Elle Moxley

General Assignment Reporter

Elle joined KCUR in 2014 as a general assignment reporter. Most recently, she covered Indiana schools as an education reporter for NPR’s StateImpact project.

Previously, she reported for The Examiner in Independence, Mo., and KBIA-FM in Columbia, Mo.

She is a graduate of the University of Missouri.

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Kansas City Mayor Sly James has pledged $10,000 from his office’s budget to the Women's Business Center WE-Lend Microloan program.

“We can always do more to remove barriers from people who don’t need barriers in front of them,” James told about 200 women attending a WE 2.0 women’s empowerment conference Friday.

The loans provide funding, technical assistance and a financial coach to women-led businesses.

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Gov. Jay Nixon announced more than $1 million in Missouri Technology Corporation grants for three metro-area businesses Thursday at Kansas City’s first Techweek conference.

“We’re glad that Techweek’s here. It’s just blown the doors off,” Nixon said. “About twice as many as they thought came into town.”

The national technology conference will stop in Kansas City for the next five years, drawn here in part because of Google Fiber and the Cisco Smart City initiative.

“This is the kind of thing to help brand the Kansas City region as a tech startup hub,” Nixon said.

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The Jackson County Prosecutor has charged a 22-year-old Kansas City man in last week’s triple homicide.

Jean Peters Baker says multiple witnesses linked Joseph L. Nelson to the Sept. 8 murders of Bianca Fletcher, her 1-year-old son and boyfriend, Shannon Rollins.

Negotiations continue between the United Auto Workers and Fiat Chrysler after both sides agreed Monday to hour-by-hour contract extensions to facilitate bargaining.

Ford and General Motors employees are also operating under extended contracts after the union and automakers missed a Sept. 14 deadline.

But with Fiat Chrysler taking the lead, it’s unlikely to impact production at GM Fairfax even if talks break down, says Vicki Hale, president of UAW Local 31.

The Delta State University professor killed in an on-campus shooting Monday had Kansas ties.

Ethan Schmidt received both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Emporia State University and his doctorate from the University of Kansas.

“He was a remarkable student,” Dr. Karen Manners Smith, a professor of history at Emporia State, said in a statement. “He was one of the best students I ever had and I was thrilled he went on to a career in teaching history.”

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U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan stopped at Kansas City’s Woodland Early Learning Community Monday morning to advocate for high-quality preschool for low-income families.

“We have to make sure our babies are entering kindergarten ready to be successful,” Duncan said. “In education, we spend lots of time playing catch-up, and frankly we don’t often play catch-up well.”

Duncan says the average child from a disadvantaged neighborhood starts school at least a year behind. In Missouri, 80 percent of 4-year-olds don’t have access to a high quality early education program.

People who live in Prairie Village, Kansas, who want to make extra cash listing their properties on Airbnb will have to register with the city and pay an annual rental fee.

Assistant City Administrator Wes Jordan says the issue’s been on the backburner for months, but the city couldn’t figure out how to categorize the short-term rentals.

“Is an Airbnb basically a bed and breakfast? And the answer to that is no it is not. It’s a different concept,” Jordan says.

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Kansas City restaurant workers rallied in Westport Thursday afternoon to show solidarity with fast-food employees in New York, where a wage board has voted to increase the minimum wage to $15.

“I think everyone should know that for a better economy, better neighborhoods, everyone should be paid well,” says Terrence Wise, who works more than 60 hours a week at McDonald’s and Burger King. “If workers in general have more money, then they have more money to spend and boost the economy.”

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Frazier Glenn Cross Jr. has been sentenced to death for killing three people last spring at the Jewish Community Center and Village Shalom.

The jury agreed that the shooting deaths of William Corporon, Reat Underwood and Terri LaManno qualified as a heinous crime for which  life in prison would be insufficient punishment.

Cross, who represented himself, had to be removed from the courtroom after launching into yet another anti-Semitic tirade.

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A Johnson County jury will be back Tuesday to decide if convicted killer Frazier Glenn Cross Jr. will be sentenced to death for shooting three people last year.

Rather than risk having to sequester the jury over the holiday weekend, Judge Thomas Kelly Ryan dismissed them a little before 10 a.m. Friday, telling them to come back fresh next week.

Both prosecutors and Cross, who is representing himself, agreed it would be best to wait to send the case to the jury.

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A Lenexa-based company that makes body cameras for law enforcement says sales “quadrupled” last year after unrest in Ferguson, Missouri.

Digital Ally is working with more than 1,000 agencies across the country, including Ferguson, says Heath Bideau, in charge of international sales and marketing for the company.

“I really don’t think anybody could have expected it to increase as quickly and dramatically as it did,” Bideau says.

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A judge told convicted Jewish Community Center shooter Frazier Glenn Cross Jr. Thursday he could not call two defense attorneys as witnesses during the penalty phase of his trial.

Cross, who is representing himself, is trying to convince the jury he deserves life in prison for the murders of Reat Underwood, William Corporon and Terri LaManno in April 2014. Cross had asked Ron Wurtz and Val Wachtel, two Kansas attorneys with experience litigating death penalty cases, to testify on his behalf.

Convicted Jewish Community Center shooter Frazier Glenn Cross Jr. is expected to present evidence all week that he says will explain his actions on April 13, 2014.

The same Johnson County jury that found Cross guilty of capital murder in the deaths of William Corporon, Reat Underwood and Terri LaManno on Monday will consider whether Cross should get the death penalty or life in prison.

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Updated: 4:17 p.m.  

A Johnson County jury has found Frazier Glenn Cross Jr. guilty of all charges in the shooting deaths of three people at Overland Park Jewish sites.

Cross was charged with a single count of capital murder, three counts of first degree attempted murder, one count of aggravated assault and one count of criminal discharge of a firearm at a building.

After hearing the first verdict, Cross said, "I think the fat lady just sang," and then yelled, "Sieg heil!"

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Updated, 4:25 p.m. Friday:

The trial for accused Jewish Community Center shooter Frazier Glenn Cross Jr. will enter a second week.

Cross took the stand Friday to present his case, which included a long-winded rant about a Jewish plot to end the white race and a detailed retelling of what happened in the Jewish Community Center parking lot on April 13, 2014.

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Updated, 12:30 p.m. Wednesday: The avowed anti-Semite accused of killing three people in a shooting spree last year will get an extra half-day to prepare his defense.

Frazier Glenn Cross Jr., who is representing himself, has been granted a continuance after a lengthy back-and-forth with the judge.

Cross has said repeatedly he wants to explain “what caused me, a retired Army sergeant living a great life, to do what I did” to the jury.

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Accused Jewish Community Center shooter Frazier Glenn Cross Jr. had just one question for the state’s firearms expert, who testified for more than an hour.

“What are the chances I’m going to get those guns back when I’m exonerated?” Cross asked David Wright, a supervisor at the Johnson County Crime Lab.

An exasperated Chris McMullin, the deputy prosecutor, objected at once.

On the second day of the accused Jewish Community Center shooter’s trial, Maggie Hunker told the jury she stared down the barrel of Frazier Glenn Cross Jr.’s gun and lived to tell the tale.

Hunker testified she had just finished lunch with a friend at the Village Shalom retirement home when she watched Cross gun down Terri LaManno in the parking lot.

“She was screaming, ‘No, no, no!’” said Hunker.

Hunker said at first, she was too stunned by what was happening to be scared. She said after she saw Cross shoot LaManno, he turned to her and asked, “Are you a Jew?”

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Assistant District Attorney Christopher McMullin opened the trial of accused Jewish Community Center shooter Frazier Glenn Cross Jr. Monday with a quote from the defendant shortly after his arrest.

"'I'm an anti-Semite,'" McMullin repeated, voice booming across the courtroom. "'How many goddamn Jews did I kill?' These are words captured on video as the defendant sat in the backseat of an Overland Park police car minutes after he killed three people."

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A jury has been selected in the trial of Frazier Glenn Cross Jr. who is accused of killing three people at the Jewish Community Center and Village Shalom in Overland Park, Kansas on April 13, 2014.

The jury selection, which began last Monday, narrowed a pool of 200 down to 17 jurors on Friday. The jury is made up of eight women and nine men – five of which are alternates.

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The Planned Industrial Expansion Authority has agreed to a 19-year tax abatement for the Red Bridge Shopping Center in south Kansas City.

Lane4 Properties Vice President Brandon Buckley says the hope is more Mom and Pop retailers will be willing to locate in old retail space if a developer makes needed infrastructure repairs first.

“By putting in the money it takes to get the spaces ready to go, we think it’ll have a positive impact in terms of encouraging retailers to really invest in the market,” Buckley says.

Just one potential juror was dismissed Tuesday morning from serving in the trial of the accused Jewish Community Center shooter, Frazier Glenn Cross Jr., because of opposition to the death penalty.

Cross faces a single count of capital murder for the deaths last spring of William Corporon, Reat Underwood and Terri LaManno. The trial, expected to start next week, will likely stretch into September.

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Jury selection began Monday in the trial of accused Jewish Community Center shooter Frazier Glenn Cross Jr.

Cross, who also uses the surname Miller, appeared in court wearing a suit and a Confederate flag tie. He asked the prosecutor, seated closer to the jury box, if he'd be willing to switch seats.

Northlanders who use the southbound Interstate 35 to get onto northbound I-29 should expect delays this weekend when the Missouri Department of Transportation closes the ramp for repairs.

The ramp from southbound I-35/I-29 to Parvin Road will also close, as well one lane of northbound I-29 at Davidson Road to accommodate bridge repairs.

"We'll have a signed detour in place," says MoDOT resident engineer Zach Walker, "which will be southbound I-35 to Levee Road and then back up to northbound 35."

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The Archdiocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph will hold special services for survivors of sexual abuse in the coming months.

Archbishop Joseph F. Naumann will lead the first service, set for 7 p.m. Wednesday at St. Thomas More Catholic Church, 11822 Holmes Road, Kansas City, Missouri.

Johnson County Commissioners will vote Thursday on a mill levy increase to pay for parks and libraries.

“Fully 50 percent plus of this entire property tax increase is going to improve services,” says County Manager Hannes Zacharias, adding those are the amenities besides a high-quality education that attract people to Johnson County.

The rest will offset a decrease in revenue collections, improve pay for sheriff’s deputies and fund capital improvements for county infrastructure.

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Missouri’s law enforcement training program will get an overhaul later this year, Gov. Jay Nixon announced Thursday at Kansas City Police Headquarters.

“The training requirements have not been upped or refreshed in any substantive way since 1996, and the actions of last summer – not only in Ferguson, but around the country over the last year – have told us in a very clear way that we have an opportunity to lead, and we’re going to do just that,” Nixon said.

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Updated, 2 p.m. Wednesday:

A Johnson County judge issued a stern warning Wednesday to the man accused of killing three people last spring at the Jewish Community Center and Village Shalom.

“The jury needs to be able to consider evidence and not be able to tainted by your theatrics or outbursts,” Judge Thomas Kelly Ryan told Frazier Glenn Cross Jr. “There is a time and place for you to make your statements – within reason.”

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Everything Bryce Schaffter needed to brew beer commercially, North Kansas City had.

“Mostly industrial buildings work the best, along with the utilities that come to the building,” says Schaffter, Cinder Block Brewery founder. “You need a lot of gas power, electrical and obviously, water.”

North Kansas City has what Schaffter calls “flat” water. He got used to working with it back when he was a homebrewer who lived north of the river.

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A health care company that serves veterans and their families is adding 500 jobs in Kansas City.

“Our privilege as a corporation is to do one thing,” said David McIntyre, president and CEO of TriWest, “and that is to be there for the federal government to assist them in serving those who serve.”

McIntyre says TriWest picked Kansas City because of Missouri’s “Show-Me Heroes” program, an initiative to get business to hire veterans.