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Gov. Kelly: Kansas is scouring the state for health supplies

Government and health officials are scouring the state for supplies and to determine the number of hospital beds that might be available to respond to the spread of the coronavirus, Gov. Laura Kelly said Monday. Kelly said the state's response to the... Full story

 

Kansas coronavirus death toll rises to 4, with 202 cases

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Kansas health officials reported more than 200 confirmed coronavirus cases and a fourth death Friday, and the state's health director said he doesn't expect the spread of the virus to peak until mid- to late April. All four...

 

2 new coronavirus deaths reported in Missouri on Friday

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Two more Missourians died from the coronavirus, officials said Friday, and the number of confirmed cases of the illness nearly doubled in one day. St. Louis County officials said a woman in her 60s, who suffered from...

 

Missouri sees 1st coronavirus death; local elections delayed

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri Gov. Mike Parson on Wednesday announced the first coronavirus death in the state happened in Boone County, without providing further details. Columbia Mayor Brian Treece said the case was travel-related and the...

 

Widespread discrimination alleged at Kansas City VA hospital

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A U.S. senator from Kansas and the NAACP are demanding action after up to 50 black employees of the Kansas City Veterans Affairs Medical Center have complained about widespread discrimination at the hospital. Their...

 

Missouri reports 15 coronavirus cases

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri's health department on Tuesday reported 15 positive cases of coronavirus as state and local governments took additional steps to limit large gatherings in an attempt stem the virus' spread. Meanwhile, the state's...

 

Missouri man in prison for wife's 1990 death seeks clemency

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A 75-year-old Missouri inmate who insists he did not kill his wife is clinging to hope that Gov. Mike Parson will heed his petition for clemency, despite three decades of unsuccessful legal efforts to secure his freedom....

 

Andy Reid tells parade-goers Chiefs will win again next year

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Hundreds of thousands of Kansas City Chiefs fans braved sub-freezing wind chills on Wednesday to celebrate the team's first Super Bowl victory in 50 years, and if Coach Andy Reid is to be believed, they'll be back for an enc...

 

After 50 years of waiting, Kansas City ready for Super Bowl

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — After 50 years of frustration, Kansas City football fans are ready to party this weekend. The Chiefs play the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday in Kansas City's first trip to the Super Bowl since 1970, and fans standing in line...

 

Kansas City files lawsuit over weapons trafficking

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Kansas City and a national gun safety advocacy group filed a lawsuit Tuesday alleging that several businesses and individuals trafficked firearms in the region while willfully ignoring evidence that the guns were being sold...

 

Perdue defends, celebrates USDA agency moves to Missouri

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue said Friday that he has “absolutely zero regrets” about moving the headquarters of two research agencies from Washington, D.C., to Kansas City, despite continuing criticism that...

 

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...

 

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