In the last year, two iconic Kansas City brand names were acquired by foreign companies. Sprint is now majority owned by Japanese cell phone company Softbank. And AMC is now owned by a Chinese entertainment conglomerate.
But is your favorite Kansas City beer company going global, too?
This week, Boulevard announced its intent to sell the company to a Belgian brewer after almost a quarter of a century in Kansas City.
This is a company that is synonymous with being “local.” Why would its founder John McDonald want to make this move and what does it mean for your favorite brew?
Also on this week’s Kansas City Week in Review with Nick Haines Friday, October 18th 2013 at 7:30 pm and on the rebroadcast Sunday @ 11 am…
A two year old case in which a high school football star was accused of raping a 14 year old girl only to have the charges dropped resurfaces this week in a massive way, thanks to an expose story in the Kansas City Star that quickly goes global.
Now there are calls for the case to be reopened. Missouri Lt. Governor Peter Kinder (R) claims the state’s entire reputation for impartial justice is being tainted and blasts Attorney General Chris Koster (D) for refusing to intervene in the case.
But is the story of Maryville now less about sexual assault in a small Missouri town and more about politics?
Roberts draws “Tea Party” challenger…
The senior U-S Senator from Kansas, Pat Roberts (R) is drawing a challenger from his own party. Tea party favorite Milton Wolf makes it official. The 42 year old radiologist from Leawood and a cousin to President Obama announces before 300 supporters at an event in Overland Park that he will challenge Roberts for the GOP nomination next year.
“No one should be in Congress for four decades,” he argues. Wolf has appeared on a number of Fox News programs, been mentioned on Rush Limbaugh’s radio show and writes a conservative political column. Does he pose a threat to Roberts? Or even stand a chance?
Political leadership dissension in Johnson County…
More than a year before election day, the head of Johnson County government Ed Eilert finds himself with a challenger. Commissioner, Ed Peterson, a former Mayor of Fairway says he’s discontented with how things are going in the fast growing county and what he calls its “stand pat approach” under Ed Eilert. What’s the big issue?
KCMO Mayor wants more power
In Kansas City, MO this week, Mayor Sly James was mourning the loss of his eldest son. Eric James died in Springfield after a protracted illness. He was believed to have been in his early 40’s. The Mayor has three other children.
While James was not at Thursday’s main council session, earlier in the week he appeared before a special charter review panel to argue in favor of more mayoral power. He wants the authority to hire and fire the city manager. While he said he has a great relationship with current city manager Troy Schulte, he contends “getting things done takes too long.”
New life for Bannister Mall…
Kansas City’s largest private employer is green-lighted by the Kansas City, MO City Council to move forward with plans to build a 4.5 million square foot campus on the site of the former Bannister Mall in south Kansas City.
The fast growing health care technology company expects to create 15.000 jobs at what’s called the Three Trails Crossing development. The project though is getting $1.63 billion in state and local tax incentives to make it happen. It’s a massive amount. What is the city getting in return?
Is Google turning it’s back on businesses in Kansas City?
While bringing Google fiber to town has been touted as a boom to economic development, the Star’s development reporter Kevin Collison has a cautionary tale of how one intrepid entrepreneur came close to losing his shirt after investing in a river market building with designs on attracting other start-ups.
Joe Barnhill, who created the Spark Center says while Google is hooking up homes and apartments all around him, they would not hook up his facility. He says he was told by Google officials, “they’re not in the business of hooking up businesses.” It’s for home use only. We take a closer look at the story and the reaction.
This week’s news reviewers…
Kevin Collison, KC Star Development reporter
Steve Kraske, KCUR/UMKC
Mary Sanchez, KC Star syndicated columnist
Dave Helling, Kansas City Star