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Another bid for KCI job
AECOM, a major engineering firm based in Los Angeles, has asked the Kansas City Council to be considered for a new airport terminal deal, reports Kelsey Ryan, Steve Vockrodt and Lynn Horsley. The request comes just two weeks after The Star first reported an unsolicited proposal from Kansas City-based Burns & McDonnell. Under the proposal, Burns & McDonnell would privately finance a new $1 billion single-terminal Kansas City International Airport, asking in return for exclusivity on the deal.
The Kansas City Star’s editorial board says the competitive process for a new terminal at KCI is a no-brainer.
Allegations against Richard rekindled
Critics have questioned Missouri Senate President Ron Richard’s role in legislation that would benefit a company owned by Republican megadonor David Humphreys. As Jason Hancock reports, new details about Richard’s association with Paul Mouton, widely considered to be Humphreys’ eyes and ears in the Capitol, are rekindling the long-simmering accusations.
Another wild day in court
Tamika Pledger was found guilty Thursday of involuntary manslaughter and aggravated battery in Wyandotte County District Court for plowing into four teens and killing one with her speeding car. The jury verdict capped a tumultuous legal journey and a trial marked by dramatic outbursts, Matt Campbell reports.
Upset members of blind, deaf communities
A crowd gathered Thursday afternoon in Olathe to hear Kansas Education Commissioner Randy Watson explain why the assistant superintendent for the Kansas State School for the Deaf was passed over to become superintendent of that school and the Kansas State School for the Blind, Donald Bradley reports.
Holiday weekend kicks off summer fun
The Kansas City Jazz & Heritage Festival, running May 26-May 28, kicks off a summer of festivals, music and fun. We also detail five summer plays to put on your list and some classical concerts to check out.