Top of The Morning News: April 15, 2013
A Missouri house committee looks at revoking public assistance for those waiting on documents to prove they are here legally. More companies are turning to private labels to make a profit. Injuries from gun accidents have risen in Kansas City over the past decade. These stories & more from KCUR.
Missouri House Committee Looks At Revoking Public Assistance For Some Immigrants
Legislation that would repeal public assistance for some immigrants is being considered by a Missouri Housecommittee. Under current law, people whose immigration status is unverified can still receive state and local public benefits for up to 90 days while they try and obtain proper documentation. That provision would be eliminated under a bill. Find out more about the bill here.
Seeking Profits In Private Labels
You may not think much about store brands as you shop for groceries, but it’s a business worth nearly $60 billion per year. ConAgra, a company based in Omaha, Neb., made a splash recently in what the industry calls private label food when it paid $6.8 billion to buy Ralcorp, based in St. Louis, Mo. The merger created the biggest private label food company in the country. Find out more here.
Gun Accidents Rise In Kansas City
Firearms related deaths among Kansas City residents have remained steady over the last decade. While that’s still unsettling, health officials have identified an especially troublesome trend. Find out what that is here.
Agencies Resist Economic Development Plan
Mayor Sly James is expressing some frustration with late-in-the-game resistance to his Advance KC economic development consolidation program. Read more about James’ frustrations here.