There’s a lot of whaling and gnashing of teeth over why the KCMO City Council just approved a $12 million no-bid contract to a Chicago company to improve customer service in the water department. The story comes at the same time there’s controversy over how the city decided to award the construction contract to build the new Kansas City streetcar line, with aggrieved parties questioning whether the process was fair.
New Downtown Hotel
For the first time in more than 25 years, downtown Kansas City is getting a brand new built-from-scratch hotel. And remarkably, all without tax breaks. A Tennessee based developer plans to break ground early next year on the 257-room hotel in the Crossroads Arts District.
Sprint Cutting 800 Jobs
It’s the largest workforce reduction since Japanese cellphone provider, Softbank acquired a controlling stake in the Overland Park based company last month.
50 years since “March on Washington”: As part of a new KCPT high school reporting partnership with Paseo Academy in the Kansas City, MO School District, we invited students to reflect on the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr’s “I Have a Dream” speech. This is a joint project of the PBS Student Reporting Labs.
Can one Congressman kill the $1.2 billion plan for a new single terminal at KCI airport? A front page story in the Kansas City Star this week reports that Kansas City area Republican Congressman Sam Graves is a major obstacle. Graves holds a seat on the aviation subcommittee in the House and could use his influence to cause bureaucratic delays that could stretch out the approval process for years. But can this plan move forward with Congressman Graves support?
Texas Governor Sparks Uproar
Why is Missouri Governor Jay Nixon running radio ads blasting Rick Perry this week? Could it be because the Texas Governor is appearing in TV commercials all across the state trying to lure Missouri businesses to set up shop in Texas? Governor Perry also appeared before the Missouri Chamber of Commerce trying to convince Missouri lawmakers to override Nixon’s income tax veto.