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Boy on a soccer team named Venom recovers from a snakebite

A copperhead bit 10-year-old Carlton Epps between matches at Swope Soccer Village at Swope Park. Before leaving for their home near Branson, Carlton and his parents relived the experience, praised the Children’s Mercy Hospital staff and noted the importance of being prepared for emergencies involving young athletes on sports road trips.

Government & Politics

If Greg Orman should win in Kansas, he would hold leverage in Washington

The independent U.S. Senate candidate is polling ahead of Republican Sen. Pat Roberts. If he wins, Orman could swing control of the U.S. Senate to one party or the other. Orman’s caginess only adds to the intrigue. He has said he would side with whichever party holds the majority to give Kansas a stronger voice.

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Maryville woman tried to hire a hit man, prosecutors say

Kristina Marie Swinford, 32, allegedly offered to pay an agent from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives with money from her student loans to kill another woman. Swinford purportedly believed the other woman had gotten her fired from her job, was harassing her and was “evil.”

Government & Politics

Kansas Supreme Court puts off consideration of a lawsuit concerning the U.S. Senate ballot in Kansas

The lawsuit was aimed at forcing Democrats to nominate a Senate candidate to replace Chad Taylor, who withdrew from the race Sept. 3. Chief Justice Lawton Nuss sent the lawsuit to Shawnee County District Court for further consideration. His decision is likely to delay any final ruling for weeks, making it impossible for Democrats to provide a nominee before November ballots are locked in place.

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Ceremony honors Kansas City police officers and civilians

Those honored at the police awards ceremony at the Regional Police Academy in Kansas City, North, included police detective Robert Jorgenson, police officers Marcus Smith and Chad Pickens, and civilians Eric Van Horn, the Urban Ranger Corps, and Gabriel and Misty Johnson.

Ceremony honors Kansas City police officers and civilians

Those honored at the police awards ceremony at the Regional Police Academy in Kansas City, North, included police detective Robert Jorgenson, police officers Marcus Smith and Chad Pickens, and civilians Eric Van Horn, the Urban Ranger Corps, and Gabriel and Misty Johnson.

Shawnee beekeeper John Speckman has the sweetest job in the world

With hives all over southern Johnson County, a Shawnee beekeeper sells the honey in area grocery stores and restaurants. What began as a hobby is now his full-time business, involving 350 hives and millions of honeybees. Does he get stung? Sure. Does that deter him? Of course not.

Chris Bartholomew Softball Tournament honors a son lost in the crossfire

The mother of murder victim Chris Bartholomew has created a scholarship in his name for students aspiring to careers in criminal justice. Misty Kirwan and her son used to play softball together, and an tournament raises money for the effort. Barholomew, a Gladstone resident, was caught in crossfire seven years ago when violence erupted near Westport.

Chris Bartholomew Softball Tournament honors a son lost in the crossfire

The mother of murder victim Chris Bartholomew has created a scholarship in his name for students aspiring to careers in criminal justice. Misty Kirwan and her son used to play softball together, and an tournament raises money for the effort. Barholomew, a Gladstone resident, was caught in crossfire seven years ago when violence erupted near Westport.

Ceremony honors Kansas City police officers and civilians

Those honored at the police awards ceremony at the Regional Police Academy in Kansas City, North, included police detective Robert Jorgenson, police officers Marcus Smith and Chad Pickens, and civilians Eric Van Horn, the Urban Ranger Corps, and Gabriel and Misty Johnson.

Shawnee beekeeper John Speckman has the sweetest job in the world

With hives all over southern Johnson County, a Shawnee beekeeper sells the honey in area grocery stores and restaurants. What began as a hobby is now his full-time business, involving 350 hives and millions of honeybees. Does he get stung? Sure. Does that deter him? Of course not.

Chris Bartholomew Softball Tournament honors a son lost in the crossfire

The mother of murder victim Chris Bartholomew has created a scholarship in his name for students aspiring to careers in criminal justice. Misty Kirwan and her son used to play softball together, and an tournament raises money for the effort. Barholomew, a Gladstone resident, was caught in crossfire seven years ago when violence erupted near Westport.

Chris Bartholomew Softball Tournament honors a son lost in the crossfire

The mother of murder victim Chris Bartholomew has created a scholarship in his name for students aspiring to careers in criminal justice. Misty Kirwan and her son used to play softball together, and an tournament raises money for the effort. Barholomew, a Gladstone resident, was caught in crossfire seven years ago when violence erupted near Westport.

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World leaders meet with multiple crises on agenda

Facing a world in turmoil from multiple crises ranging from wars in the Mideast and Africa to the deadly scourge of Ebola and growing Islamic radicalism, leaders from more than 140 countries open their annual meeting at the United Nations on Wednesday with few solutions.

If Greg Orman should win in Kansas, he would hold leverage in Washington

The independent U.S. Senate candidate is polling ahead of Republican Sen. Pat Roberts. If he wins, Orman could swing control of the U.S. Senate to one party or the other. Orman’s caginess only adds to the intrigue. He has said he would side with whichever party holds the majority to give Kansas a stronger voice.

If Greg Orman should win in Kansas, he would hold leverage in Washington

The independent U.S. Senate candidate is polling ahead of Republican Sen. Pat Roberts. If he wins, Orman could swing control of the U.S. Senate to one party or the other. Orman’s caginess only adds to the intrigue. He has said he would side with whichever party holds the majority to give Kansas a stronger voice.

National panel urges overhauling health care at end of life

The 21-member nonpartisan committee, appointed by the Institute of Medicine, the independent research arm of the National Academy of Sciences, calls for sweeping change. The 507-page report, “Dying in America,” says its recommendations would improve the quality of care and better satisfy more patients and families. It also says the changes would produce significant cost savings that would help make health care more affordable.

World leaders meet with multiple crises on agenda

Facing a world in turmoil from multiple crises ranging from wars in the Mideast and Africa to the deadly scourge of Ebola and growing Islamic radicalism, leaders from more than 140 countries open their annual meeting at the United Nations on Wednesday with few solutions.

If Greg Orman should win in Kansas, he would hold leverage in Washington

The independent U.S. Senate candidate is polling ahead of Republican Sen. Pat Roberts. If he wins, Orman could swing control of the U.S. Senate to one party or the other. Orman’s caginess only adds to the intrigue. He has said he would side with whichever party holds the majority to give Kansas a stronger voice.

If Greg Orman should win in Kansas, he would hold leverage in Washington

The independent U.S. Senate candidate is polling ahead of Republican Sen. Pat Roberts. If he wins, Orman could swing control of the U.S. Senate to one party or the other. Orman’s caginess only adds to the intrigue. He has said he would side with whichever party holds the majority to give Kansas a stronger voice.

National panel urges overhauling health care at end of life

The 21-member nonpartisan committee, appointed by the Institute of Medicine, the independent research arm of the National Academy of Sciences, calls for sweeping change. The 507-page report, “Dying in America,” says its recommendations would improve the quality of care and better satisfy more patients and families. It also says the changes would produce significant cost savings that would help make health care more affordable.

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