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KCUR Morning News 5-29-09

By Maria Carter


Kansas City, MO – Writing laodicean, a word meaning an indifference to politics or religion on the palm of her hand, Kavya Shivahankar of Olathe claimed the national spelling bee title last night.

It was State of the City day at City Hall yesterday. And with the city clerk's office counting recall election petition signatures, Mark Funkhouser's first remarks were on the State of the Mayor.

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon stopped at UMKC's nursing school yesterday, to highlight a recently approved initiative aimed at expanding the state's health care workforce.

Kansas Governor Mark Parkinson says state revenues will likely fall below expectations and is preparing to make more budget cuts.

The Kansas Attorney General's office is teaming up with 48 states and the Federal Trade Commission for "Operation False Charity."

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