The downtown streetcar plan passed another mile post. A police study raised doubts about red light cameras. And an audit rekindled controversy over the Kansas Bioscience Authority. KCUR's Steve Bell looks back at those and other top stories of the week on the KCUR Saturday News Review.
Kansas City took another step toward streetcars downtown. It was back to the drawing board on Missouri Congressional redistricting. And Missouri's governor proposed another big cut to state university budgets.
Romeo Crennel won the job of Chiefs head coach. The Missouri Supreme Court looked at Congressional redistricting plans. And Governor Sam Brownback's State of the State address was headlined by taxes and economic development. Steve Bell revisits those and other top stories of the week on KCUR's Saturday News Review.
Children's Mercy gets out of the HMO business, Kansas Dems seek to increase school funding & a bill could override Missouri governor's authority in creating a health care exchange: A daily digest of headlines from KCUR.
Governor Sam Brownback expressed disappointment at Boeing's decision to phase out its Wichita operations. Brownback had been one of Boeing's biggest supporters while he was in Congress, fighting for a tanker contract the company got – and will fulfill in Washington State, .
Brownback said the 2100 laid off are likely to get work at other Kansas plants supplying private and commercial aviation. But little was said about the 7500 expected new Boeing jobs that are now just a vapor trail.
2011 has been a year of voter photo ID laws, challenges to federal health care legislation and tougher abortion rules that ended up in court. It was a year of major changes in Kansas City government and schools. But the biggest area news stories involved the forces of nature.