Missouri and Kansas have spent the last two years passing laws that recklessly expand access to firearms without regard to public safety. For Missouri, the alarming consequences of that overreach are becoming clear. Kansas, which is considering another radical gun bill this session, should take heed.
The Justice Department’s civil rights investigation of the Ferguson, Mo., Police Department showed a disturbing practice of police and city officials viewing African-Americans “less as constituents to be protected than as potential offenders and sources of revenue.” It shows an oppressive abuse of power.
Only in America’s troubled political climate could four words in a 906-page law cause such apprehension. But troubled we are, and so the U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday will hear arguments in King v. Burwell, the latest attempt by conservatives to irreparably damage the Affordable Care Act.
Missouri Auditor Tom Schweich’s suicide last Thursday has prompted an outpouring of grief and remorse. But if the Missouri Republican Party sincerely wants to honor Schweich’s memory, beginning with his funeral on Tuesday, it will take a hard look at the way it conducts its business.
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Billboards have gone up, featuring eager students in Kansas City Public Schools, and ads have appeared in area newspapers, thanking families for their support and urging others to choose district schools.
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.
A Kansas website contains the latest figures on how tax breaks are draining badly needed funds from the state’s coffers while also stoking the destructive economic border war in the Kansas City area. Meet the Promoting Employment Across Kansas program, better known among businesses and their development attorneys as PEAK.
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.
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.