HUD, Justice, get involved in university expansion dispute

June 24, 1998
Two federal agencies -- the departments of Justice and Housing and Urban Development -- have weighed in on the dispute between the University of Missouri-Kansas City and its southern neighbors because of civil rights implications.
      Mike Bates, director of the city's Human Resources Department, said Tuesday that Justice Department officials became involved because of the racial diversity of the neighborhood that UMKC wants to raze. City statistics show the neighborhood is part of an area with a minority population of 44 percent.