Kansas City’s Police Athletic League helps youths with sports and more

Police Chief Darryl Forté recently highlighted several success stories from the Police Athletic League on his blog. “The impact PAL has had on the lives of urban-core children, many of whom live in poverty, cannot be overstated,” he wrote. “Some of these children have gone on to college with academic and athletic scholarships, attaining careers they never would have thought possible.”

Kansas City seeks voter approval for $500 million in water bonds

Kansas City is seeking voter approval to issue up to $500 million in revenue bonds, to continue modernizing the water system. Water officials say the money is needed over the next 10 years to make critical upgrades and repairs to aging and break-prone water mains and other water assets. The city could borrow the money at historically low interest rates, and the money would be paid back with already-scheduled water rate increases.

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The Raytown Area Chamber of Commerce announced Friday that it won’t be sponsoring a summer festival this year

Two run for Weatherby Lake alderman

Weatherby Lake, a 274-acre community on a private lake, differs from a lot of neighboring cities in that its sole tax base is residential. There is no business or commercial development here. Both Steve Clark and Jim Soendker, who face each other on the April 8 ballot for a seat as alderman representing the west side of the lake, are happy with this set-up.