Topeka, Kan. – Kan. Governor Kathleen Sebelius appointed Douglas County District Judge Stephen Six attorney general Friday to replace Paul Morrison, who's leaving office because of a sex scandal. Six, from Lawrence, specialized in civil litigation with a Kansas City area law firm before Sebelius appointed him to the bench in January 2005. His father, Fred, is a retired Kansas Supreme Court justice.
JEFFERSON CITY, MO – Governor Matt Blunt says he has transformed Missouri during his three years of leadership into a strong, healthy state. KWMU's Bill Raack covered the governor's annual state of the state address last night. (45 sec)
KANSAS CITY, MO – Travelers who have been concerned about losing the convenience of the three-terminal system at Kansas City International Airport (KCI) can relax. If it happens, it won't be anytime soon. The city's aviation director and a consultant reported to the City Council Transportation and Infrastructure Committee today, and though they did present three long-term alternatives for KCI, committee chair Ed Ford said nothing will be decided for another ten years.
KANSAS CITY, MO – The national president of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference has cancelled plans to hold the group's 2008 convention in Kansas City. SCLC is the second national civil rights organization to boycott what they consider Mayor Mark Funkhouser's insensitivity to race.
Southern Christian Leadership Conference national president Charles Steele made the announcement before the organization's annual Martin Luther King luncheon at the downtown Marriott.
KANSAS CITY, MO – In just two years, a new stock trading network far from Wall Street managed to become the third-largest market center in the United States. BATS Trading is a small company with less than 50 employees that operates out of the Briarcliff Village shopping center, north of the river. KCUR's Sylvia Maria Gross reports.
KANSAS CITY, MO – Millions of Americans use refund anticipation loans to get their tax refund money a couple weeks faster than the government can provide it. These are high interest loans and consumer advocates and state attorneys general have long complained about them. Now they may have a new ally - the IRS.
Kansas City, MO – In 2002, the Kansas City Council and former City Manager Bob Collins pledged $47 million for the design and construction of a one thousand-car garage for the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts.
KANSAS CITY, MO – The Kansas City Council's Public Safety and Neighborhoods Committee this week heard testimony from more than 40 area residents, including small business owners, over the proposed smoking ban on bars and restaurants filed as a petition initiative in December.
Councilman Ed Ford presented substitute language for the ordinance and it was approved by the committee to include an exemption for tobacco shops but not for casino floors and the concourse at the Truman Sports Complex.
Kansas City, MO – At its business session, the Kansas City, Missouri City Council heard advice from a transit lobbyist on getting federal dollars for a light rail system.
Attorney and lobbyist Jeff Boothe agreed in part with the mayor's insistence on real light rail, not streetcars, and the council's consensus on starting small and building. But he was not in complete agreement with either side in the debate.
Ft. Lauderdale, FL – Since the bowl game selections were announced early last month, KU's football team endured questions on whether the Jayhawks deserved to be in the a BCS (that is, Bowl Championship Series) game. They answered Thursday night with a 24-21 victory over Virginia Tech in the Orange Bowl. KCUR's Greg Echlin was there.
Kansas City, MO – In the five games that comprise college football's Bowl Championship Series, or BCS, the Kansas Jayhawks are one of this year's surprise teams. Kansas will take their 11 - 1 record to their first BCS bowl game appearance Thursday, January 3 against Virginia Tech at the Orange Bowl in Miami. KCUR's Greg Echlin has more on KU's unexpectedly successful season.
Kansas City, MO – Smoke-free ordinances go into effect for four more cities in the metropolitan area on January 2, 2008. Overland Park, Leawood, Lenexa, and Shawnee bring the total up to nearly a dozen cities either eliminating or restricting public exposure to second-hand smoke. Leon Vinci is the director of public health for the Johnson County Health Department and calls it a positive public health step.
Kansas City, MO – When the Cotton Bowl kicks off in Dallas on January 1 between Missouri and Arkansas, the Tigers will be hoping for a better outcome than their last trip to Texas.
MU will be playing their first game since they lost to Oklahoma in the Big 12 Championship in San Antonio earlier in December. Though the Tigers have accomplished much in a memorable season, two close friends on the team don't figure to be satisfied unless MU wins its last game. KCUR's Greg Echlin explains.
Kansas City, MO – Work begins soon on an essential link for an interconnected trail network throughout the Northland. The Missouri Riverfront Trail will span 11 miles along the Missouri River from Parkville to Riverside. Brian Nowotny is the director of Platte County Parks and Recreation and says he's opening bids in January for construction of the first phase.
Forsee to lead University of Missouri System. Sprint-Nextel picks Embarq's Hesse as new CEO. Skaggs sues city over Cauthen contract renewal. Funkhouser promises to improve relations with council. Kansas City will vote on ending smoking in bars, restaurants. Carnahan affirmative action ballot language draws lawsuit. Petitions circulate to restore Missouri's 2005 Medicaid cuts. KU Med School, Hospital finally agree on contract.
For more photos, check here. When ice and snow hit the area last week, most people stayed inside and tried to keep warm. Meanwhile, several hundred bicyclists from across the country flocked to the region for the National Cyclocrossing Championships and couldn't have been happier with the cold weather.