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Neighborhood Fireworks Disaster, Nuns Vs. Vatican, Kansas Happy Hours

Sean Dreilinger

The show for July 1, 2012. Click "Listen" to hear the entire show; see below for individual stories:

Independence Day Goes Up In Smoke

The Fourth of July is coming up, and we all know Kansas Citians are into their fireworks.  You can watch big displays at Berkley Riverfront Park, Worlds of Fun, Corporate Woods – pretty much any direction on the compass. But a lot of people prefer to do it themselves, and firework enthusiasts compete to see who can put on the best show. But as one local attorney found out, the desire to impress your neighbors can have explosive consequences. 

Uncertainty Surrounds Health Law Implementation In Kansas And Missouri

Last week’s Supreme Court ruling upholding the federal health law has provided more clarity to the future of health care in the US, and in this region. But as key parts of the law now move to states to implement, uncertainty – largely due to politics – surrounds how Missouri and Kansas will enact those measures.

KC Catholics Caught Between Vatican And Nuns

In mid-April, the Vatican issued strong criticism of its largest organization for American Catholic nuns, the Leadership Conference of Women Religious. The Vatican announced the organization would need to undergo some major changes, and these would be overseen by the Archbishop of Seattle. The action prompted protests and vigils across the country to support the nuns. Alex Smith looked at how the debate is affecting Catholics in Kansas City.

Happy Hour Is Back In Kansas

It’s a toast to the happy hour, so raise your glasses, Kansans.  As of July 1, Kansans are legally able to partake in the after work and late-night tradition of happy hour drink specials.  Since 1985, it’s been illegal for area bars to offer different drink prices at different times throughout the day.  Hear whether Lawrence residents think that will change the town's bar scene.

Slam Poetry Meets Jazz

We stop by the American Jazz Museum for a taste of the monthly Jazz Poetry Jams. A team of young poets from the museum are headed to the national "Brave New Voices" competition in San Francisco.

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