Special Reports

Special Reports

Kansas City Zoo: Penguins

For the first time in more than 50 years, the Kansas City Zoo will feature an exhibit full of penguins. Four different species will inhabit the zoo's new $15 million exhibit — its most expensive undertaking yet.

Special Reports

Small town strong: the story of Overbrook, Kan.

Pundits have been writing America’s small-town obituaries for decades, yet towns hang on for reasons that seem hazy from a distance. So a Kansas City Star reporter spent much of the year in a small Kansas town to see what keeps small towns going in 2013. What he discovered included poultry swaps, volunteer fire fighters and coffee at the BP.

Local election results

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Videos

What does Joplin look like five years after the EF5 tornado?

Joplin was hit by a massive EF5 tornado that killed 161 people, injured 1,000, and destroyed 7,500 homes and business on May 22, 2011.Take a look at what Joplin looks like now -- five years later.
Monty Davis and Eric Adler The Kansas City Star
What does Joplin look like five years after the EF5 tornado? 6:10

What does Joplin look like five years after the EF5 tornado?

Former Chiefs player launching website in honor of Will Norton 2:26

Former Chiefs player launching website in honor of Will Norton

Joplin: Jared Jessica and Jude Stice 0:49

Joplin: Jared Jessica and Jude Stice

Joplin: Russell Downs 0:35

Joplin: Russell Downs