KANSAS CITY, MO –
KCUR Evening Headlines (1 min 42 sec)
- The group that filed with the city clerk to circulate petitions for Mayor Mark Funkhouser's recall charged the mayor with unforgivable mistakes. It appears the committee of petitioners may have made some of its own. Beyond errors in the spellings of names of public officials and allegations that omit significant facts, three of the five members of the committee may not be registered Kansas City voters.
- Kansas would impose its first limits on carbon dioxide emissions if a bill drafted by the Senate Utilities Committee passes.
- Missouri Senate Majority Leader Charlie Shields said today he will not run for governor, and suggested that some other Republicans should follow his lead.
- As predicted, some members of his own party are attempting to block Governor Matt Blunt from subsidizing insurance for over 54,000 low-income working parents, many of whom lost their coverage in Blunt's 2005 Medicaid cuts. The House Special Committee on Healthcare Transformation has asked Secretary of State Robin Carnahan to stop the program from taking effect March 14.
- A bill in the Missouri House would eliminate the private group that oversees high school athletics and other extra-curricular activities. The bill's sponsor told a House committee that the Missouri High School Activities Association has a history of unfairly barring students from competing in events, based on arbitrary rules. But a school principal from the Kansas City area testified that it operates fairly and allows rule changes when necessary.