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 Range Prairie in northwest Missouri, the department said Wednesday. This is the second year of a three-year program to help repopulate the endangered species.

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.”

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.

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.

No gap in Kansas law on hate crimes

One difficulty of hate-crime laws can be the high legal standards. Some call for proving not only that a murder had occurred, but at the same time that bias was the motivation. If reasonable doubt exists on either, the whole case could implode. Better to get the conviction and then offer the judge or jury the ability to upgrade the sentence if indeed the crime had been motivated by hate.

Local Passover celebrations eclipse fear

Sunday’s mayhem erupted close by — the killing of three people allegedly by a man known to spout racist and anti-Semitic views. Still, as thousands of area Jewish families sat down this week for ceremonial Seder dinners, there were many hugs, laughs and moments of spiritual sharing. Across the area, the tragedy presented “an opportunity for conversation.”

Missouri legislature passes $620 million tax cut, Nixon signals possible veto

The Missouri House gave final approval Wednesday to a $620 million tax cut bill, setting the stage for a showdown with Gov. Jay Nixon. Nixon, a Democrat, is expected to veto the measure. But GOP legislative leaders are hopeful they’ll muster enough support for an override. Republicans hold 108 seats in the Missouri House, only one shy of a veto-proof two-thirds majority. Democratic Rep. Jeff Roorda of Jefferson County joined the GOP in support of the bill Wednesday.

Suspect in Overland Park shootings faces two types of murder charges

Frazier Glenn Cross Jr., who is better known as F. Glenn Miller Jr., is charged with capital murder and with first-degree murder. A capital murder conviction carries a life sentence without parole unless prosecutors seek the death penalty. A first-degree murder conviction carries a life sentence with no parole possible for at least 25 years.

Witness of Jewish center shooting chased gunman

Paul Temme chased the gunman while on the phone with police, then locked eyes with the man. The shooter raised a handgun and fired at least once. What upsets Temme more than getting shot at, he said, is the bigotry and the hatred behind the shootings. “It’s horrifying to see, the actual remnants” of that bigotry, he said.

Cancer doctor and clinic agree to pay $2.9 million to settle federal whistleblower lawsuit

Raj Sadasivan did some of his most lucrative work altering medical records with a paper cutter and scissors, some of his former employees contend. Those records at the Hope Cancer Institute in Kansas City, Kan., became the key to an alleged attempt to bilk Medicare and other government programs out of millions of dollars — the largest federal health fraud case in the Kansas City area in recent years. Government claims against Sadasivan and the clinic amounted to $31.7 million.

Homicide victim predicted his own demise

Two days before Javonte Slayden was lured out of a relative’s house and fatally shot in Kansas City, he gave a photo of his alleged killer to a friend. If anything happened to him, Slayden told his friend on April 4, look for the people in the photograph to be responsible, according to court records. One of the men in the photo, Deandre Whitley, 22, of Kansas City, is charged with first-degree murder and armed criminal action.

Hospitalized Miley Cyrus cancels Sprint Center show

Miley Cyrus, who was scheduled to perform at the Sprint Center Tuesday night, canceled her concert and is in the hospital after a severe allergic reaction to antibiotics. Despite lightning communication through social media, some fans showed up hoping to see a show.

Judge hears arguments on proposed streetcar taxing district

Lawyers for supporters and opponents of Kansas City’s streetcars sparred at a hearing to determine the legality of a new taxing district that could help fund extensions to the downtown starter route. Meanwhile, Trucks began unloading rail for the Kansas City streetcar project on Wednesday in downtown Kansas City.

St. Louis-area man accused of sexual torture

A St. Louis County man sexually tortured five women in his apartment at separate times over a period of several years, using threats and psychological control to keep them from leaving or going to police, the county prosecutor said Tuesday.

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