Live updates, stats from tonight’s Royals-Nationals game

Follow along as The Star's sportswriters and editors provide updates as the Royals and the Nationals play at Kauffman Stadium. Edinson Volquez takes the mound for Kansas City; Gio Gonzalez gets the start for Washington. Fox Sports Kansas City will telecast the game. First pitch is at 7:15 p.m.

The award for ‘Most Irresponsible Budget’ goes to Kansas lawmakers

When Gov. Sam Brownback essentially tells GOP lawmakers to “Pass an irresponsible state budget that harms public services for Kansans,” too many have offered a ready-made feeble response the last four years. Sure enough. Got it. Right away. It happened again under the cover of darkness Monday, as the House and Senate narrowly approved an unbalanced budget for the fiscal year starting July 1.

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In treating mental illness, providing ‘housing first’ is struggle

A new approach to treating people with severe mental illness says they first need a stable place to live

The Kansas City area lacks housing, and tenants can pose many problems for landlords who want to help

Advocates say “housing first” saves money and encourages greater compassion from the community

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Matt Besler reflects on Sporting KC's 1-1 draw with the LA Galaxy

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The Royals finish the road trip with a win in Seattle

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Ride with Yael Abouhalkah behind a Kansas City streetcar

Sure, many people are ready to hop on Kansas City's new streetcars starting Friday. But what's it like to drive BEHIND the streetcar as it winds along Main Street between Union Station and the River Market? The Star found out the other day during a streetcar test run - with some video sped up to make it through the entire 2.2-mile route. Results? It can be tough to see traffic lights. It can be a little frustrating - and wait until it stops to pick up passengers. Still, motorists will get used to it. Or, they will find other routes to snake through downtown.
John Sleezer The Kansas City Star
Ride with Yael Abouhalkah behind a Kansas City streetcar 03:46

Ride with Yael Abouhalkah behind a Kansas City streetcar

Tiny houses to shelter homeless veterans 01:46

Tiny houses to shelter homeless veterans

KC streetcar delivers redevelopment 01:06

KC streetcar delivers redevelopment

Jimmy Conrad pickup game draws a big crowd 00:46

Jimmy Conrad pickup game draws a big crowd