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KC diocese disputes order to pay $1.1 million in sexual abuse case

The order, issued March 23 by arbitrator Hollis Hanover, stems from a lawsuit filed three years ago alleging that the diocese and Bishop Robert Finn violated parts of a 2008 settlement. The issue that sparked the concerns was the diocese’s failure to immediately report the Rev. Shawn Ratigan after finding disturbing images of young girls on the priest’s laptop computer in late 2010.

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Atchison man is charged with murder of 5-year-old girl in police chase

Marcas McGowan, the boyfriend of the girl’s mother, made his first court appearance Wednesday. He also is charged in Leavenworth County District Court with two counts of aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer, unlawful possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, aggravated child endangerment, and fleeing and eluding in connection with the incident Friday in which Cady Harris was killed.

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Jamaal Charles agrees to contract extension, will head to Chiefs camp

Kansas City Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles is headed to training camp after agreeing Wednesday afternoon to a two-year contract extension with the team, multiple sources told The Star. A person with knowledge of the situation said Charles is set to earn more than $18 million in new money from the deal and $8.3 million this season, which will make him the second-highest paid running back this year, behind Minnesota’s Adrian Peterson.

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Mary Sanchez

Diocese case: Remembering the children

The former teacher liked what she heard from Jackson County Judge Bryan Round on Wednesday. He seemed to understand. To grasp why she and about a dozen others attended the hearing to determine if a breach-of-contract ruling ordering the diocese to pay a $1.1 million will stand. It’s for the children.