The feared tornadoes didnt come Sunday evening. But the heavy winds, which split trees and downed power lines on both sides of the state line, sure did. West of Kansas City, a tornado touched down in rural Lyon County, Kan., causing structural damage to homes (pictured).
The number of impoverished people in Americas suburbs surged 64 percent in the past decade, creating for the first time a landscape in which the suburban poor outnumber the urban poor, a new report shows. Around Kansas City, patterns of poverty have been quietly shifting for some time.
Now in their senior years of college, more than half of the 125 in the first class have fallen out of college or are not on pace to graduate within five years. From the moment the foundation launched its first class as seventh-graders in 2003, it knew the critical measure of its investment would come now, 10 years later.
The 2013 session of the Kansas Legislature nears an end with the chief justice of the state Supreme Court accusing a leading senator with political coercion. Meantime, efforts are picking up steam to force appellate judges into retirement and to build separate civil and criminal appeals courts.
Dark clouds brewed Sunday over the Power & Light District, but that didnt stop the Downtown Art Annual. More than a dozen presenters at the Downtown Art Annual folded their tents even before Sundays showcase began.
Two men suffered critical injuries in two early Sunday morning shootings in Lawrence that police believe are related.
The Powerball ticket now worth an estimated $590.5 million wasn’t sold in Missouri. But two Missouri Powerball players were so close to picking all the winning numbers that that their tickets are worth $1 million each.
The possibility of winning a record Powerball jackpot was a big draw Saturday for area stores selling lottery tickets. Early Sunday, officials with the multistate lottery said that one winning ticket for the $590 million jackpot had been sold in Florida.
The military, ranked as America's most trusted institution by its citizens but strained by 11 years of war, faces a troubling confluence: acts of mayhem, a growing sexual abuse scandal, a flurry of other misconduct cases. Were seeing a strain on an institution, one expert says.
The owners of the party bus didn't get the required U.S. Department of Transportation number. That registration would have required inspection and repairs on the bus on which the door ajar warning system wasn't working. When the bus hit a bump, the doors popped open and a woman tumbled to her death on Interstate 35.
A 1918 work by Edwin Blashfield, The Call of Missouri, was displayed for years at the Kansas City Public Library. It disappeared in 1983. A six-year search found it online on sale for $650,000.
The $13.4 million system for revenue collection goes live June 10. It will replace a system that was close to collapse. The new system should be better for taxpayers and tax enforcement.
Aaron Markarian was killed this spring before he got a chance to walk with his graduating class at the UMKC Conservatory of Music and Dance. On Saturday, the school named a scholarship in his honor.
Saturday’s event, which drew an estimated 10,000 people, was a major fundraiser for the local chapter of the American Heart Association.
The provision says no money could be spent to implement the new standards for math and reading, which have been adopted by more than 40 states.
Jefferson City nightlife, Kansas envy and organized labor found success, but things were tough for Gov. Jay Nixon and House Speaker Tim Jones.
One day after Savannah Nash celebrated her 16th birthday on May 8, she picked up her Missouri driver’s license. One week later, she died in a traffic accident. The Harrisonville High School freshman, an honor roll student and Future Farmers of America competitor, was driving alone on Thursday afternoon, only 100 yards from her house.
Jay Nixon is a hands-off governor. That’s the word in the statehouse. He’s out of sight, disconnected, a distant presence rather than a dominating force, Republicans and more than a few Democrats say. But six hours spent with the two-term governor just two days before final adjournment revealed a chief executive anything but disengaged.
Three drivers stopped on a treacherous stretch of U.S. 169 north of the Richards Road ramp after a pedestrian was struck by a hit-and-run driver while standing near her disabled car. The 23-year-old victim remains in critical condition.
It may be weeks before Kansans know if prosecutors will seek the death penalty for Kyle Flack, accused of killing four people in Franklin County this spring. It will take far longer 10 years or more before anyone in the state is actually put to death for a crime. And that time gap, advocates on both sides of the death penalty debate say, suggests the state remains deeply uneasy about the punishment an ambivalence that muddies its value.
Warm and humid air is expected move into the area ahead of the severe storm storms. The severe storms are expected late Sunday afternoon and Sunday evening. Another round of storms are expected to develop Monday.
The news, shared with staff and volunteers Thursday, stunned the charter school’s community, which has spent 13 years trying to serve children from the highest levels of poverty.
The motion, filed in Jackson County Circuit Court, is packed with excerpts from depositions of dozens of witnesses — including priests and nuns — and an affidavit from a former school board member at Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary School, who said she complained about Monsignor Thomas O’Brien’s alleged inappropriate behavior to a former bishop, then resigned and pulled her son from the school in the 1980s because nothing was done about it.
After more than a decade of discussion, Mission is getting set to rebuild its main street, Johnson Drive. But some downtown merchants are anxious about parking, while others complain about costs and disruptions.
City officials have encouraging news about the environmental cleanup at the failed Citadel project site at 63rd Street and Prospect Avenue. But a new market study indicates it won’t be easy to redevelop the long-blighted area.
Opponents of a new terminal at KCI Airport are launching an initiative petition drive to press their cause. They hope to place a measure on a city ballot saying that the city can’t build a new airport terminal without a public vote.
The computers were taken from the office of St. Ann Parish at 10113 E. Lexington Ave. on March 26 after detectives alerted parish officials that they had detected two downloads of child pornography from peer-to-peer websites by an Internet address associated with the parish office, said Jack Smith, a diocesan spokesman.
Tristan R. Williams, 30, had pleaded guilty in March to second-degree murder in the death of Kylie D. Williams. He had told authorities the death occurred when cats in his apartment accidentally overturned the child’s bouncing chair.
Please confirm numbers with state lottery officials.
Map of hateful tweets shows hotspots are mostly in eastern half of U.S., including Kansas and Missouri
Tweets containing homophobic, racist or demeaning words are coming in larger proportions from people living in the eastern half of the United States, according to a new map that tracked hate speech on Twitter.