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

Top Of The Morning News: May 3, 2013

May 3, 2013

North Kansas City Hospital and city leaders are meeting today to resole their differences.  Jobs at the Ford plant in Claycomo will nearly double.  The Missouri House votes to repeal the state’s mandatory motorcycle helmet law.  U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder wrote a letter to Kansas Governor Sam Brownback saying that the state’s new gun law is unconstitutional.

North Kansas City Hospital Dispute Appears Headed Toward Resolution

A heated feud over the fate of North Kansas City Hospital may soon be coming to a close. Hospital and city leaders are meeting Friday in hopes of resolving their differences. Moreover, recently passed state legislation and newly elected local officials appear to have diffused the controversy.  Learn more abou tthe dispute here.

Jobs To Nearly Double At Ford Northland Truck Plant

One of the most poorly kept secrets in the auto industry was completely revealed Thursday. Ford Motor Company will add some 2,000 jobs at its Kansas City Assembly Claycomo plant.  Learn more about when the hiring will begin here.

Missouri House Votes To Repeal Mandatory Motorcycle Helmet Law

The Missouri House has passed legislation that would allow motorcyclists to ride without wearing helmets. The bill would lift the mandatory helmet requirement for motorcycle drivers and passenger who are at least 21 years of age or older.  It would remain in effect for those under 21.  Find out more about the bill here.

U.S. Attorney General: New Kansas Gun Law Is Unconstitutional

In a letter to Governor Sam Brownback, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder says a new Kansas gun law is unconstitutional, and the federal government is willing to go to court to prove it.    The bill makes it a crime for federal officials to enforce U.S gun laws in Kansas. It also says the federal government cannot regulate guns made, sold and kept in Kansas.  Read more here.

Unexpected Combinations In Karole Armitage's 'Energy Made Visible'

This weekend, the Kansas City Ballet presents its final program of the season, including a world premiere by choreographer Karole Armitage, a native of Lawrence, Kansas. We take a look at the collaborations in creating a new work.  See a slideshow here.