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Kansas lawmakers negotiate a tuition freeze

Senate and House budget negotiators reached accord to avoid multimillion-dollar cuts to the University of Kansas and Kansas State University and to freeze tuition at all six state regents universities for the next two years. The lawmakers also agreed on a compromise that would shift individual student aid from public universities to private colleges, but not by as much as the Senate originally planned.

These kids are having a ball with ballroom dancing

A group called Culture through Ballroom Dance teaches the artistry of motion and also some lessons about social interaction, thanks to its partnerships with the Center, Liberty and North Kansas City school districts. And the kids love the chance to learn these dance moves.

These kids are having a ball with ballroom dancing

A group called Culture through Ballroom Dance teaches the artistry of motion and also some lessons about social interaction, thanks to its partnerships with the Center, Liberty and North Kansas City school districts. And the kids love the chance to learn these dance moves.

These kids are having a ball with ballroom dancing

A group called Culture through Ballroom Dance teaches the artistry of motion and also some lessons about social interaction, thanks to its partnerships with the Center, Liberty and North Kansas City school districts. And the kids love the chance to learn these dance moves.

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Broad new push for health is urged for Kansas City

The Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce and Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas City are announcing an ambitious initiative called Healthy KC aimed at improving health and well-being wherever people live, work or play. The initiative will promote exercise, discourage smoking and bring healthy eating to “food deserts.”

Broad new push for health is urged for Kansas City

The Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce and Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas City are announcing an ambitious initiative called Healthy KC aimed at improving health and well-being wherever people live, work or play. The initiative will promote exercise, discourage smoking and bring healthy eating to “food deserts.”

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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.

Crime

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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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.