Top Of The Morning News: January 29, 2013 | KCUR

Top Of The Morning News: January 29, 2013

Jan 29, 2013

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon wants the state to invest more in education and to expand Medicaid.  General Motors announces a plant expansion in Kansas City. Civic Leader Adele Hall has died.

Nixon Calls For More Money For Education In State of State

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon pitched a nearly $26 billion budget to the state of Missouri during Monday’s State of the State Address.  It includes spending increases for  K-12 schools, higher education, and the proposed Medicaid expansion he’s been calling for since late November.   Find out more about what the governor is seeking here.

GM Puts $600 Million In Fairfax Plant

General Motors has committed to a more than half billion dollar investment into its assembly plant in the Fairfax District of Kansas City, Kansas.  Investment includes a 450 thousand square-foot painting shop described as state-of-the-art environmentally friendly.  The automaker said construction will begin later this year and will take some two years to finish. It will increase the plant’s overall size by about 15 percent, to approximately 3.7 million square feet.  Learn more here.

Civic Leader Adele Hall Dies At 81

Adele Hall, civic leader and wife of Hallmark Cards chairman Donald J. Hall for nearly 60 years, has died. She was 81.  Hall was the frst woman to hold the title of Kansas Citian of the Year in 1990.  She was also the first woman president of the Heart of America United Way. Hall served as board chairman of Children’s Mercy Hospitals and the Greater Kansas City Community Foundation. She was active with the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, and on the boards of the Pembroke Hill School, Salvation Army, Starlight Theatre and American Red Cross.  Read more here.