Films step into the Middle of the Map spotlight

This year, Ink’s Middle of the Map Film Festival boasts a lineup of 28 features (and a collection of shorts). The entries exhibit a strong anchor in musical themes. But there is comedy, action, mystery and fantasy to be found as well. Among the highlights is “Every Everything: The Music, Life and Times of Grant Hart,” a documentary about the former drummer/vocalist of Hüsker Dü (pictured).

Kansas City chamber names its top 10 small businesses of the year

The top 10 were announced at a private event at Boulevard Brewing Co. The event — presented by Intrust Bank — was part of the chamber’s annual small business celebrations. One of the top 10 will be crowned the Kansas City 2014 Small Business of the Year and receive the Mr. K Award at a luncheon May 29.

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Missouri legislature passes $620 million tax cut, Nixon signals possible veto

The Missouri House gave final approval Wednesday to a $620 million tax cut bill, setting the stage for a showdown with Gov. Jay Nixon. Nixon, a Democrat, is expected to veto the measure. But GOP legislative leaders are hopeful they’ll muster enough support for an override. Republicans hold 108 seats in the Missouri House, only one shy of a veto-proof two-thirds majority. Democratic Rep. Jeff Roorda of Jefferson County joined the GOP in support of the bill Wednesday.

Three days after tragedy, Jewish Community Center reopens

People arrive feeling a mixture of emotions ranging from sadness to anxiety to defiance in the face of hatred after Sunday’s attack that left two dead in the parking lot, and a third victim at the Village Shalom senior living center nearby.

Chelsea Clinton: I might run for office someday

Chelsea Clinton says she's happy right now with her elected representatives — but might come for their jobs if that changes. Clinton, 34, daughter of former President Bill Clinton and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, told Fast Company that she has always denied any interest in running for office.

MU’s Maty Mauk working to add pocket passing to his game

Now solidified as Missouri’s starting quarterback, Maty Mauk wants to command the offense more than stun the defense. “I want to stay in the pocket more,” Mauk said. “Last year, I didn’t get thrown in because I knew I was going in there when James got hurt, but I wasn’t as ready as I am now.”

After 11 months, business is humming along at Mills Recording Co.

Eleven months after Judy Mills opened Mills Recording Co. on the north side of Westport Road, just east of Broadway, she already needs more space. “It’s a surprise, but a pleasant surprise,” she said. “I knew we’d grow, but I didn’t think it would be so fast.” The store, which sells vinyl records, will be among those celebrating Record Store Day on Saturday.

NCAA progress, one extra meal at a time

Bless his heart, Shabazz Napier’s bizarre claim that he goes to bed "starving" actually led to a small show of progress from the NCAA. If nothing else, this is a shining neon symbol about just how little leverage and credibility the NCAA has because, let’s be honest, Shabazz Napier is not going to bed starving.

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