Kansas City City Council

Government
12:40 pm
Thu July 17, 2014

What's Next For Kemper Arena? City Council Begins Discussion

Kemper Arena, which opened in 1974, mostly serves as the American Royal venue each fall. City officials say they struggle to attract other acts and events to the West Bottoms.
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Of all the possible plans for Kemper Arena, the one that changes the building the least is also the least viable for the city.

"Doing nothing doesn't seem to work for anybody," Kansas City Councilman Ed Ford told members of the Planning, Zoning and Economic Development Committee Thursday morning, kicking off a series of meetings to discuss Kemper's future.

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City Council
6:46 am
Thu July 10, 2014

Power And Light Building Could Become Apartments With Council Vote

The iconic Kansas City Power and Light building could be repurposed as apartments. The skyscraper, which was built in the 1930s, is mostly empty.
Credit Noah Jeppson / Flickr--CC

 Updated 6:11 p.m.:

The Kansas City City Council has postponed the vote on the Power and Light building so city officials can conduct another hearing on the proposal's financial implications.

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The Kansas City City Council votes Thursday afternoon on declaring the historic Power and Light Building and several blocks surrounding it a blighted area.

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Government
10:05 am
Thu January 16, 2014

Proposed Kansas City Budget Supports Arts Funding

Kansas City City Manager Troy Schulte submitted his official proposed budget for 2014-2015 to Mayor Sly James Wednesday afternoon.

The plan calls for an overall 2.7 percent increase in spending. About 40 percent of that $37 million increase will go to start fully funding the city's share of its long underfunded employee pensions.

Basic services budgets remain at about 2013-2014 levels, but cuts are planned in the municipal court and in jobs at City Hall.

Schulte did include funds to meet a council commitment to increase spending for arts programs by $325,000.

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Government
5:00 am
Mon February 4, 2013

Data Collected On Future Of Arts In Kansas City

Larry Thomas, Fine Arts Chair at Johnson County Community College, responds to a question from his group of artists.
Julie Denesha KCUR

More than 20 community meetings took place across Kansas City last week – morning, noon and night – to discuss the future of the city’s arts and cultural policy. It’s the first comprehensive review since 1997.

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Headlines
9:27 am
Fri December 21, 2012

Top Of The Morning News: December 21, 2012

A array of illegal guns, such as these, have been seized by Kansas City Police. The City Council joins the Mayor seeking tougher gun controls for some weapons.
Credit Dan Verbeck / KCUR

Thursday morning's snowstorm disrupted flights, schools and power, but by Friday Kansas City is getting back on track. That & more news from KCUR.

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Headlines
6:30 am
Thu December 20, 2012

Top Of The Morning News: December 20, 2012

National Weather Service

The KC metro area experienced its first winter storm. Missouri Senators weighed in on legislation to curb gun violence. Kansas tied for last when it comes to public health preparedness. Those stories & more from KCUR.

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Government
1:52 am
Fri December 7, 2012

Council Passes Changes for Ambulances, Charity Marathons

Seeking more input on ambulance response times, the Kansas City Council increased the number of members on the ambulance service advisory board yesterday and gave that board more authority on recommendations.

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