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  • Royals to play game against Tigers in Omaha next summer ahead of College World Series

    OMAHA, Neb. — The Royals and the Tigers are headed to Omaha next summer! Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred announced Thursday the Detroit Tigers will play a regular-season game against the Kansas City Royals at TD Ameritrade Park on June 13, 2019 — two days before the start of the College World Series. Manfred said at a news conference Thursday that Major League Baseball wants to strengthen its relationship with the NCAA in general, and college baseball specifically, and also bring […]

  • More info released in 2 Kansas City police shootings that left 3 people dead

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Kansas City police have released more details about two officer-involved shootings that occurred within an hour of each other last week, leaving three people dead. In a statement released Wednesday, police said they fatally shot Ashley Fulkerson, 28, after she rushed police with a 27-inch steel sword. The shooting occurred after officers saw Fulkerson, also known as Ashley Simonetti, walking down the street with a sword toward a daycare center. Police said she tried unsuccessfully to […]

  • President Trump signs order stopping family separation at US-Mexico border

    WASHINGTON — Bowing to pressure from anxious allies, President Donald Trump signed an executive order Wednesday ending the process of separating children from families after they are detained crossing the U.S. border illegally. It was a dramatic turnaround for Trump, who has been insisting that his administration had no choice but to separate families apprehended at the border because of federal law and a court decision. The news in recent days has been dominated by searing images of children held […]

  • Families gather outside Sen. Blunt’s KC office to protest border family separation

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The separation of children from their families at the border sparked outcry around the nation and across the metro. On Wednesday, nearly 100 people gathered outside U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt’s office to share their opinion and ask questions about what happens next. Families held signs and chanted “unite the families.” Wendy Baird organized the protest days ago. “I am a stay-at-home mom from Independence, Missouri. I just felt strongly about needing to do something to fix what is […]

  • Kan. candidate for state attorney general criticized for poster of Wonder Woman lassoing cop

    LAWRENCE, Kan. — The Kansas Democratic Party is calling for its lone candidate for state attorney general to drop out of the race because of a poster in her law office showing the superhero Wonder Woman pulling a lasso around a police officer’s neck. Lawrence attorney Sarah Swain apologized amid the resignation call from her party. The Kansas State Troopers Association and other police groups also criticized her, saying the poster promotes violence against police officers. Swain said she had […]

  • Autopsy released for Kansas man killed in swatting case

    WICHITA, Kan. — Sedgwick County authorities say a man who died after being shot by a Wichita police officer in a “swatting” case had no drugs or alcohol in his system. The county’s autopsy shows 28-year-old Andrew Finch died in December from a single gunshot wound. Officers were responding to a report of a shooting and kidnapping at a Wichita address when Finch was shot. The officer who shot Finch testified that he believed Finch had a weapon and was […]

  • Mo. father and adult son accused in assault over Pokemon Go dispute

    KIRKWOOD, Mo. — A 71-year-old St. Louis man and his adult son are both charged with assault for allegedly beating up a Pokemon Go competitor who accused them of cheating. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that a bystander’s video captured the skirmish Monday in Kirkwood, a St. Louis suburb. Charges were filed Tuesday against Robert Matteuzzi and 31-year-old Angelo Matteuzzi. Both are jailed on $15,000 bail. A probable cause statement says that during a Pokemon Go hunt, the victim thought the […]

  • Missouri Democrats sue over Gov. Parson’s lieutenant governor appointment

    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — The Missouri Democratic Party is suing to try to block the appointment of Mike Kehoe as lieutenant governor. The lawsuit revives a longstanding debate over whether the governor has the power to fill the executive branch’s No. 2 position or whether it can only be filled by voters. The party filed the lawsuit late Monday, hours after Gov. Mike Parson announced Kehoe’s appointment. Kehoe, a fellow Republican who was the state Senate’s majority floor leader, took […]

  • Court upholds Kansas law banning ‘wrongful birth’ lawsuits

    TOPEKA, Kan. — An appeals court has ruled that a Kansas law prohibiting lawsuits based on “wrongful birth” claims is constitutional. KCUR reports that the Kansas Court of Appeals ruled Friday on the law that protects physicians from malpractice suits if they withhold or fail to provide information about fetal abnormalities that might cause the mother to get an abortion. The measure was signed into law by then-Gov. Sam Brownback in 2013. The case was brought by Alysia R. Tillman and […]

  • Kansas cannot require proof of citizenship to vote, judge rules; Kobach plans to appeal

    WICHITA, Kan. — A federal judge ruled Monday that Kansas cannot require documentary proof of U.S. citizenship to register to vote, finding such laws violate the constitutional right to vote in a ruling with national implications.The ruling by U.S. District Judge Julie Robinson is the latest setback for Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, who has championed such laws and led President Donald Trump’s now-defunct voter fraud commission. The 118-page decision came in two consolidated cases challenging a Kansas voter […]

  • GOP state senator appointed Missouri lieutenant governor

    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Missouri Gov. Mike Parson appointed state Senate Majority Floor Leader Mike Kehoe to be the new lieutenant governor on Monday, despite some legal uncertainty about whether he has the authority to fill the position. Missouri’s constitution isn’t clear on whether a governor has the authority to appoint a lieutenant governor, which is the state’s second-ranking executive position. Historically, some governors have claimed the right to do so, but legislators have argued that the position must be […]

  • Kansas City 18-year-old rescued after 30-foot fall on Grand Teton park climb

    MOOSE, Wyo. — Grand Teton National Park rangers rescued a Kansas City teen who was injured in fall while descending a mountain next to Jenny Lake in northwest Wyoming. The National Park Service says 18-year-old Derek Wilcock, of Kansas City, Missouri, fell about 30 feet around 9:30 p.m. Tuesday. The accident occurred at about 10,200 foot elevation. His climbing partner called for help, and rangers reached the pair on foot at about 1 a.m. with provisions, such as food and […]