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How Kansas City Recycling Companies Are Adapting To A Chinese Plastic Waste Import Ban

Kansas City recyclers take heart, for now. Despite reports that some waste companies in the U.S. are burning recycled paper and plastic or sending it to landfills, processors in the metro are still finding ways to market recycled material.

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Harrisonville, MO – Republican Secretary of State Matt Blunt is running a hotly contested campaign for Missouri governor. He's up against Democratic State Auditor Claire McCaskill. McCaskill has served for the past two decades in state and local government. By comparison, Blunt's time in public office has been short only six years. But Blunt's candidacy has been helped by having a family name long associated with Missouri politics. As KCUR's Maria Carter reports, Blunt is trying to show he is more than just his last name.

Kansas City, MO – Holden signs Missouri for Canada drug reimportation plan. ACORN attacks Blunt statement on voter registration. Hanaway circumvents legislative rule on mailings before elections with newspaper inserts.

Kansas City, Missouri – Democrat Claire McCaskill is running against Republican Matt Blunt for Missouri Governor. On the campaign trail, McCaskill has touted her experience in the Missouri legislature and as Jackson County prosecutor. Her current post is as State Auditor. If elected, McCaskill would be the first female governor in Missouri, but she says gender is not an issue in her campaign. KCUR's Maria Carter has this report.

St. Louis, Missouri – Missourians will decide next month whether they want to change the state's constitution. Amendment Three would require gas tax and the sales tax money on cars to only be used for roads. Supporters say it's only fair that those taxes pay for roads and not something else in state government. But opponents worry the move could affect funding for things like schools. Tom Weber reports.

3rd district, Kansas – In the race for the third Congressional district in Kansas...Republican challenger Kris Kobach is trying to unseat three-term Democrat Dennis Moore. The district takes in all of Wyandotte, two-thirds of Douglas and all of Johnson Counties - where Congressman Moore has been able to win with Democrats and crossover Republicans in a predominantly Republican district. But his challenger is hoping to capitalize on the high percentage of independents and a changing demographic. Laura Ziegler has more.

Kansas City – Patterson accuses Cleaver of lying about his age. Carnahan says Hanaway spent state funds to campaign. Missouri Supreme Court says child abuser list issue is no longer relevant. Catholic pro-abortion group wants St. Louis Archdiocese to lose tax-free status.

This week, a support group for artists and the legendary dancer Mikhail Baryshnikov stars in a show at the Carlsen Center.

Only days after it became her first play to appear on Broadway, TOPDOG/UNDERDOG made Suzan-Lori Parks the first African-American woman to win the Pulitzer Prize for Drama.

Kansas City, Missouri – TOPDOG/UNDERDOG is the story of two brothers named Lincoln and Booth who live in a rented rooming house. Booth wants to be a card hustler; his older brother Lincoln used to be a card hustler, but gave it up. Here, Parks reads an excerpt from the play (audio provided by New Letters on the Air).

Here poet W.E. Leathem reads the poem Coming Clean, from his new book called Terra.

Kansas City, MO – Here poet W.E. Leathem reads the poem Coming Clean, from his new book called Terra.

After working in politics for fifteen years for Republicans like Bush, Dole, and Ashcroft ,Will Leathem says he's happy now with what he calls a simpler life.


What The "Green New Deal" Has To Do With Kansas City Economists

The monetary theory that made UMKC's economics department notorious is getting attention from politicians and the media. What is it, and why is it controversial?

Saying Goodbye To Tivoli Cinemas

Jerry Harrington's Westport establishment has been a boon to Kansas City's independent film scene for nearly 40 years.