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After four slayings, anxiety stalks trails
Although police say there’s “zero” physical evidence linking four homicides along trails in south Kansas City to a single perpetrator, hikers and bikers talk of a possible serial killer watching them, reports Rick Montgomery, Glenn E. Rice and Ian Cummings. A former KC homicide sergeant talks about what he says is likely going on inside the trail investigations. We also explore similarities and differences of the four victims in the trail killings.
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Raising awareness of TB after scare
Zee Pinkerton was a senior at Olathe Northwest High School when he contracted active tuberculosis and exposed dozens of his friends. Now he’s working with others to raise awareness about the illness, Andy Marso reports.
KC theater community rallies for UMKC program
Kansas City’s theater community gathered Sunday evening in solidarity with the master of fine arts program at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, which many believe to be threatened by budget cuts, Matt Campbell reports.
Competitors scramble over bid on KCI deal
Kansas City’s June 20 deadline for proposals that could compete with Burns & McDonnell’s private financing idea for a new terminal at KCI gives a tight time frame for turning around an offer. Steve Vockrodt, Lynn Horsley, Kelsey Ryan and Mark Davis report.
Editorial: Greitens’ risky wager on dark money
Missouri’s governor and his enablers have rejected all requests to reveal the sources of his inaugural funds or the contributors to a related dark money outfit. But new reporting highlights why it’s important to know where campaign cash is coming from, according to The Star’s editorial board.