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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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This is the KCI parking lot where Randy Potter's body was found 1:01

This is the KCI parking lot where Randy Potter's body was found

Boost Mobile employee dies a hero 1:47

Boost Mobile employee dies a hero

Her husband’s body sat in an airport parking lot for eight months. She wants answers 2:31

Her husband’s body sat in an airport parking lot for eight months. She wants answers

Watch a Chiefs cheerleader get leveled by cameraman 0:14

Watch a Chiefs cheerleader get leveled by cameraman

Mummies travel to St. Luke's Hospital for CT scan 1:54

Mummies travel to St. Luke's Hospital for CT scan

Andy Reid on facing the Chargers and preparing for AFC West opponents 1:35

Andy Reid on facing the Chargers and preparing for AFC West opponents

Chiefs greeted by celebrating fans after defeating Eagles 27-20 0:58

Chiefs greeted by celebrating fans after defeating Eagles 27-20

Andy Reid on Justin Houston: 'He really had one of his best days' 1:33

Andy Reid on Justin Houston: 'He really had one of his best days'

American flag fills Arrowhead Stadium field for National Anthem 0:45

American flag fills Arrowhead Stadium field for National Anthem

KU's Svi Mykhailiuk describes how eating greens helped him lose weight 1:10

KU's Svi Mykhailiuk describes how eating greens helped him lose weight

Star reporters discuss their investigation into firefighter fatalities

Over the last two decades, hundreds of firefighters were killed and tens of thousands injured in incidents that bore a grim connection: They had happened before in almost exactly the same ways. Nationwide, in tragedy after tragedy, firefighters paid the price when fire departments didn’t learn from others’ mistakes. Reporters Mike Hendricks and Matt Campbell discuss their investigation into firefighter fatalities with Dave Helling on Facebook Live.
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Star reporters discuss their investigation into firefighter fatalities 16:13

Star reporters discuss their investigation into firefighter fatalities

Firefighter falls through a burning roof in Fresno, California 2:04

Firefighter falls through a burning roof in Fresno, California

Reliving the Sofa Super store fire in Charleston, S.C. 1:41

Reliving the Sofa Super store fire in Charleston, S.C.

'He wasn't supposed to die' 5:46

'He wasn't supposed to die'