Kansas City, MO – Thousands of fans -- many adorned in capes, hats and those trademark thick circle glasses -- crowded into bookstores across the globe, and here in Kansas City, for the midnight release of "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix." Although the the fifth book in author J.K. Rowling's series is already a bestseller, many are questioning whether Harry Potter has lost his magic. KCUR's Ashley Powell reports.
Kansas City, MO – As the Missouri legislature enters a special session, House Speaker Catherine Hanaway explains the Republican position on budgets for mental health, medical care, social services, and education... both in terms of basic philosophy and in view of federal funds promised under the bush administration's tax cut bill.
KANSAS CITY – Terry Scott returned to Louisburg High School to deliver the graduation address as Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy. The service's highest-ranking sailor spoke with KCUR's Matt Hackworth, and says he originally wanted to join the Army but made two promises to his mother:
Kansas City, Kansas – Tornadoes tore through the Kansas City metropolitan area Sunday afternoon... flattening buildings and killing one Kansas City, Kansas man. Kansas Governor Kathleen Sebelius declared seven counties disaster areas...and Wyandotte County was one of the hardest hit. KCUR's Laura Spencer reports on a residential neighborhood just east of I-435 and Parallel in Kansas City, Kansas caught in the storm.
KANSAS CITY – After the dust settled from this weekend's violent storms, thousands of families across Kansas, Missouri and Tenessee faced what remained in the paths of tornados. Hundreds of residents here returned from temporary overnight shelters to find their homes turned inside out. K-C-U-R's Matt Hackworth and Laura Spencer visited two northland neighborhoods that seemed to bear the brunt of the storm.
KANSAS CITY – New Census figures show more and more of Kansas City's workforce is commuting to jobs in the suburban communities. K-C-U-R's Matt Hackworth spoke with transportation planner Jim Hubbell and researcher Manny Trillo (TREE-yo), of the Mid America Research Council about what the new data mean in the Kansas City area.
KANSAS CITY, Kan. – At the first of the year Johnson County began collecting a sales tax chiefly to benefit school districts in the county. Districts in neighboring Wyandotte County have voiced concern by suing to stop the tax, which they say would emphasize inequities in school funding across Kansas. K-C-U-R's Frank Morris reports.
KANSAS CITY – As the Kansas City city council continues to struggle with surmounting an expected $50 million shortfall in next year's budget, problems like deferred maintenance are snowballing. Deferred maintenance is city hall jargon for the repairs to streets, bridges and buildings the city puts off to save money. But as K-C-U-R's Matt Hackworth reports, those repairs and dollars eventually add up:
KANSAS CITY – Last year, around 30 U-S Peace Corps members were expelled from Russia. That country's government accused the American volunteers spying. The group's expulsion turned into a diplomatic fracas between Washington and Moscow, and Kansas Citian Alex Wendel was caught in the tension. Wendel taught English on the Eastern Russian island of Sakhalin (Sack-hal-eeen). Wendel told K-C-U-R's Matt Hackworth he knew there were problems when he was stranded in China, waiting for the Russian government to renew his visa.
Topeka – Many Kansans have been concerned in recent weeks over reports that their legislature is considering ending all sales tax exemptions, including those for medical services and prescription drugs. KCUR's Steve Bell talked with the chairman of the House Taxation Committee to find out whether higher taxes are in Kansas future.
Kansas City, MO – Civic leaders on the Greater Downtown Development Authority have narrowed proposals seeking bond underwriting to twenty. Steve Bell looks at some proposals that made the cut and some that didn't.
KANSAS CITY – Ecstacy was once popular at all-night dance parties called raves. But here in Kansas City, rave promoters are trying to work with police to keep drugs out of the parties. Still, promoters continue to be concerned about police busts, which some say are unfairly targeting raves. K-C-U-R's Matt Hackworth reports.