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Top Of The Morning News: March 12, 2013

Declining membership, and increased operating expenses lead to the closing of three area YMCAs. A veteran Superintendent takes the leadership job in the Shawnee Mission School District. Those stories and more on KCUR.

Changes Afoot for the YMCA

The YMCA of Greater Kansas City will announce plans today to build, close, and renovate facilities. A full-size YMCA is slated to open downtown in 2016, at the corner of 10th and Grand in downtown Kansas City, Mo. But 3 Ys in Independence, Raytown and Kansas City, Kan. will close. Read more here.

Fate Of North Kansas City Hospital In Dispute

A legal battle over the possible fate of North Kansas City Hospital is expected to escalate in court today. The hospital is asking a judge this afternoon to block the city’s recent appointments of four new members to the hospital’s board.  They worry the move would unevenly ‘pack the board,’ while a broader dispute over the hospital’s ownership plays out in court. Find out more here.

Veteran Superintendent Crosses State Line For New Job

Credit courtesy Independence School District
courtesy Independence School District

The Shawnee Mission School District reached across the state line to find a new leader. The Shawnee Mission School Board last night selected Independence Superintendent Jim Hinson unanimously. He’ll begin on July 1st. Learn more here.

Security Questioned In Aftermath Of Multiple Shootings

The amount of security has come into question surrounding  a multiple shooting at a private dance Saturday night in Kansas City, Mo. Five were wounded inside and outside the hall at 87th Street and Hillcrest Road. The shooter or shooters remain at large. Find out more here.

KCK Mayor Delivers Final Address, Candidates Gear Up For April Election

Mayor Joe Reardon will deliver his final State of the Government Address today as Mayor/CEO of the Unified Government of Wyandotte County and Kansas City, Kansas. In January, he announced he would not seek a third term. Two Wyandotte County Commissioners, Mark Holland and Ann Murguia, will be on the ballot vying for the seat in the April 2nd election.

Kansas City Atheists Denied Participation In St. Pat's Parade

The Kansas City Atheist Coalition announced Monday afternoon that they had been denied permission to participate in this year’s Kansas City St. Patrick’s Day parade. Find out more.

Kansas House Committee Looks For Budget Cuts

A Kansas House committee is crafting that chamber's version of the state budget, and cutting is on the mind of some lawmakers. The committee is looking at a series of spending cuts requested by Governor Sam Brownback last summer. Learn more here.

'Medical Conscience' Bill Receives 1st-Round Approval From Mo. House

The Missouri House has given first-round approval to legislation that would allow medical workers to refuse to take part in procedures that violate their religious or ethical beliefs. Read about it here.

Mo. Dept. Of Revenue: 'We're Not Sending Copies Of Citizens Documents To DC'

The head of the Missouri Department of Revenue says his agency is not forwarding electronic copies of documents from Missouri citizens to the federal government. Find out more here.

Kansas City is known for its style of jazz, influenced by the blues, as the home of Walt Disney’s first animation studio and the headquarters of Hallmark Cards. As one of KCUR’s arts reporters, I want people here to know a wide range of arts and culture stories from across the metropolitan area. I take listeners behind the scenes and introduce them to emerging artists and organizations, as well as keep up with established institutions. Send me an email at lauras@kcur.org or follow me on Twitter @lauraspencer.
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