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All 14 Payless ShoeSource Sites In Kansas City Area To Close As Company Liquidates

Topeka-based Payless ShoeSource is closing all 2,300 of its domestic retail stores, a company spokesperson confirmed to KCUR on Monday. About 1,200 retail stores outside the U.S. are not affected. The news was first reported by Reuters on Friday. Sources told the news service the company plans to file for bankruptcy, less than two years after emerging from bankruptcy in 2017. The company began liquidation sales at its American stores on Sunday. Online sales are also being eliminated.

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Kansas City – Voices of World War II, a project of UMKC Libraries, lets visitors hear music and radio broadcasts Kansas Citians heard on December 7, 1941 and throughout the war. For the KCUR feature and URL address, click on "feature news" above.

KANSAS CITY – 30 years for Courtney in drug-diluting case, plans for a new downtown arena gain momentum, and Missouri lawmakers want to update the state's DNA collection rules.

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Hundreds of victims of the Robert Courtney drug-tampering scheme and their family members watched as the former pharmacist was sentenced to 30 years on Thursday. The sentence drew mixed responses from those watching the proceedings.

Robert Courtney, the former Kansas City pharmacist who has admitted to diluting prescriptions given to thousands of patients, faced sentencing on Thursday.

Under a plea agreement, U.S. District Judge Ortri Smith can give Courtney from 17 1/2 to 30 years in prison.

Hundreds of victims and family members are expected at the courthouse. Among them will be Marge Vermillion, whose husband died soon after taking cancer treatments mixed at Courtney's pharmacy. 

KANSAS CITY – Kansas SRS announces sweeping program cuts. News organizations sue Sebelius to open budget meetings to the public. Missouri sees year's budget shortfall projection grow to 152-million.

UCLA Fowler Museum of History. Promised gift of Jay T. Last. Photo by Don Cole.

Art of the Lega: Meaning and Metaphor in Central Africa opened in October at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art.

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A 97-year-old woman is the oldest working Kansan. Martha Smith of Vinland, Kan. has been tending the Cole Creek Library for most of the last 67 years. Her great uncle helped found the library in 1859.

In 2002, the Overland Park Convention Center opened ...with more than 60 sculptures and paintings created by regional artists.

US Poet Laureate Billy Collins has been called the most popular poet in America.

College enrollment is on the rise. As college admissions departments accepts more students, housing officials have to find a place for them to live.

Sometimes that means building a new facility, on land that used to be part of a residential neighborhood. One South Kansas City technical school is looking to build housing for its students.

KCUR's Matt Hackworth reports that not everybody in the school's neighborhood is welcoming the idea of student housing with open arms.

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Union Membership On The Rise In Missouri

The numbers paint a complicated picture of organized labor in the state; we dig into why that is, and how Kansas City union families feel about it.

A Kansas City Activist Takes The Minimum-Wage Fight To Washington

With Democrats now steering House committees, progressive activists and causes are experiencing renewed interest in Congress.