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Mike Moustakas voted an All-Star
A #VoteMoose campaign to secure an All-Star spot for Royals’ Mike Moustakas was a success, Rustin Dodd reports. Sam Mellinger writes about the city’s penchant for rallying behind its ballplayers in All-Star votes, and the mindset of Kansas Citians that may explain it.
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Hackers target Kansas nuclear power plant
Wolf Creek Nuclear Power Plant in Burlington, Kan., made headlines when it was revealed hackers had been penetrating its computer networks as well as those of other nuclear power stations in the U.S. and other countries. At the Burlington facility, officials said no operations systems had been affected, The New York Times reported.
Moran urged to oppose health bill
U.S. Sen. Jerry Moran held a town hall Thursday that drew national attention. The topic: the GOP’s health care bill. Bryan Lowry reports Moran has emerged as a key swing vote, and he was entreated to oppose the bill by many in the crowd, including locals of the small Kansas town where the event was held.
The Star’s editorial board writes that Moran and Sen. Claire McCaskill of Missouri deserve applause for meeting with constituents and adds the two senators showed a path to compromise between the two parties.
Abandoned dogs rescued
Sixteen abandoned dogs found on the Fourth of July in Warrensburg are on the road to recovery, Toriano Porter reports. The dogs, found in baseball fields, were taken in and treated by the Warrensburg Animal Shelter.