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Sat October 26, 2013
Top Stories Of The Week
The Chiefs were number one. And the Kansas City, Missouri School District got another accreditation disappointment. KCUR's Steve Bell recaps on those and other top stories of the week on the KCUR Saturday News Review.
KC schools lose out on accreditation bid
The Kansas City school district asked for a temporary provisional accreditation. The state board didn't give it.. Board President Peter Herschend said one set of qualifying test scores was not enough. Superintendent Stephen Green worried that paying the expenses on kids who want to transfer out of the district would cost a bundle.
Superintendent Green wins 5-year contract
In recognition of his efforts and progress to date Dr. Stephen Green, Superintendent if Kansas City schools, was awarded a five year contract extension. Board President Airick Leonard West said Green's new contract is for $250,000 a year plus a bonus.
Jackson County prosecutor to handle Maryville case
Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker was appointed special prosecutor to investigate whether charges should have been filed in the alleged rape of a Maryville high-schooler. The Maryville teen said she was sexually assaulted by the grandson of a former State Senator.
KC Charter Review Commission recommends more mayoral power
The Kansas City Charter Review Commission finalized the basics of its proposal, including increasing the number of council districts, eliminating at large seats and giving the mayor more power. Some committee members doubted whether those changes would ever make it through the council and onto a ballot.
Likely to go to the voters is moving city elections from February and March to April and June.
Nixon promises more MO funding for schools, colleges
Missouri Governor Jay Nixon promised school funding improvement in his next year's budget – both for higher ed and K-12. Nixon also reversed his decision to toughen Missouri requirements to get food stamps.
Supplier of new MO execution drug to be kept confidential
The Missouri Department of Corrections announced still another choice of execution drug, pentobarbital after protests by a manufacturer of propofol about its proposed execution use. The department alsl announced that its pentobarbital supplier would remain a secret.
Chiefs remain only undefeated team in NF
The Chiefs continued their community-elating winning streak – and with a 7-0 win-loss record, were the only undefeated team in the NFL.
MU gridders keep winning; hoops coach suspended by NCAA
MU's gridiron squad also kept up its string if victories, But the NCAA suspended MU basketball coach Frank Haith for 5 games for failure to monitor and control illegal recruiting activities in his previous job at Miami.