10:17 am
Wed April 17, 2013

Brownback Signs Drug Testing Bill

Kansas Governor Sam Brownback has signed a bill into law that allows drug testing for people receiving some  types of state assistance or unemployment payments.

People receiving certain assistance payments could be tested if there’s suspicion they’re using drugs. If they test positive, they would have to complete drug treatment and job training. If they don’t comply, they lose benefits. A second positive test would mean losing benefits for at least a year. Governor Brownback says the goal of the bill is fighting drug use in Kansas.

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3:53 pm
Tue December 18, 2012

Unemployment In Missouri At Four-Year Low

In November, unemployment in Missouri was a full percentage point below the national average.
courtesy of Missouri Economic Research and Information Center

Missouri’s unemployment rate is now at its lowest point in four years.

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Central Standard
10:01 am
Mon April 23, 2012

KC Civil Rights Summit

Auntie P Flickr

On this Monday's Central Standard we speak with Ayanna Hightower-Mannon and Paul Pierce, who work in Kansas City's Civil Rights Division.

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7:26 am
Tue April 10, 2012

Top Of the Morning News: Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Falling unemployment leads to the long-term unemployed Misosurians to lose some benefits.  McCaskill calls for an investigation into refinery capacity.McCaskill.  A daily digest of headlines from KCUR.

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Business & Tech
4:45 pm
Fri March 23, 2012

KC Region Tops Nation In Jobless Decline

Kansas City region scores highest jobless rate drop for metro cities in the nation.
Bill Anderson KCUR

The Kansas City metro area, both sides of state line, has shown a remarkable decline in its unemployment rate, better than any metro district in the nation.

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10:41 am
Mon December 19, 2011

Top Of The Morning News: Monday, December 19, 2011

Aisha Khan disappeared Friday, December 16 from the KU Edwards Campus in Overland Park.
  • Family Offers $10,000 Reward In Search For College Student
  • Low Unemployment Ends Extended Unemployment Program In Kansas
  • Students May Find It Difficult To Transfer To Accredited Districts
  • Ag Takes A Back  Seat In Iowa

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KC Currents
9:31 am
Wed July 14, 2010

Unemployment Rates Soar For African Americans

Job seekers at the NAACP career fair. Photo by Sylvia Maria Gross / KCUR.

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.

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