After a two week delay in which judges dug up more words, Kush Sharma, 13, finally emerged Saturday morning as the champion of the Jackson County Spelling Bee. Kush, a Kansas City seventh-grader at Frontier School of Innovation, spelled one more word correctly than Sophia Hoffman, a Lees Summit fifth-grader, who misspelled stifling in Saturdays 28th round.
The high court ruled that cuts in education funding since 2010 led to an unconstitutionally imbalanced playing field between rich and poor schools. Its decision means lawmakers by July 1 must close the gap or a panel of three district court judges will decide how to do it for them. On a grander scale, the court put off a decision on whether Kansas was spending enough on schools to meet its constitutional obligation to suitably finance public education.
The reading of Miranda rights is a procedure generally reserved for suspected criminals, not their victims. The Nodaway County prosecutor did just that with then-15-year-old Daisy Coleman, whose allegations of sexual assault and child endangerment two years ago in Maryville, Mo. and the lack of legal action that followed created a national furor.
Latasha Wilson, 19, of Warrensburg, was charged with abandonment of a corpse. Zakary Carter, 20, also of Warrensburg, was charged with tampering with physical evidence. Both are Class D felonies. Additional charges could be filed
The victim was bludgeoned to death in a homeless camp along the Missouri River.
A woman suffered a large cut to her neck after her neighbor came over to borrow eggs or buy crack, depending on who’s telling the story. The neighbor allegedly grabbed the victim’s purse. The victim grabbed the knife and stabbed the neighbor in the arm as she fled.
David Murdick, a Blue Springs lawyer, had pleaded guilty in January to involuntary manslaughter in the 2012 death of Clifton Scott, a motorist assist operator working an accident scene on Interstate 70.
Several streets near the Sprint Center will be closed next week for the mens basketball championship tournament.
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The condition of University Village walkways was cited as a concern. Lt. Bruce Britt of the Columbia Fire Department died Feb. 22 at University Village as he was evacuating residents when part of a walkway collapsed.
Dave Wing said that he and another attorney would be representing Joe Hatley in the complaint by Rep. Bill Sutton and that he was disappointed with Sutton’s “false statements.” Wing and Hatley are both partners at the Kansas City law firm Spencer Fane Britt & Browne.
The mother of 16-year-old Tabitha Brewer and the daughter of 71-year-old Shirley McKeown never got to bury their loved ones because their bodies were never found. Now both cases have the same investigator, Kansas City Police Sgt. Everett Babcock. “If I ever got murdered,” said his former supervisor, “I would want him on my case.”
Sophia Hoffman and Kush Sharma started something two weeks ago they didn’t get to finish. After 23 other contestants in the Jackson County Spelling Bee went out, Sophia and Kush went toe to toe, vowel for vowel, etymology for etymology, for 47 more rounds. Come Saturday for these two, the talking ends and the words begin.
Jackson County prosecutors want detectives to do more work before deciding whether to file criminal charges against the 19-year-old in the shooting death of Kristofor A. Washington in an industrial area Tuesday.
Kansas City now prohibits drunk people from carrying guns, but Missouri law allows it unless the weapon is discharged negligently. City laws can’t be more restrictive, so the council was advised to alter the local ordinance to match. Mayor Sly James and six colleagues said they could not support adopting what they saw as bad state law.
An attorney for Cordish, the Baltimore-based developer of the Power & Light District, said the lawsuit accusations “are complete fabrications and 100 percent false.”
They are asking for information about any woman who had been close to delivering a child in February or March, as well as any suspicious circumstances concerning that child’s birth.
Rep. Bill Sutton, a Gardner Republican, said he filed papers with the Kansas Disciplinary Administrator alleging that Joseph Hatley failed to properly represent the school board in the meeting in which Superintendent Bill Gilhaus and two other school district officials were fired.
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An official says an American Airlines flight from Chicago's O'Hare Airport was taken to a remote area at Kansas City International Airport and searched after it landed because of a bomb threat.
Missouri filed a lawsuit last month seeking to strike down a California law barring the sale of eggs produced by hens kept in cages that don’t meet that state’s size and space requirements.
Kansas legislators are finished considering new legal protections this year for those who opposing gay marriage on religious grounds but will debate the issue in 2015, the state Senate's top leader said Thursday.
Overland Park firefighter Jason Kelley had been planning his proposal to girlfriend Stephany Pace for months. He didnt plan, however, to be in a national contest. Friends and family were so touched by a video of their proposal that they suggested the couple enter the Pop the Question contest for the Today Show.
That screening found that the oxygen level in Cassandra Foster’s first child, Sophia, was dangerously low. It was the first step to discovering that Sophia had numerous critical heart defects. Sophia is healthy now, and her mother wants every newborn in Kansas to get the same test. But the American Heart Association says Kansas isn’t moving nearly as fast as it should to make that possible.
More than 200 farmers and landowners in the Missouri River basin have sued the federal government, accusing the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers of improper decisions that they say led to costly flooding. The landowners say the corps de-emphasized flood control in favor of protecting fish and wildlife. That choice, they say, led to floods and an unconstitutional taking of their land.
A man’s shooting death in a parked car Tuesday snapped the streak, which was one day short of the longest stretch in the last 10 years for consecutive days without a homicide, according to data kept by The Kansas City Star. The longest stretch was recorded from June 3 to July 3 in 2007.
Carolyn A. Wyatt’s petition alleges that she has suffered a lack of representation because the at-large District 1 commissioner’s position remains open. The seat has been vacant since Mark Holland became mayor last spring.
Prosecutors allege that Melvin L. Frierson, 31, stole five bundles of undelivered mail and numerous items of outgoing mail after accosting the carrier at his mail truck about 1 p.m. Tuesday at 2311 E. 44th St.
Kansas pleaded that it didnt mean to condone discrimination against gay people. Legislators, even some of the folks who voted for the daffy religious freedom bill, decried it when faced with the national embarrassment the thing ignited. Can we get that in writing? How about by a vote through the Legislature?
Jenkins legislation would suspend the health care laws fine of $95 or 1 percent of taxable income imposed on Americans who dont purchase insurance policies for 2014. The bill isnt likely to even get a vote in the Democrat-controlled Senate.