Government http://kcur.org en Need A Birth Certificate To Vote In Kansas? Douglas County Promises Help http://kcur.org/post/need-birth-certificate-vote-kansas-douglas-county-promises-help <p>The Douglas County clerk says his office will offer financial assistance to residents who need an out-of-state birth certificate to prove their citizenship and comply with Kansas' voter identification law.</p><p>County Clerk Jamie Shew says the current law creates two classes of Kansans: Those who were born in-state and can get a free birth certificate, and those who were born out-of-state and must pay to get a birth certificate.</p> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 17:12:14 +0000 Elle Moxley 58681 at http://kcur.org Need A Birth Certificate To Vote In Kansas? Douglas County Promises Help Power And Light Building Could Become Apartments With Council Vote http://kcur.org/post/power-and-light-building-could-become-apartments-council-vote <p><strong>&nbsp;Updated 6:11 p.m.:</strong></p><p>The Kansas City City Council has postponed the vote on the Power and Light building so city officials can conduct another hearing on the proposal's financial implications.</p><p><em>The original post begins here:</em></p><p>The Kansas City City Council votes Thursday afternoon on declaring the historic Power and Light Building and several blocks surrounding it a blighted area.</p> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 11:46:20 +0000 Steve Bell 58661 at http://kcur.org Power And Light Building Could Become Apartments With Council Vote Supreme Court's 'Agency Fees' Ruling Impact On Kansas City Unions http://kcur.org/post/supreme-courts-agency-fees-ruling-impact-kansas-city-unions <p></p><p>Last week we saw the closing of another Supreme Court session with landmark rulings about religious freedom, cell phone privacy, and recess appointments. But there was another decision: a 5-4 ruling that may have an impact on unions and how they operate, including right in the Kansas City area. On Tuesday's <em>Up To Date,&nbsp; </em>guest host <a href="http://kcur.org/people/brian-ellison">Brian Ellison</a> talks with the AFL-CIO's Craig Becker on the highest court in the land's ruling on union agency fees.</p> Tue, 08 Jul 2014 21:54:35 +0000 Brian Ellison & Hannah Copeland 58550 at http://kcur.org Supreme Court's 'Agency Fees' Ruling Impact On Kansas City Unions Kansas City Opens 'Dead Letter Office' http://kcur.org/post/kansas-city-opens-dead-letter-office <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Last month, the city of Kansas City, Mo., opened what they’re calling a 'Dead Letter Office,' which is actually a website where the residents and business owners can petition to repeal out-of-date city regulations.</span></p><p>Assistant City Manager Rick Usher focuses on small businesses and entrepreneurship. He says due to Kansas City’s long history, some of the old rules are still in the books.</p> Tue, 08 Jul 2014 11:00:00 +0000 Christina Lieffring 57916 at http://kcur.org Kansas City Opens 'Dead Letter Office' Overland Park Expected To Green-Light Google Fiber http://kcur.org/post/overland-park-expected-green-light-google-fiber <p>The Overland Park City Council will vote Monday night on a pair of plans to bring Google Fiber to the Kansas suburb, months after striking a preliminary deal.</p><p>Google Fiber walked away from that discussion after several council members asked about liability for city-owned utilities such as light poles, even though they ultimately wanted to approve the plan.&nbsp;</p><p>That shouldn't be a problem moving forward, says Councilman Paul Lyons.</p> Mon, 07 Jul 2014 20:33:41 +0000 Elle Moxley 58496 at http://kcur.org Overland Park Expected To Green-Light Google Fiber Nixon Signs Bill To Expand Access Of Heroin Antidote To First Responders http://kcur.org/post/nixon-signs-bill-expand-access-heroin-antidote-first-responders Missouri state Rep. Dave Hinson has seen first-hand what a lifesaver a heroin antidote can be.<p>Hinson, R-St. Clair, is a paramedic based in north St. Louis County. Mon, 07 Jul 2014 14:29:27 +0000 Jo Mannies 58476 at http://kcur.org Nixon Signs Bill To Expand Access Of Heroin Antidote To First Responders KC Health Department Teaching Classes On Pesticide-Free Pest Control http://kcur.org/post/kc-health-department-teaching-classes-pesticide-free-pest-control <p>Michael Swoyer from the Kansas City Health Department receives a lot of calls from residents with bedbugs.</p><p>Unfortunately, he says there's not much the city can do to help them — exterminating bedbugs is a time-consuming and expensive business.</p><p>So,&nbsp;Swoyer&nbsp;and the Kansas City Health Department are organizing classes for the general public on how to prevent rats, mice and bedbugs from colonizing in homes – and what people should do if they’re already there.</p> Mon, 07 Jul 2014 12:56:23 +0000 Christina Lieffring 58212 at http://kcur.org KC Health Department Teaching Classes On Pesticide-Free Pest Control Kansas Statehouse Visitors Can Now Carry Hidden Firearms http://kcur.org/post/kansas-statehouse-visitors-can-now-carry-hidden-firearms <p>Visitors with a concealed carry permit can now bring handguns into the Kansas Statehouse.</p><p>The change took effect this week, and Statehouse security officers have a process in place to determine who's carrying in the Capitol. Visitors with a firearm will need to provide their concealed carry permit and a photo ID.</p><p>Kansas Capitol Police Officer Stephen Crumpler says staff will screen the person for other weapons and use a system to double-check that the concealed carry permit is valid.</p> Thu, 03 Jul 2014 13:17:56 +0000 Stephen Koranda 58329 at http://kcur.org Many States Fail On Policies For New Parents, Study Says http://kcur.org/post/many-states-fail-policies-new-parents-study-says <p>It's scary being a new parent, and many state regulations make the adjustment period very difficult for new moms and dads who have jobs. A recent study gives both Kansas and Missouri a failing grade in this area.</p> Wed, 02 Jul 2014 19:47:42 +0000 Steve Kraske & Beth Lipoff 58273 at http://kcur.org Many States Fail On Policies For New Parents, Study Says Nixon Vetoes Bill Mandating 72-Hour Waiting Period For Abortions http://kcur.org/post/nixon-vetoes-bill-mandating-72-hour-waiting-period-abortions <strong>(Updated 9:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 2)</strong><p>Missouri Gov. Wed, 02 Jul 2014 19:03:59 +0000 Jo Mannies 58295 at http://kcur.org Nixon Vetoes Bill Mandating 72-Hour Waiting Period For Abortions Five Things You Need To Know About Transportation Tax http://kcur.org/post/five-things-you-need-know-about-transportation-tax Missourians will vote Aug. 5 on a 0.75 percent sales tax increase for transportation projects. The proposal — commonly known as the transportation tax — would generate billions of dollars over the next decade to fix roads, repair bridges and improve mass transit.&#160;<img class="wysiwyg-asset-image-wrapper inset" data-caption="" data-attribution="Credit Jason Rosenbaum, St. Louis Public Radio " typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://mediad.publicbroadcasting.net/p/kwmu/files/styles/card_280/public/201406/IMG_3849.JPG" alt="" /><p>The stakes are high. Wed, 02 Jul 2014 12:55:11 +0000 Jason Rosenbaum 58263 at http://kcur.org Five Things You Need To Know About Transportation Tax Jackson County Won't Defend Missouri Gay Marriage Ban http://kcur.org/post/jackson-county-wont-defend-missouri-gay-marriage-ban <p>Jackson County will not fight a challenge to Missouri’s gay marriage ban because it discriminates against same-sex couples, the county’s top executive said Monday.</p><p>Last week the American Civil Liberties Union filed <a href="http://www.aclu-mo.org/download_file/view_inline/1159/514/">a lawsuit in Jackson County Circuit Court</a> on behalf of two Kansas City, Mo., couples who were denied marriage licenses.</p> Mon, 30 Jun 2014 21:52:25 +0000 Peggy Lowe 58182 at http://kcur.org Jackson County Won't Defend Missouri Gay Marriage Ban LGBT Issues: Divorce And Marriage http://kcur.org/post/lgbt-issues-divorce-and-marriage <p></p><p>What happens if things go sour for a married gay couple? Many Kansas counties would dismiss any divorce cases without hearing them, but not Douglas County.</p><p>In the second part of Monday's <a href="http://kcur.org/programs/date"><em>Up to Date</em></a>, we&nbsp;examine how its policy is different and take a look at other new developments affecting the local LGBT community.</p> Mon, 30 Jun 2014 16:47:47 +0000 Steve Kraske & Beth Lipoff 58146 at http://kcur.org LGBT Issues: Divorce And Marriage Political Polls: Kansas Races http://kcur.org/post/political-polls-kansas-races <p></p><p>A new poll shows Gov. Sam Brownback trailing opposing Democrat Paul Davis, who’s showing support from independents and Republicans that many didn’t expect.</p><p>In the first part of Monday's <a href="http://kcur.org/programs/date"><em>Up to Date</em></a>, we talk about that race, how Sen. Pat Roberts is faring against the competition and what former Missouri Congressman Todd Akin is saying this week.</p><p><strong>Guests:</strong></p> Mon, 30 Jun 2014 16:22:26 +0000 Steve Kraske & Beth Lipoff 58144 at http://kcur.org Political Polls: Kansas Races Kansas City Loosens Liquor License Rules For Some Felony Offenders http://kcur.org/post/kansas-city-loosens-liquor-license-rules-some-felony-offenders <p>Finding a job may be getting a little easier in Kansas City, Mo., for some people convicted of crimes.</p><p>Some of them will no longer have to wait four years to get a “liquor card.”</p><p>In Kansas City, all people involved in the sale of alcoholic beverages in restaurants, bars and retail stores have to be licensed by the city.</p><p>People convicted of violent crimes are not eligible. &nbsp;And until now, those with nonviolent felony convictions, including drunk driving, had a four-year wait after they had served any time involved.</p> Fri, 27 Jun 2014 16:36:48 +0000 Steve Bell 58014 at http://kcur.org Kansas City Unlikely To Join St. Louis In Granting Same-Sex Marriage Licenses http://kcur.org/post/kansas-city-unlikely-join-st-louis-granting-same-sex-marriage-licenses <p>City officials in St. Louis mounted a challenge to the state's same-sex marriage ban on Wednesday when they allowed four gay couples to wed at City Hall.</p><p>But on the other side of the state, it's unlikely Kansas City Mayor Sly James will follow suit. James tweeted Thursday that due to differences in the two cities' charters, he is unable to issue marriage licenses:&nbsp;</p> Thu, 26 Jun 2014 18:55:12 +0000 Elle Moxley 57977 at http://kcur.org Police Chief Discusses Community Involvement In Solving Crime http://kcur.org/post/police-chief-discusses-community-involvement-solving-crime <p></p> Wed, 25 Jun 2014 15:08:24 +0000 Gina Kaufmann & Matthew Long-Middleton 57890 at http://kcur.org Police Chief Discusses Community Involvement In Solving Crime Schodorf Unveils Plan To Change Voter Registration In Kansas http://kcur.org/post/schodorf-unveils-plan-change-voter-registration-kansas <p>A Democratic candidate for Kansas secretary of state has unveiled her proposal to revamp some voter registration rules. Kansas law requires proof of citizenship documents for people registering to vote for the first time in Kansas, and that requirement has put around 19,000 voter registrations on hold.</p> Wed, 25 Jun 2014 13:42:55 +0000 Stephen Koranda 57885 at http://kcur.org Kansas City Out Of Running For 2016 GOP Convention http://kcur.org/post/kansas-city-out-running-2016-gop-convention <p><strong>Update, 1:10 p.m.</strong></p><p>The Republican National Committee announced Wednesday that Cleveland, Ohio, and Dallas, Texas, were finalists to host the 2016 Republican Convention. Kansas City and Denver have been eliminated.</p> Wed, 25 Jun 2014 12:40:33 +0000 Maria Carter, Frank Morris & Briana O'Higgins 57883 at http://kcur.org Kansas City Out Of Running For 2016 GOP Convention Nixon Cuts More Than $1 Billion From FY2015 State Budget http://kcur.org/post/nixon-cuts-more-1-billion-fy2015-state-budget <img class="wysiwyg-asset-image-wrapper inset" data-caption="Mo. Gov. Jay Nixon briefing reporters on cuts to FY2015 state budget." data-attribution="Credit Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio" typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://mediad.publicbroadcasting.net/p/kwmu/files/styles/card_280/public/201406/6-24-2014%2C_Nixon_announces_cuts_prior_to_signing_budget.JPG" alt="" /><p><em>Updated at 3:57 p.m. with reaction from House Budget Chair Rick Stream, R-Kirkwood.</em><p><em>Updated at 3:21 p.m. Tue, 24 Jun 2014 20:27:36 +0000 Marshall Griffin 57855 at http://kcur.org Nixon Cuts More Than $1 Billion From FY2015 State Budget Key Lawmaker Says Smaller Government A Goal Of Kansas Tax Cuts http://kcur.org/post/key-lawmaker-says-smaller-government-goal-kansas-tax-cuts <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Conservatives had two reasons for advocating deep cuts in state income tax rates, says one of the legislative leaders who championed them.</span></p><p>The first and most often touted by Gov. Sam Brownback was to lower taxes for business owners so that they could use the savings to create more jobs.</p><p>But a second and less talked about goal was to shrink state government by reducing tax collections and forcing legislators to cut spending, according to Senate President Susan Wagle.</p> Tue, 24 Jun 2014 19:58:47 +0000 Jim McLean 57840 at http://kcur.org K-State Says Proposed Funding For NBAF Is A Big Step Forward http://kcur.org/post/k-state-says-proposed-funding-nbaf-big-step-forward <p>A U.S. Senate subcommittee&nbsp;has appropriated&nbsp;$300 million in funding for the<a href="http://www.dhs.gov/national-bio-and-agro-defense-facility"> National Bio and Agro- Defense Facility </a>, or NBAF,&nbsp;in&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">Manhattan, Kan.</span></p><p>Ron Trewyn, vice president for research at<a href="http://www.k-state.edu/"> Kansas State University</a>, says this week's appropriation for a top-security animal disease lab on Kansas State's campus will allow the <a href="http://www.dhs.gov/">Department Of Homeland Security</a>&nbsp;lab be finished.</p> Tue, 24 Jun 2014 17:53:29 +0000 Laura Ziegler 57833 at http://kcur.org K-State Says Proposed Funding For NBAF Is A Big Step Forward FULL AUDIO: Hillary Clinton Speaks In Kansas City http://kcur.org/post/full-audio-hillary-clinton-speaks-kansas-city <p>Former First Lady, U.S. Senator and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton visited Kansas City on Sunday June 21 where she s<span style="line-height: 1.5;">poke with Rainy Day Books co-owner Vivien Jennings in front of a crowd of thousands at the Midland </span>Theatre.<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The former Secretary of State was in town to promote her memoir, 'Hard Choices.'</span></p> Tue, 24 Jun 2014 15:08:34 +0000 Stephen Steigman 57825 at http://kcur.org FULL AUDIO: Hillary Clinton Speaks In Kansas City Debate About Kansas Finances Previews Fall Election http://kcur.org/post/debate-about-kansas-finances-previews-fall-election <p>A routine financial meeting last week at the Kansas Statehouse turned into a heated exchange between Republican Gov. Sam Brownback and some Democratic lawmakers. The two sides sparred over the state's financial policies, and the meeting previewed many of the arguments that are likely to be repeated on the campaign trail this fall.</p><p>The state of Kansas borrows money to help manage cash flow during the year, but the annual meeting soon turned to a debate over fiscal policy.</p> Mon, 23 Jun 2014 15:18:39 +0000 Stephen Koranda 57761 at http://kcur.org Nixon Signs Bill Revamping Missouri's Funeral Protest Law http://kcur.org/post/nixon-signs-bill-revamping-missouris-funeral-protest-law <img class="wysiwyg-asset-image-wrapper inset" data-caption="" data-attribution="Credit Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio" typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://mediad.publicbroadcasting.net/p/kwmu/files/styles/card_280/public/201406/Mo._Capitol_in_August_2.jpg" alt="" /><p>Missouri Gov. Mon, 23 Jun 2014 10:22:01 +0000 Marshall Griffin 57756 at http://kcur.org Nixon Signs Bill Revamping Missouri's Funeral Protest Law Kansas City To Outsource Ambulance Billing http://kcur.org/post/kansas-city-outsource-ambulance-billing <p style="margin-bottom: 0in">City manager Troy Schulte and finance chair Jan Marcason said signing up with</p><p style="margin-bottom: 0in">Advanced Data Processing Inc., a company that already does billing for several cities in the metro, would save $800,000 and increase collections.</p><p style="margin-bottom: 0in">“For the taxpayers and for the city this is a good deal and I think we should approve it today,”&nbsp;Marcason<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">told her council colleagues.</span></p> Fri, 20 Jun 2014 11:59:21 +0000 Steve Bell 57633 at http://kcur.org Cash-flow Loan Triggers Debate About Brownback’s Economic Policies http://kcur.org/post/cash-flow-loan-triggers-debate-about-brownback-s-economic-policies <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The state of Kansas is loaning itself $675 million to ensure that it can pay its bills as it transitions from one budget year to the next.</span></p><p>That’s not unusual.</p><p>For the last 16 years, it has been standard practice for the State Finance Council to approve certificates of indebtedness, which transfer money from a fund used to collect fees and pay off bonds to the state’s general operating fund.</p> Thu, 19 Jun 2014 21:45:54 +0000 Jim McLean 57628 at http://kcur.org Concealed Firearms To Be Allowed In Kansas Capitol http://kcur.org/post/concealed-firearms-be-allowed-kansas-capitol <p>Visitors who have a concealed weapons permit will be allowed to bring guns into the Kansas Statehouse starting in July.</p><p>A state law grants the Legislative Coordinating Council the authority to bar concealed firearms in the Capitol. But at a meeting Thursday, those legislators chose not to discuss any regulations. That means concealed guns will be allowed in the Capitol next month.</p><p>Senate President Susan Wagle, a Wichita Republican, says this puts the Statehouse on a par with many other facilities.</p> Thu, 19 Jun 2014 20:30:36 +0000 Stephen Koranda 57620 at http://kcur.org Concealed Firearms To Be Allowed In Kansas Capitol Kansas City Council Approves Zoning For Plaza Office High-Rise http://kcur.org/post/kansas-city-council-approves-zoning-plaza-office-high-rise <p style="margin-bottom: 0in">A Kansas City council committee approved zoning changes for a 14-story office tower on the north edge of the Country Club Plaza on Wednesday. There appears to be no organized effort to stop its construction.</p><p style="margin-bottom: 0in">In recent years, plans for a North-Plaza law office high-rise and a luxury hotel were derailed by opposition. But this time there is no business opposition and Dan Cofran of Friends of the Plaza says his group does not want to stop or delay the Block Real Estate project.</p> Thu, 19 Jun 2014 12:57:25 +0000 Steve Bell 57565 at http://kcur.org Kansas City Council Approves Zoning For Plaza Office High-Rise Mayor Discusses 2016 Convention Odds At Young Republicans Meeting http://kcur.org/post/mayor-discusses-2016-convention-odds-young-republicans-meeting <p>It'll be at least two more months before city officials learn if Kansas City has impressed the right people and secured a bid for the 2016 Republican National Convention.</p> Thu, 19 Jun 2014 01:04:18 +0000 Elle Moxley 57563 at http://kcur.org Mayor Discusses 2016 Convention Odds At Young Republicans Meeting