The Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce has made Growing Kansas City’s Medical Research, From Discovery to Cure one of its Big 5 Ideas for the metro. We’ve been tracking what that actually means on this program with chamber and civic leaders over the last several months. This week, we perhaps put the most human face on the issue as we show you how patients from as far away as New Zealand are now heading to Kansas City to take advantage of some of the cutting edge research and clinical trials now going on in our own backyard. Producer Rich Miller takes us inside KU Med’s Clinical Research Center in Fairway, Kansas for a closer look.
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THIS WEEK: Friday, June 29, 2012 @ 7:30 pm
(Rebroadcast Sunday @ 11 am )
PULLING THE PLUG ON KEMPER?: Is Kansas City finally ready to give up on Kemper Arena? Well it seems that the Kansas City, Missouri City Council just might be as it votes this week to terminate AEG’s contract to manage the decades old facility. No longer will the city try to market Kemper as a viable alternative to Sprint Center
MCCASKILL SKIPPING DEMOCRATIC NATIONAL CONVENTION: Having been a major speaker at the last Democratic National Convention in Denver, Missouri U-S Senator Claire McCaskill says this week she will skip this summer’s party convention in Raleigh, North Carolina.
NIXON DISTANCES HIMSELF FROM OBAMA ON HEALTHCARE: Republicans pounced on news reports this week that Missouri Governor Jay Nixon, a Democrat, is distancing himself from the President’s Healthcare Reform Law, just as the Supreme Court decides that the law is constitutional. Is this a 180 degree turn for Nixon? We take a closer look and examine other local and regional implications of this week’s big healthcare ruling.
KU EARNS NATIONAL CANCER CENTER DESIGNATION: The University of Kansas Medical Center is informed that it it will receive it’s long sought after National Cancer Institute Designation. It opens the door to millions of dollars in federal grants as well as private funds for advanced research in cancer prevention, diagnosis and treatment.
KID IN CLOSET CASE BRINGS UP TOUGH QUESTIONS: The disturbing case of a young Kansas City girl police found living in a closet, locked away without food, festering in her own feces and urine makes national headlines this week and brings with it a lot of troubling questions. Why did it take so long for anyone to notice and rescue the girl aged 10 who weighed just 32 pounds?
MAYOR JAMES KICKS OFF REPAIR CAMPAIGN: On Wednesday, Kansas City Mayor Sly James kicks off the campaign to provide a new source of money for the Parks and Recreation Department and approve a half billion dollars to pay for the city’s massive sewer repair project. James and other city leaders are asking voters on August 7 to approve Kansas City Questions 1 and 2. The campaign is called “Reform Repeal, Repair”. What would be repaired? And what exactly are we reforming?
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