Kansas City, MO – Kansas Governor Mark Parkinson is likely to push for increasing the state's tobacco tax in the coming legislative session to make up a budget shortfall. Kansas could face a deficit of more than $300 million in the coming fiscal year.
A state lawmaker from rural Missouri is fighting a plan to change the way farmland is valued.
The University of Kansas Cancer Center has received a 10 million dollar gift from a Texas couple with ties to Kansas City.
Shawnee Mission, Kansas – The deer bow hunt at Shawnee Mission Park continues, but animal rights activists say they're pulling back from any future protests. Sharpshooters harvested more than 300 deer in the first phase of the cull, and expect the bow hunt to reduce the herd by another 75 or 80. They expect the deer harvest to save the overpopulated herd from starving, and from further damaging the park's ecosystem. Animal rights activists say they may have lost this battle, but they're not giving up the war to protect the deer.
Kansas City, MO – The President of the Kansas City Wizards soccer team says work will start next week on a new stadium near the NASCAR track in Wyandotte County. That's bad news for Kansas City officials, who had, until recently, still hoped to lure the project back to the old Banister Mall area.
This marks dancer Matthew Donnell's 10th and last season with the Kansas City Ballet. And he's documenting it along the way in a blog. This includes writing about what's likely to be his last year in the fairy-tale ballet, "The Nutcracker."
Kansas City, MO – Federal and state law exempt combat pay from income taxes, but nobody at City Hall had ever thought of it until Jim Kissinger, a northland resident, suggested it to Mayor Funkhouser and Councilman Russ Johnson.
Kissinger has a son-in-law, Ryan Paulson, who is serving in Afghanistan with the Missouri National Guard. Funkhouser put together an ordinance, and it became of the quickest measures to pass in recent memory.
Anton Krutz believes that string instruments resonate with people in a unique way. And he'll tell you that it takes more than quality wood and a good craftsman to make a great sounding instrument. It's the varnish that counts.
Kansas City, MO – The idea has been around for several years - make the below-grade sections of I-670 between Wyandotte and Oak disappear by capping the freeway with a big deck more than a third of a mile long.
It recently gained momentum when MoDOT said four bridges over 670 in the area would have to be replaced within the next ten to fifteen years. Why not, said some planners, build the deck in conjunction with the bridges.
If theater audiences this month only want to see shows with holiday themes, that is not a difficult task. But when theaters decide to stage a play in December that has nothing to do with the season, it could be, to some, a calculated risk, but to others, a relief. Next week, a performance space in the Crossroads is staging an adult-themed play that's only connection to winter is that it's set north of the equator.
Kansas City, MO – The holidays can be a difficult time for Bonnie Swade. Eight years ago this month, her son took his own life. Since then, Swade has founded the Suicide Awareness Survivor Support group of Missouri and Kansas, or SASS Mo-Kan. Swade, who's a retired high school counselor, also teaches suicide awareness sessions in classrooms throughout the area.
A study authorized by the city of Kansas City concludes that covering interstate 670 downtown would be feasible, and that it could help boost development, reduce highway noise and provide attractive open space.
The Kansas City Missouri Health department is providing the swine flu vaccine on a daily basis starting today.
The University of Kansas will have Turner Gill as its next head football coach.