Top Of The Morning News: July 3, 2013 | KCUR

Top Of The Morning News: July 3, 2013

Jul 3, 2013

The Kansas City Police Department wants to get federal money to expand a gunfire expansion program.  U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill  criticizes Missouri lawmakers for failing to pass a transportation bill.  A Democratic state senator is calling into question Kansas Governor Sam Brownback’s appointment to the Board of Regents.

KCPD Seeks Federal Money To Expand Shot Spot

Kansas City's Police Chief says he wants to expand a gunfire detection program to four other regions of the city following positive data from the first area.   Police Chief Daryl Forte has run the Shot Spot program for eight months and says it has reduced aggravated assaults 24.6% in the 3.5 square mile area.

McCaskill Denounces Missouri Lawmakers Failure To Pass Transportation Bill

U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill, a Democrat from Missouri, criticized state lawmakers Tuesday for failing to pass a transportation bill, while previewing federal legislation to improve the nation’s infrastructure.  McCaskill called the state’s $600 million construction budget to oversee 33,000 miles of roadways a “recipe for disaster.”

Democratic Senator Criticizes Kan. Regents Appointments

A Democratic state senator from Topeka says Gov. Sam Brownback is packing the Kansas Board of Regents with too many Republicans.  State law requires that no more than five of the nine regents belong to the same political party. The senator says Brownback's recent appointments violate the spirit of that law.