Mo. judge says light-rail petition falls short

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A Jackson County judge has ruled a Virginia man's petition for a light-rail system in Kansas City does not meet state requirements and doesn't have to be put before voters.

The Kansas City Star (http://bit.ly/xUKqTg) reports Circuit Judge Sandra Midkiff ruled Friday that Clay Chastain's latest proposal doesn't provide enough money to cover required city funds for the project.

The longtime light-rail advocate who used to live in Kansas City had gathered enough petition signatures last year to put his plan on a city ballot.

But the City Council refused to place the plan on a ballot because members said it violates the state constitution by failing to fully fund construction.

Chastain told the newspaper Friday he plans to appeal the ruling by what he called a "misguided judge."

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