KCUR Evening Newscast 7-8-08
Kansas City, MO – The Associated Press reports that Chris Koster, one of the Democratic candidates for Missouri Attorney General, used his staff to skirt campaign donation limits. The AP got a hold of emails sent by Koster staffers, telling big donors to give to the Economic Growth Council AP reports that the staffers then coordinated the transfer of that money back into local political party committees, and ultimately into his campaign. Koster defends the end around as entirely legal, and says other Missouri candidates are using the same tactic. Kosher faces three opponents in the August 5th primary: Margret Donnelly, Jeff Harris, and Molly Williams.
Kenny Hulshof, a Republican US congressman from Columbia running for his party's nomination for Governor, says Missouri needs to do more to help business. Hulshof today, said he'd work to change workers compensation rules, and laws governing when businesses can be sued. He says he also wants more put more state recourses behind for worker training, and support for high tech industry.
Hulshof faces Missouri Treasurer Sarah Steelman in next month's primary.
The presumptive Democratic nominee for Governor of Missouri picked up an endorsement from the Fraternal order of Police today. The FOP calls Jay Nixon the toughest Attorney General Missouri has ever had.
Michelle Obama, the wife of presumptive Democratic presidential caudate Barrack Obama, finalized will be in Kansas City Thursday morning . The event at UMKC is one of a series of staged discussions Ms. Obama is holding with women around the country.
Clay county officials have identified the man whose body was found in the Missouri river there yesterday. It was Willie Williams, from Kansas City. He was 40. William's estranged wife, 39 year old Terry Williams from Raytown was found floating in the river Sunday. Authorities believe the two after a party, late on the 4th or very early the next morning.
A northland land lord faces murder charges. 55 year old Webber Gilmer allegedly shot one of his former tenants last year, as the man tried to help his wife move out. Dispatchers recorded a 911 call in which Gilmer says he intends to murder Brian Harrell. Harrell, 28, was shot and killed minutes later.
Residents of Atchison Kansas were told to boil their water today. About 10 thousand lost water service all together yesterday, after a build up of Silt and sand forced a major pump to fail. Water started flowing again early this morning but officials say it may not be safe to drink.
A water pipe burst in Olathe today, causing some temporary, localized problems.