Kansas City, MO – The Kansas City City Council is expected to vote on a proposed smoking ban today. Critics of the proposal say it will stifle business. Backers dispute this claim and say a smoking ban is long overdue. KCUR's Maria Carter has this report.
Kansas City – Students at Kansas City's Northeast High School speak a total of more than 47 different languages. Still the school is able to forge a functional student community and several of the groups are achieving above school norms. Teacher Jan Stapinski and her students speak of the challenges, how it is working and why Stapinski is unusually suited to the multilingual challenge.
Kansas City, MO – Former Kansas City mayor and city councilman Emanuel Cleaver will represent Missouri's 5th district in the United States Congress next year. He defeated political newcomer Jeanne Patterson by 37,000 votes. When the results came in late last night, Cleaver was still smarting from the blows of the campaign. KCUR's Sylvia Maria Gross reports.
Independence, MO – Republican volunteers across the country hit the streets over the last few days as part of a nationwide 72-hour taskforce. In Jackson County, Republican supporters called voters one last time and handed out pamphlets. KCUR's Maria Carter has this audio postcard of two volunteers walking door-to-door in Independence today.
Kansas City, Missouri – Young and old voters on the East Side of Kansas City are pouring into the polls. They're getting some help from Freedom Inc, the African American political organization that is backing Democratic candidates. Sylvia Maria Gross, KCUR News.
Kansas City, Missouri – Missouri's 5th district congressional race between Reverend Emanuel Cleaver and Jeanne Patterson has been a bitter, expensive battle. Former mayor and city councilman Emanuel Cleaver has not always been quick to respond to Patterson's accusations of ethical misconduct. Cleaver says he hadn't planned to run for office again, but felt compelled by a need to restore civility to public office. A week before the election, KCUR's Sylvia Maria Gross catches up with Cleaver as he shifts his campaign into high gear.
Kansas City, Missouri – In the tight battle for Missouri's 5th congressional district, political novice Jeanne Patterson has proven an enthusiastic campaigner. She's poured 3 million dollars of her own money into the effort, and is working hard to develop a public image based on her experience as a mother and at Cerner, the health technology firm her husband founded. Running against former mayor and city councilman Emanuel Cleaver, Patterson has built HER name recognition ad by ad. KCUR's Sylvia Maria Gross follows along as Patterson introduces herself to area residents in person.
3rd district, Kansas – Dennis Moore is trying to hold on to his seat in the 3rd Congressional district in Kansas for a fourth term. The race in this district - encompassing Johnson, Wyandotte, and part of Douglas County - is always very close, and this year is no exception. KCUR's Laura Ziegler has this profile.
3rd district, Kansas – The Third Congressional District of Kansas is one of the most closely watched congressional races in the country with Republicans hoping to unseat 3-term incumbent Dennis Moore. Challenger Kris Kobach has attempted to use issues of terrorism, taxes, and morality to suggest Dennis Moore is out of step with Kansas consituents. Laura Ziegler has this profile.
Kansas City, Missouri – The Bi-State II proposal asks voters in the metropolitan area to approve a quarter cent sales tax for up to 15 years. The 1.2 billion dollars in proceeds will be split evenly between area arts groups and stadium renovations at Arrowhead and Kauffman.
Harrisonville, MO – Republican Secretary of State Matt Blunt is running a hotly contested campaign for Missouri governor. He's up against Democratic State Auditor Claire McCaskill. McCaskill has served for the past two decades in state and local government. By comparison, Blunt's time in public office has been short only six years. But Blunt's candidacy has been helped by having a family name long associated with Missouri politics. As KCUR's Maria Carter reports, Blunt is trying to show he is more than just his last name.
Kansas City, Missouri – Democrat Claire McCaskill is running against Republican Matt Blunt for Missouri Governor. On the campaign trail, McCaskill has touted her experience in the Missouri legislature and as Jackson County prosecutor. Her current post is as State Auditor. If elected, McCaskill would be the first female governor in Missouri, but she says gender is not an issue in her campaign. KCUR's Maria Carter has this report.
St. Louis, Missouri – Missourians will decide next month whether they want to change the state's constitution. Amendment Three would require gas tax and the sales tax money on cars to only be used for roads. Supporters say it's only fair that those taxes pay for roads and not something else in state government. But opponents worry the move could affect funding for things like schools. Tom Weber reports.
3rd district, Kansas – In the race for the third Congressional district in Kansas...Republican challenger Kris Kobach is trying to unseat three-term Democrat Dennis Moore. The district takes in all of Wyandotte, two-thirds of Douglas and all of Johnson Counties - where Congressman Moore has been able to win with Democrats and crossover Republicans in a predominantly Republican district. But his challenger is hoping to capitalize on the high percentage of independents and a changing demographic. Laura Ziegler has more.
Kansas City, Missouri – Vice presidential candidates Dick Cheney and John Edwards met for their first and only debate. KCUR's Maria Carter found out what a few shoppers in Brookside thought of the debate, the candidates and the issues.
Kansas City, MO – Missouri's race for governor pits the first Democrat to defeat a sitting governor of her own party in a primary in more than 80 years against the second-youngest candidate ever to run for the office. The opponents share a legacy of criticizing current governor Bob Holden, particularly for withholding school funding during the budget crunch. KCUR's Steve Bell has more in this election 2004 report.
Lee's Summit, Mo. – A small bit of history is at the Lee's Summit airport for a weekend visit. Ford Motor Company only made about 200 of its Tri-motor airplanes back in the 1920s. Lee's Summit's chapter of the Experimental Aircraft Association has brought in the only Ford tri-motor still flying today. K-C-U-R's Matt Hackworth took a ride on the Tri-motor and brings us this postcard of what it's like to ride on a 75 year-old airplane.
KANSAS CITY – Tort reform Reporter: Hackworth, Matt
Doctors and insurers say the rising cost of malpractice insurance in Missouri is forcing physicians to leave the state. They say malpractice cases are on the rise in Missouri but trial attorneys say insurers are causing a scare to make record profits. As K-C-U-R's Matt Hackworth reports, arguments from both sides of the debate are forcing politicians to define how they'd change the landscape of medical malpractice: ***
Kansas City – With contributions by conservative gun rights organizations and the controversy over the expiration of the ban on assault weapons, Democrat Dennis Moore and his Republican Challenger Kris Kobach address questions about how important 2nd amendment issues are to 3rd district voters.
Kansas City, MO – KCUR's Steve Bell talks with Kansas City Mayor Kay Barnes and Coalition Against Arena Taxes treasurer Russ Purvis about the proposed Sprint Center arena and the tax that would support it.
Kansas City – The policies they support are very similar, but otherwise Jamie Metzl and Emmanuel Cleaver, the two candidates for the Democratic nomination in Missouri's fifth district, could hardly be more different.
Kansas City, MO – For the first time in 20 years a sitting Missouri governor has a challenger from his own party. Steve Bell went on the campaign trail with Democratic Governor Bob Holden and his challenger State Auditor Claire McCaskill... and filed this report July 19th.