Monroe, LA – After Hurricana Katrina hit the Gulf Coast, many residents of New Orleans and the surrounding area were told it would be as long as a year before they could move back. The Red Cross responded by setting up its only long term shelter in the northeast Louisiana town of Monroe. KCUR's Maria Carter took a tour of the shelter in Monroe and has this report.
Eldon, Missouri – They come from as far away as Europe, sometimes giving up much more lucrative, certainly less painful, careers, to learn old-school professional wrestling from a legend in the sport, "Handsome" Harley Race. At the Harley Race Wrestling Academy in Eldon, Missouri, Race draws wannabe wrestlers.
Kansas City, MO – Michael Barrera, president and CEO of the US Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, speaks about helping Latino neighborhoods develop economically and socially. Born in Kansas City, he returned recently to headline the National Association of Latino Community Asset Builders National Conference.
Kansas City, MO – When Kansas City announced plans to renovate Union Station in the late 1990's the most frequently suggested use was as a railroad museum. Finally, that railroad exhibit has arrived. KCUR's Steve Bell takes you on a quick audio tour of the new attractions.
Kansas City, MO – Host Delores Jones talk with David Jackson, a Certified Financial Planner with Waddell & Reed and a columnist with The Kansas City Call. Jackson talks about saving in the second in a monthly series.
Kansas City, MO – Thousands of people displaced by Hurricane Katrina are now calling Monroe, Louisiana home, if only temporarily. Local officials say it's impossible to get an accurate tally because many evacuees are uncounted, staying with friends or relatives or renting hotel rooms or apartments. Last week, the West Monroe Police Department held a barbeque to bring hurricane evacuees together over food. K-C-U-R's Maria Carter was there and spoke with evacuees about their experience in Monroe and what they left behind.
Leawood, KS – Kansas City lost an institution in more ways than one with the passing of Johnson County publisher Tom Leathers. Leathers founded the Squire in 1959 and hosted talk shows on area stations. His family says with Tom Leathers gone, the Squire will likely cease publication. Senator Charles Wheeler, former Overland Park mayor Ed Eilert and KC radio legend Mike Murphy comment on the outspoken journalist.
Media Coverage of Katrina - Interview with Lewis Diuguid
Kansas City, MO – With all the images of destruction in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, especially from New Orleans, some people are concerned that race and class issues are being ignored. KCUR's Sylvia Maria Gross spoke to columnist Lewis Duiguid of the Kansas City Star about his reaction to the news coverage of the crisis.
Kansas City, MO – A recent study by the Pew Hispanic Center reveals a significant difference between the concerns of US Latinos and Latino immigrants. Kansas City is no different - the Coalition of Hispanic Organizations recently called a meeting with area congressmen to discuss a range of legislative priorities.
Kansas City, MO – After fifteen years of debate and a dozen failed light rail proposals, Kansas City made its move into urban rapid transit in July. But the Metro Area Express ( The MAX ) is a bus rapid transit line that runs from 75th and Wornall to 3rd and Grand. KCUR's Steve Bell took an impromptu ride and filed this report.
Kansas City, MO – A podcast is an MP3 audio file that can be automatically downloaded to your computer and then transferred to an iPod or other MP3 player. KCUR is now offering podcasts of its daily local newcasts and of KCUR's local features.
To begin podcasting, you must first download the software. Here are a few links to places where you can get the podcasting software.
Kansas City. MO – In the late 80s and early 90s Ossco Bolton was the leader of a gang called the South Side Posse. The group initially came together to record rap songs, but the gang's musical aspirations stopped and the members got caught up in street violence. By 1993 Ossco had been shot three times and decided to become a mentor. He helped police and youth find ways to stop the violence. Ossco is now a trained mediator who has helped feuding families solve their conflicts.