Study: Fuels from corn waste not better than gas

Biofuels made from the leftovers of harvested corn plants are worse than gasoline for global warming in the short term, a study shows, challenging the Obama administration's conclusions that they are a much cleaner oil alternative and will help combat climate change.

Christians around the world celebrate Easter

From the splendor of the Vatican to some of the world's most troubled regions, Christians worldwide sought hope Sunday in their religion's holiest event — the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus. In Rome, Pope Francis made an Easter plea for peace and dialogue in Ukraine and Syria and for an end to terrorist attacks against Christians in Nigeria. He also called for more attention to the needy and the hungry.

Teachers from UMKC learn to survive urban schools’ rigors

By now, at least half of them should be gone. Out of teaching within five years. That’s the national trend the first graduating class of the University of Missouri-Kansas City’s Institute for Urban Education was up against. Yet they’ve made it. All of them.

Running backs in draft could be hurt as teams place less value on position

Veteran runners aren’t getting big bucks in free-agency, and those in 2014 NFL Draft will get less guaranteed money the lower they are selected. The financial realities of the situation means that it behooves college running backs to get into the league as soon as possible so they can get their free-agency clock started.

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KCI task force is poised to recommend airport terminal layout

The KCI Terminal Advisory Group appears ready to decide Tuesday or soon after on a specific terminal configuration for the airport’s future. The group is expected to recommend one of three options: major renovation of two existing terminals, renovation of two existing terminals with a central building connection, or construction of a new single terminal.

Yordano Ventura struggles as Royals lose 8-3 to Twins

On Sunday, fresh off his first big-league victory last week, Yordano Ventura reminded observers of that fact he is only 22. Ventura stumbled through only four innings in an 8-3 loss to the Minnesota Twins. The Royals saw their five-game winning streak snapped and their budding young right-hander humbled.

In 2014, the Boston Marathon is a very human race

This year’s marathon will be a celebration of the sport a year after two pressure cooker bombs exploded, killing three people and injuring more than 260. Sixteen people lost limbs. Qualifying for this year’s marathon was tougher than ever after last year’s tragedy created so much interest in the race. But five Kansas City area runners made the cut. Each brings a special story to Boston.

Actress Connie Stevens wants to make people laugh — because they need it

Connie Stevens — who is in town to star in the New Theatre Restaurant production of “Miracle on South Division Street” — was the classic studio starlet. She made dumb TV shows (“Hawaiian Eye”) and movies we now regard as camp (“Parrish,” “Susan Slade”). She made pop records. As time went by, she played Vegas. But as is often the case with celebrities we think we know, a serious human being is at work behind the superficial imagery.

In Black and Gold Game, Maty Mauk shows he’s ready to take Missouri’s reins

As spring games go, Missouri’s Black and Gold Game on Saturday at Memorial Stadium was a thriller. Of course, the final score — the reserves, who started with a 14-point lead, rallied for a 21-20 victory in the closing seconds — doesn’t matter much. The 15th and final spring practice for a Tigers team that is eager to build off a 12-2 season in 2013 was less about winning than it was about preparing to win.

Families flee Kansas and Missouri so sick kids can get medical marijuana

Otis Reed will soon move from Kansas to Colorado so he can get marijuana every day. Otis is 2. He and little ones like him who suffer hundreds of seizures a day have become the new face of America’s discussion about marijuana. A growing number of health professionals say medical marijuana, specifically an oil extract called Charlotte’s Web, can help those children. The big question is, why do these families have to move to Colorado to get it?

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