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Pros And Cons Of A Mayoral Takeover Of Schools12/12/11
Education experts discuss the effectiveness of mayoral takeovers in other parts of the country.
New Maps Pinpoints KC As Major Narcotics Hub
The 2011 National Drug Threat Assessment put Kansas City on the map, but not in a good way. For the last four years, the assessment has compiled national trends about drug usage and distribution throughout the United States. The maps featured in this...
Planting New Grocery Stores In Food Deserts
Rural America is losing its grocery stores. Fewer people are living in the countryside, and mom and pop markets aren't able to compete with large chains. But as KCUR's Sylvia Maria Gross reports, some small towns are finding creative ways buck the...
New Program Helps KC Refugees, Immigrants
Jewish Vocational Services estimates that more than 12,500 refugees live in Kansas City. The group has helped refugees and immigrants in Kansas City since 1999. Their latest program, a partnership between the municipal courts and JVS, hopes to help...
Google Fiber: The New KC Infrastructure
When Google announced it would bring Google Fiber to Kansas City back in March, people were excited. Google picked us out of more than one thousand other communities for the world's fastest internet. And then, the confusion set in. Recently, members...
Lessons From The Takeover Of St. Louis Public Schools
The history of the Kansas City Missouri school board over the past few decades has been marked by internal fighting and micro-managing, leading to a revolving door of superintendents. But by most accounts, the school board has been healing itself over...
Odd Job: Nude Art Model
Very few jobs require you to take your clothes off.
The Rumbler: The New Sound Of The KCPD
Listen to the sounds of the Rumbler, a new siren Kansas City, Mo., police officers are using to make sure that you can feel them coming.
Suburban Districts Succeed At Expense Of Urban Counterparts
According to a recently-published study by University of Kansas professors John Rury and Argun Saatcioglu, the rise of suburban education has, at least partly, caused the decline of urban education.
Mixed Messages From Occupy KC
The Occupy Wall Street movement has spread around the country, including to an encampment by the Federal Reserve in Penn Valley Park. OccupyKC protesters have used giant shipping container sculpture that spells out IOU /USA as a backdrop.
Hindu Festival Celebrates Interfaith Understanding
The Kansas City Bengali Society recently celebrated Durga Puja, one of the largest Hindu holidays of the year. Susan Wilson found out how the group honored both their heritage and the festival's theme of interfaith understanding.
Tivol Hears Reaction To Same-Sex Billboard
Local jewelery retail chain Tivol attracts attention with a same-sex billboard.
Child's Drawings Connect Modern-Day Waldo To The 1930s
This story begins with a secret in the attic, like any good mystery should. Ellyn Butler is a 27-year-old graduate of UMKC with a BA in art. She's lived in an old house in Waldo for the past three years. One night in June, as the clock neared...
Nobel Prize Winner and "Tree Lady" Wangari Maathai Has Roots in Kansas
Wangari Maathai was widely known for her environmental and human rights work in her native Kenya but KC currents intern Brenna Daldorph tells the story of how she was also acclaimed in Atchison.
Martin Luther King Jr. Streets in KC and Beyond
In response to area blight and violent crimes, a Kansas City, Missouri city councilman recently proposed to rename Prospect Avenue to Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue. Sylvia Maria Gross spoke to a journalist who traveled to Martin Luther King Jr....
KCMO Parents React to Loss of Accreditation; State Board Member Defends...
The Kansas City, Missouri school district received one more disappointing blow this week, when the state board of education stripped it of its accreditation. And that was just weeks after Superintendent John Covington resigned unexpectedly to take a...
Kansas Secretary of State Attracts National Attention
As KCUR's Laura Ziegler reports, Kobach engenders both adoration and antipathy, and he's brought national attention to the typically low profile office of Kanas Secretary of State.
Housing Designed for Grandparents Raising Grandchildren
New census data shows a growing number of children around the country are living with their grandparents. And about half of these households are below the poverty line. A unique new housing development in Kansas City aims to make life a little easier...
What is that?: Going Geothermal
The bright orange plastic fence outside of Prairie Village's City Hall marks a construction spot... so why haven't passersby seen anything going up? KCUR's Alex Smith investigatsd a building project that is forty stories... underground.
Controlling the Flirting Game
A new study shows that the "caveman" approach to picking up women may actually work, but it could also predict an unhealthy relationship. Hear about aggressive dating strategies from a KU professor who specializes in the science of flirting.
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