Top Of The Morning News: January 16, 2013 | KCUR

Top Of The Morning News: January 16, 2013

Jan 16, 2013

Sporting KC dumps Livestrong connection.  A Missouri House committee passes a bill requiring a special election to fill statewide vacancies.  A light rail plan for Kansas City is found unconstitutional by the courts. 

Sporting KC Ditches Livestrong Name

The partnership between the Sporting Kansas City soccer club and the Livestrong Foundation is over.  The stadium will now be simply known as Sporting Park.  Learn more about the breakup here.

Pioli Era Comes To An End

With the hiring of General Manager John Dorsey and head coach Andy Reid, the Kansas City Chiefs are ushering in what they hope will be more successful days ahead.  The changes officially close the curtain on the tumultuous, four-year Scott Pioli era.  Read more about his time in Kansas City here.

Bill Would Require Election To Fill Vacancies

A Missouri House committee has overwhelmingly passed legislation that would require special elections to fill vacancies in statewide offices.   Find out why one committee member didn’t vote for it here.

Light Rail Plan Dashed By Courts, Again

The Kansas City Court of Appeals has rejected a continued effort by perennial light rail advocate Clay Chastain to force a vote on the issue for Kansas City.  Appellate judges decided, without dissent, that the rail initiative failed to meet the constitutional test because it didn’t raise the proper amount of money to finance the project for light rail.  Read more about the decision here.