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Space Conflicts at KCI Airport Taxi Facility

Hayley Salvo / KCUR.
Taxi drivers play chess in the facility while they wait for their numbers to be called.

By Hayley Salvo and Sylvia Maria Gross


Kansas City, MO – In early May, reporters swarmed a small facility on the campus of Kansas city airport to investigate a story published on-line by WorldNetDaily, a conservative news site. According to the article, the airport had built several foot-washing basins to accommodate Muslim cab drivers in preparation for daily prayers. The accusations sparked debate about the separation of church and state, but KCUR's Hayley Salvo visited the facility recently and found a different story.

We also asked members of Kansas City's muslim community how they were reacting to the discussion. KCUR's Sylvia Maria Gross spoke to Mahnaz Shabbir, former president of the Heartland Muslim Council and heads up her own consulting firm, Shabbir Advisors, which focuses on diversity in the workplace.

This story was produced for KC Currents.

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