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10:50 am
Tue February 5, 2013

A Rival Who Became 'Indispensable'

Seward: Lincoln's Indispensable Man

William Seward may be famous for his "folly" of purchasing Alaska for the United States, but he also led the team of rivals Pres. Abraham Lincoln assembled to guide him in his administration.

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Headlines
10:06 am
Tue February 5, 2013

Top Of The Morning News: February 5, 2013

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Missouri looks at proposals to monitor prescription drugs.  A Kansas Senate committee considers school funding lawsuit.  A new formula to fund higher education in Missouri is proposed.

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Government
9:39 am
Tue February 5, 2013

Missouri Bar Recommends Changes For Criminal Justice System

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A task force spearheaded by The Missouri Bar has released its recommendations for updating the state’s criminal justice system.  Most of the recommendations would require the approval of the state legislature.

The task force was called to tackle an outdated and overburdened criminal justice system that has led to crowded prisons, backlogged cases, and public defenders’ offices closing their doors. The group was comprised of representatives from the various branches of the system, including prosecutors, public defenders, and private attorneys.

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Government
9:30 am
Tue February 5, 2013

Missouri Senate Debates Second Injury Fund

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The Missouri Senate spent more than two hours debating legislation that would keep the state’s ailing Second Injury Fund alive. 

The proposal being considered would raise fees that businesses currently pay into the fund while placing restrictions on future claims.  Democrat Maria Chappelle-Nadal of St. Louis County said in floor debate that raising the cap on businesses was a good move, but expressed concern that people with pre-existing conditions would be left out.

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Government
9:23 am
Tue February 5, 2013

Senate Committee Reviews School Funding Lawsuits

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Kansas lawmakers are considering a change to the state Constitution in response to lawsuits over school funding.

About eight years ago, a lawsuit ended with an agreement to increase spending on students, but lawmakers cut back when the economy slowed, rekindling the legal battle. Legislators could soon start work on a constitutional amendment, so only they will be able to determine what is a suitable level of funding.

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KC Currents
5:35 pm
Mon February 4, 2013

University Of Kansas Changes Core Curriculum

Provost Jeffrey Vitter
Monica Sandreczki

Starting this fall, basic curriculum requirements will change for undergraduates at the University of Kansas.  As of now, each school – whether it is the School of Health Professions or the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences – sets its own requirements.  Some are pretty extensive and specific. Each student might have to take the same basic math, or western civilization class, for example.

Some question the relevance of classes that aren't connected to their major.

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Government
4:04 pm
Mon February 4, 2013

Proposed Higher Education Funding Formula Released Today

A joint House-Senate panel is recommending performance play a role in how much money Missouri’s colleges and universities get from the state each year. 

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Health
2:53 pm
Mon February 4, 2013

Will Missouri Adopt A Prescription Drug Monitoring Program?

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Efforts to establish a prescription drug monitoring program in Missouri are making a comeback this year. But there’s a twist: the main opponent of establishing such a program is now sponsoring legislation.

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Sports
10:05 am
Mon February 4, 2013

Former Chiefs DT Curley Culp Headed For Hall Of Fame

Former Chiefs DT Curley Culp will enter the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s Class of 2013.
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It wasn't Will Shields or Otis Taylor, but another former member of the Kansas City Chiefs will enter Pro Football Hall of Fame this summer.

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Books
10:01 am
Mon February 4, 2013

Looking Back At An American Sniper

Last February, Steve Kraske spoke with former Navy SEAL Chris Kyle about his book, American Sniper. Kyle is credited with more than 150 kills, but by his own account, he's killed closer to 250 people.

Chris Kyle had taken to assisting former soldiers deal with post-traumatic stress disorder by taking them to gun ranges. On Saturday, Kyle and a friend were killed at a gun range in Glen Rose, Texas by a man Kyle had been helping. 

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Headlines
7:21 am
Mon February 4, 2013

Top Of The Morning News: February 4, 2013

Missouri lawmakers want IDs to be required at polling places. Voter advocates think the new standards would be unfair.
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Kansas City takes a look at the future of arts.  A voter advocacy groups says a Missouri bill requiring voters to show a photo ID is unfair and unconstitutional.  Kansas Democrats are questioning the cost of amending the state’s Constitution.

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Government
5:00 am
Mon February 4, 2013

Data Collected On Future Of Arts In Kansas City

Larry Thomas, Fine Arts Chair at Johnson County Community College, responds to a question from his group of artists.
Julie Denesha KCUR

More than 20 community meetings took place across Kansas City last week – morning, noon and night – to discuss the future of the city’s arts and cultural policy. It’s the first comprehensive review since 1997.

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Health
5:30 pm
Sun February 3, 2013

Local Doctor Honors Medicine's Past In New Museum

Dr. Bruce Hodges has a pediatric iron lung on display at his new medical museum. The old respirators were used to help paralyzed polio patients breathe.
Elana Gordon KCUR

Medicine is changing pretty fast these days, with new procedures, treatments and drugs coming out all the time. But one area doctor has been out on a mission to pay homage to medicine’s past: the mistakes, breakthroughs and lessons that might be taken for granted today. Dr. Bruce Hodges started out collecting medical relics from around the region as a kind of hobby, but it has grown way beyond the confines of his house.

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Headlines
7:05 am
Sat February 2, 2013

Top Stories Of The Week

One of the week's top stories was the death of Kansas City philanthropist Adele Hall, pictured here on the right with her husband Donald, at the age of 81.
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Kansas moved toward changing the way Supreme Court members are appointed. The philanthropist some called “Kansas City's first lady” died. And the GM Fairfax plant was notified of a sizeable expansion. KCUR's Steve Bell recaps on those and other top stories of the week on the KCUR Saturday News Review.

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Up to Date
6:00 pm
Fri February 1, 2013

Remembering Adele Hall

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This past weekend, hundreds of Kansas Citians paid their respects to the family of community leader Adele Hall, who died January 26 at age 81.

On Monday's Up to Date, we'll be talking about memories of Adele Hall and speaking with people whose lives were affected by her work in the community.

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Education
4:53 pm
Fri February 1, 2013

Play Takes New Meaning In Kansas City IT Venture

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A collection of Missouri corporations have added a million dollars to a similar federal grant creating what’s being labeled the, “Digital Sandbox.”

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Government
3:53 pm
Fri February 1, 2013

Mo. Lawmaker Wants To Lighten 1st-Time Marijuana Possession Sentences, Expunge Some Records

A St. Louis-area State House member is proposing legislation that would lessen penalties for possession of small amounts of marijuana in Missouri, and would allow for some misdemeanor criminal records to be expunged.

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Up to Date
11:45 am
Fri February 1, 2013

The Weekend To-Do List: February 1-3, 2013

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Looking for something to do the weekend of February 1-3, 2013? Up to Date's Brian McTavish returns with the Weekend To-Do List.

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Government
11:23 am
Fri February 1, 2013

Kansas House Passes Automatic Union Contribution Bill

The Kansas House has passed a bill that restricts one type of political fundraising used by public employee unions. The bill would ban public sector unions from making automatic withdrawals from employee paychecks for political purposes. 

The measure passed the House on a 68-56 vote.

Under current law, public employees can voluntarily donate to their union’s political advocacy fund out of their paycheck. Supporters of the bill say it keeps workers from being pressured into making the contributions.

Reid Petty is a Republican from Liberal.

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Headlines
10:08 am
Fri February 1, 2013

Top Of The Morning News: February 1, 2013

Missouri Senators are more open to tax credits than in previous years.  Kansas State University sign football coach Bill Snyder to a five-year contract extension.  Medicaid advocates deliver letters of support to Missouri House committee members.

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Health
9:55 am
Fri February 1, 2013

Tiller’s Wichita Clinic to Reopen This Spring

A Wichita clinic formerly operated by slain abortion provider Dr. George Tiller is expected to reopen soon.

Tiller’s former building was recently purchased by an organization called the Trust Women Foundation.  It’s headed by Julie Burkhart, who used to run Tiller’s political action committee.

Abortion services have been unavailable in Wichita since Tiller was gunned down in 2009. 

Burkhart says each year, thousands of women in the Wichita area have to travel to Kansas City or to Oklahoma to get an abortion. 

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Government
9:41 am
Fri February 1, 2013

Synthetic Drug, Tobacco Enforcement Measure Sails Through City Council

An ordinance allowing the city of Kansas City, Mo. to suspend or revoke the tobacco-sales licenses of stores  which sell illegal synthetic drugs or sell cigarettes to minors sailed through a final city council vote yesterday.

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Government
9:32 am
Fri February 1, 2013

Advocates Deliver Letters Supporting Medicaid Expansion

Sue Allen
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A group of advocates for Medicaid expansion delivered 1,500 letters to the head of one of the House subcommittees working on Missouri’s budget for next year. 

John Bennett is a retired Disciples of Christ minister from Jefferson City.  He gave the letters to Republican Sue Allen, who chairs the House Appropriations Committee on Health, Mental Health, and Social Services. 

Allen says she appreciates their efforts.

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Government
9:27 am
Fri February 1, 2013

Missouri Senate More Open To Tax Credits

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The Missouri Senate passed two sets of tax credit legislation.  So far this year, the Senate may no longer be the place where tax credits go to die.

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Film
7:00 am
Fri February 1, 2013

From Maggie Simpson To Afghanistan: The 2013 Oscar Nominated Shorts

Deceptive hand grenade in Oscar-nominated animated film "Fresh Guacamole"
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For several years, a compilation of Oscar-nominated short films - in animation, live action, and documentary - has opened in theaters across the globe , making those categories on Academy Award night not as foreign or inaccessible as they used to be. This season's entries again include a variety of styles,  themes and locations, ranging from the Ayn Rand School for Tots where the perpetually silent Maggie Simpson is dropped off at The Longest Daycare to Buzkashi Boys and the cacophonous streets of Kabul.

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Performance
5:00 am
Fri February 1, 2013

Rare William Inge Plays With Gay Themes Open In Historic Bar

De De Deville and Ray Ettinger (back to camera) in "An Otherwise Hopeless Evening"
Joseph Keehn

This year marks the 100th anniversary of the birth of playwright William Inge, whose classic plays like Bus Stop and Picnic drew on his formative years in Independence, Kansas. Though never openly gay, he did write a series of short plays featuring gay characters and stories that have seldom been seen.

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Sports
1:34 pm
Thu January 31, 2013

Kansas State Football Coach Signs New Five-Year Contract

Bill Snyder
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Bill Snyder is the oldest active coach in major college football and shows no signs of retiring. Snyder will be 78 if he fulfills the 5-year extension he signed to coach the Kansas State Wildcats.

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Headlines
10:09 am
Thu January 31, 2013

Top Of The Morning News: January 31, 2013

The Kansas City council plans to crack down on businesses selling so-called bath salts and other synthetic drugs. A new crime approach to fight crime is launched amid a rash of murders.  Sporting KC’s Kei Kamara to go on loan to the Norwich City in England.

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Up to Date
9:43 am
Thu January 31, 2013

Shaping The Corporate Landscape With Conscious Capitalism

Raj Sisodia

It's the new buzzword phrase, but just what is conscious capitalism?

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Up to Date
5:00 am
Thu January 31, 2013

Mesmerized By 25 Years Of Paul Mesner Puppets

Backstage on the set of "Martha Speaks" puppeteer Mike Horner operates the puppet Helen. When Martha the dog finds her voice adventure ensues. In its 25th season, Paul Mesner Puppets features seven different performances for children.
Julie Denesha KCUR

At a recent Paul Mesner Puppets performance of "Martha Speaks" (based on the book by by Susan Meddaugh), puppeteers Mike Horner, Erika Baker, and Finoula Emmons worked their magic behind the scenes.  Operating multiple puppets from below the stage, the three brought to life the story of a dog who let a bowl of alphabet soup go to her head.

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