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A DOJ partnership is hoping to change how Kansas City handles violence prevention. It will be an uphill battle.

Several years after the embattled violence-reduction program known as KC No Violence Alliance faded from public view, Mayor Quinton Lucas’ administration is working with federal authorities and community partners to revive and broaden the strategies that for a time seemed to be making a difference in Kansas City, Missouri. The new program, dubbed the Community…

Who is Taking KC Back? Behind the PAC hoping to oust multiple council members

Clarification: Rita Olson-Stawicki is the president of Taking Back KC. She assumed the position after the resignation of former president Jami Bailey in July 2021. A new political action committee in Kansas City, Missouri, is quietly raising its influence and aims to have a say in how City Hall conducts business — and who is…

A Chick-fil-A at the new airport? LGBTQ advocates say that won’t fly

UPDATE: Chick-fil-A has been removed from the list of potential restaurants in the new KCI airport terminal after pushback at a Transportation, Infrastructure and Operations Committee meeting. A plan unveiled last week to include Chick-fil-A alongside a mix of local and national restaurants inside the new Kansas City International (KCI) airport terminal is causing concern…

Showing up and speaking out: How to participate in KC’s government process

Want to participate in Kansas City, Missouri’s legislative process, but not sure where to start? The Kansas City Beacon has created this guide to watching, attending and testifying at city government meetings.  Where to find government meeting times and locations Past and upcoming meeting dates are published on the city clerk’s calendar. Users can sort…

KCPD ignores requests for progress report on five-year-old audit

Update: The Kansas City Beacon received confirmation that the audit was discussed by the Board of Police Commissioners and then-chief Darryl Forté, who decided to take no action at the time. An ARTS report conveying that fact was never filed with the city auditor. The Kansas City, Missouri, Police Department should monitor how often employees…

How RideKC is trying to build a better bus stop with community partners

Waiting for his RideKC bus Monday afternoon, Norman Tate noticed a new addition outside the East Village Transit Center — a table covered with books, flyers, tote bags, masks and informational flyers. He watched and waited for several minutes, then approached.  By the time Tate finished chatting with the two Kansas City Public Library staffers…

‘Silver tsunami’ rolls through KCMO government

Eighty-five years of experience have walked out of the Kansas City Auditor’s Office in the past year and a half.  Two out of three audit managers retired, taking a combined lifetime of experience and institutional knowledge with them. The office is hiring, but new employees will take upwards of a year to start their full…

Despite public outcry, KCPD officers will still be given 48 hours to make a statement after a shooting

Forty-eight hours. That’s the window of time a police officer with the Kansas City, Missouri, Police Department has to give a formal statement following a police killing or other violent incident, according to the department’s latest union contract. The Kansas City Beacon obtained a copy of the bargaining agreement through a public records request. The 48-hour…

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