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Kansas City's All-Star festivities officially kicked off Friday morning at Bartle Hall in downtown Kansas City.

All-Star Ill-Weather Hovers Over Kansas City

Jul 5, 2012
Dan Verbeck / KCUR

Mayor Sly James went to the Kansas City Emergency Operations Center for a briefing on readiness for the All-Star Game and most immediate interest shifted to the heat wave.

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.

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.

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

Council Endorses Mayor's Tax Plan

May 18, 2012
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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.

Anti-Violent Crime Strategy Shifts In Kansas City

May 15, 2012
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.

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.

Discussing Changing Technology And Culture At KC Forum

Apr 19, 2012

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?

City's Health Care Tax Under Review

Apr 15, 2012
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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.

KC Budget Cuts Many Services

Mar 30, 2012
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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.

KCMO Residents Sound Off On State Of The City

Mar 20, 2012

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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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.

KC Mayor James Emphasizes Reading

Mar 20, 2012
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.

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.

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.

Brad Pitt Project Boosts Green Zone

Feb 21, 2012
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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 Mayor Sly James presented his vision for next year's city budget and a lot more.

Plaza Lease Cements Long Term Ties

Jan 30, 2012

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.

Fast Track Bill Would Control K.C. Schools

Jan 26, 2012

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.

  • 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

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.

  • 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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  • 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

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.

Mayor James Moves In On KC Public Schools

Dec 11, 2011
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.

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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  • 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

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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