The Missouri River levels are critically low. If the problem is not resolved soon, area utilities, levees and bridges could be in serious crisis . Today we discuss the effects of dropping water levels and the multimillion dollar expenditure needed to remedy the issue.
Before November 2013, the state of Missouri had executed two inmates over the past six years. Then, near the end of the year, two inmates were executed within three weeks of each other, and both executions used a controversial new drug protocol.
Critics question the way the state is carrying out executions, including the way the state obtains its lethal drugs. With courts still considering critical legal issues as another execution date nears, will the Department of Corrections keep pressing ahead?
In answer to the bitter cold, a Kansas City Salvation Army team that deals with the camp-living homeless will be out for the next three nights. The numbers served are small, but the services are life-saving.
On a Summer night, relief volunteers see about a hundred people in the makeshift camps. Numbers dwindle to 30 or 60 a night when the harshest winter hits.
Sean Tyson runs emergency and disaster aid for the Salvation Army, which brings clothing and warm food to people in woods along the Missouri River and its bridges and West Bottoms.
Kansas City banker and philanthropist, R. Crosby Kemper Jr. has died at the age of 86.
Kemper was best known for leading Kansas City-based UMB Financial Corp. He died Thursday in Indian Wells, Calif.
His son R. Crosby Kemper III says he was there enjoying the great weather over the holidays.
Kemper Jr. was born in Kansas City on Feb. 22, 1927 to R. Crosby Kemper Sr. and Enid Jackson Kemper. He worked in banking for more than 50 years, starting at his father's City National Bank as a night transit clerk and eventually becoming president in 1959.
Witnesses said the explosion shook their homes and businesses blocks away, and spawned flames more vicious than an ordinary fire. And as they feared, there were people inside JJ's Restaurant when it exploded. Fifteen were injured and one died in the blast and fire that resulted when an excavating contractor broke a gas line. In addition to lawsuits, the fire prompted an ongoing debate on how companies and cities should prepare for and respond to natural gas leaks.
A neighborhoods-based group that wants a public vote on the future of KCI Airport came up almost 600 short of enough signatures to get their measure on the ballot. John Murphy said “Friends of KCI” hasn't given up yet. They have about a week to come up with the additional signatures.“Friends of KCI” is concerned that building a new airport terminal might take funding away from infrastructure and basic services.
Five former Chiefs players sued the team over the long-term effects of football field concussions. Attorney Kenneth McClain said his clients won't get much relief under an earlier NFL settlement. McClain adds that the suit is possible because of a particular provision of Missouri law and that it is possible the St. Louis Rams will face a similar lawsuit
Sporting KC prepares for MLS soccer championship game
The Chiefs made it nine in a row. Kansas City won a big convention. And Jackson County turned down the idea of a sales tax for medical research. Those are some of the stories we revisit on KCUR's Saturday News Review.
Sales tax proposals soundly defeated
Eighty-four percent of Jackson Countians who voted Tuesday voted against a half-cent sales tax for medical research.
A school funding lawsuit by Shawnee Mission District parents survived a dismissal attempt. Kansas City bought four streetcars. And former Congressman Ike Skelton died. KCUR's Steve Bell recaps those and other top stories of the week on the KCUR Saturday News Review.
The Chiefs were number one. And the Kansas City, Missouri School District got another accreditation disappointment. KCUR's Steve Bell recaps on those and other top stories of the week on the KCUR Saturday News Review.
Sexual assault used to be such a taboo issue that it wasn’t even covered by the media. Those affected by sexual assault would often hide in shame, but as it has becomes more public, young people are flocking to their Facebook and Twitter accounts to call names and take sides.
The Chiefs set a record. Phill Kline indefinitely lost his Kansas law license. And a Maryville rape case got national attention, thanks to Kansas City reporters. KCUR's Steve Bell looks back at those and other top stories on this week's Saturday News Review.
Special prosecutor to reopen Maryville teen rape case
The Kansas Supreme Court listened to arguments on school funding. Overland Park voters extended a sales tax. And tax incentives were approved for Kansas City's biggest office complex ever. Steve Bell revisits those and other top stories of the week on KCUR's Saturday News Review.
Council approves Bannister renewal incentives
Cerner estimates the cost of its Bannister Mall area redevelopment project at $4.3 billion, more than half of which is underwritten by tax breaks from Kansas City and the State of Missouri.
The Kansas City Star recently changed the way visitors to their website can comment on stories. Commentors must now login to the system using a Facebook account, and their comments will be displayed using the name and photograph attached to that account.
"Facebook has a vested interest in making sure that the people using Facebook are real people," says Derek Donovan, public editor at the Kansas City Star. "This site is, or at least tries to be aggressive about weeding out fake accounts and also spamming accounts."
The Missouri Supreme Court looked at the state's school transfer law. Day traffic on the health insurance exchanges. And the shutdown idled thousands of Kansas City federal workers. Steve Bell recaps those and other top stories of the week on the KCUR Saturday News Review.
Shutdown furloughs most of KC's 27,000 federal employees
The legislature overrode 10 Jay Nixon vetoes, but couldn't reverse the vetoes of tax cuts and gun rights bills. And sentencing day came for a former priest who took lurid pictures of little girls. KCUR's Steve Bell recaps on those and other top stories of the week on the KCUR Saturday News Review.
Former priest Ratigan gets 50 years
Defrocked priest Shawn Ratigan was sentenced to 50 years in federal prison.
The Hall Family Foundation pledged a big grant with strings attached and leaders listened as area citizens spoke their mind on a WalMart, a retirement home and military involvement in Syria. KCUR's Steve Bell looks back at those and other top stories on this week's Saturday News Review.
Kansas City got a $20 million grant for the downtown streetcar system. And the Kansas City city council decided on a slightly scaled back new crime lab. Steve Bell revisits those and other top stories of the week on KCUR's Saturday News Review.
Council approves bonds for compromise-size crime lab
City council finance chair Jan Marcason said “the best minds in the city” tried and tried to figure out how to build the 71,000 square-foot crime lab Kansas City, Missouri police wanted, but just couldn't come up with an acceptable way to pay off the bonds.
Governor Sam Brownback appointed an appellate court judge, but wouldn't identify the candidates he considered. And Kansas City schools got a much-improved report card. KCUR's Steve Bell recaps on those and other top stories of the week.
KC schools show gains; but no accreditation this time
A city councilman fessed up to sexting. A rodeo clown sparked a nationwide controversy. And a federal agency blamed the JJ's Restaurant fire on a drilling contractor. KCUR's Steve Bell recaps on those and other top stories.
Contractor Cited in Plaza Blast And Fire
OSHA fined the company that broke the gas line that led to the February Plaza explosion and fire $161,000 and put them on a list of severe safety violators.
The contract drilling company suspected of opening a gas line before JJ’s Restaurant blew up in February will fight OSHA sanctions and fines. One woman was killed in the explosion at the edge of Country Club Plaza.