The city of Westwood has acquired the now-closed Westwood Christian Church at 5050 Rainbow Blvd. with an eye toward possibly using the property to expand the adjacent city park and/or school grounds. But the city doesn’t yet know how it will pay the $425,000 bill.
The city of Merriam became the first Midwest city to adopt a modern, more active accessibility icon. The current symbol has been in use since the late 1960s and the national Accessible Icon Project wants to update the image of those who use wheelchairs.
Aug. 5 primary pits Prairie Village Mayor Ron Shaffer; former Mission Mayor Laura McConwell; insurance company executives Vincent Alex DiCarlo and Mark Nauser, and former state legal services worker Rachel Sciolaro, who has been active in the Republican party.
On the second day of a two-day series, The Star looks at Overland Park-based Sprint Corp.’s possible merger with T-Mobile US Inc. The deal could mean throwing the Sprint brand under the bus and putting T-Mobile’s flamboyant top executive, John Legere, in charge. Day one: After years of blocked ambitions and dropped subscribers, the top brass at Sprint plot a dicey merger with T-Mobile while its network czars take aim at leapfrogging the competition.
Finn Bullers of Prairie Village is working with the Accessible Icon Project to change the 45-year-old upright stick figure to something more forward-leaning, lifelike and life-affirming. Merriam could be the first Midwest city to adopt the new disability sign. New York City is making the change.
HB 2578 went into effect Tuesday. Prairie Village and Lenexa repealed their bans on open carry in the past month while Overland Park, Merriam and Roeland Park repealed bans more than a year ago. Leawood and the consolidated government of Wyandotte County and Kansas City, Kan., will remove their bans now that the state law is effective. Some cities, like Shawnee and Olathe, had no gun restrictions on the books.
For the third time, the Roeland Park City Council this week pushed back a vote on whether the city should become the second in Kansas to ban discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.
Fire departments nationwide, including in both Kansas Cities, are struggling to attract minority and female job candidates. Part of the problem is that central-city children seldom see fire personnel who look like them. Developing diversity is a long-term project in Madison, Wis., a leader in recruiting minorities and women.