Films step into the Middle of the Map spotlight

This year, Ink’s Middle of the Map Film Festival boasts a lineup of 28 features (and a collection of shorts). The entries exhibit a strong anchor in musical themes. But there is comedy, action, mystery and fantasy to be found as well. Among the highlights is “Every Everything: The Music, Life and Times of Grant Hart,” a documentary about the former drummer/vocalist of Hüsker Dü (pictured).

Missouri lawmakers cut taxes as they ponder raising them

On Wednesday, the General Assembly passed a bill incrementally cutting taxes by $620 million over at least five years, a measure Gov. Jay Nixon will probably veto. On Thursday, a Senate committee is expected to back a bill asking voters to raise the state’s sales tax by a penny for 10 years to fund updates to transportation infrastructure — money likely to rebuild I-70 nearly from Illinois to Kansas.

Kansas City chamber names its top 10 small businesses of the year

The top 10 were announced at a private event at Boulevard Brewing Co. The event — presented by Intrust Bank — was part of the chamber’s annual small business celebrations. One of the top 10 will be crowned the Kansas City 2014 Small Business of the Year and receive the Mr. K Award at a luncheon May 29.

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Armed robber was never told to report to prison

After he was convicted of armed robbery in 2000, Cornealious Anderson was sentenced to 13 years behind bars and told to await instructions on when and where to report to prison. But those instructions never came.

Kansas City police search for missing girl

Kansas City police were scouring an east side neighborhood late Wednesday night after 12-year-old Naomi Lizbeth Hidalgo-Garcia was reported missing. She was reported missing about 9 p.m. in the 2300 block of Quincy Avenue.

Days after tragedy, Jewish Community Center reopens with a mixture of emotions

“I think it’s important for us to continue on as before,” Debby Winkel, 64, of Olathe said Wednesday, the first day the Jewish Community Center opened after two people were fatally shot there and a third person was killed at a second Jewish community site in Overland Park. “I think we owe it as a show of support for those families who lost loved ones and to show support for one another.”

A two-time winner, Tom Watson returns to the Heritage

Tom Watson is going back this week to a place he’s had quite a bit of success. Watson will be playing in the RBC Heritage tournament in Hilton Head, S.C. Watson is a two-time winner of the event, having captured the title in 1979 and 1982.

Chelsea Clinton: I might run for office someday

Chelsea Clinton says she's happy right now with her elected representatives — but might come for their jobs if that changes. Clinton, 34, daughter of former President Bill Clinton and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, told Fast Company that she has always denied any interest in running for office.

Diabetes study shows a big decline in complications

Federal researchers reported the first broad national picture of progress in combating some of the most devastating complications of diabetes, which affects millions of Americans. Rates of heart attacks, strokes, kidney failure and amputations fell sharply over the past two decades. The biggest declines were in the rates of heart attacks and deaths from high blood sugar, which each dropped by more than 60 percent from 1990 to 2010, the period studied.

MU’s Maty Mauk working to add pocket passing to his game

Now solidified as Missouri’s starting quarterback, Maty Mauk wants to command the offense more than stun the defense. “I want to stay in the pocket more,” Mauk said. “Last year, I didn’t get thrown in because I knew I was going in there when James got hurt, but I wasn’t as ready as I am now.”

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