Kansas City, MO – City health authorities confirmed that a 40-year-old man is hospitalized with West Nile disease. He is the first confirmed case in Kansas City this season.
A Missouri environmental group says a new study shows that global warming is increasing temperatures in the Missouri River basin. The group says without prompt attention to energy efficiency and emissions controls, the warming will lead to higher water bills, increased cost of living and longer periods of drought.
Kansas City, MO – The Kauffman Foundation has agreed to pay for finishing the Plaza public library branch. Budget problems forced the branch to open this spring with the lower floor unfinished. Kauffman will provide 2.1 million dollars to build meeting rooms, exhibition areas and an auditorium with at least 350 seats in the space. The Truman library will provide much of the content.
Kansas City, MO – Texas Governor Rick Perry asks Kansas Governor Kathleen Sebelius for help taking care of hurricane victims. Missouri legislators head to the capitol today to kick off a special legislative session to debate a controversial abortion bill. The Lawrence City Commission to look at changing the city's marijuana law.
Kansas City, MO – Hurricane Katrina victims in Kansas now eligible for SRS assistance. Attorney General Phill Kline sends staff to assist with consumer fraud cases in the South. Kansas and Missouri National Guard troops gear up to deploy to areas devastated by Katrina. FBI rewards Precious Doe tipster $15,000.
Kansas City, MO – University of Missouri at Columbia has tightened athletics director Mike Alden's control of its men's basketball program. The report to the NCAA, obtained by AP through Missouri's public records law, cites numerous changes since the school was placed on probation for recruiting violations including mandatory approval of all expenses by Alden, written records of all telephone calls to prospective players and biweekly coaches meetings on compliance issues.
Kansas City, MO – Kansas Attorney General Phill Kline and Republican Senator John Vratil of Leawood to dicuss changes to the state's school accreditation standards. Jackson County Sports Authority chairman comes under scrutiny for potential conflict of interest charges. Another Sprint affiliate seeks to block the company's merger with Nextel.
Kansas City, MO – U-M System President Elson Floyd would like a fixed tuition rate for next year's incoming freshmen. Floyd will seek public input on a plan to allow a freshman a guaranteed per-credit fee for four to five years. Some student groups worry that subsequent freshmen would have to bear an unfair increase if state funding decreases.
Kansas City, MO – The University of Missouri Board of Curators met behind closed doors for more than five hours today, but would only say they did not reach a decision or take any votes. Spokesman Joe Moore declined to comment on whether the choice of a UMKC permanent chancellor was involved. The chairman of the search committee, Jeff Gerling, says the group has provided System President Elson Floyd with the names of at least 3 finalists.
Kansas City, MO – Kansas Supreme Court judge blasts efforts by state legislators to pass an amendment limiting judicial authority. Governor Matt Blunt and State Auditor Claire McCaskill meet to discuss dispute over state records. Tighter retail retrictions take effect in Missouri to limit sale of cold remedies that can be used to make methamphetamine.
Kansas City, MO – Kansas City Police Chief Jim Corwin says two officers accused of misusing a Taser on a handcuffed man should be fired. A conservative Kansas legislator seeks to review a policy that allows gays and lesbians to adopt children in state custody. A benefit concert is planned for the widow of a man who was killed while trying to stop a purse-snatcher in Olathe.
Kansas City, MO – Kansas senators plan to take another run at a constitutional amendment to limit judicial powers as legislators return for Day 12 in a special legislative session. Missouri business development director Randa Hayes is suspended without pay amid allegations of a criminal past in Illinois. Kansas City's homicide count climbs to 61, compared to 45 slayings at the same time next year.
Kansas City, MO – At news time, the Kansas Senate and House were still more than $20 million apart on what they would offer in response to a court order for more school funding. House leaders were still trying to force amending any proposal to be contingent on an amendment to limit court powers. As the chambers argued on, Attorney General Phill Kline asked the Kansas Supreme Court to extend the deadline.
Kansas City, MO – Reconstruction on Interstate 70 and other thoroughfares will affect traffic through Sunday night. Crews will close 670 through the downtown loop. Traffic will be rerouted to 70 on the north side of the downtown loop. Also, the westbound I-70 exit ramp to Little Blue Parkway will be closed. Starting Saturday morning, the Route 7 entrance ramp to westbound 70 will be closed through mid-October.
Kansas City, MO – The Missouri Senate is set to debate its plan for overhauling the state's formula for funding public schools. A Kansas state attorney asks the state Supreme Court to ignore a filing by school districts to reject the legislature's school finance plan and force legislators to approve more than $800 million a year in additional funding. Records show the 2004 property taxes on a car wash owned by Rep. Emanuel Cleaver have not been paid.
Kansas City, Missouri – The Kansas Senate is poised to vote on an $11.3 billion compromise state budget. Missouri Repulicans are fast-tracking legislation to authorize many of Governor Matt Blunt's proposed cuts to Medicaid. Missouri's unemployment jumped a half of a percent in February, while Kansas saw a slight decrease compared with last year.
Kansas City – Kansas State University professor Thomas Murray found guilty. Kansas House members consider state budget proposal to increase public school spending, largely at the expense of state employees.