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Kansas City votes to remove King's name from historic street

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Kansas City voters on Tuesday overwhelmingly approved removing Dr. Martin Luther King's name from one of the city's most historic boulevards, less than a year after the city council decided to rename The Paseo for the civil...

 

Dodge City diocese names clerics accused of child abuse

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Catholic Diocese of Dodge City on Wednesday released a list of 12 clerics or seminarians with substantiated allegations of abuse against minors. The diocese said five of the priests were assigned to the Dodge City...

 

Judge expected to rule Tuesday on injunction of abortion law

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A federal judge said he will issue a ruling Tuesday that will determine whether Missouri's new abortion law banning abortions at or after eight weeks of pregnancy will take effect as scheduled this week. During a court heari...

 

Wife's body found after police kill estranged husband

A missing woman was found dead in Arkansas hours after police fatally shot her estranged, rifle-toting husband near a popular shopping area in Kansas City, Kansas, authorities said Wednesday. The body of 49-year-old Sylvia Ussery-Pearson was found...

 

Kansas City, Kansas, police fatally shoot rifle-toting man

Kansas City, Kansas, police shot and killed a man on Tuesday who told a hotel manager that he had killed his wife and was heading to a popular shopping and restaurant area. The "very angry and distraught" man entered the Country Inn & Suites near...

 

Questions raised over arrest of Mexican national in Missouri

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Federal immigration officers trying to arrest a Mexican national smashed a car window and dragged him from the vehicle in front of his girlfriend and two young children, prompting condemnation from the woman's Missouri congr...

 

Group seeks to reverse naming of Kansas City street for King

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — More than 50 years after the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated, the question of how to honor him continues to divide Kansas City residents. When the City Council voted in January to name a 10-mile boulevard that...

 

Choreographer, coach deny saying student's skin 'too dark'

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A former coach and a choreographer for a high school dance team in Kansas are denying allegations that they prevented a black student from performing during an event because her skin was "too dark" and clashed with the...

 

67 inmates seek Kansas prison release over secret recordings

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — The federal public defender's office has asked for the release of 67 inmates from a Kansas federal prison and plans to seek freedom for more than 150 others because authorities secretly recorded conversations between...

 

Missouri tour boat captain indicted after sinking kills 17

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The captain of a tourist boat that sank in southwest Missouri and killed 17 people, including nine members of an Indiana family, didn't tell passengers to put on flotation devices or prepare them to abandon ship even after...

 

Settlement reached in Missouri wrongful death lawsuit

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A settlement has been reached in a wrongful death lawsuit filed after a developmentally disabled Missouri man's body was found encased in concrete after he went missing from a supported living home. Rudy Veit, an attorney...

 

Kander, citing mental health concerns, drops out of KC race

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Jason Kander, a rising star in Democratic politics who narrowly lost a 2016 Senate bid, dropped out of the race for mayor of Kansas City, Missouri, on Tuesday so he could get help for post-traumatic stress and depression...

 

Survivor recounts boat accident that killed 9 family members

BRANSON, Mo. (AP) — "Grab the baby!" Those were the last words Tia Coleman recalls her sister-in-law yelling before the tourist boat they were on sank into a Missouri lake, killing 17 people, including nine of Coleman's family members. A huge wave...

 

Branson mourns for 17 killed in sinking of packed duck boat

BRANSON, Mo. (AP) — The country-and-western tourist town of Branson, Missouri, mourned Friday for more than a dozen sightseers who were killed when a duck boat capsized and sank in stormy weather in the deadliest such accident in almost two...

 

Indian student's dad has questions about Kansas City killing

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The father of an engineering student from India who was fatally shot in Kansas City said Tuesday that he wishes a person of interest in the killing had been arrested rather than shot to death by police, because he wants to...

 

University of Kansas removes altered US flag art

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — An art display that included an altered U.S. flag will be moved from an outside display on the University of Kansas campus to the school's art museum after Gov. Jeff Colyer and other Republican political candidates...

 

Sheriff: 1 deputy killed, another wounded in Kansas

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — An inmate overpowered two sheriff's deputies while being transported to a Kansas City courthouse on Friday, resulting in a shooting that killed one deputy and critically wounded the other, authorities said. The suspect was...

 

2 charged in death of Missouri man entombed in concrete

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — More than a year after a developmentally disabled Missouri man's body was found encased in concrete, two people who are accused in a lawsuit of making him fight for their entertainment have been charged in his death, a...

 

Disabled Missouri man forced to fight for amusement

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A developmentally disabled Missouri man was forced to fight another man for the "amusement" of people who ran the private care home where he lived and was left to die in a bathtub, his mother has alleged in a lawsuit....

 

Judge hears evidence in Kansas prison recordings case

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — An assistant U.S. Attorney in Kansas declined to answer most of the questions he was asked Tuesday during a hearing to determine whether federal prosecutors improperly used secretly recorded conversations between attorneys...

 

Judge: Kansas secretary of state in contempt in voting case

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach violated a court order that required his office to inform certain people that they were eligible to cast a ballot while a lawsuit challenging a state law requiring proof of U.S....

 

Missouri governor's lawyer asks panel to delay probe report

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens' personal attorney is asking a state House committee investigating Greitens' actions during an extramarital affair to delay the release of its findings, saying an ongoing criminal investigation...

 

Schlitterbahn co-owner pleads not guilty in boy's death

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — The co-owner of a Kansas waterpark is devastated by the decapitation death of a 10-year-old boy on a massive water slide and is intent on finding out exactly why the ride malfunctioned, his attorney said Thursday. Jeff...

 

Indictment: Waterslide in fatal accident was 'deadly weapon'

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A Kansas waterslide hyped as the world's highest was a "deadly weapon" that had already injured more than a dozen people before a 10-year-old boy was decapitated on it in 2016, according to a grand jury indictment unsealed...

 

Judge harshly criticizes Kobach during contempt hearing

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — A visibly angry federal judge on Tuesday blasted Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach for his office's failure to ensure that certain voters are notified that they are eligible to vote in the upcoming election while a...

 

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