Almost three-quarters of the more than 2500 vehicles stolen in Kansas City, Mo. this year are over ten years old and showing their age.
Sgt. Rod Gentry of the South Patrol says many of them are being towed away sold as scrap metal.
"Someone could run out of gas or have a flat tire and leave to seek assistance and return, really in thirty, forty minutes or an hour and find their car gone," says Gentry. "Not only gone but completely destroyed."
The city of Kansas City, Mo. has received a grant to pay for spaying or neutering more than 800 pit bulls. But at least for now, the free service will apply only in two zip codes.
Pit bull and pit bull mix owners in Kansas City have a choice: spay or neuter the dogs or pay a breeder's fee. Deletta Dean of the city's department of neighborhoods and housing services told a city council committee that a grant from PetSmart Charities would provide $100,000 for spay and neuter services in the 64130 and 64132 zip codes.
The Kansas City city council postponed approving the sale of up to $85 million in bonds for construction of a new East Patrol complex Thursday.The difficulty was in deciding how much needs to be spent and how much the city can afford.
Traffic lights, animal cruelty and backyard chickens highlighted Thursday's Kansas City, Mo. city council meeting.
City yields on traffic signals
Half of the Kansas City traffic signals that were turned off late last year will be turned back on, as the city yielded to neighborhood pressure.
Thirty seven traffic lights were turned off in the first wave of phasing out signals at intersections where federal standards say are no longer needed. The lights were also old and in need of replacement at a cost in the hundreds of thousands of dollars each.
A city audit of the repurposing of the old Richards Gebaur air force base concludes that a company owned by a Port Authority attorney should never have been certified as a qualified minority contractor.
The audit also concludes that the 2007 certification of William Session's TWS Technical Services kept legitimate minority contractors from bidding on more than $10 million worth of work.
A court challenge to phase one of the Kansas City's streetcar plan didn't slow the train yesterday as the city council approved a contract for a study of phase two.
The study compare seven different possible routes. Transit chair Russ Johnson says the nearly $1,900,000 price tag is a bargain for such a thorough study. Johnson joked, "It's not the 'Happy Meal'. It's 4 or 5 'Quarter Pounders'," which prompted chuckles from his colleagues.
Kansas Citians can expect the picture to get sharper on Channel 2, the city government's cable TV channel.
The station is preparing to go digital HD. The city council finance committee has endorsed a $300,000 expenditure for new equipment to replace the 20-year-old control room equipment that is the backbone of the city's cable television communication system.
KCCG Channel 2 broadcasts council legislative and committee meetings and other city government related programs. It also rebroadcasts some meetings of the Jackson County Legislature.
An initiative forbidding Kansas City, Missouri from granting any more incentives for facilities involved in any phase of the manufacturing or refurbishing of nuclear weapons will finally go to the voters.
Kansas City, Missouri voters will decide on only one city ballot measure in November, and it won't be the proposed blight-relief fees for billboard companies or a "no nukes" initiative from Peace Planters.