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KCUR News
4:51 pm
Thu January 27, 2011

Missouri House To Look At Cigarette Tax

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Two proposals to raise taxes on cigarettes in Missouri have been filed in the State House. Missouri currently has the lowest cigarette tax in the nation at 17 cents a pack.

One bill would raise the tax by 12 cents a pack, while the other would raise it by a dollar per pack.

Republican House Speaker Steven Tilley remains opposed to raising taxes on anything, cigarettes included, but says he won't block either bill.

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KCUR News
12:52 am
Thu January 27, 2011

"Save the E-Tax" Chairs Announced

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce officials announced the names of five civic leaders who will head the campaign to preserve Kansas City, Missouri's earnings tax yesterday at a Union Station news conference.

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KCUR News
3:05 pm
Wed January 26, 2011

Supreme Court Orders Payment: City Funds Lacking

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The chief attorney at City Hall in Kansas City can't find much to contest in a Missouri Supreme Court ruling that will cost the city $2.1 million. And they are dollars the city can ill afford.

With one dissenting vote, Justices upheld a mid-level court ruling against the city, and in favor of Melissa Howard. She had claimed discrimination when the city council, five years ago, threw out a panel on which she was named to replace a white female judge leaving municipal court.

All nominees were white and women.

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KCUR News
12:22 pm
Tue January 25, 2011

KC Mayoral Candidate Mike Burke

Mayoral candidate Mike Burke at Synergy Youth Services, the teenage homeless shelter. He helped make it happen.
kcur photo by dan verbeck

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KCUR News
12:20 pm
Thu January 20, 2011

KC Mayoral Candidate Sly James

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Primaries for Kansas City's next mayor are in just a month. Seven people are vying for the position, including current mayor Mark Funkhouser. All are hoping to lead the city through a challenging time - the city's grappling with a down economy and continuing violence.

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KCUR News
2:49 pm
Tue January 18, 2011

Former Congressman Dennis Moore Reflects On Tucson Tragedy And Years In Congress

Former Congressman Dennis Moore has fond memories of his years on Congress but worries about the hateful rhetoric. Photo by Laura Ziegler

Lenexa, Kansas – Former Kansas Congressman Dennis Moore has a special perspective on the recent tragedy in Tucson.

His office was adjacent to that of Representative Gabby Giffords, before his departure last year. Giffords remains in the hospital, recovering from an assassination attempt while meeting constituents outside a local grocery store in Tuscon.

Moore says he and Giffords are good friends.

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KCUR News
10:02 pm
Sat January 15, 2011

Smoking Still Allowed In Missouri House Capitol Offices

Jefferson City, MO – Though the recent trend in Missouri has been to go smoke free, the Missouri House voted Thursday to continue to allow smoking in members' offices in the Capitol building.

Smoking is already banned on the House floor and in the public viewing chambers above. But an attempt was made Thursday to extend that ban to the entire House side of the State Capitol, including the individual offices of every House member. The measure was sponsored by Democrat Jeanette Mott Oxford of St. Louis.

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KCUR News
1:17 am
Fri January 14, 2011

Port Authority Chair Leaves Board

Kansas City, MO – As a city audit continues and amid credible reports of an FBI investigation into Port Authority contracting procedures, the agency's chair has now resigned from its board.

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KCUR News
3:23 pm
Thu January 13, 2011

Chastain Run is Nixed: Undeterred

Kansas City, Mo. – The man who continues to goad Kansas City leadership toward a light rail system maintains he IS a viable candidate for mayor, despite the City Attorney's opinion he cannot run in the general election as a write-in.

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Government
8:26 am
Thu January 13, 2011

Governor Brownback Proposes Phasing Out Funding for the Arts

Kansas Governor Sam Brownback
file photo

Kansas Governor Sam Brownback released his proposed budget Thursday, January 13, 2010 for the next fiscal year. It calls for deep cuts, including phasing out state funding for the arts. If approved, Kansas would be the first state to convert its arts agency into a nonprofit. KCUR's Laura Spencer caught up with Kansas Arts Commission Executive Director Llewellyn Crain.

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KCUR News
2:42 pm
Tue January 11, 2011

Bill to Restirct Late Abortions Filed in KS House

Topeka, KS – A bill filed in the Kansas House would remove an exemption from the state's ban on late abortions.

The mental health of the mother is one of the exemptions allowed under the late-term abortion ban.

Representative Steve Huebert, a Valley Center Republican, believes that reason is being overused. Huebert authored the legislation. He says the bill passed the House last year, but wasn't taken up in the Senate.

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KCUR News
1:56 am
Fri January 7, 2011

Port Authority Chair Resigns

Kansas City, MO – After several months of controversy, the board chairman of the agency in charge of development of the Riverfront area and the old Richards-Gebaur Air Force Base is resigning.

Councilman John Sharp made the announcement at the council business session, adding praise for Trey Runnion and a comment on the situation.

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KCUR News
5:59 pm
Tue December 28, 2010

Army Boot Camp Gets Down to Basics

KCUR News
4:46 pm
Mon December 27, 2010

Message is Clear: Don't Tinker With Dog Mandate

Kansas City, Mo. – It'll be hard for Missouri lawmakers to avoid seeing a message designed for their eyes, as they arrive in the state capital for the next legislative session. Billboards are being set up along highways leading to Jefferson City.

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KCUR News
3:46 pm
Mon December 20, 2010

Johnson County Can Expect New Voice In Topeka From Newly Elected Reps

Johnson County reps before the election in November. Many lost to conservative Republicans. Photo by Laura Ziegler

December 19, 2010 – Politics in Topeka will be whole new ball game when the legislature comes back next year.

There will be a Republican Governor for the first time in 8 years. Both the House and Senate will again have Republican majorities, but with more Tea Party conservatives among them.

Nowhere did the November elections have more of an impact than in Johnson County. The delegation now has one lone Democrat, where it was once a mix of Democrats, and moderate and conservative Republicans.

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KCUR News
2:29 am
Thu December 9, 2010

City Lax On Tax-Break Oversight

Kansas City, MO – When someone gets tax abatement for a development project, they enter into a contract - they say how much the project will cost, how many jobs created, and often agree to pay the city back for work it has to do.

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KCUR News
9:57 am
Tue December 7, 2010

Kansas Lawmakers Elect Leadership, Begin Forming Policy for 2011

Topkea, KS – Kansas lawmakers are gearing up for the next session. House members met in Topeka yesterday to elect their leaders. They'll now begin the task of working to set their priorities. Stephen Koranda has more.

 

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KCUR News
12:15 pm
Mon December 6, 2010

Missouri Supreme Court Considers Fate of Adopted Son of Guatemalan Immigrant

Encarnacion Bail Romero is awaiting a judgment from the Missouri Supreme Court. Photo by Sylvia Maria Gross / KCUR.

Carthage, MO – This month, the Missouri Supreme Court is expected to make a ruling in an unusual case, which will decide the future of a 4-year old boy. The court's ruling - whatever it is - will break some hearts.

Carlos is the US-born son of a Guatemalan immigrant, who was detained in a raid at poultry processing plant in Southwest Missouri in 2007. While his mother was caught up in the legal system, Carlos was adopted by an American family.

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KCUR News
4:59 pm
Fri December 3, 2010

More Proof of Changing Show-Me Electorate

Governor holds unusually high approval numbers.
kcur news archive photo

Kansas City, MO – Missouri's Governor has a higher degree of crossover support than most governors in the country. A newly released poll shows Jay Nixon in a strong position halfway through his first term to win a second one.

The independent Public Policy Polling has interesting findings. One is that Nixon is weaker with Democratic voters than most Democratic governors around the U.S. But his numbers with independents and Republicans more than make up for tepid support from his base.

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KCUR News
3:40 pm
Thu December 2, 2010

Border Jobs War Not a Nixon Priority

Kansas City, MO – Governor Jay Nixon touted his economic-development plan at Maple Woods Community College on Wednesday. Nixon wants to focus on targeted growth industries like advance manufacturing, animal health and life sciences.

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Tracking NBAF
9:30 am
Fri November 19, 2010

President Of KBA Reacts To NBAF Risk Assessment

Two reports came out this week about the National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility, or NBAF.

The Department of Homeland Security released a risk assessment for the site, scheduled to begin construction in 2012 in Manhattan, Kan.

The National Academy of Sciences followed with a Congressionally mandated evaluation of that assessment.

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KCUR News
6:08 pm
Mon November 15, 2010

Committee Blasts Department Of Homeland Security Risk Assessment Report

Kansas City, Missouri – A report released today from a committee of the National Academy of Sciences is sharply critical of the Department of Homeland Security and its plans for a biosecurity lab in Manhattan , Kansas.

The National Bio and Agro Defense Facility, or NBAF, is a flagship project in the effort to make the region between Manhattan, Kansas City, and Columbia, Missouri a hub for animal science and food safety.

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KCUR News
11:08 am
Tue November 9, 2010

Parkinson Fires Back Against Power Plant Criticisms, KDHE Director Resignation

Topeka, KS – Governor Mark Parkinson is firing back at political watchers. Parkinson recently asked for the resignation of Department of Health and Environment head Rod Bremby. Some pundits have guessed that was because of a pending permit for a coal-fired power plant. KPR Statehouse Reporter Stephen Koranda has more.

 

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KCUR News
3:16 am
Fri November 5, 2010

Election Montage Captures Campaign Excitement

It was festive at the Republican party on election night, and voters, for the most part, were elated. Photo by Laura Ziegler

Kansas City, Missouri – As the election week comes to a close, experts and analysts are just beginning the process of sorting through the data from a season that changed the political landscape in the country.

In Missouri and Kansas, the statehouses added to their Republican majorities, mirroring a national trend. The National Conference of State Legislators reports that a dozen states saw their legislatures flip from Democratic to Republican. Hundreds of Republicans got elected.

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KCUR News
5:53 pm
Wed November 3, 2010

Accolades for Police, Ambulance Tax Vote

North Patrol Station, nightime view. Due for wrecking ball.
photo courtesy kcmo p.d.

Kansas City, MO – Kansas City government snatched some relief from Tuesday's earnings tax repeal referendum. The Public Safety Sales Tax passed and was noted in Council Committees the day after.

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KCUR News
4:49 pm
Wed November 3, 2010

Family Ties Possibly Contributed to Robin Carnahan's Loss

St. Louis, MO – One question that Democrats in Missouri are asking themselves today -- how did U-S Senate candidate Robin Carnahan lose so badly to Republican Roy Blunt Tuesday? St. Louis Public Radio's Bill Raack reports.

Blunt beat Carnahan by 14 points in the race to replace retiring Senator Kit Bond. University of Missouri-St. Louis professor David Robertson says Carnahan's loss may have been due largely to her family.

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KCUR News
4:48 pm
Wed November 3, 2010

Carnahan Says He's Ready to Work Across the Aisle

St.. Louis, MO – Congressman Russ Carnahan says he'll continue his efforts to reach bipartisan agreement on issues, even as a member of the minority party next year.

Speaking on the morning after his closest re-election contest, Carnahan says voters sent a message Tuesday night that politicians need to work together.

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KCUR News
4:42 pm
Wed November 3, 2010

GOP Expands Majority in Missouri General Assembly

Jefferson City, MO – The Republican majority in the Missouri General Assembly has grown larger, particularly in the (Missouri) House. St. Louis Public Radio's Marshall Griffin reports.

Republicans picked up 17 seats in the State House, beating ten incumbents and winning seven open seats held by departing Democrats. That means they'll now hold 106 seats to the Democrats' 57. The new GOP caucus has also elected new leaders, choosing Steven Tilley of Perryville as the next Speaker of the House.

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KCUR News
4:36 pm
Wed November 3, 2010

Has Missouri Lost Status as a Bellwether State?

St. Louis, MO – At least one political expert says Missouri can no longer be called a bellwether state. University of Missouri-St. Louis political science professor David Robertson says Missouri is now a swing state that's trending Republican.

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KCUR News
3:02 pm
Wed November 3, 2010

Republican Challenger Ousts Missouri Auditor

Kansas City, MO – Republican challenger Tom Schweich beat Democratic incumbent Susan Montee in yesterday's election. Schweich got 51% of the vote; Montee got 45%.

 

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