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Blue Cross out of exchange
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas City announced Wednesday it will exit the Affordable Care Act exchange in 2018, Andy Marso and Bryan Lowry report. The decision affects about 67,000 Missourians plus many in Wyandotte and Johnson counties in Kansas.
“You killed my daughter!”
The Tamika Pledger manslaughter trial was interrupted when a relative of a victim yelled out, “You killed my daughter!” Matt Campbell reports. Pledger is charged with manslaughter in the death of 16-year-old Tierra Smith, who was struck by Pledger’s car in 2015.
Altercation between prosecutor, residents
A Kansas City house where gunfire and street fights have broken out in the past was the site of another altercation — this time between neighbors and city officials. Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker demanded the violence at the house cease, while residents shouted profanities at Baker as Kansas City police officers stood guard nearby, Glenn Rice reports. The exchange was captured on video.
Guns in Kansas
The Star’s editorial board writes that guns are likely coming to a Kansas institution near you. “Barring the unexpected, concealed weapons soon will be allowed in state hospitals, psychiatric institutions and on the state’s public university campuses. … In a scared world, the gun crowd is winning.”
Janelle Monae’s rumored role
Aaron Randle reports that Kansas City, Kan., native Janelle Monae may play a role in a “Charlie’s Angels” reboot. One site said the studio wants one of the Angels to be black. “Janelle Monae is at the top of the studio’s wish list.”