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Pitcher Luke Hochevar will begin season on disabled list for Royals

Luke Hochevar bowled over hitters with fastballs and froze them with his curveballs this spring, but the organization still does not feel his surgically-reconstructed right elbow is “not ready for the rigors of a major-league bullpen right now,” manager Ned Yost said Tuesday. The decision to put Hochevar on the disabled list still does not settle the team’s ongoing roster debates.

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Schweich spokesman Spence Jackson feared unemployment, suicide note says

Concern over a lack of job prospects may have convinced Spence Jackson to take his own life over the weekend, his final note suggests. “I’m so sorry,” the note said. “I just can’t take being unemployed again.” The note confirms what a Jackson friend told The Star on Monday — that Jackson, 44, was worried about future employment after Missouri auditor Tom Schweich committed suicide Feb. 26.

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Baby chimp makes his debut at the Kansas City Zoo

A male chimpanzee born Friday at the Kansas City Zoo made his first public appearance Tuesday as the troop of primates enjoyed the warm weather. Zoo officials said the mother, a 40-year-old named Rachel, was keeping the baby close to her, so it may take patience for visitors to see the newborn.

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Wife of suspect in Henry County kidnapping helped investigators find him

Raymond Chandis Vallia III, 55, of Albuquerque, N.M., faces a kidnapping charge in connection with the Sunday disappearance of 13-year-old Hannah Sue Kennish of Montrose, Mo. According to court records, Vallia’s wife told investigators the two had separated after she found that he was involved in an online relationship with a teen. She gave authorities his cellphone number, his address and a description of his black 2013 Ford F-150.

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