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.
HIV advocates are wary of an infectious disease bill that now on Kansas Governor Sam Brownback’s desk. Missouri Governor Jay Nixon addressed a rally of Medicaid supporters. ATF and Social Security both requested conceal carry weapons list from the Missouri Department of Revenue.
Outside the emergency room at Truman Medical Centers. In 2002, there were 43 reported emergency room visits (by city residents at ER's throughout the region) due to the unintentional use of guns. By 2010, that had more than doubled to 90 reported visits.
A Missouri house committee looks at revoking public assistance for those waiting on documents to prove they are here legally. More companies are turning to private labels to make a profit. Injuries from gun accidents have risen in Kansas City over the past decade. These stories & more from KCUR.
Missouri House Committee Looks At Revoking Public Assistance For Some Immigrants
Plans for a new airport terminal moved ahead. And Kansas Citians got to meet the man who played Branch Rickey., Han Solo and Indiana Jones.
Harrison Ford, Celebs Boost Negro Leagues At “42” Showing
Harrison Ford fans and baseball fans were out in force to see the star outside Thursday's special pre-release showing of the movie “42” about how Jackie Robinson broke the color line in Major League Baseball.
Missouri Senators grill the heads of the state Department of Public Safety and the Highway Patrol over the release of a concealed-carry list. Kansas City council endorses a plan for an airport redesign.
Missouri Senators Grill Public Safety Officials Over Releasing Conceal-Carry List
The President includes funding for NBAF in his budget. Kansas City recycles human waste as fertilizer. The Missouri Senate gives first round approval to a bill that would ban the state revenue department from scanning source documents when people apply for a driver’s license or conceal carry license.
Kansas prepares to move the state agriculture department from Topeka to Manhattan. A Missouri Senate committee has wrapped up work on a new criminal code, but it may be too late to get it passed by the legislature. A missing five-year-old girl was found unharmed. The Kansas City Royals win their home opener.
More than a half million Missourians will qualify for federal subsidies to help them buy health insurance according to a recent report. The tax deadline is looming for most people, but farmers face an unusual situation this year.
Report Finds 525,000 Missourians Will Be Eligible For Insurance Subsidies
Wyandotte County elected a new mayor. Kansas City voted “yes, yes and no.” And a council committee voted to give wings to plans for a new airport. KCUR's Steve Bell recaps on those and other top stories of the week on the KCUR Saturday News Review.
A proposal to move to a single terminal at KCI moves through the city council. Sales tax collection could extend to vehicles bought outside of Missouri. The American Heartland theater is closing in August.
The Kansas City council looks at tightening rules for funding events. Local crime fighting efforts will get an assist from the federal prosecutor. The Final Four is one of the biggest sporting events of the year and it has strong ties to the Kansas City area.
A proposed law in Missouri would require labeling of genetically engineered meat or fish even though no genetically modified meat is on the market. The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education is moving forward with plans to fully implement new standards for math, English and language arts. It’s election day find out what’s on the ballot.
Election Day: What's On The Ballot?
Voters go to the polls for Election Day on April 2, 2013 in many cities across the Kansas City metropolitan area. Decisions will be made about bond issues, school board and mayoral races, and more. Find out what’s on the ballot around the area here.
A New Frontier In Genetically Engineered Food
Over the last year or so, at least 20 states have introduced bills that would require labeling of genetically modified food. Some of these proposed laws – including one in Missouri – take aim specifically at genetically engineered meat or fish. But while genetically modified grains may be part of an animal's diet, there are no genetically engineered animals on the market for human consumption. Read more here.
Common Core Standards Tested In Missouri
The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education is moving forward with plans to fully implement new standards for math, English and language arts. This spring, more than 360 public schools are taking part in a pilot program to test out a new assessment system for kids in grades 3 through 11. Learn more here.
Kansas Prosecutors Given More Time To Prosecute Sex Crimes
Tomorrow is election day across the area. We have reports about the race for mayor in Kansas City, Kansas and on Question 3 in Kansas City, Missouri. Missouri House Speaker Tim Jones says same-sex marriage should be left up to states.