Planned hotel cited as four large conventions choose Kansas City

Visit KC said the bookings — the American Association for Laboratory Animal Science, the Mothers of Preschoolers International, the American Public Works Association and Quilts Inc. — could generate more than $17 million for the local economy. “As I’ve said before, the convention hotel is a game changer,” said Ronnie Burt, Visit KC’s president and chief executive. “Usually, this type of interest doesn’t happen until the shovel is in the ground.”

Red Zone

Chiefs president opens up about why team is changing touchdown celebration song

Kansas City Chiefs president Mark Donovan said of the old song: “the performer and composer of the song is in a maximum security prison for crimes against children, and we just didn’t want to be associated with that song in any way, either directly or indirectly through a cover song.”

Nation & World

Mass murders such as Columbine and Sandy Hook show uphill gun control battle for slain TV reporter's father

Andy Parker’s heart broke last week when a gunman shot and killed his daughter, newswoman Alison Parker, and cameraman Adam Ward on live TV. He’s now on a quest for “reasonable” restrictions on gun purchases. But history — Columbine, Virginia Tech and Sandy Hook — shows that battle is all uphill.

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Food Truck Friday Lineup

Don’t miss these great street eats — including ice cream, barbecue, tacos, Cajun, Spanish tapas and more — as Labor Day Weekend kicks off with The Star’s Food Truck Friday.

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