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KCUR Morning News 8-5-09

By Maria Carter

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Kansas City, MO – Platte County will get 76 million dollars over the next 10 years to build new walking and hiking trails and expand its community centers. Voters yesterday chose to renew the half-cent sales tax set to expire next year. Meanwhile, Independence voters rejected a three-eighth cent sales tax that would have increased the number of police officers there. Voters in Kearney also turned down a 3.5 million dollar bond for the Fire Department.

Wyandotte County is holding back nearly 225 million dollars in bonds from the Schlitterbahn Water Park because it says the park hasn't met hiring requirements.

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon signed the law in July. And it goes into effect in August, but it could take until next year to drink alcohol outside in Westport.

The number of Missourians on Medicaid has increased by nearly 5 percent over the past year.

Westar Energy is seeking $20 million in federal stimulus dollars for energy efficiency upgrades in Lawrence.

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