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KC Mayor to Focus on Education, Crime in Annual Address

Kansas City Mayor Sly James will deliver his third State of the City address today, focusing on education, plans for a new airport and more gun control.

James will make the annual speech at Park Hill High School, 7701 NW Barry Road, beginning at 10:30 a.m., followed by a student town hall meeting moderated by KCPT’s Nick Haines.

“Some of the long-term issues we’re talking about will be crime. We’ll be talking about the airport. We’ll be talking about the street car system and education in the city,” said Joni Wickham, a city spokeswoman.

James will also talk about KC NoVA, the city’s anti-violence program, and he will call for stricter gun regulation, Wickham said. James will also take question from the juniors and seniors at Park Hill High School.  

“A lot of the decisions we make today at city hall are going to impact the people who live here in 25, 30 years,” Wickham said. “A lot of times people don’t ask them their opinion or even talk to them about the issues. So that’s why the mayor wanted to go to Park Hill High School.”

The event is open to the public and will be live-streamed on KCPT.org.

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