THIS WEEK: Friday, May 24, 2013 @ 7:30 pm
(Rebroadcast Sunday @ 11 am )
OKLAHOMA TORNADO & KC MEDIA: A devastating tornado rips through an Oklahoma town causing destruction and the loss of more than two dozen lives. It’s a major national story. But is it also the most important local news story of the week? Every single TV station in town sent reporters to the scene, so did the Kansas City Star. Are Kansas City reporters necessary in Oklahoma? It was a question being asked this week by the metro’s leading media watch site Bottomline Communications. Is this being done because of the May TV sweeps period that concludes this week, the site asks? After all, Moore, OK is 360 miles from Kansas City and far outside the viewing area for any TV or radio stations?
MISSOURI LEGISLATURE ENDS: Some people’s eyes glaze over when they hear the two words “state” and “legislature” put together in the same sentence. But the work of our state lawmakers on both sides of state line can often be more important than anything that happens in Washington. Legislators just wrapped up their session in Missouri and are feverishly trying to close their doors for the year in Topeka as we record this program. But what have they done for you?
WILL IT EVER END? Kansas legislative leaders promised to complete the 2013 session in 80 days. It’s now past day 90 and lawmakers are still in a stalemate over tax cuts. So far this session, Kansas legislators have approved drug testing for unemployment recipients, allowed the governor to now pick Court of Appeals judges, approved a sweeping anti-abortion law that declares life begins “at fertilization” and permitted teachers to carry guns in the classroom.
THE MURKY WORLD OF HOSPITAL PRICING: The federal government recently released what, up until now, has been a pretty closely guarded secret, what hospitals charge for some common medical and surgical procedures. But what does it mean locally? We sent KCPT special correspondent Sam Zeff out to find out what all the data means to you.
MAYOR JAMES @ 2 YEARS: This month marks the half way mark for Kansas City Mayor Sly James. Yep, it’s been two years since he officially took over from Mark Funkhouser as leader of our metro’s largest city. We haven’t reported much on the Mayor for quite awhile now on this program. In fact, not since he made national news during a stage rushing incident at the Gem Theater in March. Two years is a good jumping off point for a report card on his performance thus far.
THIS WEEK’S NEWS REVIEWERS:
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