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Live updates, stats from tonight’s Royals-Rays game

Follow along on your desktop or mobile device during tonight’s Royals-Rays game for live stats and updates from Andy McCullough, The Star’s Royals beat reporter, and other Star sportswriters and editors. First pitch is set for 6:10 p.m. Central on Fox Sports Kansas City.

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Missouri gets more time to protect abused children

At Kansas City’s Operation Breakthrough day care center, Gov. Jay Nixon signed legislation that included a bill giving child welfare workers more time to investigate hotline allegations. His signature came one day after the Missouri Supreme Court ruled that the state’s child welfare agency shouldn’t face court punishment if investigations are overdue.

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Mary Sanchez

Kansas gun law deserves a challenge

The law says guns and ammunition manufactured and owned in the state are exempt from federal firearms laws. It’s the old state’s sovereignty idea. The same argument the antebellum South tried to keep their slaves. It arose again when states fought the desegregation of public schools.

Yael T. Abouhalkah

Who has the guts to make big changes KC region needs?

Many KC area politicians, development lawyers, business executives and especially others have built their livelihood on contending that economic development is a war that has to be waged, with the spoils going to the victor — even though all this fighting has emptied large parts of the core, fueled costly sprawl, and drained hundreds of millions of tax dollars from schools, roads, parks and other public services.