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7:24 am
Tue January 24, 2012

Top Of The Morning News: Tuesday, January 24, 2012

A daily digest of headlines from KCUR.

  • Audit Questions Bioscience Authority’s Former President
  • Anti-Abortion Activists Rally At Kansas Statehouse
  • Missouri Lawmakers Look At Workplace Discrimination
  • Mental Health Care Leader Retires

Audit Questions Bioscience Authority’s Former President

A long-awaited audit of the Kansas Bioscience Authority was released late Monday.  The report reveals serious criticisms of former KBA president Tom Thornton.  Find out more here.

Anti-Abortion Activists Rally At Kansas Statehouse

More than 1,000 anti-abortion activists gathered at the Kansas Statehouse today. The annual rally coincides with the anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision by the U.S. Supreme Court that legalized abortion.  Last session, lawmakers passed several laws putting tighter restrictions on abortions and abortion providers.  Read more about the rally here.

Missouri Lawmakers Look At Workplace Discrimination

Legislation that would change Missouri’s definition on workplace discrimination is getting attention this week on both sides of the Missouri General Assembly.  On Monday, the House version of the bill was approved by that chamber’s Workforce Development Committee.  Under the bill, discrimination would have to be a motivating factor in any action taken against an employee, not a contributing factor as it is now.  Democrat Sylvester Taylor of North County voted against the bill in committee.  Read more here.

Mental Health Care Leader Retires

David Wiebe has been at the forefront of mental health care in the Kansas City area for decades, helping shape the community mental health system that exists in Kansas today. As director of Johnson County Mental Health, Wiebe has overseen its growth from a staff of 80 to one of 400.  Last month, Wiebe retired at the age of 72.  He recently sat down with KCUR’s Elana Gordon.  Listen to the story here.