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Josh Jackson apology
Kansas men’s basketball player Josh Jackson must write an apology letter, attend anger management classes and refrain from alcohol and drug use for a year, Jesse Newell reports. The stipulations are part of a diversion agreement stemming from an incident in which Jackson allegedly kicked the driver’s door and rear taillight of a car driven by KU women’s basketball player McKenzie Calvert.
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Verrückt must stay up for now
The Verrückt water slide, where Caleb Schwab was killed last year, will not be demolished until an investigation concludes, according to Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt. Schmidt’s office said in a statement that the investigation is determining whether evidence supports criminal charges, Steve Vockrodt reports.
New rules for Airbnb in KC
Diane Stafford reports the rules for Airbnb hosts will likely become stricter, including a stipulation to acquire a permit that varies in cost depending on if hosts occupy the dwelling, a limit for guests’ maximum length of stay and a requirement to contract with only one party at a time.
Tax plan fails in Kansas House
Gov. Sam Brownback’s signature tax policy survived a vote in the House Monday to reverse parts of the legislation, Hunter Woodall reports. The House voted 53-68 against a proposal to raise individual income tax rates and end a tax exemption for certain businesses.
Missouri special session
The Star’s editorial board writes that Gov. Eric Greitens’ decision to call back lawmakers for a special session will be costly — $100,000 per week for taxpayers — and should be unnecessary, had the unfinished business been settled during the regular session. “Special sessions must be used only in extraordinary circumstances, not as an antidote to weak leadership,” the board writes.