THIS WEEK: Friday, August 23, 2013 @ 7:30 PM
(Rebroadcast Sunday @ 11 am)
FATE OF KCMO SCHOOLS: The test scores are finally in, and the KCMO School District more than doubled their MAP scores over last year, placing the district well above the 50 percent needed to achieve provisional accreditation. But will it be enough to prevent a state takeover under a new law that goes into effect next week?
BROWNBACK MAKES HIS PICK: Kansas Governor Sam Brownback is accused this week of packing the state courts with his political allies as he picks his own advisor to the Court of Appeals. Brownback selects his chief legal counsel Caleb Stegall under a recently passed state law that allows the governor to unilaterally decide appellate judges, with Senate confirmation.
DEMOCRATS PLOT IN KANSAS: Leading Democrats met Saturday at the Kansas Democratic Party’s annual DemoFest conference in Topeka. At the top of their agenda is trying to unseat Governor Brownback. The election is just over a year away, but will anyone be willing to take on the sitting Governor? A number of high profile Democrats have declined to run for the seat. House Democratic leader Paul Davis has just filed the campaign exploratory paperwork for a possible run. But, does he have enough name recognition and gravitas to be competitive?
KANSAS & MISSOURI UNPREPARED FOR OBAMACARE: In less than 6 weeks you will be expected to enroll in health insurance exchanges in Kansas and Missouri as part of the Affordable Care Act. But chances are really high you are totally clueless about what you are supposed to be doing. So are most officials in our bi-state area. According to a New York Times article, “looking for the new health insurance marketplace in Missouri is like searching for a unicorn.”
If you’re confused…join KCPT for a special health event on Tuesday, September 10th at 6pm @ the Kauffman Foundation. If you’ve got questions, we’re bringing together the people who have the answers. RSVP now for ENROLLMENT DAY: A KCPT Health Care Event.
KANSAS “WORST SCENERY” IN NATION? The United States prides itself on being a union of Independent states, each with their own unique reputations and personalities. The national business news site “Business Insider” polled Americans to see how they felt about other states, and while finding that California is Americans favorite state, Texas their least. They rated Kansas as having the “worst scenery” in the nation. Hurtful? Click here for the full survey.
THIS WEEK’S NEWS REVIEWERS:
KCPT Special Correspondent
Kansas City Star