Top Of The Morning News: May 2, 2013 | KCUR

Top Of The Morning News: May 2, 2013

May 2, 2013

A federal investigator testified befor a Missouri Senate committee about why he asked for a list of conceal carry permit holders.  Kansas City’s Channel 2 is going digital.  The founders of the Kemper Museum step down from the board.

Moran Hoping To Protect Crop Insurance Subsidies

Members of U.S. House and Senate committees are about to start work on a new farm bill. And with a mood to cut spending in Washington, some things could be on the chopping block.  Kansas Senator Jerry Moran says the next federal farm bill is likely to cut back or eliminate some farm subsidies, but he’s hoping to protect them.  Read more here.

Federal Investigator Testifies About Receiving Conceal Carry List

The federal investigator who requested Missouri’s list of conceal carry weapons holders testified under oath Wednesday before a State Senate committee.  Keith Schilb of the Social Security Administration's Inspector General's office told the Senate Appropriations Committee that part of his job is to seek and develop projects that could indicate whether there is enough evidence of fraud to warrant an investigation.  He says that’s how the inquiry into Missouri’s conceal carry database began.  Learn more about his testimony here.

Electric Surcharge Bill Stalls In Missouri Senate

A bill has stalled in the Missouri Senate that would allow investor-owned electric companies to charge consumers for infrastructure improvements.  Opponents argued that Ameren Missouri, Empire District and Kansas City Power and Light (KCP&L) make enough money to pay for improvements without levying a surcharge on their customers.  Read more here.

City TV Channel To Go Digital

Kansas Citians can expect the picture to get sharper on Channel 2, the city government's cable TV channel. The station is preparing to go digital HD.  The city council finance committee has endorsed a $300,000 expenditure for new equipment to replace the 20-year-old control room equipment that is the backbone of the city's cable television communication system.  Find out about more changes here.

Kemper Founders Step Down From Museum Board

The founders of the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art are stepping down from museum leadership. Crosby and Bebe Kemper announced Tuesday they would no longer serve on the museum’s board of trustees. Their daughter, Mary Kemper Wolf, a filmmaker, was named chairman of the board effective immediately.  Read more about the move here.

A New Poet Laureate For Kansas

Wyatt Townley, a fourth-generation Kansan, has been named the new Poet Laureate of Kansas for 2013-2015.   A resident of Leawood, Kan., Townley is the author of three collections of poetry, including, most recently, "The Afterlives of Trees."  Learn more about her work here.