Kansas City, MO – Prayer is in. Of course, for many people, it never went out. But with the anxiety and misery this economy is producing, there are reports of an increasing number of prayer websites and blogs. Pastors are devoting sermons to issues of economic distress. More than a hundred years ago, the co-founders of Unity Village in Lee's Summit, began a magazine promoting the power of prayer.
Kansas City, MO – Mayor Mark Funkhouser says he wants to come up with new ideas for redeveloping economically distressed parts of the city. Funkhouser contends that in recent years, developers have been in the driver's seat steering projects to wealthy areas while overlooking the third and fifth districts on the East Side. In the meantime, people have flocked to the suburbs; the Kansas City tax base is in jeopardy.
When parents devote 18 or more years to child-rearing, they often look forward to getting back to goals, dreams and hobbies that they had put aside. But some grandparents get thrust back into the parenting role, and have to put those things aside. Throughout the country, there are over 5.7 million children being raised by their grandparents - one of the most famous just became president.
A week ago on Friday night, a group of people burst into a community basketball game at Tony Aguirre Community Center on Kansas City's West Side - and just started shooting. Five people were injured, none of them seriously, but the hundred or so people gathered to watch the teenagers play basketball were shocked. The event was part of a league organized by the Guadalupe Center, and it draws kids from throughout the city.
Kansas City, MO – Dana Canedy grew up in a military family in Kentucky, but always expected her life would lead in a totally different direction. She became a senior editor at The New York Times, and won a Pulitzer Prize along the way. But when she was in her 30s, she fell in love with an Army soldier, and after many years, realized they were meant for each other.
The economic meltdown has cities, counties, and states desperate to save money. It's pretty hard to scrimp on some things, like road salt, but in times like these public art and arts organizations can look like unaffordable luxuries. That's not how Harlan Brownlee sees it.
Blue Springs, MO – There's alot of Kansas Citians among the millions of people flooding Washington, DC for the Presidential Inauguration. And the marching band from Blue Springs High School is among them. They'll represent this area in Tuesday's Inaugural Parade. The Blue Springs Golden Regiment is on their way to DC right now. But before they left, KCUR's Alex Smith paid a visit to an afternoon practice.
Kansas City, MO – This year's presidential election sparked many new people to get into politics. Two campaigns in particular engaged young people using online tools of social networking - Barack Obama's campaign and the campaign of Republican candidate Ron Paul. We were curious about people who got involved during last year's presidential election, and have stayed involved in local issues.
Kansas City, MO – UMKC interim chancellor Leo Morton originally said he didn't want the position permanently. He thought it should go to an academic, and that tends to be the faculty's preference. But last week, the university's faculty welcomed the retired Aquila executive as its new chancellor. He'll soon face deep budget cuts, at the same time as enrollment is climbing and new building projects are underway. KC Currents' Sylvia Maria Gross recently spoke to Leo Morton about the shift from the business world, to academia.
Kansas City, MO – A lot of people are holding onto their money this holiday season, but one Kansas City man has been doing just the opposite. If you're lucky, you might see him, dressed in red, handing out crisp hundred dollar bills to random, unsuspecting people, like Cody Bennett from Overland Park. Bennett says, "Money is tight this year, so it opens a lot more doors."
Kansas City, MO – The Second Sudanese Civil War started in 1983, when brutal attacks on villages began. Many southern Sudanese were forced to flee persecution by Muslims in northern Sudan. By the time the war was over, two million people had been killed and an estimated 27,000 boys were or orphaned. The "Lost Boys" embarked on a long journey away from the war torn villages to seek refuge in international aid camps in Ethiopia and Kenya. They faced disease, hunger, thirst wild animals, and many did not survive the journey.
Kansas City, MO – American businesses cut more well over half a million workers last month, the biggest monthly employment decline since 1974. KCUR's Frank Morris spoke to people in Kansas City out looking for work.
Kansas City, Mo. – For Veterans of the 1991 Gulf War, it's not too late to treat mysterious illnesses among them. A research report ordered by congress has gone to Veterans Affairs Secretary James Peake. Some of its driving force came from Kansas City, Kansas.
North Kansas City, Mo. – Economic times notwithstanding, the mayors of North Kansas City and Kansas City agree the time is right for a startup of light rail. Both cities will have tax questions on next month's ballot. Asked how much a factor is a lawsuit challenging the issue, Kansas City's Mark Funkhouser says, one a scale of one to ten, it's a zero. Opponents contend the city council illegally sent the measure to the ballot as an emergency issue.
Kansas City, MO – Last month, thousands of people gathered on the east side of Kansas City to rally against violence. The month of August had seen a record number of homicides, and some church leaders say they are going to start working together on the problem.
Kansas City, MO – The faltering US economy dominated headlines across the country, and the world. Congress ended up passing a 700-billion-dollar rescue plan for Wall Street. Meanwhile, KCUR's Sylvia Maria Gross took a microphone around Kansas City and Independence this week, and asked people how the economy and the struggling markets are affecting their lives.
Hear from Kathy Hull, Janice Buchanan, David Lloyd, Helen Munoz, Kecia Smith and Brent Carpenter - all interviewed in Kansas City and Independence.
Kansas City, MO – More than three thousand people gathered at 18th and Vine in Kansas City last week to hear first lady hopeful Michelle Obama. The rally was the Obama campaign's first big event in the heart of Kansas City's historically black community. KCUR's Sylvia Maria Gross spoke to some of the people who came out to hear her speak.
Kansas City, MO – Five museums and five libraries, including the Kansas City Public Library, will receive the 2008 National Medal for Museum and Library Service at the White House Tuesday.
Each year, the federal institute of Museum and Library Services, in coordination with the White House, presents the medal to 10 museums and libraries for their "civic, educational, economic, environmental and social contributions."
Kansas City, MO – More than three thousand people gathered at 18th and Vine yesterday to hear First lady hopeful Michelle Obama. The rally was the Obama campaign's first big events in the heart of Kansas City's historically black community.
Kansas City, MO – KCUR's Sylvia Maria Gross recently caught up with Steve Cisneros, who's the director of the Kansas Hispanic and Latino Affairs Commission. Cisneros was appointed by Governor Kathleen Sebelius last year, after working in the Clinton administration in 1990s, and stints in Florida, Texas, and New Mexico. But this position brings him back home, Cisneros grew up in Wichita.
Kansas City, MO – With the conclusion of the Republican Party's national convention, we decided to speak to local pundits, our region's representatives in St. Paul and some local convention watchers for their reactions. KCUR's Laura Ziegler has a sample of what they had to say.