Top Of The Morning News: July 12, 2013 | KCUR

Top Of The Morning News: July 12, 2013

Jul 12, 2013

The fallout from an alleged rape in Maryville affects the town and the victims. The Kansas City Council delayed a decision about downgrading some traffic lights to four-way stops.  A local solar energy company will protest KCP&L’s request to end solar rebates. 

Why Was The Maryville Rape Case Dropped?

In a case that resembles several other high-profile sexual assault charges across the U.S., a 17-year-old Maryville High School senior, Matthew Barnett, was arrested for sexually assaulting Daisy Coleman, then leaving her propped up beside her family’s home. Another Maryville High senior, Jordan Zech, 17, was also charged in the case, accused of felony sexual exploitation of a minor because he videotaped Barnett and Daisy Coleman on an iPhone.

KC Council Waits On Traffic Lights

A city council committee set a hot button issue aside to cool for another week. The debate is over the city turning off 37 traffic lights in east-central Kansas City which by federal standards are no longer needed.

Protest Of Proposed Solar Rebate End By Kansas City Utility

A Kansas City-based alternative energy company will protest a request by KCP&L to stop giving solar rebates in Missouri. The utility calculates the rebates are too costly. The program is an outgrowth of 2008 passage of Proposition C to support a renewable energy standard. It required utilities to start offering solar rebates in 2010 and indefinitely.  KCP&L argued funds have been depleted.

Union Station And Kansas City Museum, Parting Ways?

The Kansas City Museum’s house director Christopher Leitch was fired on Monday. Details have not been released because it’s considered a confidential HR matter. But rumors have circulated that this signals the potential closing of the museum and layoffs.

Young Farmers Face Huge Obstacles

While the farming community continues to age fewer young people are filling the ranks, prompting the question: Do young people even want to farm anymore?  The quick answer is yes, just not in the same numbers as they used to. And surveys indicate many of them don’t want to farm in conventional ways.

State Takes Public Comments On KanCare Changes

The Brownback Administration wants federal permission to make changes to the new, privatized Medicaid system known as KanCare.  You'll have a chance tocomment on the plans next Monday and Tuesday, in Wichita and Topeka.

Tom Watson Eyes The British Open

Kansas City’s Tom Watson shot an even-par 70 Thursday in the first round of the U.S. Senior Open championship, only three shots behind the seven co-leaders.  Watson nearly won the British Open four years ago at the age of 59 and, in the opinion of one his peers, has a shot at winning it again.