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Trump’s Cuba policy and wheat farmers
U.S. food producers, and especially wheat growers like Kansan Jay Armstrong, badly want trade embargoes lifted on the Cuban market, Rick Montgomery reports. “The important thing to know is that Cuba grows no wheat at all,” Armstrong said. But Trump may roll back some of the Obama administration’s efforts to thaw relations with our island neighbor.
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Bigger boats on Lake of the Ozarks
Bigger boats, and especially their bigger wakes, are frustrating to some on the Lake of the Ozarks, Scott Canon reports. Adam Morris, whose boat rental dock is on the lake and sustained $1,500 in damage from large wakes, learned the hard way that law enforcement cannot issue fines for damage caused by boat-made waves.
Mourning loss of 8-year-old
A boy’s reported drowning in a bathtub in KC has led to mourning by an Illinois community, where the boy used to live, Toriano Porter reports. The mother of the boy, after his death, leaped from the Bond Bridge.
Royals streak at five
Matt Strahm, who went from an unrecruited young player to a major-league starter, helped the Royals to their fifth straight win Thursday, Rustin Dodd reports. Strahm made his first major-league start, allowing one unearned run across five innings in a 7-2 victory over the Los Angeles Angels.
The Star’s editorial board writes that Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback “often puts his own political prospects ahead of the well-being of the state he serves.” After Brownback reportedly intimated he would never sign a new tax bill, and that instead it would be more politically advantageous for lawmakers to override him, Rep. Dan Hawkins, a Wichita Republican, said, “It was so frustrating to have our governor refuse to lead in this situation.”