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.
Kansas City, MO – Progress being made in restoring power in wake of winter storm; bipartisan harmony the theme at opening of Missouri legislature; Olathe company sending much-needed assistance to Asian tsunami victims.
Kansas City – Blunt wins governor chair, Republicans also maintain control of Missouri House and Senate. Bistate and charter amendment fail. Highway amendment passes. Other victors: Cleaver, Moore, Graves, Ryun,Bond, Brownback, Kinder, Carnahan, Steelman
Kansas City, MO – Holden signs Missouri for Canada drug reimportation plan. ACORN attacks Blunt statement on voter registration. Hanaway circumvents legislative rule on mailings before elections with newspaper inserts.
Kansas City – Patterson accuses Cleaver of lying about his age. Carnahan says Hanaway spent state funds to campaign. Missouri Supreme Court says child abuser list issue is no longer relevant. Catholic pro-abortion group wants St. Louis Archdiocese to lose tax-free status.
Kansas City, MO – Hanaway presents plan very similar to Carnahan's. Missouri transportation hearing proposes: more federal money. Kline says water rights battle will continue. Democrats question Blunt's support of health programs. Overland Park teen judged competent for trial in killing of social worker.
Kansas City, MO – Federal agents shut down drug operations bringing thousands of pounds of illegal substances into the Kansas City area; Missouri children's support groups launch campaign to raise awarness of children's issues; Applebee's announces major expansion plans.
Kansas City, MO – Westport school not likely to appeal ruling relinquishing control to KCMO School District; Kerry campaign will not advertise in Missouri due to expected GOP majority; Union Station receives $1.3 million for further improvements.
Kansas City – Kansas to have full electronic voting capabilities within two years; Missouri Supreme Court to hear case involving Westport Charter School; Kansas lawmakers focus education discussions on students not fluent in English.
Kansas City, MO – Local and federal officials work on possible serial killer case; area festivals draw record attendance over holiday weekend; former prison inmates in Kansas sue for damages brought on by lack of cigarette time.