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.
A site in Iola, Kansas is added to Superfund list. Heart to Heart International, based in Olathe, helps out in Moore, Oklahoma. A Lee’s Summit legislator will not resign despite two of his bills not making it through the House.
Kansas lawmakers couldn't end their session because they can't agree on a budget ant taxes. And Missouri legislators ended theirs without a plan for fixing roads and bridges. KCUR's Steve Bell looks back at those and other top stories on this week's Saturday News Review.
The nature of methamphetamine labs in the area is changing. A council committee advances a proposal to update Kansas City’s ethics code. Missouri’s Medicaid director leaves but no is saying whether he was fired or resigning.
More breweries look to the local food movement for inspiration. A bill creating an exemption for maintenance work under Missouri’s prevailing wage law died after a Democratic filibuster in the state Senate. A Missouri bill limiting labor unions’ ability to deduct dues and fees from public employees’ paycheck heads to Governor Nixon.
A new farm bill may lead to less money for a conservation program for farms. Missouri Governor Jay Nixon criticizes several bills passed by the Missouri General Assembly. Kansas Governor Sam Brownback raises awareness about foster care needs in the state.
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.
Programs for HIV and AIDS face an uncertain future as the federal healthcare overhaul goes into effect. Missouri Governor Jay Nixon threatens layoffs over an ongoing dispute with the legislature about the DMV. The mother of a missing toddler was identified as one of three murder victims found on a farm near Ottawa, Kansas.
The investigation continues into three bodies found on an Ottawa Farm. The Missouri legislature considers tax cuts and approves a final version of the state budget. Kansas Governor Sam Brownback calls for extending a sales tax to pay for higher education.
Investigators continue to look into the death of Kansas City, Kansas woman on a party bus. A new committee will investigate the ongoing issue of scanned documents. The Missouri legislature sent a bill changing the prevailing wage law to Missouri Governor Jay Nixon.
The Missouri River is home to the endangered pallid sturgeon. A pick up in housing is leading to more demand for pickup trucks. A group of educators has filed suit over language used in a ballot initiative on teacher tenure.
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.
North Kansas City Hospital and city leaders are meeting today to resole their differences. Jobs at the Ford plant in Claycomo will nearly double. The Missouri House votes to repeal the state’s mandatory motorcycle helmet law. U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder wrote a letter to Kansas Governor Sam Brownback saying that the state’s new gun law is unconstitutional.
A federal investigator testified befor a Missouri Senate committee about why he asked for a list of conceal carry permit holders. Kansas City’s Channel 2 is going digital. The founders of the Kemper Museum step down from the board.
Kansas attempts to repopulate rural counties with financial incentives for new residents. The job growth rate in Kansas is rising but could be hindered by global economic conditions. Missouri legislators took votes on a gun rights, malpractice, and criminal codes bills.
A Missouri Senate committee puts restrictions on doctors who prescribe Ru-486 or other drugs that induce abortions. The Missouri House rejects the state Senate’s budget. A local couple makes a $2.5 million gift to KU Hospital for patient support.
The Kansas City Chiefs make offensive lineman Eric Fisher the first pick in the NFL draft. The Kansas City council votes down proposal to privatize airport buses. Kansas Governor Sam Brownback stops at KU Medical Center on a tour to promote higher education funding.
A Kansas City council committee considers making a curfew on the Plaza year round. The Missouri House passes a sales tax bill and a bill criminalizing the enforcement of federal gun laws. Rains have eased drought conditions in eastern Kansas.
The state House backs a bill to overhauls Missouri’s conceal carry rules. Kansas Governor Sam Brownback stops at KU on his higher education story. Local band The Grisly Hand releases it’s first full-length album.
Missouri House Endorses Transferring Conceal Carry Process to Sheriffs
Kansas Governor Sam Brownback signs two bills. One bill will require KU Med to setup a new stem cell center, and the other bill updates the state’s human trafficking laws. The Missouri Senate passes a $25 billion budget. Seed companies fight to maintain independence.
Kansas Governor Signs Bill Updating Human Trafficking Laws
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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.
The Kansas City council gives the go ahead for a joint study about expanding a streetcar line into North Kansas City. Kansas Regents will keep a concealed weapons ban on state universities and colleges but will study the issue. The Wolf Creek Nuclear power plant has been rated as degraded but operated safely last year.
Universities and colleges in Kansas could be hit hard by proposed budget cuts. An audit of the Kansas City Port Authority ends with a bill. The Supreme Court rules in favor a Missouri man in a DUI case.