George Brett went back to the front office. Governor Brownback called a special legislative session. And President Obama came Warrensburg. Steve Bell recaps on those and other top stories of the week on the KCUR Saturday News Review.
President pitches his priorities in Warrensburg
President Obama, promoting affordable education as a major part of his economy agenda, made the second stop of a barnstorming tour in Warrensburg, Mo.
The Kansas City council votes to prevent the city pension funds from investing in gun manufacturers. George Brett steps down as hitting coach for the Kansas City Royals but will keep his position in the team’s front office. A Shakespeare Camp encourages girls to find their own voice the help of the Bard and swords.
The Kansas City Museum Advisory Board is asking for the city to sever the museum’s tie to Union Station and to reinstate the museum’s director. Prairie plants are being used to help restore farm soil. U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack is urging Congress to get the farm bill to the president’s desk soon.
Some bakers and candy makers are saying the government gives too much of a subsidy to U.S. sugar beet and sugar cane growers. Last week’s high temperatures are gone for now, replaced by temperatures hovering around 90 degrees.
The emerald ash borer reared its greenish head in Johnson County. And finally, city officials had a citizen satisfaction survey they could smile about. KCUR's Steve Bell recaps on those and other top stories of the week on the KCUR Saturday News Review.
KC citizen satisfaction scored best in years
Citizen satisfaction scores improved across the board in the latest survey conducted by Kansas City, Missouri. The city was rated as a good or excellent place to work by 75 percent of respondents.
The Kansas City council votes to keep some traffic lights on and to toughen an animal abuse ordinance. A grant from the EPA will help clean up blighted areas on both sides of the state line. A Senate Committee approves NBAF funding.
A Kansas City council committee has approved a measure opposing gun violence at least symbolically. A state law that prohibits smoking in most public places is still popular in Kansas. Summer Youth Theatre in Lawrence tackles all of Kansas history in less than an hour.
A Kansas board has rejected a proposed changes to voter registration rules requiring proof of citizenship. A proposed streetcar line in downtown Kansas City is in the hands of judges. Some are expecting a contentious veto session in Missouri because of the number of bills vetoed by Gov. Jay Nixon.
The Negro Leagues Baseball Museum and many fields around Kansas City feel the benefits of last year’s Major League Baseball All Star game. Ten recommendations are issued for arts and culture in Kansas City. KCP&L says solar rebates won’t end in the Kansas City area.
Police investigators are investigating the shooting in the 9400 block of Lamar in Overland Park, Kan. The victim’s family and friends held a vigil across the street as homicide detectives gather evidence from the driveway, lawn, and split level home.
Kansas became eligible for federal arts matching funds again. And hundreds of area residents showed up for a forum on whether to replace the 3-terminal system at KCI. KCUR's Steve Bell looks back at those and other top stories on this week's Saturday News Review.
The fallout from an alleged rape in Maryville affects the town and the victims. The Kansas City Council delayed a decision about downgrading some traffic lights to four-way stops. A local solar energy company will protest KCP&L’s request to end solar rebates.
Veterans get educational benefits and other protections under new legislation. A sexual assault case in Maryville goes unresolved. The Kansas City Charter commission might go past July deadline to do the job right.
The Kan. Board of Education requests a $600 million funding crease from lawmakers. Ikea starts construction in Merriam. Mo. Gov. Jay Nixon signs legislation allowing parents more time to give up newborns and changing rules for mandatory reporters of child abuse.
The Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph settled a wrongful death case out of court with a family who say their son committed suicide after being sexually abused by a priest. The Kansas City area is under a heat advisory today. A famous Steinway is available for anyone to play in Overland Park.
Many farmers are working past retirement age. Players from the Kansas Royals and Sporting Kansas City have been named to their league’s All-Star teams. An elk herd is thriving in southeast Missouri after conservation efforts.
Police said a Kansas City gunshot detection system is reducing crime. And the veto of a Missouri “states' rights” gun bill appeared to be headed for an override vote. Steve Bell revisits those and other top stories of the week on KCUR's Saturday News Review.
MO Democratic governor vetoes gun bill, GOP threatens override
The Republican-controlled Missouri legislature's most controversial piece of gun rights legislation fell to Governor Nixon's veto Friday.
Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback goes to the Paris Airshow to meet with aviation industry officials. A controversial Medicare program requiring all mail-order diabetic supplies be sold through a select number of private companies started this week. The Country Club Plaza makes the list of the most endangered historic location in Kansas City.
The White House has formally responded to five petitions that request Westboro Baptist Church in Topeka, Kan. have their non-profit status revoked and that they be federally recognized as a hate group.
The Kansas City Police Department wants to get federal money to expand a gunfire expansion program. U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill criticizes Missouri lawmakers for failing to pass a transportation bill. A Democratic state senator is calling into question Kansas Governor Sam Brownback’s appointment to the Board of Regents.
The failure of lawmakers to pass a farm bill has left farmers uncertain about the future. Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon signs a bill blocking the scanning of documents for driver’s licenses. Missouri lawmakers have taken more than $700,000 in lobbyist’s gifts since the beginning of the year.
Missouri's governor held back $400 million in spending. A Kansas judge blocked parts of a new abortion law. And the Sprint-Softbank-Clearwire triangle ended with a betrothal. KCUR's Steve Bell recaps on those and other top stories of the week on the KCUR Saturday News Review.
Sprint shareholders accept Softbank bid
It had gone on for week: two rival suitors for majority ownership of Sprint Nextel. Finally, this week, Sprint shareholders voted to take Japanese company Softbank's $21.6 billion offer for 78 percent of the company.
The Kauffman Foundation announces a $20 million dollar jump start for a downtown arts campus for the UMKC Conservatory of Music and Dance. In the wake of the Supreme Court ruling on DOMA, Kansas City supporters of same sex marriage react. Also, constitutional lawyers take a look at what it means for the state as a whole.
Farmers are finding there’s more to Community Supported Agriculture than simply growing crops. Kansas looks at way to reduce childhood poverty. Ford Motor and the United Auto Workers are looking at a home-based nursing program for people with chronic conditions.
Community Supported Agriculture groups face questions as they grow. Father and son take to the stage at the Heart of America Shakespeare Fesitval. Kansas submits its first quarterly report after privatizing its Medicaid program.
Regents approved Kansas tuition increases. And Kansas City ended up in the middle of the debate over privacy and national security. KCUR's Steve Bell recaps on those and other top stories of the week on the KCUR Saturday News Review.
FBI says Kansas City man was involved in NYSE bombing plot
A top FBI official told a Capitol Hill hearing that Kahlid Ouazzani, who lived in ther Kansas City area and admitted sending money to AlQueda, had been part of a terrorist plot to bomb Wall Street.
The Kansas City Council approves an ordinance that could lead to more microbreweries. Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach says the border is the key to immigration law change. Union Station opens a new exhibit about pirates.
Missouri issues guidelines for students in unaccredited districts wishing to transfer to accredited districts. A commission is looking for ways to make the Kansas City, Mo. City government better. An Overland Park-based cement company has been ordered to pay $30 million for violating the Clean Air Act.
The FBI alleges that a Kansas City man was involved in a fledgling plot to bomb the New York Stock Exchange. The case came up as an example of effective the government surveillance programs have been at foiling some 50 terrorist plots.