THIS WEEK: Friday, February 1st, 2013 @ 7:30 pm
(Rebroadcast Sunday @ 11 am )
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STREETCAR LAWSUIT FILED: Is Kansas City’s new downtown streetcar line in jeopardy now a lawsuit has just been filed challenging the project’s funding? Construction was scheduled to start this summer on the two-mile transit initiative approved by voters in December.
BROKEN HEALTHCARE PROMISES? A Jackson County judge awards the Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City $162 million in a judgment against the owner of the largest hospital system in our metro. The foundation sued HCA which purchased all of the former Health Midwest hospitals alleging it had not delivered on promises for charitable care and capital improvements at the facilities, which include Overland Park Regional, Menorah and Research Medical Center’s. It was a massive ruling that captured national attention, including a story in the New York Times. KCPT special correspondent Sam Zeff poured through the 140-page court ruling this week.
GM FAIRFAX: The CEO of General Motors heads to town this week to announce the biggest ever plant investment in the company’s history. The automaker says their $600 million investment will make the KCK facility the crown jewel of GM’s manufacturing universe. We explore the significance of the announcement.
NIXON’S STATE OF THE STATE: The Missouri Governor, now starting his second term, calls for campaign finance reform, more money for education, an expansion of the number of days in the school year and expanded Medicaid coverage. Freed from having to run for re-election, did we see a different Jay Nixon this week?
ADELE HALL REMEMBERED: She is being described as Kansas City’s “First Lady.” Civic leader and philanthropist Adele Hall died this week after collapsing unexpectedly while in Hawaii with her husband, Hallmark Cards Chairman, Donald Hall. She was 81.
REVIEWING THE NEWS THIS WEEK:
KCPT Special Correspondent
Kansas City Star