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Deputy chief explains cost, rollout schedule for KC police body cameras

Kansas City Police Department Deputy Chief Bob Kuehl explains the cost and the roll out schedule for the department's use of body cameras.
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Kansas City Police Department Deputy Chief Bob Kuehl explains the cost and the roll out schedule for the department's use of body cameras.

Welcome to The Kansas City Star’s Morning Rush, where we get you ready for the day ahead.

Here’s what you need to know:

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.

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.

Last year, 477 people suffered nonfatal gunshot injuries in Kansas City, a shocking increase from previous years. A Kansas City Star analysis shows where in the city each victim was shot and in what month.

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?

The Star’s editorial board members chatted with Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley about the opioid crisis and new abortion legislation during a Facebook Live show in June.

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.

During a "fireside chat" with Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Joe Reardon, Mayor James says it's imperative that the streetcar expand to the south and north.

Michelle Smith: 816-234-4356, @michellesmithkc

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