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Top Of The Morning News: Thursday, June 28, 2012

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The Kansas City council makes first move to phase out Kemper Arena and incentives for two major developments clear a council committee.  That and more news from KCUR.

Big Incentives For Big Projects Downtown

Big incentives for two Kansas City development projects cleared the city council's economic development committee Wednesday.  A 23-story apartment high-rise in thePowerand Light District and a 200,000 square foot building to lure Freightquote's headquarters across State Line from Overland Park now have council committee endorsement.  Read more here

Council Moves To Phase Out Kemper Arena

Kansas City took steps toward throwing in the towel on money-losing Kemper Arena Wednesday. A committee approved plans to release Anschutz Entertainment from its contract to manage the aging arena.  The Planning Zoning and Economic Development Committee voted unanimously to terminate AEG's contract six months before the year-end renewal date.   Read more here.

Testimony Wraps Up in The Kansas School Finance Trial

Testimony in the Kansas school finance trial will draw to a close today as lawyers in the case call their final witnesses.   Find out more here.

Nixon Clarifies Stance On Insurance Mandate

Earlier this week, Nixon said he didn’t think requiring people to purchase health insurance was good for Missourians. Several Republicans then criticized him for not previously taking a clear stance on this provision or on the entire federal health law.   He says he’s been consistent in opposing this key part of the federal health law for some time.  Find out more here.



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