Two Missouri troopers set out to re-create the ride and conditions on Trooper Anthony Piercy's boat. This run reaches average speeds of 38 to 40 mph. Piercy was going 39.1 to 43.7 mph just before Brandon Ellingson left the boat and drowned May 31. Ellingson's hands were cuffed behind his back. (Video obtained from Missouri Highway Patrol.)
Video obtained from Missouri Highway Patrol; Edited by Monty Davis and Laura Bauer
Blue Valley North High School senior Daniuschka Rengifo has lived in the United States for only a couple of years, but she was selected to deliver the commencement speech for her class. She told of how she had to overcome fear while her family fled political turmoil in Venezuela.
Daniuschka Rengifo, who fled Venezuela for the United States in 2014, this month graduated with honors from Blue Valley North High School. She gave a powerful speech at her graduation that highlighted the family's struggle in their country, including the kidnapping of her mother. She discusses the feelings behind the speech at her grandparents’ house in Overland Park.
When cancer patient Alexander Goodwin came to Kansas City from England five months ago he faced an uncertain future. After surgery, chemotherapy and radiation for his Ewing sarcoma the 10-year-old looks forward to growing stronger and working with birds of prey.
The jail that occupies the top floors of the Jackson County Courthouse in Kansas City has not been used for nearly 40 years, but images from the archives of The Kansas City Star show how the facility got a reputation as a place where no one wanted to be.
Reports of shocking brutality, filth and incompetence within the walls of the Jackson County Detention Center have sparked multiple investigations and no shortage of controversy and embarrassment since the FBI started looking into reports of guards abusing prisoners two years ago. Now some public officials are calling for construction of a new, larger jail.
The TSA Precheck streamlines and speeds up the passenger screening process at security checkpoints at airports. Passengers enrolled in the program do not need to remove shoes, laptops, liquids, belts and light jackets.
Construction of Dick and Joyce Robinson's dream home in Cass County halted in 2002 because of restrictions from an adjoining military storage and training site. The couple have battled the government to finish the home and now say they plan to be buried there.
"Butterfly Angels," a short documentary film, captures the healing powers of the Butterfly Garden & Outlook. The green space provides restorative features for the community. The film was released on the sixth-anniversary of the tornado: May 22, 2017.