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Body found near walking trail
A man’s body was found off the Trolley Track Trail Monday. The man was identified as Chase Hardin, 31. There was no indication Hardin’s death was related to four homicides along and near the Indian Creek and Blue River trails, Kansas City police said. The FBI is now assisting KC police in its investigation of those four homicides.
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Memorial Day lessons
Many paid tribute Monday at the Liberty Memorial, honoring members of the military who fought and died during the nation’s wars, Diane Stafford reports. Kansas City Mayor Sly James said fallen soldiers “died for the ideal of America — not necessarily the reality of America — (because) we have not achieved the ideal.” U.S. Rep. Emanuel Cleaver called for better care for veterans by improving our health care system.
Australian health care
An American physician raised in Kansas City who now works in Australia wrote a guest commentary comparing American and Australian health care. Marie Shieh wrote, “President Trump, you were right. We do have better health care here in Australia. Don’t you think Americans deserve the same?”
‘World of Dance’ contestant
A 23-year-old professional dancer from Lee’s Summit will participate on NBC’s new show, “World of Dance.” Blake Piatczyc has performed at awards shows, danced with Rihanna and been featured in music videos for national recording artists, Aaron Randle reports. But this upcoming show is different, Piatczyc said: “There were winners everywhere.” The show begins Tuesday at 9 p.m. on NBC.
Raytown Wal-Mart shooting
The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office released the name of a man fatally shot by a sheriff’s deputy Sunday night, Ian Cummings reports. Donald Sneed III, 31, died after the deputy shot him while attempting to make an arrest after Sneed allegedly shoplifted and stole the deputy’s stun gun.