A cold front is moving through the area, bringing widespread rain as well as much cooler temperatures and lower humidity behind it. The main line is continuing to push east-southeast.
The Unified Board of Commissioners of Wyandotte County and Kansas City, Kan., on Thursday voted 9-1 for an ordinance banning smoking in all indoor spaces.
The ban includes restaurants and bars but exempts their outdoor seating areas, as well as casino floors, tobacco shops, private clubs and some hotel rooms. In addition, businesses can apply for a $250 license exempting them from the ban for up to three years.
Health officials criticize the exemptions, saying they penalize workers who have to breathe secondhand smoke.
But supporters of the exemptions say businesses will need time to adjust.
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