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KCUR News 7-24-09

By Maria Carter

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Kansas City, MO – There'll be no trial, no chance for Mayor Mark Funkhouser to vindicate himslf, and no chance for plaintiff Ruth Bates to win a settlement that could have reached $800,000 or more. The city council voted yesterday to settle Bates' sexual and racial discrimination lawsuit for $550,000.

A state audit finds previous administrators of the Liberty School District spent recklessly and failed to foresee the district's looming financial problems.

The intersection of K-7 and Johnson Drive is getting a new 28 million dollar interchange. A portion of I-35 in Johnson County will also be widened in the coming year.

An abortion rights group says Missouri clinics are facing more harassment.

The federal minimum wage increase means tens of thousands of workers in Missouri and Kansas will be taking home larger pay checks.

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