KANSAS CITY, MO – The monthly broadband bill is as common as the light bill in many area households. But some can't afford to get online at all, which educators say is creating a digital divide between haves and have-nots. In Lawrence, Kansas, two companies are battling over who should provide free broadband service to the needy, and the central issue may be how they divide the lucrative for-pay internet service market. KCUR's Steve Bell reports. (5 min 7 sec)
KANSAS CITY, MO – The attempt by some Kansas City residents to recall Kansas City Mayor Mark Funkhouser looked for a boost over the President's Day weekend, during which volunteers gathered signatures at libraries.
Those pushing for the recall say, among other things, the mayor has lost the city millions of dollars in convention revenue and allege nepotism in his office. For his part, Mayor Funkhouser says the charges are untrue and he's really unconcerned. KCUR's Maria Carter has more. (3 min 17 sec)
KANSAS CITY, MO – Both Kansas City Mayor Mark Funkhouser and City Manager Wayne Cauthen say the city is looking at big budget problems for years to come. Funkhouser has asked Cauthen to come up with options to cut tens of millions of dollars in spending. Frank Morris reports. (4 min 13 sec)
OVERLAND PARK, KS – Sprint Nextel has announced that it will combine its two headquarters locations at its Overland Park, Kan. campus. Sprint Nextel previously had its operational headquarters in Overland Park and its corporate headquarters in Reston, Va.
In a press release, Sprint Nextel CEO Dan Hesse said that the move will impact only a small number of senior leaders.
KANSAS CITY, MO – A new coalition of labor, business and civil rights groups kicked off a campaign last night against a proposed ballot measure banning many affirmative action programs in Missouri. Three states have passed similar amendments, and a group called the Missouri Civil Rights Initiative will soon begin collecting signatures to put the issue on the November ballot.
By Sylvia Maria Gross, Elana Gordon and Stephen Steigman
KANSAS CITY, MO – KCUR sent reporters out to most of the official area watch parties on Super Tuesday, and we thought we'd introduce you to some of the local people who have been motivated to support some of the major candidates. And almost all of these people are new to politics.
OLATHE, KS – Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee vowed to press on with his campaign today against presumptive nominee John McCain. Huckabee campaigned in Kansas today on the eve of that state's Republican caucuses. KCUR's Frank Morris reports. (3 min 17 sec)
KANSAS CITY, MO – Early last spring dogs and cats around the country got sick, and about 4000 died, after eating canned food laced with melamine, a chemical used to make plastics, counter tops and cleansers. That triggered one of the biggest pet food recalls in U.S. history and federal indictments against three companies on Wednesday.
KANSAS CITY, MO – Voters in Missouri split along geographical lines, giving narrow victories to Senator John McCain, and Senator Barack Obama. KCUR sent reporters to reporters to watch parties for all the major candidates last night.
News Director Frank Morris joined about a dozen McCain supporters in a downtown restaurant.
Elana Gordon spent the night at a watch party for Mike Huckabee, McCain's closest rival in Missouri's Republican Primary.
KANSAS CITY, MO – Kansas Democratic Party headquarters were swamped with calls Monday as people tried to find out more about Tuesday's caucus process. Party officials are anticipating a high voter turnout, based on response to outreach efforts, and campaign appearances in the state.
Kansas City, MO – Partisans on both sides of the immigration issue descended on Westport Friday. The Minuteman Civil Defense Corps, a group organized to try and combat illegal immigration, held its first regional conference at the Uptown Theater. Hundreds of people marched to the Uptown in protest.
KANSAS CITY, MO – Members of a group that opposes illegal immigration are gathering in midtown Kansas City this evening for a regional conference. Leaders of the Minuteman Civil Defense Corps decided to hold their first regional conference here after the mayor appointed a member of the group, Frances Semler, to the parks board. Semler resigned from that position last week, in part because the mayor asked her not to participate in this conference.
KANSAS CITY, MO – American kids are fatter than ever. Some studies report that more than 15 percent of U.S. children are overweight or obese. The situation is worse in Kansas and Missouri where childhood obesity rates are higher than the national average. African-American and Latino kids are especially at risk. Tonight, KCPT-TV's Nick Haines launches a series of forums examining the issue. KCUR's Frank Morris attended the taping, and has this report.
KANSAS CITY, MO – A group of Kansas City residents has filed a petition to recall Kansas City Mayor Mark Funkhouser from office. The group now has 30 days to collect the 16,950 signatures required for a recall election. The group that is asking for the recall consists of five members and is led by Kansas City resident Saundra Ross. The petition cites six reasons why Funkhouser should be recalled from office. These reasons include:
Kansas City, MO – A controversial member of the Kansas City parks board stepped down this week, ending a months-long showdown between the mayor and several national civil rights organizations. The stand-off threw Kansas City into a national debate about illegal immigration. KCUR's Elana Gordon talks to Frances Semler, the parks board member who resigned, Rita Valenciano of the Latino Civil Rights Task Force and Chris Medina of the Guadalupe Center.
Kansas City, MO – *** Interview with Airick Leonard Wesson will be posted later today (Friday, April 4). . . please check back.***
After weeks of meetings, the Kansas City Missouri school board decided to part ways with superintendent Anthony Amato. And city residents are keeping count - he was the 23rd superintendent in the Kansas City Missouri school district in 39 years. Amato began his tenure in July of 2006 and had completed about half of his three-year contract.
KANSAS CITY, MO – Kansas City Missouri's school board has parted ways with Superintendent Anthony Amato. Board members announced last night they would replace Amato with a former superintendent of the Grandview school district.
JEFFERSON CITY, MO – Governor Matt Blunt surprised the state of Missouri this afternoon with the announcement he will not seek reelection. After citing a list of his accomplishments, the governor said he did not run for office to have a title, but to institute change. He said he has done that and will retire.
Kansas City, MO – Community groups are assembling throughout the area today for festivities in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King. Longtime pastor and community leader, Wallace Hartsfield, is presiding over the Southern Christian Leadership Conference(SCLC)'s mass celebration this evening.