Without books, low-income children get out of the habit of reading during the summer and struggle when school resumes. Thats why the effort this week to distribute 10,000 books to elementary children in Kansas City Public Schools is so critical.
A study found that poverty in the suburbs is growing more than twice as fast as in Americas urban cores, and Kansas City is no exception.
Veto-proof Republican majorities in Missouris House and Senate reduce the chances that Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon can reverse the damage done in the last legislative session. Still, hope springs eternal. So here is our Fantasy Veto Session for Missouri.
Watching over at-risk children has to be a states top priority. It must be done transparently. Darkness and secrecy are exactly the conditions that allow child abuse to thrive.
The recent death of a young woman who fell from a party bus is a vivid reminder for the public, other party bus operators and government officials that strict rules exist for good reasons.
Moore, Okla., rebuilt after a devastating 1999 tornado and will be challenged to do so again. Thats the essential spirit that has brought Joplin, Mo., Greensburg, Kan., and other cities back from the rubble.
Many school districts have spent the last two years designing curricula around the Common Core standards, and state assessment tests have been overhauled to reflect what students will be learning. To overturn the efforts now would require millions of dollars to draw up new standards and design new curricula and tests.
Raytown officials are scheduled Tuesday night to decide whether residents will get to keep a large, city-owned green space intact for now or get a Wal-Mart Neighborhood Market in the space. The fate of downtown redevelopment hangs in the balance at the Board of Aldermen meeting.
After excessive crowds and a brawl marred a free admission weekend event in April, the Kansas City Zoo will let Jackson and Clay county residents in for free on Tuesday, June 25, a switch from plans to do that on Saturday, June 29.
Because India and China share a border, the whole planet holds its breath if they are at each others throats, as they were again earlier this month in a border dispute in the remote Ladakh region of the rugged Himalayas, where the exact location of the boundary between the two powers has never been clear.
Kansas City is using facts to more efficiently spend hundreds of millions in tax revenues to deliver better basic services to local residents. Citizen satisfaction reports and a new study show some progress has been made. But much more is needed.
Missouris 2013 session was good for gun owners and wealthy individuals who would benefit from income tax cuts. For most everybody else, the session was a bust. Missouri deserves better than what it gets from this legislature.
Law enforcement needs tools to pursue criminal investigations, but lawmakers must weigh that against privacy, personal digital security and business needs. Americans should be able to chat online and store their data in the cloud without worrying that Uncle Sam or someone worse is peeking.
The Midwest Center for Holocaust Educations White Rose annual essay contest tries to educate coming generations about the Nazi-led genocide of European Jews in World War II in the hopes that nothing like that will happen ever again.
Kansas law makes it possible for law enforcement to tightly seal records about criminal cases. But this same kind of information is routinely available to the public in most other states, including Missouri.
Its infuriating that Jackson County officials are asking 18,000 homeowners to stand by while the county takes part in a do-over for a reassessment process it had two years to get right in the first place.
Here is news for President Obama: No leak is as dangerous to the American public as his administrations attempt to compromise a newsgathering organization. He should apologize to The Associated Press and make sure such an intrusion doesnt happen again on his watch.
For the IRS to single out groups of any political stripe is disastrous for public trust. The IRS must be independent of politics. Employees at any level who dont understand that should be fired.
Johnson County Community College trustees have made a wise decision to promote Joseph Sopcich to become the colleges new president. He would have been difficult to pass over. Since arriving at the college in 1992, he has achieved impressive successes in several executive positions.
City officials logically have long contended that residents might save millions of dollars a year if some police functions were finally consolidated with similar ones at City Hall, basically eliminating employee positions along the way.
The new-look Penn Valley Park fresh off a $10 million transformation using mostly public funds is a better and more popular amenity than it has been in years.
Lawmakers in Missouri and Kansas have stacked the decks against vulnerable citizens in starkly cruel fashion. Missouri pitted impoverished senior citizens against disabled children and the blind. Kansas staked the disabled against the disabled. A pox on both their houses.
Schools are an abused or neglected childs first and sometimes last line of defense. Teachers know when a student is hungry, or shows signs of abuse, or when they vanish without explanation. They are mandatory reporters of abuse and neglect, and that duty should extend to notifying authorities when a child cant be found.
In reality, it would allow far more efficient collection of taxes already owed to states and others. Right now, many Internet customers are simply scofflaws, not paying their fair share of taxes.
Victims need to know that reporting assaults wont derail careers, that abusers will be punished by prison and ouster from the military, and that arcane rules will be amended to prevent commanders from tossing aside military jury convictions.
The governors tax increase would at least save Kansas from falling faster. Lawmakers should pass it, and close some tax loopholes as well. Then they should begin a soul-searching process aimed at steering back to a fiscal policy that the states traditional values, like good schools and services.
Veterans need the benefits to pay bills and get the medical help they deserve for serving the nation.
In a decade, life expectancy in Afghanistan lengthened by 20 years, rising from 42 in 2002 to 62 in 2010. Deaths of newborns fell dramatically, as have maternal deaths.
The area economy can expect to gain an additional two jobs for each one that Ford adds because of benefits to area supplier companies and demand created from workers spending now that they have better-paying manufacturing jobs.
Despite the widespread popularity of the current three-terminal design, Aviation Department officials have brought forth some responsible reasons for at least pursuing the single terminal.