kansas city http://kbia.org en Two companies moving from Kansas to Missouri http://kbia.org/post/two-companies-moving-kansas-missouri <p>Missouri has apparently won another round in the continuing border war with Kansas that involves using tax incentives to entice businesses to move across the state line that runs through the Kansas City metropolitan area.</p><p>Leawood, Kansas-based Cbiz Inc. and Mayer Hoffman McCann PC have announced plans to move their headquarters and 450 employees to Kansas City, Missouri's Country Club Plaza next summer.</p> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 20:53:10 +0000 Associated Press 56613 at http://kbia.org President Obama to visit Kansas City next week http://kbia.org/post/president-obama-visit-kansas-city-next-week <p>The White House has announced President Barack Obama will be in Missouri next week to deliver a speech on the economy. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 13:27:37 +0000 Associated Press 56583 at http://kbia.org President Obama to visit Kansas City next week Tale Of Two Billboards: An Ozark Town's Struggle To Unseat Hate http://kbia.org/post/tale-two-billboards-ozark-towns-struggle-unseat-hate <em>Second in a two-part report.</em><p>The Ozark region, covering most of southern Missouri and northern Arkansas, has long been a haven for white supremacists. The area is home to the neo-Nazi accused of killing three people at Jewish centers near Kansas City, Kan., in April.<p>The region continues to grapple with a culture that has historically turned a blind eye to bigotry. That fight is particularly concentrated in Harrison, Ark.<p>Most residents seem to love their quiet little town. Mon, 12 May 2014 21:57:00 +0000 Frank Morris 52831 at http://kbia.org Tale Of Two Billboards: An Ozark Town's Struggle To Unseat Hate Missouri mayor resigns after ant-Semitic remarks http://kbia.org/post/missouri-mayor-resigns-after-ant-semitic-remarks <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 11px; line-height: 15px;">The mayor of the Missouri community of Marionville has resigned over anti-Semitic remarks he made in support of a white supremacist accused of killing three people at Jewish community sites in Kansas.</p><p> Tue, 22 Apr 2014 13:48:34 +0000 Associated Press 51739 at http://kbia.org Kansas City gunman at Jewish center has history with hate groups http://kbia.org/post/kansas-city-gunman-jewish-center-has-history-hate-groups <p>On Sunday, Frazier Glenn Miller was arrested in connection with the shooting deaths of three people at two Jewish Centers in Kansas City. Here's a look at some of his background, with connections in Missouri and North Carolina.&nbsp;</p><p>This story was first published on <a href="http://wilmingtonfavs.com/2014/04/14/10-responses-jewish-center-shooters-ties-nc-hate-groups/">Wilmington Faith &amp; Values</a>, an affiliate of our media partner, Columbia Faith &amp; Values.</p><p></p> Mon, 14 Apr 2014 14:25:28 +0000 Amanda Greene 51288 at http://kbia.org Missouri House Passes 'Border War Cease-Fire' Bill http://kbia.org/post/missouri-house-passes-border-war-cease-fire-bill <span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Missouri House has passed legislation aimed at declaring a "cease-fire" in the so-called economic "border war" between Missouri and Kansas.</span><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;"><a href="http://house.mo.gov/billsummary.aspx?bill=HB1646&year=2014&code=R">House Bill 1646</a> would ban Missouri from offering tax incentives to businesses in Douglas, Johnson, Miami and </span>Wyandotte<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> counties in Kansas, all within the greater Kansas City area. Wed, 05 Mar 2014 14:30:28 +0000 Marshall Griffin 49103 at http://kbia.org Missouri House Passes 'Border War Cease-Fire' Bill House approves bill proposing Missouri-Kansas business truce http://kbia.org/post/house-approves-bill-proposing-missouri-kansas-business-truce <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 11px; line-height: 15px;">A proposed truce in the Kansas City business battle between Missouri and Kansas has gained another endorsement in Missouri.</p><p> Tue, 04 Mar 2014 20:43:50 +0000 Associated Press 49057 at http://kbia.org House approves bill proposing Missouri-Kansas business truce Legislation for truce between Missouri and Kansas business passes Senate http://kbia.org/post/legislation-truce-between-missouri-and-kansas-business-passes-senate <p>Missouri&nbsp;senators have passed legislation proposing a truce with&nbsp;Kansas&nbsp;in the battle for&nbsp;businesses&nbsp;in the&nbsp;Kansas&nbsp;City area.</p><p> Fri, 28 Feb 2014 00:14:07 +0000 Associated Press 48870 at http://kbia.org Legislation for truce between Missouri and Kansas business passes Senate DESE Hears Pleas To Keep Public In Charge Of Public Schools http://kbia.org/post/dese-hears-pleas-keep-public-charge-public-schools <img class="wysiwyg-asset-image-wrapper inset" data-caption="Attorney William Douthit speaks during a public hearing on unaccredited schools on Feb. 5, 2014. " data-attribution="Credit Tim Lloyd / St. Thu, 06 Feb 2014 17:41:33 +0000 Dale Singer 47752 at http://kbia.org DESE Hears Pleas To Keep Public In Charge Of Public Schools Missouri Lawmakers Try To End 'Border War' Between Kansas And Missouri http://kbia.org/post/missouri-lawmakers-try-end-border-war-between-kansas-and-missouri <span style="line-height: 1.5;">Two bills that would each try to end the so-called "border war" among business interests in the Kansas City area were heard Wednesday by two Missouri legislative committees.</span><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;"><a href="http://www.house.mo.gov/billsummary.aspx?bill=HB1646">House Bill 1646</a> and <a href="http://www.senate.mo.gov/14info/BTS_Web/Bill.aspx?SessionType=R&BillID=27780121">Senate Bill 635</a> are identical bills. Thu, 06 Feb 2014 14:30:45 +0000 Marshall Griffin 47740 at http://kbia.org Missouri Lawmakers Try To End 'Border War' Between Kansas And Missouri KC business leader support KCI changes http://kbia.org/post/kc-business-leader-support-kci-changes <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Kansas City business leaders told an advisory group that Kansas City International Airport has become outdated and gives visitors a mediocre first impression.</span></p><p>Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce president Jim Heeter told the KCI Terminal Advisory Group on Tuesday that many chamber members want a more modern airport that will appeal to businesses.</p> Wed, 29 Jan 2014 20:52:56 +0000 Associated Press 47363 at http://kbia.org KC business leader support KCI changes Kansas City coalition releases plan for improving schools http://kbia.org/post/kansas-city-coalition-releases-plan-improving-schools <p></p><p>The Kansas City school district has released a school-improvement plan that was developed with a local coalition.</p><p>The plan's submission Tuesday to the State Board of Education comes one day after a consultant released a competing proposal. The consultant's plan calls for a state-run entity to recruit community groups and educators to operate schools in failing districts.</p><p>Unlike that proposal, the new plan calls for the unaccredited Kansas City districts to be designated as provisionally accredited. That would stop students from taking advantage of a state law to transfer to accredited schools. Instead, schools would be accredited individually. Tue, 14 Jan 2014 23:13:23 +0000 Associated Press 46669 at http://kbia.org Kansas City coalition releases plan for improving schools Missouri lawmakers to confront student transfer law http://kbia.org/post/missouri-lawmakers-confront-student-transfer-law <p>Missouri lawmakers are facing pressure to address a student transfer law and unaccredited school districts.</p><p>The law requires school districts without state accreditation to cover the costs for students who want to attend an accredited district within the same county or a bordering one. It makes no exceptions for those without room for new students.</p><p>Missouri now has three unaccredited districts. About 2,000 students have transferred from two districts in St. Louis County and transfers could start soon in Kansas City. Fri, 27 Dec 2013 17:24:51 +0000 Associated Press 45895 at http://kbia.org Missouri lawmakers to confront student transfer law St. Louis, Kansas City rank high in volunteerism http://kbia.org/post/st-louis-kansas-city-rank-high-volunteerism <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 11px; line-height: 15px;">A new report says the St. Louis and Kansas City areas are among nation's most generous metro regions when it comes to volunteering.</p><p> Tue, 17 Dec 2013 14:22:35 +0000 Associated Press 45396 at http://kbia.org St. Louis, Kansas City rank high in volunteerism Kansas City considers red-light camera law change http://kbia.org/post/kansas-city-considers-red-light-camera-law-change <p></p><p>The City Council in Kansas City is considering changes to the city's red-light camera law that will try to address concerns raised in a recent Missouri Court of Appeals ruling.</p><p>The City Council's Public Safety Committee endorsed the changes Monday. The Kansas City Star reports that if the council approves the proposed changes, the new law would take effect 10 days after that and red-light camera enforcement could resume. Tue, 26 Nov 2013 22:55:53 +0000 Associated Press 44408 at http://kbia.org Kansas City considers red-light camera law change Planned Parenthood announces CEO's retirement http://kbia.org/post/planned-parenthood-announces-ceos-retirement <p>Planned Parenthood of Kansas and Mid-Missouri announced the retirement of current president and CEO, Peter Brownlie, this week. Brownlie spent 15 years advocating for women's health care rights. He said he will retire from the organization in the Spring of 2014. Fri, 08 Nov 2013 16:32:02 +0000 Caitlyn Gallip 43470 at http://kbia.org Planned Parenthood announces CEO's retirement Kansas City Schools Remain Unaccredited http://kbia.org/post/kansas-city-schools-remain-unaccredited-0 Public schools in Kansas City, Missouri, will remain unaccredited.<p>The <a href="http://dese.mo.gov/stateboard/stateboard.html">State Board of Education</a> on Tuesday chose to take no action on a request by <a href="http://www.kcpublicschools.org/site/default.aspx?PageID=1">Kansas City Schools</a> Superintendent R. Tue, 22 Oct 2013 23:02:02 +0000 Marshall Griffin 42552 at http://kbia.org Kansas City Schools Remain Unaccredited Missouri man to be sentenced for al-Qaida support http://kbia.org/post/missouri-man-be-sentenced-al-qaida-support <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 11px; line-height: 15px;">A Kansas City businessman who pleaded guilty more than three years ago to providing financial support to al-Qaida is finally being sentenced in federal court.</p><p> Mon, 07 Oct 2013 13:20:58 +0000 Associated Press 41684 at http://kbia.org House Rep. LaFaver does not plan to contest drug charges http://kbia.org/post/house-rep-lafaver-does-not-plan-contest-drug-charges <p>A Missouri House member charged in August with possessing marijuana and drug paraphernalia says he doesn't plan to contest the allegations.</p><p>Democrat Jeremy LaFaver, of Kansas City, told the Columbia Daily Tribune&nbsp;<a href="http://bit.ly/1bcDlZM">in a statement</a> Wednesday he publicly admitted his guilt when he was arrested. He's scheduled to appear before a Boone County judge on Friday.</p> Wed, 25 Sep 2013 21:11:06 +0000 Associated Press 41101 at http://kbia.org House Rep. LaFaver does not plan to contest drug charges President Obama to visit Claycomo plant in Kansas City Friday http://kbia.org/post/president-obama-visit-claycomo-plant-kansas-city-friday <p></p><p>President Barack <font color="red">Obama</font> is pressing his case in America's heartland that Congress mustn't jeopardize fragile economic progress with threats of a government shutdown.</p><p><font color="red">Obama</font> was traveling to an auto plant near <font color="red">Kansas</font>&nbsp;<font color="red">City</font>, Mo., on Friday. He'll tour the plant and argue that the U.S. economy is primed to thrive, if only Congress will let it. Fri, 20 Sep 2013 13:30:06 +0000 Associated Press 40848 at http://kbia.org President Obama to visit Claycomo plant in Kansas City Friday Urban Crime Summit to feature law enforcement experts http://kbia.org/post/urban-crime-summit-feature-law-enforcement-experts <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 11px; line-height: 15px;">Police chiefs, mayors and prosecutors from Kansas City and St. Louis will join with law enforcement experts this month for a four-day Urban Crime Summit.</p><p> Tue, 03 Sep 2013 13:21:42 +0000 Associated Press 39852 at http://kbia.org Urban Crime Summit to feature law enforcement experts Reopened KC school to focus on preschoolers http://kbia.org/post/reopened-kc-school-focus-preschoolers <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 11px; line-height: 15px;">The Kansas City school district is reopening a closed school as part of an effort to ensure students are prepared for kindergarten.</p><p> Mon, 02 Sep 2013 12:46:14 +0000 Associated Press 39811 at http://kbia.org Reopened KC school to focus on preschoolers Kansas City gets federal grant for downtown streetcar project http://kbia.org/post/kansas-city-gets-federal-grant-downtown-streetcar-project <p>The U.S. Department of Transportation has awarded Kansas City a $20 million grant to help build its streetcar route through about two miles of downtown.</p><p>U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill said in a news release Friday announcing the grant that the streetcar project will "encourage housing, construction, and business development in the city." And she said that will mean for jobs for the region. Fri, 30 Aug 2013 20:47:55 +0000 Associated Press 39732 at http://kbia.org House Rep. LaFaver arrested for marijuana possession http://kbia.org/post/house-rep-lafaver-arrested-marijuana-possession <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>State Representative Jeremy LaFaver was arrested Sunday in Boone County for possession of a small amount of marijuana.</p><p> Mon, 26 Aug 2013 17:12:09 +0000 Scott Pham 39439 at http://kbia.org House Rep. LaFaver arrested for marijuana possession KCI officials mull terminal replacement http://kbia.org/post/kci-officials-mull-terminal-replacement <p>Opinions are divided about the potential $1.2 billion price for replacing the current three-terminal configuration at Kansas City International Airport with a single terminal.</p><p>The Kansas City Star&nbsp;<a href="http://bit.ly/153HgjG">reports</a> that critics say the price is too high and that many people like the current setup.</p><p>But Aviation director Mark VanLoh says that if the airport doesn't rebuild, it still needs an estimated $600 million in upgrades and renovations in the next few years. That includes $160 million in airfield and de-icer improvements.</p> Mon, 08 Jul 2013 12:29:36 +0000 Associated Press 36640 at http://kbia.org KCI officials mull terminal replacement Newscast for June 17, 2013 http://kbia.org/post/newscast-june-17-2013 <p>Regional news coverage from the KBIA newsroom, including:</p><ul><li>U.S. Rep. Jason Smith's first piece of legislation in Washington</li><li>Kansas City loses thousands of jobs over past decade</li><li>Gov. Nixon contemplates cash-advance bill</li></ul><p> Mon, 17 Jun 2013 22:17:51 +0000 Kristofor Husted 35623 at http://kbia.org Downtown Kansas City loses thousands of jobs over past decade http://kbia.org/post/downtown-kansas-city-loses-thousands-jobs-over-past-decade <p>The multi-billion dollar makeover of the greater downtown Kansas City area over the past decade was intended in part to draw businesses, but census figures show the area has lost nearly 20 percent of its private employees in that period.</p><p>Indeed, the Kansas City Star reports that U.S. Census data from 2001 to 2011 show that greater downtown lost more than 16,000 jobs.</p><p>That decade covers the period from shortly before the downtown redevelopment boom began to just after the major redevelopment projects, such as the Kansas City Power and Light District, were completed.</p> Mon, 17 Jun 2013 21:22:24 +0000 Associated Press 35618 at http://kbia.org Downtown Kansas City loses thousands of jobs over past decade Sheriff says missing Mo. mom, daughter in danger http://kbia.org/post/sheriff-says-missing-mo-mom-daughter-danger <p>A central Missouri woman who has been missing with her daughter for four days called her boyfriend from a suburban Kansas City motel but was gone when police arrived to check on her. Mon, 18 Mar 2013 22:12:57 +0000 Associated Press 30604 at http://kbia.org Angel Investment Tax Credit Measure Being Considered By Mo. Senate Committee http://kbia.org/post/angel-investment-tax-credit-measure-being-considered-mo-senate-committee <P>Supporters of creating a so-called “Angel Investment” tax credit in Missouri testified in favor of legislation Wednesday before a <A href="http://www.senate.mo.gov/">State Senate</A> committee.</P> <P><A href="http://www.senate.mo.gov/13info/bts_web/Bill.aspx?SessionType=R&#38;BillID=17050456">Senate Bill 91</A>&#160;would provide incentives to wealthy investors, dubbed “Angels,” who are looking for start-up opportunities, preferably in high-tech and Internet-based businesses.&#160; <A href="http://www.kcmayor.org/">Kansas City Mayor Sly James</A>&#160;was one of several witnesses hoping to persuade committee members to approve the bill. Thu, 28 Feb 2013 14:21:54 +0000 Marshall Griffin 29629 at http://kbia.org Angel Investment Tax Credit Measure Being Considered By Mo. Senate Committee Plaza Explosion Timeline Raises Questions http://kbia.org/post/plaza-explosion-timeline-raises-questions <p>The investigation into the blast and fire that rocked the Country Club Plaza and destroyed JJ’s Restaurant has entered a new phase.&nbsp;</p><p>“The people stage has basically concluded,” said Kansas City Mayor Sly James. “We are now moving into that part of the investigation about what caused the explosion.”</p><p>We know what caused the gas leak: a crew laying fiber-optic cable accidently pushed the cable into a two-inch gas main just before five o’clock Tuesday evening. A lot of attention will focus on what happened between then and 6:04, when JJ’s blew up.</p> Thu, 21 Feb 2013 15:54:34 +0000 Frank Morris 29248 at http://kbia.org Plaza Explosion Timeline Raises Questions