Mayor Mark Funkhouser is now saying that he is willing to yield to the wishes of the majority of the city council and extend City Manager Wayne Cauthen's contract. But Funkhouser wouldn't sign the renewal ordinance initated and passed by the council over his objections.
Kansas City, MO – Native Missourian and former Sprint Nextel CEO Gary Forsee was appointed Thursday as the 22nd President of the four-campus University of Missouri system. The Board of Curators voted unanimously during an executive session to hire Forsee with an initial three-year contract. Forsee says it's his first time heading a higher learning institution, but with more than 35 years in telecommunications, he is an experienced leader.
Kansas City, MO – A group that has been circulating a petition for a ban on smoking in Kansas City bars and restaurants turned in 6,000 signatures Wednesday, pretty much guaranteeing the ordinance will be on the April ballot. KCUR's Steve Bell reports.
The leader of the petition drive, former City Councilman Jim Rowland, says his group was able to turn in half-again the number or required valid signatures. Rowland says a no-smoking ordinance that includes all bars and restaurants is inevitable.
Kansas City, MO – Kansas City's Mayor Pro Tem Bill Skaggs is suing the city to overturn the council's vote to extend the city manager's contract. The council voted 9-to-4 last week to approve a 3-and-half year contract for city manager Wayne Cauthen. But Skaggs says it's in the city charter that the mayor is only one with the authority to bring the Cauthen's contract to the council.
Kansas City, MO – Two months after the ouster of Gary Forsee, Sprint Nextel's board has chosen a new CEO. Dan Hesse headed A-T-and-T's wireless division in the late 90s and most recently ran Sprint's local telephone spinoff Embarq. Sprint spokesman Miles McMillan says Hesse's past experience will help guide Sprint in the future.
Miles McMillan: "One of his legacys at AT&T Wireless was simplifying the pricing and service plans. That's a huge initiative here at Sprint to simplify the business for our customers."
Kansas City, MO – Leon Jordan was born more than a hundred yeas ago into a prominent African American family in Kansas City. After graduating from college, Jordan became a detective in the Kansas City Police Department, and in 1947, he was chosen to reorganize the police force in the West African country of Liberia. That's a country that was founded by people freed from slavery in the United States in the 19th century.
Kansas City, KS – Many Catholic Mexicans and Mexican Americans in the Kansas City area bundled up early yesterday to go to church. And some had stayed up the whole night before to celebrate the feast day of the Virgin Mary of Guadalupe. KCUR's Sylvia Maria Gross was at a church in downtown Kansas City Kansas at dawn, where parishioners sang in the day.
Kansas City, MO – Civic leaders representing minority organizations, churches, labor unions, and business groups protested Kansas City Mayor Mark Funkhouser's attempt to terminate City Manager Wayne Cauthen on Thursday. And the city council followed suit by extending Cauthen's contract over the mayor's objections.
Topeka, KS – Kansas Attorney General Paul Morrison may be in danger of losing support among key Democrats over an alleged sex scandal. But so far, Morrison says he has no intention of resigning. We get more from statehouse reporter Peter Hancock.
Kansas City, Missouri – The Vice President comes to town, the Mayor lays out a light rail vision, emails get another Missouri official in trouble, and the city loses an architectural pioneer. News Director Frank Morris revisits those and other top stories on this week's KCUR Saturday News Review.
Kansas City, MO – Kansas City Mayor Mark Funkhouser has said for weeks that he advocates a bi-state, metro-wide transit system. On Wednesday he began to describe what he has in mind, beginning with the concept.
Kansas City, MO – Dozens testified yesterday at the Kansas City Council's Finance and Audit Committee about the proposed Three Trails TIP plan, a nearly 1 billion dollar redevelopment proposal for the Bannister Mall area in South Kansas City.
In early November, the TIF Commission approved the deal, and recommended it to the City Council. A decision was delayed yesterday in committee due to wildly differing economic impact estimates from a cost to the city of $41 million to a benefit of $43 million.
Kansas City, MO – A new study by Kansas City's Urban League measures African Americans as about three-fourths of the way towards equality with whites. The 2007 State of Black Kansas City compares statistics on the two groups in Jackson, Johnson and Wyandotte Counties. KCUR's Sylvia Maria Gross has more.
Kansas City, MO – Prior to 1926 in an injured Missouri worker had two choices - depend on the benevolence of his or her employer or take that employer to court for negligence, which many did. So, says Attorney John Boyd, Missouri passed a Workers' Compensation law to protect employers from lawsuits.
Kansas City, MO – Forty-one states, including Kansas, have state poet laureates. That number will soon increase by one. The selection process starts this week for Missouri's first poet laureate and 137 poets were nominated for the job. KCUR's Laura Spencer reports.
Two Missouri poets have served as national poet laureates: Howard Nemerov and Mona Van Duyn. And T.S. Eliot, a native of St. Louis, won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1948. But this is the first year for a Missouri poet laureate.
Kansas City, MO – The Missouri Arts Council, the state's grant-making agency for the arts, recently announced the winners of the state's highest honor in the arts.
Two of the recipients of the 2008 Missouri Arts Awards have ties to Kansas City, including Marc Wilson, the Director and CEO of the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art for Arts Leadership; and Kansas City Friends of Alvin Ailey for Arts Education.