Kansas City, MO – The Kansas City City Council moved ahead with light rail planning Thursday, and talked about who will be in charge. KCUR's Steve Bell reports.
Transportation and Infrastructure Chair Ed Ford promised the council that they would be making important decisions on light rail by late January. And he emphasized that the council, not the ATA or Citizen's Task Force, will be in charge of the important aspects.
Kansas City, Missouri – Harvesters Community Food Network officials are asking people to be generous this holiday season with their Check Out coupons. They say the need is particularly great this year. Laura Ziegler reports.
Harvesters spokesperson Karen Siebert says higher food prices and higher fuel prices are putting a greater strain than usual on their clientele.
Kansas City, MO – KCUR's Suzanne Hogan spoke with bikers Jeff Perry, Victor Rodriguez, Nathan McDaniel, June Lynn, and the winner of the race Harsh. Goods collected during Cranksgiving were donated to the Kansas City Community Kitchen.
Kansas City, MO – A groundbreaking ceremony takes place Tuesday for Kansas City's new $20 million abandoned car tow lot on about 20 acres east of I-435 and north of Front Street. It's one of the first projects the city has registered as a high performance green building, as KCUR's Laura Spencer reports.
Kansas City, MO – A black Kansas City Kansas family and two friends filed a federal lawsuit on Thursday against six white police officers for allegedly violating their civil rights. The lawsuit stems from an incident that happened two years ago, at an eighteen year-old's birthday party in the basement of a duplex apartment in the Turner area of KCK.
Kansas City, MO – Nine Kansas City Kansas residents filed a federal lawsuit yesterday against six white police officers for violating their civil rights at a teenager's birthday party two years ago. The black family says police raided the basement party for no reason, assaulted some of the residents and used racial slurs. KCUR's Sylvia Maria Gross has more.
Kansas City, MO – Missouri's state mental health hospitals will now be smoke-free. These facilities are later than other general hospitals to implement a tobacco ban. One reason for this is because of the complexities surrounding mental illness and smoking. KCUR's Kelley Weiss reports.
Kansas City, Missouri – Anne and Don Bender have been tending the display of American flags since 4th of July along their busy property line just south of 95th Street on State Line. Each Sunday, they add more flags in memory of soldiers killed in Iraq and Afghanistan. The count- 3,336. That's a lot of flags.
But yesterday was Veterans Day, and throughout last week, vets came help so the display would look good on the day set aside to honor soldiers.
Kansas City, Missouri – Two days after vandals destroyed the flag memorial at 96th and State Line, a group of 30 or so veterans and friends were out to help restore the flags to their original symmetry. Laura Ziegler reports.
Kansas City, MO – Pitch editor CJ Janovy and Call reporter Eric Wesson discuss this week's big stories in KC-MO: the city council's repeal of the voter-approved light rail plan, the school boundary shift and the soccer stadium proposal for the site of the former Bannister Mall.
Kanas City, MO – No one at city hall could remember a Kansas City Council ever repealing a voter mandate. But the present council did yesterday, scrapping the Clay Chastain light rail plan voters approved by a 9-3 vote.
The council first wanted to pass a resolution assuring voters that repeal wouldn't mean the end of the city's light rail planning.
Kansas City, MO – Jurors have cleared former Jackson County Executive Katheryn Shields, and her husband Philip Cardarella of all charges related to a scheme to cheat mortgage bankers by selling their house for more than it was worth. The jury convicted the two other defendants involved in the scheme.
Jurors had the case last week, and spent the better part of four days deliberating before reaching the verdict.
Kansas City, MO – Both Kansas City and Independence residents voted yesterday to change the boundary between the two school districts. Beginning in June 2008, seven schools in western Independence and Sugar will be run by the Independence district. Some residents have been calling for this switch for decades. State Senator Victor Callahan, who led the campaign, says the outcome will benefit students in both cities.
November 5, 2007 – John Churchman, one of two members of the Olathe school board who voted Thursday to remove John Steinbeck's OF MICE AND MEN from the 9th grade reading list, says the issue is not about banning. He says he doesn't anticipate more conflict over the curriculum but wants parents to be able to continue to voice their opinions when they object to material that goes against their morals and values. More from Laura Ziegler.