Crime

Details of KC man’s harrowing kidnapping and escape are revealed

Court documents filed in the case of a south Kansas City man who was carjacked last week reveal a harrowing ordeal at the hands of armed assailants and the 67-year-old’s desperate escape in a St. Louis suburb. Robert C. Caldwell, 25, is now charged in U.S. District Court in Kansas City with carjacking, using a firearm during a violent crime and being a felon in possession of a firearm.

Government & Politics

Lobbyists got a sneak peek at Gov. Sam Brownback’s budget

Gov. Sam Brownback’s budget director used a private email account to share a working version of the governor’s proposed budget with two lobbyists three weeks before it was unveiled to lawmakers. Budget director Shawn Sullivan sent a draft of the proposal to the private emails of the governor’s former chief of staff, David Kensinger, and his former campaign manager, Mark Dugan, both of whom are lobbyists.

Government & Politics

Kansas City hopes to replace deteriorating Chouteau Courts housing project

Kansas City Housing Authority leaders are putting the finishing touches on a plan to replace the city’s most deteriorated and obsolete public housing project: Chouteau Courts, northwest of Independence Avenue and the Paseo. The plan calls for relocating about 500 residents of the apartment buildings to smaller mixed-income sites over the next five years. It also aims to improve the area’s educational, health, business development and social services.

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GoDaddy yanks Super Bowl ad after backlash

After releasing their Super Bowl commercial early, GoDaddy has pulled the ad from Sunday’s lineup amid outrage from animal rescue groups and social media. The ad, titled “Journey Home,” features a puppy that’s been separated from its family. Buddy, the golden retriever puppy, makes the long trip home to his happy owners — who are elated to see him since he’s already been sold online.

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