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Former Jackson County Executive Mike Sanders Sentencing Scheduled For Next Month

One of the biggest names in Jackson County politics will be sentenced in federal court in a month for a kickback scheme. Mike Sanders was Jackson County Prosecutor, county executive and former Missouri Democratic Party chairman. He’ll find out how long he will spend in prison, how big a fine he might pay and how much of his ill-gotten gains will be forfeited on September 19.

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Does A Colyer Concession Put GOP Mods In A Tight Spot?

Political watchers in Topeka consider the implications a Kobach-Hartman ticket will have on down-ballot Republicans hoping to appeal to moderate Kansas voters.

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World Cultures, Heritage Thrive At Kansas City's Annual Festival

Thousands flocked to Swope Park in Kansas City, Missouri, over the weekend for the 39th annual Ethnic Enrichment Festival. More than 50 booths offered traditional cuisine and crafts from countries around the world: sambusas from Kenya, helado de canela from Bolivia, bangers and mash from Scotland.

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Jackson County Democrats are set to meet Tuesday night to pick a candidate for Jackson County Sheriff.

The primary election for sheriff was canceled after the county Democratic Committee sued. The committee argued, and a circuit court judge agreed, that state law called for party committee members to choose candidates rather than hold a primary after an incumbent resigns.

Former sheriff Mike Sharp stepped down in April amid a sex scandal. He admitted to an improper sexual and financial relationship with a former civilian employee in the sheriff’s office.

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A Kansas City attorney and abuse victims are calling on the attorneys general of Kansas and Missouri to launch investigations into clergy sexual abuse, similar to the grand jury investigation in Pennsylvania.

Attorney Rebecca Randles said she has hundreds of clients who allege they’ve been abused by a member of the Catholic Church.

It wasn’t until the grand jury report was released, revealing more than 1,000 young people had been abused by priests in Pennsylvania, that she took a step back to consider the breadth of the issue.

Seven years ago, a toxic form of algae bloomed in Milford Lake near Junction City. Kansas had never really seen a bloom quite like it before. It lasted for almost three months and has returned every summer since.

The event set state scientists looking for what spurred the blue-green algae, scientifically known as cyanobacteria, and how to stop the return of what is essentially killer pond scum.

StoryCorps

StoryCorps' MobileBooth is in Kansas City until September to collect the stories and memories of residents. This is one in a series of stories KCUR has chosen to highlight.

Facing the end of life often brings hard choices. Diane Botwin decided to have her father, Dr. A. E. Botwin, move in with her family 20 years ago when his health began to fade.

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Sculptor Tom Corbin might be best known in Kansas City for the Firefighter’s Memorial sculpture and fountain on West 31st St., but more than 1,000 of his pieces are sprinkled throughout private galleries around the globe.

Corbin founded his flagship studio in a sturdy brick fire house at Southwest Blvd. and Mission Road. Built in 1910, it is a fortress with walls 16 inches thick.

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Pesticides are all over, from backyard gardens to cornfields. While their use doesn’t appear to be slowing, concern over drift and the resulting effects on health is driving research — and more worries.

Those concerns are bringing pesticides to a different venue: courtrooms. 

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There aren’t enough licensed child care centers in Wyandotte County to serve all working families with young children, according to a community health assessment.

That’s why the Family Conservancy and other community groups are launching the Start Young initiative to improve access to high-quality child care for kids younger than 6.

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Theater League

Nearly 40 years ago, he abandoned a career in law for one in show business. And it worked out.

Mark Edelman is the long-time force behind the Theater League, an organization that brings in national tours of Broadway productions. Now, he's retiring.

He said the low cost of living and the local community helped him take the leap into the world of musical theater and, ultimately, have a successful life while working in a field that offers no guarantees.

"You can get it done in Kansas City," he told Steve Kraske during a conversation on KCUR's Up To Date.

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Two research arms of the U.S. Department of Agriculture will be moving out of Washington, D.C. Three of Missouri’s U.S. representatives said Kansas City is the perfect place for those agencies.

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Kansas City Mayor Sly James announced Friday he will temporarily table his plans to fund pre-K education with a 3/8-cent sales tax, a quick reversal of his impassioned push to get the issue on the November ballot.

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