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$1 Million Makes a Big Difference
August 15, 2007
The Black Archives of Mid-America will have a new home at a former park maintenance building at 17th Street and Woodland Avenue. The building already houses the Full Employment Council, but needs structural...
71 + 49 = Quicker + Safer
December 12, 2012
Article announces that U.S. 71 has been officially renamed Interstate 49. Details regarding recent improvements aimed at bringing the highway up to federal interstate system standards are provided. A Missouri...
A Brand-New Glow
July 27, 2007
A new sculpture design, "Transformed Flower," has been approved by the Municipal Art Commission. The sculpture, by California artist Phillip Smith, willl be erected at the north end of the Richard & Annette...
A KC Museum Revamp
December 20, 2007
The Kansas City Museum will close on January 7, 2008, and not reopen until 2010 or later. The museum, known as Corinthian Hall, and the carriage house will get new windows and doors and be cleared of lead...
A Loss for the Community
September 25, 2013
Obituary for local philanthropist Marion Helzberg Bloch who died at the age of 83 of a brain tumor. Marion was a lifelong resident of Kanass City and the wife of H&R Block co-founder Henry Bloch. The Blochs'...
A New Engineer at Union Station
December 19, 2008
The Union Station board of directors announced that former American Royal CEO, George Guastello, will replace Andi Udris as the director of Union Station. The board decided to replace Udris in order for...
Area Hispanic Population Rises
August 11, 2008
Between July 2006 to July 2007, "in the six counties--Johnson, Wyandotte, Clay, Platte, Jackson and Cass--the total population grew 1.26 percent to 1.74 million. Within that figure, the Hispanic population...
Arrowhead Struts Its Stuff
August 14, 2009
Article discusses the improvements made on the $375 million renovation of Arrowhead Stadium. Some of the improvements include wider concourses, more restroom facilities, and updated concession counters....
Beloved Art Professor Reflects on Last 48 Years
April 26, 2013
Article announces that Richard Mattsson is retiring from the faculty of the Kansas City Art Institute. Former students and friends of Mattsson are interviewed and discuss his impact upon their lives and...
Beloved Penn Valley Park Has New Protector
May 26, 2010
The Penn Valley Conservancy is a new organization and a "potentially powerful ally for the stretched city parks department" in advocating for the park. The group's purpose is to protect the historic park...
Bishop Boland Dies at Age 82
February 28, 2014
Obituary for Raymond James Boland, the fifth bishop and spiritual leader of the Catholic Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph. A summary of Boland's life and career is provided. Friends and colleagues of...
Brighter Outlook at Union Station
December 22, 2010
“The balance sheet as of the end of October showed a positive cash flow of more than $1.5 million and pointed to a robust end-of-the-year surplus – a first for the station that only managed to break...
Brooks and Funkhouser Easily Win Primary Vote
February 28, 2007
Alvin Brooks (26.1 percent) and Mark Funkhouser (25.5 percent) win the mayor primary race. Includes city map showing Ward-by-Ward where Brooks and Funkhouser had their votes.
Burned Rubber, Shared Memories
November 28, 2011
The Kansas City International Raceway at 82nd Street and Noland Road was purchased by the city for a park. It has been the home track for the American Hot Rod Association.
By Coincidence, Exhibit on Flu Pandemic Nears
May 1, 2009
The National Archives staff are preparing their exhibit on the 1918 flu pandemic to go on display May 23 through January 23, 2009. Many believe that the "Spanish flu" actually sprang out of Kansas, and...
Call Center Overload
August 30, 2009
The 311 Action Center phone line to City Hall is experiencing such a large volume of calls that wait times can be close to an hour. Since its inception in 2006, the call center has taken on responsibility...
Can Area Support Two Aquariums?
April 7, 2012
With the opening of the Kansas City Sea Life Aquarium and Legoland Discovery Center at Crown Center, plans are still underway in Kansas for a larger aquarium in Mission, Kansas. The Kansas aquarium was...
Can't Miss This Sign of 18th and Vine
May 6, 2008
"The city plans to erect a flashing neon or LED sign nearly two stories tall on the top of the building near the corner of 18th Street and the Paseo." The sign with its lights should be visible for a mile...
CBS Show to Be in KC
July 19, 2007
CBS' "The Early Show" will broadcast live August 10 from the north courtyard of the Liberty Memorial. "Kansas City is the last of six cities on a 'Summer inthe City' road tour."
Chimp Care at KC Zoo is Criticized
October 18, 2012
Article describes the publication of a report produced by the U.S. Department of Agriculture that cited the Kansas City Zoo for instances of improper care of its primates. The article focuses upon the...
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