Morning Rush: Walk against opioid addiction, Comey hearings today, Royals win again

Welcome to The Kansas City Star’s Morning Rush, where we get you ready for the day ahead.

Here’s what you need to know:

Opioids took their loved ones

On Sunday, at least 1,500 individuals will participate in the nation’s inaugural “Rise Up Against Addiction 5K Run/Walk” fundraiser at Arrowhead Stadium to help rid stigma of opioid and other addictions. The walk is to try to give names and faces to the victims of addiction and to reinforce the growing realization that addiction is a brain condition not unlike other mental illnesses or disorders, Eric Adler reports.

Comey hearings today

Former FBI Director James Comey said in a statement to the Senate Intelligence Committee released yesterday that Trump did tell him to drop the investigation into Michael Flynn and that Trump demanded loyalty from him. Comey will appear before the Senate Intelligence Committee today, one of the most anticipated congressional hearings in years.

Kansas tax “experiment” offers lessons, analysts say

Kansas lawmakers have ended Gov. Brownback’s signature tax cuts during a time when President Trump is pushing Congress to pursue a similar tax plan. The bipartisan rejection of the policy stands as Brownback’s biggest defeat during his tenure as governor and will likely be used as a hammer against Trump as he pushes for tax cuts at the national level, reports Bryan Lowry and Scott Canon.

Royals win... again!

The Royals defeated the Houston Astros 7-5 last night at Kauffman Stadium. Royals starting pitcher Jason Vargas improved to 8-3, and the Royals scored all of their runs with two outs. The outcome pushed the Royals’ record to 26-32 and their mark in the long home stand to 5-4.

The Bloch Building’s challenge

The Bloch Building at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art was misunderstood and criticized by many. It has since earned glowing praise, but David Frese reports that technology is forcing museum officials to think how it should evolve.

Mary Kate Metivier: 816-234-4397, @mkmetivier