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8:35 am
Thu March 29, 2012

Top Of The Morning News: Thursday, March 29, 2012

The Kansas City School Board presents an accreditation plan to the city council.  Council committee votes against putting anti-nuclear weapons parts plant measure on ballot. That and more headlines from KCUR.

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KCMO City Hall
5:58 pm
Wed March 28, 2012

Committee Tells Council To Vote Against Nuke Plant

Jane Stoever promotes anti nuke ordinance. The measure heads to a K.C. City Council vote.

After a contentious hearing today, a Kansas City Council Committee is recommending against full council approval of a measure to block city involvement in companies that make nuclear weapons parts.

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KCMO City Hall
1:29 am
Fri March 23, 2012

Council Backs Central City Developers

While the Kansas City city council held off on decisions on a daytime curfew and putting a no nukes petition initiative on the ballot, it had no difficulty deciding that rejuvenation is needed in the central city.

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KCMO City Hall
1:02 am
Thu March 22, 2012

Union Talks On Fire Dept. Cuts

Kansas City Fire Department

One controversial area of Kansas City's budget is not likely to be finalized by approval day next Thursday: the matter of how the Fire Department will cut $7.5 million from its budget.

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KCMO City Hall
12:00 pm
Sun March 18, 2012

Kansas City Struggles With Budget And Promises

Kansas City, Mo., City Hall.

Kansas City Mayor Sly James and the council are having their final meetings this week and next over the city's budget, which is more than a billion dollars.

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KCMO City Hall
6:08 pm
Thu March 15, 2012

Case Built For Streetcar Grant

Assistant City Manager Robert Langenkamp describes changes needed to build a K.C. startup streetcar line.

Kansas City has moved a little closer to a startup streetcar line between downtown and Crown Center. A pair of measures have been approved to help toward a federal grant.

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Government
12:11 am
Thu March 8, 2012

Committee Advances Streetcar Zoning

A modern streetcar on the street in Portland, Oregon
Portland TriMet Transit

Still racing to meet a March 19th deadline for federal grant applications, a city council committee has endorsed rezoning the area around a proposed downtown streetcar system.

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Headlines
7:31 am
Thu February 23, 2012

Top Of The Morning News: Thursday, February 23, 2012

A daily digest of headlines from KCUR:
Redistricting Agreement For Missouri Senate Reached, Council Delays Decision On Anti-Nuke Initiatives & more top headlines.

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KCMO City Hall
1:37 am
Thu February 23, 2012

Committee Postpones Decision On Anti-Nukes Initiatives

A city council committee heard pros and cons of two ballot initiatives from a no-nukes organization Wednesday but postponed a decision on whether they will go to the voters.

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Business Development
12:52 am
Fri February 3, 2012

Boost For Metro North Area, Crackdown On Metal Theft

Owners plan renovation for Metro North Square.
Loopnet Leasing

A Metro North Shopping Center area revitalization initiative won some help from the city of Kansas City Thursday.  The city council gave formal approval to a Metro North Area Community Improvement District.

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Government
1:25 am
Thu February 2, 2012

Council Committee Toughens Copper Theft Law

The Kansas City city council is preparing to toughen up the restrictions on sale of scrap metal to dealers who resell it. 

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Government
1:02 am
Fri January 27, 2012

Streetcar Plan Rolls Ahead

A plan to build a streetcar system in Kansas City kept rolling yesterday and passed a new mile post.

A week after the Kansas City city council endorsed a plan to fund a downtown streetcar system, it has approved appropriating a million dollars for advance work on the system, including a contract for some preliminary engineering studies.

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Government
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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Headlines
7:33 am
Fri December 9, 2011

Top Of The Morning News: Friday, December 9, 2012

The KC Council's new redistricting map, KU's new football coach, inside "The Nutcracker," & more: A daily digest of headlines from KCUR.

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KCUR News
12:34 pm
Mon January 31, 2011

No One Big Issue Emerging in KCMO Municipal Election

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – This election season in Kansas City, candidates are responding to the grim economic climate, and an unusually charged four years in city hall.

David Martin follows city politics as a staff writer for The Pitch. He told KCUR's Sylvia Maria Gross that this election is very different from four years ago.

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KCUR News
12:19 pm
Fri January 28, 2011

KC Mayoral Candidate Mark Funkhouser

Kansas City Mayor Mark Funkhouser

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – KCUR is running a series of conversation with candidates in the race for Kansas City Missouri Mayor. We're asking them about crime and how to balance the city's budget during tough economic times. Maria Carter caught up with the incumbent, Mayor Mark Funkhouser, at his campaign headquarters in the city market.

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KCUR News
3:05 pm
Wed January 26, 2011

Supreme Court Orders Payment: City Funds Lacking

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The chief attorney at City Hall in Kansas City can't find much to contest in a Missouri Supreme Court ruling that will cost the city $2.1 million. And they are dollars the city can ill afford.

With one dissenting vote, Justices upheld a mid-level court ruling against the city, and in favor of Melissa Howard. She had claimed discrimination when the city council, five years ago, threw out a panel on which she was named to replace a white female judge leaving municipal court.

All nominees were white and women.

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KCUR News
12:22 pm
Tue January 25, 2011

KC Mayoral Candidate Mike Burke

Mayoral candidate Mike Burke at Synergy Youth Services, the teenage homeless shelter. He helped make it happen.
kcur photo by dan verbeck

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KCUR News
3:41 pm
Fri January 21, 2011

Business Borrowing Boost Seen

EDC President Jeff Kazmarek.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Times have been discouraging for the Kansas City agency charged with keeping old and luring new business. Until a recent trend appeared to surface. It was noticed this week in the business session of the Kansas City Council.

City Council Chambers didn't exactly burst into sweetness and light, but you could almost feel a glow as Jeff Kazmarek laid out his report.

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KCUR News
12:20 pm
Thu January 20, 2011

KC Mayoral Candidate Sly James

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Primaries for Kansas City's next mayor are in just a month. Seven people are vying for the position, including current mayor Mark Funkhouser. All are hoping to lead the city through a challenging time - the city's grappling with a down economy and continuing violence.

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KCUR News
3:23 pm
Thu January 13, 2011

Chastain Run is Nixed: Undeterred

Kansas City, Mo. – The man who continues to goad Kansas City leadership toward a light rail system maintains he IS a viable candidate for mayor, despite the City Attorney's opinion he cannot run in the general election as a write-in.

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KCUR News
2:29 am
Thu December 9, 2010

City Lax On Tax-Break Oversight

Kansas City, MO – When someone gets tax abatement for a development project, they enter into a contract - they say how much the project will cost, how many jobs created, and often agree to pay the city back for work it has to do.

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KCUR News
1:28 pm
Thu September 30, 2010

Council Considers Some Privatization

Kansas City, MO – As the recession continues to plague revenue collections, some Kansas City, Missouri city council members want to consider outsourcing management of some city assets to private companies.

The idea was reborn when Black and Veatch expressed an interest in managing the Blue River Wastewater Treatment facility, but the resolution advanced yesterday by a 2 to 1 Finance Committee vote calls for the city manager to investigate involving the private sector in any city assets and services where there is an interest.

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KCUR News
2:46 pm
Wed September 22, 2010

Redistricting Committee Will Present Two Alternatives to KCMO Council

Kansas City, MO – Kansas City Missouri's redistricting committee members decided they will choose two maps to present to the city council in its final meeting tomorrow. Yesterday's meeting brought out strong support for keeping some district boundaries intact.

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KCUR News
1:46 am
Fri September 10, 2010

MAST Defended; Pension Upgrade on Hold

Councilman Terry Riley tells colleagues that approving a MAST pension proposal without further study \"is not prudent.\"

Kansas City, MO – A plan to give MAST ambulance employees better retirement benefits is on hold for at least another two weeks after four council members blocked a quick vote on it Thursday.

The non-profit MAST ambulance service became part of the Fire Department this spring. And the plan finally proposed offered full retirement benefits and credit for previous years of service.

The city manager said funding that could cost up to $40 million dollars that could be paid in over ten or more years and in the long run offset by savings.

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KCUR News
2:07 am
Thu September 9, 2010

MAST Pensions Could Cost $40 Million

City Manager Troy Schulte explains the MAST pension plan.
Photo courtesy of KCCG, Channel 2. (Click to enlarge.)

Kansas City, MO – Ever since the city started talking about taking over the ambulance service about three years ago, it has promised MAST workers they would get a retirement system comparable to that of other public safety employees crediting the time they have worked for the non-profit ambulance service.

With 320 of those employees now working for the city, City Manager Troy Schulte says it could cost the city up to $40 million to fund that pension plan.

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KC Currents
3:11 pm
Tue September 7, 2010

Redistricting Explained

Kansas City, MO – The latest battle raging in Kansas City's council chambers has been over district boundaries. According to the charter, the city is supposed to re-draw the district map after every three general elections, which means about every 12 years, or whenever the population shifts dramatically. KCUR's Sylvia Maria Gross and Steve Bell talk about what's at stake.

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KCUR News
4:40 pm
Fri September 3, 2010

Discarded Baby Regs to Grow in KC

Kathy Jolly, whose Council Committee sent the measure to the floor for action.

Kansas City, MO – Eight years after Missouri passed a law to protect abandoned babies, Kansas City, Missouri agrees to take part in a program letting the public know about it.
It doesn't happen often, but when a newborn is abandoned and in danger there is general shock and horror.

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KCUR News
1:43 am
Fri September 3, 2010

Council Overrides Redistricting Veto

Councilman Ed Ford argues in vain that sending the voters the charter change will be divisive and undermine efforts to renew the public safety sales tax.
Photo courtesy of KCCG, Channel 2. Click to enlarge.

Kansas City, MO – The mayor's veto did not stand. The Kansas City city council voted yesterday to put a measure changing the city's redistricting schedule on the November ballot.

Northland members and the mayor who had opposed moving now to tie the redistricting schedule to the release of census data argued that the council was rushing to enact something that wouldn't make any difference for twenty years... and could undermine efforts to renew the public safety sales tax.

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KCUR News
12:18 am
Tue August 31, 2010

Funkhouser Vetoes Redistricting Change

Kansas City, MO – For the second time in as many weeks, Mark Funkhouser has used his veto power - this time on a ballot measure to amend the city charter so council redistricting could possibly wait until after new census ethnic distribution data is released.

The mayor says the the US Constitution mandates that redistricting must be done before the spring city election because Northland districts are underrepresented, and that the city will be found in violation of the constitution if it does not correct that situation.

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