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Sikhs mark toned-down holiday amid continuing virus concerns

LIBERTY, Missouri (AP) — Sikhs across the United States are holding toned-down Vaisakhi celebrations this week, joining people of other faiths in observing major holidays cautiously this spring as COVID-19 keeps an uneven hold on the country....

 

Shooter at Kansas Jewish centers appeals death sentence

LIBERTY, Mo. (AP) — The death sentence of an avowed anti-Semite who fatally shot three people at two suburban Kansas City Jewish sites in 2014 should be overturned because he was incapable of understanding the legal intricacies when he represented...

 

Missouri reform school owners charged with abusing residents

LIBERTY, Mo. (AP) — The owners of a former Christian reform school for girls in southwest Missouri are charged with more than 100 counts alleging they sexually, emotionally and physically abused girls for years. Sixteen former residents of the Circ...

 

No charges in police shooting of Black man in Kansas City

LIBERTY, Mo. (AP) — A Kansas City police officer who shot and killed a Black man last year will not be charged in the death, the Jackson County prosecutor announced. Donnie Sanders, 47, was shot in an alley on March 12, 2020. The officer, whose...

 

Chief: Shooting of 3 Kansas police officers was not a trap

LIBERTY, Mo. (AP) — A shooting that injured three Wichita police officers during the weekend was caused by "very unusual" circumstances but was not the result of a premeditated trap, Police Chief Gordon Ramsay said Monday. James Hathorn, 46, and...

 

Man charged in 2017 shooting of 3-year-old Kansas City boy

LIBERTY, Mo. (AP) — A Kansas City man was charged Wednesday in a 2017 shooting that killed a 3-year-old boy and injured the child's father and uncle. Derrick Wren Jr., 28, was charged with second-degree murder, unlawful use of a weapon and two...

 

Kansas governor: Medical pot should fund Medicaid expansion

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (AP) — Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly proposed Monday that Kansas should legalize marijuana for medical purposes and use the revenues to expand Medicaid health care for low-income residents, a top priority that the GOP-controlled...

 

Kansans urged to stay vigilant against virus despite vaccine

LIBERTY, Mo. (AP) — Gov. Laura Kelly and the Kansas' top health official said Tuesday they are relieved the state has begun distributing a coronavirus vaccine but they stressed that the public still needs to adhere to social distancing and other...

 

Wichita area feels 5 low-intensity earthquakes in 2 weeks

LIBERTY, Mo. (AP) — Five low intensity earthquakes have rattled part of the Wichita area since Thanksgiving, but a Kansas expert on seismic activity says residents of the state's largest city should not be overly concerned about a larger, more...

 

Missouri to bring in health care workers from other states

LIBERTY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri plans to bring in hundreds of health care workers from other states to help provide care as already-stretched hospitals prepare for a possible increase in COVID-19 cases resulting from the Thanksgiving holiday. Gov....

 

Missouri has record COVID-19 increase amid hospital concerns

LIBERTY, Mo. (AP) — The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Missouri surpassed the 200,000 mark Friday, and the number of people hospitalized with the virus is fast approaching 2,000, according to state health department records. Missouri had a...

 

Kansas man charged with capital murder in sons' deaths

LIBERTY, Mo. (AP) — A Kansas man accused of killing his two sons and taking his two daughters from their home before being stopped in Oklahoma was charged Tuesday with capital murder in the boys' deaths. Donny Ray Jackson Jr., 40, was also charged...

 

Pregnant Kansas City woman arrested by police attends rally

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A nine-months-pregnant Black woman whose arrest by a Kansas City police officer sparked outrage and an occupation of City Hall grounds was so overcome with emotion Thursday that she was unable to address a rally to demand...

 

Kansas City activists camp at City Hall in police protest

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Activists who were outraged when a white Kansas City police officer knelt on the back of a Black pregnant woman during an arrest last week have set up camp outside City Hall and say they plan to stay until the officer and...

 

Governor urges GOP-led state council to extend declaration

LIBERTY, Mo. (AP) — Kansas will face a dramatic reduction in coronavirus-related services that would put residents' lives at risk if a state council does not approve extending a state disaster declaration, Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly said Thursday....

 

GOP-led council extends Kansas governor's coronavirus order

LIBERTY, Mo. (AP) — A mostly Republican state council voted Friday to extend Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly's emergency declaration providing services to combat the coronavirus in Kansas, but only after language was added clarifying that the governor...

 

Barr, federal authorities tout Operation Legend

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A federal task force designed to help local law enforcement agencies reduce violent crime has already made more than 1,000 arrests in the cities where it has been deployed since it began in early July, U.S. Attorney General...

 

Subject of 'Audrie & Daisy' documentary dies by suicide

LIBERTY, Mo. (AP) — An advocate for sexual abuse victims who became the subject of a Netflix documentary after alleging she was sexually assaulted at age 14 in Missouri has died by suicide, according to her mother and a co-worker. Melinda Coleman,...

 

Group alleges greyhounds being trained with live rabbits

LIBERTY, Mo. (AP) — Two U.S. representatives introduced legislation Wednesday that would ban greyhound racing nationwide, after an advocacy group released videos showing greyhounds being trained by chasing, mauling and killing live rabbits in...

 

Federal operation in Kansas City targets violent crime

LIBERTY, Mo. (AP) — A massive federal operation underway in Kansas City, Missouri, that targets violent crime has been largely welcomed by local and state officials, while some civil rights organizations are strongly opposed to having federal...

 

Veterans Affairs says agency is changing troubled culture

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Department of Veterans Affairs is making significant progress in its efforts to change a culture that has been beset by complaints from veterans and low employee morale, the leader of the agency said Thursday. Robert...

 

Black leaders in Kansas City seek police chief's resignation

LIBERTY, Mo. (AP) — Civil rights organizations on Wednesday called for the resignation of Kansas City Police Chief Rick Smith, hours after a group of mostly black pastors demanded changes to improve relations between police and the city's minority...

 

Kansas counties mull their approach to virus restrictions

LIBERTY, Mo. (AP) — Kansas counties had various reactions on Wednesday to Gov. Laura Kelly's decision to give them the authority to determine their own coronavirus restrictions, with some deciding to keep the current rules in place and others effec...

 

St. Louis County, Kansas City plan restricted reopenings

LIBERTY, Mo. (AP) — St. Louis County and Kansas City officials announced Friday that they will proceed with the gradual reopening of businesses but with several restrictions in place as efforts continue to slow the spread of the coronavirus. St....

 

Amid protests, Kelly says May 3 reopening of Kansas in doubt

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Gov. Laura Kelly said Thursday that her goal is to start reopening the Kansas economy on May 3 but she may not be able to do it because the state is "nowhere near" having the supplies needed for adequate coronavirus testing....

 

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