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12:52 am
Fri October 18, 2013

Kansas City Council Moves To Curb Car Shredding Thieves

Looks like a tow job. Could be a car theft.
Credit Wikipidia

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."

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Government
2:01 am
Fri October 11, 2013

Bannister Mall Project To Get Combined $1.6 Billion In Incentives From City, State

Architects' concept of the proposed Bannister office complex
Credit Rendering by Gould Evans Architects

Big plans for the Bannister Mall area got final approval from the city council Thursday.

Cerner Corporation gets big incentives for its $4.5 billion Bannister area redevelopment project. Tax incentives from the city and the state of Missouri total $1.63 billion.

Too much in tax breaks? Councilman Scott Taylor didn't think so.

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Government
11:31 pm
Wed October 9, 2013

Committees Move On Pit Bulls, Bannister Redevelopment

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.

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Government
12:10 am
Fri August 30, 2013

Kansas City Council Approves $78M Bond Package For Crime Lab

Kansas City's new crime lab won't be as big as the Police department hoped, but the mayor is still calling it a victory.

The city council stopped about $6 million short of funding the construction of the full 71,000 square foot crime lab police wanted.

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Government
1:40 am
Fri August 23, 2013

Council Passes Controversial Contract, Tables Crime Lab Bonds

A controversial $12 million contract won the approval of the Kansas City city council Thurday, but not without some spirited debate.

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Government
2:00 am
Fri August 16, 2013

Bonds Bogged In Crime Lab Conflict

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.

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Government
1:47 am
Thu August 15, 2013

Bannister Redevelopment Continues To Advance

Credit bizjournals.com

Plans for redevelopment of the old Bannister Mall area are moving ahead. A City Council committee heard a very optimistic report Wednesday.

The committee that handles economic development approved the city's application for nearly $11 million in state tax breaks for the developer, Cerner Corporation.

Councilman John Sharp told the committee that the state development finance board has already approved the incentives and signs of activity will be seen soon.

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Government
1:08 am
Fri August 2, 2013

Council Joins Quest For GOP Convention

Credit City of KC, RNC, Steve Bell

Kansas City, Mo. made it official Thursday, the city is going after the 2016 Republican National Convention.

The city council resolved to support the efforts of an independent group that began working to land the convention more than five months ago.

Mayor Pro-tem Cindy Circo told the council the idea is not far-fetched.

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Government
1:14 am
Fri July 19, 2013

Council Votes On Traffic Lights, Chickens, Animal Abuse

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.

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Government
2:58 am
Thu June 20, 2013

Audit: 'Session Contract Cost Legitimate MBE Companies Millions'

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.

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Government
1:23 am
Fri May 31, 2013

Council Funds Phase II Streetcar Study

Credit HDR, City of Kansas City

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.

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Government
12:10 am
Thu May 2, 2013

City TV Channel To Go Digital

City of Kansas City, MO

 

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.

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Government
3:11 am
Fri April 19, 2013

Council Moves On Streetcar Expansion, Seat Belts

Kansas City's proposed streetcar system
HDR, City of Kansas City

Kansas City, Missouri and North Kansas City are exploring extending the forthcoming downtown streetcar line into the Northland. Both city councils have now signed off on the collaboration.

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Government
12:57 am
Fri January 18, 2013

Health Levy Extension To April Ballot

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Kansas City, Missouri voters will decide on whether to keep the city's health levy at its present rate. The city council scheduled its extension to be on the April 2 ballot.

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Government
11:56 pm
Thu December 20, 2012

Council Joins Mayor On Gun Control Stance

K-47 Assault Rifle
Brian.ch's photostream Wikipedia Commons

The Kansas City city council has joined the mayor in calling for tougher gun control laws. One focus is on controlling weapons like AK-47's and AR-15's.

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Government
2:21 am
Thu December 20, 2012

KC Convention Tax Proposal Advances

KCMO City Hall.
Julie Denesha KCUR

Kansas Citians are likely to vote in April on closing a loophole in a local tax – but one few Kansas City residents ever pay.

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Government
7:18 pm
Tue December 18, 2012

Council: 'Cliff A Threat To KC Economy, Services'

Julie Denesha KCUR

As the President and Republican Congressional leaders continue to butt heads in Washington, the “fiscal cliff” and its 10 percent across-the-board spending cuts loom.

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Government
1:23 am
Fri December 14, 2012

Streetcars Off To Fast Start

Rendering of the proposed streetcar line created by the firm that will manage its design
HDR, City of Kansas City

The Kansas City city council got off to a running start on getting a downtown streetcar running Thursday, displaying a unity of spirit on having streetcars running by 2015 as promised.

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Architecture
5:00 am
Thu December 6, 2012

City Hall At 75

City Hall peeps through an opening in a parking garage across the street. More than 7,800 tons of stone was used to build it making the structure the fourth tallest city hall in the world.
Julie Denesha KCUR

City Hall in downtown Kansas City, Missouri, turns 75 this year. It’s one of several city landmarks, including the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, designed by the architecture firm, Wight and Wight.

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Government
1:28 am
Fri November 16, 2012

Council Calls For Quicker Ambulance Response

Kansas City Fire Department

With a resolution passed yesterday, Kansas City's city council is getting more involved in fixing lagging ambulance response times. And  there's more involvement to come.

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Government
1:16 am
Fri November 9, 2012

Red Light Ordinance Changes To 'Moving Parking Ticket'

Running a red light is no longer mentioned in Kansas City's red-light-camera ordinance after the city council revamped the law's wording Wednesday.

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Government
10:03 am
Fri November 2, 2012

Council Approves Funeral Picketing Ban

A Westboro Baptist Church member pickets the funeral of a service member killed in the Middle East.
Photo from the Westboro Baptist Church web site.

Kansas City again has a law restricting picketing at funerals, such as is done by members of the Westboro Baptist Church.

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Government
10:45 am
Thu November 1, 2012

Kansas City Council Readies To Vote Funeral Picketing Ban

The Kansas City council will vote Thursday on an ordinance to restrict the Westboro Baptist Church's picketing of military funerals.

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KC Currents
6:18 pm
Mon October 22, 2012

Plan To Remove Traffic Lights On Hold For Now

Stop light at Meyer and Main.
Alex Smith KCUR

Drivers may have noticed some changes on the roadways. At 37 intersections across the metro traffic lights are flashing red or yellow, and they’re not broken. 

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Government
1:10 am
Fri October 19, 2012

Council Says 'Stop' On Stop Light Removals

Open Clip ARt

A little over a week ago, the city of Kansas City, Missouri switched 37 stoplights to flashing and announced they would be removed in a month.

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Government
2:41 am
Thu September 27, 2012

KC Finance Chair Pushes For Pension Reform

City Council finance chair Jan Marcason
KCCG, Channel 2

The chair of the city council's finance committee is telling the city manager and public safety unions to speed up pension reform negotiations.

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Government
1:55 am
Fri August 31, 2012

No Nukes To Voters, Billboard Tax Back To Committee

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.

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Government
1:19 am
Fri August 24, 2012

No November KC Vote On Billboard Fees, 'No Nukes' Initiative

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.

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Government
1:10 am
Thu August 23, 2012

Council Alters Billboard Tax Plan; No Nukes On Hold

Proposals for a billboard tax and forbidding city participation in facilities involved in the production of nuclear weapons took changes of direction in a city council committee Wednesday.

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KCMO City Hall
2:31 am
Thu August 16, 2012

Council Postpones Votes On Nukes, Billboard Tax, Petition Process

Kansas City city council committees had three thorny ballot issues scheduled for debate yesterday, but they concluded it was not a good day for final decisions.

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