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KCUR News
3:35 am
Thu April 23, 2009

Employees Give Council Bad Report Card

City Auditor Gary White delivers the council a bad report card from city employees.
Photo courtesy of KCCG, Channel 2. Right click to enlarge.

Kansas City, MO – The city council Finance and Audit Committee heard the results of Kansas City's first employee satisfaction survey since 1992 on Wednesday. Auditor Gary White read off the numbers.

Eighty-five percent of city employees are satisfied with their jobs. Seventy-five percent said the health benefits suit their needs. But the mayor and council got bad grades.

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KCUR News
11:34 pm
Thu April 16, 2009

Funds Transfer Ordinance A Slap At Funkhouser

Mayor Mark Fukhouser gets confrontive after Councilman Ed Ford said a mayoral expense prompted an ordinance regulating fund transfers. (Right click to enlarge)
Video frame courtesy of KCCG, Channel 2.

Kansas City, MO – The Kansas City city council passed enabling ordinances for development projects in the northland... and a resolution endorsing Aim4Peace that members hope will help the organization find grants to replace city funding eliminated in the new budget.

Last-minute wording revisions sent an ordinance requiring council approval of line-item transfers of funds sent it back to committee for another review. But not before a confrontation over its subtle slap at Mayor Mark Funkhouser.

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KCUR News
7:52 am
Thu April 16, 2009

Biden To Airmen: We Appreciate You And We'll Put Our Money Where Our Mouth Is

Vice President Biden in front of a B-2 Bomber
Frank Morris

Whiteman AFB, MO – Biden spoke in huge hanger, right in front of a B-2 bomber, one of the most expensive weapons systems ever developed about the need take care of the day to day needs of military personnel.

Biden: The only sacred commitment a nation has, is to prepare those we send, equip them with all they need, and care for whatever their needs are when they come home.

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KCUR News
1:35 am
Wed April 8, 2009

Follies Of Foreclosure Fear: Enter Missouri AG

Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster
kcur photo by dan verbeck

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KCUR News
3:25 am
Mon April 6, 2009

'Funk Out' Quest Takes Off

Petition request on counter at city clerk's office.
photo: Dan Verbeck, KCUR

Kansas City, Mo. – A citizen petition drive seeking an election to recall Mayor Mark Funkhouser became legitimized on April 6, 2009 as the Kansas City Missouri City Clerk determined that language in the petition meets city requirements.

The drive makes three claims: that the mayor has violated the volunteer ordinance and nepotism law in the way his wife acts as advisor; the use or misuse of city resources; and it questions Mark Funkhouser's ability to work with other elected officials.

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KCUR News
9:17 am
Fri April 3, 2009

Council Passes Dress Code, MAST Takeover Plan

Dozens of MAST employees and their supporters packed the council chamber to urge an immediate decision of the ambulance service's future.
Video frame courtesy of Channel 2, KCCG.

Kansas City, MO – The Kansas City, Missouri city council passed an ordinance limiting dress code restrictions and advanced toward making the MAST ambulance service a city department Thursday.

The galleries were filled with MAST employees and their supporters who applauded when anyone made a point for starting the takeover process and waiving the city's residency requirement for present MAST employees unless they voluntarily move.

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KCUR News
3:09 am
Fri April 3, 2009

Council Passes Dress Code, MAST Takeover Plan

Dozens of MAST employees and their supporters packed the council chamber to urge an immediate decision of the ambulance service's future.
Video frame courtesy of Channel 2, KCCG.

Kansas City, MO – The Kansas City, Missouri city council passed an ordinance limiting dress code restrictions and advanced toward making the MAST ambulance service a city department Thursday.

The galleries were filled with MAST employees and their supporters who applauded when anyone made a point for starting the takeover process and waiving the city's residency requirement for present MAST employees unless they voluntarily move.

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KCUR News
7:55 am
Thu April 2, 2009

Mishaps Prompt Air Force To Streamline Nuclear Command

Kansas City, MO – If there's one thing you don't want to get sloppy with, it's nuclear weapons. But recent mishaps in handling US nukes have set off alarms. In response, the U.S. Air Force is "standing up" a new command to oversee all its ICBMs and nuclear-capable bombers. Six communities from Cheyenne to Shreveport, to Knob Noster, Missouri had been clamoring for that mission until yesterday. KCUR'S Frank Morris reports.

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KCUR News
3:19 am
Fri March 27, 2009

Council Spurns Funkhouser Police Pitch, Passes Budget

Mayor Mark Funkhouser makes one last pitch for a smaller reduction of the police budget.
Video frame courtesy of KCCG, Channel 2.

Kansas City, MO – On the deadline day, Kansas City, Missouri has a budget designed to meet an $87 million shortfall... basically the same one the finance committee endorsed a week earlier.

Mayor Mark Funkhouser tried twice to persuade the council to restore some funding to youth and violence prevention programs and especially to the police department despite Councilwoman Jan Marcason's assurances that the number of officers on the street will not be reduced.

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KCUR News
2:00 am
Thu March 26, 2009

Council Advances MAST Takeover, Dress Code

MAST ambulance photo by Steve Bell.

Kansas City, MO – The idea of making MAST a city department was endorsed last week by a study group that included the present and past Medical Directors of Kansas City emergency efforts and City Hall's top financial heads.

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KCUR News
12:45 am
Fri March 20, 2009

City Moves Toward MAST Takeover

MAST ambulances would become city property with the completion of a plan to make the nonprofit service a department of the City of Kansas City, MO.
Photo courtesy of Metropolitan Ambulance Services Trust.

Kansas City, MO –
After several years of debate, the city council has started mapping a new future for Kansas City's ambulance service. MAST won't stay an independent organization, but it won't become part of the fire department, either.

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KCUR News
2:39 am
Thu March 19, 2009

Council Committee Advances Budget Plan

The Rev. Wallace Hartsfield and supporters of Aim4Peace urge a council committee not to eliminate funding for anti-violence and youth employment programs.
Video frame courtesy of KCCG,Channel 2.

Kansas City, MO – The Kansas City Council's Finance and Audit Committee has advanced the council's version of the city budget and recommended that the full council pass it next Tursday. But the debate isn't over yet. KCUR's Steve Bell reports.

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KCUR News
4:04 am
Fri March 13, 2009

Sirens Silent In Stationhouse: Death Answers Are Elusive

Fire Station Ten was starting point for fatal run.
KCUR photo by dan verbeck

Kansas City, Mo. – One question mark has been cleared in the March second death of a 7 year old boy when he was hit by a Kansas City Fire Department pumper. The question is about sirens. Others remain. Dan Verbeck reports.

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KCUR News
12:36 am
Fri March 13, 2009

Council Hears Benefits Plan, Buys Time On Budget

Kansas City budget director Troy Schulte explains to the council how a $6.5 million savings wasn't quite enough.
Photo courtesy of KCCG, Channel 2.

Kansas City, MO – The Kansas City city council had hoped to have a finished budget ordinance, but didn't accomplish that. On the day the council had hoped to put figures on the table, it heard a report on an employee benefit package that was both a victory and a disappointment.

Budget Director Troy Schulte and others had hoped to self-insure city workers at substantial savings. Turnaround time was to short for self-insurance, but Schulte told how a committee avoided a 12 percent cost increase current providers were going to charge.

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KCUR News
12:56 am
Fri March 6, 2009

Mayor's Budget Spares Police, Cuts Stadiums

City Council members Russ Johnson, Ed Ford and Bev Herman study the mayor's budget memo.
Video frame courtesy of KCCG, Channel 2.

Kansas City, MO – Two weeks later than the council would have preferred, Mayor Mark Funkhouser submitted his budget suggestions for the coming year on Thursday. No one commented or asked questions as the mayor delivered his budget memo, which makes about $20 million worth of adjustments in the budget that was proposed by the city manager.

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KCUR News
11:03 pm
Thu February 26, 2009

Honor Highlights Local Fort's Diplomatic Mission

Kansas City, MO – Fort Leavenworth is famous for its prison, but the Army is much more proud of the Command and General Staff College there. They call it the "Intellectual Center of the Army," a kind of grad school for mid-level officers. The college honored one its graduates Thursday, February 26. The ceremony highlights the school's diplomatic role one that may be key to winning the war in Afghanistan and northwestern Pakistan. KCUR's Frank Morris reports.

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KCUR News
1:41 am
Thu February 26, 2009

Council Takes Aim At Cordish Dress Code

ACLU board member Lisa Watson speaks against the Power and Light District dress code.
Video frame courtesy of KCCG, Channel 2.\">

Kansas City, MO – The two-year battle over the dress code at the Power and Light District continued yesterday, as a city council committee heard public testimony on a proposed tougher ordinance on what a dress code may not prohibit. The one at Power and Light bans athletic attire and garb associated with the Hip-Hop culture. Developer the Cordish Company says it is just about clothes. But the ACLU's Lisa Watson said it's really about who gets excluded for wearing the clothes.

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KCUR News
4:09 am
Fri February 13, 2009

Funkhouser Rejects Cauthen Budget

Mayor Mark Funkhousr tells the city coucil that the city manager's budget proposal is \"unaccptable.\"
Photo courtesy of KCCG, Channel

At the Kansas City city council's business session Thursday, the mayor was disappointed with the budget, the council was disappointed with the mayor and solving the city's revenue shortfall was still at a standstill.

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KCUR News
8:05 am
Wed February 4, 2009

Short Meeting A Slap At Cauthen

Kansas City City Council Finance and Audit Chair Deb Herman.
Photo courtesy of KCCG, Channel 2.

Kansas City, MO – The Kansas City city council may have had the shortest committee meeting ever this week.

At last week's Finance and Audit meeting council members blasted City Manager Wayne Cauthen's two-weeks-in-a row avoidance of coming in to discuss the budget. Beth Gottstein even sent a messsage, telling a Cauthen aide: "I made a point to be on time this morning and I hope that he will make an equal effort to be on time next week."

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KCUR News
9:35 am
Thu January 29, 2009

Nixon In KC: Battling Jobs Loss

Governor Jay Nixon( D, Mo.) views student work at MCC Tech Center. Staff observe.
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KCUR News
3:49 am
Thu January 22, 2009

Cauthen Faulted For Millions Of Shortfall

Kansas City city manager Wayne Cauthen: under fire from city council members as $11 million shortfall looms.
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Kansas City, MO – There were hot words and hot water for City Manager Wayne Cauthen at this morning's meeting of the council Finance and Audit Committee. Budget director Troy Shulte presented the group with the latest estimate of the city's revenue shortfall for the current budget year - $11.6 million. And city CFO Jeffrey Yates was on hand to review current figures on departmental expenditures to date.

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KCUR News
5:31 am
Wed January 21, 2009

Trade Offer: Static Tuition For Funding Freeze

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon greets students at UMKC after proposing tuition freeze.
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KCUR News
5:09 am
Fri January 9, 2009

Praise Of Bond Given, Received

Sen. Kit Bond, ( R, Mo) L, greets Lester Siegel.
kcur photo by Dan Verbeck

Kansas City, Mo. –

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KCUR News
1:47 am
Wed January 7, 2009

Listening Post: I-70 Impact Study Weighed

I-70 and Broadway, looking toward Broadway Bridge.
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Kansas City, Mo. – Missouri highway planners and engineers are starting to learn the impact of what might be the first real modernization of Interstate 70 through Kansas City.

The proposed project will become reality only if funding becomes available. KCUR's Dan Verbeck listened at the first public hearing and filed this account.

Missouri highway planners and engineers are starting to learn the impact of what might be the first real modernization of Interstate 70 through Kansas City, if money is available.

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KCUR News
9:45 am
Sun January 4, 2009

McKinney Takes Over As Kansas Treasurer

Kansas City, MO – The job came open because Lynn Jenkins, the current State Treasurer, is heading for congress. She defeated Nancy Boyda, to represent Kansas' second district. Kathleen Sebelius, the governor, appointed representative McKinney. The treasures office oversees the state budget, and McKinney says he'll use his new position to push for a surge in public works projects.

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Government
8:17 am
Fri December 26, 2008

Answering Obama's Call: Local Residents Submit Health Reform Recommendations

Kansas City, MO – Several area residents are heeding president-elect Barack Obama's call for health policy recommendations. KCUR's Elana Gordon has more.

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KCUR News
12:36 am
Tue December 23, 2008

KC Budget Crafting: Anything But Ho-Hum

Votes are cast to define Kansas City's most important functions.
kcur photo by Dan Verbeck

Kansas City, Mo. – Kansas City's 2009 budget sweepstakes are underway. Dozens of community leaders are drawn in this time as the mayor looks for concensus.

This was all very representative of opinion. The city bought a consultant's report and the consultant asked everyone in the room to vote, electronically, on what are most important functions of the government.

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KCUR News
2:37 am
Tue December 16, 2008

KC Fishing For Federal Funds

Mayor Mark Funkhouser would tailor city needs to fit girth of federal funding.
kcur photo by Dan Verbeck

Kansas City, Mo. – The Kansas City Mayor, his advisers, members of the city council and civic forces are starting to plot the way out of a projected 80 to 90 million dollar short-fund next year.

It's clearly important to be close to the front of the line when cities start asking the Obama administration for funds. So, the plan is to find projects suitable for long term economic recovery.

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2:47 am
Fri December 12, 2008

Council To Investigate Funkhouser Ethics Allegations

Former mayoral aide Joe Miller provoked controversy with allegations his job involved ethics violations.

Kansas City, MO – Former Mark Funkhouser aide Joe Miller says he may have violated state ethics and open records laws while working in the mayor's office. On KCUR's Up to Date, Miller said the mayor held back an e-mail from a Freedom of Information Request, and that as a mayor's office employee he should not have been a campaign event organizer in the Light Rail campaign. As a result of these assignments and policies of the mayor, Miller says he felt "afwfu," as though he was "headed down the wrong path."

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