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''Your Presence Is Not Requested''
December 21, 2005
The U.S. House of Representatives recently passed immigration legislation that would make illegal US presence a crime rather than a civil offense. If it becomes a law, it would affect most Latino adults...
'Bleeding Kansas' Recalled
April 1, 2004
To help people remember and learn about the era known as Bleeding Kansas," lawmakers in Washington have proposed creating a national heritage area involving two dozen Kansas counties." The legislation,...
'Curse of Covenant' Persists
February 13, 2005
Restrictive housing rules written years ago in covenants in home owners association documents, are still in writing. "Although many Kansas City area residents are not even aware of them, more than 1,200...
A Growing Demand for Local
December 8, 2009
Feature article in the Star Business Weekly about local farms and the demand for locally grown food even in the winter. The article includes a comparison chart between 2002 and 2007 of number of farms...
A Growth Spurt for KC Area
March 24, 2004
Bates and Caldwell Counties in Missouri and Franklin and Linn Counties in Kansas were added to the metropolitan area bringing the total to 17 counties. The area is officially known as the Kansas City-Overland...
A Report Card on Local Schools
September 18, 2011
The annual publication of the performance reports of Missouri public school districts included charter schools for the first time. A chart, "Scoring Area Schools," lists standards met by Cass, Clay, Jackson,...
Anxiety on The Home Front
October 1, 2004
The Kansas City Regional Association of Realtors, along with a group of lenders and home builders have created a Web site to provide what is considered to be the first complete listing of all available...
Area Hispanic Population Rises
August 11, 2008
Between July 2006 to July 2007, "in the six counties--Johnson, Wyandotte, Clay, Platte, Jackson and Cass--the total population grew 1.26 percent to 1.74 million. Within that figure, the Hispanic population...
Clay-Platte Citizens Fight in Mexican War
File containing periodical articles including one on the history of Platte and Clay Counties, leading up to and during the Mexican War in 1845, locally led by Colonel Alexander W. Doniphan.
County Third in Roads: In the Country Only Two Others Are Ahead in System
Article noting the extensiveness of the system of county roads in Jackson County, Missouri, as third best in the nation, behind only two counties in New York and Detroit, and making for very good transportation...
Hanging In the Courthouse
January 10, 1962
On May 21, 1937, Dudley (Hardface) Barr was hanged on the 15th floor of the Jackson County Courthouse in Kansas City. Barr was a 39-year-old convicted murderer of a policy writer. He was the first and...
Harry Alfred Wilson
Photo and obituary for Harry Alfred Willson, or Harry Willson (ca. 1866-1952), "86, a real estate dealer since 1905" with residence at 6221 Glenfield Drive in Mission, Kansas. Native of Indiana coming...
Here They Are: Kansas' 8 Wonders
January 30, 2008
A contest sponsored by the Kansas Sampler Foundation was centered on naming the eight wonders of Kansas. Marci Penner, director of the foundation, said "We were looking for places that were iconic, places...
Hispanic Population Skyrockets in KC Area
August 12, 2005
Article discusses the Hispanic population in the Kansas City area, stating that growth in the six-county area was nearly 28 percent since the 2000 census. The ''rate of Hispanic growth in the Kansas City...
Hispanics Aid Growth
August 4, 2006
New U.S. census data just out shows that the Hispanic population is growing in the metro area. They are moving into older areas and bringing the neighborhoods back to life in some places. In Wyandotte...
Home Building Pace Is Tepid
January 21, 2010
Only 2,154 single-family permits were issued in 2009, the fewest in more than 30 years. Includes a chart covering 2003-2009 for building permits for Cass, Clay, Jackson, and Platte counties in Missouri...
Johnson County by the Numbers
February 14, 2005
Short piece that contains statistical information released by the County Economic Research Institute Inc. of Overland Park. Johnson County is the state's largest source of tax revenue. In 2001, the county...
Judge Don W. Kennedy
October 19, 2008
Obituary for Don W. Kennedy who died October 10, 2008, in Marion, Kentucky, at the age of 82. He was appointed to the Missouri Court of Appeals in Kansas City in 1978 and served until his retirement in...
Kansas City's Housing Market
June 22, 2005
Map, graph, and statistics of the housing market in the Kansas City area covering seven counties.
Kc Housing Sales Could be Cooling
June 1, 2005
Article gives inventory numbers and comparisons for unsold houses in the Kansas City area. The number of unsold in April 2005 was 16.7 percent higher than April 2004. Map with breakdown of counties and...
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