After the Royals’ magical run in 2014, there’s even more reason for rising expectations. Now that camp is under way and the team prepares to play its first game of spring on Wednesday, we want to learn your expectations.
If the Kansas Legislature seemed especially frenetic this week, it was. Missouri, in contrast, is moving legislation at a glacial pace. But considering some of the bills introduced, that’s probably a good thing.
Missouri Auditor Tom Schweich was a dedicated public servant and a person of honor and integrity. His death on Thursday, reportedly from a self-inflicted gunshot wound, is a tragedy for his family and the state.
Unless the problem is solved, the mammoth, post-9/11 department will shut down, idling about 30,000 of its 230,000 employees. As during the last GOP-forced government shutdown that lasted 16 days in October 2013, essential employees would continue working but without regular paychecks.
Liberty Middle School has an anti-bullying policy. But something went badly wrong last week when 12-year-old Blake Kitchen ended up in the hospital after being beaten unconscious by an older, much larger boy.
Making its recommendations for next Tuesday's primary election in Wyandotte County, The Star's editorial board writes that support for Mayor Mark Holland on the Unified Government Board of Commissioners is precarious, so it is essential that voters choose carefully.
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This week we asked for your thoughts about legalizing marijuana in Missouri. And you answered, though it’s apparent that some of you got your friends to answer, too. Here are the results of the unscientific survey, based on more than 7,000 responses.
Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback and other state officials are reviewing a financially risky measure that they contend could help protect pensions for tens of thousands of teachers plus city, county and state employees. However, the Legislature should not quickly sign off on a scheme with such long-term consequences for taxpayers.
Truman Medical Center and other agencies that provide health care to the less fortunate are reeling because of recent moves to slash their public funding. The decreases for the safety net agencies are unreasonable, especially after what happened just two years ago.
Lawmakers and others are right to question whether the Conservation Department, whose annual expenditures amount to less than 1 percent of the Missouri budget, uses its tax money wisely. But pulling the plug on one of Missouri’s exemplary successes is absolutely the wrong way to go about it.
In an unusual turn of events, this week rolled by with no eyepopping announcements emerging from Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback’s office. That in itself was news. And dutiful politicians on both sides of the state line provided us with much more.
With the conversion of a former middle school into a haven for preschool and kindergarten students, the Hickman Mills School District is able to offer full-day preschool to all 4-year-old children in its boundaries. Educators around the area will be watching its outcomes closely.
Republicans in the Missouri Senate acted in the spirit of compromise when they backed away from very harsh proposals aimed at removing families from welfare rolls. But even the softer version, which is expected to be moved along to the House, will impose hardships on families and worsen problems such as hunger and homelessness unless lawmakers correct some longstanding issues.
The upgrades to Osawatomie State Hospital are to bring it into federal compliance to prevent patient injuries and suicides. It’s a necessary expense for the state, which is scrambling to fill a multimillion-dollar budget hole caused by income tax cuts.
The proposed football stadium in St. Louis has a long way to go toward final approval. But Kansas City officials should keep close tabs on it to make sure taxpayers here and their state tax dollars don’t become part of an overly generous deal to keep the NFL there.
When Kansas Citians tote up the pieces that define our cultural landscape, it’s gratifying to include the Folk Alliance International among the important assets. This week the city again becomes the center of a mostly acoustic music universe, when the alliance presents its annual conference and new Music Fair.
Proposed bus route changes should make it more convenient to get around downtown while helping the Kansas City Area Transportation Authority provide better on-time service to riders. Bus officials should focus on meeting those two goals over the next few years