Top Of The Morning News: Wednesday, May 16, 2012 | KCUR

Top Of The Morning News: Wednesday, May 16, 2012

May 16, 2012

Kansas City shifts strategies on how to deal with violent crime.  Missouri lawmakers take on everything from workers’ compensation to keeping the Jayhawk off of Missouri license plates.  That and more from KCUR.

Kansas City Leaders Shift Strategies On Violent Crime

An anti-violent crime program for Kansas City will target top offenders and try to make crime leadership less attractive to underlings.  It’s styled after programs in Boston and Cincinnatti.  Find out more on why Kansas City leaders are turning to a new approach here.

Scaled Down Workers’ Comp Bill Sent To Missouri Governor

The Missouri House and Senate have both passed a scaled-back version of a workers’ compensation reform bill.  The measure would bar employees from suing each other over workplace injuries and illnesses, but it leaves occupational disease claims within the court system and does not address the state’s ailing Second Injury Fund.  Read more here.

Missouri House Passes Bill Forbidding Interference Crisis Pregnancy Centers

The Missouri House has passed legislation that would bar local governments from interfering with the day-to-day operations of alternatives to abortion agencies.  The bill would forbid municipalities from regulating advertising and advice given out by crisis pregnancy centers run by pro-life groups.  Read more from both sides here.

Lawmakers Look At Barring Jayhawks On Missouri Plates

The Missouri House has approved language designed to bar the creation of a Kansas Jayhawks specialty license plate. The measure was added onto a larger higher education bill passed by the House Tuesday.  Find out more about the latest border war here.

Jazz Group Takes On An Indonesian Note

For the last two and a half years, the Black House Improviser’s Collective has made its home in an unoccupied floor of a downtown office building provided by the Charlotte Street Foundation.  About a year ago, the Indonesian percussion ensemble Gamelan Genta Kasturi also moved into the space. Like the Odd Couple, these unlikely roommates have decided to find common ground and work together.  Listen to the story here.