Kansas City, MO – President Harry Truman desegregated the armed forces in the summer of 1948. Historians agree that this was a significant advance for civil rights, but debate how important it actually was. A recent discussion of Truman's executive order took place at the Gem Theater in Kansas City. KCUR's Bill Anderson was there and filed this report.
Kansas City, MO – A number of stories on KC Currents have addressed health problems that disproportionately effect people of color: heart disease, AIDS, diabetes, depression and others. Tommy Amico looks at these statistics every say, as HIV/AIDS resource coordinator for US Department of Health and Human Services Region VII, which is headquartered here in Kansas City.
Kansas City, MO – When last year's homicide rate rose dramatically, from 91 killings in 2004 to 127 in 2005, the Kansas City, Missouri City Council convened a committee to examine a wide range of data and programs related to violent crime in the city. Meanwhile, the homicide rate is back down this year, there have been 42 murders this year, as of Friday. The commission made recommendations to the City Council on June 29, and submitted a final report. To discuss its findings, mayor pro tem and city councilman Alvin Brooks joins us now.
Kansas City, MO – In April, the Missouri House of Representatives assigned a special committee to research the effect of illegal immigration on the state. In early June, state officials told the committee that state services haven't seen much impact, but the picture in Kansas City is different. On Thursday, more than a dozen Kansas City officials and community leaders testified before the committee during a day-long forum at Penn Valley Community College. KCUR's Sylvia Maria Gross was there.
Kansas City, MO – David Jackson discusses estate planning in the final segment of a 6-part series on achieving financial independence. Jackson is a Certified Financial Planner with Waddell and Reed and a columnist for the Kansas City Call.
Kansas City, MO – The World Cup in Germany is winding its way down to the finals. Some Kansas Citians are glued to ESPN, and even more, to Univision. Soccer fans and other people connected to some of the countries left in the competition are gathering in places around town to watch the games. Sylvia Maria Gross gives us a rundown.
Kansas City, MO – Families for Adoption, an international and domestic adoption ministry at the Pleasant Valley Baptist Church in Liberty recently held a roundtable for people interested in adopting children from another country. We heard about it, and thought it would be an opportunity to take our own look at the subject. KCUR's Laura Ziegler spoke to some adoption experts, and dropped in on some parents with kids who come from other countries.
Kansas City, MO – Tyrone Flowers was shot three times. Once in the hand. Once in his leg. And the third and final bullet went through his neck, nicking his spinal cord, leaving him paralyzed from the neck down. Perhaps this was the worse thing that could have happened to Flowers, who spent his childhood in foster homes, juvenile detention centers, mental health hospitals and cemented basements in houses he could never call home.
Kansas City, MO – It's hot . . . it's fast . . . it's the 8th annual ALMA Awards scheduled to air next Monday . . . June 5th . . . on ABC. The ALMA awards were created by David Chavez of Olathe, Kansas . . . to honor Hispanic artists in film, TV and music. The show is part Oscars, part Emmys, and part Grammys of Latin entertainment. And the buzz around it is loud, especially loud now that Desperate Housewives superstar Eva Longoria has signed on as host.
Kansas City, MO – Last week, we discussed the case of Michael Todd, a 14-year old African American boy declared brain dead from a gunshot wound. His family disputed the University of Kansas Hospital doctor's diagnosis and went to court to prevent the hospital from removing their son from life support.
Kansas City, MO – Kansas City area teens are reporting they are less optimistic about their futures and feel like community leaders aren't listening to them. According to this year's Kauffman Teen Survey , teens are ten percent less hopeful they'll be successful than last year. A University of Missouri senior and a research analyst from the Partnership for Children shared ideas on how to encourage and support Kansas City teens. KCUR's Kelley Weiss reports.
Kansas City, MO – Some members of the House of Representatives have been distancing themselves from the immigration enforcement bill passed in December. One provision of the bill makes being undocumented in the US a felony and criminalizes aid to illegal immigrants. Our regular contributor Angela Cervantes was born and raised in Topeka, Kansas. Some aspects of the House immigration bill remind her of her own childhood.
Kansas City, MO – With its frequent use in rap lyrics, movies and even as a greeting among some young African Americans, the N-word seems to have reached new levels of acceptance in mainstream American culture. On Saturday, the Kansas City Association of Black Journalists will host a forum with reporters, academics and hip hop artists entitled "The N-Word, have we really come that far?".
Kansas City, MO – Passover celebrates the journey of the Jewish people out of slavery in Egypt. A special text called The Haggadah organizes the Seder meal through rituals such as dipping parsley in salt water to symbolize the tears of suffering. The evening progresses through prayers and song and ends with the celebration of freedom. Laura Ziegler visited the home of John and Debbie Starr -- who invited family and friends for their Seder -- and prepared this audio postcard.