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Kansas City, MO – Michelle Obama visited Kansas City in July to discuss the economic challenges facing families and women. This roundtable is one of a series of discussions with women that the wife of the Democratic presidential nominee has hosted across the country.
You can listen to the entire speech here.

Kansas City, MO – During a June gubernatorial primary debate in the Lake of the Ozarks, Missouri State Treasurer Sarah Steelman labeled her Republican opponent, U.S. Representative Kenny Hulshof, as a Washington D.C. insider. Hulshof struck back by suggesting that Steelman didn't understand how bills get passed in Congress.

Highway Horrors Face Funding Flaws

Jul 7, 2008

Missouri highway planners say there is no funding available for road and bridge projects valued at $5.5 billion. Missouri Department of Transportation is already considering a twenty year projection of needs that will cost $31 billion.

The intake of revenue over the same period is calculated at $13 billion. Long term projects include widening of Interstate 70 to eight lanes and turning South 71 Highway into a portion of Interstate 49.

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Penned into law by Missouri's governor, a host of rules governing illegal immigration will go into effect in August. Another provision that will affect Kansas City law enforcement will become effective in January 2009.

Grant Launches Habitat Home Extension

Jul 1, 2008
kcur photo by Dan Verbeck

Habitat for Humanity extends its program in Kansas City's core.

The Habitat for Humanity is assured of funds for 11 new homes in Kansas City's urban core. Federal Home Loan Bank Executive Vice President Nicholas Spaeth has presented Fifth District Congressman Emmanuel Cleaver(D,Mo.) with a check for $110,000. While the sum may appear low for 11 homes, Habitat spokesperson Rebecca Dye says it costs the agency $95,000 to build one house. The new owners pay a maximum $85,000. This grant will satisfy the balance.

Independence, MO – Presumptive Democratic Party presidential nominee and Illinois Senator Barack Obama spoke to a crowd Monday gathered at the Truman Memorial Building Auditorium in Independence, Missouri. Up to Date's host Steve Kraske talked to the candidate.

Listen to the June 30, 2008 broadcast of Up to Date: Live from Independence with Presidential Candidate Barack Obama here.

Independence, MO – Hundreds of people turned out to see Democratic Presidential candidate Barack Obama Monday morning in Independence. KCUR's Maria Carter was there.

Senator Obama has been plagued by detractors who've questioned his commitment to the country, but Obama fired back today with a 30 minute speech outlining his views on patriotism.

Walt and Laura meet with City Auditor Gary White and Kansas City Star Reporter Dave Helling to talk about the proposed budget. Listeners share opinions on what they feel should be Kansas City's top priorities. Also, hear more about the challenges facing the city council as expenditures are expected to rise.

Listen to the show. (54 min)

JEFFERSON CITY, MO – In an extended press conference this morning Missouri Governor Matt Blunt says he decided not to run for reelection in the last few days, less than two weeks after delivering a State of the State address that was widely viewed as a campaign speech.


Kansas City Voters Face Two Smoking Ban Proposals

Jan 18, 2008

Kansas City, MO – Kansas City voters will likely face two competing smoking ban proposals, and one to renew a tax that supports city buses. But as KCUR's Steve Bell reports, the final ballot isn't set in stone.

The city council agreed yesterday to fine-tune a 3/8 cent sales tax for the ATA so the proceeds could only go for bus service and planned to finalize putting it on the ballot next week. But City Attorney Galen Beauford Clay said Chastain's light rail lawsuit could invalidate that.

KANSAS CITY, MO – The Kansas City, Missouri City Council has approved an amended version of a smoking ban initiative for an April public vote. If the group that collected the petition signatures doesn't approve the changes, both versions will be on the ballot.


Kansas City, MO – Steve Murdock became the first official demographer for the state of Texas in 2001. He uses population projections to advise the state government of Texas, and other states too, on everything from public education and health care to budget planning and economic growth. Texas is one of four states that are majority minority - where the combined population of all non-white groups is more than 50%, and Murdock says pretty soon, the whole country will look like Texas.

Kansas City, MO – In April, the Missouri House of Representatives assigned a special committee to research the effect of illegal immigration on the state. In early June, state officials told the committee that state services haven't seen much impact, but the picture in Kansas City is different. On Thursday, more than a dozen Kansas City officials and community leaders testified before the committee during a day-long forum at Penn Valley Community College. KCUR's Sylvia Maria Gross was there.

Kansas City, MO – On April 10, thousands of people gathered at Ilus Davis Park near City Hall to advocate for immigration reform that includes some kind of legalization for undocumented immigrants. A week later, a rally against illegal immigration drew several hundred people to Mill Creek Park, next to the Country Club Plaza. Many of the protestors there said they support legal immigration, but think existing laws are not being enforced by the government. Sylvia Maria Gross has more.

Kansas City, MO – Missouri State Representatives Brian Baker (R-Belton) and Beth Low (D-Kansas City) discuss an amendment to the Missouri budget limiting access to contraceptives for low-income women.

Kansas City, MO – The Missouri Senate debated a bill last week that would require voters to present photo identification at polling sites in order to vote. Some senators who proposed the bill say the measure will inspire confidence in Missouri's elections. Others, however, are reminded of the now-illegal voting restrictions of the past. Missouri is one of about 20 states that already require some kind of ID at the polls, six states call for photo IDs.

Kansas City, MO – A Kansas state representative introduced a bill on Tuesday to repeal the law that allows undocumented immigrants who live in Kansas to pay in-state tuition. The law passed in 2004, and 221 students are now enrolled in Kansas colleges and universities under its provisions. Sylvia Maria Gross reports.

Candidates Take Shape In Debate

Sep 17, 2002

WICHITA – The two major-party candidates for governor in Kansas have started sharpening their attacks on one another. Republican Tim Shallenburger and Democrat Kathleen Sebelius are now challenging each other's records on issues like taxes, education and crime.
Kansas Public Radio's Peter Hancock has been following the campaigns and files this report.

Fighting Crime Online

Aug 27, 2002

Kansas City – The state of Kansas has won an award for KCJIS, its computer communications system for courts, prosecutors and law enforcement agencies.

Find links to some of the state agencies' sites below.