Jackson County

1:37 am
Thu August 14, 2014

Sanders Confident On Katy Trail Expansion To Kansas City

Jackson County Executive Mike Sanders says a deal is in place with the Union Pacific Railroad to extend the Katy Trail the 25 miles from its present terminus to the Truman Sports Complex.

That would not only make it possible to hike or bike to St. Louis, but, Sanders says, also is a major step toward an area light rail system.

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Up to Date
5:22 pm
Mon October 28, 2013

Is Translational Medicine Too Taxing For Jackson County?

Jackson County residents will be voting on the translational medicine sales tax.
Credit theocean/Flickr-CC

Jackson County voters head to the polls on November 5 to vote on a 1/2 cent sales tax increase to fund a translational medicine institute. 

In the first part of Tuesday's Up to Date, a proponent and opponent of the tax meet in our studios to debate the controversial proposal, including how county residents will actually benefit from the project.


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Up to Date
11:47 pm
Wed September 4, 2013

Hall Family Foundation $75 Million Pledge: Passion For Cause...Or Bribe?

A 4-story institute for translational medicine building would be built on top of an existing parking structure at Children's Mercy Hospital in Kansas City - if Jackson County voters approve a 1/2 cent sales tax increase in November.
Credit Children's Mercy Hospital

On Wednesday, the Hall Family Foundation announced that it was pledging $75 million to Children's Mercy Hospital for build a translational medicine research building on Children's Mercy's campus on Hospital Hill.

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4:39 pm
Mon August 26, 2013

Jackson County Voters To Decide Medical Research Tax

Jackson County Executive Mike Sanders promotes half cent sales tax for medical research, moments after he and county legislators put the measure on the November 5 ballot.
Credit Dan Verbeck / KCUR

Jackson County voters will decide a proposed half cent sales tax to benefit development of medical innovations and research at select area hospitals and medical schools. 

The county legislature has voted by a large margin to put the measure on the November 5 ballot.

Some legislators wanted changes if they were going to back the proposal, and they got it.

The alteration, passed by a vote of 7-2, now requires the county legislature appoint a member to a board overseeing finances. 

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3:54 am
Tue August 20, 2013

Legislators Question Jackson County Sales Tax Backers

Jackson County Legislators Bob Spence, Fred Arbanas and James Tindall (right to left) ponder sales tax proposal for innovative translational medical research.
Credit Dan Verbeck / KCUR

A first public hearing before the Jackson County Legislature on a proposed sales tax for medical research drew no outright opposition.  

Legislators do have a hefty array of questions about costs and benefits.

If sent to and approved by Jackson County voters, the half cent sales tax is estimated to generate about $40 million a year for what has been termed "Translational Medical Research."

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Up to Date
9:40 am
Wed July 31, 2013

Jackson County Exec. Talks Assessments, Courthouse

Mike Sanders is the executive for Jackson County.
Credit Jackson County government


Breaking news update: Mike Sanders has announced he is stepping down as chairman of the Missouri Democratic Party. 

Jackson County is really hopping these days. Between fluctuating property assessments and the courthouse renovation, the county’s missteps and triumphs are keeping people talking. 

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Up to Date
10:31 am
Fri May 24, 2013

Faulty Property Assessments In Jackson County?

John Wornall House
Credit Iknowthegoods

Jackson County officials are acknowledging that new valuations on 18,000 residential properties may not be accurate and need additional review.

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12:33 pm
Wed January 23, 2013

Sanders Pushes To Put Transit Plan On August Ballot

Jackson County Executive Mike Sanders
Credit Jackson County government

A lot more people in the Kansas City area could be voting on a mass transit plan as soon as this August. 

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Up to Date
6:00 pm
Tue January 22, 2013

The Return Of Commuter Rail To Jackson County?

Jackson County government

There's a new twist in the Kansas City transit debate, and that's not the only thing going on in Jackson County.

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12:59 am
Wed August 4, 2010

Crystal Williams Defeats Jackson County Chair Henry Rizzo

Crystal Williams at her election party at Mike's Tavern.
Photo by Anthonia Akitunde.

Most Jackson County legislators will return to their seats after last night's primaries, with the exception of the legislature's chair.

Newcomer Crystal Williams defeated incumbent Henry Rizzo 50 to 43 in the second district at-large. Williams said she thinks people were ready for a change.

"The discussions that I had with the people of Jackson County about openness and transparency in county government is something that really resonated with folks," Williams said.

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11:07 am
Mon August 2, 2010

Jackson County To Vote On Charter Revisions

Jackson County voters will decide whether to approve revisions to the county charter on Tuesday's primary ballot. The amended charter was developed by a task force chaired by former Kansas City Mayor Kay Barnes.

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Jackson County
4:10 pm
Sun August 1, 2010

Tuesday's Primary May Shift Power Dynamic In Jackson County

Primaries for the Jackson County Legislature don't usually draw enough much money or attention to even run ads. But no Republicans are running this year for the at-large seats, so those races will be decided by voters on Tuesday, August 3, and the races have become pretty contentious.

The candidates hear this question a lot: "So . . .what does the Jackson County Legislature do, exactly . . . besides collect property taxes?"

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KCMO City Hall
4:13 pm
Tue June 29, 2010

Charter Sales Job Begins

Kay Barnes (left), Mike Sanders (right) in front of Jackson County Courthouse.
Dan Verbeck KCUR

Kansas City, MO – The head of the panel redrawing proposed changes in Jackson County, Missouri's charter sees new opportunities to fight discrimination at the courthouse.

Voters will decide worthiness of charter changes when they cast ballots in the August election. Changes range from ending no bid contracts, to eliminating automatic pay hikes for elected officials to limiting the county executive's power over the sheriff. And there is hiring staff to investigate discrimination and ethics breaches.

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