The award for ‘Most Irresponsible Budget’ goes to Kansas lawmakers

When Gov. Sam Brownback essentially tells GOP lawmakers to “Pass an irresponsible state budget that harms public services for Kansans,” too many have offered a ready-made feeble response the last four years. Sure enough. Got it. Right away. It happened again under the cover of darkness Monday, as the House and Senate narrowly approved an unbalanced budget for the fiscal year starting July 1.

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In treating mental illness, providing ‘housing first’ is struggle

A new approach to treating people with severe mental illness says they first need a stable place to live

The Kansas City area lacks housing, and tenants can pose many problems for landlords who want to help

Advocates say “housing first” saves money and encourages greater compassion from the community

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Joplin survivors recount the night of the tornado five years ago

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Yael T. Abouhalkah blasts bad, irresponsible budget bill in Kansas

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Jimmy Conrad pickup game draws a big crowd

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Matt Besler reflects on Sporting KC's 1-1 draw with the LA Galaxy

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The Royals finish the road trip with a win in Seattle

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Kansas City's first food truck hub draws hundreds for grand opening

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Danny Duffy discusses striking out of Bryce Harper

Royals reliever Danny Duffy struck out Washington slugger Bryce Harper and escaped a late jam in Kansas City' 2-0 loss to the Nationals on Monday night at Kauffman Stadium.
Rustin Dodd rdodd@kcstar.com
Danny Duffy discusses striking out of Bryce Harper 01:18

Danny Duffy discusses striking out of Bryce Harper

Anne Lindberg, "in tandem" 01:32

Anne Lindberg, "in tandem"

KC streetcar delivers redevelopment 01:06

KC streetcar delivers redevelopment

Tiny houses to shelter homeless veterans 01:46

Tiny houses to shelter homeless veterans