Kansas City , Mo. – Kansas is among the majority of states that has a ban on abortions performed after 21 weeks. Mary Kay Culp, Executive Director of Kansans for Life, says the ban isn't very well enforced, and the group's been paying extra attention to the issue since a jury recently acquitted Dr. George Tiller in a case challenging his use of second opinions.
But Culp says Sunday's killing is inconsistent with the way Kansans for Life operates.
Wichita, KS; Washington, DC – Attorney General Eric Holder has ordered increased security for some abortion clinics and doctors in response to the murder of Dr. George Tiller. Tiller, a late-term abortion provider, was gunned down during services yesterday at his Wichita church.
Police have said all early indications showed the shooter acted alone. The suspect, Scott Roeder, is in jail. He was taken into custody in the Kansas City suburb of Merriam, Kansas, and brought to Wichita late yesterday.
Kansas City, Mo. – A thousand or more victims. KCUR has learned the human labor-trafficking case cited by a Kansas City federal grand jury is far larger than earlier believed. Dan Verbeck has more of the story.
Kansas City, Mo. – Over four days of early May, Kansas City Police and counterparts from suburbs and area sheriffs departments rounded up more than two hundred suspected or convicted drunk drivers. Enforcers operated from warrants that had languished for months. The driving force was an 71 percent increase in Kansas City traffic fatalities in the last year. KCUR's Dan Verbeck followed the sweep and has an account.
Kansas City, MO – A consortium of neighborhood organizations says SOAP and SODA can eliminate drug traffic and prostitution in the Northeast area. And their plan goes to the Kansas City City Council Floor on Thursday.
SOAP and SODA stand for "stay out of areas of prostitution" and "stay out of drug areas." Those are the orders the neighborhood groups would have parole officers give to their charges with conviction records in the two critical areas -- thus ending the revolving door of jail... out of jail... back on the block.
Kansas City, Mo. – Twice as many people have been killed in Kansas City traffic wrecks this year compared with last and drug impaired drivers are nearly as common as drunken ones. Police choose the 20th day of the fourth month, four-twenty, to key on cannabis behind the wheel . KCUR's Dan Verbeck reports:
Kansas City, MO – The Kansas City Fire Department has released tapes of radio communications involved in an accident in which a 7 year old boy was struck and killed by a fire truck near ninth and Euclid. Some had questioned whether the fire truck's siren was activated when it struck the boy.
Was the siren blaring when Obarimomoya Nkani, seven, stepped in front of the fire truck and died?
Kansas City, MO – For more than a century, Kansas City has operated its own municipal jail. That may soon change. City and county officials are close to reaching a final agreement to shut down the jail and move inmates to the county facility. Local leaders say the plan marks a positive step towards creating a more efficient and effective regional system. But, as KCUR's Elana Gordon reports, some are skeptical.
Olathe, Ks. – Newly-compared figures show the number of suspected illegal immigrants in jail is significantly lower in suburban Johnson County Kansas than the rest of the country. Dan Verbeck has a report.
Kansas City, MO – There's one slice of government spending no one seems to want. The detention camp at Guantanamo Bay is set to close next year. Government jobs would likely follow the detainees, but, communities across the country are maneuvering to keep them out. No place seems more up for a fight than the Leavenworth, Kansas. Frank Morris of member station KCUR reports.
Kansas City, Mo. – Most members on a Kansas City council committee seemed enthusiastic about a crime fighting tool for which the police department has been waiting years, expecting a federal grant. The program "hears" and plots where guns are being fired.
Kansas City, Mo. – The Kansas City Court of Appeals has ruled that the city of Kansas City, Missouri is not immune from a claim of liability in the death of a 9 year old boy. Christopher Dill drowned on his school playground.
Kansas City, MO – The Kansas City Correctional Institution near the stadium would close and its 130 or so inmates would move to county facilities downtown under a proposal that will go to the mayor and council today.
Under the plan worked out by council members and Jackson County Executive Mike Sanders, the city would pay the county to house inmates at its correctional facility at 13th and Cherry and/or in two now unused former downtown jails, one of which was in the upper stories of the courthouse.
Olathe, KS – Criminal allegations against former Kansas Attorney General Paul Morrison are baseless. Special prosecutors say there is no merit to accusations that Morrison called a "political vendetta."
Morrison resigned in January 2008 after an affair he'd had with an employee became public. The woman,Linda Carter,alleged Morrison tried to use her position with her later-employer, Phill Kline to damage Kline's anti abortion activities. Morrison had defeated Kline in 2006 to become attorney general. Carter worked for both men at various times.
Kansas City, MO – For one thing, people are just driving less. The lousy economy and high gas prices earlier this year have pushed down what officials call "vehicle miles traveled" by about three and a half percent. But Mary Peters, the US Secretary of Transportation, says traffic fatalities dropped almost three times as much by 10 percent.
Ms. Peters: The improvements we seen in lower numbers of fatalities and injuries are disproportionate to that drop off in vehicle miles traveled which tells us that we're making progress.
Leavenworth, KS. – Leavenworth and Lansing residents know how important prisons are to their economy. There are at least five penitentiary-type operations there. And people know what they don't want. KCUR's Dan Verbeck was in Leavenworth and filed this report.
Kansas City, Mo. – On the last day of last year, Kansas City police tallied figures showing an 18 percent decline in the number of homicides compared with 2006. Before the new year was hours old, another trend began. It has never let up. KCUR's Dan Verbeck examines one death.
Kansas City, Mo. – With Monday's Hereford House restaurant fire labeled work of an arsonist, federal ATF agents are now searching for leads to make an arrest.
Investigators have no doubt it was incendiary, believing fire ignited accelerant gases that blew out part of the facade at 20th and Main. Fire Chief Richard Smoky Dyer says importantance goes beyond the million dollar plus loss, the loss of jobs, " this fire had the very real potential of critically injuring or killing multiple firefighters."
Kansas City, MO – Federal and local detectives are shoveling through debris of a near-legendary Kansas City steakhouse to learn why it blew up and burned Monday. KCUR has learned investigators can be certain of one thing.