Clergy of different faiths, joined by U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, delivered messages of hope and healing 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.”
Family members asked mourners who packed the funeral for shooting rampage victim Terri LaManno on Thursday to reject bitterness and anger and to embrace forgiveness.
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.
On Wednesday, rails to be used by the new downtown streetcar were delivered to a staging area at 19th and Walnut streets. About 800 tons of rail will be used for the rail line extending from the River Market to Union Station.
I think its 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.
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.
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 Gov. Sam Brownback has signed legislation aimed at providing health insurance coverage of services for hundreds of children with autism, starting next year.
The occupants of a minivan reported that one of the vehicle’s windows may have been shot out Wednesday afternoon while driving along Bruce R. Watkins Drive at 59th Street in Kansas City. None of the four people in the van was injured.
Thousands of fans who were disappointed by the cancellation of the Miley Cyrus show on Tuesday can hope she will return on another date, but as of now, no plans have been announced to reschedule the Sprint Center show or tonight’s show at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis.
After much anticipation, work will start next month on the extensive Johnson County Gateway Project, a complete overhaul of the Kansas 10, Interstate 35 and I-435 interchange that will last until the end of 2016. The three-year, $288 million undertaking is the largest highway project ever done in Kansas.
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.
Pete Zevenbergen, a longtime leader of social services in Wyandotte County, is leaving. Randy Callstrom, the head of PACES, a child and family agency that is part of Wyandot Inc., will take over July 1.
The former governor and health and human services secretary is reportedly interested in a campaign against incumbent Pat Roberts, but Sebelius would not be the favorite if she ran.
A Mass for Teresa “Terri” LaManno begins at 10 a.m. Thursday at St. Peter’s Catholic Church, 6415 Holmes St. in Kansas City. Funeral services for William Lewis Corporon and Reat Underwood begin at 3 p.m. Friday at the Church of the Resurrection, 13720 Roe Ave. in Leawood.
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.”
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.
Aaron T. Willard died Tuesday of complications from the disease, the school district said. But district and state health officials stressed that the disease is not contagious and does not pose a public health risk.
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.
In 1987, he reached a plea bargain with federal prosecutors on weapons charges, agreeing to testify against associates in paramilitary and white supremacist movements. The 1987 sentencing memorandum recommended witness protection for Miller, according to Chris Shields, a domestic terrorism researcher.
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. Its horrifying to see, the actual remnants of that bigotry, he said.
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.
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.
The report provided additional details about the incident at 1:35 p.m. Monday on northbound Interstate 49 north of Red Bridge Road. Police aren’t sure if it is connected to a recent string of shootings on highways and roadways. Most of the shootings occurred in Kansas City, and most were in or near Three Trails Crossing.
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.
Lawyers for supporters and opponents of Kansas Citys 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.
A lot of muscle has lined up to combat rape and sexual assault on campuses, including President Barack Obama, who has called on college administrators to act.
Two Raytown neighborhoods missed Google’s sign-up requirements, so the company won’t sell it’s mega-broadband Internet there. But it will hook up homes in 73 other neighborhoods.
Kansas City police identified human remains found last year in the old Northeast area as those of Michael L. Henderson, who was reported missing in 2008. Hikers found his bones in the woods near North Chestnut and Guinotte avenues on Sept. 6.
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.