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Voters reject streetcar line expansion, transportation tax fails

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An expansion of the streetcar line has been rejected by voters in Kansas City.

With 92 percent of precincts in, an expansion of the city's streetcar system is failing with 61 percent against and 39 percent for. The system is currently slated to run primarily through downtown Kansas City.

This is a significant loss for Mayor Sly James, who has been a major proponent of the streetcar system.

Missouri voters also considered a variety of ballot measures.

Constitutional Amendment No. 1 was called the "right to farm" measure, which creates a right to farming and ranching in Missouri. Voters were asked whether to change the state constitution to guarantee the "right to farm." Former Missouri Rep. Tom Loehner says the idea came to him while spreading fertilizer on his Osage County farm in 2009.

As of 10:55 p.m. Tuesday, 80 percent of the precincts were reporting and, of those, 52 percent voted in favor of Amendment No. 1 and 48 percent voted against it.

A proposed transportation sales tax has been defeated in Missouri.

Voters rejected proposed Constitutional Amendment 7 to impose a three-quarters-cent sales tax that was projected to raise at least $540 million annually over the next decade.

It would have funded more than 800 state projects, including the widening of Interstate 70 to three lanes in each direction between Kansas City and St. Louis.

The measure drew opposition both from tax-hike opponents and from those concerned about using a general sales tax to finance highways instead of traditional user fees. For nearly a century, Missouri roads have been funded primarily by taxes on fuel and vehicles.

It's been about two decades since Missouri raised its fuel taxes. Voters also defeated a transportation tax plan in 2002. Voters approved a measure that will require warrants when authorities seek electronic records such as texts and emails.

Missouri voters have approved an amendment enhancing the state's constitutional right to keep and bear arms.

The passage Tuesday of Constitutional Amendment 5 will expand state gun rights to cover ammunition and other accessories. It also will declare those rights to be "unalienable" and require any gun-control restrictions to be subject to strict legal scrutiny.

The amendment was referred to the ballot by Missouri's Republican-led Legislature, which has pursued numerous pro-gun measures in recent years.

Opponents ran no advertising campaign against it but had challenged the measure unsuccessfully in court. They said the ballot wording failed to inform voters of all of the amendment's key provisions, including the fact that it deletes current constitutional wording allowing restrictions on concealed guns.

Those who live in Kansas City voted to renew a quarter-cent sales tax to pay for the fire department as well as establish a taxing district to pay for an expansion of city's streetcar system, which currently is slated to run primarily through downtown Kansas City.

With 90 percent of precincts in, the fire tax was passing with 62 percent of the vote and 38 percent against.

Missouri voters passed an amendment requiring authorities to get a warrant for electronic records including texts and emails.

Officials expected a 27-percent turnout. That would be just above average for Missouri's August primaries.

To see election results, click here or go to http://www.kctv5.com/story/17320467/election-returns

Copyright 2014 KCTV (Meredith Corp.) All rights reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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