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Past articles by Mike:

Jackson County taxpayers will get more time to appeal their property assessments

All Jackson County taxpayers will now have until July 29 to file formal appeals of their property assessments, and those awaiting a decision on informal appeals will have even longer. → Read More

‘Cancer is killing our firefighters’: Missouri widow’s court win may aid those at risk

A precedent-setting court win by Donna Cheney and her late husband, Dave, gives Missouri firefighters a better chance to qualify for disability and survivor’s benefits for job-related cancer. → Read More

New class-action lawsuit challenges fairness of Jackson County reassessment process

A Hyde Park home owner has filed a class-action lawsuit in state court against Jackson County Assessment Director Gail McCann Beatty, claiming her house and many other are overvalued. → Read More

Spiking assessments have Jackson County homeowners talking about recall of Frank White

Some homeowners angry about dramatic increases in reassessments are calling for Jackson County Executive Frank White’s recall for what they see as a botched attempt to bring equity to the property tax system. → Read More

KC’s West Side feels sticker shock as home values finally meet reality and taxes soar

Jackson County’s sudden and steep boost in assessed values has put the hurt on West Side residents. But don’t put all the blame on the county; many houses have been woefully undervalued for years. → Read More

Jackson County legislators call on Frank White to throw out reassessments, start over

Jackson County legislators say this year’s real estate reassessment process was flawed and are calling on County Executive Frank White to throw out the results and start over. Some property values shot up several fold. → Read More

Property values spiked when Jackson County suddenly sought ‘equity’ in tax system

Property values for residential and commercial properties soared when Jackson County tried to make up for decades of inequities in a single year. Some taxpayers are seeking relief from higher taxes. → Read More

Bras no longer trip metal detector in Jackson County jail. Were the settings changed?

Women’s underwire bras were tripping the metal detector at the Jackson County jail a week ago. Now suddenly they’re not. Sheriff Darryl Forté denies he changed the machine’s settings, but some have doubts. → Read More

In assessment shock? Don’t panic just yet. Take action to avoid that big tax hit

Assessments on single family homes in Jackson County were up 18 percent on average this year, but some are far higher. But county officials say you can steps to challenge the increase and avoid a bigger tax bill. → Read More

Hey, Chiefs fans: The plan to sell old Arrowhead Stadium seats is nearing goal line

Companies that bid for the job of reassembling and reselling seats that were removed from Arrowhead Stadium at the Truman Sports Complex will have finalist interviews with Jackson County, Missouri, next week. → Read More

Underwire bra policy at Jackson Co. jail called humiliating, sexist in open letter

Dozens of criminal defense attorneys have written a letter of protest demanding the Jackson County jail alter its security policy that deny female lawyers access to their clients when bras set off detectors. → Read More

UMKC pushed false narrative after student from India was killed in KC restaurant

University of Missouri-Kansas City graduate student Sharath Koppu was killed while working behind the counter of J’s Fish and Chicken Market in Kansas City last July. But why did UMKC officials say he wasn’t working? → Read More

A football player raped her. She blames William Jewell College for not preventing it

A former student has sued William Jewell College in Liberty, Missouri, accusing college officials of doing too little to prevent her rape in the fall of 2017 by a member of the football team. → Read More

Truck driver charged in 2017 fiery crash that killed five on I-70 Kansas Turnpike

Kenny B. Ford, 58, of Greeley, Colorado, was charged with five counts of vehicular homicide in connection with a July 2017 crash on Interstate 70 that killed five people near Bonner Springs, Kansas. → Read More

Jackson County will sell old Arrowhead seats but it needs help bringing them to sale

Jackson County will push ahead with a plan to haul away 30,000 used Arrowhead Stadium seats and put them into storage until officials can decide how best to resell many of them to Kansas City Chiefs fans and collectors. → Read More

Olathe police identify suspect in teen’s murder and ask residents to lock doors

Olathe police identified 18-year-old Matthew “MattMatt” Bibee Jr. Sunday as “a person of interest” in the Friday afternoon slaying of 17-year-old Rowan Padgett of Overland Park. → Read More

Sheriff’s department investigating woman’s suspicious death Sunday in Miami County

The Miami County Sheriff’s Department is trying to determine what happened to an unidentified woman who was found dead in her home Sunday morning. → Read More

Jackson County legislator tries to block sale of Arrowhead Stadium seats to fans

Jackson County Legislature may decide Monday what to do with thousands of seats recently removed from Arrowhead Stadium. Sell them to fans? Let the Chiefs recycle them? Or maybe both. → Read More

KC police identify 16-year-old shot to death Friday night on city’s East side

Kansas City police have identified the victim of a fatal shooting Friday night as 16-year-old Clinton Holman Jr. of Kansas City. → Read More

Pothole ruin your car? Cities, states can help pay for repairs but good luck with that

Thousands of potholes in the wake of Kansas City’s harsh winter have turned streets and highways into a nightmare for drivers. Cities paying for damage to cars and trucks is unusual. → Read More