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Kansas Secretary of State’s GOP primary race heated between incumbent Kris Kobach, Scott Morgan

Typically a quiet office for overseeing elections and business filings, the secretary of state’s race in Kansas is grabbing headlines as the incumbent campaigns on state sovereignty in fending off a challenge from former Lawrence school board member Scott Morgan. The challenger accuses incumbent Kris Kobach of politicizing the office for personal political gain.

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President Obama to meet letter writers in Kansas City

The White House says that President Barack Obama will spend part of his time in Kansas City on Tuesday and Wednesday talking with people who have written to him. He has used such meetings to underscore issues he is trying to press with the broader public. Meanwhile, Kansas Citians

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Artists look to tackle neighborhood blight, one vacant lot at a time

A group of artists is looking to turn two of the 500 empty lots in Kansas City’s Ivanhoe neighborhood into community gathering places. The artists, in partnership with the Ivanhoe Neighborhood Center, hope their initiative, called Lots of Love, will spread throughout the city. Thanks to a similar effort, a lot already has been transformed in the Marlborough neighborhood.

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UMKC’s misleading march to the top

For years, UMKC’s Bloch School struggled for dollars and recognition as it sought to join the nation’s elite business schools. That all changed in 2011 when UMKC vaulted above Harvard, MIT and Stanford in rankings for innovation management research, on the heels of Henry Bloch’s $32 million gift to the school for a state-of-the-art facility. But behind UMKC’s rise to No. 1, a trail of exaggerations, misstatements, selective science and nondisclosures raises questions about the validity of the rankings.

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A friend recently asked me how I covered games on TV and whether I found it frustrating; you don’t get to choose what you watch. I said there were advantages to live games—you can see infield and outfield positioning whenever you like—but there were also advantages to watching televised baseball.