Top Of The Morning News: Friday, March 2, 2012

Mar 2, 2012

New Report Cuts Risk Of NBAF, School Board President Preps Others For Leadership & more: A daily digest of headlines from KCUR.

New Report Cuts Risk Of NBAF

The risk of a pathogen release at the controversial National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility being built in Manhattan, Kan., is much less than originally calculated, according to a new, much-anticipated report from the Department of Homeland Security.  Learn more here.

School Board President Preps Others For Leadership

Missouri lawmakers are considering bills that could eliminate the Kansas City school board, or even dissolve the district. So it might not come as a surprise that no one is on the April third ballot for three open seats on the school board. But recently, seven people have filed to run as write-in candidates.  School board president Airick Leonard West has been holding training sessions for would-be candidates and supporters.  Listen to the interview with West here.

Fire Chief Spells Out Effects Of Cuts

The guesswork is over. Kansas City’s fire chief has laid out which fire stations would have smaller staffs, fewer fire trucks and which will close as he faces orders to reduce the department budget by $7.6 million for 2013.  Read more here.

“Hungry” At The Unicorn

The Unicorn Theatre has a long history of developing the work of new playwrights. In the last few years, the Unicorn has established a connection with the up-and-coming talent Lia Romeo.  The New Jersey-based playwright is known for mixing dark humor with tough issues, like pedophilia, alcoholism, and - in her latest play, "Hungry" - eating disorders.  Find out more here.