At the mayor’s urging, the Kansas City Council’s public safety committee endorsed a measure that would ban people from openly carrying firearms in the city limits. The full council will consider the measure on July 31. But its long-term prospects are uncertain because of the Missouri General Assembly.
Officials concede they are only halfway to meeting the goal they set for themselves two years ago to tear down 1,000 dangerous buildings. A funding shortage and opposition from neighborhood groups have hampered demolitions.
The university’s new policy prohibiting smoking and the use of all tobacco products on campus goes into effect Aug. 1. But there are no penalties for violators; “we are calling this a good citizen policy,” UMKC says.
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An ordinance with the proposed settlement has been introduced, and the City Council’s finance committee will formally consider it next week. But the council has already verbally authorized the settlement following a closed session discussion.
The 5,600-member organization chooses former Lawrence school board member Scott Morgan over Kris Kobach. The group says the Republican incumbent involves himself in too many things beyond the secretary of state’s traditional duties.
Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx outlined the long-expected proposals more than a year after a deadly derailment in Quebec focused government and public scrutiny on the rising volumes of crude oil shipped by train. As oil production in Canada and North Dakota has risen sharply, so have oil shipments by rail through hubs such as Kansas City.
Offering the first glimmer of hope for a Gaza cease-fire, the United States on Wednesday said negotiations to broker a truce between Israel and Hamas militants are making some progress even if an end to more than two weeks of bloodshed is nowhere near.
The Kansas City Fire Department is seeking voter approval Aug. 5 for a 20-year renewal of its quarter-cent fire safety sales tax. The tax doesn’t expire until Dec. 31, 2016, but fire officials say they need approval now to help with long-range planning. The money would be used to pay salaries for about 100 firefighters, plus some fleet upgrades.