AMC announced it was shutting down all of its theaters for the day Tuesday and the mecca of the Kansas City shopping world, Oak Park Mall closed its doors too. With Kansas City Mayor Sly James encouraging as many people to stay home as possible, some business owners complained he was overstepping his powers and making it harder for them to staff their workplaces. (Photo Credit: Reuters)
A year ago this month, a gas explosion tore apart JJ’s restaurant on the Country Club Plaza. Server Megan Cramer was killed in the blast that was felt almost a mile away. More than a dozen others were hurt in the explosion. This week, the long-awaited investigation report into what happened is finally released by the Missouri Public Service Commission. What did we learn?
He resigned last month totally unexpectedly and since then, there have been questions of an FBI probe into the former Mayor of Grandview, Steve Dennis, and a nonprofit he created. This week, 41 Action News catalogs thousands of dollars of questionable purchases, including dozens of phantom lunches with top local elected leaders.
Union Station marks its 100th anniversary this year. It’s celebrating by bringing to Kansas City its biggest exhibit ever. Get ready for Tutankhamun. Kansas City is the first stop on a new North American exhibition tour that will feature more than a thousand artifacts from the world of King Tut. The Discovery of King Tut exhibit opens April 4th and runs through September 7th.
Why was the nation’s health secretary Kathleen Sebelius in town this week? And why was she appearing at a press conference with Kansas City Mayor Sly James?
Could voters in Kansas City be deciding light rail and streetcar expansion this year? The Missouri Supreme Court this week declared that maverick transit activist Clay Chastain’s light rail initiative that was blocked by the city from appearing on the ballot back in 2011 is “constitutional.” The state’s high court found that a Jackson County District Court erred when it found that Chastain’s light-rail plan violated the Missouri Constitution. So what happens now?
Over the weekend, the nation was transfixed by the Super Bowl. Believe it or not, Kansas City gets the best TV ratings of any city in the country for the mega sporting event. And Chiefs owner Clark Hunt, celebrating the success of the first open air stadium event, tells the Wall Street Journal it’s time to give Kansas City a shot to host a super bowl. Wishful thinking? Or is that now a possibility?
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