Top Of The Morning News: March 28, 2013
Two people have been charged in the murder of a UMKC student in a house near the university. Community members speak out about proposed hospital sales in Kansas City, Kansas and Leavenworth. A Kansas City Council committee takes up the so-called “Ban the Box” proposal.
Kansas City Voters To Decide Health Tax
Kansas City has long supported health services for people without insurance or a means to pay. This is primarily done through a health levy, or property tax, that brings in about $50 million a year. Renewing it is now up for a popular vote this Tuesday, April 2nd. Find out more here.
Two Are Charged In Murder Of UMKC Student
A bond of half a million dollars is holding each of two men charged today in the murder of a University of Missouri-Kansas City student at a near-campus house just south of County Club Plaza. Allegations point to a robbery gone awry. Read more about it here.
Providence Hospital Sale Cause For Hope And Concern
The sale of Providence Medical Center and Leavenworth’s St. John Hospital to Prime Healthcare Services needs the blessing of Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt to go forward. Close to 100 people showed up for a public hearing last night. Learn more about what people had to say here.
Council Committee Likes “Ban The Box” Proposal
A city council committee heard testimony yesterday on taking off of city employment applications a question about previous convictions. Committee members agreed that it would be a good idea. Find out more about the proposal and some objections to it here.
Kansas Governor Brownback Signs Judicial Selection Bill
Kansas Governor Sam Brownback signed a bill Wednesday that changes the way some judges in Kansas are selected. Under the new system, the governor will select candidates for the state appeals courts. The nominees will then need to be approved by the Senate. Read more here.