Morning Rush: Trail slayings cause concern, raising TB awareness, scramble over KCI bid

Cyclist Chris Valdez grabbed a photo as he and Ted Schroeder (left) talked with Kansas City police patrolling Indian Creek Trail near Holmes Road.
Cyclist Chris Valdez grabbed a photo as he and Ted Schroeder (left) talked with Kansas City police patrolling Indian Creek Trail near Holmes Road. kmyers@kcstar.com

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After four slayings, anxiety stalks trails

Although police say there’s “zero” physical evidence linking four homicides along trails in south Kansas City to a single perpetrator, hikers and bikers talk of a possible serial killer watching them, reports Rick Montgomery, Glenn E. Rice and Ian Cummings. A former KC homicide sergeant talks about what he says is likely going on inside the trail investigations. We also explore similarities and differences of the four victims in the trail killings.

Recent violent crime along the Indian Creek Trail has cut trail use but has not deterred some from walking, jogging and biking. Linda and Ted Schroeder are out regularly and Chris Valdez continues to ride the trail on his bike.

Raising awareness of TB after scare

Zee Pinkerton was a senior at Olathe Northwest High School when he contracted active tuberculosis and exposed dozens of his friends. Now he’s working with others to raise awareness about the illness, Andy Marso reports.

Zee Pinkerton generated fear in Olathe Northwest High School two years ago when he contracted active tuberculosis and spread the latent form of the disease to 50 classmates. He’s become an advocate against tuberculosis and told his story for the f

KC theater community rallies for UMKC program

Kansas City’s theater community gathered Sunday evening in solidarity with the master of fine arts program at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, which many believe to be threatened by budget cuts, Matt Campbell reports.

Members of Kansas City's theater community gathered in solidarity and to show their support for the theater program at University of Missouri-Kansas City which is facing devastating budget cuts. The "Save UMKC Theatre" town hall held in the Spence

Competitors scramble over bid on KCI deal

Kansas City’s June 20 deadline for proposals that could compete with Burns & McDonnell’s private financing idea for a new terminal at KCI gives a tight time frame for turning around an offer. Steve Vockrodt, Lynn Horsley, Kelsey Ryan and Mark Davis report.

Editorial: Greitens’ risky wager on dark money

Missouri’s governor and his enablers have rejected all requests to reveal the sources of his inaugural funds or the contributors to a related dark money outfit. But new reporting highlights why it’s important to know where campaign cash is coming from, according to The Star’s editorial board.

Michelle Smith: 816-234-4356, @michellesmithkc