Very few certainties in MU search, but don’t count on Gregg Marshall, Tim Floyd

An informed source continued to say Wednesday that presumed prime target Gregg Marshall of Wichita State and his camp have not been contacted by Missouri or anyone affiliated with the Tigers’ search for a new men’s basketball coach. Along with that, the brief surge in political traction that UTEP coach Tim Floyd enjoyed also crumbled by Wednesday night.

Saudi Arabian prince promotes Nelson-Atkins exhibit, and his own nation, on a visit to Kansas City

His Royal Highness Prince Sultan bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud, a grandson of Saudi Arabia’s ruler, came to Kansas City for opening ceremonies of the “Roads of Arabia” exhibition at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art on Wednesday. Museum officials and the prince himself say the collection of 200-plus artifacts, excavated over the last four decades, shows that Arabia was not some distant desert outpost but a center of culture and innovation.

E-cigarette industry awaits looming federal regulation

Smokers are increasingly turning to battery-powered electronic cigarettes to get their nicotine fix. They're about to find out what federal regulators have to say about the popular devices. The Food and Drug Administration will propose rules for e-cigarettes as early as this month.

Arcade Fire’s Starlight Theatre show highlights a busy week for live music

Live music’s busy season is now upon us. Here’s a look at some of the best shows rolling into town over the next week or so. Arcade Fire’s previous Kansas City show, in April 2011, topped many best-concert lists that year. This time, the seven-member band is touring on “Reflektor,” its most-recent album, and one that requires a larger ensemble of musicians.

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FCC to propose pay-for-priority Internet standards

The Federal Communications Commission is set to propose new open Internet rules that would allow content companies to pay for faster delivery over the so-called "last mile" connection to people's homes, but enhance scrutiny of such deals so they don't harm competition or limit free speech.

‘From the ashes,’ JJ’s restaurant will come back in Plaza Vista building

On Wednesday, 14 months after their restaurant was destroyed in a gas explosion and fire, brothers Jimmy and David Frantze announced they will reopen JJ’s in late summer on the very Plaza Vista development site that for eight years had caused them so much grief. “We’re coming back from the ashes,” Jimmy Frantze said.

Royals pitcher Bruce Chen is a comedian, mentor, translator and major-league survivor

On Thursday, Royals pitcher Bruce Chen can match Mariano Rivera’s record for major-league wins by a Panamanian. Chen, 36, cherishes the potential record, just as he cherishes his endurance. He has played for 10 teams, persisting thanks to his studious nature, dedication to his craft, ability to manipulate a baseball and the genetic gift of being born left-handed. With the Royals, where he is the eldest member of a youthful clubhouse, he doubles as cut-up and conciliator.

People stand ready to remake the spirit of JJ’s in a new location

Several months ago, owner Jimmy Frantze tasked a longtime friend with helping him rebuild not so much the literal space that is the work of the architects but what JJ’s had encompassed — what JJ’s meant to Frantze as an owner of nearly 30 years, to loyal staff as a place of employment, to regulars as a comfortable roosting spot, to connoisseurs for its world-class wine list and to Kansas City as an iconic, independent venue.

Student support builds for fired Chrisman High School girls basketball coach

A player-led movement to bring back a fired William Chrisman High School girls basketball coach is headed to the hallways. A week after 11 students wrote letters to the Independence School District Board of Education, voicing their anger and confusion over the firing of Lindsay Thompson, the players and coach said they have received no clear explanation from school or district administration as to why she was dismissed as coach.

Actors Jason Sudeikis and Olivia Wilde welcome baby boy

Welcome to the world little Otis Sudeikis. What an overachiever you are! Jason Sudeikis, who grew up in Overland Park, and Olivia Wilde had their first child on Wednesday and Baby Otis arrived nearly two weeks ahead of his due date. Mama posted a black-and-white snapshot of the two of them on Twitter.

Area scientists fight virus that is killing pigs by the millions

The virus poses no threat to humans who eat pork or those who work around pigs. But when swine herds contract the disease, virtually every piglet born for a month or more will die of severe dehydration. It has been found in 28 states, including Kansas and Missouri. The loss of pigs is expected to increase the cost of pork products 10 to 20 percent by the end of this year.

Spirit Airlines will launch KCI service in August

The Florida-based low-cost carrier will offer daily nonstop service to Chicago O’Hare International Airport, Dallas, Detroit and Las Vegas starting Aug 7. It will add Houston on Aug. 8. Kansas City will be the 56th city added to Spirit’s route network.

Embrace Kansas City’s low costs to attract people and jobs

Kansas City often can’t compete with much of what Boston — and other East Coast elites such as New York City, Philadelphia and Washington, D.C. — can offer. But more optimistically, Kansas City can compete for new residents and jobs on issues that are extremely important to people in general and millennials specifically.

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