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Issues at Kansas prisons alarm lawmakers, workers
The staffing shortage at Kansas’ largest prison, Lansing Correctional Facility, has increased in recent weeks as a workers union and lawmakers continue to express concerns about the state corrections system. “Everyone is concerned about staffing,” Lansing warden Sam Cline said in a statement.
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Opioid-soaked counties in Kansas and Missouri
On a per capita basis, rural counties are more saturated with opioid prescriptions than urban counties, reports Andy Marso. But that doesn’t mean the metro area is immune to the addiction crisis.
Stop spending so much on your tech
There’s no reason to be spending hundreds on your iPhone, internet service and cable bills. Scott Canon offers simple solutions to cut costs on your monthly bills.
Royals acquire Melky Cabrera from White Sox
Melky Cabrera, a veteran outfielder known for his switch-hitting prowess at the plate and on-field displays of affection, is returning to the Royals, Rustin Dodd reports. The trade reinforced the Royals’ desire to supplement a championship core with roster upgrades.
A night in Westport
A combination of Westport Public Safety officers, Kansas City Police officers and Jackson County Sheriff's deputies monitored the crowd during what Kansas City police described as a typical Saturday night and Sunday morning in Westport. The Star’s Joe Robertson spent the night in Westport, absorbing a rollicking scene full of partiers, characters, police, fights and pepper spray.