New details are emerging this week on a surprise plan to jumpstart the bogged down debate over the future of KCI. The Mayor announced Kansas City engineering firm Burns & McDonnell has agreed to take on all the financial risk and will fund, design and build a new single terminal at the airport.
Also on this Friday, May 19 edition of Kansas City Week in Review at 7:30 pm with the rebroadcast Sunday at 11 a.m.:
Tuesday at 5 p.m. is the final deadline to request a mail-in ballot for the first vote in a proposal to expand the Kansas City streetcar line down to the Plaza and on to the UMKC campus. We answer your questions about the streetcar expansion effort.
Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens cancels lawmakers vacation plans and calls for a special session of the legislature starting Monday. In Kansas, the big question is if there will ever be an end to this Kansas legislative session. Will they still be meeting when you’re kids go back to school in August?
Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach was picked by President Trump to help lead a new Presidential Commission on Election Integrity, examining such issues as voter fraud. For some time, there have been rumors that Kobach will leave Kansas to join the Trump administration. He now says he has no plans to leave the state.
While education funding may be the big issue in Topeka, it was Missouri that was making the bigger headlines this week when it came to cash-strapped education. Did you see the headline? The University of Missouri is slashing 400 jobs. That after the state cuts 6.4 percent of its budget. But that’s not the whole picture. MU is facing a massive drop in enrollment. University officials just confirmed the smallest freshman class in nearly 20 years.
Before Missouri lawmakers wrapped up their business in Jefferson City late last week, they found a minute to squeeze in a bill blocking Kansas City from enacting any change to the minimum wage law. On the ballot in August is a proposal hiking the minimum wage in the city to $10 an hour with incremental increases to reach $15 an hour in five years.
This weekend, Kansas City Police Chief Darryl Forte officially hands in his badge. Two months after announcing his retirement, the last day is here. Now the quest is on to find his replacement. This week, the public has been getting a chance to weigh in at hearings hosted by the Board of Police Commissioners.
Last week, we did a Week in Review special on hate crimes in our metro. This week, Blue Springs is now feeling the sting of hate in a string of incidents. First, the windows of a black-owned barbershop in town were spray painted with racial epithets. Now Blue Springs South High School is at the center of new allegations after a student found the N-word scrawled in capital letters across her assignment paper. The incident unleashed accusations of a less-than-accepting environment, where white students label places black students congregate as “Africa.”
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