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Top Of The Morning News: Wednesday, May 2, 2012

A St. Louis County judge rules unconstitutional a Missouri law allowing students to transfer from unaccredited districts.  Kansas legislators approve combining the state’s arts and film commissions into one group.  That and more news from KCUR.

Missouri School Transfer Law Ruled Unconstitutional

A St. Louis County judge has ruled that a Missouri law allowing students to transfer from unaccredited districts to neighboring accredited ones for free is unconstitutional.  Find out why here.

Mayoral Commission Recommends Tax Hikes

The earnings tax will stay and sales and property taxes will increase if a mayoral commission on municipal revenue gets its way.  The commission, appointed by Mayor Sly James to create a municipal revenue plan for the future released its draft report late Monday.   Find out the details here.

Lawmakers OK Rolling Together Two Arts Organizations

Kansas lawmakers have approved legislation that would create a new state arts organization, the Kansas Creative Arts Industries commission. The bill would also create an arts check-off box on tax forms that would allow residents to donate to the arts when filing their Kansas income taxes.  Read more here.

Swope Health Will Use $2.5 Million To Build Independence Clinic

One of Kansas City’s main community health centers got a major funding boost today. Swope Health Services has received $2.5 million in federal grants for facility and infrastructure upgrades.  Learn more about what Swope plans to do with the money here.

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