Kansas City, Missouri – Matheno Frazier-Bey transferred to a new school in the middle of his fourth grade year. Anyone who ever moved or changed schools as a child knows the fear of having to meet all new classmates. He was timid, and predicted that he would be the outcast, but one girl changed that . . .
Kansas City, MO – The Missouri Senate debated a bill last week that would require voters to present photo identification at polling sites in order to vote. Some senators who proposed the bill say the measure will inspire confidence in Missouri's elections. Others, however, are reminded of the now-illegal voting restrictions of the past. Missouri is one of about 20 states that already require some kind of ID at the polls, six states call for photo IDs.
Kansas City, MO – The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate that each year, 40,000 people become infected with HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. Close to 30 per cent of those people don't even know that they have HIV. What is known is that in Kansas and Missouri combined, African Americans accounted for 39 to 43 per cent of newly diagnosed HIV cases last year.
Kansas City, MO – Computer literacy is quickly becoming a necessity of modern life. But for children growing up without a computer in the home, it's hard to gain the ease and skill with technology that's necessary to compete. In what's called the digital divide - Black and Latino children around the country are less likely to have computers and access to the internet than white children.
Kansas City, MO – As final preparations are made for funeral services for Coretta Scott-King in Atlanta, police there are bracing for some unwelcome guests from Topeka.
Fred Phelps, and his Westboro Baptist Church has long exploited such public events for their virulent, anti-gay demonstrations. Law makers in more than a dozen state capitols are taking steps to neutralize the protests, but the controversial preacher argues that would take away his First Amendment rights. KCUR'S Frank Morris reports.