Strong quake rocks central Italy, at least 37 reported dead

A devastating earthquake rocked central Italy early Wednesday, collapsing homes on top of residents as they slept. At least 37 people were killed in hard-hit towns where rescue crews raced to dig survivors out of the rubble, but the toll was likely to rise as crews reached homes in more remote hamlets.

The Star hires Pulitzer winner to head editorial board

Colleen McCain Nelson, who was a summer intern at The Kansas City Star in 1995, will return this fall as vice president of the newspaper’s editorial board. She received a Pulitzer with two others for their editorials at The Dallas Morning News and currently covers Hillary Clinton’s campaign. The Star also is hiring Eric Nelson, her husband, to head its digital operations. For both, the move from jobs in Washington, D.C., marks a return to roots.

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Raytown High Schools will give a car away to two students

Raytown High Schools will give away two Ford Focus to a junior or senior with an average attendance of 95 percent. The cars will be raffled at the end of the year.
Mara' Williams The Kansas City Star
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