Kansas City, MO – You might think of caves as a natural habitat for bats. But it turns out that the environment inside the caves at the industrial complex Hunt Midwest SubTropolis is also perfect for postage stamps.
Kansas City, MO – A Kansas City theologian died last week who had a far-reaching impact on the history of the 20th century. John Swomley was a long-time professor at the St. Paul School of Theology. His writings about non-violence and reconciliation influenced the strategies of the civil rights movement, the integration of the military, and the People Power Revolution in the Philippines, among other major world events.
Kansas City, MO – Not counting evening rush hour, construction of a new bridge-borne bike and walking path is slowing drivers' progress on half the Heart of America span. The daily restrictions will be in place through Friday, August 27.
Leawood, KS – Writer Anne Rice is best known for her vampire novels, which she moved away from when she became a faithful Catholic. But she recently renounced her Christianity very publicly, saying that too many Christians are anti-gay, anti-feminist, an anti-science.
Kansas City, MO – Earlier this summer, about 25 Cuban families gathered to honor Father Patrick Tobin, a Catholic Priest who helped them settle in Kansas City almost 50 years ago. As a board member of Catholic Relief Services, Tobin was given the job of helping refugees fleeing the Cuban Revolution. Tobin organized parishes in Kansas City to provide housing, jobs and basic services for the Cubans. Alex Smith spoke with Father Patrick Tobin as well as one of the Cubans who arrived in the early 60s, Maria Rovarosa.
Fort Leavenworth, KS – A chance discovery on a Fort Leavenworth physical training field has made a connection between two people, one of them recently killed in combat. KCUR's Dan Verbeck has the story.
There's a lot of distance in rank between a mid level enlisted man and a full colonel. The two classes don't mix much. But this was different.
The casketed body of Army Staff Sergeant Shaun Mittler came back to his hometown of Gladstone, Missouri today. The body of the most recent Missouri soldier killed in Afghanistan was met by his mother, father and family. KCUR's Dan Verbeck watched at a small KCI terminal, away from commercial air traffic.
Kansas City, MO – Last week, NAACP delegates debated and voted on a resolution calling the Tea Party movement to repudiate "racist elements." But convention attendees seemed to disagree on whether the issue should be the Tea Party's central agenda, or just fringe members.
KCUR's Sylvia Maria Gross brings you voices from the convention, including NAACP President Benjamin Todd Jealous and Reverend Al Sharpton. She also speaks to Brendan Steinhauser, of Freedomworks, a group that helps organizes local Tea Party groups.
Kansas City, MO – At the NAACP convention yesterday, Reverends Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson tried to shift the conversation away from alleged racism in the Tea Party movement.
Tuesday's vote to condemn the so-called "racist elements" of the Tea Party movement elicited a firestorm of criticism from Tea Party supporters. They denied the charge and said the NAACP's resolution is racially divisive. At a press conference yesterday, Reverend Al Sharpton said the problem isn't racist individuals or signs at rallies.
Kansas City, MO – The NAACP wraps up its national convention in Bartle Hall today. The group's resolution condemning racism in the Tea Party movement on Tuesday drew widespread attention. But one of the most pressing issues discussed at the convention hasn't generated as many headlines.
Leaders of the long-standing civil rights organization are trying to tackle the nation's dismal unemployment rate. As KCUR's Sylvia Maria Gross reports, the situation is even worse for African Americans.
Kansas City, MO – A Kansas City Missouri Army National Guard Soldier has been killed in Afghanistan doing one of the more dangerous combat jobs .
Robert W. Crow was 42 years old and a sergeant.
Crow had gone to Afghanistan when his unit, the 203rd Engineer Battalion of Joplin deployed last September. His home unit of combat engineers was the 1141st Engineer company of Kansas City which he joined in 2005.The job of his unit was clearing improvised explosive devices from roadways.The soldiers are commonly called sappers.
Kansas City, MO – NAACP delegates voted yesterday to repudiate racism in the Tea Party movement. The organization's national convention is in Kansas City this week.
The resolution says that tea party members have engaged in explicitly racist behavior during protests and rallies - using offensive language and threatening public officials, particularly African Americans. NAACP President Benjamin Todd Jealous said Tea Party leaders need to take a stand.
Overland Park, KS – The White Haven Motor Lodge, with its black and white building and landmark neon sign, was operated by the White family since it opened in 1957. Over the years, the rooms retained the trappings of that era, outfitted in classic 50s decor and opened with keys on brass rings.
Kansas City, MO – The NAACP's national convention kicked off this weekend here in Kansas City. It's the organization's 101st anniversary this year, and we wondered if people still think race-based organizations like the NAACP are important. KC Currents' Anthonia Akitunde went out to the Westport and the Landing mall on Troost, to ask people what they thought.
Overland Park, KS – The iconic White Haven Motor Lodge sign on Metcalf Avenue is staying in Johnson County, after the motel finished auctioning off all of its property today.
The Johnson County Museum had the highest bid - $5500. The only other bidder was a museum in Indiana. Johnson County Museum Director Mindi Love says many Kansas Citians have fond memories of the motel and sign, and wanted to see it stay in the community. And she says the sign also has historical significance.
Salina, KS – Fireworks make the 4th of July a favorite holiday for many people. But as Kansas Public Radio's Bryan Thompson explains, it's not so popular with pets.
Pets have sensitive hearing. And they don't understand what all the noise is about. Their instinct is to run. If that requires them to jump a fence, dig under it, or push a gate open, that's what they very well may try to do.
Kansas City, MO – There's no accurate count of the number of people who have walked across America. Some have done it with little fanfare, others with no recognition at all. A former U. S. Army soldier strode into Kansas City yesterday with a self imposed mission driving him, and a long way toward reaching this goal. KCUR's Dan Verbeck has the story.
Kansas City, MO – If you grew up in Kansas City anytime since 1980, you probably took a school field trip to Exchange City. At this learning center, grade school students take on the roles of various members of an adult community, like the mayor, banker and radio reporter, to learn how the economy of the "real world" really works.
Kansas City, MO – About 4,800 young people whose families are on public assistance will get jobs throughout Missouri this summer. Governor Jay Nixon and Congressman Emanuel Cleaver kicked off a federally-funded jobs program this afternoon, while fresh concrete was laid in front of a house for a walkway.
Independence, MO – Sixty years ago today, President Harry Truman was in Independence when word came that the North Koreans had invaded the South, and the cold war had become hot. Today, veterans of that war were honored in Independence at the Community of Christ Auditorium and sponsored by the Harry S. Truman Library Institute.
Kansas City, MO – On a rainy and overcast Saturday morning, about fifty people gathered at Spring Valley Park at 27th and Brooklyn. Members of Sol Pro Bassmasters, a mostly- African American fishing club were stationed around a small lake which is anchored by large weeping willow tree. The men are dressed in distinctive red, black, white and white jackets and hats with the Sol Pro logo.
Kansas City, MO – A Missouri man has just finished a task that has driven him for the last twelve years. He's traveled every mile of every state highway. He was on the last leg of the journey this week, up in Kansas City's Northland, on Missouri Route One. It's better known as Antioch Road in Clay County. KCUR's Dan Verbeck was in the passenger seat and filed this account.
Kansas City, Mo. – Gilbert Baker is a vexilographer, a flag maker. His most famous creation is the Rainbow Flag, which has been adopted by the lesbian, gay bisexual and transgender community. He designed and sewed the first one for his friend, San Francisco politician and gay activist Harvey Milk.
Kansas City, Mo. – Change is good. So says the outgoing editor of the Pitch, which bills itself as "definitive source of information for news, music, movies, restaurants, reviews, and events in Kansas City." The Pitch celebrates its 30th birthday in July, and C.J. Janovy, has worked for the paper for over twenty of those years. She's been the editor since the year 2000. Janovy is moving on to work as Director of Communications at the University of Kansas Medical Center.
Kansas City, Mo. – As Gay Pride Week wraps up in Kansas City, events at the Power and Light District and Richard L. Berkley Riverfront Park will feature local and national music headliners.
At a sit-down dinner under a massive tent tonight along the Missouri River, the walls will be lined with quilts. They are from The Names Project Foundation's Aids Memorial Quilt. The Aids Memorial Quilt is the living memorial to the thousands of men and women who've died of HIV-AIDS. Friends and family sew personal messages on quilt panels about victims of the disease.
Kansas City, Mo. – If you've been paying careful attention to the financial crisis in the past few years, or the more recent news of financial reform proposals, you've probably come across the unconventional views of economist and law professor Bill Black. He's recently testified before Congress four times, and he's appeared on Bill Moyer's Journal and in Michael Moore's film Capitalism: A Love Story. He's also been heard as an expert commentator on NPR News and This American Life.
Leawood, Kan. – Firefighters from around the Midwest joined colleagues, friends and family of Shawnee Firefighter John Glaser today at his memorial service. Glaser was killed fighting a house fire this past weekend.
Eulogies at a Leawood, Kansas church centered on common themes: Call to duty, commitment to country and commitment to community.
John Glaser died inside a burning house as he searched for occupants. Shawnee Fire Chief Jeff Hudson came up through the ranks and knew intimately the conditions Glaser faced in the heat and smoke.