KANSAS CITY, MO. – A woman, with a gun-waving man perched on the hood of her car, took a different method to help police capture him. She drove into Kansas City police headquarters.
The woman was driving on 71 highway around noon when a man dancing in traffic forced her to stop near 29th street. As police tell it, the man climbed over the bumper and grill, pointed a gun at the windshield and shouted for her to drive.
When I was a kid, I assumed that in the future things would get better and better until we were all driving flying cars and playing badminton with space aliens on top of 500-story buildings. Frankly, I kind of counted on this happening. But now I don't assume that we'll just keep going up anymore.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Kansas City's weekend community center programs for young people will continue through the end of the month, designed to counter mobs on the Country Club Plaza. They were prompted by a shooting-induced riot of some 500 last month.
Congress returns to Washington this week. One of the unfinished issues they could start working on is reauthorizing No Child Left Behind.
Missouri lawmakers return to the State Capitol this week for a special legislative session.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Area health departments are reminding people about ways to avoid cryptosporidium, a contagious intestinal parasite, this Labor Day weekend. Crypto is spread by contact with the stool of an infected person and can live for days in treated pool water.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – A Kansas City law firm says the Roman Catholic Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph failed to follow its own policies and procedures in responding to sexual abuse claims against priests.
The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services has severed its contract with an Indiana-based company hired to screen Medicaid recipients for home-based care.
The early 1970s Kansas City music venue Cowtown Ballroom will be inducted into the Missouri Music Hall of Fame Saturday night in St. Joseph. But one of its founders won't be there. Stan Plesser died on Thursday.
By Laura Spencer
Kansas City, Mo. – Stan Plesser was raised in New York, and moved to Kansas City to attend high school.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Nobody contends that Kansas City doesn't have enough liquor stores. But as negotiations with Trader Joe's proved, grocers don't want to invest in a location where they can't sell liquor.
And councilman Michael Brooks says it isn't just a lack of grocery stores:"Not only is there a food desert, but ther's a convenience store desert in both the third and fifth districts. I can go from my house to downtown and not have anyplace I can stop and get coffee."
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Health insurance companies in Missouri are about to come under a lot more scrutiny for unexplained rate increases. Missouri is one of only two states in the country where rates aren't examined or reported. KCUR's Elana Gordon has the details on a new federal rule aimed at changing that.
Pat Tomek worries about the rising costs of health insurance. The self-employed 58-year-old says he doesn't have a lot of money to spare.
There are two Moshe Safdie-designed projects in Kansas City: the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, slated to open September 16th; and West Edge, an office and hotel complex near the Country Club Plaza that's been plagued with problems. A construction dispute, bankruptcy, and changes in ownership stalled the project for nearly three years.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Kansas City, Missouri has a new interim school superintendent to replace Dr. John Covington who resigned one week ago to take a more lucrative job in Michigan.
The board was under pressure to act quickly - with the state commissioner of education in town and a review of its accreditation status looming. But there is little doubt that the interim superintendent is qualified.
KANSAS CITY, MO. – Kansas City Mayor Sly James has called for more higher paying jobs for the city. Today he got the pledge of them. Burns & McDonnell engineers and architects will add a thousand jobs, 500 of them locally, between now and 2013.
The new jobs will be added to current work force of three thousand at the employee owned firm.
ST. LOUIS, Mo. – In the 1980s it killed John Belushi. In the 1990s it killed actor River Phoenix. And now, a very potent form of it is killing young people...It's heroin.
Last week, a man got sentenced to life in prison for selling it, almost half pure, to teens in Kansas City suburbs. Johnson County officials have also reported a rise in teen heroin use in recent years.
An Elder Stateswoman of Kansas City Jazz, singer and pianist Pearl Thuston Brown, died on Monday, August 29 at the age of 84. Thuston Brown was a professional musician for 60 years - including 30 of those years on the road.
By Chuck Haddix (edited by Laura Spencer)
Kansas City, Mo. – Thuston Brown was born in Kansas City, Mo., and raised in Kansas City, Kan. Her father (and siblings) played piano, so she got an early start at the age of six.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – A former Kansas City priest faces a seventh lawsuit accusing him of sexual abuse.
Topeka police arrested a suspect in the shooting death of a man. The shooting was reported late last night.
Missouri Governor Jay Nixon says the state will continue to have the resources to assist in the tornado clean-up in Joplin, despite the federal government freezing some funds as it deals with the immediate need following Hurricane Irene.
Fort Leavenworth, KS. – The tallest reaches of an old prison wall at Fort Leavenworth collapsed today, sending tons of brick, mortar and fresh concrete onto a workman three stories below. The man survived. .
Post Engineer Bill Waugh says the worker was doing concrete finishing when the mass ripped off the side of the former cell block at the former U. S. Army Disciplinary Barracks. The man, who worked for a private contractor, was nearly buried.
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Most of the new laws passed by the Missouri General Assembly this year officially took effect over the weekend. St. Louis Public Radio's Marshall Griffin reports they include the controversial ban on late abortions that Governor Jay Nixon allowed to become law without his signature.
The new law bans abortions on fetuses after 20 weeks unless the woman's life is in danger or the pregnancy poses a severe risk of bodily impairment.