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.
Kansas City, MO – State and federal crews have identified almost 900 homes damaged as a result of last weekend's severe storms in Missouri. The hardest hit area was Christian County in southwest Missouri with 127 homes destroyed and 138 damaged. In Lawrence, KU confirmed that new roofs will be needed on Danforth Chapel, Blake and Parker halls, the GSP residence hall and the computer services facility.
Kansas City, MO – Top Stories of the week: 2015 Superbowl hinges on rolling roof. Kansas school plan falters, gaming bill emerges. Kansas immigrant tuition breaks survive. Method of chosing justices won't change. Kline task force to look at hospital billing. Bartle sex offender bill panned by prosecutors. Esme Tseng pleads guilty to mother's stabbing. East Village ready for tax breaks. Graves resigns as U.S. Attorney.
Kansas City, MO – Kansas school funding plans in both the House and Senate seemed to be falling apart as legislators began to fret over possible revenue shortfalls in future years. A House committee indefinitely postponed action on their version of the bill, 40 conservative legislators declared both plans fiscally irresponsible, and House Majority Leader Clay Aurand offered his own proposal which would force local governments to pay the majority of any increase.
Kansas City, MO – Earlier this month, a Jackson County jury found that the Kansas City Boys and Girls Clubs had illegally fired a Vice President when she complained that some recent hiring decisions were racist. The organization was ordered to pay a total of 550 thousand dollars to Tameka Bryant, and President David Smith was personally fined 60 thousand dollars. The Boys and Girls Club questioned the jury's finding and says it stands behind Smith's employment decisions.
Kansas City, MO – The Kansas City Council stayed late this evening, to discuss filling the vacant 4th District council seat. The full council was unable to arrive at a tie-breaking method or agree on a specific date for its next vote. Though the council couldn't decide, George Blackwood will be the next councilman. The other finalist, Janice Ellis, withdrew her name from nomination.
Kansas City, MO – Selection committee narrows field of candidates for Sprint Center Art to one. Union Station pitches National Archives in $13 million plan to house Central Plains archives. Kansas Congressman Jerry Moran seeks to push back Medicare prescription drug coverage deadline.
Kansas City, MO – New poll shows Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius ahead of Republican rivals. Missouri cuts down on meth lab seizures in 2005. Kansas high school student faces felony charges for threatening teacher.
Kansas City, MO – The roof costs come on top of a proposed sales tax for renovations and repairs at Truman Sports Complex. A 25-year use tax for the roof would raise $225 million, the Jackson County Legislature was told today. In addition to $575 million in renovations, the proposed 25-year leases with the Chiefs and Royals would require the city, county and state to pay a total of $212 million for maintenance. The teams will pay a total of $100 million and cover cost overruns.