On this week’s episode of Kansas City Week In Review:
IKEA: The world’s largest furniture retailer breaks ground on its new 359,000 square feet store near I-35 and Johnson Drive in Merriam.
CATHOLIC ABUSE SETTLEMENT: The Roman-Catholic diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph this week agrees to the largest settlement it has ever paid in a sexual abuse lawsuit involving a single priest.
KANSAS CONCEALED GUN PERMITS SET RECORD: Applications for permits to carry concealed weapons in Kansas is setting a record. Attorney General Derek Schmidt said 25,340 applications for permits were filed with the state between July 1, 2012 and June 30th, 2013. That’s more than double last year.
KC MUSEUM DIRECTOR FIRED: Christopher Leitch is abruptly fired this week as head of the Kansas City Museum. The decision was made by the CEO of Union Station, which controls the museum. In an email George Guastello claimed “it was a personnel decision too sensitive to talk about for legal reasons.”
RIVAL NEGRO LEAGUES BASEBALL MUSEUM?: Birmingham, Alabama is stepping up to the plate with their own proposed Negro Leagues Baseball Museum. The city has already voted to allocate $400,000 for design work for the building, and more than $4 million worth of Negro leagues artifacts. The museum would focus primarily on Birmingham’s history in the league, but may also include more aspects about the league in general. This has Kansas City officials alarmed. Is there room for more than one Negro Leagues baseball museum?
PACKING UP THE BOXES: The head of one of Kansas City’s largest foundations is packing up the boxes and clearing up his office after almost a decade in charge. Steve Roling is winding down as CEO of the Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City. With assets of more than $400 million dollars it is the metro’s fourth largest foundation. An announcement on Roling’s successor is imminent.
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