A Missouri lawmaker who threatened to resign unless one or both of his key bills survived the last day of the 2013 legislative session is staying put, even though both bills failed to make it out by Friday's deadline.
The Superfund National Priorities List now includes nine new sites-one of them where a smelter used to operate on the east side of Iola.
The EPA says the soil on hundreds of residential and commercial properties in and around Iola is contaminated with lead, arsenic, cadmium and zinc. EPA Region 7 spokeswoman Dianna Whitaker says the biggest concern is lead.
“Children can get into that lead—especially young children," she says. "They put their hands in their mouths, and then they can be exposed and absorb lead, and lead is very dangerous for young children."
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.
After nearly 20 years as the chairwoman of the Kansas City Symphony's board, arts patron Shirley Helzberg is stepping down. Bill Lyons, civic leader and former CEO of American Century Companies, Inc., succeeds Helzberg on July 1.
Gas prices jumped last week throughout the Kansas City area. The Director of Missouri’s Department of Social Services resigns abruptly. A bill would expand the role of the physician assistants in Missouri.
Comedian Jim Gaffigan knows that a four-year-old eating a taco and throwing a taco on the floor is pretty much the same thing, and he can teach you a thing or two about co-opting your kid’s Halloween candy.
It’s graduation season, and across the metro, high school valedictorians and senior speakers are putting the finishing touches on their commencement addresses. At DeLaSalle Education Center, Sandra Perez is excited, and a little nervous, to give the speech she wrote, which was selected out of the graduating class of 52 to be part of the commencement celebration.
“It’s a speech that’s going to be remembered at least by someone. I want it to be a speech that could impact at least one person,” says Sandra.
Utility crews worked through the night and into the morning to restore electricity to some 77,000 customers in the Kansas City area. Most Missourians with Hepatitis C don’t know they have the disease, but health officials and groups are working to change that. After cantaloupe were determined to be responsible for a listeria outbreak, melon growers are making changes to prevent future outbreaks.
A recent report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that only half of Americans identified as having had Hepatitis C ever follow-up with additional screening and treatment. But that’s only part of the problem, according to Bruce Burkett of the Missouri Hepatitis C Alliance. Nearly three in four people who have the disease don’t even know it.
Update 8:33 p.m. Spring Storms Move East Out Of Metro:
The spring storm system that rolled through the Kansas City area Sunday evening brought heavy rain and high winds, but had dissipated enough to spare the region from the large hail and tornado-producing conditions that racked parts of Kansas and Oklahoma.