Tue December 6, 2011
Top of the Morning News: Tuesday, December 6, 2011
- Mayor And School Board President: Let’s Talk
- The New Sound Of The KCPD
- Proposal Would Term Limit All Statewide Officeholders
- Kansas Lags in Covering Kids
Mayor And School Board President: Let’s Talk
Kansas City Mayor Sly James and School Board President Airick Leonard West committed to a series of community conversations over the next few months about the governance of the school district. Neither has endorsed the idea of a mayoral takeover of schools, but they say no idea is off the table. KCUR’s Sylvia Maria Gross has a complete report here.
The New Sound Of The KCPD
Inspired by low bass pumping stereo systems, the Rumbler is the newest addition to police sirens in Kansas City, Mo. It was created for urban environments and features two large bass speakers that can be heard and felt from inside cars and even buildings. The Rumbler, introduced in 2007, was designed to literally shake the streets. The KCPD is among the first departments in the country to use the $400 devices. Listen to the story here.
Proposal Would Term Limit All Statewide Officeholders
All statewide officeholders in Missouri would be limited to eight years in office, under legislation pre-filed in the State Senate. The Governor and State Treasurer are the only statewide office holders in Missouri limited to two four-year terms. The rest – Lt. Governor, Attorney General, Secretary of State and State Auditor – can run for re-election as often as they want. The measure is sponsored by State Senator Brad Lager (R, Savannah), who is also running for Lt. Governor. Read more here.
Kansas Lags in Covering Kids
A new report shows that while the rest of the country was lowering the number of children who lack health insurance, their ranks actually rose by nearly 8,000 in Kansas. The situation may not be as bleak as that statistic would suggest. Bryan Thompson has the full report here.