Kansas City Week in Review - January 24, 2014





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Published on Jan 24, 2014

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How many soccer fields does the Metro need? Lee's Summit pushes to build one of the best youth soccer complexes in the nation. Plus, Nixon in the limelight.

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon advocates for massive new spending on education and an expansion of Medicaid as he delivers his State of the State address this week.

"And each day we don't act, nearly 300,000 working Missourians go another day without the treatment they desperately need, for no other reason than they live in Branson instead of Bentonville, in Cape Girardeau instead of Cairo, in Maryville instead of Muscatine. And if you don't see these folks knocking on your doors or lighting up your phone lines, it's because they don't have time. They're working to pay the bills and make ends meet. We all know there are problems with Obamacare, and Washington's implementation of it has been abysmal. But rejecting Medicaid won't fix any of those things." Governor Jay Nixon.

Nick Haines dissects the Governor's speech on this edition of Kansas City Week in Review, Friday, January 24 at 7:30 pm and on our rebroadcast Sunday at 11 am on KCPT. Also this week...

Cerner officially launches Three Trails office campus on site of former Bannister Mall

The scale of the project is only now coming into view. The $4.3 billion office project would be bigger than the Sprint campus. In fact, it will be the biggest office development in Kansas City history.

Metro Development Round-Robin

We track some other big projects in the Kansas City area. From the future of the Metcalf South shopping center following the recent decision by Macy's to exit the Overland Park-based mall to the latest on the ongoing saga over the Mission Gateway project.

Lee's Summit Soccer Complex?

Another huge soccer complex is in the planning stages for the metro area. Developers want to create a $230 million sports complex and entertainment village on the northeast corner of I-470 and View High Drive. Lee's Summit officials want it to become a signature gateway for the western edge of the city.

Proposed is a soccer complex featuring fourteen fields surrounded by restaurants and retail. A Zona Rosa style development for Lee's Summit.

Reflecting on Martin Luther King Day in the Metro

Thousands of Kansas Citians join area tributes to the slain civil rights leader. According to The Call newspaper, this is the only city in the United States that celebrates Dr. King and his vast accomplishments for an entire week.

Congressman Emanuel Cleaver recovering from knee surgery sent a message to his constituents advocating a living wage on Martin Luther King Day. "We need to raise the minimum wage and tie it to inflation. I hear my colleagues telling folks to pull themselves up by their bootstraps, but what if you've got no boots?"

The King holiday fell this week as city hall reviewed new data on how Kansas City's teen curfew law is working. And City Councilman Jermaine Reed is alarmed at how 87 percent of the teens cited by police in the last reporting period were black.

Is it "unfair targeting" or is it, as a police spokesperson argued this week, just a function of who is choosing to violate the policy?

Unwilling to shake up KCMO government

After debating charter changes for the better part of a year, the Kansas City, Mo. City Council this week votes to reject dramatically altering the way government operates. The council torpedoes a citizen review panel's recommendations that would have granted the Mayor more power to fire the City Manager.

Council-members also reject a proposal to change the way they are elected. In fact, the only significant change now heading to the April ballot is a measure shifting the date for municipal elections to warmer months.

This week's news reviewers:

Kevin Collison, Kansas City Star

Eric Wesson, The Call

Barbara Shelley, Kansas City Star

Dave Helling, Kansas City Star


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