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KC police body cameras
Kansas City police brass say they plan to equip hundreds of officers with body cameras as a new estimate puts initial costs at roughly $6 million.vThat price tag is expected to cover the initial startup costs, equipment upgrades, storage expenses, and the hiring of additional workers to manage the effort and to respond to open records requests for the video recordings. Glenn E. Rice and Matt Campbell report.
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More officers in problem neighborhoods
In an effort to combat a spike in homicides, gun violence and street crime, Kansas City police have deployed additional officers in four small geographic areas of the city, Glenn E. Rice reports.
Kansas school funding
The Kansas Supreme Court will allow the state’s new school funding law to go into effect while justices decide whether it is constitutional, eliminating the possibility that schools will run out of money at the end of June. The justices will hear oral arguments on the new law July 18. A decision could come soon after. Jonathan Shorman and Bryan Lowry report.
Editorial: Missouri abortion bill
Legislation the Missouri General Assembly is debating this week would give the state attorney general new authority to pursue abortion cases. Our editorial board asks: Are you ready for the return of anti-abortion crusader Phill Kline?
Mayor pushes new airport, streetcar expansion
Kansas City Mayor Sly James made a strong pitch Monday for a new airport terminal and streetcar expansion. That’s part of his vision for the last two years of his mayoral term, although he also said he’ll focus on a “people” agenda, pushing progress for youth, education and the East Side, Lynn Horsley reports.