Nick Haines | KCPT News
November 8, 2013
Could one of Kansas City’s oldest and most iconic independent movie theaters be forced to shut down? Join me and our panel of journalists on Kansas City Week in Review, Friday at 7:30 pm as we take a closer look.
The Tivoli Theater in Westport says it’s “go digital or go dark.” By year’s end, movies will no longer be made on 33mm film. That means any theater that has not converted to the new industry mandated digital projection system will be out of business.. With a price tag of over $70,000 per auditorium, that’s $210,000 to the Tivoli. They’ve launched a Kickstarter internet campaign to try and raise the money.
There’s lots of other movie theaters with plenty of screens here in Kansas City. Is the Tivoli worth saving?
This week the Jackson County Medical Research Tax “flatlined” at the polls. But who could have predicted voters would have rejected the sales tax measure by a whopping 84 percent to 16 percent? In June, backers of the tax said their private polling showed substantial support for the concept. So what happened?
Rallying against hate
A national neo-Nazi rally is planned Saturday on the steps of the Jackson County Courthouse downtown. The event, hosted by the Detroit-based National Socialist Movement, coincides with the 75th anniversary of Kristallnacht, also called the “Night of Broken Glass” in which the Nazis torched synagogues, vandalized Jewish homes, schools and businesses. Counter-protesters are planning a rival event at Liberty Memorial.
Halting red light cameras
City officials in Kansas City, Mo. suspend enforcement of its 29 red light cameras in the wake of a Missouri appeals court ruling that decrees such programs violate state law. Kansas City opts not to enforce about 5,600 pending red light camera tickets and more than 16,000 warrants for unpaid fines. Since the program started in 2009, the city has netted about $2 million a year in revenue from the cameras.
Another Charter School under fire
Continuing uncertainty over the future of the Kansas City, Missouri school district has only helped boost attendance at the city’s charter schools, where 1 in 3 district students now get their education. But that doesn’t mean a trouble-free experience.
The state department of education discovered some alarming findings on a recent surprise visit to one of those 21 charter schools, Hope Academy. The first was shocking discrepancies in attendance numbers. Only 27 percent of students were in attendance at the time of the surprise visit. Yet the school was reporting a 99 percent attendance rate.
Academic integrity is also being questioned. State officials say a teacher accepted $700 from a student in exchange for academic credit he hadn’t earned.
Former Missouri Congressman Ike Skelton was laid to rest this week. Skelton spent 34 years representing the 4th district of Missouri in the US Congress.
This week’s news reviewers:
Mary Sanchez, Kansas City Star
Stacey Cameron, KCTV5
Bill Grady, KMBZ
Dave Helling, Kansas City Star