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Party buses — good time or lethal ride?
A majority of the party buses running in this area defy state and federal regulations, putting their riders at risk of injury and death. That’s the conclusion of a monthslong investigation by Donna McGuire and Judy Thomas. Read stories of how people have lost their lives on the buses, and how the journalists literally trailed the buses in an effort to expose their shady practices.
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Senate rejects Obamacare repeal
In a stunning defeat for President Donald Trump, the Senate rejected the latest attempt at repealing the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare. Three Republicans joined Democrats in opposing the bill that would have caused an estimated 15 million people to lose health coverage next year.
Companies submit proposals for new KCI
Four companies have submitted proposals to build a $1 billion single terminal airport, Steve Vockrodt reports. Now each company has until Aug. 10 to submit the details of how they plan to finance the roughly $1 billion project.
Editorial criticizes secrecy surrounding KCI
The Star’s editorial board criticized the city government, calling the secrecy under which the KCI project is moving forward “outrageous.” Under the current procedure set, “Financial plans would remain secret. Design proposals — secret. Qualifications — secret. Questions and answers with proposers, now set for Aug. 14? Behind closed doors,” the board writes.
Royals are far from dead
Sports columnist Vahe Gregorian writes the Royals have become a must-see team. “From out of the ashes, with an off-day Thursday after eight straight wins, they sit two games behind Cleveland in the American League Central.”