Kansas City Missouri

Up To Date
2:46 pm
Thu February 13, 2014

Mayor Sly James On Kansas City's Current Issues

Kansas City, Mo., Mayor Sly James speaks with Steve Kraske on Up to Date.
Credit Beth Lipoff / KCUR

Though the snow may be melting away in Kansas City, the burning issues aren't going anywhere.

On Thursday's Up to Date, Mayor Sly James takes our questions, and yours, about the troubled school district, the proposed KCI expansion project, and more. 


  • Sly James is mayor of Kansas City, Mo.
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Up to Date
10:13 am
Wed November 20, 2013

Downtown Kansas City Streetcar Project: What's Next?

Kansas City's downtown streetcar line will run from the River Market to Crown Center.
Credit City of Kansas City, Missouri

Construction has already begun on the first leg of Kansas City’s streetcar system. The two mile line will run between the River Market area and Crown Center.

Now officials are looking at potential routes for a second leg and beyond. Where should the second leg go? Is it inevitable that route No. 2 will extend to the Plaza and maybe UMKC?

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Visual Arts
6:00 pm
Thu October 10, 2013

New KC Brand: 'A Recognizable Mark'

City officials unveiled the new brand on October 10, 2013.
Credit Emily Elmore / Single Wing Creative

Update, 12:30 p.m.: The Kansas City Star reports that "the fountain/heart logo is on the official flag of the city. And a similar logo makes up the official seal."

That won't change unless it's brought before the City Council for a vote. So, this new image will serve as a secondary brand, a marketing logo.

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Visual Arts
4:45 pm
Wed October 9, 2013

Branding A New KCMO

Kansas City's current logo, with a fountain shaped like a heart, was unveiled in 1992 by the mayor (now U.S. Congressman) Emanuel Cleaver.
courtesy: City of Kansas City, Missouri

In 1970, the symbol for the city of Kansas City, Missouri, resembled paper clips; in 1992, it was a heart-shaped fountain, in shades of pink and blue. Thursday marks the unveiling of a new image for the city.

Communications director Danny Rotert says the new brand reflects the city’s look and attitude.

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12:27 am
Wed August 14, 2013

KC Superintendent Expects Accreditation Return

Credit Kansas City< Missouri School Disrict

Kansas City, Missouri's superintendent of schools expects to break some good news to the community later this month.

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Central Standard
5:41 pm
Mon July 15, 2013

What Happens To All Of Kansas City's Garbage?

Credit Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources / Flickr -- Creative Commons

How is it that all 2 million people in and around Kansas City don’t wake up surrounded by garbage every morning?

Think about it, every day 2 million people eat three meals a day; disposing packages, tissues, paper cups and much more throughout the day.

Where does it all go and how does it get managed?

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Up to Date
10:54 am
Tue June 18, 2013

Changing The Charter To Alter KC's Course

Kansas City, Mo., may change its charter.
Credit Lasse Fuss / WikiCommons

The first Kansas City charter passed more than 90 years ago. Now, it might be time to change the rules.

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Up to Date
10:46 am
Mon April 22, 2013

A Mayoral Summit

Mayors Sly James and Joe Reardon speak with Steve Kraske on Up to Date.
Beth Lipoff/KCUR

It’s the end of an era for one city leader, while events march on for another.

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3:56 pm
Tue March 12, 2013

Kansas City Kansas Mayor Has Texting 'Fun' In Annual Address

Credit Dan Verbeck / KCUR

Kansas City Kansas Mayor and Unified Government CEO  Joe Reardon took the Google Fiber theme to an unexpected place as his annual State of Unified Government became  audience-interactive.

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8:11 am
Thu January 17, 2013

Full Council To Take Up Health Levy Today


Kansas City’s health levy has long funded ambulance services and other care for residents without insurance or a means to pay. A portion of that levy is temporary, and it expires next year.

While much has changed since the levy was first introduced, city leaders and proponents of the tax are pushing to renew that temporary portion for nine more years. The full council is slated to take up the proposed renewal later today, and doing so could pave the way for a popular vote on the tax this spring.

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Up to Date
5:24 pm
Thu October 4, 2012

Kansas City, Overland Park Mayors Talk Regional Cooperation

Kansas City, Missouri Mayor Sly James

Kansas and Missouri say they’d like to work together, but they keep poaching each other’s businesses.

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Up to Date
8:18 pm
Mon July 23, 2012

Mayor Sly James On Kansas City Spotlight

Kansas City Mayor Sly James

One down and one go to: baseball’s 2012 All-Star Game brought national attention to Kansas City, and this Thursday, Google Fiber will tell us how much it will cost to speed up our reputation.

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Urban Landscape
6:45 pm
Tue May 1, 2012

Kansas City Losing Thousands Of Trees A Year

New tree in Oak Meyer Gardens Neighborhood
Carrie Coogan KCUR

If you spent some time outside in the Brookside or Waldo area of town this weekend, chances are you saw people planting trees.  They are trying to replace thousands of trees that are disappearing from our neighborhoods.

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Up to Date
3:03 pm
Mon March 19, 2012

Kansas City Mayor Delivers "State Of The City" Address

Mayor delivers the first State of the City address of his term.
Bill Anderson KCUR

In office for just about a year, Kansas City Mayor Sly James delivered his first State of the City address on Monday.

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9:01 am
Fri January 20, 2012

City Council Moves Streetcar Plan Forward

Photo illustration of a streetcar operating southbound on Main Street at 19th Street.
HDR, City of Kansas City

Kansas City, Missouri has taken another step toward a formal bid for federal help to establish a downtown streetcar line.

The city council approved a pair of resolutions that would let voters in a proposed Transportation Development District weigh in on whether to make the district a quasi-governmental entity and whether to increase sales and property taxes in it to pay for the streetcar plan.

Councilman Russ Johnson said it's time for the city to show that it has a plan that would qualify it for a federal TIGER grant.

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6:00 pm
Sun December 11, 2011

Mayor James Moves In On KC Public Schools

Mayor Sly James' plan to take over Kansas City public schools could tie his political future to the success of a chronically under-performing school district.
Shane Keyser Kansas City Star

Mayor Sly James' plan to assume control of the Kansas City, Mo., public school district has raised a lot of eyebrows, and it's no wonder why.

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8:19 pm
Thu January 27, 2011

KC Takes Double Discrimination Hit

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – For a second time in two days, Kansas City has suffered a court finding of reverse discrimination. Judgments against the city are mounting into the millions.

At Jackson County Courthouse, a jury finds two laid off female city employees were wrongly let go and awarded them more than $2.6 million actual and punitive damages.

54 year old Colleen Low and 63 year old Jordan Griffin claimed they'd had glowing performance reviews, yet were dismissed while minority and younger workers were kept in 2009.

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5:00 pm
Thu December 30, 2010

Homeless' Burden Eased

5th and Broadway, once a bastion of homeless beggars.
photo by dan verbeck.

Kansas City, Mo. – For years, Downtown Kansas City businesses hated the image of the throng of homeless walking the streets. It hurt attracting conventions. It kept away commerce. Until agencies got together to take daily needs of the desperate to the area where they spent their nights.

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11:34 am
Mon December 20, 2010

KC Area Becoming Less Segregated Than In 2000

Kansas City, MO – For decades, Kansas City has been known as a city sharply segregated by race, most dramatically along Troost Avenue. But new data suggests that's changing, at least among blacks and whites.

The 2000 census showed that Kansas City was the 16th most segregated major city in the US, but new estimates from the US Census Bureau's American Community Survey indicate that we've dropped to 28th.

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KC Currents
5:53 pm
Mon December 6, 2010

Where is Midtown Kansas City, Anyway?

Kansas City, MO – All day at KCUR, we announce the "weather in midtown." A listener recently wrote in to inform us that he doesn't think our studio, located at 48th and Troost, is located in what he considers midtown Kansas City.

That got us thinking, where is midtown, anyway? Is there a definitive answer?

KC Currents sent intern Aaron Couch out to look for a definition.

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6:16 pm
Tue September 7, 2010

Main Core Makeover Nears

Innovative seating planned for Main Core.
photo courtesy KCCG

Kansas City, MO – Nine blocks of Kansas City Main Street leading into Westport from the north are about to get a pedestrian-friendly makeover. The city public works department late last week took a look at the 90 percent of the plan that's been finished.

From 34th to 43rd and then spreading out along the southern boundary in the Art Institute District, Main will be altered with added street lighting, planters and landscape architecture.

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