- Severe Kansas tornado prompts stark National Weather Service warning
By Chris Francescani NEW YORK (Reuters) - A dangerous, half mile-wide hurricane struck near Oklahoma City Sunday afternoon, part of an extreme weather system moving through the central U.S. and stretching from north Texas to Minnesota. Earlier, a "large tornado" touched down near Wichita, Kansas at 3:45 Central Standard time, the National Weather Service reported. Kansas, Missouri, Oklahoma and Nebraska are all in the path of the storm system, which is producing 70 mile per hour winds, baseball-sized hail and violent tornadoes. ...
- North Kansas City, Kansas City's streetcar expansion studies roll along
Local officials are asking for the Missouri Department of Transportation's support — philosophical and financial — to look at the feasibility of extending a Kansas City streetcar line to North Kansas City.
The cities are asking the state for $100,000 to help pay for a study of the feasibility of running a streetcar line across the Heart of America Bridge in into North Kansas City. The request came in the form of a letter to MoDOT Director David Nichols that was signed by Kansas City Mayor Sly…
- Missouri legislators have a day to reach tax credit deal
Missouri lawmakers won’t be coasting into the weekend, with the contentious issue of the state’s tax credit programs among the issues they must face before this year’s session adjourns at 6 p.m., The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.
The House and Senate have a few hours to come to some agreement on limits for state tax credit programs. The House wants to cut the cap on low-income housing credits from $135 million to $110 million and reduce historic tax credits from $140 million to $90 million.
- Missouri Legislature's last day: What's still on the table?
From tax credits to Medicaid and early-childhood education, here are some of the measures that will live or die depending on what happens before the legislative session ends at 6 p.m. today.
A handful of items appear to have strong possibilities for passage, including restoration of money for the First Steps education program for developmentally disabled children and a Medicaid bill that would reauthorize a state program providing personal care to disabled adults so they can work, according to the…
- Bill targeting welfare fraud advances to Gov. Nixon
The Missouri House on Thursday gave final approval to a bill that would bar welfare recipients from spending their cash benefits at liquor stores, casinos or strip clubs.
The House sent the bill to Gov. Jay Nixon with a 110-36 vote, KMOX reports.
The bill brings the state into compliance with federal rules about purchases with electronic cash benefit cards under the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program. Under the measure, welfare recipients also would be prohibited from using the cash…
- New tax credit plan passes in Missouri House
The Missouri House passed a measure Thursday that would reduce some existing tax credits, in a final offer to senators to settle their disagreement on the business incentives.
The legislation would reduce tax credits for historic preservation to $90 million annually from the current $140 million cap, the News Tribune reports. It also would gradually lower the tax-credit cap for low-income housing from the current $135 million a year to $110 million.
Both of the new limits are higher than levels…
- Missouri legislators pass bill to reform Second Injury Fund
The Missouri General Assembly today passed a bill that would temporarily increase the amount employers pay into the state’s financially troubled Second Injury worker’s compensation fund.
Now it’s in Gov. Jay Nixon’s hands. The Senate passed the measure Wednesday.
The increased surcharge starts in 2014 to address the shortfall in the fund, which is for disabled employees who suffer additional work-related injuries. Missouri is currently withholding payments from the fund totaling more than…
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