Lawrence, KS – Kansas has been gradually losing population for over a century. But a new study suggests that regionalization, the movement of people from rural to urban areas within Kansas, is actually more significant and pronounced trend.
KC Currents' intern Tim Bridgham spoke with a few Kansas City transplants about why they moved here: Bill Gallo, actually another former KCUR intern, and two of Tim's friends Andrew Pirotte and Jordan Hasty.
Kansas City, Mo. – With a freshly-filed discrimination complaint against the Power and Light District, Kansas City's Human Relations Department reveals a test it took of the "lightning rod" dress code in the District.
The study says a test group of whites and minorities was sent to the entertainment district, all dressed in like fashion. All whites were admitted. 56 percent of minorities got in.
Kansas City, Mo. – Army Sergeant Isaac Jackson's body was met by family and friends on a wind swept air park at KCI. The Clinton County Missouri soldier was one of seven colleagues killed in an Afghanistan roadside bomb attack.
Parents, in-laws, wife and young son met the small jetliner that delivered his body.
Jackson's army friend, Staff Sergeant John Phillips flew from Belgium to be with the widow, Kristen, due to deliver a daughter next month.
Artist Keltie Farris (b. 1977) says that "paintings can seduce, they can shock, they can whisper." Eleven of Farris's large-scale, abstract works are on display in her first solo museum exhibition at Kemper at the Crossroads.
By Laura Spencer
Kansas City, MO – Here, Keltie Ferris talks about the process and materials used to create the title work in the exhibition called "Man Eaters."
Topeka, KS – Since the start of the Hospitalized Veterans Writing Project, expressive therapy has become a widely accepted method of dealing with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. The project is now reaching out to a new generation of vets coming back from Iraq and Afghanistan. Dr. Samuel Bradshaw is the retired chief of psychiatry at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Topeka.
Kansas City, MO – At the turn of the 19th century, some 200,000 children were shipped from the East Coast to points west. They were poor, often children of immigrants who were either orphans, or their parents just couldn't take care of them. Probably about 5000 came to Missouri and Kansas each. In the 1990s, historian Marilyn Irvin Holt caught up with some of them, and wrote the story of their migration in her book The Orphan Trains: Placing Out in America.
Kansas City, MO – Local activist and former music store owner, Anne Winter, 45, died Thursday in her home. For over two decades, Winter's name has been linked to the music and cultural scene in Kansas City.
For 18 years, Winter and her business partner/husband Kurt Von Schlemmer owned and operated Recycled Sounds, a midtown Kansas City record store on Main Street. Recycled Sounds hosted in-store performances by local or touring bands, promoted CDs by local bands, and hired local musicians as part-time staffers. The store closed in April 2006.
Kansas City, MO – This week, KC Currents' Sylvia Maria Gross was part of a panel at the Kansas City Public Library called "Being Latino in America: Our Past and Our Future." For that conversation, she compiled a montage of voices from the many people around Kansas City she's interviewed for KC Currents over the years, and how they've spoke to this idea of "being Latino."
Kansas City, MO – The Heart of America Indian Center in Kansas City was founded in 1971, making it one of the oldest urban Indian centers in the country. It was founded at a time that many Native Americans were moving off reservations and into cities. The center wanted to provide them with social, cultural and health services. Cheyanne Ingram took over as executive director of the center in August, and is hoping to expand its operations.
Arkansas City, Kansas – Tyler Juden carried a b.b. gun like a little cowboy before he was old enough to go to school. He latched onto firearms at the age of five. His precision and reflexes eventually won him four top marksmanship awards in his home state of Kansas -- and a career as an army sniper.
Twenty-three year old Sergeant Tyler Juden died in Afghanistan last month.
Lenexa, KS – Laura Owen is the President and Chief Operating Officer of the Lenexa-based company ICOP Digital, which makes digital surveillance equipment. She's also the first woman to seal a major business deal with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
Kansas City, MO – How do you rehabilitate young people who break the law? More and more, juvenile justice experts believe that just locking up young people is not the answer. Instead, they believe it's important to teach kids ways to manage the emotions that get them in trouble, especially anger. But traditional methods, like talk therapy, sometimes don't reach youth with emotions locked deep inside.
Topeka, KS – A group that advocates for legislation on behalf of Kansas seniors met recently in Topeka to decide what issues they'll push for in the 2010 session. The Kansas Silver Haired Legislature is made of 125 Kansans over the age of 60.
Jim Snyder is speaker of the Silver Haired Legislature. He says one of the things they're considering is legislation that could help provide transportation to seniors in rural areas.
Snyder says the group has a history of success. Last session they lobbied for a Silver Alert law, which helps get the word out if a senior goes missing.
Kansas City, KS – The foreclosure crisis has brought a particular set of issues to Latino immigrants in the Kansas City area. Because of language barriers and the lack of a credit history, many immigrants are vulnerable to predatory lenders. They haven't faced more foreclosures than other groups. But when they do have housing problems, there are a few places where they can turn for help.
Carmen and Luis Amiel came to Kansas City about three years ago to buy a house.
Fairway, Kansas – Don Sifers can recall everything about the first time he encountered a latrine. He says it was on a hot summer day at camp: "Camp Cobble outside Benedict, Kansas. In June. It was 95 degrees. It was the worst smell I ever smelled. It was awful."
Standing in his garage, in a button-down, pin-stripe shirt and tie, Sifers goes over a small-scale model of what he's calling The Mountain Air Processor.
Kansas City, MO – Mario Canedo is a radio host on the Spanish-language station La Super X, or 1250-AM. His show A La Cama con Canedo, or "to bed with Canedo" is on every weeknight between 9PM and midnight. Listeners might at first tune in for the racy conversation, but Canedo is trying to do much more than that.
Kansas City, MO – In the 1940's, Corinthian Nutter worked with the NAACP to improve education for black children in Merriam, Kansas. Nutter was outraged by the deplorable conditions at the two-room schoolhouse where she taught, Walker Elementary School. Nutter ended up testifying in a lawsuit and five years before the Brown vs. Board of Education ruling, the Kansas Supreme Court ruled in favor of the students' rights to attend an all-white, modern school.
Kansas City, MO – Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor was sworn in last weekend, and on Wednesday, August 12, President Barack Obama hosted a reception for her in the East Room of the White House. As the head of the country' largest Latino civil rights organization, National Council of La RazaPresident Janet Murguia was there. Murguia is from Kansas City Kansas, originally, and used to be Vice Chancellor of the University of Kansas.
Lawrence, KS – Remember the recent Presidential Campaign when people were identifying Barack Obama as a Muslim, possibly because he lived in Indonesia as a boy? And there are still people trying to prove that Obama was born in Kenya and not the United States. This confusion might stem from the fact that Obama is a third culture kid--that's someone who has spent a significant part of their developmental years outside their parents' native country.
Kansas City , Mo. – More than a hundred people in the Kansas City area will be fasting today in protest to the genocide and repression in Darfur. They will also study the situation there, and write their elected officials.
Manhattan, KS – One of the most common issues that couples fight over is money. And sometimes a financial planner can't help, because there's underlying emotional factors that don't show up on a spreadsheet. But there's a few people in the industry who are trying out a new method they're tentatively calling "financial therapy" - which merges techniques of marriage counseling with financial planning. KCUR's Sylvia Maria Gross recently paid a visit to a new clinic that's researching this new strategy in Manhattan, Kansas.
Kansas City, Missouri – In some cities, drivers refer to them as "bicycle terrorists" for interrupting the busiest drive time of the week. But in Kansas City, participants of the local bicycle ride known as "Critical Mass" are focused on promoting a positive message: they want Kansas City to be more bike-friendly. KCUR's Bill Gallo reports...
It is 6 o'clock on the last Friday of the month in Kansas City. That means an eclectic group of bikers begin to gather on the west end of the parking lot of Sun Fresh Supermarket in Westport.
Kansas City, MO – As the first major wave of troops return from Iraq, the job market is likely to see a new batch of motivated, young job-seekers. KCUR's Alex Smith recently went to a veteran's job fair and spoke with new veterans. But he found the job market is already flooded with a previous generation of vets with plenty of experience and just as eager to find work.
Independence, MO – Monday was the 61st anniversary of Harry Truman signing executive order 9981, which racial integrated the US military. A forum at the Truman Library used the occasion to draw attention to what some say is a similar civil rights battle. KCUR's Alex Smith went to Independence, Missouri to find out more.