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Top Of The Morning News: June 20, 2013

Missouri issues guidelines for students in unaccredited districts wishing to transfer to accredited districts.  A commission is looking for ways to make the Kansas City, Mo. City government better.  An Overland Park-based cement company has been ordered to pay $30 million for violating the Clean Air Act.

Missouri Issues Guidelines For Transfers To Accredited Districts

The Missouri Department Of Elementary & Secondary Education has issued its own guidelines for the transfer process of students from unaccredited districts to those which are accredited. Earlier this month, the Missouri Supreme Court declared the state's school transfer law constitutional, a reversal of a May 2012 ruling.

Commission Considers Options For Changing KC Government

A Commission that will look for ways to change the foundation of how Kansas City Government operates has met just once and the opening session, Wednesday, heard wide ranging  recommendations that spread from finance to setup of Council Districts.

City Audit Finds Construction Didn’t Qualify For Minority Status

A city audit of the repurposing of the old Richards Gebaur air force base concludes that a company owned by a Port Authority attorney should never have been certified as a qualified minority contractor.  The audit also concludes that the 2007 certification of William Session's TWS Technical Services kept legitimate minority contractors from bidding on more than $10 million worth of work.

OP Cement Company To Pay $30 Million In Penalties And Fixes

Overland Park-based Ash Grove Cement Company has agreed to pay a penalty, and invest $30 million in new pollution control technology at its nine manufacturing plants-one of which is in Chanute, Kan. The settlement stems from charges that Ash Grove violated the Clean Air Act.

Dance Is The Catalyst For AileyCamp

Alvin Ailey was an African American choreographer who founded the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in New York City. For the past 25 years, Kansas City Friends of Alvin Ailey have heldAileyCamp, a month-long session for junior high-age students, to honor Ailey's work.  AileyCamp provides an intensive study of dance, but it also gives students a chance to expand their horizons.

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