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Voters deal blow to streetcar expansion
A ballot measure prohibiting Kansas City government from planning or implementing a fixed rail system without citywide approval narrowly passed Tuesday night. Lynn Horsley reports that voters south of the Missouri River would have allowed expansion to go forward, but Northland voter gave opposition the edge.
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Alleged cop killer captured
Ian McCarthy, who is accused of killing Gary Michael, a police officer in Clinton, Mo., has been captured. He was booked into Henry County jail early Wednesday morning.
Alex Gordon benched
Ned Yost has benched Alex Gordon, who has the second-worst on-base plus slugging percentage among all everday hitters in baseball, Sam Mellinger writes.
Jay Nixon’s failure
The Star’s editorial board writes that former Missouri governor Jay Nixon’s failure is that 70 percent of the governor-controlled seats on the state’s boards and comissions were either vacant or filled by holdovers with expired terms.
Raising minimum wage measure passes
Kansas City voters overwhelmingly approved a ballot measure Tuesday that called for raising the city’s minimum wage. However, the Missouri General Assembly has forbidden cities from raising their minimum wages, Diane Stafford writes.