whether or not to change that. Constitutional Amendment Question No. 2, as it's called, has not met much formal opposition, but proponents say a victory would still be extremely significant.

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KCUR News
11:54 am
Tue October 26, 2010

Proposition A Mimics Hancock Amendment

Kansas City, MO – Anyone who watches local TV has seen the ads that say, ""Vote yes on A. Let voters decide."

The TV ads are financed by St. Louis millionaire Rex Sinquefield, who has reportedly invested about five million dollars in the campaign. They emphasize giving voters a say and prohibiting "politicians" from imposing taxes on earnings in other Missouri cities.

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KCUR News
10:02 am
Mon October 25, 2010

Amendments to KS Constitution Appear on Ballot

Kansas City, MO – Two constitutional amendments are appearing on the ballot this election. To become part of the state Constitution, they need to be approved by Kansas voters.

KCUR News
9:59 am
Mon October 25, 2010

Kansas Attorney General Candidates Spar During Debate

Topeka, KS – The Kansas Attorney General is the top law enforcement officer in the state. The primary job responsibilities include enforcing and defending state laws.

But this year's campaign for that office has taken on a national tone, with issues involving illegal immigration and the new national health reform law.

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KCUR News
10:07 am
Fri October 22, 2010

Stand-Down to Help Women Vets

KCUR News
11:48 pm
Thu October 21, 2010

Council Reverses Decision on Reappointment

Kansas City, MO – The Kansas City city council has reversed direction on its rejection of a reappointment to the TIF commission.

Council members gave no reason last week when they voted against the mayor's proposal to reappoint Claudia Onate-Greim, chair of the city's TIF advisory commission. But when the mayor exercised his power to call for a second vote yesterday, they talked.

Some "no" voters complained of poor communication from the mayor's office and a "closed-to-business" attitude on the part of the commission.

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KCUR News
2:05 am
Thu October 21, 2010

Pension Funding Plagues Council

Kansas City, MO – Kansas City faces an additional 2012 budget expense of more than twenty million dollars. Pension experts recommend yesterday that the city pay in the extra money to bring the fund up to best practices.

Councilman Ed Ford says that's one of many expenses that will make 2012 a tough budget year. He says there's already an expected $12 million shortfall.

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KCUR News
1:53 am
Wed October 20, 2010

Funkhouser Runs Again

Kanas City mayor Mark Funkhouser announces his bid for reelection.
Video frame courtesy of KMBC TV-9.

Kansas City, MO – Kansas City mayor Mark Funkhouser made the formal announcement Tuesday: he's running for reelection.

Funkhouser's told reporters his administration has put city finances in order, reined in lucrative development TIF deals that cost the city millions and gotten the metal plates off of the streets.

nd He says controversies over his board appointments, rebuffs by the council and the lawsuit accusing his wife of discrimination at the office have simply primed him for a rugged campaign.

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KCUR News
9:46 am
Tue October 19, 2010

Ad Checkup: Attack Ads in 4th District

Kansas City, MO – This year Democrat Ike Skelton is facing his strongest challenge in years by Republican challenger Vicky Hartzler.

Maria Carter and Brian Ellison talk about the accuracy of attack ads from each of the campaigns.

Ike Skelton's Ad Against Vicky Hartzler

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KCUR News
12:14 am
Tue October 19, 2010

$4.2 Million Grant for Metro-Area Planning

Kansas City, MO – Metropolitan planning gets a 4.2 million dollar assist from a grant announced yesterday by the Department of Housing and Urban Development.

The Kansas City area's Creating Sustainable Places proposal was coordinated by the Mid-America Regional Council, where Jody Ladd Craig explained what the program will do.

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KC Currents
1:26 pm
Fri October 15, 2010

Missouri Senate Candidates Face Off in KC

Kansas City, MO – Click here to listen to the entire debate.

Missouri Secretary of State Robin Carnahan took the offensive in yesterday's debate against Congressman Roy Blunt, organized by KCPT. The exchange was the only televised debate in one of the country's more competitive senate races.

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KCUR News
2:57 am
Fri October 15, 2010

Council and Mayor Clash Again on Appointments

Kansas City, MO – On the surface it seemed a simple request from the mayor -- the reappointment of two members of the commission that makes recommendations on proposed tax-increment-financing proposals.

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KCUR News
9:59 am
Thu October 14, 2010

Koster Joins Other Attorneys General in Foreclosure Investigation

Jeffrson City, MO – Attorneys general in all 50 states are jointly investigating whether mortgage companies mishandled documents that resulted in hundreds of thousands of home foreclosures across the country.

Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster says it appears that some foreclosure affidavits were signed without confirming whether the information contained in them was accurate, a process known as "robo-signing."

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KCUR News
9:56 am
Thu October 14, 2010

Kansas City Council Eyes Trimming Next Year's Budget

Kansas City, MO – The Kansas City city council has started the chore of Monday-morning-quarterbacking this year's budget - with an eye toward what it may face next year.

The council had to make spending cuts after the budget was approved this year, so the finance committee was eager to hear the implications of the latest revenue collection report.

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KCUR News
9:46 am
Thu October 14, 2010

Kansas Secretary of State Candidates Clash on Voting Laws

Kansas City, MO – The Kansas Secretary of State administers statewide elections and handles business filings. It's an office that usually doesn't draw much attention, but this year has been different.

Democratic incumbent Chris Biggs is being challenged by Republican Kris Kobach, who is known for his work in writing laws targeting illegal immigration - including the controversial Arizona law.

Biggs and Kobach met for a debate in Overland Park.

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KCUR News
3:28 pm
Tue October 12, 2010

Foreclosures Meet Counter Force

Mary Rabon(L), Shirley Dobbins (R) argue for shelving of foreclosures.
photo by dan verbeck.(click to enlarge)

Kansas City, MO – Saving endangered neighborhoods and mortgage-embattled dwellers advanced on multiple fronts in Kansas City.

With one in every 650 Missouri homeowners facing foreclosure, Mayor Mark Funkhouser joined the organization Communities Creating Opportunities to ask the Missouri Attorney General to call a temporary moratorium on foreclosures.

Kansas City Mayor Mark Funkhouser says it will allow time to negotiate between banks and borrowers.

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KCUR News
11:53 am
Tue October 12, 2010

KS Dept of Labor Says More Jobs Open

Topeka KS – The Kansas Department of Labor is reporting there are more job openings in the state. As Stephen Koranda reports, that means more jobs are available for unemployed workers.

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KCUR News
10:45 am
Tue October 12, 2010

Treasurer Hopeful Ron Estes Touts Business, Government Experience

Ron Estes

Topeka, KS – The Kansas treasurer runs various savings and loan plans for the state, handles bonds for local governments, and sits on the public employee retirement board, known as KPERS. That fund is facing a projected multi-billion dollar shortfall.

Ron Estes is the Republican nominee for state treasurer. He worked for Koch Industries and Learjet before being elected Sedgwick County treasurer in 2004.

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KCUR News
10:43 am
Tue October 12, 2010

McKinney Touts Experience in Office in KS Treasurer Race

Dennis McKinney

Topeka, KS – The Kansas treasurer runs various savings and loan plans for the state, handles bonds for local governments, and sits on the public employee retirement board, known as KPERS. That fund is facing a projected multibillion dollar shortfall.

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