Birds win in fight over wind farm near northwest Missouri wildlife refuge

Oregon-based Element Power’s has dropped its $400 million plan to build Missouri’s largest wind farm in Holt County. It had been criticized from the beginning because of the site’s proximity to the Squaw Creek National Wildlife Refuge near Mound City. Opponents feared a slaughter if migratory birds flew into the 350-foot-high turbines.

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It’s all in strange day’s work for the Royals

The circumstances Monday made for a quirky and curious start to this day of immense implications for the Royals, who began the day 1 1/2 games behind Detroit in the American League Central race and could have ended it anywhere from tied with the Tigers to three games back.


Trial nears in priest sex abuse case filed by former altar boy

A civil trial is to begin this week in a lawsuit alleging sexual abuse by a priest decades ago. Filed by a former altar boy, the lawsuit alleges that the diocese failed to supervise a priest who repeatedly abused him. The Kansas City Star published a three-day series in December 2011 called “The Altar Boys’ Secret” that told the story of Jon David Couzens and the three other altar boys.

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Food waste in America: A multi-billion-dollar loss

By some estimates, as much as 40 percent of the food produced in the U.S. goes uneaten — $165 billion worth of food each year. And although some cities, grocers and restaurants are trying to do more to cut waste, the Environmental Protection Agency said food waste tipped the scale at 35 million tons in 2012, the most recent year for which estimates are available.


Prosecutors see chilling result from Kansas court ruling

A Kansas Supreme Court ruling involving inmate sentencing could mean hundreds of violent criminals could get out of prison far sooner — which alarms prosecutors across the state. “It’s very disappointing,” said Johnson County District Attorney Steve Howe. “In all likelihood, it will benefit some really horribly dangerous inmates.”

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Brunch options at Ameristar, 75th Street Brewery are plentiful

Just like Happy Hours, brunch is making a big comeback across the country, surging in popularity and serving up diners a myriad of choices. It's happening nationally, and it's certainly playing out here in Kanasas City. I have no numbers to back this up, but to my culinary eye, the brunch choices here have never been more varied or prevalent.

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