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The time of the scheduled demolition of the Fairfax bridge has changed Thursday.

The blast will be at 11 a.m. instead of 9 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 29, according to the Kansas Department of Transportation.

Crews are scheduled to detonate the northern portion of the truss from the north bank to the Missouri levee on Thursday. Unlike the two previous blasts, this one cannot be seen from public access points and no public viewing will be available, according to the Missouri Department of Transportation.

The time for closing northbound and southbound Highway 69 on Thursday also has changed. Now it will be closed from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., according to MoDOT.

A new U.S. 69 bridge will be constructed over the Missouri River, and is scheduled to open in December 2016, according to highway officials.

For any further updates, visit MoDOT’s website at www.modot.mo.gov/kansascity, or visit Twitter at twitter.com/MoDOT_KC, #us69moriverbridge.

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Four hunters were sentenced Wednesday for violating federal laws in hunting birds in Kansas.

According to U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom, the four violated the federal Migratory Bird Treaty Act when they took more than 260 mourning doves during a hunt in Ellis County, Kan.

Each of the four pleaded guilty to one count of violating the Migratory Bird Treaty Act by exceeding the daily bag limit for mourning doves. They were sentenced to two years unsupervised probation, a $1,000 fine and $1,000 in restitution. In addition, they are prohibited from hunting, fishing, trapping or accompanying others during those activities for two years.

Sentenced were:
Harold C. Amrein, 59, Ellis, Kan.
Randy L. Amrein, 38, Fremont, Neb.
Morris H. Russell, 48, Omaha, Neb.
Tyrel S. Simpson, 33, Council Bluffs, Iowa

In their pleas, they admitted the crimes took place Sept. 2, 2014, during a hunt in the opening weekend of dove season. Following the hunt, a warden with the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism found them in possession of more than 260 mourning doves. The daily bag limit for mourning doves is 15.

In a separate case Wednesday, two hunting guides were sentenced for violating the Migratory Bird Treaty Act during hunts in Reno County, Kan., according to Grissom.

Each pleaded guilty to violating the Migratory Bird Treaty Act by exceeding the daily bag limit. They were sentenced to one year unsupervised probation and a fine of $1,000. In addition, they were prohibited from hunting, fishing, trapping or accompanying anyone in those activities for one year.

Both men were working for Misty Morning Outfitters of Haven, Kan., at the time they violated federal law.

Sentenced were:
Lane Hensley, 28, Liberal, Kan.
Tanner Cox, 25, Wichita, Kan.

In his plea, Hensley admitted the crime occurred Dec. 15, 2011, when he took two undercover U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service agents on a hunt in Reno County, Kan. He exceeded the daily bag limit of three Canada geese.

In his plea, Cox admitted the crime occurred Sept. 1 and 2, 2011, on a hunt in Reno County. He exceeded the daily bag limit of 15 mourning doves.

Co-defendant Ryan Warden, owner of Misting Morning Outfitters, was sentenced to five years probation, a fine of $2,500, restitution of $5,000. He was prohibited from hunting, fishing, trapping or accompanying anyone in those activities for five years.

Animal control and digital outdoor advertising are back on the agenda for the 7 p.m. Jan. 29 Unified Government Commission meeting.

The meeting will be held at the Commission Chambers, lobby level, City Hall, 701 N. 7th St., Kansas City, Kan.

Before the 7 p.m. meeting, the UG Commission will meet in a special closed session at 5 p.m. Jan. 29 on the 9th floor, conference room, City Hall. A closed session will be held on litigation.

Then, at 6 p.m. in the fifth floor conference room, Suite 515, at City Hall, another special session is planned for a Mid-America Regional Council presentation on Homeland Security and 911.

The agenda for the 7 p.m. UG meeting includes ordinances on animal control and digital outdoor advertising, as well as several planning and zoning items.

While the commission has already voted to approve the changes to the animal code, the commissioners will be asked on Jan. 29 to approve an ordinance that includes these changes, according to the agenda. The UG has been working on the language of the ordinance. The entire ordinance is available on the agenda, online at www.wycokck.org under the Jan. 29 agenda information. The ordinance changes the number of dogs and cats allowed to three each, and implements a trap, neuter and release policy, as well as some other changes.

Three digital outdoor advertising ordinances return to the agenda. The ordinance changes were discussed at the Dec. 18 meeting. The ordinances would allow digital outdoor advertising in Kansas City, Kan. One of the proposals was for the companies that have digital billboards to remove twice the amount of space on old billboards before being approved for the new ones. Another ordinance adds digital outdoor advertising services to the occupation tax list. A third sets the amount of tax.

According to the ordinance, as set out in the agenda, the occupation tax for digital outdoor advertising of less than 300 feet will be $2,500, and the occupation tax for digital advertising of 300 square feet or more would be $10,000 per year. The tax would apply to all persons engaged in the businesses, according to the ordinance. However, a different figure was discussed at the Dec. 18 UG meeting. At that meeting, the amounts discussed for the occupation tax were $680 for under 300 feet, and $2,718 for over 300 feet per year.

Planning and zoning items on the consent agenda for the meeting include:
– Renewal of a special use permit for a dirt and rock fill at 3924 N. 49th Drive.
– Renewal of a special use permit for an event hall in conjunction with a specialty dress shop and office space and storage at 735 Minnesota Ave., Michael R. Johnson, applicant.
– Special use permit for a day care center at 3202 W. Barker Circle, applicant is Rhonda Hall-Smith with Dimples and Diapers.
– Ordinance rezoning property at 5430 State Ave., from limited business district to single-family district.
– Ordinance rezoning property at 4458 State Line Road from limited business district to traditional neighborhood design district.
– Ordinance rezoning property at 81 N. Mill St. from single-family district to traditional neighborhood design district.
– Ordinance rezoning property at 240 S. 65th St., planned general industrial.
– Ordinance rezoning property at 2933 S. 47th St. from agriculture and limited business districts to planned limited business district.
– Ordinance vacating utility easements at 10621 Parallel Parkway.

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