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:
Kobach wants voter data
Kris Kobach, Kansas’ Secretary of State, is seeking all states’ personal voter data for use in his role on Trump’s Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity. He said he wants to use it to “prevent false positives,” such as when two people share the same name and birthday, Bryan Lowry reports.
Witnesses discuss cyclist’s death
Witnesses say sharp-edged barriers were unsecured when Casey Saunders crashed during the Tour of Kansas City race, Joe Robertson reports. Saunders died after he hit a metal crowd-control barrier. “Everything that could’ve gone wrong did,” said cyclist Rob Deetz.
Bill Self responds to criticism
If former Missouri chancellor R. Bowen Loftin is to be believed, Kansas basketball coach Bill Self is the reason why there hasn’t been a return to any Border War games since the 2011-12 season, Pete Grathoff reports. Self said, “From mine (standpoint) that’s a decision that will be made at a university level, not just at a basketball level.”
Rename J.C. Nichols fountain, Kraske writes
J.C. Nichols deliberately split this town between blacks and whites for generations, Steve Kraske writes. It’s time for Kansas City to reconsider its tribute to the man. Plus Kraske adds that, yes, one can degrade a man despite the era in which he was shaped. “Great people push past their backgrounds.”
Gunfire on the Fourth
KC police and residents hope the dangerous practice of celebratory gunfire will not be as prevalent on the Fourth of July, Toriano Porter reports. Kansas City police plan to canvass different areas Friday to limit the practice.