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Broken gas main triggers disastrous Plaza fire

Witnesses said the explosion shook their homes and businesses blocks away, and spawned flames more vicious than an ordinary fire. And as they feared, there were people inside JJ's Restaurant when it exploded. Fifteen were injured and one died in the blast and fire that resulted when an excavating contractor broke a gas line. In addition to lawsuits, the fire prompted an ongoing debate on how companies and cities should prepare for and respond to natural gas leaks.

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Dec 21, 2013

KCI Public Vote Group Falls Short, Tries Again

A neighborhoods-based group that wants a public vote on the future of KCI Airport came up almost 600 short of enough signatures to get their measure on the ballot. John Murphy said “Friends of KCI” hasn't given up yet. They have about a week to come up with the additional signatures.“Friends of KCI” is concerned that building a new airport terminal might take funding away from infrastructure and basic services.

Petition Drive Asks State To End School District

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Dec 14, 2013

Turmoil, lawsuit over possible unaccredited KC schools transfers

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Dec 7, 2013

Concussion lawsuit filed against KC Chiefs

Five former Chiefs players sued the team over the long-term effects of football field concussions. Attorney Kenneth McClain said his clients won't get much relief under an earlier NFL settlement. McClain adds that the suit is possible because of a particular provision of Missouri law and that it is possible the St. Louis Rams will face a similar lawsuit

Sporting KC prepares for MLS soccer championship game

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Nov 30, 2013

Court deals heavy blow to red-light cameras.

On the day the city council was to vote on changes to save Kansas City's red-light-cameras from one court decision, a second decision cast doubt on whether that could be done,

The ruling says running a red light is a moving violation and you can't ticket a driver for such a based on a photo of the rear of the vehicle.

GOP makes it official: Convention is KC possibility

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Nov 23, 2013

Phase II streetcar expansion corridor defined

The city council approved further study of three extension routes for the downtown streetcar system.

The proposed extensions are two eastward branches (Independence Avenue and in the 31st Street-Linwood corridor) and a south extension as far as Waldo. Consultants hope for 50 percent federal funding.

Corinthian Hall KC Museum, collection could change hands

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Nov 16, 2013

Missouri to honor same-sex joint income tax returns

Gov. Jay Nixon announced Thursday that Missouri would honor joint tax returns of same-sex couples who married in states where those marriages are recognized.

Republican leadership in Jefferson City expressed outrage, accusing Nixon of ignoring the state constitution and the will of the voters.

Nixon calls for truce with Kansas on economic border war

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Nov 9, 2013
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The Chiefs made it nine in a row. Kansas City won a big convention. And Jackson County turned down the idea of a sales tax for medical research. Those are some of the stories we revisit on KCUR's Saturday News Review.

Sales tax proposals soundly defeated

Eighty-four percent of Jackson Countians who voted Tuesday voted against a half-cent sales tax for medical research.

The “vote no” campaign on the Jackson County tax measure was so strong that Mayor Cannon Ross said it also defeated a Blue Springs sales tax measure for a community center and parks projects.

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Nov 2, 2013
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A school funding lawsuit by Shawnee Mission District parents survived a dismissal attempt. Kansas City bought four streetcars. And former Congressman Ike Skelton died. KCUR's Steve Bell recaps those and other top stories of the week on the KCUR Saturday News Review.

Long-time Missouri Congressman Ike Skelton dies

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Oct 19, 2013

The Chiefs set a record. Phill Kline indefinitely lost his Kansas law license. And a Maryville rape case got national attention, thanks to Kansas City reporters. KCUR's Steve Bell looks back at those and other top stories on this week's Saturday News Review.

Special prosecutor to reopen Maryville teen rape case

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Oct 12, 2013
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The Kansas Supreme Court listened to arguments on school funding. Overland Park voters extended a sales tax. And tax incentives were approved for Kansas City's biggest office complex ever. Steve Bell revisits those and other top stories of the week on KCUR's Saturday News Review.

Council approves Bannister renewal incentives

Cerner estimates the cost of its Bannister Mall area redevelopment project at $4.3 billion, more than half of which is underwritten by tax breaks from Kansas City and the State of Missouri.

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Sep 14, 2013

The legislature overrode 10 Jay Nixon vetoes, but couldn't reverse the vetoes of tax cuts and gun rights bills. And sentencing day came for a former priest who took lurid pictures of little girls. KCUR's Steve Bell recaps on those and other top stories of the week on the KCUR Saturday News Review.

 

Former priest Ratigan gets 50 years

Defrocked priest Shawn Ratigan was sentenced to 50 years in federal prison.

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Sep 7, 2013

The Hall Family Foundation pledged a big grant with strings attached and leaders listened as area citizens spoke their mind on a WalMart, a retirement home and military involvement in Syria. KCUR's Steve Bell looks back at those and other top stories on this week's Saturday News Review.

Forums find little support for air strike on SyriaAs Congress prepared for a vote on a limited air strike on Syria, it was a hot topic of conversation – with strongly divided opinions. Congressman Emanuel Cleaver held a public forum attended by about 200. Most, like opposed involvement.

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Aug 31, 2013

Kansas City got a $20 million grant for the downtown streetcar system. And the Kansas City city council decided on a slightly scaled back new crime lab. Steve Bell revisits those and other top stories of the week on KCUR's Saturday News Review.

Council approves bonds for compromise-size crime lab

City council finance chair Jan Marcason said “the best minds in the city” tried and tried to figure out how to build the 71,000 square-foot crime lab Kansas City, Missouri police wanted, but just couldn't come up with an acceptable way to pay off the bonds.

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Aug 17, 2013

A city councilman fessed up to sexting. A rodeo clown sparked a nationwide controversy. And a federal agency blamed the JJ's Restaurant fire on a drilling contractor. KCUR's Steve Bell recaps on those and other top stories.

Contractor Cited in Plaza Blast And Fire

OSHA fined the company that broke the gas line that led to the February Plaza explosion and fire $161,000 and put them on a list of severe safety violators.

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Aug 10, 2013

Ford put another 900 workers on the Claycomo line. And challengers of Kansas City's downtown streetcar system were rebuffed by another court. KCUR's Steve Bell looks back at those and other top stories.

Judges reject streetcar tax challenge

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Aug 3, 2013
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Cerner Corporation announced plans for a major redevelopment of the old Bannister Mall site. And the city reveled in the glory of another All-Star Game. Steve Bell revisits those and other top stories of the week on KCUR's Saturday News Review.

MLS All-Star Game makes its point: KC is a big soccer town

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Jul 27, 2013
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George Brett went back to the front office. Governor Brownback called a special legislative session. And President Obama came Warrensburg. Steve Bell recaps on those and other top stories of the week on the KCUR Saturday News Review.

President pitches his priorities in Warrensburg

President Obama, promoting affordable education as a major part of his economy agenda, made the second stop of a barnstorming tour in Warrensburg, Mo.

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Jul 20, 2013

The emerald ash borer reared its greenish head in Johnson County. And finally, city officials had a citizen satisfaction survey they could smile about. KCUR's Steve Bell recaps on those and other top stories of the week on the KCUR Saturday News Review.

KC citizen satisfaction scored best in years

Citizen satisfaction scores improved across the board in the latest survey conducted by Kansas City, Missouri. The city was rated as a good or excellent place to work by 75 percent of respondents.

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Jul 13, 2013

Kansas became eligible for federal arts matching funds again. And hundreds of area residents showed up for a forum on whether to replace the 3-terminal system at KCI. KCUR's Steve Bell looks back at those and other top stories on this week's Saturday News Review.

Airport forum draws big turnout

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Jul 6, 2013

Police said a Kansas City gunshot detection system is reducing crime. And the veto of a Missouri “states' rights” gun bill appeared to be headed for an override vote. Steve Bell revisits those and other top stories of the week on KCUR's Saturday News Review.

MO Democratic governor vetoes gun bill, GOP threatens override

The Republican-controlled Missouri legislature's most controversial piece of gun rights legislation fell to Governor Nixon's veto Friday.

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Jun 28, 2013

Missouri's governor held back $400 million in spending. A Kansas judge blocked parts of a new abortion law. And the Sprint-Softbank-Clearwire triangle ended with a betrothal. KCUR's Steve Bell recaps on those and other top stories of the week on the KCUR Saturday News Review.

Sprint shareholders accept Softbank bid

It had gone on for week: two rival suitors for majority ownership of Sprint Nextel. Finally, this week, Sprint shareholders voted to take Japanese company Softbank's $21.6 billion offer for 78 percent of the company.

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Jun 21, 2013

Regents approved Kansas tuition increases. And Kansas City ended up in the middle of the debate over privacy and national security. KCUR's Steve Bell recaps on those and other top stories of the week on the KCUR Saturday News Review.

FBI says Kansas City man was involved in NYSE bombing plot

A top FBI official told a Capitol Hill hearing that Kahlid Ouazzani, who lived in ther Kansas City area and admitted sending money to AlQueda, had been part of a terrorist plot to bomb Wall Street.

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Jun 15, 2013

The Missouri Supreme Court ruled that kids can transfer out of unaccredited school districts. And Governor Sam Brownback welcomed more Kansas income tax cuts. Those are two of the top stories on KCUR's Saturday News Review.

Brownback signs tax cut bill in Overland Park

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Jun 7, 2013

 

Missouri's governor vetoed a bill raising sales taxes and lowering income tax rates. And the Kansas Legislature ignored the governor's entreaties not to cut higher education spending. Steve Bell revisits those and other top stories of the week on KCUR's Saturday News Review.

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Jun 1, 2013

 

George Brett was back down in the dugout – as a coach. And the Kansas Legislature extended its session into June for the first time since 1861. KCUR's Steve Bell recaps on those and other top stories of the week on the KCUR Saturday News Review.

Stalemate continues in Kansas GOP, legislature approaches 100th day

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May 25, 2013

Red-light traffic cameras got a contract renewal. And even a single-party's super-majority didn't produce agreement on a tax plan for Kansas. KCUR's Steve Bell recaps on those and other top stories of the week on the KCUR Saturday News Review.

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May 11, 2013

Two convicts holed up in the Northland. And volunteers searched for but did not find a missing toddler whose mother was murdered. Steve Bell revisits those and other top stories of the week on KCUR's Saturday News Review.

 

Charges Filed In Ottawa Murders; Toddler Believed Dead

There were deep concerns about 18-month-old Lana Bailey from the time the bodies of her mother and two men were on a farm near Ottawa Tuesday.

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May 4, 2013

The United States Attorney General challenged a new Kansas gun rights law. And Ford finally announced how many new jobs are coming to its Kansas City plant. KCUR's Steve Bell recaps on those and other top stories of the week on the KCUR Saturday News Review.

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Apr 19, 2013
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Sprint got a second suitor. And two Kansas Cities became partners in studying a streetcar line expansion. KCUR's Steve Bell looks back at those and other top stories on this week's Saturday News Review.

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