Missouri’s Republican-dominated state legislature was dealt a stinging blow this week when lawmakers failed to override the Democratic governor’s vetoes on two emotionally charged measures: one for sweeping tax cuts, and another preventing the enforcement of federal gun laws in the state.
Also this week…
Hall Family Foundation pledges $75 million for Translational Medicine Institute Building
But the donation is contingent on Jackson County voters saying YES this fall to a medical research sales tax. How does the strings-attached gift influence the campaign for the November election?
Kansas City awarded $20 million in federal funds for Streetcar Line
Was Kansas City relying on this money to build the $100 million streetcar system? The city council this week finalizes its construction contractor bid for the project putting aside weeks of disagreement over the fairness of the process. Is it now full steam ahead?
Taking on Goliath
Last week, while we were asking you to become a member of KCPT, in a number of places around town, David was taking on Goliath…and David won. In Waldo, local residents fought off a bid to build a Walmart in their neighborhood. And in Prairie Village residents claimed a rare victory over plans by deep pocketed developers to build a large retirement facility on the site of a former middle school on Mission Road. Sometimes we get the impression that we as citizens have little sway in these big dollar and cents decisions. Do these two events on both sides of state line prove otherwise?
Two High Profile Sentences
We don’t talk much about crime on this program. But there were two high profile sentences handed down in our metro this week.
Nearly five years after the downtown Hereford House is torched to the ground, business leader Rod Anderson is sentenced to 15 years in prison for conspiring with two co-defendants to burn down the landmark restaurant for the insurance money. Anderson was a part-owner in the more than 50 year old eatery at 20th and Main.
In another closely watched case, a Roman Catholic priest from the Kansas City area who admitted taking pornographic photos of children in a story that captured national attention in 2011 is sentenced to 50 years in prison. Shawn Ratigan complained before a packed courtroom the sentence was too long. “Prison is hell,” he told the judge. “I know I deserve 15 years. But 50 years? Come on, I don’t think so.”
Were there broader implications to these two cases and the sentences handed down this week?
This week’s news reviewers
Bill Grady, KMBZ
Mary Sanchez, Kansas City Star
Stacey Cameron, KCTV5
Dave Helling, Kansas City Star
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