Missouri House committee opens hearing into Water Patrol merger

During a five-hour hearing, the names of Brandon Ellingson and Anthony Piercy weren’t spoken. But the dozens of people present, many of them uniformed state troopers and retired Water Patrol officials, knew that the two were the catalyst for the special House committee.


American Royal Barbecue may hold the key to Kemper Arena’s future

Raze or renovate 19,000-seat Kemper Arena? The decision may hinge on how the choice might affect one of Kansas City’s signature events, the American Royal’s World Series of Barbecue. The 35th edition of what promoters say is the largest contest of its kind on the planet fires up on Friday.

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Kokopelli Mexican Cantina closes after a decade in Prairie Village

Kokopelli Mexican Cantina has long been known for its frequent email specials offering loyal customers deals like this week’s “Football Monday Coupon” — 20 percent off their total check. But on Wednesday, Kokopelli’s owners, Kevin and Tammy Lyman, sent another email, this one to let their customers know that the Prairie Village restaurant had closed.

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High school homecomings: Traditions of autumn fun

The football games will be the place to be. Homecoming queens will be crowned. Students will muster the courage to ask for dates to the homecoming dances, some devising elaborate invitations for those special someones. It’s an important cultural moment for the school and the community.

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