Kansas City, MO – People from Argentina, Afghanistan, Vietnam, Sudan and Pakistan gathered this Thanksgiving at Donnelly College in Kansas City, Kansas to continue its annual Thanks-and-Giving celebration. Natives, newcomers at table again, students from around the world shared with dishes from their home country and traditions that gave the celebration a novel personal touch.
Kansas City, MO – At first glance it's a website filled with dirty pictures and racist jokes. But Tony's Kansas City also happens to be one of the most complete collections of local news stories on the internet. The man behind it is Tony Botello. He is a freelance writer and his blog is somewhere between a hobby and an addiction.
It is where he spends hours a day commentating on stories from Kansas City newspapers, TV and radio stations, and other local blogs.
Kansas City, MO – Women's advocate Rose Kemp died over the weekend at the age of 72. Born in Kansas City Kansas, Kemp was regional administrator for the Women's Bureau at the Department of Labor for twenty-two years. But for 40 years, she led initiatives in Kansas City designed to bring women together, and help them succeed in the workplace.
Former UMKC Women's Center director Ruth Margolin told KCUR's Sylvia Maria Gross about her friend and collaborator Rose Kemp.
Kansas City, MO – Women's advocate Rose Kemp died over the weekend at the age of 72. Born in Kansas City Kansas, Kemp was regional administrator for the Women's Bureau at the Department of Labor for twenty-two years. But for 40 years, she led initiatives in Kansas City designed to bring women together, and help them succeed in the workplace. Former UMKC Women's Center director Ruth Margolin told KCUR's Sylvia Maria Gross about her friend and collaborator Rose Kemp.
Kansas City, MO – Major Taylor Flaming Sprokets, are a group of African American cyclists in the urban core of Kansas City. Kenneth Walker become active in the cycling community the last few years and leads the troop of generally ten riders through different corners and roads of Kansas City. To his knowledge such a group has not existed in Kansas City in his lifetime. Delores Jones joined the Sprokets on a recent ride.
Laura Bush and Louie Culver give Culver's daughter, Sara Tucker, a standing ovation at the completion of her essay, Thursday, Oct. 27, 2005 at Howard University in Washington, at the White House Conference on Helping America's Youth.
Kansas City, MO – Vietnam Veteran Louie Culver and his 14-year-old daughter Sara Tucker have returned from an invitation by First Lady Laura Bush to the White House. An essay by Sara praising her single father caught the attention of First Lady Laura Bush. This week the father and daughter are taking time out to remember Culver's experiences in the Vietnam War.
Kansas City, MO – Raytown has been attracting more and more African American and Latino residents in recent years. But as the town becomes more diverse, some of the new residents feel the town government and police are not ready for the new demographics. Some hoped that changes to the city's charter would make Raytown's government more inclusive - but residents rejected the new charter by a 3 to 1 margin Tuesday.
Laura Bush and Louie Culver give Culver's daughter, Sarah Tucker, a standing ovation at the completion of her essay, Thursday, Oct. 27, 2005 at Howard University in Washington, at the White House Conference on Helping America's Youth.
Kansas City, MO – Vietnam Veteran Louie Culver and his 14-year-old daughter Sara Tucker have returned from an invitation by First Lady Laura Bush to the White House. An essay by Sarah praising her single father had caught the attention of First Lady Laura Bush. This week the father and daughter are taking time out to remember Culver's experiences in the Vietnam War.
Both sat down with Sylvia Maria Gross to talk about their experiences.
Kansas City, MO – Kansas City's black and Latino communities have often fought separate battles for civil rights and political representation. But at last year's Latino Civil Rights Summit, the leaders of a few local organizations decided it was time for some real collaboration. The Brown/Black Coalition, as they're calling it, held a kick-off reception on the top floor of the new Plaza library building, overlooking the Plaza.
Lawrence, KS – As Kansas debates the teaching of evolution in public schools, the Natural History Museum at the University of Kansas unveils its newest exhibit focusing on the theory of evolution. The museum's "Explore Evolution" exhibit, which includes fossilized whale bones and the adaptation of Galapagos finches, will look at how one of science's most controversial theories is used in current research. KCUR's Ben Embry reports.
Kansas City, MO – After a year of uncertainty, on Wednesday, the Kansas City Missouri school board voted eight to one against renewing Superintendent Bernard Taylor's contract when it ends in June. But will it also end the period of relative stability for Kansas City schools? David Smith, President of the Kansas City Missouri school board, speaks with host Delores Jones about student drop-out rates, overall academic achievement and administrative turnover.
Kansas City, MO – Today in the US, Halloween seems to have lost most of its spiritual connections. A commentary by an Afghan-American provides a new glimpse of the holiday. A Native-American tale from the Muskogee Creek people of Oklahoma. An underworld story from Taiwanese and Buddhist culture. And a crying spirit from the Latino culture speaks to us.
Tonganoxie, KS – His young wife, parents, siblings, other family members and friends buried Army Corporal Lucas Frantz Thursday afternoon in Tonganoxie, Kansas. A sniper in Iraq killed Franz last week on his 22nd birthday. Corporal Franz's memorial service touched off a dispute between followers of Reverend Fred Phelps and a large group of motorcycle riding veterans. KCUR's Frank Morris reports.
Kansas City, MO – Medicaid eligibility requirements were tightened this year by the Governor and Republican lawmakers, eliminating health-care services for 90,000 people. Opponents of the cut accuse Gov. Blunt on reneging his campaign pledge to preserve Medicaid eligibility requirments.
Kansas City, MO – Hundreds of Kansas Citians returned from the trip to Washington, D.C. for the Millions More Movement, which took place earlier this month. For many this is a return trip commemorating the Million Man March held 10 years ago.
Riccardo Lucas and Ron McMillan speak about the local mobilization to enact goals of the movement.
Kansas City, MO – Kansas City Missouri and Kansas City Kansas school districts are being considered for a national program which could bring an influx of enthusiastic young teachers into the schools. Teach for America places top college graduates from around the country in low-income schools for two-year teaching commitments. The young people don't necessarily have a background in education, and some see teaching as a public service before they move on to other careers.
Kansas City, MO – The Kansas City Board of Education was poised to decide the future of Superintendent Bernard Taylor last week, but decided it wanted more time after an unexpectedly large turnout which included both supporters and opponents of Taylor. Former Jackson County legislator Bishop James Tindall discusses Taylor's contract and the future of the district.
Kansas City, MO – Where would we all be today if the south had won the Civil War? When the thought occurred to Kansas film-maker Kevin Willmott, he turned to history books and plotted out what would happen up to the present day if slavery still existed. Willmott's film 'CSA: Confederate States of America' pretends to be a British documentary about the history about the Confederate States of America from the Civil War to the present. Director Kevin Willmott teaches film at the University of Kansas.
Kansas City, MO – Democratic Governor Kathleen Sebelius and Congressman Dennis Moore on Thursday to celebrate one of the biggest land deals in Kansas history. They gathered at the old Sunflower Army Ammunition site south of Desoto between Lawrence and Olathe, to officially break ground on a 15 square mile housing, commercial, educational and recreational development. KCUR's Frank Morris reports.
Monroe, LA – More than a half million people displaced by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita remain in hotels, motels, and shelters. New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin crisscrossed the state this week visiting evacuees still staying in Red Cross shelters. One of his stops was at the Community Residential Center in Monroe, Louisiana. The mayor took questions from evacuees and encouraged people to come home to New Orleans. K-C-U-R'S Maria Carter was there and has this report.
Kansas City, MO – Kansas City's murder rate for 2005 climbed into the upper 90s last week - surpassing last year's total of 91. Last week the City Council unanimously passed a resolution to research the causes. City Councilman Alvin Brooks talks about the Violent Crimes Commission and the soaring homicide rate.
Kansas City, MO – The YMCA adjacent from the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum will be renovated in honor of Kansas City's most famous Negro Leagues baseball player Buck O'Neill, who is taking part in renovations. The building is listed in the National Register of Historic Places - it's where talks took place in 1914 leading to the creation of the first black baseball league in the United States.
Kansas City, MO – Aaron Medina fell off a two-story icy scaffolding while building a new hotel at Lake of the Ozarks. Because he was not an official employee, the construction company denied him compensation. Last week, the Carpenter's District Council and El Centro, a family services organization, organized a meeting in Kansas City, Kansas to deal with what they're calling the misclassification of workers.
New Orleans, LA – With power and water back on in parts of New Orleans, people there are scratching their way back toward normalcy. KCUR's Maria Carter visited the French Quarter recently and found people struggling to come to grips with their new economic realities.
For pictures, and more stories, check Maria Carter's blog.
Kansas City, MO – The Al-Shawi Cafe in Kansas City's historic northeast neighborhood is where Iraqi men come to talk and joke, watch Iraqi news programs, discuss current events, and drink tea. The cafe serves as a cultural crossroads. It sees a daily ebb of patrons ranging from those curious about Iraqi culture to Iraqis living in Kansas City coming to find one another.
Kansas City, MO – Nineteen-year-old Gary Eye and 20-year-old Steven Sandstrom are accused of killing William McCay last March because he was black. The two metro men could face the death penalty for what prosecutors say was a murder motivated by race.