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Morning Rush: How a tenacious cyclist died in KC race, Sprint talks, jail turmoil

Casey Saunders, who died Sunday in a Tour of Kansas City bicycle race, worked at the Big Shark Bicycle Shop in the St. Louis area and rode for Dogfish Racing Team.
Casey Saunders, who died Sunday in a Tour of Kansas City bicycle race, worked at the Big Shark Bicycle Shop in the St. Louis area and rode for Dogfish Racing Team.

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

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Elite cyclist killed

Casey Saunders, the elite cyclist killed during the Tour of Kansas City race in the Crossroads Sunday, was “tenacious but humble,” Joe Robertson reports. “He was what we call an honest racer,” said coach John Merli. Robertson interviewed witnesses of the crash, detailing how the tragedy occurred.

Sprint suspends T-Mobile talks

Sprint puts T-Mobile merger talks on hold to instead pursue a deal with cable giants Comcast and Charter Communications, Mark Davis reports. Though unlikely according to sources, Sprint and the cable companies are considering a possibility in which Sprint would be bought by one of the companies, which would likely reduce jobs and have other financial impacts on the KC area.

A federal ban on merger talks in the telecom industry ended late in April which might mean a merger between Sprint and T-Mobile. This video includes footage from Sprint and photos from Bloomberg Gadfly and Bloomberg.

Jackson County jail run by inmates?

Following a report that 200 law enforcement officers searched the Jackson County Detention Center, The Star’s editorial board writes that inmates “appear to be running” the jail. Federal charges unsealed Monday allege guards accepted bribes to help smuggle in drugs, cigarettes and other items into the jail under the direction of inmates, according to a story by Mike Hendricks and Tony Rizzo.

Around two hundred law enforcement officers from several agencies searched the Jackson County Detention Center in Kansas City for several hours on the morning of June 26, 2017, as part of an ongoing investigation.

Royals’ Escobar worried about Venezuela

Alcides Escobar is balancing playing baseball for the Royals — and enduring a slumping year — with the mental weight of his home country in civic unrest, Rustin Dodd reports. Most nights after a game, the first thing Escobar does is seek out his phone for news on Venezuela.

Alcides Escobar went 3 for 3 in the Royals' 3-2 win over the Blue Jays on Saturday at Kauffman Stadium. He's knocked 16 hits over 11 games since June 13.

Independence Center debt

The owner of the Independence Center has signaled it can’t repay a $200 million loan, Steve Vockrodt reports. The $200 million balance of the loan has been transferred to a special servicer, which typically services loans that are at risk for default.

Max Londberg: 816-234-4378, @MaxLondberg

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