The Kansas City Police Department wants to get federal money to expand a gunfire expansion program. U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill criticizes Missouri lawmakers for failing to pass a transportation bill. A Democratic state senator is calling into question Kansas Governor Sam Brownback’s appointment to the Board of Regents.
The failure of lawmakers to pass a farm bill has left farmers uncertain about the future. Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon signs a bill blocking the scanning of documents for driver’s licenses. Missouri lawmakers have taken more than $700,000 in lobbyist’s gifts since the beginning of the year.
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.
The Kauffman Foundation announces a $20 million dollar jump start for a downtown arts campus for the UMKC Conservatory of Music and Dance. In the wake of the Supreme Court ruling on DOMA, Kansas City supporters of same sex marriage react. Also, constitutional lawyers take a look at what it means for the state as a whole.
Farmers are finding there’s more to Community Supported Agriculture than simply growing crops. Kansas looks at way to reduce childhood poverty. Ford Motor and the United Auto Workers are looking at a home-based nursing program for people with chronic conditions.
Community Supported Agriculture groups face questions as they grow. Father and son take to the stage at the Heart of America Shakespeare Fesitval. Kansas submits its first quarterly report after privatizing its Medicaid program.
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.
The Kansas City Council approves an ordinance that could lead to more microbreweries. Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach says the border is the key to immigration law change. Union Station opens a new exhibit about pirates.
Missouri issues guidelines for students in unaccredited districts wishing to transfer to accredited districts. A commission is looking for ways to make the Kansas City, Mo. City government better. An Overland Park-based cement company has been ordered to pay $30 million for violating the Clean Air Act.
The FBI alleges that a Kansas City man was involved in a fledgling plot to bomb the New York Stock Exchange. The case came up as an example of effective the government surveillance programs have been at foiling some 50 terrorist plots.
More than 1,000 United Mine Workers of America members were back in St. Louis Monday, the latest in a series of protests against Peabody Coal and its handling of their retirement and health care benefits.
St. Louis-based Peabody Coal spun off Patriot in 2007, and made it financially responsible for most retiree benefits. The rally is the first since a bankruptcy judge ruled last month that Patriot can impose sharp cuts in those benefits to get the company profitable again.
UMKC begins accepting applications for its Physician Assistants program following a change in Missouri law. Former Missouri Governor Bob Holden comes to Kanas City to welcome Chinese students to Missouri Boys and Girls State conference. A delegation from Kansas, including Governor Sam Brownback, heads to the Paris Air Show.
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.
Missouri Governor Jay Nixon campaigns against a tax credit bill which he vetoed last week. Kansas educators say they are in favor of Common Core Standards. Maggots are being used in Branson to heal wounds and reattach limbs.
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.
Higher education officials in Kansas look at increasing tuition. An EPA study finds water systems need more $4 billion in upgrades. The Johnson County Elections Board is recognized for using technology at the polls.
Kansas Republican responds to Democrats claims about the tax plan approved by the legislature. Advocates say children didn’t fare well in the Kansas budget. Too much rain presents problems for farmers.
A Republican retains the 8th Congressional seat left open when Jo Ann Emerson resigned. Missouri revenue growth is still up even as it slowed in May. The farm crisis of the 1980s brought lessons for one farming family.
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
A new system help keep cell phone users in the loop about tornadoes and other emergencies. Kansas early childhood programs could face cuts under current budget plans being debated. The Missouri House Speaker tours the state publicizing legislative accomplishments this year.
Federal , state, and local officials gathered Tuesday afternoon at a ceremonial groundbreaking for a power plant on the site of the proposed National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility in Manhattan, Kansas.
The so-called Central Utility Plant is Phase 2 of the Department of Homeland Security project - a high level bio-containment animal disease lab that will studying emerging and foreign animal diseases.
Congress allocated $40 million for the power plant in 2011.
A proposed expansion of the Sunflower Electric power plant in southwest Kansas has ran into trouble in court. Officials break ground on a power plant for the National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility. After promising start to the season, the Kansas City Royals have been faltering recently.
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.
The Kansas City council votes to extend the red light program but puts off a vote on a new ethics code. The Kansas City Ballet name Devon Carney as its new artistic director. Officials will break ground for the National Bio and Agro Defense Facility next week.