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9:31 am
Wed February 12, 2014

FAA Will Pay Little For New KCI Terminal, But It Might Pay For Itself

 

Representatives of the Federal Aviation Administration told Kansas City's Airport Terminal Advisory Committee Monday that their agency wouldn't pay very much of the cost of building a new terminal. But a consultants report suggested a new terminal building might help pay for itself.

Sandwiches, coffee and soft drinks could help pay for a new terminal according to Garfield Eaton of transportation consultants Frasca & Associates. He says KCI finished in last place for concession revenues among 20 airports studied - about 66 cents for each departing passenger.

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Government
9:12 am
Wed February 12, 2014

Missouri Couples Sue To Have Out-Of-State Same-Sex Marriages Recognized

via Wikimedia Commons

Originally published on Wed February 12, 2014 4:51 pm

Updated with additional information from the press conference, copy of the case.

Eight same-sex couples in Missouri have filed suit seeking to have their out-of-state marriages recognized in the state.

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Government
9:12 am
Wed February 12, 2014

Missouri Senate Endorses Gun Control Nullification Bill

Mo. Capitol
Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

Originally published on Wed February 12, 2014 9:24 am

The Missouri Senate has given first-round approval to legislation to nullify federal gun-control laws.

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Government
4:59 pm
Tue February 11, 2014

Former Grandview Mayor Pleads Guilty To Wire Fraud

Former Grandview mayor Stephen Dennis.

The former mayor of Grandview, Mo., pleaded guilty to wire fraud at U.S. District Court in Kansas City, Mo., Tuesday.

Stephen Dennis’ voice rarely rose above a whisper as he told District Judge Howard Sachs he is guilty of taking two checks worth $35,000 from the International House Of Prayer for an illegal charity he’d set up. As part of an agreement with the U.S. Attorney, Dennis stipulated he used the money for himself and family. The organization was purported to be raising money for the poor and elderly in Grandview, Mo.

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Government
8:15 am
Tue February 11, 2014

After Controversy Surrounding Executions, State Officials Testify Before House Committee

Department of Corrections Director George Lombardi testifies before the House Committee on Government Oversight.

Originally published on Mon February 10, 2014 6:30 pm

Despite the controversy over how Missouri has carried out its past three executions, a state House hearing on Monday revealed little that hasn't already been reported:

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Government
5:29 pm
Mon February 10, 2014

Hanaway Announces Bid For Governor In 2016, Catching GOP Off Guard

Catherine Hanaway

Originally published on Tue February 11, 2014 9:23 am

(Updated 11:30 p.m. Mon., Feb. 10)

Eight months before the 2014 election, former Missouri House Speaker Catherine Hanaway is announcing that she’s running for governor in 2016.

Hanaway’s decision wasn’t a surprise. But her timing was. A year ago, Hanaway had stated that she was considering such a bid. But her announcement did catch political insiders off guard because it was so early. Candidate filing has yet to begin for this fall’s elections.

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Government
7:18 am
Fri February 7, 2014

Nonprofit Taxis Would Serve Elderly, Blind

Preparing for a week off to attend meetings of the Missouri Municipal League, Kansas City's city council moved ahead with programs to benefit the young and the elderly yesterday.

After establishing a commission of young people to advise the city on youth programs, such as those at community centers, the council turned its attention to a discounted non-profit taxi service for the elderly and blind persons.

Councilman John Sharp, a sponsor of the plan, called it "a great asset to our older citizens, some of whom are getting rather frail to drive."

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Government
12:21 pm
Thu February 6, 2014

Report: Gas Company Didn't Follow Safety Regs in JJ's Explosion

Kansas City police and fire investigators stand outside JJ's Restaurant after the explosion on Feb. 19, 2013. (File photo)

Missouri Gas Energy failed to act urgently to protect the lives of people in JJ’s Restaurant last year, the Missouri Public Service Commission ruled Thursday.

The gas company violated its own safety rules that lead to an explosion that killed one woman and injured more than a dozen others and it should be fined, the 125-page report said.

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Missouri Statehouse
8:22 am
Thu February 6, 2014

Two 'Border War' Bills Introduced In Missouri

Two bills that would each try to end the so-called “border war” among business interests in the Kansas City area were heard Wednesday by two Missouri legislative committees. The identical bills would bar incentives designed to poach businesses from Kansas to Missouri.

Backers of the two bills say the proposal would take effect only if Kansas enacts a similar law to discourage its businesses from luring companies on the Missouri side of the Kansas City area.

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Government
8:03 am
Wed February 5, 2014

Kansas City Deploys Tandem Plows To Deal With Snow

A snow storm that went on and on coupled with extreme cold and gusty winds has Kansas City, Mo., changing the way it handles snow removal.

With snowfall of over an inch and a half an hour plus drifting Tuesday it was hard to keep traffic arteries cleared. So late in the day Mayor Sly James announced that the city would be using tandem plow teams in areas and at times of day single plows would usually be deployed.

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Central Standard
10:16 am
Tue February 4, 2014

From 70 To 75: Raising The Speed Limit In The Show-Me State

The Missouri Legislature has proposed a bill to increase the speed limit from 70 MPH to 75 MPH in non-urban areas. We talk about the safety risks and the benefits for Missouri residents.

Then KCUR community engagement reporter Alyson Raletz joins the conversation to share what listeners do to avoid getting speeding tickets from our series "Tell KCUR."

Guest:

  •  Daniel Niec, District Engineer for the Missouri Department of Transportation-KC District
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Missouri Statehouse
7:17 am
Tue February 4, 2014

Paycheck Protection Bill Scrutinized During Missouri House Hearing

Republican lawmakers in Missouri are again trying to pass so-called "paycheck protection" legislation that would bar some unions from automatically withholding dues from employees.

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Government
6:16 pm
Mon February 3, 2014

State And City Officials Encourage Residents To Stay Home

The snow storm approaching the Kansas City metro area could deliver the deepest blanket of white this year.  The storm is prompting calls for people to stay off the streets Tuesday – when the heaviest snowfall is expected between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. 

The prospect of further clogged highways and streets in and around Kansas City has brought pleas from both the Kansas Department of Transportation and the Missouri Department of Transportation.

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Kansas Statehouse
8:13 am
Mon February 3, 2014

Committee To Debate Kansas Religious Freedom Bill

A committee in the Kansas Legislature could vote this week on a controversial religious freedom bill. It says businesses, individuals and other groups with strong religious beliefs can't be forced to recognize same-sex marriage and provide employment or other services to same-sex couples.

Michael Schuttloffel is with the Kansas Catholic Conference. He uses the example of a photographer asked to photograph a same-sex wedding ceremony.

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Government
1:26 pm
Sat February 1, 2014

Federal Belt Tightening May Threaten Missouri Disaster Relief

Missouri Senator Claire McCaskill
Credit Dan Verbeck / KCUR

Kansas City won’t be getting the volume of federal funding it’s been accustomed to  for preparation against terrorist attacks and natural disasters, said Sen. Claire McCaskill, meeting with Kansas City reporters.

The Senator said the mood toward smaller government will work against paying for disaster aid the way it has been since Sept. 11.

Kansas City has been excluded from a list of to 25 cities to get  public safety and disaster aid. 

McCaskill doubts funding will return for what many consider municipal responsibilities.

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Government
11:14 am
Fri January 31, 2014

Hands Up, Missouri! The High-Five May Soon Be The Official State Greeting

A new bill in the House could designate the high-five as the official greeting in the state of Missouri.
Credit Hello Turkey Toe / Flickr--CC

A freshman state representative from the St. Louis area has introduced a bill in the House that would make the high-five the official greeting in the state of Missouri.

Democratic Rep. Courtney Allen Curtis, of Berkeley, introduced House Bill 1624 earlier this week.

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Tell KCUR
10:16 am
Fri January 31, 2014

How You Get Out Of Speeding Tickets In Kansas City

Have you ever tried to get out of a speeding ticket? What worked? What didn't? Tweet us your answer with the #TellKCUR hashtag.
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Getting out of a speeding ticket in Kansas City comes down to lying, being honest and Bazooka bubble gum, according to feedback from our listeners.

While we don’t condone speeding, a current proposal in the Missouri House of Representatives to increase the interstate speed limit to 75 mph made us curious about your speeding experiences.  

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Kansas Statehouse
7:55 am
Fri January 31, 2014

Kansas Bill Would Bar Local Governments From Restricting Firearms

A bill in a Kansas Statehouse committee would bar local governments from restricting the open carry of firearms in public.The bill would also invalidate any current rules regulating open carry.

In Kansas, local governments are already banned from regulating firearms in many ways, but they can still pass rules regulating open carry.

Representative Jim Howell, a Derby Republican, says the goal of the bill is to create consistency across Kansas when it comes to open carry.

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Lethal Injection
8:28 am
Thu January 30, 2014

Missouri Carries Out Execution After Supreme Court Removes Stays

Missouri inmate Herbert Smulls was put to death late Wednesday night after the U.S. Supreme Court removed two stays.

Smulls was executed for the 1991 shooting death of Stephen Honickman, a Chesterfield jeweler.

Stephen Honickman’s wife, Florence Honickman, was also shot by Smulls. Following the execution, she said the appeals process went on far too long.

“It was a long day. And it could have been done a lot easier — and it was easier on Mr. Smulls. Much more so than it was on my husband and myself,” Honickman said.

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Government
7:56 am
Thu January 30, 2014

Brownback Acts On Propane Costs, Shortage

Gov. Sam Brownback is taking steps to help reduce a shortage of propane needed for home heating. He's easing trucking regulations and directing state officials to provide help to poor families.

Brownback and the state fire marshal say Kansans who are running low on propane should not try alternate heating methods that could be unsafe.

"There's a temptation sometimes to do almost anything to stay warm and some of those things, like using a stove to keep warm or hooking up a five gallon propane tank to your house, is dangerous. It can cost lives,” said Brownback.

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Government
7:48 am
Thu January 30, 2014

Kansas City Police Chief Answers Racial Bias Questions

Police Chief Daryl Forte addresses council racial bias questions
Credit KCCG Channel 2

Kansas City's police chief answered questions about bias in enforcement of the city's youth curfew Wednesday. Chief Darryl Forte gave his report to a city council committee.

Only 62 young people were hauled in city-wide for curfew violations last year, and only 20 of those involved congregating and rowdy behavior in entertainment districts.

But the fact that about 90 percent were African-American caused concern for some council members. Chief Forte' said those concerns were unfounded.

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Kansas Statehouse
3:27 pm
Wed January 29, 2014

Kansas Day Marked With Statehouse Dedication

Hundreds of people filled the first floor of the Statehouse for the ceremony.
Credit Stephen Koranda / Kansas Public Radio

Hundreds of Kansans gathered at the Statehouse Wednesday to celebrate the end of the building's 13-year-long restoration project. The event coincided with Kansas Day, the state's 153rd birthday.

School children, members of the public and former and current state officials attended the ceremony. Historians learned that the Kansas Statehouse was never formally dedicated after its initial completion, so Gov. Sam Brownback took the opportunity to unveil a plaque and officially dedicate the Kansas Capitol.

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Up to Date
11:16 am
Wed January 29, 2014

Kansas City Sounds Off On The State Of The Union

Steve Kraske talks with political science professor Bob Beatty on Up to Date about President Obama's State of the Union address.
Credit Christopher Dilts / Obama for America

President Obama's Tuesday night State of the Union address focused on various domestic issues, with a dash of foreign policy.

In the last part of Wednesday's Up to Date, we talk about the speech and what it means for governmental policies this year. 

Guest:

  • Bob Beatty, professor of political science at Washburn University
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Up To Date
11:06 am
Wed January 29, 2014

Kansas' New State Capitol: Bright, Shiny And Majestic

The renovation of the Kansas statehouse is complete.

Work began on the Kansas Capitol in October 1866 when the cornerstone was laid for the east wing. Thirty-seven years later, it was finished. The cost? $3,200,588.92.

Fast forward to today.  After 13 years and nearly $330 million, the statehouse, with its French Renaissance architecture and Corinthian details,  has undergone a renovation. 

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Government
7:42 am
Wed January 29, 2014

President's Call To Hike Minimum Wage Ignites Swift Response, Pro And Con

U.S. Capitol

Originally published on Wed January 29, 2014 1:22 pm

(Updated 1 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 29)

President Barack Obama’s call to increase the nation’s minimum wage to $10.10 an hour is part of his broader focus on attacking income inequality.

But that approach swiftly ignited strong reaction, pro and con, as soon as he outlined his initiative during Tuesday night’s State of the Union address.

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Government
7:41 am
Wed January 29, 2014

Missouri Carries Out Execution After U.S. Supreme Court Removes Stays

Originally published on Thu January 30, 2014 1:28 pm

Updated at 1:41 a.m., Thurs., Jan. 30

Missouri inmate Herbert Smulls was put to death late Wednesday night after the U.S. Supreme Court removed two stays. He was pronounced dead at 10:20 p.m.

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Missouri Statehouse
1:32 pm
Tue January 28, 2014

New Website Tracks The Life Of Bills In Missouri Legislature

This screen grab shows the homepage of MOBillTracker.org
Credit Saint Louis Public Radio and the Beacon

A new website unveiled Tuesday will track the life of some bills introduced in the Missouri House of Representatives and Senate during the 2014 legislative session.

MOBillTracker.org, created by Saint Louis Public Radio and the Beacon, will track bills in five categories: health; elections and ethics; guns; education; jobs; and the economy. There is a sixth category that will track bills that have seen recent action.

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Government
8:07 am
Tue January 28, 2014

Missouri Governor Brings School Funding Debate To Younger Audience

Credit Dan Verbeck / KCUR

Coming out of his State of the State call for more education spending, Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon brought his case to Kansas City and a younger audience with a stake in the future. 

The forum was an assembly of some 700 Center High School students.

The Governor tried to break down staggering financials to something a less sophisticated economics mind would understand, telling students the system can open more than a local earnings’ future, to world-wide.

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Government
8:01 am
Tue January 28, 2014

Opponents Of Photo ID Bill Dominate Missouri Senate Hearing

A Missouri Senate committee heard testimony Monday on the latest effort by Republicans to require voters to show photo identification at the polls.

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Tell KCUR
7:51 am
Tue January 28, 2014

Tell KCUR: Have You Ever Tried To Get Out Of A Speeding Ticket?

Have you ever tried to get out of a speeding ticket? What worked? What didn't? Tweet us your answer with the #TellKCUR hashtag. (KCUR doesn't condone speeding.)
Credit KCUR

 An effort to increase speed limits in Missouri has us curious about your history with speed in the Show-Me state.

Missouri could become more lead-foot friendly if a proposal to increase the maximum speed limit on rural interstates, from 70 to 75 mph, makes it through the Missouri Legislature this year.

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