Instead, their long-awaited plan for dealing with unaccredited schools provides a range of interventions for dealing with troubled districts. We take a closer look. Plus, panelist Garrett Haake of 41 Action News reports on his recent experience in New Orleans, the model for the CEE-Trust plan that grants nonprofit charter operators and educators the freedom to run schools.
Also: Do businesses have a first amendment right to run their companies according to their religious beliefs?
Hobby Lobby has been fighting the Federal government over requirements in the Affordable Care Act that they provide birth control coverage to employees, particularly birth control methods that induce abortion. The issue is expected to hit center stage next month when the Supreme Court begins hearing arguments in the case. But this week, the owners of Kansas City’s JE Dunn construction company join the culture war. They have filed a legal brief supporting Hobby Lobby. They say to be forced to provide emergency birth control, including the “morning after” pill, violates their Roman Catholic faith.
Jay Nixon still has more than two years left in his term as Missouri Governor. So why is the race to replace him already getting so crowded? This week, former Republican U.S. Senate candidate John Brunner says he’s interested in the race, just days after former Missouri House Speaker Catherine Hanaway announced her candidacy for the GOP nomination. Republican Missouri Auditor Tom Schweich says he’s also interested in running. Their presumed opponent would be Democratic Attorney General Chris Koster.
In Kansas, Governor Sam Brownback is up for re-election this year. Paul Davis, the Kansas House Democratic Leader has already announced his campaign against Brownback. But this week the incumbent governor faced a challenge from within his own party. Wichita Republican businesswoman Jennifer Winn announced she’s running against Brownback in the August primary. And part of her push is to reform the state’s marijuana laws. But does Jennifer Winn have a chance to win?
The Amber Alerts would not stop Tuesday night. They lit up phones, electronic billboards, social media and interrupted radio and TV broadcasts throughout the Metro. But they weren’t enough to save the life of Hailey Owens, abducted just blocks from her home in Springfield, MO in a crime drama that played out over the course of just a few hours.
A developer has stepped forward to try and preserve Kemper Arena and turn it into a mecca for youth sports. Foutch Brothers LLC has announced a plan to buy the arena from the city and invest $21 million to transform Kemper into a youth sports complex and they envision 1,000 kids a day going to the West Bottoms facility. But how does this gel with the American Royal’s concept of tearing the facility down and replacing it with a smaller one better suited for agricultural events?
More disturbances involving teens on the Country Club Plaza this week. This time, the Police Chief saying, “Enough is enough.” And, “We’re toughening the department’s approach.” Why does this continue to be a story? Wasn’t it “enough is enough” the last time teens were causing trouble in Kansas City’s shopping hotspot?
Could a Kansas lawmaker have come up with a solution for unruly teens on the Plaza?
This week in Kansas, a Democratic lawmaker—not a Republican—introduces a bill that allow teachers, caregivers and parents to spank children hard enough to leave marks. Rep. Gail Finney from Wichita says she wants to allow up to 10 strikes of the hand that could leave redness and bruising.
Don’t start fashioning your paddles just yet, the bill late this week died in the House Corrections Committee. But how did this issue come up in the first place? Can anyone propose a bill in Kansas?
Garrett Haake, 41 Action News
Kevin Collison, Kansas City Star
Eric Wesson, The Call
Steve Kraske, KCUR/UMKC
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