Healing is the message at interfaith service for victims of Sunday’s shootings

Clergy of different faiths, joined by U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, delivered messages of hope and unity Thursday before more than 1,300 people gathered at the Jewish Community Center in Overland Park. “A pall has been cast over our great nation,” Holder said. “We gather today not in joy, but in solemn reflection.” The overall message, however, was focused on the power of love and unity to combat hatred and evil.

Kansas regents stick with social media policy for universities

Language about respecting free speech may be added to policy, which says a university CEO can discipline employees, up to termination, for social media communications that affect the school’s ability to carry out its functions. Some have said the policy is too strict.

Kansas officials plan to issue new fiscal forecast

Since July 2013, the state has collected $141 million more than anticipated, a surplus of 3.6 percent compared with the official forecast. But total revenues are running 5.6 percent behind collections from the previous fiscal year because of personal income tax cuts championed by Gov. Sam Brownback.

Press conference scheduled in highway shootings arrest

Police said more details will be released at a 1 p.m. press conference. Kansas City police raided a Grandview residence Thursday afternoon and arrested a man suspected in the series of shootings on area roadways that injured three people and put drivers on edge for nearly two weeks.

Prairie chickens arrive in Missouri from Nebraska

The Missouri Department of Conservation says a group of prairie chickens has been brought to the state from Nebraska. Forty-five chicks were released at the Dunn Ranch Prairie in northwest Missouri, the department said Wednesday. This is the second year of a three-year program to help repopulate the endangered species.