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5:10 am
Fri September 26, 2008

Where Did That Lead Go? Pres Hopefuls Inch Closer

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KCUR News
5:09 am
Fri September 26, 2008

Obama Campaign Claims Unprecedented Ground In Missouri

Kansas City, MO – The outcome of the presidential election could come down to the vote in key parts of Missouri. The campaigns for Senator John McCain, the Republican, and Senator Barack Obama, the Democrat are both in high gear working here. As part of our ongoing election courage, KCUR's Frank Morris spoke with Senator Obama's campaign Chief of Staff , Jim Messina, about the ground war in Missouri.

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KCUR News
10:32 am
Thu September 25, 2008

Citadel Will Rise Renewed

Kansas City, Mo. – Waiting for the first shovelful of dirt to turn! The Kansas City City Council gives a long-awaited break to blighted parts of midtown, and an aging shopping center in the Northland.

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KCUR News
1:57 am
Thu September 25, 2008

Council Overrides Mayor's Veto, Bans Squitiro From Work In Office

Kansas City, MO – Kansas City has done something perhaps no other city has. It passed an ordinance to keep the mayor's wife from volunteering in the mayor's office.

The mayor responded with the first veto in the city's history.

With mounting crime, crumbling sewers and a fiscal crisis looming, KCUR's Frank Morris reports on what brought Kansas City to its current impasse.

Mark Funkhouser is a serious, imposing guy, especially sitting on his front porch, talking about the role of his wife, Gloria Squitiro at City Hall.

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KCUR News
4:52 am
Wed September 24, 2008

Will Citadel-Antioch Languish? Council To Vote

Kansas City, Mo. – Gains are closer to overcoming risks and votes are stacking up in favor of redeveloping two aging shopping centers. The Kansas City council is to vote Thursday.

Citadel Plaza at 63rd and Prospect project is worth $90 million, Antioch center in the Northland,72 million dollars. After more than five years verbal battling, both get a nod from the council's Finance and Audit committee.

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KCUR News
2:34 am
Tue September 23, 2008

KC To Vote On Light Rail In November

Kansas City, MO – Kansas City voters will face another ballot question about light rail on November 4th, with the City Council this time asking residents for approval of a 14-mile starter line stretching from Kansas City's northland south to the city's east side.

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KCUR News
9:39 am
Mon September 22, 2008

Kansas Republican Party Chair Kris Kobach On Immigration And The Upcoming Election

Kansas Republican Party Chair Kris Kobach

One recent piece of legislation that was seen as a victory for Latino immigrants is the 2004 law allowing undocumented students who went to high school in Kansas to pay in-state tuition rates at local colleges. That law has been challenged each year since, in the statehouse and in federal court, and has been upheld in both places. But this week, an appeals court in California made a different decision - which could lead to the repeal of instate tuition benefits for illegal immigrants in that state.

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KCUR News
5:11 am
Mon September 22, 2008

Labor's Sweeney Thunders At Right, McCain

Riverside, Mo. – Labeling Senator John McCain a primary architect of failures in the economy, the president of the AFL-CIO let off a fusillade against Republicans at the Missouri labor consortium's convention in the Kansas City suburb of Riverside, Mo.

The head of the nation's largest labor organization bluntly spoke of what he called the crackpot right wing of the party leveraging failures on wall street, placing the GOP presidential candidate squarely in their midst. As John Sweeney put it,

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KCUR News
3:36 am
Mon September 22, 2008

Ewing Kauffman Legacy Leaves Relief For Non-Profits

Kansas City, Mo. – Awarding two and three-quarter million dollars in grants the Kauffman Foundation packed a meeting room with winners and well wishers. They were all adults. Except for one teenage boy.

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Government
4:01 am
Fri September 19, 2008

Former Secretary of State Campaigns in KC for Obama

Kansas City, MO – On Thursday, Clinton-era Secretary of State Madeline Albright told a Kansas City audience the nation needs to shore-up relations with world powers that include India, Pakistan and Russia.

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KCUR News
10:32 am
Thu September 18, 2008

KC Mayor Vetoes Measure To Get His Wife Out Of City Hall

Kansas City – For months, members of the City Council, and others, have complained about the role Gloria Squitiro, Funkhouser's wife, plays in the mayor's office. Squitiro puts in upwards of 20 hours a week, making calls, following policy, and --apparently-
annoying people. Last week the council voted 12-1 (Funkhouser being the 1) passing an ordinance prohibiting family volunteers (i.e. Squitiro) from working in city offices. Last night, Funkhouser vetoed it.

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KCUR News
10:56 am
Wed September 17, 2008

Money Moves The Message: Rail Campaign Seeks Funds

Kansas City civic and political leaders prepare to start rail campaign
KCUR photo by Dan Verbeck

Kansas City, Mo. – A vote on Kansas City light rail is less than two months away, but the campaign for it begins far short of its funding goal.

The mood was semi festive but serious at Charles B. Wheeler Downtown Airport as political and civic boosters launched the campaign for the three eighths cent sales tax for startup light rail.

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KCUR News
6:48 am
Tue September 16, 2008

Mo. Mayors Cooperate For Jeff City Clout

Legislators in the Missouri State Capitol will hear a more unified lobbying voice from the state's seven largest cities.
Photo Courtesy of Show-Me Missouri

Kansas City, MO – Kansas City Mayor Mark Funkhouser first proposed the idea of combining the lobbying efforts of St. Louis, Kansas City, Springfield, St. Joseph, Joplin and Jefferson City. And he says yesterday's first meeting was an unquestionable success that resulted in a unified agenda.

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KCUR News
5:10 am
Tue September 16, 2008

State Officials Tighten Security At Polls In November

Kansas City, MO – Voter confidence is prime and the Missouri Secretary of State issued orders Tuesday to hike security at the polls in November. KCUR's Dan Verbeck has more of the story.

Certain voting equipment is being double checked for accuracy. More than ever before.

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KCUR News
12:26 am
Fri September 12, 2008

Volunteer Ordinance Passes 12:1 Over Funkhouser Objections

Mayor Mark Funkhouser's expression was solemn as he told council members that he will work to reverse the ordinance that ends his wife's full-time volunteer service.
Photo courtesy of Channel 2, KCCG.

Kansas City, MO – Today was showdown day on an ordinance regulating volunteers in city offices that would force Mayor Mark Funkhouser's wife, Gloria Squitiro, to vacate her desk at City Hall. The mayor's opening sentence was dramatic:"September 11th: it's a strange day to be talking about something so small and divisive, isn't it?"

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Government
12:58 am
Thu September 11, 2008

Council, Casino At Odds Over Smoking Ban Change

Ameristar executive Troy Stremming says it would be \"impossible to enforce\" a smoking ban in casino concourses.
Photo courtesy of Channel 2 - KCCG

Kansas City, MO – A Kansas City Council committee took testimony Wednesday on two proposed changes to no-smoking ordinance.

There was no opposition to allowing an exemption for the city's few cigar stores. But Troy Stremming of Ameristar Casino took exception to banning smoking in the concourses that lead to casino gaming rooms. Smoking is allowed there under a section of the lengthy smoking ban voters passed. So Stremming contends that voters intended to allow smoking in the concourses.

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Government
9:14 am
Tue September 9, 2008

McCain-Palin Ticket Visits Lee's Summit

Kansas City, MO – The Kansas City area has had its first "live" look and listen experience of the John McCain-Sarah Palin ticket. Between 5 and 6 thousand people packed into and around a pavilion at John Knox Retirement Village in Lee's Summit yesterday. KCUR's Dan Verbeck was there.

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Government
4:25 am
Tue September 9, 2008

Democratic VP Candidate Stops In Missouri

Kansas City, MO – Earlier this week, the campaign news in Missouri was McCain-Palin. On Tuesday, it was Joe Biden, but not in Kansas City.

The Democratic vice-presidential candidate made his first stop in Columbia this morning, where he talked up an Obama plan to end corporate tax deferrals and one to create five-million jobs focused on clean energy.

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Government
5:20 am
Mon September 8, 2008

Overflow Crowd Greets McCain And Palin In Lee's Summit

Lee's Summit, MO – In Lees Summit, the auditorium of John Knox Retirement Village wasn't big enough to hold the crowd intent on seeing GOP Presidential nominee John McCain and his running mate Governor Sarah Palin. It's no accident this state is an early stop on the final run for the White House.

"Thank you, Missouri. Thank you so much for being here," said McCain. "This state, we must win and we will, in order to win the presidency of the United States. And your enthusiasm, and your turnout today, I'm so encouraged by it."

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Government
5:10 am
Mon September 8, 2008

McCain And Palin Deliver Message To Lee's Summit

Kansas City, MO – Senator John McCain and Governor Sarah Palin brought the presidential race to Kansas City this morning with a rally in Lee's Summit. And by all appearances the messages delivered were the messages desired.

As many as 5,000 people overfilled a John Knox Village auditorium in Lee's Summit. Vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin was as much of interest as was the senator and energy was high on the topic list.

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Government
12:38 am
Sat September 6, 2008

Few from Women's Group Gather to Watch McCain

Kansas City, Missouri – A movie theater with red leather recliners is a good place to watch CNN - even if there are only a few of you. That's how many members of the Women's Political Caucus came out to watch Cindy and John McCain last night. President of the Caucus board Ina Montgomery says that while the Caucus is nonpartisan, it's endorsed mostly democrats. It hasn't always been like that, and she says last night's event was an effort to attract Republicans.

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Government
10:02 am
Fri September 5, 2008

KC Delegates Cheer McCain's Speech

Kansas City delegates say John McCain's acceptance speech set the right tone for his campaign, one of integrity, strength and conservative themes. Melinda Wittstock has more from the Republican National Convention in St. Paul.

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McCain promised to rid Washington of its constant partisan rancor, just one night after some partisan barbs from his number two on the ticket Sarah Palin. Kansas City delegate Rebecca Rooney says she could live with Democrats in a McCain administration, but she has some conditions.

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Government
11:12 pm
Thu September 4, 2008

Kansas Young Republicans Mobilize

Johnson County (Ks) Young Republicans Jennifer Estes (l) and Stephanie Sawyer Clayton prepare to watch acceptance speech of Sen. John McCain.
KCUR photo by Dan Verbeck

Members of the Young Republicans organization of Johnson County, Kansas greeted the nomination of Senator John McCain as head of the party's national presidential ticket with businesslike fervor.

Some three dozen men and women, ages 18 to 40, met at a Shawnee restaurant banquet room and were stuffing campaign envelopes for a state senate candidate before turning attention to the big screen broadcast from Minnesota.

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Government
10:13 am
Thu September 4, 2008

Vote On City Volunteers Ordinance Postponed

Mayor Mark Funkhouser's indignance was visible when he talked to the media on Wednesday. But he was more humble and calm at Thursday's showdown on volunteers.
Photo by Dan Verbeck

Kansas City, MO – The ordinance setting a no family members in the office policy for volunteers made the council floor yesterday, but was delayed a week on technicalities raised by council member John Sharp.

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Government
9:30 am
Thu September 4, 2008

Republican Delegates Applaud Palin

St. Paul, MN – Alaska Governor Sarah Palin proved she could give as well as she gets - accepting the Republican nomination for Vice President with a feisty speech attacking Democratic Presidential nominee Barack Obama and the media. Melinda Wittstock has more from St. Paul.

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PALIN: I guess a small-town mayor is sort of like a community organizer,' except that you have actual responsibilities."

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Government
3:02 am
Thu September 4, 2008

Sebelius Says Palin Won't Pull Clinton Supporters

Topeka, KS – Kansas Governor Kathleen Sebelius says Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin said nothing Wednesday night to attract women who used to support Hillary Clinton. During a telephone news conference Thursday morning, Sebelius said she thinks Palin is on the wrong side of most womens' issues.

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Government
10:41 am
Wed September 3, 2008

Bond Says High Expectations For Palin's Speech

Kansas City, MO – Missouri Senator Kit Bond talked with Up To Date listeners from the Republican national Convention Wednesday and he says those who criticize vice-presidential nominee Sara Palin for lack of experience are mistaken.

Bond says,"You know when you're talking about experience. Her experience having run local government agencies, state agencies, having been governor for almost 2 years, and being a working mom with five kids, that's a whole lot more executive experience than Barack Obama and Joe Biden combined."

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Government
9:23 am
Wed September 3, 2008

Former GOP Chair Looks Back To 1996 Convention

Woody Cozad, attorney and former chairman of the Missouri Republican Party
photo: courtesy of KCPT

Kansas City, MO – It was 1996 when Republicans convened at the convention in San Diego to nominate the favorite son of Kansas, Senator Bob Dole. John "Woody" Cozad led Missouri Republicans at that convention. KCUR's Dan Verbeck talked with him about the current convention and has an account.

The Platte County conservative chaired the state party from late 1995 to early '99. San Diego was his first and last convention.

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Government
9:22 am
Wed September 3, 2008

Kansas Delegate Says GOP Convention Finding Focus

Kansas City, MO – As the GOP National Convention gathers steam in Minneapolis-St. Paul, Republican Consultant David Kensinger of Topeka says the event is beginning to find its focus and an exciting one.

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Government
1:49 am
Wed September 3, 2008

Brownback to Introduce McCain Thursday

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