On the Radar: Kansas City curfew, Norway island visit, mortgage rates
Mounted police patrol in Kansas City, Missouri.
August 19th, 2011
06:16 AM ET

On the Radar: Kansas City curfew, Norway island visit, mortgage rates

Three things you need to know today.

Kansas City curfew: Kansas City, Missouri, is imposing a 9 p.m. curfew for those age 17 and younger in five areas of the city after violence last weekend in which three teens were wounded by gunfire in the city's Country Club Plaza entertainment district.

Last Saturday's gunfire occurred just yards from the city's mayor, Sly James, who was making an appearance in the Plaza district to address problems of large groups of teens gathering in some of the city's entertainment and shopping areas, CNN affiliate KCTV reported.

The new curfew, which the City Council passed Thursday night and the mayor is expected to sign Friday, will cover the city's downtown, Westport, Zona Rosa and 18th and Vine Historic Jazz District as well as Country Club Plaza, according to local media reports. It will be in effect through the last Sunday in September and will begin again the Friday before Memorial Day.

Violators face fines of up to $500 and court costs, KCTV reported.

Kansas City is the second major city this month to impose earlier curfews in popular entertainment districts. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, began earlier curfews last weekend in reaction to violence from mobs of teens.

Norway massacre: The families of the victims of a mass shooting rampage on a Norwegian island are due to visit the scene Friday, a month after two attacks plunged the Scandinavian nation into mourning.

Sixty-nine people died July 22 on Utoya island, where hundreds of mostly young people were gathered for a summer camp held by the youth wing of the governing Labour Party.  Eight others died in the bombing of Oslo government buildings hours earlier.

Anders Breivik, the man accused of carrying out both attacks, is expected to appear in court in Oslo on Friday.

Police or prosecutors are expected to speak to reporters after his appearance, which will not be open to the public or media.

Mortgage rates: The average interest rate on a 30-year fixed rate mortgage loan dipped to 4.15% this week, the lowest level recorded in 50 years, CNNMoney reports.

The average rate beat the previous low of 4.17%, set last November, according to mortgage backer Freddie Mac's Primary Mortgage Market Survey.

The average interest rate for a 15-year fixed rate loan was 3.36%, according to the report.

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soundoff (174 Responses)
  1. tim

    Bout time we started putting an end to all of this gang mob mentality that has been permeating the inner cities over the past 30 years. Now all we need to do is put an end to all these outrageous flash mobs that are starting to become so popular nowadays. Where's Wyatt Earp when you need him?

    August 19, 2011 at 3:27 pm | Report abuse |
  2. banasy©

    SOMETHING has got to be done about flash mob violence.
    A strictly-enforced curfew is only a starting point...

    August 19, 2011 at 4:27 pm | Report abuse |
  3. saywhat

    Scary too are those lurking behind normal facades like the Columbine shooter, the would be killer plotting to bomb Tampa school. Or the terrorist who planned to spread death & destruction around the Martin Luther Day parade.
    And scariest of all the Norway terrorist who planned more massacres and had links elsewhere.

    This kind walk among us unobtrusively with their devilish plots.

    August 19, 2011 at 5:46 pm | Report abuse |
  4. gung hoe

    Hey banasy check out like the 3rd or 4th post its from a kid with s n sarcastronic I Feel perfect reason for nationwide curfew most youths feel this way

    August 19, 2011 at 5:59 pm | Report abuse |
  5. gung hoe

    HeyMASSIVE MARBLES bout the only truth to that is whats in your head You need to move to russia for your dream Oh wait socialism didnt work there either sorry but theres no place for your lazy but to mooch off what Ive earned Not at least till your obamas hope and change is all about SOCIALISM

    August 19, 2011 at 6:22 pm | Report abuse |
  6. gung hoe

    Curfew must be working

    August 20, 2011 at 12:26 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Jay

    These cities need to create programs so kids have something to do at night, like midnight basketball, or basket weaving, etc.

    August 30, 2011 at 10:21 am | Report abuse |
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