Top Of The Morning News: July 19, 2013 | KCUR

Top Of The Morning News: July 19, 2013

Jul 19, 2013

The Kansas City council votes to keep some traffic lights on and to toughen an animal abuse ordinance.  A grant from the EPA will help clean up blighted areas on both sides of the state line.  A Senate Committee approves NBAF funding.

Council Votes On Traffic Lights, Chickens, Animal Abuse

Traffic lights, animal cruelty and backyard chickens highlighted Thursday's Kansas City, Mo. city council meeting. Half of the Kansas City traffic signals that were turned off late last year will be turned back on, as the city yielded to neighborhood pressure. The council voted unanimously to double what was a $500 maximum fine for animal cruelty.

One Grant To Fund Two-City Blight Battle In Metro KC

The two Kansas Cities have won a $600,000 federal grant from the Environmental Protection Agency to restore a score or more environmentally blighted areas. The project to be called One-KC Brownfields Coalition will include hazard cleanup, urban farms, orchards and gardens.

KC Ozone Hazard Level A One-Day Event

The air is cleaner over Kansas City, making the July 18 “Orange Level” alert a one-day phenomenon. It has been nearly a year since the ozone level was so high.

Senate Committee Advances NBAF Funding

Kansas Senators Jerry Moran and Pat Roberts say funding for a federal lab to be built in Manhattan has passed an important hurdle.  The National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility, or NBAF, will study diseases that could be used to attack the nation's food supply. 

KC Fringe Festival Inspires Creative Challenges

This year’s KC Fringe Festival includes dance, theater, visual arts, spoken word, fashion, and film; in 11 days, there are just over 360 shows in 19 venues. Artists often describe Fringe as an opportunity to take on new roles: to direct, to write, to produce. But sometimes, it's also a chance to have some fun.

Downsizing Missouri Government Tour Ends At Capitol

Missouri’s House Committee for Downsizing State Government has finished holding a series of public hearings around the state for citizens to share their ideas on how to cut down on state government spending. 

$10 Million Gift Benefits KU Students, Libraries

A $10 million estate gift will fund scholarships for health professions students at the University of Kansas Medical Center, and support libraries at the medical center and at KU in Lawrence.