Final numbers are still being tallied, but close to 2,000 people received free dental care Friday and Saturday at the Kansas Coliseum, near Wichita.
Close to 500 dental professionals and at least that many other volunteers took care of the crowds that began gathering Thursday morning in the Kansas Coliseum parking lot. Suzanne Wikle, who heads the Kansas Dental Project, says the Mission of Mercy is great, but it will never be enough.
The Kansas Supreme Court stayed a lower court order for more school funding. Conflict continued over the possible sale of North Kansas City Hospital. And Kansas City got another major snow storm. KCUR's Steve Bell recaps on those and other top stories of the week on the KCUR Saturday News Review.
Emergency responders came together from across the region to respond to the JJ’s explosion and fire. The Kansas City council bans paying for liquor license signatures. The Missouri House votes to align workplace discrimination standards with federal guidelines and to exempt schools from the prevailing wage requirement.
Kansas City, Kansas mayoral candidates debate the issues. Many residents and hospital staff came to a town hall meeting about the possible sale of North Kansas City Hospital. A settlement with the Kansas City-based Dairy Farmers of America doesn’t deliver the expected reform.
A major storm dropped a foot of snow on Kansas City, and an explosion and fire on the Plaza spawned an OSHA investigation. KCUR's Steve Bell looks back at those and other top stories on this week's Saturday News Review.
Kansas City digs out from under record snowfall. A bill regulating how evolution would be taught moves through the Missouri House. Figuring out the cause of the explosion and fire at JJ’s restaurant is expected to take time.
A Kansas Senate Committee cuts budget money for a new building at KU Medical Center. Missouri Democrats have filed a bill to expand Medicaid in the state. A group of reproductive health bills spark debate on a Missouri Senate committee.
The parents of a handcuffed teen rescued from a Northland basement were charged with child abuse. Missouri's budget committee said “no” to Governor Jay Nixon's Medicaid expansion proposal. And Governor Sam Brownback's plans to offset income tax cuts hit bumpy roads. Steve Bell revisits those and other top stories of the week on KCUR's Saturday News Review.
Missouri lawmakers give first round approval to a pair of photo ID bills and raise question over the purchase of an airplane. Metropolitan Community College-Business and Technology uses 3D printing and other technology at its Fab Lab.
The largest identity theft case in Missouri is being taken to court. The Missouri Senate gave initial approval to a fix for the state’s Second Injury Fund. A Missouri Senate committee hears testimony on a bill that would eliminate the prevailing wage law.
A bill being considered by the Kansas legislature would bar local governments from using tax money on lobbying. Missouri Governor Jay Nixon calls for more money for the state’s 30 drug taskforces. Missouri lawmakers are looking at a bill that would redefine workplace discrimination.
Kansas City Board of Trade prepares for a move. The Kansas City area has been hit hard by the flu but there are some positive signs. Kansas GOP leaders are trying to wrap up the legislative session in 80 days, but some Democrats are worried that won’t be enough time.
The Missouri Senate took another step toward a takeover of Kansas City schools. Kansas City police worried about a possible serial killer. And some Kansas legislators were hopping mad over a court order to spend more on schools. KCUR's Steve Bell looks back at those and other top stories on this week's Saturday News Review.
Wyandotte County gets its first community contribution from Hollywood Casino. Missouri Governor Jay Nixon again pushes for Medicaid expansion. Art is sometimes seen in unusual places, but now customers at one midtown laundromat will be able to check out art exhibits while waiting for their clothes dry.
Missouri Governor Jay Nixon stops in Springfield to push for his plan for state colleges and universities. Missouri lawmakers hear debate about a proposed right-to-work bill. The University of Kansas in Lawrence is changing its core requirements.
A bill for a decade-long, one-cent sales tax for transportation has been introduced into the Missouri Senate. Local CEOs look to take off the pounds in a city challenge. A Kansas Senate Committee holds off on looking at a tax plan because of publishing error.
Kansas City takes a look at the future of arts. A voter advocacy groups says a Missouri bill requiring voters to show a photo ID is unfair and unconstitutional. Kansas Democrats are questioning the cost of amending the state’s Constitution.
Kansas moved toward changing the way Supreme Court members are appointed. The philanthropist some called “Kansas City's first lady” died. And the GM Fairfax plant was notified of a sizeable expansion. KCUR's Steve Bell recaps on those and other top stories of the week on the KCUR Saturday News Review.
Missouri Senators are more open to tax credits than in previous years. Kansas State University sign football coach Bill Snyder to a five-year contract extension. Medicaid advocates deliver letters of support to Missouri House committee members.
The Kansas City council plans to crack down on businesses selling so-called bath salts and other synthetic drugs. A new crime approach to fight crime is launched amid a rash of murders. Sporting KC’s Kei Kamara to go on loan to the Norwich City in England.
A Missouri House committee hears opposition to proposed photo ID measures for voters. A bill in the Kansas House would limit collective bargaining for teachers in hopes of improving efficiency. Composer Kirke Mechem is a Topeka native who went on to compose the opera “Tartuffe” and more than 250 other works.
The CEO of General Motors will announce details of a major expansion at its Fairfax assembly plant in Kansas City, Kan. Missouri Governor Jay Nixon is slated address education, mental health, and Medicaid in his State of the State address this evening. City leaders in Kansas City will host several public meetings this week, aimed at strengthening arts and culture in the region.
Rev. Stan Archie, president of the Missouri State Board of Education, resigned Friday after allegations of sexual abuse. Kansas' governor spoke out against abortions and property tax deductions. Missouri's governor took heat from the legislature about the purchase of an airplane. KCUR's Steve Bell looks back at those and other top stories on this week's Saturday News Review.