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On March 30, 2011, Google announced that it would bring its new high-speed fiberoptic network to Kansas City, Kan. Residents and businesses would be able to connect at a speed of 1 gigabit per second, 100 times faster than the average American's connection speed. In May 2011, the company announced that the service would be extended to Kansas City, Mo., as well. On July 26, 2012, Google announced that it would launch a television service along with the internet service. The announcement marked a six-week rally during which interested people can pre-register for Google's services. The next big date is Sept. 9, 2012, at which point the pre-registration period is over, and Kansas Citians who've secured the service can begin to schedule installations.

Top Of The Morning News: Monday, January 30, 2012

A daily digest of headlines from KCUR.

  • High Speed Health Care
  • Lawmaker Seeks To End Death Penalty in Missouri

High Speed Health Care

As Google starts to install its high speed internet network in Kansas City, local health groups are beginning to weigh in on what the project could mean for health care.  W hat if when you’re sick and need to see the doctor,  you could just log on to your home computer for a virtual visit, instead of going to the office? Find out about that and other possibilities here.

Lawmaker Seeks To End Death Penalty in Missouri

Legislation has been filed in theMissouri House that would abolish the death penalty.  If the bill becomes law, any pending executions in Missouri would be halted, and all inmates sentenced to death would be re-sentenced to life without probation or parole.  It’s sponsored by State Representative Penny Hubbard (D, St. Louis).  She says she doesn’t believe that capital punishment is an effective deterrent.  Read more here.

 

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