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Royals acquire pitching amid surge
The Royals acquired three pitchers from the San Diego Padres in exchange for Matt Strahm and Travis Wood, Rustin Dodd reports. The new Royals are starter Trevor Cahill and relievers Brandon Maurer and Ryan Buchter. The trade came on the same night as the Royals’ sixth straight victory. “This team’s in it,” Mike Moustakas said.
Meet KCPD chief finalists
Keith Humphrey, the Norman, Okla., police chief, and Maj. Rick Smith, an officer with KCPD, are the two finalists to become the next chief of the Kansas City Police Department. They each responded to a set of questions posed by The Star’s Glenn Rice.
Kobach, Trump win voter info challenge in court
A federal judge ruled against a privacy group that was calling for a restraining order involving Kris Kobach’s request for large amounts of voter data as part of his role on Trump’s Advisory Commission on Election Integrity, Hunter Woodall reports. In a statement, Kobach said he looked forward to working with state election leaders to “gather information and identify opportunities to improve election integrity.”
KC’s first ever summer hip-hop music fest
Saturday’s Flyover Festival — the first hip-hop music festival of its kind in KC — was a resounding success, writes Aaron Randle. He reflects back on this year’s event and the likelihood it returns in 2018.
Photo IDs now required of Missouri voters
Next month’s ballot will be the first in which Missouri voters must present their photo IDs. The Star’s editorial board explains the ins and outs of the new requirements and writes that Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft will be in KC Tuesday to explain the new law.