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Morning Rush: Hope after wreck, Chiefs draft quarterback, arts campus moves ahead

Julie and Jevon McBride held daughter Juliana at Children’s Mercy Hospital on Jan. 5. Juliana was born 15 weeks premature after the McBrides were involved in a head-on collision on Oct. 7 near their home in Warrensburg, Mo. Almost seven months later, Juliana is largely healthy, and the family will be featured in national materials for the March of Dimes.
Julie and Jevon McBride held daughter Juliana at Children’s Mercy Hospital on Jan. 5. Juliana was born 15 weeks premature after the McBrides were involved in a head-on collision on Oct. 7 near their home in Warrensburg, Mo. Almost seven months later, Juliana is largely healthy, and the family will be featured in national materials for the March of Dimes. File photo

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After crash, hope and forgiveness

An Air Force couple in Missouri maintained their faith and found forgiveness after their baby was forced into premature birth after a head-on wreck. Now the story of Staff Sgt. Jevon McBride, wife Julie McBride and Juliana will be featured in the March of Dimes national material, Eric Adler reports.

Jevon and Julie spent over 10 years trying to get pregnant. When the Air Force couple found out on Mother’s Day 2016 that they were having a baby it was the happiest time of their life. But in October they were hit head-on in a car crash. They al

Chiefs draft a quarterback in first round

The Kansas City Chiefs drafted Texas Tech quarterback Patrick Mahomes on Thursday after trading up from No. 27 to No. 10 in the 2017 NFL Draft. The Chiefs gave up a first and third-round pick this year and a first-round pick next year to the Buffalo Bills, Terez A. Paylor reports.

It’s a spectacular, smart and potentially franchise-shifting risk, says Star columnist Sam Mellinger.

Kansas City Chiefs fans were thrilled the team traded up from the 27th spot to the 10th pick to draft Texas Tech quarterback Patrick Mahomes. Mahomes spoke to the sports media via conference call shortly after being selected by the Chiefs.

UMKC downtown arts campus moves ahead

The Missouri Senate on Thursday passed a bill that would authorize the state to borrow $48 million to help fund the UMKC downtown arts campus, which would be adjacent to the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts. All that remains is the signature of Gov. Eric Greitens.

Agriculture secretary visits KC

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue touted President Donald Trump’s deal-making ability during a Thursday visit to Kansas City less than 24 hours after the White House announced plans to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement. Perdue also hited that next year’s farm bill could include changes to food stamp policy, Bryan Lowry reports.

Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue discusses during a Kansas City visit the announcement that the U.S. will renegotiate NAFTA.

Pet the stingrays

The Kansas City Zoo will build a $1.5 million exhibit to allow visitors to reach in and touch stingrays, exotic but harmless aquatic animals. Construction is to begin in October near the penguin exhibit and the attraction is expected to open by May 1, 2018. Matt Campbell reports.

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