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Morning Rush: Chiefs fire GM John Dorsey, roaches at area food operations, Big Slick

Nine key moments in the John Dorsey-Andy Reid era for the Chiefs

A list of significant events in the Andy Reid-John Dorsey era with the Kansas City Chiefs, which ended Thursday after four-plus years following Dorsey’s departure as general manager.
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A list of significant events in the Andy Reid-John Dorsey era with the Kansas City Chiefs, which ended Thursday after four-plus years following Dorsey’s departure as general manager.

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:

Chiefs fire Dorsey

Chiefs chairman Clark Hunt said he felt it was best to make a change in announcing the firing of GM John Dorsey, Terez Paylor reports. The decision came after “thorough examination of the entire football operation.”

Read Sam Mellinger’s theory on what motivated the decision.

Roach infestations in area food operations

Nine establishments in Kansas and Kansas City were cited for roach infestations, Joyce Smith reports. See if the operations include one you’ve been to here.

Big Slick surprise

Celebrity hosts gave Children’s Mercy Hospital staff a surprise thank-you performance Thursday, Aaron Randle reports. David Koechner, Paul Rudd and Rob Riggle led the event with standup comedy and a comedic Q&A. Plus everything you need to know about the Big Slick weekend events.

Funny trio provide abundant laughs and throw in a lap dance for staff at Children's Mercy Hospital.

Plight of rural hospitals

The Star’s editorial board writes that Medicaid cuts called for by the American Health Care Act would exceed $800 million over 10 years. “It would decimate millions of Americans’ access to health care, particularly in rural areas,” the board writes.

Sumner Regional Medical Center in Wellington, Kan., south of Wichita, has had to depend on an infusion of local tax dollars to stay afloat. President and CEO Les Dean says government leaders are focused on the metro settings and often overlook the

Alternative to brain surgery

Research Medical staff unveiled a new $3 million machine scheduled to receive its first patients Monday. The machine uses gamma rays to shrink brain tumors as an alternative to open-skull surgery, Andy Marso reports.

Research Medical Center spent $3 million to upgrade to the Gamma Knife Icon, which will expand the types of cases it can treat with minimally-invasive radiosurgery, rather than open-skull procedures.

Max Londberg: 816-234-4378, @MaxLondberg

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