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Kansas Commerce Secretary Pat George says his state is close to reaching an agreement with Missouri that could end poaching of businesses between the two states.

Missouri and Kansas have competed for several years by offering incentives to persuade businesses to move across the border. The moves often did not result in many new jobs or investments for either state.

George says local and state officials from both states have been meeting to discuss the issue.

Stephen Koranda

Kansas lawmakers are considering a bill giving law enforcement officers in the Kansas City area more legal protections when they cross the state line.

As Stephen Koranda reports, the legislation would create an agreement between Kansas and Missouri law enforcement agencies.

Proponents say if there were, for example, an emergency in Missouri, this would make it easier for Kansas officers to help.

Hospitals in Kansas City have been seeing hundreds of kids with a viral respiratory illness.

Bryan Thompson reports, the virus typically causes only mild--if any--symptoms, but it can be severe in some cases.

Kansas Commerce Secretary Pat George says the state has no plans to follow Missouri’s offer of a truce over the fierce competition for businesses in the Kansas City area, though he says he’s willing to talk.

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon signed a bill Tuesday that would prohibit Missouri from offering incentives to businesses that relocate from one of four Kansas counties to any of four Missouri counties in the Kansas City area.

Kansas needs to take similar steps for Missouri’s bill to take effect, and that is far from certain.

Kansas City is competing to be the site of the 2016 Republican National Convention.

The Kansas City Convention and Visitors Association says it's received its bid package from the Republican National Committee.

Officials from both Kansas and Missouri are still working out what the GOP will want from the host city as far as the number of hotel rooms and transportation requirements.

Several other cities, including Las Vegas, Salt Lake City, Cleveland and Detroit also have expressed interest in hosting the 2016 event.