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Top Of the Morning News: January 24, 2013

A bill in the Missouri Senate would require parents to report if they own a gun to their kids schools.  Jackson County executive Mike Sanders is pushing to put a one cent sales tax to pay for a transit plan on the August ballot.

Bill Would Require Gun-Owning Parents To Notify Schools

Legislation filed in the Missouri Senate would require parents to notify their kids’ schools if they are gun owners.  Find out more about the bill’s prospects here.

Sanders Pushes To Put Transit Plan On August Ballot

Jackson County Executive Mike Sanders has been working on a plan that would use existing freight lines to take commuter trains from the river market east through Independence, Blue Springs, and all the way to Oak Grove.  Another line would head from River Market southeast to the Truman sports complex, Raytown and Lee’s Summit.  Learn more here.

Union Numbers Drop In Missouri

The percentage of Missouri workers who are members of a union dropped to less than nine percent in 2012, following two years of slight gains.  Missouri’s declines were part of a national trend, though the two percent drop here was among the largest.   Learn more about the numbers here

Improving Neighborhoods Along Troost

The Urban Neighborhood Initiative will focus on the area between 22nd and 52nd streets, from Troost to Highway 71. It's an area that has already seen some revitalization, whether by residents, or funding from the Green Impact Zone, which covers roughly the same area.  KCUR's Sylvia Maria Gross visited Manheim Park, and talked to the neighborhood association president Saundra Hayes.  And UNI's new executive director Dianne Cleaver shared plans for the district.  Listen to the interview here.

'BlackTop Sky' Marks Young Playwright's Homecoming

The world premiere of the play BlackTop Sky, opening this weekend at the Unicorn Theatre, marks a homecoming for its author.  Christina Anderson grew up in Kansas City, Kansas and eventually attended the Yale School of Drama, a journey dependent on how she made early connections between the stage and the page, and one which emphasizes the value of arts education for reaching young minds.  Find out more here.

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