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James McGinnis shows progress from brain injury during appearance at Olathe East basketball game

In a halftime festivity initially intended to surprise James McGinnis and honor his homecoming from a rehabilitation hospital in Nebraska, McGinnis’ next move instead surprised those in attendance. With the aid of his father, he stood up from his wheelchair and took a step. Then another. Then another. In a matter of moments, Senior Night had transformed into James McGinnis Night.

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Royals lefty Brandon Finnegan is a playoff veteran who’s still a rookie

After a 14-month whirlwind that took him from the Big 12 to the big leagues and the World Series, left-hander Brandon Finnegan reported this month as the youngest pitcher in Royals camp and the most fascinating component of their roster construction. Team officials consider him their best left-handed option for the big-league bullpen and hope he could anchor a starting rotation. But he is still learning the etiquette of his clubhouse, and experiencing the rights of passage inflicted on rookies.

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Auditor Tom Schweich’s apparent suicide continues to shake Missouri politics

Campaign events were canceled Friday. So was a planned trade mission by Gov. Jay Nixon to Cuba. A replacement for Schweich was named, but only on a temporary basis. And the Missouri Republican Party’s chairman worked to dispel rumors that he had engaged in a whisper campaign targeting Schweich’s religion — a charge Schweich made to reporters by telephone just moments before allegedly taking his own life.

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