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7:05 am
Sat August 17, 2013

Top Stories Of The Week

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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7:23 am
Fri August 16, 2013

Top Of The Morning News: August 16, 2013

A contractor drilling before the JJ’s blast denies OSHA allegations. A new race comes to Kansas Speedway.  The Kansas City Baroque Consortium heads from the church to a bar. 

Charges Are Leveled, Denied 6 Months After Deadly JJ’s Blast

The contract drilling company suspected of opening a gas line before JJ’s Restaurant blew up in February will fight OSHA sanctions and fines.  One woman was killed in the explosion at the edge of Country Club Plaza.

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7:24 am
Thu August 15, 2013

Top Of The Morning News: August 15, 2013

A redevelopment plan for the Bannister mall site moves ahead.  The immigration debate heats up in Topeka at a forum hosted by Congresswoman Lynn Jenkins.  A new fund aims to increase digital literacy in Kansas City.

Bannister Redevelopment Continues To Advance

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Economy
7:54 am
Tue August 13, 2013

Topeka To Host 2015 Horseshoe World Tournament

Topeka narrowly beat out Charleston, S.C. to host the 2015 tournament.
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Topeka narrowly beat out Charleston, West Virginia to be named as the home for the 2015 World Horseshoe Pitching Championship. The event will be held in July 2015 at the Kansas Expocentre.

Jeffrey Alderman, with the organization Visit Topeka, says the event is a big economic opportunity. He says the competition could draw more than 1,500 participants, known as horseshoe pitchers.

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3:38 pm
Mon August 12, 2013

Gov. Nixon Weighs In On State Fair Rodeo Clown

Gov. Jay Nixon says he is heartened by the response of both Republicans and Democrats to the controversial rodeo clown act this weekend at the Missouri State Fair.

Nixon condemned a rodeo clown who impersonated President Obama, while an announcer asked the crowd if they wanted to see Obama get run down by a bull.

Speaking in Cape Girardeau, Nixon said the performance did not reflect the values of Missourians or the state fair.

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7:05 am
Sat August 10, 2013

Top Stories Of The Week

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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Central Standard
1:03 pm
Tue August 6, 2013

Elmwood Cemetery Loses A Longtime Friend

Ella, Elmwood Cemetery's resident deer.
Bruce Mathews Elmwood Cemetery

Family and friends come and go as they pay their respects at Elmwood Cemetery, but one visitor lived on the grassy grounds her whole life. 

Ella was a two-year-old deer born in the courtyard of one of Elmwood's mausoleums. The volunteers who run the cemetery, located at Truman Road and Hardesty Avenue, say they don't know exactly where she came from. About three months after she was born, her mother strayed away from the grounds and was struck by a car.

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7:10 am
Sat August 3, 2013

Top Stories Of The Week

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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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6:46 am
Fri August 2, 2013

Top Of The Morning News: August 2, 2013

The Kansas City, Missouri council votes to join the race for the GOP convention. Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach is looking at separate rules for voting in state and federal regulations. Missouri is letting people choose to ban themselves from winning the lottery.

Kobach Considering Rule To Create Two Classes Of Voters

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8:25 am
Thu August 1, 2013

Top Of The Morning News: August 1, 2013

The Major League Soccer All Stars fall to AS Roma 3-1 at Sporting Park in Kansas City, Kan. A crowd packs a hearing in southern Mo. over the federal Blueways designation.  The Kansas City council passes a bullying ordinance.

Roma Defeats MLS All-Stars, But Kansas City Still Wins

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7:08 am
Wed July 31, 2013

Top Of The Morning News: July 31, 2013

Missouri House Speaker Tim Jones says it’s unlikely that they will attempt to override a veto of a tax bill.  On the day of the Major League Soccer all-star game, Sporting Kansas City is prepared for more growth in local soccer.  Three children were hurt after a vehicle crashed into a daycare building.

Missouri Speaker Says Tax Veto Override Unlikely

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6:48 am
Tue July 30, 2013

Top Of The Morning News: July 30, 2013

Wells are running dry in western Kansas as the drought enters its third year. Some 150 fast food workers kicked off a two-day strike Monday. Major League Soccer All Stars arrived in Kansas City for the All Star game.

Rural Kansas Wells Run Dry As Aquifer Dwindles

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6:58 am
Mon July 29, 2013

Top Of The Morning News: July 29, 2013

The Kansas City Charter Review Commission turns to former mayors for advice.  Farmers struggle with a depleted aquifer in Kansas.  Drought still threatens the Kansas City area.

Commission Seeks Out Advice Of Former Mayors

The panel looking at how Kansas City should alter its basic operating doctrine hopes to get suggestions from all living ex-mayors, but the Charter Review Commission is having spotty success.

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1:50 am
Sat July 27, 2013

Top Stories Of The Week

An emotional George Brett announces he will end his tenure as interim hitting coach
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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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7:27 am
Fri July 26, 2013

Top Of The Morning News: July 26, 2013

The Kansas City council votes to prevent the city pension funds from investing in gun manufacturers.  George Brett steps down as hitting coach for the Kansas City Royals but will keep his position in the team’s front office.  A Shakespeare Camp encourages girls to find their own voice the help of the Bard and swords.

Council Votes To Restrict Investments In Firearm Companies

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7:32 am
Tue July 23, 2013

Top Of The Morning News: July 23, 2013

The Kansas City Museum Advisory Board is asking for the city to sever the museum’s tie to Union Station and to reinstate the museum’s director.  Prairie plants are being used to help restore farm soil.  U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack is urging Congress to get the farm bill to the president’s desk soon.

Museum Advisory Board Asks City To Reinstate Director

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7:22 am
Mon July 22, 2013

Top Of The Morning News: July 22, 2013

Some bakers and candy makers are saying the government gives too much of a subsidy to U.S. sugar beet and sugar cane growers. Last week’s high temperatures are gone for now, replaced by temperatures hovering around 90 degrees.

Does The Government Give Too Much Support To Sugar Growers?

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7:05 am
Sat July 20, 2013

Top Stories Of The Week

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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7:12 am
Fri July 19, 2013

Top Of The Morning News: July 19, 2013

The Kansas City council votes to keep some traffic lights on and to toughen an animal abuse ordinance.  A grant from the EPA will help clean up blighted areas on both sides of the state line.  A Senate Committee approves NBAF funding.

Council Votes On Traffic Lights, Chickens, Animal Abuse

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7:26 am
Thu July 18, 2013

Top Of The Morning News: July 18, 2013

A Kansas City council committee has approved a measure opposing gun violence at least symbolically. A state law that prohibits smoking in most public places is still popular in Kansas. Summer Youth Theatre in Lawrence tackles all of Kansas history in less than an hour.

Kansas City Council To Consider Slap At Gun Makers

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8:25 am
Wed July 17, 2013

Top Of The Morning News: July 17, 2013

A Kansas board has rejected a proposed changes to voter registration rules requiring proof of citizenship.  A proposed streetcar line in downtown Kansas City is in the hands of judges.  Some are expecting a contentious veto session in Missouri because of the number of bills vetoed by Gov. Jay Nixon.

State Board Rejects Voter Registration Change

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7:09 am
Tue July 16, 2013

Top Of The Morning News: July 16, 2013

The Negro Leagues Baseball Museum and many fields around Kansas City feel the benefits of last year’s Major League Baseball All Star game.  Ten recommendations are issued for arts and culture in Kansas City.  KCP&L says solar rebates won’t end in the Kansas City area.

What Was Kansas City Left With After Hosting The MLB All-Star Game?

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7:34 am
Mon July 15, 2013

Top Of The Morning News: July 15, 2013

One man is dead after a drive by shooting in Overland Park.  Metal theft is on the rise in rural areas, rising 36 percent since 2010.

Drive By Shooting In Overland Park Leaves One Dead

Police investigators are investigating the shooting in the 9400 block of Lamar in Overland Park, Kan.  The victim’s family and friends held a vigil  across the street as homicide detectives gather evidence from the driveway, lawn, and split level home.  

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7:03 am
Sat July 13, 2013

Top Stories Of The Week

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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8:06 am
Fri July 12, 2013

Top Of The Morning News: July 12, 2013

The fallout from an alleged rape in Maryville affects the town and the victims. The Kansas City Council delayed a decision about downgrading some traffic lights to four-way stops.  A local solar energy company will protest KCP&L’s request to end solar rebates. 

Why Was The Maryville Rape Case Dropped?

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5:47 am
Thu July 11, 2013

Top Of The Morning News: July 11, 2013

Veterans get educational benefits and other protections under new legislation.  A sexual assault case in Maryville goes unresolved.  The Kansas City Charter commission might go past July deadline to do the job right.

Gov. Nixon Signs New Laws For Veterans

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7:55 am
Wed July 10, 2013

Top Of The Morning News: July 10, 2013

The Kan. Board of Education requests a $600 million funding crease from lawmakers.  Ikea starts construction in Merriam.  Mo. Gov. Jay Nixon signs legislation allowing parents more time to give up newborns and changing rules for mandatory reporters of child abuse.

Kansas Board Of Education Requests Funding Increase

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7:05 am
Tue July 9, 2013

Top Of The Morning News: July 9, 2013

The Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph settled a wrongful death case out of court with a family who say their son committed suicide after being sexually abused by a priest.  The Kansas City area is under a heat advisory today.  A famous Steinway is available for anyone to play in Overland Park. 

KC Diocese Settles Sex Abuse Death Case

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6:52 am
Mon July 8, 2013

Top Of The Morning News: July 8, 2013

Many farmers are working past retirement age.  Players from the Kansas Royals and Sporting Kansas City have been named to their league’s All-Star teams.  An elk herd is thriving in southeast Missouri after conservation efforts.

Aging Farmers Reluctant To Retire, Pass On Land

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1:01 am
Sat July 6, 2013

Top Stories Of The Week

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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