Government http://kcur.org en Obama Plans Trip To Kansas City http://kcur.org/post/obama-plans-trip-kansas-city <p></p><p>President Obama appears to be planning a visit to Kansas City next week.</p><p>KCUR’s<a href="https://twitter.com/stevekraske/status/491602921503461376"> Steve Kraske tweeted the news</a> Tuesday that Obama will be here next Tuesday and Wednesday.</p><p>The <a href="http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/the-buzz/article780770.html">White House said Obama</a> will be speaking about the economy and will spend the night here before returning to Washington, D.C. Neither a time and location, nor any other details, have been announced.</p> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 17:34:40 +0000 Peggy Lowe 59294 at http://kcur.org Obama Plans Trip To Kansas City Roeland Park City Council Votes Down Anti-Discrimination Ordinance http://kcur.org/post/roeland-park-city-council-votes-down-anti-discrimination-ordinance <p>The Roeland Park City Council on Monday voted down an<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;ordinance &nbsp;that would have banned discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity.&nbsp;</span></p><p>The anti-discrimination ordinance had been a hotly debated issue in the Johnson County suburb and drew a crowd last night of about 150 people. Some members of the crowd wore blue shirts to show their support for the ordinance.</p><p>After hearing nearly 50 public comments, the council voted 4-3 against adding the ordinance. One council member was absent.</p> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 13:25:18 +0000 Cara McClain 59279 at http://kcur.org Nixon Says Legislature-Approved Tax Breaks Decimate Local Control http://kcur.org/post/nixon-says-legislature-approved-tax-breaks-decimate-local-control <p>Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon was in Blue Springs Friday asking local elected officials to oppose the tax breaks state lawmakers approved in the session's eleventh hour.</p><p>Nixon vetoed the cuts, which would have created sales tax&nbsp;exemptions for restaurants, dry cleaners and power companies, earlier this week. He says they weren't accounted for in the budget legislators sent him and would make it difficult for municipalities to raise the money they need through levy increases.</p> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 21:10:57 +0000 Elle Moxley 59146 at http://kcur.org Nixon Says Legislature-Approved Tax Breaks Decimate Local Control Kansas City Women Versus Tom Pendergast http://kcur.org/post/kansas-city-women-versus-tom-pendergast <p></p><p></p><p>In the 1920s and '30s, Kansas City was defined by the corruption of the political machine run by “Boss” Tom Pendergast. But the machine finally was brought down, in no small part through the efforts of reform-minded women.</p><p>Former Kansas City Mayor Kay Barnes tells the story of these “civic housekeepers” whose fight came to a dramatic conclusion with the ballot-box victories of 1940, Pendergast’s imprisonment in the U.S. Penitentiary at Leavenworth, and the smashing of machine-mob rule.</p><p><strong>Guest:</strong></p> Thu, 17 Jul 2014 20:29:41 +0000 Steve Kraske, Hannah Copeland & Danie Alexander 59036 at http://kcur.org Kansas City Women Versus Tom Pendergast What's Next For Kemper Arena? City Council Begins Discussion http://kcur.org/post/whats-next-kemper-arena-city-council-begins-discussion <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Of all the possible plans for </span>Kemper<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Arena, the one that changes the building the least is also the least viable for the city.</span></p><p>"Doing nothing doesn't seem to work for anybody," Kansas City Councilman Ed Ford told members of the Planning, Zoning and Economic Development Committee Thursday morning, kicking off a series of meetings to discuss Kemper's future.</p> Thu, 17 Jul 2014 17:40:40 +0000 Elle Moxley 59068 at http://kcur.org What's Next For Kemper Arena? City Council Begins Discussion Roeland Park Will Vote on LGBT-Inclusive Anti-Discrimination Policy http://kcur.org/post/roeland-park-will-vote-lgbt-inclusive-anti-discrimination-policy <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">After being postponed four times in as many months, a vote has finally been scheduled for the proposed anti-discrimination policy in </span>Roeland<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Park, </span>Kan<span style="line-height: 1.5;">. The city council will vote on the measure July 21.</span></p> Thu, 17 Jul 2014 01:34:00 +0000 Scott Ross 59043 at http://kcur.org Roeland Park Will Vote on LGBT-Inclusive Anti-Discrimination Policy The Transparency Of Police Records In Kansas http://kcur.org/post/transparency-police-records-kansas <p>In May of 2013, investigative reporter Karen Dillon&nbsp;<a href="http://www.kansas.com/2013/05/12/2799523_getting-police-reports-criminal.html">wrote a story in the <em>Kansas City Star </em></a>that shed light on Kansas' restrictive police records access laws. <a href="http://www.cjr.org/united_states_project/karen_dillon_kansas_city_journalist_police_records.php?page=all">According to <em>Columbia Journalism Review</em></a>, her work was instrumental in changing those laws. This year,&nbsp;Gov. Tue, 15 Jul 2014 19:51:01 +0000 Gina Kaufmann, Matthew Long-Middleton & Matt Hodapp 58941 at http://kcur.org The Transparency Of Police Records In Kansas Farm Bill Analysis Yields Surprising Results http://kcur.org/post/farm-bill-analysis-yields-surprising-results <p></p><p>Recently, <a href="http://www.harvestpublicmedia.org/article/lobbyists-all-kinds-flock-farm-bill" target="_blank">Harvest Public Media took a look at the new Farm Bill</a>, and what they found might surprise you.</p><p>On Monday's <a href="http://kcur.org/programs/date"><em>Up to Date</em></a>, we discuss how little influence farmers and agricultural groups had in shaping the bill and look at who the major players actually were.</p><p><strong>Guests:</strong></p> Mon, 14 Jul 2014 15:48:33 +0000 Steve Kraske & Beth Lipoff 58864 at http://kcur.org Missouri Honors General And His Jumping Jacks http://kcur.org/post/missouri-honors-general-and-his-jumping-jacks <img class="wysiwyg-asset-image-wrapper inset" data-caption="John Joseph &quot;Black Jack&quot; Pershing was a general officer in the United States Army who led the American Expeditionary Forces in World War I. " data-attribution="Credit Wikimedia Commons" typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://mediad.publicbroadcasting.net/p/kwmu/files/styles/card_280/public/201407/800px-General_John_Joseph_Pershing_head_on_shoulders.jpg" alt="" /><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Show-Me State is designating the jumping jack as its official exercise in honor of the U.S. Fri, 11 Jul 2014 15:54:35 +0000 Joseph Leahy 58750 at http://kcur.org Missouri Honors General And His Jumping Jacks KCI Commission 'Overwhelmingly' Favors One-Terminal Plan http://kcur.org/post/kci-commission-overwhelmingly-favors-one-terminal-plan <p>The recommendation to replace the three terminals at the Kansas City International Airport with one new building is still controversial among the general public.</p><p>But according to its final report, the mayor's airport advisory commission didn't find it was controversial at all.</p><p>Commission co-chairman Dave Fowler said Thursday that the panel began its study of the airport as a group divided in opinion, but finished in nearly complete agreement.</p> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 13:39:15 +0000 Steve Bell 58745 at http://kcur.org KCI Commission 'Overwhelmingly' Favors One-Terminal Plan 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 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