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Governor Sam Brownback ordered an end to the Kansas Arts Commission. The feds and Jackson County teamed up against street gangs. And Crown Center announced plans for a $15 million aquarium. KCUR's Steve Bell reviews those and other top stories of the week on the KCUR Saturday News Review.
 
Governor Sam Brownback ordered an end to the Kansas Arts Commission. The feds and Jackson County teamed up against street gangs. And Crown Center announced plans for a $15 million aquarium. KCUR's Steve Bell reviews those and other top stories of the week on the KCUR Saturday News Review.
 
Kansas City got a new council district map. KU got a new head football coach. And a small area town was in the national spotlight as the site of a speech by President Obama. Steve Bell revisits those and other top stories of the week on KCUR's Saturday News Review.
 
Two new Kansas City schools proposals emerged before the Missouri board of education meeting Friday. One would have mayor Sly James take over the district and run the schools.
 
After months of anticipation, the Missouri Board of Education turns its sights today on loss of accreditation of Kansas City Schools. It expects a report from the Education Commissioner, who has, in hand, a stunning set of recommendations from the Kansas City Mayor. That and more news from KCUR.
 
A forum of educators, politicians and parents drawn together by Kansas City's mayor to prevent a state takeover of the city's schools recommends that the mayor's office take them over.
 
The Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph has hired a director for a new child protection department. Carrie Cooper's duties will include investigating and reporting to authorities any allegations of inappropriate behavior or sexual misconduct. That and more news from KCUR.
 
The juvenile justice system in Kansas could be headed for an overhaul. Currently, the Juvenile Justice Authority handles youth incarceration and rehabilitation programs. But a proposal from the governor's office would move some of those duties into another agency. That and more news from KCUR.
 
Besieged by criticism over the handling of child pornography reports, the Kansas City-St. Joseph Diocese of the Catholic Church appointed a director for a new department of child and youth protection.
 
A group of local black civic leaders supports a state takeover of the Kansas City, Missouri school district. The Urban Summit has sent a letter to Missouri education commissioner Chris Nicastro proposing the takeover - and the names of four of the five persons it would have on the state-appointed board.…
 
Kansas City's Union Station will bring back the traveling Titanic exhibit this spring. That and more news.
 
Businesses are beginning to reopen in the tornado-ravaged southeast Kansas town of Reading.
 
Kansas Governor Sam Brownback today apologized for his office's response to a Fairway teen's Tweet about the governor's appearance at Shawnee Mission East last week. Emma Sullivan said she was just joking when she made the post that said the governor "sucked in person" and "blows a lot."
 
Boeing talked about pulling out of Kansas. A controversial Kansas City civic leader died before her day in court. And a judicial commission said the city was rude in investigating where a municipal judge lives. KCUR's Steve Bell looks back on those and other top stories on the KCUR Saturday News Review.…
 
There are some modifications in airport security to know about if you're travelling this holiday season. Children under 12 won't have to take off their shoes going through security anymore. That and more news from KCUR.
 
Kansas City Police homicide detectives are sorting through a web of "who killed whom's" stemming from three violent deaths in the hours around midnight. It began with a burglary report on a house near 66th and Bellefontaine.
 
Investigators have closed the command post they had been using while searching for baby Lisa Irwin. That and more news from KCUR.
 
AP reports say the Kansas City Chiefs have claimed former Denver Broncos quarterback Kyle Orton off wavers. Orton is less than enthusiastic about joining the Chiefs.
 
Ousted Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences president Karen Pletz was found dead in her condo in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida this morning. Pletz, 64, was facing trial in March on 24 criminal counts alleging misappropriation of funds from the osteopathic university.
 
The Chiefs have put starting quarterback Matt Cassel on the injured reserve list, ending his eligibility for the rest of the season.
 
Honeywell workers have agreed to go back to work .
 
Kansas City, Missouri agreed to a $15 million lawsuit settlement. Missouri's football coach drew big penalties for a DWI ticket. And the area's Catholic bishop avoided the possible penalty of jail time. KCUR's Steve Bell reviews those and other top stories of the week on the KCUR Saturday News Review.…
 
University of Missouri head football coach Gary Pinkel has entered a plea of guilty to a DWI charge and received a 30-day suspended sentence.
 
Police are searching for a man who reportedly tried to kidnap a girl walking home from a bus stop.
 
Kansas officials are still trying to put new licensing procedures for abortion providers into effect - despite court orders blocking them.
 
For the next five years, the Catholic Bishop of Kansas City and St. Joseph will submit to questioning by Clay County's Prosecutor every 30 days about sex abuse by clergy who work for the church leader. That and more news from KCUR.
 
A city council committee has endorsed a $15 million settlement in lawsuits over the stalled Citadel Plaza development of south Prospect. Under the agreement the city would then own most of the land.
 
Missouri's Education Commissioner has yet to determine whether the state should take over Kansas City's soon-to-be unaccredited school district, the unusual rate of six Kansas City homicides within 24 hours this weekend has prompted an addition to police chief Daryl Forte's anti-violence campaign...
 
The Bishop of the Kansas City- St. Joseph Diocese avoided criminal prosecution today as he agreed to face monthly questioning of a prosecutor for five years.
 
Kansas City deployed extra police officers over the weekend, in response to a slew of homicides late Friday and Saturday. A series of town hall meetings aimed at finding ways to reduce childhood poverty in Kansas kicks off in Kansas City, Kansas today...
 
Chiefs' Quarterback Matt Cassell may be out for the rest of the season. Coach Todd Haley says today that Cassell's throwing hand was hut worse than thought in Sunday's game,
 
Shredded abortion records led to dropped charges and an investigation. And as some Kansas Citians felt the shock of Oklahoma earthquakes, a shakeup finally came to the Big 12. Steve Bell revisits those and other top stories of the week on KCUR's Saturday News Review.
 
Yesterday's re-interview of the half brothers of missing baby Lisa Irwin yielded no new clues, according to the family lawyer. The child went missing October 4th from her parents Northland home.
 
The grain elevator explosion that killed six men in Atchison two weeks ago appears to have been an accident. A Kansas City Kansas police officer is suing his department. The only major Republican contender in the Missouri Lt. Governor's race has dropped out...
 
The Kansas City School District has launched a fast search for administrators to replace three top executives who quit amid furor over possible state takeover. Some school board member blame the state education department.
 
A Johnson County judge dismissed 49 of 107 charges, all felonies, filed by then District Attorney Phill Kline against Planned Parenthood's Overland Park clinic. That and more news from KcUR.
 
At the request of Johnson County District Attorney Steve Howe, a judge has dismissed the most serious charges against the Overland Park Planned Parenthood clinic. Howe said there was no other choice after if was discovered that both the state Health Department and attorney general's office had destroyed abortion records former DA Phill Kline sa ...…
 
Missouri voters could be asked next year to raise the state's minimum wage to $8.25. This & other news from KCUR.
 
Jackson County will cut its budget for the sixth year in a row. Jackson County Executive Mike Sanders submitted a budget of 309 million dollars about 15 million dollars less than the year before.
 
It's official. The University of Missouri will no longer compete in Big 12 Conference athletics after this school year.
 
A new Kansas revenue forecast, released today, is improved, predicting the state will finish the fiscal year with 300 million dollars in the bank.
 
Two Kansas City sports teams were riding high. There was a move in Jefferson City to take over the Kansas City school district. And a grain dust explosion claimed six lives in Atchison. KCUR's Steve Bell looks back those and other top stories on the KCUR Saturday News Review.
 
Kansas City's city council cranked out a stack of measures to improve the community yesterday, but one of them has provoked some backlash. That and more news from KCUR.
 
New plans for the Kansas City, Missouri animal shelter move ahead. The city council has passed measures that define funding sources for the facility and give the city manager the go-ahead to sign a contract with non-profit Kansas City Pet Project to take over the shelter's operation.
 
Missouri's spent about $15 million so far this year to respond to natural disasters such as the deadly Joplin tornado and flooding along the Mississippi and Missouri rivers.
 
The Kansas Department of Transportation has reconsidered and will install cables in the medians of two deadly stretches of K-10 between Olathe and Lawrence.
 
While students in most states, including Kansas, showed improvement on a national test, Missouri students lost ground.
 
Kansas City School Board president Airick Leonard West says a proposal that surfaced today to eliminate the board isn't ready for prime time
 
Searchers yesterday recovered the bodies of three more people killed in Saturday's grain elevator blast in Atchison. Six people died in the explosion at the Bartlett Grain Company. T
 
The last three bodies have been removed from a still-smouldering Bartlett grain elevator in Atchison, Kansas - the scene this weekend of one of the most tragic grain elevator explosions in recent years.
 
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