Council axes Chastain light plan, promises a replacement. Chastain says lawsuit on behalf of voters is forthcoming. Kansas City sales tax for infrastructure wins renewal. Voters in KC. Independence districts approve 7-school reaffiliation. TIF commission recommends $270-million break for soccer-commercial complex. Neighborhood groups still disagree on new Red Bridge.
Civil verdict of $10.9 million in Phelps funeral-picketing case. COMBAT drug program works, needs better organization, says committee. Audit says KC School District needs better financial controls. Kansas City revises its minority-and women-owned business program. Johnson County breaks ground on 555-bed jail expansion. Kansas Health Authority calls for subsidies, children's coverage, tobacco tax. No verdict yet in Shields-Cardarella mortgage fraud trial.
Funkhouser sticks with park board appointee despite furor. Council committee gives green light to red-light cam bidding. Amid officer shootings police may return to two-in-a-car partnering. Kline addresses abortion foes' convention in Kansas City. Wyandotte County prepares for gaming election.
Funkhouser edges Brooks in K.C. Mayoral election. Nine new faces on Council, McFadden-Weaver out. Council approves Crossroads arts area tax breaks. K.C. panhandling ordinance bows to street performers. Sebelius will sign new Kansas casinos and slots bill. Wyandotte County prepares gaming ordinance. Kansas House enters Tiller abortion controversy. Page to lead KU Hospital, pact with med school imminent.
Kansas City, MO – Moderates gain in Kansas Board of Ed races. Conservative senator Barnett will face Sebeliuis. Praeger, Thornburg repel conservative challenges. Chuck Ahner to run against Dennis Moore. Second suit alleges MO photo-ID law unconstitutional. Council argues, passes Bartle art project. Inductees announced for College Hoops Hall.
Kansas City, Missouri – Mandy Brown felt her 14-year old daughter's murder was a senseless act of violence. In the intervening 25 years, she has become increasingly concerned about the lack of responsibility and self-respect among black youth.
So when she heard Bill Cosby was sponsoring town hall meetings, called "Call Out's," in which he brought counselors and other experts together with community members, she started trying to get Cosby's people to bring a "Call Out" to Kansas City.
Kansas City, MO – Top Stories of the Week Photo ID, No Straight Tickets for Missouri Voters. Kansas Passes School Finance Plan. Commission Complaint Against Justice Nuss. Jessica's Laws in Kansas, Missouri. Missouri Legislators Lift Contribution Caps.
Kansas City, MO – Top KCUR News Stories of the Week Kansas City Latinos join in national demonstrations Eminent domain bills pass in Missouri, Kansas Sex Offender laws: different fates in different states Kansas funeral picketing bill stalls Kansas school funding still at deadlock MOHELA plan fails legislature, Blunt will push on Petitions in on stem cell initiative
Kansas City, MO – Kansas City braces for immigrants' rights protest. Community health center opens in Lexington. Kansas House to take up school finance debate. National Republican group creates Web site mocking Missouri state Auditor Claire McCaskill. Kansas Senator Sam Brownback supports Bush's decision to investigate price gouging. Former Missouri Senator John Danforth slams G.O.P. tactics on gay marriage.
Kansas City, MO – Kansas re-argues death penalty case at Supreme Court. Appeals court calls for new hearing on Missouri death penalty decision. Kansas Senate passes $466 million school plan. Investigations proliferate in Nuss Fuss. Sebelius fined same as Kline for campaign error. Senate kills higher ed caps, okays college vouchers. UMKC flunks diversity audit.
Kansas City, MO – Daniel Porter, convicted of kidnapping his own children and refusing to tell authorities where they are, received an additional sentence of 38 years in prison today. Porter, of Independence, had already been sentenced to ten years on a firearms charge and three years for parole violation. Today's sentence was for the kidnapping. Porter still hasn't told what happened to the children, offering various accounts including that he sold them, killed them and that they had become part of a pornography ring.
Kansas City, MO – Missouri lawmaker calls KCPD's skyrocketing lobbying costs a waste of taxpayers' money. Audit finds racism at UMKC. Kansas legislature tries to find common ground on school financing amidst Supreme Court justice controversy. Missouri senators approve bill cracking down on illegal immigration; House gives first-round approval to bill requiring all official proceedings be conducted in English. Four convicted in telemarketing scam.
Kansas City, MO – Medical convention to focus on improving care for sexual assault victims. Missouri lawmakers move forward with Kansas City regional transit plan. Kline to argue Kansas death penalty to U.S. Supreme Court. Riverton High School students to face hearing today. BTK serial killer gets extra privileges for good behavior.
Kansas City, MO – An investigation into out of court conversations about the Kansas school finance case by Senators and a Supreme Court justice widened this afternoon. House Speaker Doug Mays says he is likely to convene a special committee to look into the matter. Earlier, legislators said Attorney General Phill Kline is conducting an investigation. Justice Lawton Nuss took him off the school funding case yesterday after a reporter asked about reports that a justice had improperly discussed court business with legislators at lunch.
Kansas City, MO – Felony charges for sextuplets hoax Independence, Kansas girl faked abduction Latinos rally for immigrants' rights Missouri Senate backs Medicaid Fraud bill Missouri House would limit higher ed funding Kansas Board of Ed puts abstinence on hold Performing Arts Center announces groundbreaking (click the mp3 icon to listen
Kansas City, MO – A Grain Valley couple who lied about having sextuplets to con people out of money and gifts now face felony charges. Kris and Sarah Everson admitted mid-week that their claim they had six critically ill infants was a lie. Today prosecutors charged them both with stealing by deceit, a felony punishable by up to seven years in prison. Prosecutor Mike Sanders said the Eversons collected a verified $3500 in cash from a local charity and the manufacturing plant from where Kris Everson worked.
Kansas City, MO – MO educators concerned over House vote to cap higher ed funding, tuition increases. MO House overwhelmingly approves eminent domain restrictions. Group calls MO TABOR initiative "Hancock on steroids." Stem cell opponents appeal decision upholding ballot language. FBI reportedly investigating MO lobbyists. Authorities puzzled over teenager's 15-hour disappearance. Grain Valley couple apologizes for sextuplet scam.
Kansas City, MO – On the eve of the vote on improvements to Kauffman and Arrowhead stadiums. The Detroit Tigers beat the K.C. Royals 3 to 1. Two stadium issues are on tomorrow's ballot. One is a 25-year 3/3 cent sales tax for general stadium improvements, the other a use tax on goods bought out of state by Jackson County businesses for a rolling roof.
Kansas City, MO – The U.S. Supreme Court has announced it will hear arguments on the constitutionality of the Kansas capital punishment law again. The first hearing, with an even-numbered court one justice short, resulted in a tie vote. Kansas Attorney General Phill Kline is hoping new appointees to the court will swing the next decision to favor the state. The case centers about the law's provision that if evidence for and against the death penalty are equal a jury must vote for death.
Kansas City, MO – Jackson County is launching a new program to encourage more county workers to ride the bus. KCUR's Maria Carter reports. - - - - - One benefit of working for the Jackson county government is a free parking space downtown. That costs the county some 60 dollars each month per employee, but a new program would give county workers an alternative to driving to work, taking the bus for free. County Executive Katherine Shields says the program would save both employees and the county money.
Kansas City, MO – A Missouri bill requiring voters to present a state-issued photo ID at the polls stalled on Wednesday in the Senate. Last week, we spoke to State Senator Delbert Scott, who said the law would encourage confidence in Missouri elections. But Representative Sharon Sanders Brooks said it could prevent many people who don't have driver's licenses from voting. Sylvia Maria Gross has more.
Kansas City, MO – Kansas City rally protests Iraq war. Kansas lawmakers still unresolved on school financing package. Missouri voter ID plan more politics than protecting process. Lawyer threatens desegragation lawsuit if Independence school plan passes. Cable and phone companies battle it out in Missouri. Prominent KC Hispanic leader dies.