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3:34 pm
Wed October 29, 2014

Mayor Sly James Shows Royals Pride Before World Series Game 7

Kansas City Mayor Sly James showed his support for the Royals by wearing a Royals cap, blue bowtie and blue pocket square.
Credit Cody Newill / KCUR

In an appearance at Union Station Wednesday, Kansas City Mayor Sly James showed up decked out in a blue bowtie and matching Kansas City Royals hat to show support for the boys in blue as the team headed into the final game of the World Series.

James said the excitement Kansas Citians have shown during the World Series has been long overdue.

"You can't buy this kind of pride," James said. "It's about time that we had something like [the World Series] where we can say, 'This is ours, we did it, we showed the rest of you, and this is something we're going to cherish.'"

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4:20 pm
Mon September 8, 2014

New Program To Fight Chronic School Absenteeism In Kansas City

A new mentoring project aimed at getting young students to go to school was announced at the Kansas City Public Library
Credit Sam Zeff / KCUR

Kansas City Mayor Sly James announced a new program Monday aimed at getting kids to go to school.

A recently released report from the nonprofit Attendance Works says 20 percent of American students are chronically absent from school. The organization calls it a national challenge.

The Missouri superintendents from Kansas City, Center and Hickman Mills all say chronic absenteeism is about the same in their districts.

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3:43 pm
Mon August 25, 2014

Educators Meet In Kansas City For Early Childhood Education Summit

Educators are meeting in Kansas City to discuss the importance of pre-kindergarten education.
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Educators, politicians, doctors and clergy all gathered in Kansas City Monday to discuss early childhood development.

Almost everyone agrees Pre-K education is crucial. The mantra for early educators is, "Talk, read, play."

Before they start kindergarten, teachers say, children need a lot of interaction with adults. Research shows that, on average, lower income children start school knowing 900 fewer words than more affluent children.

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2:10 pm
Mon August 25, 2014

Mayor Sly James On Ferguson, Profiling And Diversity

Kansas City, Mo., Mayor Sly James stopped by KCUR to talk about Ferguson and how Kansas City is similar and different from the St. Louis suburb.
Credit Cody Newill / KCUR

In light of protests in Ferguson, Mo., over the police shooting of Michael Brown, Kansas City leaders held a panel Saturday centered around a big question for people of color: What should I do when I am stopped by the police?

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5:20 pm
Wed August 6, 2014

Mayor Says Streetcar Defeat Bad For Job Seekers

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Not long after Kansas City's proposal to add street car lines along Independence Avenue and Linwood Boulevard went down to defeat in Tuesday’s election, Kansas City Mayor Sly James was in front of microphones expressing his disappointment.

The mayor reiterated those concerns the morning after the election. “Things are not going to get better unless we do something different,” he said in an interview with KCUR.

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Up to Date
4:43 pm
Wed August 6, 2014

Political Pundits: What Election Results Mean For Area Residents And Politicians

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Yesterday's voting results provided some interesting outcomes. A relatively-unknown challenger gave incumbent Sam Brownback a run for his money. The proposed expansion of the Kansas City streetcar tax district supported by Mayor Sly James was voted down.

Today on Up To Date, Steve Kraske talks with with Political Pundits Burdett Loomis and Dave Helling to divine the messages voters were sending about the candidates and issues on state and local ballots.  Then Mayor James joins Steve for his thoughts on the future of the streetcar in Kansas City.


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Up To Date
2:46 pm
Thu February 13, 2014

Mayor Sly James On Kansas City's Current Issues

Kansas City, Mo., Mayor Sly James speaks with Steve Kraske on Up to Date.
Credit Beth Lipoff / KCUR

Though the snow may be melting away in Kansas City, the burning issues aren't going anywhere.

On Thursday's Up to Date, Mayor Sly James takes our questions, and yours, about the troubled school district, the proposed KCI expansion project, and more. 


  • Sly James is mayor of Kansas City, Mo.
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8:03 am
Wed February 5, 2014

Kansas City Deploys Tandem Plows To Deal With Snow

A snow storm that went on and on coupled with extreme cold and gusty winds has Kansas City, Mo., changing the way it handles snow removal.

With snowfall of over an inch and a half an hour plus drifting Tuesday it was hard to keep traffic arteries cleared. So late in the day Mayor Sly James announced that the city would be using tandem plow teams in areas and at times of day single plows would usually be deployed.

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Business & Tech
6:15 am
Sat January 18, 2014

Bannister Rebirth By Cerner On 2.5 Year Schedule

Designer's rendition of Cerner 3-Trails Development.
Credit Cerner Corp

Visible occupancy of the new Cerner office complex in southeast Kansas City  will appear by late 2016.

The timetable was laid out by executives of the medical information giant, the Mayor and Missouri’s governor. 

The numbers include  240 acres on site of the old Bannister Mall.

A $4.3 billion dollar development capable of eventually handling 15 ,000 new jobs.

Fifteen hundred jobs will be available early-on, according to Cerner president Zane Burke.

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3:53 pm
Tue November 19, 2013

Ground Broken On New Kansas City Crime Lab

Earth moving equipment is at idle as Kansas City Police Chief Darryl Forte' leads ground breaking for a new East Patrol Station and crime lab.
Credit Dan Verbeck / KCUR

Ground has been ceremonially broken for the already-in-progress East Patrol Police station/crime lab construction in Kansas City, Mo.

Chrome plated shovels were planted in dirt but it was obvious heavy equipment had been working for weeks. About 80 houses were torn down for the 17-acre, $74 million project.

Nearly every speaker talked about those who gave up property, some unwillingly. Though, there were no protestors visible at the gathering.

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5:22 pm
Wed November 13, 2013

Kansas City Poised To Push For GOP National Convention


Business and government leaders from Missouri and Kansas are aligned to push for winning the 2016 Republican National Convention for Kansas City.

There will be a battle of bids for the GOP Nominating Convention and the Convention and Visitors Bureau is comparing Kansas City with other cities that have expressed interest, including Phoenix, New Orleans, Las Vegas and Chicago.

The local task force includes the Chairman of the Johnson County, Kan. Commission and the Mayor of Unified Government in Wyandotte County/Kansas City, Kan.

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5:48 pm
Mon October 14, 2013

Mayor James Favors Stronger-Mayor-Council Governance

Sly James as he appeared in his first meeting with City Charter Reviewers in July 2013.
Credit Dan Verbeck / KCUR

Clarification: Originally reported that the Mayor favored the current mayor-council form of government, he  suggested  adding powers to the elected post.

Kansas City Mayor Sly James told members of his hand-picked Charter Review Commission he hopes they keep a type of mayor-council-manager form of local government but strengthen powers of a mayor.

The Mayor also said he would listen to suggested change.

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KC Currents
12:05 pm
Fri September 13, 2013

Your Guide To The Kansas City Charter Review

Kansas City is known as a “weak mayor” town. That’s no slight on Mayor Sly James, it’s the way the city charter sets up our government, where the mayor is a glorified city council member, and the city manager really runs the town. It's also called a council-manager system.

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4:38 pm
Wed July 17, 2013

Kansas City Council To Consider Slap At Gun Makers

Confiscated handgun ammunition at K.C. Police Headquarters in July 2013.
Credit Dan Verbeck / KCUR

If the Kansas City Council agrees, city pension system funds will  not be invested in companies that make guns. 

The resolution passed a Council Committee with one dissenting vote.

The police commission retirement board will be asked to do the same.

The Finance, Governance and Ethics Committee voted to forward the resolution after hearing Mayor Sly James argue it’s  time to send a message to gun manufacturers.

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Up In The Air
7:38 am
Tue July 2, 2013

Who Decides The Future Of KCI?

Kansas City International Airport proposes to replace the current three-terminal layout with a new single terminal
Credit Landrum & Brown / Kansas City Aviation Department

Kansas City International Airport is looking at a potentially major change-- tearing down the current three terminals and moving to a single, new terminal.  

The one terminal idea came to a head in 2008 when the Master Plan called for a new, central terminal south of the current airport.  That came just 4 years after the airport wrapped up nearly $260 million in renovations.

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5:26 am
Thu June 20, 2013

Charter Change Commission Considers KC Government Options

Kansas City Charter Review Commission members Andrea Bough and Quinton Lucas begin work.
Credit Dan Verbeck / KCUR

A Commission that will look for ways to change the foundation of how Kansas City Government operates has met just once and the opening session, Wednesday, heard wide ranging  recommendations that spread from finance to setup of Council Districts.

The first assurance came from Mayor Sly James who appointed the 13 member commission. He said he would not be looking over their shoulders. If the operating  charter needs change, he'll ask for proof when recommendations are written.

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Up to Date
9:57 am
Thu May 30, 2013

Opinion Columnist Yael Abouhalkah On KCI Terminal Proposal, Mayor James

Plans call for KCI's Terminal A to be replaced with a single terminal.
Credit Kansas City Aviation Department

If you want to get people talking, just say three words: new airport terminal.

It seems that everyone's an expert on airport design and plans. After all, many of us fly through Kansas City International Airport.

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Up to Date
10:46 am
Mon April 22, 2013

A Mayoral Summit

Mayors Sly James and Joe Reardon speak with Steve Kraske on Up to Date.
Beth Lipoff/KCUR

It’s the end of an era for one city leader, while events march on for another.

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Business & Tech
4:28 pm
Mon March 25, 2013

Hydroponic Greenhouse To Grace KC Riverfront

Greenhouse developers brought examples of produce-products to Kansas City City Hall.
Credit Dan Verbeck / KCUR

This year the landscape will change dramatically along the banks of the Missouri River just Northeast of Kansas City’s downtown. A hundred thousand square feet of greenhouses are planned for growing produce for a local supermarket chain.

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1:57 pm
Tue March 19, 2013

KC State Of The City Speech Overshadowed By On-Stage Disruption

Police run inside to apprehend the man who disrupted the address.
Laura Ziegler KCUR

As Mayor Sly James delivered a predictable State of the City address at the Gem Theater Tuesday morning, Derron Black, 31, stormed the podium from backstage, pushed the mayor out of the way, and screamed obscenities into the microphone.

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10:09 am
Thu February 28, 2013

Angel Investment Tax Credit Measure Being Considered By Mo. Senate Committee

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Supporters of creating a so-called “Angel Investment” tax credit in Missouri testified in favor of legislation Wednesday before a State Senate committee.

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5:20 pm
Wed February 20, 2013

A Timeline Of The Explosion

Smoke and fire at JJ's. A view from the corner of 48th and Roanoke on Tuesday night.
Jeffrey Harvey KCUR

The circumstances surrounding Tuesday's natural gas explosion just west of the Country Club Plaza - that killed one person, injured more than a dozen, and destroyed JJ's restaurant - were discussed in an afternoon press conference.

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10:36 pm
Tue February 5, 2013

Mayor And Business Leader Expand Weight-Loss Effort

During yesterday's launch of "phase two" of the Mayor and local Chamber's citywide wellness initiative, Matthew Condon, head of a KC-Based employer wellness company, warned that unless something changes, Kansas and Missouri will be in big trouble when it comes to their high rates of obesity and related chronic diseases.
Credit Elana Gordon / KCUR

A very personal yet public weight loss competition between two prominent city leaders is getting bigger. About two dozen area CEOs have signed up for the challenge.

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Cops & Crime
5:34 pm
Wed January 30, 2013

Kansas City Murder Burst Contrasted With New Crime Fight Job

Tammy Dickinson, on right, U.S.Attorney for Kansas City, joins Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters-Baker in combat against violent crime.
Credit Dan Verbeck / KCUR

Kansas City’s newest program to fight violent crime began today, aided by UMKC researchers, state and federal prosecutors, police and others.  The launch coincided with a chilling set of deaths.

A fresh double-homicide in south-side Kansas City had detectives going to work, one  hour before top crime fighters were gathering to describe the program, initially announced in May of 2012.

There had been 6 murders in the preceding 48 hours.

Into the mix comes the Kansas City No Violence Alliance or KC NoVA.

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10:37 pm
Tue January 29, 2013

Mayor's Task Force For The Arts Kicks Off Conversation

Kansas City Mayor Sly James arrives at the podium greeted by a standing ovation from the crowd.
Julie Denesha KCUR

This week marked the launch of a series of public meetings – at community centers, libraries, churches, a museum, an art gallery, even a police station - to discuss the future of the arts in Kansas City.

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9:45 am
Thu December 20, 2012

Topic Of Mayors' Letter: Gun Violence

The gun that was used in the Newtown, Conn. shootings.
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Kansas City Mayor Sly James is among the latest to sign a letter being sent the President and Congress. The subject: gun and ammunition control.

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3:30 pm
Sat December 1, 2012

Chiefs Linebacker Kills Girlfriend, Self

Chiefs officials outside the training facility where Linebacker Jovan Belcher committed suicide this morning.
Laura Ziegler KCUR

Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher shot his girlfriend multiple times around 8 a.m. Saturday, drove to the team's training facility, thanked coaches for supporting him, walked away and shot himself in the head, police said.

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10:07 am
Fri November 2, 2012

All-Star Game Brought $58 Million To Kansas City

Kansas City will host Major League Baseball's All-Star Game at Kauffman Stadium in July of 2012.
Photo courtesy of the Kansas City Royals

A report from the city manager's office says the 2012 Major League Baseball All-Star Game pumped more than $58 million into Kansas City's economy.  

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6:20 pm
Thu November 1, 2012

Mayor Challenges Friend And City To Lose Weight

Jim Heeter (far right) engages in a friendly game of tug-of-war with Sly James and children at Operation Breakthrough. The two civic leaders wrapped up their health competition at the school earlier today.
Elana Gordon KCUR

A rather public weight loss competition among two prominent city leaders came to a close today, but organizers say broader efforts are just beginning.

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4:59 pm
Wed September 19, 2012

Kansas City Mayor Tears Down Walls In Urban Core

Kansas City Mayor Sly James (at left) prepares for demolition duty at 4406 Brooklyn in Kansas City, Mo.
Laura Spencer KCUR

Kansas City Mayor Sly James and other city officials gathered Wednesday afternoon on the city’s east side to tackle a new program for the backlog of dangerous buildings.

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