Top Of The Morning News: Wednesday, March 7, 2012
A daily digest of headlines from KCUR.
- Residents Weigh In On Troost Revitalization
- Actor Jim Korinke Plays Against Type And Gender
- Rally At Missouri Capitol Opposes “Anti-Immigrant” Bills
- Federal Regulators: “A Lot Of Work To Do” At Wolf Creek Nuclear Plant
- Senate Subcommittee Recommends More Money For Public Broadcasters
- Lobbyists Oppose Property Tax Limits For Seniors
Residents Weigh In On Troost Revitalization
Urban renewal planners received their first assessment of what people who live and work in the Troost Corridor want from a multi-year makeover. More than 350 people listed concerns and hopes, ranging from anti-crime security to educational opportunities. Learn more here.
Actor Jim Korinke Plays Against Type And Gender
At one point or another, most theater troupes buck tradition by employing the concept of non-traditional casting - that is, hiring actors to play roles written for a different age, gender or race. American Heartland Theatre's current production of an Oscar Wilde classic features as the female lead the male actor Jim Korinke. Learn more about the production and why playing with gender can be tricky here.
Rally At Missouri Capitol Opposes “Anti-Immigrant” Bills
Around 300 people rallied at the Missouri Capitol to protest two bills backers say are designed to combat illegal immigration. Rally leaders were especially critical of a Senate bill that would require all law officers to check the immigration status of those they stop, detain or arrest if they have a “reasonable suspicion” that they’re in the country illegally (SB 590). Read more here.
Federal Regulators: “A Lot Of Work To Do” At Wolf Creek Nuclear Plant
Operators of the Wolf Creek nuclear power plant, near Burlington, think they may have finally found the problem that’s caused the plant to be shut down for almost two months—and counting. Listen to the story here.
Senate Subcommittee Recommends More Money For Public Broadcasters
A Senate subcommittee is proposing more money for public broadcasting than Governor Sam Brownback is requesting. The governor recommends $600,000 for the coming fiscal year for public television and radio stations. That would be down from around $1.5 million the state currently spends. Find out more here.
Lobbyists Oppose Property Tax Limits For Seniors
Groups representing cities and counties are trying to block a proposal in the Kansas Legislature aimed at controlling property tax increases for senior citizens. But some say limiting property taxes for seniors is unfair to other taxpayers. Read more here.