Kansas City, MO – When Missouri Congressman Dick Gephardt left the race for the Democratic nomination, it left the race in Missouri wide open, and big national campaings scrambling to attract a large body of undecided voters.
KANSAS CITY – Missouri Congressman Dick Gephardt pulled out of the presidential race after a poor showing in Iowa a Midwestern state he was expected to win. Gephardt was also expected to carry his home state of Missouri but now that he's out of the race, the state is a key battleground for Democratic contenders. As K-C-U-R's Matt Hackworth reports, Gephardt's loss left a local network of volunteers and supporters who are now looking for another candidate.
KANSAS CITY – Kansas City and nine other US communities joined for a dialogue about America's role in the world. As part of the By the People public television project, residents in selected cities were randomly polled about their opinions on U-S economic and security policies. K-C-U-R's Matt Hackworth reports on the project and what Kansas Citians had to say about the war in Iraq and the economy.
Kansas City, MO – As the school year approached its winter break, KCUR'S Steve Bell talked with students and teachers at Central High School about what the district's $13-million dollar Achievement First program is achieving so far.
Kansas City – Educators from 12 area districts, business owners and parents assembled for a roundtable on education financing November 18 at Longview Community College. The crowd backed a revenue increase to stop dwindling budgets, but Republican leadership in Jefferson City contends the revenue shortage is a "Democratic fiction."
BELTON, Mo. – One of the jobs of the World Health Organization is to set the global standard for food safety. The United States follows that standard, and it's the job of the Food and Drug Administration to monitor the food supply for toxic chemicals that could poison people. Much of the work is done locally. K-C-U-R's Matt Hackworth reports the government effort to keep food safe starts in a local church basement:
KANSAS CITY – Question four on Kansas City's ballot would tighten the requirements needed to put petition measures to a citywide vote. While proponents feel the new requirements would strengthen the initiative petition process, opponents charge it's a chokehold on a practice inherent to democracy. Matt Hackworth reports on Kansas City's question four and its effect on what some say is the essence of grassroots democracy.
Independence, MO – A proposed new expressway in eastern Jackson County could threaten one of the nation's most important Civil War battlefields, not to mention a nursing home, a historic cemetery and the tranquility of a semi-rural lifestyle. The new Battle of the Little Blue finds residents and Civil War buffs trying to win their favorite routes from area governing bodies.
KANSAS CITY – More than 300,000 men and women in U-S reserve and National Guard forces have served supporting the wars on terrorism and in Iraq. Some part-time soldiers, sailors and airmen have returned home. But more than 170,000 remain on duty, not knowing how long they'll be in service and away from their lives in Kansas City and across the country. K-C-U-R's Matt Hackworth reports on how local employers and families are handling the separation and ambiguity of extended deployments:
KANSAS CITY – The Transportation worker's union held a rally yesterday targeted at American Airlines. The union and the City of Kansas City are pleading with American to keep its Kansas City overhaul base open. The airline has said it might close one of its three overhaul bases. K-C-U-R's Matt Hackworth reports on the effort to keep the base open and what could happen if it closes.
KANSAS CITY – Some filing fees in Missouri's courts will increase this week. Associate circuit cases will climb by $8, circuit cases by $10 and appellate cases by $20. The hike won't cover rising court costs but instead will directly fund legal aid programs in Missouri. K-C-U-R's Matt Hackworth reports on a program for the needy that was in jeopardy and the effort that saved it.
Kansas City, MO – Business groups blame Missouri's tax and legal systems for the heavy job losses during the recent recession. But representatives of companies that made cuts say other factors were to blame.
KANSAS CITY – Former Overland Park city council member and law professor Kris Kobach is running for Congress in Kansas' third district, the seat held by Dennis Moore. Kobach is a former White House fellow and advisor to Attorney General John Ashcroft. K-C-U-R's Matt Hackworth spoke with Kansas University political science professor Allen Cigler about Kobach's campaign:
Kansas City, MO – Pro football's highest honor will be bestowed upon former Kansas City Chiefs head coach Hank Stram this weekend. While recently traveling to Stram's home in Louisiana, KCUR's Greg Echlin gathered some thoughts from Stram.
Kansas City, MO – Researchers at the Marr Sound Archives of the UMKC Library have created a web site allowing visitors to relive the days of "rural music" network radio, "live" from Kansas City. The Brush Creek Follies was, in its day, the number two radio show of its type in the nation. After 50 years, its old recordings and former performers Kit and Kay still retain their charm.
KANSAS CITY – The start of the school year is a little more than a month away. While teachers are gearing up for another year in the classroom, a new survey shows what they'll bring home in pay is lower in Kansas and Missouri than other states. K-C-U-R's Matt Hackworth spoke with Janet Bass, of the American federation of Teachers, about her group's salary survey that puts Kansas and Missouri among the lowest-paying states in the nation:
TOPEKA – Budget problems at the state of Kansas are trickling down to the local level, and nowhere is that more true than the city of Topeka. Faced with cutbacks in state spending, and the closure of the Menninger (MEN-in-gurr) psychiatric hospital, local officials say they're now dealing with a crisis in mental health care. Kansas Public Radio's Peter Hancock explains.
Kansas City, Missouri – It's been a busy week for MAST, the Metropolitan Ambulances Trust. MAST now operates its ambulances independently, where it once provided oversight of a private contractor. That change and questions about its financial security prompted an audit of MAST by the city of Kansas City. KCUR's Matt Hackworth reports.