Kansas City police and the Clay County sheriff’s office responded to a threat at Oak Park High School on Monday, but no explosives or suspicious devices were found. The school was evacuated, and parents picked up their students at Staley High.
House Bill 2044 would expand Medicaid in Kansas to roughly 150,000 people. But Gov. Sam Brownback has strongly opposed the expansion effort and may veto the bill if the Senate gives it final approval in a vote expected Tuesday.
Kansas City voters could decide next month to lower marijuana possession fines to $25 from $500 and eliminate jail time, but city officials warn the move could hit low-income defendants with unintended consequences. Nearly 70 percent of those charged in city court were black, according to a Star analysis of court data.
Cynthia Lane, the superintendent of the Kansas City, Kan., school district, testified to a House panel Monday that she opposes House Bill 2410. The bill would boost funding by more than $75 million and add more than $4 million in state aid to the KCK school district.
Kansas City’s infrastructure bond proposal on the April 4 ballot appears to have sufficient voter support, according to a recent poll, although the survey question didn’t specifically mention the property tax increase. The survey also showed support for a ballot measure to relax marijuana penalties.
The Kansas City streetcar announced Monday afternoon it had suspended service temporarily, after a water main dating from 1886 broke at 16th and Baltimore streets. The streetcar started running again about 7:30 p.m. Monday evening.
Funeral services for historian and former newspaper columnist Joelouis Mattox will be held Thursday at Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Kansas City. Mattox was found dead last week inside his home in south Kansas City. The cause of death has not been released, but friends and neighbors said Mattox had been ill for some time.
In a random act of kindness, Donald Carter of Kansas City raised money for Popeyes employee Shajuana Mays to go to nursing school. With the help of his Facebook friends and a GoFundMe effort, he raised more than $5,000 since Friday night.
Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens has largely dodged questions during his first months in office and has instead used Facebook to spread his message and curate his image. Republican strategists applaud Greitens’ political savvy in his use of social media, but other Capitol observers say his reluctance to answer questions raises transparency concerns.
A mother of three in England has been sentenced to eight weeks in jail after a judge told her that she “must learn that you should behave as a reasonable and responsible adult and not make life for your neighbors the misery that you have.”