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  • Kansas Supreme Court strikes down cap in injury cases

    TOPEKA, Kan. — The Kansas Supreme Court has struck down the state’s statutory cap on noneconomic damages in personal injury cases other than medical malpractice actions. The high court ruled Friday that capping damages that an injured person is allowed to receive in a lawsuit violates the right to trial by jury set out in the Kansas Constitution’s Bill of Rights. Its decision comes in a case filed by Diana Hilburn, who was injured in a 2010 accident when a […]

  • Long missing Missouri child found in North Carolina with mom, who was arrested

    MURPHY, N.C.  — Authorities say a missing 5-year-old-old girl whose father hadn’t seen her since she was a baby has been found in North Carolina, and her mother is charged in Missouri with abducting her. The U.S. Marshals Task Force said in a news release that 25-year-old Jillanne Pagano was taken into custody Wednesday in Murphy, North Carolina, after she was seen leaving a home with the child. She is awaiting extradition to Missouri, where she was charged last year […]

  • Kansas City Royals prospect Bobby Witt Jr hopes to live up to lofty billing

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Bobby Witt Jr. has spent his much of his short life around the major leagues. For the first time Wednesday, he was the star attraction at the ballpark. The son of retired pitcher Bobby Witt was introduced as the highest-profile new member of the Royals’ farm system. Witt, who turns 19 on Friday, was the second overall pick in last week’s draft. “It’s a blessing for me to be a part of this organization,” Witt said. […]

  • Kansas City Chiefs sign kicker Harrison Butker to 5-year contract extension

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Kansas City Chiefs signed kicker Harrison Butker to a five-year contract extension Thursday, locking up the former Panthers practice squad player through the 2024 season. The 23-year-old Butker was signed away from Carolina during the 2017 season, when Cairo Santos went on injured reserve. The former seventh-round draft pick wound up kicking so well he earned the full-time job, and the Chiefs released Santos the following year. In two seasons with Kansas City, Butker is […]

  • Press Secretary Sanders to leave White House at the end of the month

    WASHINGTON — White House press secretary Sarah Sanders will be leaving the Trump administration at the end of the month. President Donald Trump announced the news on Twitter Wednesday. He says Sanders will be returning to her home state of Arkansas and has not immediately named a successor. Her tenure was marked by a breakdown in regular White House press briefings and questions about the administration’s credibility. Trump, calling Sanders forward at an unrelated event in the East Room, called […]

  • Parade, rally to honor Stanley Cup champion Blues Saturday

    ST. LOUIS — A parade 52 years in the making will finally happen Saturday in St. Louis, when the city celebrates the Blues’ first-ever Stanley Cup championship. The Blues defeated the Boston Bruins 4-1 in Wednesday’s Game 7 in Boston. The Blues joined the NHL as an expansion team in 1967 and had never before won a championship. The Blues took to Twitter Thursday to announce celebration plans. A parade will start at noon at 18th and Market Street and […]

  • Truman Library and Museum to close for nearly a year for massive renovation

    INDEPENDENCE, Mo. — The Harry S. Truman Library and Museum will close for about a year starting at the end of next month to undergo a $22 million renovation and expansion. The Independence, Missouri, museum announced in a news release that the museum’s last day open to the public will be July 22. The project will include a new entrance and lobby, a larger store and expanded exhibition galleries. Besides the renovation, another $3 million is being raised for education, […]

  • Amtrak to partially restart Kansas City to St. Louis route

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Amtrak service between St. Louis and Kansas City will be partially restored this week. The passenger rail service line and the Missouri Department of Transportation announced Tuesday that morning departures from the two cities on the Missouri River Runner route will resume Thursday. The afternoon departures will continue to use chartered buses, which will stop at all stations as close to the train schedules as possible. The routes were suspended May 31 because flooding had diverted […]

  • Maine will now allow terminally ill patients to end their lives

    AUGUSTA, Maine — Maine made it legal Wednesday for doctors to prescribe medication to terminally ill patients who want to end their life. Democratic Gov. Janet Mills, who had previously said she was unsure about the bill, signed it in her office. “It is my hope that this law, while respecting the right to personal liberty, will be used sparingly,” Mills said. Oregon was the first state to legalize such assistance, in 1997, and it took over a decade for […]

  • Mississippi River dropping below flood stage in Iowa

    OMAHA, Neb. — The Mississippi River is dropping below flood stage along many of Iowa’s riverfront cities after nearly three months of record highs caused by melting snow and torrential rain. The river dropped below flood stage at Guttenberg, Iowa, early Tuesday, and was more than a half-foot (15 centimeters) under flood stage Thursday morning at one Dubuque gauge. The river was above flood stage at Dubuque for a record 85 days, breaking the old mark of 34 days set […]

  • Branson to get new science attraction called WonderWorks

    BRANSON, Mo. — The southwest Missouri tourist town of Branson is getting a new science attraction called WonderWorks. The Orlando, Florida-based operation announced this week that the new location will open in November in the former theater for the Baldknobbers, one of the longest-running country music shows in town. The Springfield News-Leader reports that WonderWorks bills itself as “the indoor amusement park for the mind.” Chief operations officer Janine Vaccarello says it appeals to all age groups, with a lot of hands-on […]

  • Federal agency recommends White House aide Conway be fired

    WASHINGTON — A federal watchdog agency is recommending that White House counselor Kellyanne Conway be fired for repeatedly violating a law that limits certain political activities of federal employees. The U.S. Office of Special Counsel says Conway has become a “repeat offender” of the Hatch Act by disparaging Democratic presidential candidates while speaking in her official capacity during television interviews and on social media. A White House spokesman calls the Office of Special Counsel’s actions “deeply flawed.” The office is […]

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