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Health
3:10 am
Tue June 12, 2012

Mayor, Chamber Leader Put Weight In Personal And Public Spotlight

Kansas City Mayor Sly James (left) and local Chamber of Commerce CEO Jim Heeter (right) faced off at Seasons 52 on the Plaza yesterday for a four month weight loss competition. The two are also good friends.
Elana Gordon KCUR

Kansas City Mayor Sly James knows that when he’s in better shape, he’s more productive and less stressed out. And he recognizes the weight, so to speak, of having a better diet and getting exercise regularly.

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KC Currents
3:08 pm
Mon May 21, 2012

Mayor Sly James’ New Tax Proposal For Infrastructure

Kansas City Mayor Sly James

What will it take for Kansas City, Mo. to finally fix its streets and sewer system?  Earlier this year, Mayor Sly James announced a bold plan for improving Kansas City's infrastructure that would involve spending $1 billion over the next 10 years.

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Headlines
8:13 am
Fri May 18, 2012

Top Of The Morning News: Friday, May 18, 2012

A council committee endorses Mayor Sly James’ Tax proposal.  Brownback urges lawmakers to pass a tax cut compromise.  KCUR names Nico Leone as the next general manager.   That and more news from KCUR

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Government
1:06 am
Fri May 18, 2012

Council Endorses Mayor's Tax Plan

Mayor Sly James presents his tax revision plan to a joint city council committee
KCCG Channel 2

Kansas City voters are likely to be asked to swap motor vehicle “city stickers” and some special property taxes for a 1/2-cent sales tax increase.

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Cops & Crime
4:48 pm
Tue May 15, 2012

Anti-Violent Crime Strategy Shifts In Kansas City

Jean Peters Baker, Jackson County Prosecutor and Kansas City Police Chief Daryl Forte on new approach to reducing most vicious crimes.
Dan Verbeck KCUR

An anti-violent crime program for Kansas City, styled after ones in Boston and Cincinnati, will target top offenders and try to make crime leadership less attractive to underlings.

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Headlines
8:25 am
Wed May 2, 2012

Top Of The Morning News: Wednesday, May 2, 2012

A St. Louis County judge rules unconstitutional a Missouri law allowing students to transfer from unaccredited districts.  Kansas legislators approve combining the state’s arts and film commissions into one group.  That and more news from KCUR.

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Central Standard
12:27 pm
Thu April 19, 2012

Discussing Changing Technology And Culture At KC Forum

Ten years ago, this was a different city.

In the last year alone, Kansas City saw a change in leadership with a new mayor, then a new Police Chief; plus, the opening of another world-class performing arts center.

So, what could this city see in another year? Another five?

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Health
3:47 pm
Sun April 15, 2012

City's Health Care Tax Under Review

a.drian flickr

Residents of Kansas City have long financed public health, ambulance and indigent health services through a property tax which last year, brought in nearly $50 million.

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KCMO City Hall
1:33 am
Fri March 30, 2012

KC Budget Cuts Many Services

Mayor Sly James defends next year's budget cuts and calls them fair.
KCCG Channel 2 video frame

A $7.6 million cut to the Fire Department budget drew the most debate Thursday as the Kansas City city council passed a city budget by a 12-1 margin.

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KC Currents
10:46 am
Tue March 20, 2012

KCMO Residents Sound Off On State Of The City

Kansas City Mayor Sly James gave his assessment of the State of the City in an address at Bartle Hall on Monday, March 19th.  But how are residents rating KC life?

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Headlines
7:43 am
Tue March 20, 2012

Top Of The Morning News: Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Sign near main gate at Ft. Leavenworth, where Sgt. Robert Bales is being held.
J. Schafer Kansas Public Radio

A lawyer meets with Afghan massacre suspect being held at Ft. Leavenworth, the details of Kansas City’s state of the city speech, the Kansas House passes an overhaul of KPERS & more headlines from KCUR.

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Government
7:29 am
Tue March 20, 2012

KC Mayor James Emphasizes Reading

Mayor James fields questions from the press at his first State of the City address.
Bill Anderson KCUR

Kansas City Mayor Sly James delivered his state-of-the-city message yesterday to a crowd at Bartle Hall that included the mayors of five other local communities.

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Up to Date
3:03 pm
Mon March 19, 2012

Kansas City Mayor Delivers "State Of The City" Address

Mayor delivers the first State of the City address of his term.
Bill Anderson KCUR

In office for just about a year, Kansas City Mayor Sly James delivered his first State of the City address on Monday.

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KCMO City Hall
12:00 pm
Sun March 18, 2012

Kansas City Struggles With Budget And Promises

Kansas City, Mo., City Hall.

Kansas City Mayor Sly James and the council are having their final meetings this week and next over the city's budget, which is more than a billion dollars.

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Urban Renewal
12:00 am
Tue February 21, 2012

Brad Pitt Project Boosts Green Zone

Actor and Missouri native Brad Pitt in New Orleans where his Make it Right Foundation began. It will help fund a new Kansas City initiative.
nola.com

A mid-city school, abandoned for the last 12 years, will become the next most visible project in the urban-renewing Green Zone of Kansas City.

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Kansas City
7:18 am
Fri February 10, 2012

Kansas City Mayor Calls For $1 Billion For Infrastructure

Kansas City City Council Chambers in Kansas City, Mo.
Library of Congress

Kansas City Mayor Sly James presented his vision for next year's city budget and a lot more.

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Business & Tech
3:45 pm
Mon January 30, 2012

Plaza Lease Cements Long Term Ties

There is no guarantee of additional jobs, but owners of the Country Club Plaza District are assured the largest tenant of the Valencia Place Office Tower will be in the picture until February 2030.

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Education
5:31 am
Thu January 26, 2012

Fast Track Bill Would Control K.C. Schools

Missouri state legislators have begun considering a bill that would make it easier for the state to operate the Kansas City School District. A first legislative hearing brought no opposition.

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Headlines
7:34 am
Fri January 6, 2012

Top Of The Morning News: Friday, January 6, 2012

  • Kansas City Schools Called “Worst In Nation”; Mayor Focuses on District Takeover
  • Nixon Takes Back Higher Education Funding Proposal
  • Feds Reject Kansas Waiver
  • Children’s Book Becomes Opera

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Education
5:17 pm
Thu January 5, 2012

Schools' "Among Worst In Nation" Tag Gets Softpedal

"No politics allowed," says KC's Mayor James, speaking of school district control changes.

The depiction of city schools as “among the worst in the nation” by the US Education Secretary and Kansas City’s mayor made bold headlines but slipped quietly aside as the mayor briefed the City Council today.

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Headlines
7:36 am
Thu December 22, 2011

Top Of The Morning News: Thursday, December 22, 2011

Aisha Khan
  • Missing Student Found, Not Abducted
  • KC Mayor Pushes For Control Of Schools
  • Benedictine Student Dies In Wintry Mix
  • EPA Sets New Standards For  Power Plants

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Headlines
7:29 am
Wed December 14, 2011

Top Of The Morning News: Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Timothy Wolfe will take over as University of Missouri System President February 15, 2012.
Courtesty of the University of Missouri System
  • Timothy Wolfe Named New University of Missouri President
  • Environmentalists Seek To Protect Ozark National Scenic Riverways
  • Pros And Cons Of A Mayoral Takeover Of Schools

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Education
4:02 pm
Mon December 12, 2011

Pros And Cons Of A Mayoral Takeover Of Schools

School board president Airick Leonard West and Mayor Sly James discuss the district's future.
Sylvia Maria Gross KCUR

Kansas Citians have been wringing their hands about the future of the Kansas City Missouri School District for decades. But at a press conference with Mayor Sly James at City Hall, school board president Airick Leonard West said that's changing.

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Government
6:00 pm
Sun December 11, 2011

Mayor James Moves In On KC Public Schools

Mayor Sly James' plan to take over Kansas City public schools could tie his political future to the success of a chronically under-performing school district.
Shane Keyser Kansas City Star

Mayor Sly James' plan to assume control of the Kansas City, Mo., public school district has raised a lot of eyebrows, and it's no wonder why.

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Government
11:58 pm
Tue December 6, 2011

President In Kansas Calls For Unified Economic Fix

Presidential watchers in Osawatomie, KS were intent on preserving the event. Mr. Obama called for unity in repairing the economy
Dan Verbeck KCUR

For the second time in slightly more than a hundred years,  a current or  former  president  visited the  Kansas  town of Osawatomie. There were similarities, then and now. Inside Osawatomie  High School   gymnasium President Barack Obama encouraged his listeners,  cajoled  Congress  and  invoked  the   memory of  Theodore Roosevelt.  KCUR's  Dan  Verbeck  was there and  described hundreds waiting in line on  streets and sidewalks.

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Headlines
6:38 am
Tue December 6, 2011

Top of the Morning News: Tuesday, December 6, 2011

KC School Board President Airick West (l) with Mayor Sly James at Mayor's office.
Sylvia Maria Gross KCUR
  • Mayor And School Board President: Let’s Talk
  • The New Sound Of The KCPD
  • Proposal Would Term Limit All Statewide Officeholders
  • Kansas Lags in Covering Kids

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Kansas City Public Schools
4:47 pm
Mon December 5, 2011

Mayor and School Board President Convene Discussions About District Governance

KC School Board President Airick West (l) with Mayor Sly James at Mayor's office.
Sylvia Maria Gross KCUR

Kansas City Mayor Sly James and School Board President Airick Leonard West committed to a series of community conversations over the next few months about the governance of the school district. Neither has endorsed the idea of a mayoral takeover of schools, but they say no idea is off the table.

Mayor James says he began convening people to talk about the school district after Missouri education commissioner Chris Nicastro told him that it was difficult to do anything in Kansas City because it's so divided.

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board of education
4:34 pm
Fri December 2, 2011

Nicastro Punts On KCPS Governance

board of education
4:33 pm
Thu December 1, 2011

Pitch for KC Mayor To Run Schools

Diane Cleaver, flanked by Missouri Representatives Mike Talboy (r) and Jason Holsman(l), favor Mayor's operation of KC schools.(Click to enlarge.)
Photo by Dan Verbeck/KCUR

Kansas City, MO. – Kansas City's Mayor wants to run the Kansas City School District.

A forum of educators, politicians and parents drawn together by Kansas City's Mayor to save the district from a state takeover is wagering the Missouri Board of Education will buy in.

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Education
4:56 am
Wed November 30, 2011

Rescue Plans Abound For KC Schools

Kansas City, MO – A diverse collection of forces are working alone or in concert to help the soon-to-be- accreditation-stripped Kansas City School District. One high profile group of minority leaders is asking Missouri's Education Commissioner to immediately appoint a panel to take over the District. Mayor Sly James has convened his own forum that includes neighboring schools.

The breaking developments come just days before the state education board meets and the local district is on the agenda.

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