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Kansas City Mayor Sly James announced Tuesday that the city has put the new Kansas City International Airport project up for competition, Joe Robertson and Steve Vockrodt report. The city issued a request for qualifications and proposals for firms interested in designing, building and privately financing a new terminal after originally pursuing an exclusive deal with Burns & McDonnell.
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Editorial: Competition is right direction for KCI
The Star’s editorial board writes that the city’s decision to open the KCI project to competition should engender confidence in Kansas Citians that the final airport agreement will be cost-effective and competitive.
Johnson County heritage center
The Johnson County Arts & Heritage Center is set to open, Roxie Hammill reports. Replacing the former ice rink and bowling alley will be an open lobby, state-of-the-art space for local theater and a redesigned museum telling the story of Johnson County’s early days.
Trail homicide victim
Chase Hardin, found killed near the Trolley Track Trail Monday, had hopes for a new start, Glenn Rice reports. The 31-year-old aspired to reopen his tow-truck business and wanted to join the local race-car circuit.
Kansas school finance formula
The Kansas Senate agreed to a new school finance formula Tuesday, Hunter Woodall reports. “We feel like we’ve satisfied the adequacy and the equity portion,” Senate Majority Leader Jim Denning, an Overland Park Republican, said before debate. Senate Minority Leader Anthony Hensley, a Topeka Democrat, disagreed. “My prediction is that we will end up being back here in July if we pass a plan that is this inadequate.”