Acuity tests show change at NEHS

Posted April 15, 2014 at 11:00 pm

By JOE JAROSZ
Northeast News
April 16, 2014

KANSAS CITY, Missouri -Northeast High School principal Douglas Bolden knows he’ll never be a spy. Or, at least a good one.

During spring break, he received news that he couldn’t keep to himself.

He was so excited to hear that his school had the highest improvement in English and third highest in mathematics for the Kansas City Public Schools mid-year acuity test, he was telling anyone he saw.

“I was ecstatic,” Bolden said. “I couldn’t keep my mouth shut.”

The mid-year acuity test is a test to predict how students will score on standardized tests such as Measures of Academic Progress [MAP] or End of Course [EOC]. Three acuity tests are administered in a school

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    Jackson County Drug Task Force wins award

    Joe Jarosz
    Northeast News
    April 15, 2014

    KANSAS CITY, Missouri – Multiple honors have been bestowed upon Jackson County’s Drug Task Force.

    For the third year in a row, the Jackson County Drug Task Force has been recognized as the Law Enforcement Unit of the Year by the Missouri Narcotic Officers Association. Dan Cummings, the officer in charge for the task force, was also recently awarded Officer of the Year by the same organization.

    During 2013, the Drug Task Force operations led to the seizure of over 29 pounds of methamphetamine, 606 pounds of marijuana, nearly 300 pounds of synthetic narcotics and a large amount

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    Twelve roadway shootings are now linked, and reward increases

    Joe Jarosz
    Northeast News
    April 12, 2014

    KANSAS CITY, Missouri – The Kansas City Police have positively linked 12 shooting incidents that have taken place recently on roadways around the metropolitan area.

    No new similar shootings have taken place since April 6.

    In a press release updating the media on the string of shootings taking place in Kansas City, Mo., and in surrounding areas.

    Additionally, the reward has since been increased $10,000 for information leading to an arrest. The Federal Bureau of Investigation and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives have contributed to the reward. The KCPD is appreciative of the assistance from their partners

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    Could one of four Family Dollar stores in NEKC soon close?

    Joe Jarosz
    Northeast News
    April 11, 2014

    KANSAS CITY, Missouri – With four stores in the Northeast area, the fate of several Family Dollar stores in up in the air.

    On Thursday, Family Dollar Stores, a discount retailer, announced it will close around 370 underperforming stores, cut jobs and slash prices. The cuts are in response to falling sales and business disruptions caused by bad winter weather.

    The retailer currently has around 8,100 stores in the United States. The four stores in northeast Kansas City are located at 6003 Independence Ave., 5900 Wilson Road., 634 Prospect Ave. and 4601 E Truman Road.

    Family Dollar spokeswoman Bryn

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    7th Street Casino’s Stride for Life 5k this weekend

    Northeast News
    April 10, 2014

    KANSAS CITY, Missouri — Before you head to the casino this weekend, why not try your luck at finishing a 5K?

    7th Street Casino is holding its fifth annual Stride for Life 5k, beginning at 8 a.m. Saturday, April 12, at Pierson Park, 1800 S. 55th St., Kansas City, Kan., in support of Due West Therapeutic Riding Center.

    Participant and sponsor registration begins at 7 a.m. at shelter one, next to the parking lot. Additional parking will be provided in the Turner Elementary School parking lot. Professional timers will be provided through Race Day Timing Solutions. Participants will receive

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    Man falls into Missouri River from Heart of America bridge


    Joe Jarosz

    Northeast News
    April 9, 2014

    KANSAS CITY, Missouri — Kansas City firefighters and water rescue crews are searching for a man in the Missouri River after falling from the Heart of America bridge.

    James Garrett, media contact for the KCFD, said the fire department got the call around 2:45 p.m., for a male who fell into the bridge. At the moment, he said crews have not been able to locate the man and was not sure whether he survived the plunge. Crews are in the process of conducting a water search and rescue.

    “Crews

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    Streetcar voices get day in court

    By JOE JAROSZ
    Northeast News
    April 9, 2014

    KANSAS CITY, Missouri – Some were for the streetcar. Others were against the streetcar. But everyone, though, was respectful of the process and grateful of the opportunity to speak.

    During last Tuesday’s public forum before Marco Roldan, Jackson County Circuit Court Judge, nearly 50 community members had a chance to voice their opinions on the recently announced phase two of the Transportation Development District. On Thursday, March 27, the Kansas City city council unanimously approved the streetcar phase two expansion plan and budget.

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    Voters Approve Ballot Initiatives

    Joe Jarosz
    Northeast News
    April 8, 2014

    KANSAS CITY, Missouri — Residents made a splash at the polls on election day.

    On Tuesday, Kansas City, Mo. voters overwhelmingly voted yes for Question 1, authorizing the city to sell $500 million in water bonds. The measure received over 80 percent support from residents, 13564 votes for yes, compared to the 18 percent, 3,084 votes, for no.

    Of the 213,018 registered voters, only 16,804, or 7.89 %, cast a vote today.

    All questions on Tuesday’s ballot —  a fee for hotel inspections, and

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    Reward Increase in Roadway shootings

    Northeast News
    April 8, 2014

    KANSAS CITY, Missouri — Local authorities have increased a reward for information leading to an arrest for those responsible for highway shootings.

    According to Det. Kevinn Boehm, crime stopper coordinator for the Kansas City, Mo. Police Department, up to $7,000 could be rewarded to anyone who provides credible information via the TIPS Hotline about the 13 area highway shootings that have taken place recently in Kansas City, Mo.

    The KCPD, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms and Federal Bureau of Investigation have collaborated to offer an increased reward for anonymous information. Each federal agency has pledged $2,500, which

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    Last minute election reminders

    Joe Jarosz
    Northeast News
    April 6, 2014

    KANSAS CITY, Missouri — On Tuesday, Kansas City, Mo., residents will be asked to head to area polling places to vote. The 213,018 registered voters, at least.

    But do you know where to go or what to do if you’re filing an absentee ballot? In-person absentee voting at the Kansas City Election Board’s Union Station office, 30 W. Pershing Road, runs through 5 p.m. tomorrow. All mail-in absentee voting must be received by the election board no later than 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 8.

    If you plan to head to the polls, don’t forget your new voter identification

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