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Top Stories Of The Week
Court deals heavy blow to red-light cameras.
On the day the city council was to vote on changes to save Kansas City's red-light-cameras from one court decision, a second decision cast doubt on whether that could be done,
The ruling says running a red light is a moving violation and you can't ticket a driver for such a based on a photo of the rear of the vehicle.
GOP makes it official: Convention is KC possibility
In good news for the city, the Republican party sent Kansas City a request for a full formal proposal on hosting the 2016 GOP National Convention.
Missouri, Kansas among bidders on big Boeing move
Also jumping into bidding wars , Gov. Sam Brownback said he met with Boeing officials last week about Kansas hosting production of the Boeing 777x.
Two days later, Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon called a special session for Missouri lawmakers to work on their incentive proposal for Boeing.
Brownback holds meetings to try to keep school funding out of court
Gov. Brownback also held closed-door meetings for school officials and Republican lawmakers to discuss school funding. The governor said there was an understanding gap between educators and the legislature and he hoped to settle the funding issue through discussion, not in the courts.
Missouri Democratic lawmakers demand resignation of education commissioner.
Democratic lawmakers Paul LeVota and Genise Monticello were calling for Missouri Education Commissioner Chris Nicastro to resign after she consulted on an initiative petition to end teacher tenure.
Nicastro said that consulting on the ballot language not constitute endorsement of the initiative.
Police, FBI, US Attorney create alliance to fight hate crimes in the area.
Kansas City law enforcement agencies announced a cooperative project to fight hate crime. The FBI's Michael Kaste said there were 104 hate crimes in Missouri last year and that 67 of those were committed in the vicinity of Kansas City.
Of that number, 44 were based on race, six on religion and 14 on sexual orientation.
Arts task force reports need for more focus on arts education
Mayor Sly James's Task Force for the Arts presented its report to the city council. Co-Chair Mike Burke listed 10 recommended goals, including improving access to arts education, creating a signature festival, boosting the city’s public art program, and opening a new Cultural and Creative Services division. Burke is helping look for private-sector funding for most million-dollars-a-year costs.
Chiefs hope for revenge on Denver despite defense injuries
The Chiefs prepared for their rematch with Denver, this time on home Turf. Tamba Hali recovered enough from a sprained ankle to be in the lineup to say he would be back in the lineup, but officially remained on the “questionable” list. Linebacker Justin Houston will be out because of an injured
KC Wolf portrayer injured in zip-line rehearsal
Dan Meers, who usually dons the costume of Chiefs mascot KC Wolf, is sidelined with injuries sustained rehearsing for a zip-line entrance on a bungee cord.
Former councilman Evert Asjes dies at 77
Popular former Kansas City councilman Evert Asjes died after a long illness. Asjes served during the mayoral terms of Emanuel Cleaver and Kay Barnes. He was 77.