THIS WEEK: Friday, April 20th 2012 @ 7:30 pm
(Rebroadcast Sunday @ 11 am )
GOOD LUCK GETTING SEATS TO ALL-STAR GAME: Kansas Citians are now getting excited about hosting the All-Star game this July but have you tried to get a ticket? Well you can’t. There’s none to be had. They’ve all gone. With nearly three months to go before the first pitch, neither the Royals nor Major League Baseball has any seats at Kauffman Stadium left to sell just as the tickets were about to go on sale to the general public.
KC MAYOR’S FAMILY WOES: His son has caused him embarrassment. Now his brother is making the headlines after pistol whipping another family member after a funeral. The Mayor issues a twitter message: “I’m willing 2b accountable 4 my actions. Can’t control others.” Are these strictly private matters? Or do they impact his public role as the city’s top elected official?
JOHNSON COUNTY’S “FAUX FARMS” COSTING TAXPAYERS BIG: A front page story in the Kansas City Star reports on the growing trend in Johnson County that allows developers to classify their land as agricultural by planting a few Christmas trees or a small wheat crop as they wait for a future Starbucks, big-box retailer or a new high-price sub-division to go up. And it represents a great deal. The Star reports on how a 20-acre plot in Olathe owned by Walmart, if zoned for commercial development, would be taxed at $89,000. But last year, the retailer payed just $53 in taxes. Who’s harmed by the practice and why are Kansas lawmakers so reluctant to clamp down on “faux farms?”
MISSOURI BILL CRIMINALIZES “UNFLATTERING” FARM VIDEO: The Missouri House greenlights legislation this week that would make it a crime to produce videos portraying poor conditions at agricultural facilities in the state. The proposed “Ag-Gag Law” creates the new crime of Agricultural Production Facility Interference, making it illegal to produce or distribute video occurring on a farm without the consent of the owner. Violators could be subject to six months to four years in prison. Supporters say the measure is needed to stop activists producing propaganda against agriculture. Opponents of the bill said some of those undercover investigations have helped improve conditions at agricultural facilities.
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